McLoughlin wins Connaught 9-Ball Open 2012

Paddy McLoughlin (Warrenpoint) has won the 2012 Connaught Open in Enniskillen after beating Chris Leal (USA) in a tense and closely fought final.

Paddy had to make it through the ‘group of death’ in the round-robin first round after being drawn into the same group as Ronnie Boyle, Gareth Deegan and Nathan Todd. Despite arriving at the event after working all night, with no-sleep, and losing his first match, McLoughlin put up a fight and made sure he booked his place in the next round with some great performances.

Meanwhile, Chris Leal, who hails from Massachusetts, made a rusty start to his first Irelands 9-Ball Tour event. But he soon showed the skill that helped him win many a match in pro-events like the Joss NorthEast tour. In the quarter-finals he was 1-8 down against Tyrone’s Carl Martin, but in an amazing comeback, he won the match 9-8.

But the day was set to be Paddy’s. He overcame Chris’ challenge and sleep deprivation, to earn himself another title on Ireland’s number one tour.

Special thanks goes to Donaldsons Snooker Club, Enniskillen and to Ronnie Boyle, Tour-Director, Irelands 9-Ball Tour for a great event, with a lot of pool for everyone.

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