YOU might think that an Irish Open Pool title wouldn’t be too high on Cormac Kerr’s list of sporting achievements.
Almost everything, the Drogheda native is already a two-time World and European Underage Champion already, but now that the 21-year-old has entered the toughest adult ranks he has had to raise the bar again to get a chance to win tournaments.
So there was great satisfaction when he beat the much-loved Declan Brennan of Mayobridge in the decisive Irish Open match.
Brennan reached the final after winning the Ultimate Pool Professional Series, a high-income tournament featuring the 32 best players in the world.
The Irish Open drew over 200 players and Cormac had to win around 10 games in the early stages of the tournament in Tullamore to advance to the final, which took place in Killarney.
âEven with the Covid restrictions, I was able to train for the past nine months, but it was the first official tournament in Ireland (since the start of the pandemic) and I felt a bit short of training at first, but it was not. took me too long to get back to it, âCormac said.
âDeclan is 28 and he’s considered the best in the world right now – he was a professional snooker player – and I beat him 9-7.
âIt was tight the whole way and it was a nice feeling to win – especially considering who I beat.
“There was a lot of talk about Declan, but I knew I could beat him and that clarifies that.”
Cormac has a number of other upcoming tournaments to prepare for and he is delighted that the National, European and World Championships are all taking place in Killarney in 2022, easing the pressure on travel costs.
Nonetheless, he is grateful for the help of his local sponsors Noel Carr from NVM (National Vibration Monitoring) Ltd and Eoin O’Boyle from OB Vape.