The Munster Senior (Open) Championships 2008:
The ILTB Grand Prix Tournament No. 2 Irish Squash Calendar, Cork - October 17- 19 .
ROONEY makes it 3-IN-A-ROW
In what was clearly the year of the treble, John Rooney secured a hat-trick of Munster Open Squash titles this weekend at Silversprings, Cork, comfortably defeating younger brother Niall with a 3-0 emphatic victory in the Men's A Section of the Irish Camper Vans sponsored tournament. The Manchester based professional glided through the earlier matches with ease dropping only a single game over the entire weekend, that occurrence being in Saturday's semi final to Ballymena's Steve Richardson.
The Knox brothers of Celtic Squash Club Waterford ensured that the Rooney's were not the only family act on show this weekend. Munster number 1 Kevin Knox finished sixth in the Men's A, the highest Munster placing and one position above older brother Brian. Meanwhile David Knox justified his first place seeding in the Men's B, defeating Geoff Power of Limerick 3-2 in a thrilling final, further enhancing the reputations of the three Déise men.
Prize winners pictured in Silversprings with Tournament Director Mark Smyth on extreme left, Derry Collins from Irish Camper Vans in centre and Munster Squash President, Laurence O'Donovan on extreme right.
The C and D sections of the Men's Senior Open were played at Sundays Well, with Highfield's Ivan O'Mahony defeating Old Belvedere's Glen McGahern 3-0 in the C final. In boxing parlance O'Mahony got “caught cold“ in the first round of this event last year, however a subsequent season of impressive results in Munster Squash leagues were clearly reflected in this scoreline.
Meanwhile Trevor Slattery of Kilworth battled to victory in the Men's D final, defeating Silversprings Mark Wall 3-0. Slattery, having shed 5 stone in the previous 7 months threw what weight he had left into the battle with opponent Wall and demonstrated yet again his ruthless approach to 2008.
Men's A John Rooney(Galway LTC) v Niall Rooney (Galway LTC) 3-0
Men's B David Knox(Celtic,Waterford) v Geoff Power (Limerick Lawn) 3-2
Men's C Ivan O'Mahony (Highfield,Cork) v Glen McGahern (Old Belvedere,Dublin) 3-0
Men's D Trevor Slattery (Kilworth,Cork) v Mark Wall (Silversprings,Cork) 3-0