Inter-County Championship - 2003

Derry are crowned champions in Inter county ulster 9-ball £1000 challenge cup

Winners - Derry team   -  Brian Hutton, Chris Brown, Marti Whoriskey, Keith Mc Grory, Paul Strawbridge, Jeff Weatherall, Gerry Mc Closkey, and Shay Conway.

Ireland's 9-ball pool tour held its first ever inter county 9-ball pool championships, last weekend in Downey's pool hall ship quay street Derry.

The competition was the inter county Ulster £1000 challenge cup which featured four Ulster counties, Tyrone, Armagh, Donegal, and the host team Derry.

The format of the tournament was played in a round robin, were every team played each other, after everyone had played each other the top two teams with the most points progressed to the final.

Runners-up – Tyrone team

Over the weekend the Derry team put in solid performances throughout their team by recording victories over Armagh in their first match (17-5), and then they were pushed all the way by Donegal to a (12-9) score-line in Derry's favour, their last group match seen them overcome a strong Tyrone team on another close score line (13-10).

So the stage was set for the first ever inter county Ulster 9-ball pool championships when the host team would take on the men from county Tyrone. The format of the final would see both teams line out their players and each player would play his opponent a full 8 frames, with 3 points rewarded for a win, and 1 point rewarded for a draw (4-4).

When all players had played the final scores were 10 points each, but Derry had recorded two more racks than the Tyrone men. All in all it was a brilliant display by the Derry lads as they made history by becoming the first county team to win the Ulster 9-ball pool cup. They also received £1000 for their efforts.

The organisers would like to thank Downey's bar and their hard working staff for all there hospitality they showed for every team throughout the tournament.

Donegal team

Armagh team


Tyrone 14 V 8 Donegal
Derry 17 V 5 Armagh

Tyrone 13 V 10 Armagh
Derry 12 V 9 Donegal

Derry 13 V 10 Tyrone
Armagh 11 V 11 Donegal

Derry = 10 Points & 33 Racks
Tyrone = 10 Points & 31 Racks

1. Derry 42 111
2. Tyrone 37 96
3. Donegal 28 91
4. Armagh 26 86

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