KERR-MAZING! CORMAC'S DOUBLE JUNIOR JOY
Cormac Kerr was seeing double in Blackpool on Friday night after claiming his second major trophy of the year.
Four months after becoming Junior European champion, the 17-year-old from Drogheda defeated Irish team mate, Ben Doyle, to win the WEPF Junior World version.
“I really don’t know how to describe it,” said delighted Kerr after his 8-6 success.
“I would have been happy with one of them. Now I have won both.
“This was completely my goal when I first picked up a cue but it doesn’t feel like it’s happened.
“It still feels like I have another game to play,” added Kerr who defeated another Irish prospect, Adam Maher 7-1 in the semi-finals
“It was hard because Ben is my team mate. I would have preferred to play someone from a different country.
“Playing Adam in the semi-finals was tough as well. All their family members are here and there is a big crowd from Wexford. I’m the only one from my region, County Louth.
“Adam was one of the favourites and I thought it might be harder but I cruised that one.
“Ben, however, brought the best out of me,” said Kerr, a 7-3 winner over England’s Chris Panayiotou in the European final at the same venue last February.
Kerr also knocked out Australia’s Jayden Domeika 7-6 in the quarter-finals; the latter voted top player in the World Junior team.
In addition, Kerr won four out of his five frames in the team final against hosts England.
Panayiotou, Iszaac Jones, David Dunne, Cameron Easton and Joe Nulty helped England into a 4-1 first session lead.
But Kerr, Maher, Doyle, Brandon Fleming and Lee McSharry levelled at 5-all by the end of the second.
Ireland completed a clean sweep in the third session, survived an English recovery in session four before Kerr and Daniel Feehan clinched a 13-10 win.
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|