Home Nations Pool Success for Ulster Students
Ulster University students play their part in Northern Ireland’s UPC Student Eight-ball Home International Championship win.
Ulster University students Ben McCambridge, Gary Johnston and Matthew Sellers were part of the eight man Northern Ireland team who won the Home International Championship. The team was managed by James O’Hare who is also the Ulster University team manager.
The competition was held in Cardiff on April 24th and 25th. The two day event consisted of group stages and the finals. During the group stages, Northern Ireland beat England 13-8, Wales 17-4 and Scotland 13-8. The Northern Ireland team suffered a defeat to Ireland in the group stages losing 5-16.
The Northern team finished second in the group and faced Ireland in the final. The Ireland team started strong and took a 6-4 lead but the Northern Ireland team made an impressive comeback and won the game 11-7.
The Northern Ireland team had a brilliant run at the competition and pulled of a great team win to be crowned UPC Student Eight-ball Home International Champions. Ulster University student Ben Mc Cambridge was delighted with the team’s performance and also some individual performances.
“Against England, Ciaran Fay put in a great performance and Michael Magennis had a number of brilliant performances throughout the whole competition. However Matthew Sellers was the star man in the final, winning all three of his frames. Matthew brought all his experience and quality to the table when the team needed him most.” praised Ben.
The Northern Ireland team was made up of three students from Ulster University and five students from Queen’s University Belfast.
“The team jelled really well. Having only two major universities to choose from compared to such a large number in England, proved to be an advantage for the NI team as all the players are familiar with each other having traveled together to other events.” said team member Ben McCambridge.
This was Northern Ireland’s third year in a row to win the title. The Ulster University students on the team made history by becoming to first students to win both the BUCS and the Home Nations in the same year. The tournament will be held next year in Belfast.
“It was a great feeling to be part of the NI team that have won three home nations titles in a row. A lot of work has been done by outgoing manager Pearse Sharratt to make Northern Ireland the number one nation at university pool. This great work has now been carried on by the new manager James O’Hare who will no doubt want to continue the winning run next year in Belfast.” said Ben McCambridge.
Gary Johnson also competed at the tournament in the individual competition. Gary reached the final of the tournament but was unfortunately defeated by David Farrell from Scotland.
Northern Ireland Team Members:
Andrew Maguire (Queens) (C), Matthew Sellers (Ulster), Ciaran Fay (Queens), Gary Johnston (Ulster), Stephen O’Connor (Queens), Michael Magennis (Queens), Ben McCambridge (Ulster), and John Currie (Queens)