Back in the day- Jason Prince first Irish professional to hit 147 in competitive snooker - The Irish News, Jan 14 1999

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JASON Prince became the first Irish professional to achieve a 147 in competitive snooker.

But it couldn’t prevent the Derryman from losing in the qualifying round of the British Open at the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

Prince was 4-1 down against Liverpool’s Ian Brumby when he potted his first red in frame six.

Fourteen reds, fourteen blacks and six colours later, Prince was £5,000 richer after achieving the 25th competitive maximum in history.

Even so, the perfect break could not prevent the world number 39 Prince from losing to the Liverpudlian even though the Bogsider did bring the match to a deciding frame.

The 28-year-old Derryman, who fired his first ever maximum in practice as a 16-year-old, eventually lost 5-4 in the final qualifying round of the £370,000 British Open at the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

“The 14th red was probably the most important shot,” said Prince, who slammed it in from distance despite being forced to bridge awkwardly over the yellow. Full of confidence,

Prince will join Dennis Taylor, Joe Swail and Terry Murphy in the Northern Ireland team at next week’s Nations Cup.


STEVE Collins and Roy Jones are now expected to stage the fight boxing needs, in the United States, despite interest from promoters in Ireland and Britain.

Ireland’s former undefeated super-middleweight world champion said yesterday he felt that the HBO television network are determined to see the fight take place at the Rio in Las Vegas or at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Belfast promoter Barney Eastwood is to meet with Collins’ solicitor Brian Delahunt tomorrow, hoping to bid for fight rights and stage the April 17 bout at Croke Park, Dublin.

Roy Jones, regarded the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has never fought outside the US.

He has however, expressed an interest in fighting in Europe where his market value is not as profitable as in America.

Collins, speaking at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin yesterday, said that the Rio casino venue in Las Vegas was scheduled to mark its opening night on April 17 and owners were keen to host the fight.


Antrim Vocational Schools U14 Football final: Our Lady of Lourdes Ballymoney (holders) v St Olcan’s Randalstown (today, 2.00 Dunloy

Olcan’s out to reverse result on Ballymoney

THE delayed Ulster Bank Antrim U14 football final is down for decision on today in Dunloy.

Both sides enjoyed big victories in the semi-final and there is a feeling that St Olcan’s could well overturn last March’s scoreline. The McMullan twins and Michael McNally are strong in defence, while Ryan Robb and Pearse McAuley look a competent partnership in midfield.

In attack Seamus McConnon has improved as the competition developed, providing good support for J P McLarnon.

Ten of the Ballymoney side already hold U14 medals from last season. Gareth McAllister is a hard-working captain and he will get good support from Gerard O’Boyle, John Doherty, Darren Quinn and full-forward Damien McGregor.

St Olcan’s: B Mullan, P McMullan, M McNally, A McCollum, S McKeown, C Totten, S McMullan, P McAuley, R Robb, F Johnstone, J P McLarnon, P McCollum, M O’Boyle, S McConnon, L Johnstone.

Subs: E Lavery, E Donnelly, P McCormick, J McLaughlin, D Doyle.

Our Lady of Lourdes: D Hegarty, S Robb, J Doherty, M McShane, B Marron, H Darragh, B McFerran, G McAllister (capt), G O’Boyle, O McMullan, D Quinn, D, Webb, A McQuillan, D McGregor, P McGowan.

Subs: D Bradley, K Connolly, J McKeague.


TYRONE'S U21 panel are to have a squad meeting at the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. The players involved are:

Pascal McConnell (Newtownstewart), Aidan O’Connor (Kildress), Peter O’Neill (Gortin), Cormac McAnallen, Brendan Donnelly, Conall Martin (all Eglish), Kevin O’Brien, Joe Campbell (both Dromore), Martin Early, Michael Rea, Kieran O’Hagan (all Brackaville), Ciaran Gourley (Rock), Richard Thornton (Coalisland), Michael Coleman, Gavin Devlin (both Ardboe), Brian Robinson (Donaghmore), Stephen O’Neill, Adrian Ball (Clan na Gael), Darren O’Hanlon, Mark Harte, Cormac McGinley (Errigal Ciaran), Stephen Donnelly (Aghaloo), Aiden Lynch (Castlederg), Michael McGee, Ciaran Meenagh (both Loughmacrory), Declan McCrossan (Owen Roes), Brian McGuckin (Edendork), Kevin Hughes (Killeeshil), Paul McGurk, Jim Eastwood (both Cookstown)

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