THE Draw was finalised last week for the 2012 renewal of the PFS Accountings sponsored North West Snooker Individual Championship, the game’s flagship event which has attracted 42 contenders, including a six-pack of competitors who know what it takes to win the ultimate prize.
The star-studded line-up is headed by eight seeded contenders - determined by best recent Senior Championship performances - the top seed being Glendermott’s Maurice Ferguson (defender), followed by Letterkenny’s four-time champion (2002-04-06-10), Du Pont’s Pascal McKenna (2009 kingpin) and AOH Club’s Gerald McCloskey (hit the jackpot in 2008).
Seeded five is Strabane’s dual scorer Glenn Roulston (2005-07), while Shantallow’s Pete Murphy, who holds the distinction as the only junior-graded player to wear the senior crown (2003), is ranked number six. Completing the list of seeded contenders are City of Derry’s Simon Cooke (2011 runner-up) and Du Pont’s Chris Brown (2009 beaten finalist).
The Championship, again hosted by Du Pont, is set to commence on Sunday, January 8th and will be previewed when the top-shots come on stream after the preliminary-round skirmishes. Meantime, the full draw reads as follows - Stephen Heaney (City of Derry) v Jan Biernat (Glendermott); Shay Norris (Oak Grove) v Steve Weekes (Glendermott); Paul McCallion (Shantallow) v Paul Doherty (Letterkenny CYMS); Damien Blee (St. Pat’s-Strabane) v Gerry McKeever (Letterkenny NW); Christopher Gibbons (Letterkenny CYMS) v Anthony McGill (Letterkenny CYMS); Kevin McKinney (Oak Grove) v Sean McVeigh (Letterkenny NW); Colm Quinn (Claudy) v Owen Toland (Shantallow); Davy Clifford (Glendermott) v Keith Shiels (Shantallow); Stephen Brady (Oak Grove) v Christopher Duffy (Letterkenny NW); Joe Sims (Shantallow) v Gareth Kirwan (Letterkenny CYMS).
First-Round - 1. Maurice Ferguson (Glendermott) v Damien Blee or Gerry McKeever; 2. Shay Norris or Steve Weekes v Seamus Cusack (AOH); 3. Stephen Brady or Christopher Duffy v Joe Sims or Gareth Kirwan; 4. Chris Brown (Du Pont) v Colm Quinn or Owen Toland.
5. Glenn Roulston (St. Pat’s-Strabane) v Kevin McKinney or Sean McVeigh; 6. Ralph Dixon (Du Pont) v Richard Long (Glendermott); 7. Davy Clifford or Keith Shiels v Mickey McGowan (Du Pont); 8. Gerald McCloskey (AOH) v Christopher Gibbons or Anthony McGill.
9. Pascal McKenna (Du Pont) v Paul Donaghy (Claudy); 10. Stephen Heaney or Jan Biernat v Phelim McClafferty (Letterkenny CYMS); 11. Owen McLaughlin (Shantallow) v Paul McGinley (Letterkenny NW); 12. Pete Murphy (AOH) v Paul McCallion or Paul Doherty.
13. Simon Cooke (City of Derry) v Aidan Devenney (Letterkenny NW); 14. Peter Doherty (Shantallow) v Phil Porter (Shantallow); 15. Brian Tracey (Du Pont) v Joe Porter (Shantallow); 16. Johnny Connors (Letterkenny CYMS) v Adrian McFadden (Letterkenny CYMS).
Second-Round - (A) 1 v 2; (B) 3 v 4; (C) 5 v 6; (D) 7 v 8; (E) 9 v 10; (F) 11 v 12; (G) 13 v 14; (H) 15 v 16.
Quarter-Finals - (17) A v B; (18) C v D; (19) E v F; (20) G v H... Semi-Finals - (17 v 18) and (19 v 20).
The draws for the intermediate, junior and pairs competitions have also been made and will appear in this column during the next couple of weeks.