Ferguson joins roll-call of Senior Snooker Champs

Senior snooker championship winner Maurice Ferguson, third right, Glendermott, pictured with, from left, Joe Sims, referee, Seamus Byrne, PFS Accountants, Simon Cooke, City of Derry Golf Club, runner up, Jimmy Logue, Du Pont Social Club, and Seamus Gallagher, referee. (0605PG21)

Senior snooker championship winner Maurice Ferguson, third right, Glendermott, pictured with, from left, Joe Sims, referee, Seamus Byrne, PFS Accountants, Simon Cooke, City of Derry Golf Club, runner up, Jimmy Logue, Du Pont Social Club, and Seamus Gallagher, referee. (0605PG21)

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MAURICE FERGUSON, the 39-year-old Glendermott Cricket Club cueist, became the latest name to be etched on the North-West Senior Snooker Individual Championship’s illustrious roll-of-honour, thanks to a convincing 4-1 victory over Simon Cooke (City of Derry Golf Club) when the pair met in last week’s best-of-seven frames final at Du Pont Snooker Club.

Cooke, the pre-final favourite, did not reveal much of his true form but that should not be allowed to detract from Ferguson’s formidable display of potent potting and mini break-building. Experiencing his first taste of the intimidating atmosphere, the cricketer coped with the occasion in admirable fashion and, in a nutshell, emerged a worthy winner on the night.

Both players were doubtless keen for a confidence boosting start in the first frame. And while Cooke held a 12-point lead on the last four colours - despite Ferguson’s 22 break - the Glendermott player held his nerve to strike the first blow with a 22 clearance (64-50).

The next two frames were shared, with Ferguson going 2-0 up by taking frame two in comfortable fashion (67-34), before Cooke reduced the deficit by winning frame three in equal comfort (62-35).

But that was to prove the Prehen potter’s only hurrah, as the cricketer completed a fine 4-1 victory by taking the next two frames in decisive fashion (75-27 and 74-32). He followed up a brace of 30 compilations in the fourth frame with the best-of-the-match break of 38 in frame five.

Match official were Seamus Gallagher and Joe Sims (referees), John Clifford (overseer) and Jimmy Logue (MC).

For the Record - Maurice Ferguson emulates Paul King (1986), Seamus Conway (1997) and Strabane’s Glenn Roulston (2005) as only the fourth intermediate-graded competitor to win NW snooker’s supreme individual title.

Thanks to Seamus Farren, PFS Accountants (sponsor); Du Pont SC for hosting the Championship (and providing solid refreshments) and last but not least, all the referees who officiated throughout the competition.