NW SNOOKER: McFadden celebrates high-profile title breakthrough

Pictured following the Alfie McGinley Memorial Snooker Final in the Shantallow House are, from left, Adrian McFadden (winner) Hugh Brady, Organising Committee member, Phelim McClafferty the defeated finalist and Joe Sims, match referee.
Pictured following the Alfie McGinley Memorial Snooker Final in the Shantallow House are, from left, Adrian McFadden (winner) Hugh Brady, Organising Committee member, Phelim McClafferty the defeated finalist and Joe Sims, match referee.

ADRIAN McFADDEN added some real substance to his CV when, after years of trying without impacting North-West Championship Snooker’s two most important individual events – ‘Senior’ and ‘League’ – he finally hit the jackpot in the 2016 renewal of the Alfie McGinley Memorial Premier Individual League.

Despite exhibiting the qualities of a sizeable break-builder for several seasons gone by, the 33-year-old Letterkenny player cued-off the current campaign still graded in the intermediate ranks, his non-senior status reflecting lack of inconsistency rather than talent. Indeed, he offered little clues about his ultimate title triumph during the qualifiers, showing characteristic hit-and-miss form and just about survived the preps via a tie-breaker for the eighth and final play-off place.

As it was, McFadden belied his uninspiring qualification credentials when he got his act together in the knockout stages. He claimed the select scalps of three-time champion Peter Doherty and dual scorer Gerald McCloskey in the quarter and semi-finals, before climaxing his breakthrough conquest with a 3-1 victory at the expense of higher-graded CYMS Club companion Phelim McClafferty.

PLAY-OFF FINAL – Making a return visit to the ultimate stage (2007 runner-up), McClafferty made an encouraging start in his bid for belated compensation, compiling a few small double-figure runs (topped by 21) to take the opening frame in decisive fashion (61-14).

He again had to settle for silver, however, as McFadden subsequently ‘cantered’ to the three-frame winning post (69-24, 61-27 and 49-25), bagging the best-match breaks of 40 (second) and 33 (fourth).

Finally, the NWIABSA committee convey grateful to Shantallow House for hosting the play-offs.