Boreland wins Rafters Junior League

ROBERT Boreland won the Rafters Junior League in dramatic style defeating Matthew Wylie in the final.

Rafters Junior League started in the Ballymoney snooker club in December with 18 players aged 18 and under and the league was played every Tuesday night over a period of 15 weeks.

Competitors played each other over the best of three frames and all juniors looked forward to Tuesday nights as they got to play someone different every week.

All players played off a level handicap with the exception of Matthew Wylie and Luke McIlreavy, giving 20 points up and Jason McLaughlin and Daniel McMillan giving 15 points.

The players got one point for a win with players with the most points getting to the final.

It was very tense down to the last week with Matthew Wylie, Luke McIlreavy and Robert Boreland all finishing with the same points.

A play-off had to be played to decide who played in the final. Luke McIlreavy was drawn out to play Robert Boreland and Robert won 2-0.

He went on to play Matthew Wylie in the final.

The final was the best of five frames with Robert getting a 20 points start on Matthew.

Matthew won the first two frames with Robert winning the next two and with the score 2-2 Robert got the final frame under way.

Robert, making the most of his 20 points advantage, edged ahead to win on the colours and claim the match with a 3-2 success and was congratulated by Matthew on the win.

Robert received the Perpetual Cup along with a new snooker cue complete with case and extensions and a voucher for two hours free snooker and Matthew received the Runner-up Cup and one hour’s free snooker.

There was a further draw of the remaining players to pick out two names to play a best of three with the winner receiving one hour free snooker and the runner-up half an hour free snooker.

Aaron King and Andrew Connor played in the final and Andrew won the first frame but Aaron won the next two to win the match.

Uel Wylie thanked all players who took part with players looking forward to another competition in the near future.