Potters eye All Ireland team glory

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A team from Potters Snooker Club in Coleraine will attempt to go one better than last year at the All Ireland Snooker Club Championships this week.

Potters, from Long Commons in the town, lost in last year’s final - 3-2 to Drumaness at the Gleneagles Hotel in Killarney - and are determined to come home with the winner’s trophy this time around.

Team skipper Willie Eakin is hopeful that his six man team can rise to the occasion.

“We are going down there to try and win it.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience in the team and hopefully we can perform well.”

Willie’s team includes Mal Iwrin, who has come home after many years in England and also talented cueists Raymond Baxter, Lee Hull, James Nesbitt and Ady Toner.

Twelve months ago Potters topped their round robin group before defeating Terry Rogers C in the quarter-finals and then beating North West in the semi-final.

The championships - which will feature the best snooker clubs and players in Ireland - open with the Billy Telford Singles on Wednesday, with the team competition breaking off on Thursday.