Club Focus….Pool & Snooker with Shane Kenneally

UCC Pool and Snooker Club, one of the newest additions to UCC Sports ever expanding list of clubs was established in Mid-August 2017, the club came to fruition through the desire among four friends to compete and play in tournaments for their University. The Clubs founding Members, Shane Kenneally, Naoise Fitzgerald, Eoin O’Driscoll and Cathal Gannon, had realised that within UCC there was a desire for the sport as in many occasions queues were formed to play on the only readily available pool table on Campus which resides in the Students Union Common Room. Through this, the cogs began to turn and come September the club was ratified by UCC Clubs Executive and was present for its first Clubs Day during Fresher’s week.

The Pool and Snooker Club trains weekly in the Mardyke Entertainment Complex and from its first training session has seen a dedicated following of member’s week after week. This dedication by the club’s members has allowed it continue on into its second active year and as a result the club hopes to put forward a team for this year’s Pool intervarsity’s. While the club practices weekly by dividing its members up into groups to play against each other, they have also held (which they hope to make an annual event) their first in-house tournament where over twenty members battled it out through a gruelling tournament in which it was clear that the club definitely has potential and skill to go on and challenge at other events. In an average week 20 students will come out train and hone in their techniques and all though there is quite skilled members within the Club, training is open to all skill levels and ability, as many of the more skilled players will step in and mentor the newer players who sometimes struggle with learning the sport. This competitive yet nurturing atmosphere within the club is one of the Clubs most amazing features as it allows new and old members to mingle freely amongst each other which creates a great vibrant pool of players for all members to play with and gain experience through.

This being the Clubs second year in operation, the committee wishes to begin to transition the club from more of a social and recreational club seen in its first year; to a more competitive and engaging club. As many members have expressed serious interest in competing against other 3rd level institutions and represent UCC at national events. This support and desire which was observed at the end of UCC’s last academic year, and the growing experience of the Clubs committee puts the Club on a strong footing to compete in matches throughout the year.