Scotland's Robert Shanks defeated England's Mark Joyce 6-2 to be crowned the 2002 European Under-19 Snooker Champion at the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow this afternoon. Shanks was on top form all week dropping only one frame en route to the final, knocking in two centuries in his 5-1 semi-final win over fellow Scot Ian Wells.
Joyce, the defending champion, started off by winning the first frame of the final but Shanks won the next by 67 points to 22 to level the scores. Shanks then went 2-1 ahead thanks to a wonderful 110 clearance in the third frame and went on to win the next three frames to put him just one frame away from victory.
Joyce rallied in the seventh frame with a break of 89, and although Shanks started the eighth frame by knocking in a 40 break, Joyce responded well running up a 56 break to take the initiative. However, Joyce carelessly chipped the white ball over the pink ball to leave Shanks perfect on the last red and the Scot duly cleared to the black to take the match and the European Under-19 Championship title.
Mark Joyce's high break of 136 survived from the first day of play from what was a superb week of snooker in Carlow.
Filed by Shane Murray