90-year-old takes out Ballina snooker tournament

SNOOKER CHAMP: At the age of 90, Ballina’s Allan Philp won the Ballina RSL Snooker Club’s round- robin tournament recently.
SNOOKER CHAMP: At the age of 90, Ballina’s Allan Philp won the Ballina RSL Snooker Club’s round- robin tournament recently. Graham Broadhead

BALLINA'S Allan Philp jokes that he is good at snooker because he had a "misspent youth" - and his skills haven't deserted him.

At the age of 90, Allan has won the Ballina RSL Snooker Club's annual round-robin event held on October 19-20, only losing one frame in the tournament.

He went through his seven round-robin games undefeated to get into the quarter-finals, where he dropped one game in the best-of-three part of the tournament.

From there, he didn't lose a game in the semi-finals or the final. Allan plucked up some energy in the Sunday finals from the band playing next door - Dean Doyle and Sophistication were doing a show.

"The music was absolutely great," he said.

"And I was in that good a mood the referee reckoned I danced all the way through it."

Allan, a life member and foundation member of the snooker club, has won plenty of trophies in his time, and they're on display in his pool room at home.

The latest was the club's B Grade championship - and this was the first year Allan has stepped down from A Grade.

But he was determined to see how well he could play in the round robin so he spent three weeks practising hard in the lead-up to the event.

And the win was sweet.

"I got as much joy out of that competition as I've had from any games in my life," he said.

Allan began playing snooker in Ballina at the age of 14.



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