National recognition for Regal club

Players from the County Armagh representative squad during Saturday's Northern Ireland individuals in the Regal Supreme Pool Portadown Club. From left to right are Chris Lee, Ryan Taylor, Jamie Brown, Gavin Doran, Mark Howe and John Lawther. Jason Crozier, Declan Duff and John McVeigh joined the group for Sunday's nine-man team tournament. Pic by Phil Ray.
Players from the County Armagh representative squad during Saturday's Northern Ireland individuals in the Regal Supreme Pool Portadown Club. From left to right are Chris Lee, Ryan Taylor, Jamie Brown, Gavin Doran, Mark Howe and John Lawther. Jason Crozier, Declan Duff and John McVeigh joined the group for Sunday's nine-man team tournament. Pic by Phil Ray.
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The Regal club’s switch from snooker to pool in recent months was recognised last weekend at national level.

A transformation within the long-standing town venue has led to the introduction of 12 World Championship-standard eight-ball tables - with the Northern Ireland Pool Federation arriving in Portadown for a two-day exhibition of team and individual talent.

The County Armagh nine-man squad featured players from Portadown, Tandragee and Richhill - plus Lurgan and Benburb.

Jason Crozier was representing the town, with Ryan Taylor on show from Tandragee and Richhill’s Jamie Brown also stepping up to the table.

Sean Hoey won the Northern Ireland Open title with a 7-4 success against Joe McCrory during the individuals on Saturday as part of the NI Counties’ Championships.

In the county team final on Sunday, Legenderry came out on top against Down A.

It was brilliant to have so many superb players in the club last weekend and the standard proved excellent

John Lawther

Footage was uploaded on to YouTube via the Regal Supreme Portadown channel.

“I have been manager of the Regal club for about 17 years and, after watching the slow decline of snooker, we opted to try out a pool table,” said John Lawther. “Peter Baxter, the Regal owner, has worked really hard to help steer the club in a different direction over the past five months or so.

“The Supreme Pool tables get used for World Championship games and we have 12 in the club.

“Pool players now travel from all over to take part in our monthly club competitions and 63 have signed up for the April event.

“We also offer the casual player seven racks of pool for just £2 and think our competitive pricing and top-class tables make it a real attraction.

“It was brilliant to have so many superb players in the club last weekend and the standard proved excellent.”

To find out more about the Regal Supreme Pool Portadown Club visit Facebook or contact (028) 38 331426.