South Leinster Open Championship

South Leinster Open Championship

This year the SLOC was held in combination with a leg of the Irish Masters. Played at Newcastle on the weekend of 14/15 May, the participants were Andrew Johnston, Ed Cunningham, Simon Williams, Kieran Murphy, Danny Johnston, Nathaniel Healy and Robert Barklie.

Unfortunately Gerard Healy, the current holder of the Williams-O’Toole trophy, was unable to pay.

Two blocks were established for single game matches, switching play between the Healy and Johnston lawns. Play was intense, with many tight finishes but by lunchtime on Sunday the Block winners were Ed and Simon with Andrew and Danny as runners up. In the best of three final Simon came through victorious, with Danny having a surprise victory over Andrew.

All then repaired to the real nail biter – the playoff for third between Nathaniel and Evan - which developed into a two ball thriller which had the crowd on the edge of their seats