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My First 147

Similar to trying to achieve my first century, before I got a 147 break
I had many close calls before I succumbed to the pressure.
The week previous I missed an easy blue on 129 and left the club devastated,
again feeling it would never happen.

Looking back now I see that each close call was not a failure
but in fact a vital stepping stone to achieving this milestone.
To date I have had thirty 147 breaks and plenty more close calls since that first one also.
When I get to the colours I still feel nervous and still get a great buzz
when I manage to hold myself together and clean up.

That first one was on November 24th 1991 against Keith Scheldrick
(a regular practice partner at the time) in Q's Snooker Club in Clondalkin
(where I was the resident professional).

On December 16th 1995 in a qualifier for the Finnish Open
I made a maximum in the second frame of my match against Mark Nugent (which I won 3 - 0)
in the Coach Club, Hillsborough in Belfast,Northern Ireland.
To have a maximum in a tournament was very special and the Irish Independant,
the national morning paper, made me their Sportstar of the week in recognition of my achievemant.

I have also had two in exhibitions (also 1995) in Joey's Snooker Club, Harmonstown
and The Silver Swan, Artane both in Dublin, Ireland.

Apart from that one in the tournament in Northern Ireland,
and of course in Dublin, I have also had three in Ilford, Essex England
and one in Scotland (versus John Higgins).
I wonder has anybody else had maximum breaks in four different countries?


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