Antrim bookie defies the odds to win NI Amateur snooker title and book his place in professional event at Belfast's Waterfront Hall later this year

AN Antrim bookie has been crowned Northern Ireland Amateur Snooker Champion.

Declan Lavery’s name has been etched on to the famous old trophy after he claimed the prize for the first time last weekend.

Dating back as far as 1927, the prestigious title has been won in the past by such snooker luminaries as Alex Higgins and Mark Allen.

Organised by the Northern Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association – part of the World Snooker Federation – this year’s event featured over 70 hopefuls who fought for the right be crowned champion over three consecutive weekends.

*Read Declan’s story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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