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Ronan McCarthy defeated in World Masters
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Ronan McCarthy defeated in World Masters
The Norbreck castle Hotel in Blackpool was the venue for the second World Masters TV event between 9-11 June 2006. The event was eventually won by Chris 'The Magician' Melling by 10 frames to 7 over reigning World Champion Mick Hill.

Darren Matthew had a great event here going all the way, unseeded, to the Last-16 in an event with a field of well over 200 of the Worlds top players. In the Prelim round Daz saw off the challenge of David Langham (England) easily by 7 frames to 2 to set up a Round 1 encounter with Nigel Friery of Spain. This proved to be a mismatch and Darren strolled it 7-0 in no time. In the Last-128 a victory then came against top Australian player Justin Sajich with the score of 7-5. The Last-64 saw a big all-Scottish clash between Darren (2006 Scottish champion) and Steve Munro (2004 Scottish Champion) in a rematch of their Scottish championship final of this year. Darren was again to triumph in one of his best ever victorys by a score of 7-4 in a top class match. This was to set-up a Last-32 match between Darren Matthew and Ronan McCarthy (Northern Ireland), probably the biggest match of his young career. Darren produced some sparkling form in the game and went on to defeat one of the worlds top pool players by a convincing scoreline of 7-4. Darren was to finally come unstuck in the last-16 against top young player Steven Petty of England by 8-4. Darren would have gone on to meet Reigning World Champion in the next round, but it was not to be!

This event has been the first where Darren has shown some of his true form that helped him become arguably the greatest junior player of all-time and his 3 World Junior titles. Only Pat Holtz of Scotand got any further than Darren in an event where the majority of the Scottish international team (and most others) were also in attandance.

Date of news release: 2006-06-13
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