Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated Antrim snooker player Mark Allen on winning the Players Championship Grand Final in Manchester.
Mark defeated Ricky Walden 10-6 to secure his first major ranking title since 2013 and his first ever in Britain.
Hailing Mark’s achievement the Minister said: “This was a fine victory by Mark Allen and the culmination of a lot of hard work. The field in the Players Championship was very strong; the top-ranking participants on this season’s European and Asian Orders of Merit, and Mark will therefore be very pleased to have come out the victor.
“The triumph contributes to what has been a good season for Mark and now all sights are on the World Championship next month where he can hopefully better his previous best of a semi-final appearance.
“My warm congratulations go to Mark on this victory and I wish him the very best as he prepares for the showpiece event in the Crucible.”
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