The fifth edition of the popular Kingscourt Shoot-Out will take place on January 6th and 7th next and online entry is now live!
Due to demand, the organisers split the competition into two separate events last year and the same format will follow for the next event.
Shoot-Out 1 takes place on Saturday, January 6th and caters for Intermediate, Masters A and stronger Junior A players.
Shoot-Out 2 is on Sunday, January 7th and is for Junior B and Masters B players and less strong Junior A players.
Minor players and seniors who are not in the top 10 in the national rankings are also welcome to enter their relevant day.
The entry grading guidelines are not rigid; stronger Junior A/Masters players may wish to enter the Intermediate event while others in those grades may prefer to enter the Junior event. The organising committee has the final say on entries.
The innovative format is as follows:
All players must be in attendance for the draw at 9.30am. The top 16 are seeded by the tournament committee and, starting with the 16th seed, each seeded players draws their opponent out of the hat blindly.
Matches serve off at 10am sharp and run all day. Games are played on a 20-minute timed format; a coin is placed in the meter and when the lights go out, it’s game over!
The finalists will have to play five 20-minute matches. First round losers enter the B grade so all players are guaranteed at least two games and the majority will get three or more.
Previous winners of the Shoot-Out were Wexford men Daniel Kavanagh and Galen Riordan and Kilkenny's Billy Drennan and Wicklow's Jerome Willoughby.
Last year's inaugural Shoot-Out 2 was won by David Stanners from Wexford.
Entry costs €30 and is strictly non-refundable.
All entrants will receive a special tournament jersey (value €25) and there will be prizes for winners in all grades (including the dropdown on Saturday and Sunday).
Players are advised to enter early as in previous years, entry filled up quickly.
To enter, click here.
IMPORTANT *** Use code SHOOTOUT24 when checking out in order to remove the shipping charge. ***