Belfast GP action from BT Atrium in W5 Discovery Centre
Belfast GP projected on big screen in W5 Discovery Centre
|World's Top Players
Entertain Belfast May 14th 2005
Dutchman, Eric Verhagen, ranked No.1 in the World, was among the 64 Entrants for the Belfast International Grand Prix, along with other high-ranking players from Belgium, Malta, Austria, Germany, England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Eric surprisingly lost in the Quarter-Finals to Malta's Joe Mifsud, who eventually finished runner-up, losing 2-0 to David Ruelle in the final.
Best for Northern Ireland in the Open was Trevor Cummings, who lost in the last 16 to a golden goal by England's Phil Redman. Congratulations to Georgia Lee, Northern Ireland's only trophy winner, who finished runner-up to Louise Lawrenson of England in the Female event.
Spectators were able to follow the action from balconies on different levels of the impressive W5 venue and also see close-up play from the No.1 Pitch projected on the big screen via small, unobtrusive cameras positioned at corners of the table.
There was also a penalty-flick side show for W5 visitors. This proved to be an excellent way to get the public involved, both young and old. The four best penalty-flickers got to keep a shoot-out board as a reward for their efforts.
Radio Ulster Report Mar 31st 05