Declan wins in Guildford

Men’s Band 3
ettaTibhar sponsored Declan O’Brien flew the flag for Ireland as the sole Irishman to win a grand prix title on the first day of the Bribar Guildford Grand Prix.

After winning group 7, O’Brien went on to produce a number of accomplished performances against Josh Bennett (3-1), Richard Carden (3-0) and a fine 3-1 (16-14, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9) win against Hugo Pang in the semi-final.

In the final he met Jersey’s Josh Band, the Tees Sport Liverpool GP Band 2 runner-up, who forced his way into the band 3 final on Saturday night after a series of hard-fought wins.

He too won his group but had to twice battle through five-game encounters with Martin Matuvicius and Joe Pilkington to set up a semi-final against Liam Grant.

He cruised past Grant 3-0 (11-2, 11-6, 11-5) but was unable to maintain his form against the Irishman who deservedly won a straight-games final.