Name: Vincent Muldoon
DOB: 12th October 1990
Turned Pro: 2008
Highest Ranking: N/A
Highest Break: 101 (2008 Bahrain Championship Qualifiers)
Career Highlights: 2007/8 Republic of Ireland Champion and number one, 2012 European Championship finalist, 2007 European under-19 Championship, finalist, 2008 Grand Prix and Bahrain Championship last 64
A promising young player from the Republic of Ireland, Vinnie first qualified for the main tour in 2008/9 having finished top of the Irish rankings during the 2007/8 season. During a successful junior career Vinnie also won the national championship, as well as making the final of the European Under-19 Championship.
Vinnie began his pro career with a 5-3 defeat to the much more experienced Matthew Couch in the Northern Ireland qualifiers, but he then went on a strong run where he was able to win at least one match in each of the next three ranking tournaments. These included a couple of third round appearances in qualifying for Bahrain and the Grand Prix where he beat players such as Matt Selt, Kuldesh Johal and Joe Delaney along the way. In Bahrain he was particularly unfortunate to run into an in-form Judd Trump who fought back to win an thriller in a final frame decider..
Unfortunately however he was then to come back down to earth with a bump at the EIS in Sheffield during the UK Championship qualifiers, losing out in round one to Scott MacKenzie and giving himself a lot of work to do if he was to retain his place on the tour for a second season.
As it turned out though, this defeat proved to be the turning point and he managed to win just one more match after that before eventually seeing his season brought to a close with a round one defeat to Jimmy White at the World Championship qualifiers in February.
Vinnie reached the final of the European Championship in 2011, defeating Martin O’Donnell 6-4 in the semi-finals to do so, however defeat to Daniel Wells in the final meant that he was unable to regain a place on the main tour for the following season.