As we approach the Christmas break, this season has already seen eight of the 18 scheduled PowerGlide English Under-14 Championship Stage One qualifiers take place at affiliated clubs across the country.
And what a showing it has been so far, with 69 players having already taken part – this season’s competition looking set to smash the previous participation record of 119 players.
Events across the south have been the main order of the day thus far, with Salisbury Snooker Club, Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club, Castle Snooker Club (Brighton), Cousins (London) and Waterlooville Sports Bar all registering events. Meanwhile, Elite Snooker Club (Preston), Breakers Snooker Club (Leicester) and Woodside Snooker Centre (Dereham) have also chalked up their qualifiers.
The focus will change predominantly to Northern and Midlands events after the festive period up to the end of January when the curtain falls on the club qualifying stage.
The story of the eight events across October and November has been one of players of all ability levels taking part in exciting competitions, many for the first time, trying to emulate their heroes of the sport!
Ellise Scott won the opening event at Salisbury Snooker Club. She will be hoping her previous experience in the latter stages will take her even further this season.
The highest break of the competition so far came from Harry Wyatt with a run of 63, almost beating his own personal best, then going on to win the qualifier at Castle Snooker Club last month.
In Lancashire, a repeat of last season’s final of the qualifying event at Elite Snooker Club, saw Jack Wilding edge out Jackson Pope, with both going through to the next stage.
And at Leicester’s Breakers Snooker Club, one of the younger qualifiers at only 10 years old – Faiz Majid – claimed a 2-1 victory over Yashnai Parmar in their event final.
As we look ahead to later in the season, Stage One qualifying players will take each other on in a northern and southern Stage Two in March.
The remaining two players will then earn the prestige of a final in April at Landywood Snooker Club in the West Midlands, during the same weekend as the club hosts the final stages of snooker’s longest running competition – the English Amateur Championship.
A big thank-you to all the clubs and coaches that have hosted and run these competitions so far.
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