It was yet another busy time on the EPSB scene this past weekend – Stan Moody, Westley Cooper, Aidan Murphy and Jenson Kendrick all went home with titles.
English Under-16 Regional Qualifiers
Moody will face Cooper later this season for the English under-16 championship after both won their respective regions.
At the Hazel Grove Snooker Club in Stockport, the in-form Moody claimed the northern area championship without dropping a single frame.
The back-to-back English under-14 champion defeated Adam Loyley, Nathan Barton, Mohammed Ali Khan and then Daniel Boyes in the final, all 3-0, to make it through to another national finals weekend.
In the southern section at Frames in Coulsdon, London, Cooper was impressive as he too progressed through four rounds.
Cooper made breaks of 49 and 46 as he ousted recent under-14 finalist Dylan Smith 3-2 in a preliminary round before dispatching Harry Wyatt 3-0, William Forster 3-1 and then Edward Jones 3-0 in the final.
English Under-18 Regional Qualifiers
It would be yet another memorable weekend for Moody as he completed a special double by also winning the under-18 northern area championship.
Moody – who recently won an Under-21 Premier Development Tour title during the weekend he made his debut on the circuit – began his campaign with a 3-0 success over Jack Johnson.
He then relinquished his first frame of the weekend as he fell behind to Michael Roberts, but recovered to record a 3-1 victory. Moody went on to defeat the consistent Liam Pullen 3-1, Reece Wilson 3-0 and current English under-16 champion Paul Deaville 3-0 in the final.
Moody will expect a very difficult test in the national final later this season when he comes up against Aidan Murphy, who triumphed to become the under-18 southern area champion.
The Bristolian has been another eye-catching performer in recent years. After receiving a bye, Murphy eliminated O’Shay Scott 3-1, Ronnie Sullivan 3-1 and then last season’s under-16 and under-18 national finalist Oliver Sykes 3-0 in the regional final.
Both the under-16 and under-18 national finals will take place at the 2021/22 EPSB Finals Weekend at the end of the season.
Another youngster – former English under-18 and 6-reds champion Jenson Kendrick – was victorious at the latest EPSB Open Series event at Breakers Snooker Club in Leicester on Sunday.
A field of 25 players took part and it was the in-form Kendrick – winner of an Under-21 Premier Development Tour title just over a fortnight ago – who went home with a handy top prize purse.
Kendrick began by defeating John Fearick 3-0 before he finished off with a 72 break to deny John Nicholson 3-1 in the last 16.
The 19-year-old then crafted an 85 break as he saw off Faizaan Mohammed 3-0 in the quarter-finals and repeated that scoreline over fellow teenager Ryan Davies in the last four. Last week, Davies was an Open Series event winner in Hull.
In the final Kendrick met the experienced Luke Simmonds who made a 106 break – the highest of the tournament – as he ousted another event winner on this season’s Series – Josh Thomond – 3-2 in the other semi-final encounter.
However, it was Kendrick – top scoring with a 97 in frame two – celebrating top honours after a 3-1 triumph.
The next EPSB Open Series events take place on Sunday 3rd October with competitions at the Cueball Derby, Breakers in Leicester and Tradewell in Hull. Open to all, you can enter them here.
The EPSB would like to thank all the officials and venues that helped organise and host events this past weekend.