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Scottish Amateur Hopes to be Better Flying High, Soon…

Winning Scottish amateur: Fraser Patrick

For some players, life can be a delicate balancing act. Juggling work, personal life, and, doing what you really want to do – play snooker as a pro. 

And for 33-year-old ex-pro Fraser Patrick, life has been exactly that. He reveals how tough it can be making it as a snooker player, both as a pro, and, an amateur. In between the grueling practice sessions, come the grueling day/night shifts at work, just to be able to chase the dream of being a snooker player. It’s not all a bed of roses.

Patrick explains:

I play in the Red Triangle Snooker club in Cumbernauld now, I don’t play full time but to be honest I never have, I’ve always played around work and still do, maybe I’d have done better if I did play full time but I’ve never been able to afford it so even when I have been ‘pro’ I have still been working 4 or 5 days/nights a week whether it was behind the bar of the snooker club or now I work for Amazon. To be honest, the worst thing a snooker player could do is work in the club they play in, i did it for about 10 years and half the time I didn’t want to play cause I felt I was never out of the place. Yes, I will be entering q school, I won an event in Breakers snooker club in Leicester last weekend where the winner got the £1000 entry for the q school so I’ll be playing a bit more than normal hopefully to get in decent form for that.

Scotland has always been a hotbed for Scottish talent. Still the likes of Stephen Maguire, John Higgins Graham Dott and newcomers Anthony McGill are leading the way for team Scotland.

But there are also some younger talents coming through which Patrick explains later. However, this week, he’s lucky enough to be practicing at the new facility frequented by John Higgins and Stephen Maguire in Glasgow.

He adds: “I practise when I can roundabout work, if I have a period without tournaments I literally won’t play and will just try and work more really. When a tournament is coming up I’ll probably start playing properly a few weeks before it and be playing well by the time of the tournament, Q school though I will start now and was told today it’s 53 days till it starts, if/when I get back on the tour I hope to make enough money quite quick that I can afford to stop working and actually play full time. Will be interesting to see how I actually get on playing as much as the other guys on the tour.”

Patrick has had a few coaches in his time but hasn’t got one at moment, however, he explains his previous coaching experiences.

 I went to a man called Eddie Gill for a while when I first started playing quite seriously but he passed away around 16months after I started going to him. A few years later I was struggling and went to another called Richy MacDonald who was a world snooker coach, might still be, I saw him for maybe 2 months and then won the first of my 2 Scottish amateur championships, he helped me as well during my first time on the main tour. However when I came off the tour first time I stopped playing, never picked up a snooker cue for 3 years.

For Patrick, disaster struck!

When I was on the tour last time I was doing well then was in a car crash after a month off the season and I missed around 4 events cause I had badly hurt my shoulder, even when I got back playing it just felt wrong, as if it wasn’t in the right position, because of this I went to see Chris Small who helped me but some of the changes he tried to make I didn’t feel great about and I never won a game for the rest of that season which effectively put me off the tour.

He said recently he was having coaching off of Stevie Baillie who is an accredited SightRight coach and also a world snooker coach, he wanted to try the SightRight methods and although it helped in certain areas of his game he didn’t feel he did it often enough to to get the full benefits of it.  Between Stevie having his own business and with Patrick working, holidays and some other stuff they were maybe only getting together 2 or 3 times a month which is nowhere near enough to get it drilled in like it needs to be.

Patrick added: “For serious players willing to strip their games apart and relearn what they know about the game then SightRight is definitely worth a go, some of the things it shows you are unreal, it can show you stuff I don’t think any other coach would be able to.”

On Scottish talent coming through, he cites a couple he has heard of…

 “I do know one called Liam Graham is a good weekend player and is only 14 years old, he played recently in the snooker shootout . Good wee technique and confident player! Another young boy that plays in the tournaments in the Red Triangle on a Sunday night is Sam McKay, he is younger than Liam I think but has good technique too and goes to ex-pro Jim Donnelly for coaching so may turn out good. Those are the 2 that I know of who may be good in future, of the slightly older ones I’d say Dean Young, he has started doing well recently in the amateur events and if he continues to improve could hopefully do something good.” Look out for those names in future!
Patrick is not a good flyer – despite the fact the tour players now travel everywhere and anywhere. However, he says his flying fears are improving. He recounts:
A few years ago I went to the Bulgarian PTC event, I flew with John Higgins and Marcus Campbell but we flew with Turkish airlines so had to go to Istanbul and then back to Sofia, on the flight to Istanbul we played cards the full way but as we were coming into land we were over the sea turning at a steep angle to line up with the runway when there was a loud bang and the plane lurched from its turn angle to the opposite side and most on the plane screamed! I am not the best flyer so I was in shreds, we got on the next flight to Sofia and I was shaking that much still that I couldn’t hold the cards so I had to leave it till we got to hotel. I played Ian burns the next day and lost 4-3.
He added: With the thoughts of flying again still in my head I phoned my sister straight away and asked how I could get home without flying, it’s around 3100km from Sofia to Glasgow over land!I found that I could get the train to Amsterdam and get the ferry to Newcastle, so that night I set off on the train from Sofia to Belgrade, then to Zagreb, Zagreb to Munich then to Amsterdam, this took around 2 full days and nights I then had 50 minutes to catch the ferry to Newcastle, somehow I managed all this and got picked up in Newcastle by my sister the next morning, I think I got home at around 2pm on the Saturday and my flight was due into Edinburgh at around 4pm the same day so to avoid a flight I had travelled for 3 and a half days to avoid a 4 hour flight, sounds crazy but that’s how bad I was flying at that time!
Since then, Patrick says he has flown to China and India and his flying fears have improved. He hopes to be flying high on tour soon…
Finally, how did Patrick get into snooker?

He says: “Supposedly when I was a baby I used to love if the snooker was on the TV and would run over in my baby stroller to get as close as I could to the TV to point as the balls were being potted. I got a small table for Christmas I believe when I was 4 years old then got a bigger one when I was around 9 but only went maybe 2 times a month to play in a club in Glasgow city centre called Reardons where my mum used to take me. Once I was around 12 or 13 I went to a club called the Craigpark Masters snooker club which was in denistoun in Glasgow to play in the weekly handicap tournament, my first time there I played Mark Boyle who at that point was Scotland number 1 u18s player, he gave me a 60 start and beat me quite easy, I remember drawing him a couple of times in maybe the first month of me going there. He was coached off a man called Eddie Gill who watched our match one night and approached my mum saying he could see I had talent and could be a good player and if I was ever interested in basically being a good player to give him a phone, once I decided I did want to be a good player then I contacted him and that got me on the road to being a snooker player.”

WATCH a video of Patrick playing in QSchool 2018 against new pro-Andy Lee.

Thanks to Fraser for his time in talking to SnookerZone and good luck in QSchool later this year after the World Championships.
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New Coral Tour Championship Kicks Off in Llandudno

The current World Champion Mark Williams is one of eight players on show this week in Llandudno

The new Coral Tour Championship has kicked off in the Welsh town of Llandudno as eight of the World’s best snooker players warm up for the World Championship next month in Sheffield.

The eight playing will be reduced to one come Sunday night 24th March and pick up a winner’s cheque of 150K. There’s 20K just for turning up in Llandudno.

The event is part of the Coral series which saw Judd Trump win back in Cheltenham at the Coral World Grand Prix, then Ronnie O’Sullivan made history in Preston at the Player’s Championship with his 1000th ton but the other week and won the event as well.

Currently, both him and Trump have the most points from the series to lift the inaugural Coral Cup but there are still others in the running for the trophy.

There’s also 20K on offer for any of the eight who makes a 147 by close of Sunday.

The first round (QFs) is best of 17, with the semi-finals best of 19 and a best of 25 for the final over three sessions.

The eight on show, includes the likes of…

  • O’Sullivan,
  • Trump,
  • Williams,
  • Mark Selby,
  • Neil Robertson
  • Stuart Bingham
  • Mark Allen
  • Kyren Wilson

All made enough points from the season’s one year list and the two previous Coral events to book a spot in Llandudno.

This event comes after Stuart Bingham lifted his sixth ranking title in Gibraltar, where he booked himself into the Champion of Champions later on this year by beating 2018 winner Welshman Ryan Day in the final 4 – 1.

 

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Champion of Champions Snooker 2019 – Who’s in So Far?

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Neil Robertson won the CofC in 2015…

 

The Manbetx Champion of Champions 2019 takes place later on in the year and it’s 16 of the best snooker players on show who have won events throughout the season.

This year the winner’s pot jacks up to £150K with the runner-up trousering £60K.

Here’s a list of those who’ve qualified so far.

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan

With his third Champion of Champions under his belt, and then a win in both York and Preston, the Rocket is a triple qualifier for the event and always the favourite. It’s in essence, his event since it started in 2013…

  • Judd Trump

Another triple qualifier is the Juddernaut. With wins in Northern Ireland, London at the 2019 Dafabet Masters and the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham, he has no worries on returning to Coventry in November.

  • Kyren Wilson

The Warrior’s win in the German Masters sees him through to the Ricoh.

  • Neil Robertson

The Australian former 2010 World Champion has had a good season so far and although winning his second Riga Masters in three years didn’t put him in a place, scooping his second Welsh Open crown back in February was the perfect tonic to see him into the elite 16 man event towards the end of the year.

  • Mark Allen

The Pistol has been having a sterling season this season, scooping the International Championship in Daqing early on and then lifting the Stephen Hendry trophy in Scotland before Christmas. This powered him into the 2019 edition as he preceded Judd Trump by winning the Masters for the first time in 2018.

  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 

His ranking win at the controversial fast and furious Snooker Shootout could be a breakthrough for the Thai Un Nooh as he earns a spot for the event.

  • Matthew Selt 

A first ranking win for Selt in India puts him in line for a spot in the 150K event – and it will be a debut for the Essex cueman in Coventry now as a proven winner.

  • Martin Gould 

The Gouldynator, as he is nicknamed is back in the winner’s enclosure after a spell away after winning the 2019 Championship League. Although not a ranking event, it still earns him a spot on the list.

 

That means there’s a potential 9 spots left to fill, provided there are no more winners who have already won, and we can’t count on the likes of Trump, O’Sullivan, Robertson not winning more before the season’s out!

SnookerZone will add to the list as it develops…Who will be the next into the elite 16 man event?

UPDATE;

  • 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham booked his place in the event via winning the 2019 Gibraltar Open

 

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Magical Ronnie O’Sullivan: You’re Simply the Best

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RONNIE O’SULLIVAN whisked up his 1000th ton in Preston over the weekend in style amid the jubilation of a jam-packed crowd at the Guildhall, the venue where he won his first ranking title the UK Championship in 1993.

The 43-year-old 19-time major winner racked up the 134 in the final frame he needed to beat Neil Robertson 10 – 4 and win the Coral Players Championship – his 35th ranking title.

His milestone came as he led 7 – 2 at the first session in the afternoon and despite Robertson showing good form in the evening with a 120 break, the Rocket did enough to lift the 125K first prize and rack his 1000th ton.

He told ITV4 after: “Preston was lucky tonight.”

And added that if there was any player he would have liked to have shared the moment with, it was Neil Robertson as the pair embraced after the match as Robertson congratulated O’Sullivan on the milestone. O’Sullivan added he would have liked to have shared the moment with either Ding Junhui or Liang Wenbo if not Robertson.

As well as the 134, the Rocket racked up breaks of 115 105 and 90, 70, 67, 66, 65, 56, 52 early on as he played flawless snooker throughout the two sessions.

Watch the 1000th ton record, here…

 

Genius O’Sullivan in Numbers

Here’s his records…so far

  • 19 triple crown majors – 5 World titles, 7 Masters, 7 UK Championships
  • 35 ranking titles
  • 5 World Championship titles
  • 1000 centuries
  • Fastest 147 at 5 mins 20 seconds
  • 15 career maximums

Hendry, whom he had beat in 93 at the Guildhall, said of O’Sullivan that he’s now a winning machine as well as an entertainer.

“I played to win” but when I knew I couldn’t win anymore I didn’t enjoy it. That’s why I retired.

But Ronnie is still at the peak of his powers at 43 and it looks like he won’t be leaving the table any time soon…

Hendry added: “If that doesn’t inspire any youngster to want to play snooker, I don’t know what will!”

The song Tina Turner Simply the Best came to mind when writing this…

Not read Hendry’s book Me and the Table yet? Get some tips on what you need to become a winner by reading the 7 time World Champion’s personal account of his life and times in snooker, read SnookerZone’s review, here…

 

 

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A Challenge Worth the While?

Proud winner: Pragnell! Photo screenshot from World Snooker website

 

The World Snooker Challenge tour is a series of events that have been played over a period of months this season as its inaugural addition to the calendar.

Designed as a kind of experiment to see how many of the maximum of 64 amateurs would jump on board and enter, the amateur tour running alongside pro events has offered a mixture of opportunity for new and not so new talent eager to get a place on the coveted main professional tour at the end of it with 2 tour cards up for grabs. With £2K up for grabs for the winner at each of the 10 events and a ranking points based system, it’s vital that those with pro ambitions entered as many of the 10 events as they can to build up a healthy array of points.

On the plus side, it’s all good experience for those with ambitions to turn pro to get top quality match experience. On the downside, a lot of them (especially the winners) are already ex-pros and some have only just been relegated!

Each of the 10 events has been played somewhere in the UK and the wider world, with the final event being played in the great South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester. Here are the winners from nine events…

  • Brandon Sargeant
  • Former professional David Grace
  • Former pro-Barry Pinches recently appeared in the Snooker Shootout
  • Former pro-Mitchell Mann
  • European Amateur runner-up David Lilley
  • UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace (again)
  • Joel Walker
  • Simon Bedford, 43, an ex-pro who reached four last 32s
  • Former pro-Adam Duffy
  • George Pragnell

Sargeant, one of the last eight in CT10, was leading the rankings with over 6000 points and has already secured a pro ticket for the 2019/2020 season. Event 10 would determine the other lucky player to win the Golden ticket to ride on the expanding and lucrative pro tour!

Some of the players on the CT have already secured a pro ticket. Welsh teenager Jackson Page, highly rated among the Legends of the game, has secured a pro ticket to ride via the Under-21 European Amateur Championship last week in Israel.

George Pragnell, 23, from Norwich claimed the final Challenge tour event in Gloucester beating a Welshman Callum Lloyd in the final and pocketed 2K. That wraps up the 10 event tour for this season.

The race for the tour cards was between David Grace, Mitchell Mann, and David Lilley, but it was the Leeds former professional David Grace who achieved the final tour card from the two on offer and he is now back on tour! He racked up more ranking points total with over 6,445 points.

He’s Back…

The 33-year-old told World Snooker: “It’s a massive relief because it had been very close all season between the top three players, with only two cards available.

“When I dropped off the pro tour I just wanted to stay positive and enjoy playing on the Challenge Tour, and I have done that. I have learned a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of my game. Once next season starts I’ll appreciate being on the pro tour, even more, having missed it for a year.”

The tour came about from 64 players who were eligible to play in the events from the 2018 QSchool Order of Merit

 

 

 

 

 

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English Amateur Snooker Championship: Still a Great Competition to Win…

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Inspiration: A handful of players have gone on to do big things after picking up this beauty…

The English Amateur Championship is snooker’s oldest event since 1916 and in this short post, we’re just going to reference players who’s won it and who has gone on to win professional ranking events or World Championships either as a winner or a runner-up! 

But first, the last winner from 2018 was Joe O’Connor, who went onto become a pro in the 2018/19 season and proudly reached his first ranking event semi-final in his first season as a pro at the Welsh Open. Although it doesn’t reward those who win it with a tour card, a handful of players have gone on to win multiple and double-figure ranking events and even World titles! But the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan reached a final as a runner-up,  but still went on to win five World titles!…

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The others are:

  • The Whirlwind Jimmy White, still competing on the tour at 56, and also winning World Seniors events, went on to win 10 ranking titles and appeared in six World finals!!
  • Terry Griffiths, a winner in 77/78, now a coach to some of today’s top pros, went onto becoming World Snooker Champion in 1979.
  • Nigel Bond went on to win the 1996 British Open beating four-times World champion John Higgins 9 – 8.
  • Martin Gould won the EAC in 2002/07 and then lifted his first ranking title in the 2015/16 season at the German Masters beating Belgium’s Luca Brecel 9 – 5.
  • Banned from the tour, former professional Stephen Lee went onto win 5 professional ranking titles!
  • Jimmy Robertson won it in 2009 and on the pro tour, his breakthrough has come only this season winning the European Masters in Lommel when beating Joe Perry in the final.
  • Stuart Bingham won the EAC in 1996 and 19 years later was lifting a World title!
  • Welshman Ray Reardon, the Dracula, won six World titles
  • John Parrott was an Erunnerder-up but went on to beat the Whirlwind in a World final in 1991.
  • Joe Johnson, now a commentator for Eurosport and regular on the new World seniors tour lost to Terry G in 78, but went on to win a World title in 1986 beating the great Steve Davis
  • David Lilley, a winner of the EAC three times, and who beat Andrew Norman, manager of the South West Snooker Academy, in 1999, came within a whisker of turning pro but a few days ago in Israel, as he lost out in the final of the European Amateur Championship to Poland’s Kacper Filipiak, 23. Norman was a runner-up in the EAC last year to O’Connor.

Here’s a tweet from a semi-finalist last year and former pro that says it all about the EAC…

The EASB finals weekend 2019  will be played in the summer in June and is normally played either in the South West Snooker Academy Gloucester or the Star Academy in Sheffield…

 

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Snooker’s New & Old Winners Last Weekend…

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IT was a busy weekend of snooker in both the professional and amateur ranks over the weekend as this week sees the 16 man event in Preston kick off on Monday – the Players Championship.

But, over the weekend, the professional tour saw a new winner enter the winner’s enclosure in Matthew Selt, who becomes the 28th player to win just one ranking event – the Indian Open!

Selt, 33, from Romford, bagged 50K and defeated a young 23-year-old Chinese talent Lyu Haotian 5 – 3, who made his debut at the Crucible last year.

That was a tough fought match for Selt, who now shoots up the rankings from 50 plus to 35 in the World. He beat on route to his first ranking win the defending Champion John Higgins. Haotian moves three spaces ahead of Selt at 32!

A New Tour Player

Also over the weekend, the World Snooker Professional tour welcomed back a former pro, Poland’s Kacper Filipiak, 23, previously on to in 2011! Filipiak lifted the European Amateur Championship trophy in Israel, as he defeated another Englishman hoping to make it on to the tour for the first time – David Lilley. a former English Amateur Championship winner and runner-up! It was a dramatic end to it as it ended in a decider for Filipiak to clinch a tour place. Previously, Filipiak won the European Under-21 event to secure a card eight years ago.

Jimmy White Bags 20K in Fast and Furious Six Red Shootout

It was another win for the Whirlwind on the World Seniors tour as he breezed to a win in the fast and furious best of 7 six reds shootout where the winner bags 20K and the Dennis Taylor trophy in Belfast at the Waterfront – which holds a capacity of over 2000 people. He defeated the current World Seniors Champion Jersey’s Aaron Canavan, who wrote on Facebook:

“Wasn’t to be tonight, should really have won 4-1 bit missed a brown to go 3-1 up but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Next stop the Crucible for the World senior’s Masters on the 11th March…”

In the semi-finals, the Whirlwind clashed with his old rival the seven times World Champion Stephen Hendry, whom he had beat White four times in a World final! This time the Whirlwind took apart the King of the Crucible in a 4 – 1 win. There were glimpses of the old Hendry but it was the Whirlwind showing his touch in the balls well into his fifties where he even made a 70 in one of the frames.

The Six Reds format for the World Seniors consisted of a few rule changes:

  • A spotted cue ball to allow fans to see what happens with the cue ball in motion when side and top and screw are applied
  • Players weren’t allowed to just roll up to balls to snooker opponents
  • Three fouls and a player could have cue ball in hand, or, get their opponent to play from where it landed, or, the player plays from the designated position.

Ken Doherty and Jimmy White are still on the pro tour. But we asked fans, is this fair? Here’s the results of a poll so far…


 

 

 

 

 

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Shootout Debutant Emma Parker Craves More Big Time TV Snooker…

 

She had her first taste of TV big time snooker last month at the sport’s fast and furious and sometimes brutal one frame Snooker Shootout ranking event – but craves more.

Emma Parker, 19, was one of two women from the UK to appear in the controversial TV ranking event and for Parker, it was her first TV appearance in the spotlight.

And although it didn’t pan out the way she would have hoped, it has left the young female talent eager for more TV snooker in front of the cameras, the dazzling bright lights, and big crowds shouting her name!

SnookerZone caught up with Emma “the potter” Parker, as she is often nicknamed, to find out how it felt to appear in a professional tour ranking event for the first time, as well as discuss where she goes next and what she’s been up to generally in snooker and outside during her short but eventful career so far.

But first, here’s how she got into the game and became hooked…

She said: “From the age of about four I went with my mum and dad to a local social club and played pool.  I used to kneel on a chair and play all the boys up there. I got quite good at it and used to want to go all the time! There was also a snooker table there but I was too small to be allowed to play, I just remember sneaking in the snooker room to watch my dad and uncle play. As I got older I used to always ask my dad about going snooker but he wasn’t sure on the idea of taking a young girl to a snooker club but I finally convinced him around the age of 14 and have been hooked ever since.”

Champion’s endure: World Under-21 Champion Emma Parker coped with the Shootout pressure remarkably well for her first time…

She competed in her first match when she was 15 at Upton Park, but it wasn’t until 17 when she became really serious about the game and only a year or so later she was winning the World under-21 women’s snooker championship.

Her coach, the London coach, Gary Filtness, a regular on the World Snooker Seniors tour spotted Parker at the tender age of 14 and knew she had a flair for the game and took her under his wing.

She added: “He has been a great influence in my game.  His knowledge and experience has taught me a great deal.  I now work full time but still try and practice every evening and play at the weekend.  I am fortunate to have my own table at home, a Riley Aristocrat Silver Leg and I belong to a couple of snooker clubs where I play in local leagues so I try to get as much play and practice as I can.  At present, I do not use any snooker training aids.

Her Snooker Shootout Experience

Parker said on playing in the Shootout: “At first I felt very apprehensive but Reanne was great she gave me so much reassurance.  On the day I felt nervous but once I was at the top of the steps and I could hear the crowd calling my name my nerves disappeared.  I loved the atmosphere and the feeling and really want to do it again.  It was a fantastic experience and has given me a lot of confidence. Hopefully one day I will appear on TV again.  I enjoyed being in the professional environment although I have met many of the professional players before so I felt very comfortable with them.”

 

She owes a lot to Reanne Evans, who she says has given lots of tips and advice, as she does with all the women players.

Enjoying the Shootout Experience with her tour mate Reanne Evans

Parker added: “Reanne Evans has been the one I have looked up to on the ladies tour as I expect she is with other lady snooker players.  She has achieved so much in the game including 11 World titles and deserves a lot of credit for what she has accomplished.  I am lucky enough to get on really well with Reanne, she gives me a lot of tips and advice. I am hoping to practice with her a lot more in the upcoming future and feel honoured to do so.”

Parker loves how the women’s game has developed and the fact that they are travelling around the globe and competing against women from more nations globally. She believes there should be more mixed tournaments and that that would help to spread the awareness of women’s snooker generally. She craves another opportunity to showcase her talent on TV again.

She did, however, add about the women’s game: “I think it still has a long way to go.”

She’s one point away from making a century, as her high break so far is 99 in the game, but said she aims to break that milestone this year! With the help of a great coach like Filtness, hard work and determination, something she has in buckets, she can do it!

Finally, Parker reveals an early memory outside of snooker…

Looking up to the stars, now she’s one! Photos courtesy of Emma Parker

“When I was younger my passion was football and in 2006 my Nan wrote 1000 words to the Sun newspaper about how much I loved football for a competition to go to Germany and be a mascot for England for the World Cup. I remember coming home from school to find out that I have been picked as one of the mascots. I have never been so excited in my life and got to go to the World Cup with my dad and walked on the pitch with John Terry. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will always be grateful to my Nan who entered me in the competition. It was also great to meet my idol at the time David Beckham.”

Emma will be appearing in the Festival of Women’s Snooker next month in Leeds at the Northern Snooker Centre, but expect to see more of this young snooker talent in future on your screens!

Here’s that moment again in the Shootout. Every snooker player with professional ambitions dreams of that walk on!

And here’s Emma on World Snooker’s Baizewatch…

Thanks to Emma for taking the time to talk to SnookerZone and we wish her well in her snooker career…

PS: If you want to be a player and be successful like Emma, then SnookerZone advises doing ALL or some of these if you can: 

  1. Get a coach – and learn from the best! See some here in the SnookerZone Coaching Zone…
  2. Use as many training aids as you can, there’s more than you think! Here’s some!
  3. Watch as much snooker as you can such as Youtube videos 
  4. Play as many players as you can (including pros – if you can get to their clubs)…

 

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Watch: Israel’s Schachar Ruberg Loving His Incredible Run In Eilat

Shachar Ruberg is loving his amazing run in the 2019 European Amateur Championships in Eilat, Israel, as the 24-year-old reaches the semi-finals of the event.

Yesterday’s quarter-finals saw a mixture of youth and experience on show as England’s David Lilley, a player in form at moment and Irishman Greg Casey reached the last eight, along with 17-year-old Florian Nuble from Austria.

But it was the Irishman Casey and Lilley and Michael Wild flying the flags for the United Kingdom as Nuble’s lack of experience showed through against the 28-year-old Casey.

Lilley meets the Israeli in the semi-finals as the nation’s hopes of an Israeli qualifying for the World Snooker tour for 2019/2020 take one step closer to becoming a potential reality.

Already the tour is expanding globally, with two Iranians on the tour, and Hossein Vafaei reaching a World ranking event semi-final in recent weeks at the Welsh Open.

Harvey Chandler won the EBSA event last year, and it earnt him a place on the pro tour.

From this year’s event, there’s a new exciting chapter in the young life of Welsh teenager Jackson Page who secured a tour card for next season as he won the Under-21 event. Page comes highly rated by the World Champion Mark Williams, who he has practised with on occasions. See the full story on the World Snooker Federation website...

Mark Allen is the only player to have won the Under-21 event and gone on to become a Master’s triple crown winner as he won the Masters in 2018.

Poland will be hoping that 23-year-old Kacper Filipiak will be able to rekindle success he had in 2011 when he won the EBSA Under-21 event, and go and win the main event, as Germany’s Simon Lichtenberg last year became the second German to qualify for pro status. Lilley, 43, is the oldest man in the last four draws of the main event.

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Here’s Shachar training three year’s ago…