Snooker: Don’t Step on Billy Ginn’s Blue Suede Shoes

A Future Star Can Dream: William Ginn aspiring to be the best…(Photo courtesy of William Ginn)

Proud Elvis Presley fan and snooker amateur William Ginn is out to achieve his dream of turning professional one day – but is doing it his way. 

The 33-year-old EASB player from Devon has been playing snooker on and off for 20 years but because of his “normal” job hasn’t been taking it seriously – until now.

Ginn plays on the English Association of Snooker and Billiards tour but missed out on the first event of the season on the English Amateur tour, and actually came by the EASB quite by accident when he stumbled on a couple of videos on Youtube and decided to enter.

He’s really enjoying the experience on the EASB tours, but thinks that the entry fees can be a bit extreme – especially when there are travel and accommodation costs and most of the events are up north.

Ginn explained: “I’ve played in a lot of the tournaments at SWSA, Gloucester. My best run in that was winning one of the Handicap events, I also came 3rd overall in the series which I’m particularly proud of because it was the first time I’d entered it. I also entered the WEBSF Gold Series tour for the first time last season and was very pleased to finish in the top 16 of that. Plus other various pro-ams and handicap comps.”

He added: “One, in particular, I very much enjoyed was the Leytonstone Pro-Am where I drew Shootout winner Michael Georgiou in the first round and although I lost 4-0, I felt I played really well and really enjoyed the experience of playing a professional.”

Ginn obviously loves researching the game because he joked he didn’t think Mrs Ginn liked him spending all his time doing “homework”.

One professional player Ginn respects a lot is Kyren Wilson. Winner of the Paul Hunter Classic this season and Six Reds already, Ginn said: “I’ve got huge respect for pretty much all of the top professionals but if you were to say one I’d have to say, Kyren Wilson. I really do believe he’s one to watch, a fantastic lad who I’ve had the pleasure of watching live, a great role model for the professional game and I believe he’s got the all-around game. ” Ditto.

For Ginn, practice is about quality over quantity and does as much as he feels he can do.

But, he admitted that: “It’s a great era to start playing snooker but if you’re serious, you need to be dedicated to putting long hours in on the table. It’s also a great social game and it’s been proved to be helpful for children’s maths skills, coordination etc. “

He doesn’t think that it’ll change much though with most of the tournaments being up north!

Behind every aspiring star there’s a support network and although Mrs Ginn may not like him spendng so much time doing his snooker homework, she and the 3 kids are his support network and his coach, Nick Dart.

Ginn said: “Nick is more of a sports physiologist but also plays as well and I can honestly say, I don’t think I would’ve come as far as I feel I have, without him.”

His highest break is currently 122 in practice but in competitive play it’s around 75 – he wasn’t sure exactly.

Away from the game, he’s into cooking – rock-climbing and like top player Ronnie O’Sullivan enjoys his running.

It’s a mountain to climb to reach the top in any sport, but if you believe in yourself, train hard, then the sky is the limit.

SnookerZone wishes Billy well in his career and thanks him for his time talking to us. 

Are you an amateur on either the WLBS, WDBS, EASB, or any other amateur tour and would like to tell SnookerZone what you’re up to? Then email 

Read here also if you missed it, SnookerZone’s interview with WLBS ladies player Suzie Opacic









David Lilley Kicks Off EASB Snooker Season on English Amateur Tour 1

Aspiring professional David Lilley kicked off the English Association of Snooker and Billiards’s English Amateur Tour at the weekend with a win up in Leeds at the Northern Snooker Centre. 

The tour runs throughout the season with six events, with the winners seeking FREE entry to QSchool – that’s if they don’t turn pro before that!

Last season, Joe O’Connor won an incredible four out of the six events then went on to scoop the English Amateur Championship at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.

Lilley was also the proud leader of the highest break of 110 with Simon Bedford hot on his tails with a 103.

Last season’s semi-finalist in the English Amateur Championship Jamie O’Neill came close on three occasions to making a ton – 97, 96, and 91.

Lilley defeated William Lemons 4 – 3 in the final.

The EAT runs between the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield and the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester from now till March.

Joe O’Connor and Harvey Chandler made it onto the professional circuit last season, who will it be this season?

For more information on EASB events, go here…




New Talent Sean Maddocks Wows at First Snooker Exhibition

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” overlay_color=”” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” padding_right=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” center_content=”no” last=”no” min_height=”” hover_type=”none” link=””][fusion_imageframe image_id=”12388″ max_width=”” style_type=”none” stylecolor=”” hover_type=”none” bordersize=”” bordercolor=”” borderradius=”” align=”center” lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” alt=”” link=”” linktarget=”_self” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=””]×220.png[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” class=”” id=””]

In the zone: Sean Maddocks. (Photo courtesy of coach Neil Johnson)

[/fusion_text][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” class=”” id=””]

Ronnie O’Sullivan will soon have to move over… because there’s a new kid in town, ready to whirl the exhibition circuit!

Guinness World Record breaker Sean Maddocks performed out of his comfort zone at the weekend in his first ever snooker exhibition to a packed audience of around 50 fans.

Maddocks, who has been nicknamed “Mad Dog” for some reason, 16, who is the youngest to make a 147 in a open-aged amateur tournament, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record in the Guinness Book of World Records, wowed fans at the Eastham Home Guard Club in Eastham in the Wirral on Saturday the 4th August.

The teen, a fan of the Rocket, and the Wizard of Wishaw, John Higgins,  said:

“I felt like I played well enough to entertain the crowd and I enjoyed every minute of it. I learned a lot from it and how to have a laugh while playing serious snooker and feel confident enough to do them more often.”

The young snooker whizz hit a string of 50+ breaks under a different type of pressure but almost racked a ton on three separate occasions, which was the only thing missing from the evening, said his coach Neil Johnson, who has been coaching the talented Maddocks since he was 10.

Johnson told SnookerZone online about the evening:

“It went great. Sean played very well. He rattled the inside of the jaws with the last red on 81 in the first frame before going 69, 68, 53, 45, 65, 66 and 63 over the next nine frames. He then played another two frames but was looking tired and lost the last one. It was a fantastic night and we got out of it what we were looking for which was to take him out of his comfort zone with something he hadn’t done before.”

He added: “He’s a fantastic example of an exciting modern player, technically very good but also quick and great to watch with an ever-expanding shot range.””He was one shot away each time and three tons wouldn’t have been generous. Another night and…”

Johnson said watching a new talent with all that unknown promise is as “exciting as it gets”, in his opinion.

He also said it was a very worthwhile exercise and would definitely be doing more of these exhibitions in future.

Maddocks played in Q School in May and came so near yet so far to turning professional during the events. See video below

[/fusion_text][fusion_youtube id=”RJIgMjyyq5o” alignment=”center” width=”” height=”” autoplay=”false” api_params=”&rel=0″ hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” /][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” class=”” id=””]

The evening was organized by a couple of Johnson’s older students as a thank you for their help in helping him with training devices he is setting up.

One fan of the evening said on Facebook: “I loved it. Can’t wait for next time.”

A snooker exhibition is the cornerstone of a snooker player’s diet as they tour the country and the wider world showing off their skills they have honed for years of toil and sweat in solo and duel practice in their clubs.

Maddocks will be in Germany this month for the Paul Hunter Classic the amateur rounds and also the Challenge Tour.