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Written by Sport4Salisbury Reporter   
Saturday, 15 April 2017 09:34

A YOUNG cue sports all-rounder's decision to enter a regional snooker tournament instead of a pool competition was vindicated when he pocketed £70 prize money.

It was Mickey Joyce of Basingstoke's second winner’s trophy of the season on the Cuestars South of England Under 21 Gold Tour.

The 13-year-old, who also won in Bournemouth in January, overcame Bradley Cowdroy 3-0 in the final of the ninth leg at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.

Bournemouth-based Cowdroy, who turned 15 the previous week, extracted the penalty points from the required snooker in the third frame but Joyce secured victory with a tricky half-ball black into the green pocket.

Joyce said: “I was going to go to a pool tournament instead but I wanted to try to keep second place in the rankings.

“Getting a win was just fantastic. I was so lucky to get through the groups. I scraped through on frame average. Bradley’s good at getting snookers.”

Beaten by Jamie Wilson (Havant) and Anthony Rice (Fordingbridge) in his four-man round-robin group in the event, Joyce qualified for the knockout in second place by one frame.

And he was 1-0 down in the last-eight to Dan Sykes (Chandler’s Ford), who recorded the highest Gold break of 75 in that frame, and to Londoner Adam Stacey in the semi-finals.

Joyce has recently signed for the Hampshire Under 23 pool team because he enjoys the razzmatazz of the game.

“It’s a good atmosphere,” said the teenager, who also competes on the EASB Premier Junior Tour, a national circuit for the country’s best under 21 snooker players. “But I’m definitely not giving up snooker.”

The tenth and final leg is on Sunday, April 30, at Salisbury Snooker Club.



Dan Sykes: 75.

Bradley Cowdroy: 68, 50, 41.

Connor Benzey: 62, 57, 47.

Mickey Joyce: 60.

Steven Hughes: 55.

Adam Stacey: 51, 46.

Jamie Wilson: 43.

Anthony Rice: 40.



ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Bradley Cowdroy (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Adam Stacey (Legends, Leytonstone); 3rd, Connor Benzey (Chandler’s Ford SC); 4th, James Budd (Fareham SC); 5th, Mike Trigg (Chandler’s Ford SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Anthony Rice (Salisbury SC); 2nd, Mickey Joyce (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Oliver Sykes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 4th, Jamie Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Dan Sykes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Steven Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Callum Browne (Player’s, Westbury); 4th, Olly Gibbs (Chandler’s Ford SC).

QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Stacey 2 Hughes 0, Cowdroy 2 Browne 0, Joyce 2 D Sykes 1, Benzey 2 Rice 1.

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Cowdroy 2 Benzey 1, Joyce 2 Stacey 1.

FINAL (£70/£30, 25/18 points): Joyce 3 Cowdroy 0.


Fifth Silver win for Hughes


RYAN Hughes edged his title rival and clubmate Charlie Pringle 2-1 to claim a fifth winner’s trophy on this season’s Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour.

The 15-year-old from Chandler’s Ford takes a 12-point rankings lead into the final event in Salisbury later this month.

Hughes, who won the Bronze rankings last season, was forced to battle hard against Pringle in the ninth leg on home tables at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.

He took the first frame, lost the second on the black from a winning position and broke the back of the decider with a 38 break.

Reflecting on the pressure of playing a third frame, he said: “I was still confident. I just made sure I played as well as I had all day and didn’t really think about it.

“I feel quite good. I didn’t play very well at all (the previous day) and nothing felt right. Then I played really well all day.”

It was only the second frame out of 12 that Hughes dropped in the event. The first was to Ally Pollard (Alderholt) in his first group-stage match - thanks in no small part to a couple of well-taken flukes on the colours.

Pollard beat Salisbury clubmates Keegan Reed and Kaine Petty to qualify for the knockout for the first time since last October. In fact, his 2-0 defeat by Pringle was his first semi-final appearance for nearly two years.

In the second semi, Hughes overcame third-placed David O’Callaghan (Bournemouth), who won the seventh leg in Fareham.

Hughes’s previous tournament wins were in Woking, Salisbury, Coulsdon and Swindon.

Pringle, 15, topped his group, despite losing 2-1 to Nat Kidner (Ferndown), and compiled runs of 55, 45, 41 and 30.

The tenth and final leg is on Sunday, April 30, at Salisbury Snooker Club.



Charlie Pringle: 55, 45, 41, 34, 30.

David O’Callaghan: 44.

Ryan Hughes: 38, 32, 32.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Charlie Pringle (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, David O’Callaghan (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 3rd, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Drew Hampshire (147 SC Swindon); 5th, Harry Jones (Frames, Coulsdon).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC); 4th, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC).

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Pringle 2 Pollard 0, Hughes 2 O’Callaghan 0.

FINAL (25/18 points): Hughes 2 Pringle 1.


Sullivan ends remarkable year with first winner’s trophy


A 12-YEAR-OLD from Coulsdon who first picked up a cue less than a year ago has won his first tournament on a regional snooker circuit.

Ronnie Sullivan’s meteoric rise through the junior ranks culminated in picking up the winner’s trophy at the ninth leg of the Cuestars South of England Under 21 Bronze Tour.

He edged newly-crowned rankings champion Riley Ellis (Wootton Bassett) 2-1 in the final of the event sponsored by Pitman Training Winchester at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.

The young potter, who was inspired to take up the game while watching his near-namesake Ronnie O’Sullivan during last year’s World Championship, won the decider on the blue.

“I thought I was going to lose as I lost the first frame and there was quite a margin in the points,” said Sullivan.

“I thought it was going to be a challenge getting to the semi-finals because there are decent players in Bronze.”

Sullivan had been beaten by Ellis in the group stages and overcame former rankings leader Shane Kearns (Swindon) 2-1 in the last-four.

Based at Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, Sullivan was persuaded to make his Cuestars debut at his home club last December by Silver Tour player Evan Plummer’s mum Helen. He lost every game.

But he was runner-up in his third leg in Havant and is now sixth in the rankings after only six tournaments.

The tenth and final leg is on Sunday, April 30, at Salisbury Snooker Club.



Riley Ellis: 30, 27.

Shane Kearns: 30.

Ronnie Sullivan: 25, 24.



ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Riley Ellis (Jesters, Swindon); 2nd, Ronnie Sullivan (Frames, Coulsdon); 3rd, Thomas Saunders (Stepfield SC, Witham, Essex); 4th, Riccardo Drayton (Chandler’s Ford SC); 5th, O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon); 2nd, Chloe White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 3rd, Callum White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 4th, Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport).

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Ellis 2 Chloe White 1, Sullivan 2 Kearns 1.

FINAL (25/18 points): Sullivan 2 Ellis 1.


Kaine claims second Plate trophy in three events


KAINE Petty collected his second Plate trophy in three events on the Cuestars South of England Under 21 Tours.

The Silver Tour player from Fordingbridge failed to qualify from his round-robin group but triumphed in the secondary competition in the ninth legs at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.

Receiving a 14-point handicap start, he beat English Under-14 Championship finalist Olly Gibbs (Gosport) in the final.

Petty, who also won the Plate in Fareham in February, is lying eighth on the Silver Tour with one leg to play on home tables at Salisbury Snooker Club on Sunday, April 30.

Earlier, Havant-based Gold player Jamie Wilson, 13, compiled a personal best break of 83 in his quarter-final victory over James Budd (Fareham), who competes on the EASB Premier Junior Tour.



Jamie Wilson: 83, 40.

Olly Gibbs: 36.



PRELIMS: Olly Gibbs (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat Oliver Sykes (Chandler’s Ford SC), Jamie Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar) beat O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC), James Budd (Fareham SC) beat Riccardo Drayton (Chandler’s Ford SC).

QUARTER-FINALS: Gibbs beat Callum White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth), Wilson beat Budd, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC) beat Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth), Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport) beat Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC).

SEMI-FINALS: Gibbs beat Wilson, Petty beat Forster.

FINAL: Petty beat Gibbs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 April 2017 09:45

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