All England Junior Championships
Breaks SC, Silver Street, Lincoln
Sunday 24th February 2002 (All games one hour)
The finals of the All England Junior Championships took place in Lincoln on Sunday 24th February, where Robin Wilson claimed a
record breaking fifth Under 19’s title, Michael Donnelly won his first
national title in the Under 16’s ranks and Cleveland claimed the Under
19’s team event.
The quarter-finals of the Under 19’s saw the emerging junior of thefuture Michael Donnelly (Teesside) play the defending champion
Robin Wilson (Teesside) and it was Donnelly who started the better
with breaks of 89 and 46, while Wilson only could manage an early
break of 37. With only twenty minutes remaining in the match a safety
exchange started, but it was Donnelly who decided to force the issue,
which proved to be vital as he let Wilson in to make breaks of 48 and
34, reducing an initial 70 point deficit and helping him go on to win 324-
266. Peter Gamblin (Lincolnshire) was lucky to win his quarter final
against Calvin Daws (Norfolk) as he struggled throughout and edged
home 224-216, while the methodical Matthew Sutton (Northants)
steadily progressed beating John Hall (Teesside). The final match of
the quarter-finals saw the most improved junior player from Norfolk,
Jamie Edwards narrowly beat Michael Price, 256-234
In the semi-finals Wilson was in devastating form as on his first scoring
visit he made an outstanding 144 break and shortly after made a brilliant
118, further breaks of 59, 39 and 30 saw a shell-shocked Sutton defeated
emphatically 457-97. Gamblin, in his match against Edwards, found
himself 60 points behind after only three visits. However breaks of 34,
34 and 32 helped him reduce the deficit, eventually moving ahead of his
opponent and winning 296-207.
In the final Wilson the four times defending champion met Gamblin,
who knew that he would have to be at the top of his game to topple a
player who was in the groove after his semi-final win. However Wilson
showed his class from start to finish, compiling breaks of 82, 63, 56, 52
and 43 and although Gamblin made a late 49 break it was in vain as
Wilson gained an unprecedented fifth title.
|Matthew Sutton||202||John Hall||161|
|Jamie Edwards||256||Michael Price|
|Peter Gamblin||224||Calvin Daws||216|
In the Under 16’s event, Daniel Dobbs (Lincolnshire) played Kyle Cunningham (Teesside) in the opening quarter-final match and
although Dobbs started the better gaining a fifty-point lead, with only
ten minutes remaining the scores were level. However Dobbs showed
a little more experience at the end of the match to win 257-224. Neil
Hall (Lincolnshire) played Nathan Mann (Norfolk) and opened with a
32 break to move clear and comfortably progressed into the semi-
finals. Favourite for the title, Michael Donnelly showed his intentions
from the start as he made breaks of 65, 57, 44 and 43 to destroy his
opponent Jason Roberts (Norfolk), 435-122, while after a cagey opening
Jason Thomas played well to produce a surprising result in beating
Calvin Daws (Norfolk).
Dobbs met Thomas in the first semi-final, and with some small breaks
early on, moved clear, going on to clinch his place in the final. Hall
played Donnelly in the other semi-final and it was Donnelly who
showed some nerves early in the match as Hall matched him shot for
shot. However Donnelly made a decisive break of 53 break and further
runs of 41 and 33 help him reach his first ever All England final and to
eradicate the devastating loss he had at the same stage last year.
The final started slowly with neither player gaining a key advantage
until Donnelly made two quick fire breaks of 55 and 48. Although
Dobbs played some of his best billiards on the day including a break of
43, Donnelly was not to be denied his first ever national title.
|Daniel Dobbs||257||Kyle Cunningham||224|
|Jason Thomas||234||Calvin Daws|
|Daniel Dobbs||240||Jason Thomas||160|
Under-19 Team Championship
In the Under 19’s team event, Lincolnshire (Breaks S.C), the current holders, played Cleveland (Stockton Riley Club). The draw for
opponents seem to be in favour of the Lincolnshire team as Gamblin
was matched against Cleveland’s strongest player Billy Bousfield.
Although Gamblin claimed an early advantage it was Bousfield who
produced some of his best-ever billiards compiling excellent breaks of
88 and 70 to win 312-240. The other two players from Cleveland,
Craig Murphy and Craig Brown drew strength from Bousfield’s play
to respectively beat Neil Hall and Robert Hall with breaks of 36, 30 and
25 from Murphy and a 33 break from Brown. The overall match score
was a comprehensive win for Cleveland of 961-682.
The day was ended with the presentation made by Roger Clark
(Chairman – Lincolnshire Snooker and Billiards Association) and Lee
Tracy (Manager – Lincoln Breaks S.C); Clark thanked all players for
their efforts throughout the day and praised all the deserved winners.
Additional thanks were made to all the referees present for their sterling
work and for the use of the club facilities and buffet they provided.
Trophies and prize money were given all players reaching the final
stages and also memento’s to all referees.
Junior Ranking Positions (2001/02 season)
|1||Robin Wilson (Ormesby)||180|
|2||Michael Donnelly (Middlesbrough)||118|
|3||Mark Coates (Ormesby)||90|
|4||Dominic Mulhall (Ormesby)||83|
|5||Daniel Beagrie (Middlesbrough)||81|
|6||Craig Murphy (Hemlington)||78|
|7||Billy Bousfield (Stockton)||78|
|8||John Hall (Middlesbrough)||77|
|9||Liam O’Neill (Redcar)||75|
|10||Darren Murrell (Middlesbrough)||72|