EABA ENGLISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022 – Kindly hosted by the Maltings Q Club, Kings Lynn. GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP Bella Stowell 67-33 Ruby Jeffries Under 16’s CHAMPIONSHIP William Thomson (Hampshire) 200-174 Danny Overson Under 19’s CHAMPIONSHIP Harry Grimmett 243-123 Matthew Boughen (All players Norfolk unless stated).
The Championship which this year were celebrating their 100th anniversary since there first running, ran very well with all 22 players competing primarily in Round robin groups, to qualify to reach the Finals.
In the under 19’s Harry Grimmett, Jamie High and Matthew Boughen were pretty equally matched during the qualifying, but Grimmett’s greater experience (he was Under 16’s Champion in 2021), saw him home in the final against Matt Boughen who reached his first national final. The Girls Championship saw Bella Stowell (17) win for the first time, after only taking up the sport back in September. Her opponent Ruby Jeffries (14) only started playing in February and competed well considering her in-experience. Bella will be aiming to join the World Billiards Women’s Tour in the near future.
The Under 16’s Championship drew a healthy entry of 15 players and the 5 groups started with a bang with both Danny Overson and William Thomson high scoring with lots of 20 and 30 breaks. Both lads kept this high scoring up all day, with 9 year old Thomson scoring at just under 200 points per 30 minutes throughout the day. Thomson beat John Crisp in the Semi-Finals with Danny Overson defeating Will Frier-West, before the 2 pre-event favourite’s met in a very close final, which the Hampshire player won by 26, thus making him the youngest ever winner of the National Under 16s Championship, and very much one to watch for the future.
We had 22 entries for the event, the 2nd highest in the last 14 years. Many thanks to our Referees Andrew Coe, Ian Dennis, Chris Ellis, Poppy Hardy and Peter Johnson, and to our TD Clive Scott. A special thanks to the Maltings Q Club, who gave us free tables again. The Club has been a long term supporter of Junior Billiards and without their support it would be very difficult to keep our ‘thriving scene’ active.