Stan Moody, a 14-year-old snooker prodigy from Halifax, hopes to realize his ambition of turning professional when he competes in Q Faculty later this month.
Moody was nominated by the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) to play in Q Faculty and will likely be among the many discipline at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, battling for certainly one of 14 two-year playing cards to the World Snooker Tour. The occasion begins on Could twenty seventh.
The reigning English under-14 snooker champion is certainly one of junior snooker’s brightest prospects with a excessive break in match play of 133, whereas in apply he has already compiled a most 147.
Moody first performed snooker on the age of 9, whereas on vacation together with his household. “Our room was subsequent to a pool desk and after I noticed it, I used to be , so my dad confirmed me the way to bridge,” he informed the EPSB.
In 2019 he received the English Underneath-14 Snooker Championship in dramatic circumstances, beating Liam Pullen 5-4 within the remaining by potting a re-spotted black within the deciding body.
“I might say that’s my largest achievement, up to now, to win that out of all of the underneath 14s within the nation, and there have been some superb gamers in it as nicely. Plus, I used to be solely 12 on the time,” he stated. “At one level I bear in mind trying over to my dad pondering I’d misplaced the ultimate, however I managed to carry myself collectively.”
Moody – who has represented his nation on the prestigious Dwelling Internationals – is on target to defend his nationwide title, reaching the final 16 of the competitors with the lack of just one body earlier than the 2019/20 EPSB season was halted as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
He has additionally received two occasions on the Underneath-20 Regional Improvement Tour North, ending second within the total rankings and gaining promotion to the highest tier Underneath-21 Premier Improvement Tour.
The final yr has been powerful for Moody, with out aggressive motion.
“I’ve missed taking part in in tournaments loads as a result of I simply love competing – I thrive in competitions and it makes me play higher,” he stated. “Throughout lockdown I’ve solely been capable of play alone.”
Nonetheless he has had the prospect to go to Ding Junhui’s academy in Sheffield and practise towards the likes of Yuan Sijun, Brian Ochoiski and Nigel Bond.
Looking forward to Q Faculty, he added: “I felt nice after I heard the information, however I’ve nonetheless acquired to do the enterprise on the desk. Clearly, I need to get on the skilled tour – that’s why I’m taking part in in it – however I’m not getting too excited, something can occur.”
Moody names newly topped four-time World Champion Mark Selby as one of many gamers he seems to be as much as most within the sport.
“I actually admire Mark Selby’s all-round sport,” he stated. “As my very own security sport is getting higher, I understand how arduous the sport is each mentally and security clever. I simply admire how good all of them are. I feel my strengths are potting and break-building. I’ve been potter since day one – I simply wished to pot balls like anybody else from a younger age and I’m now recurrently making breaks above 70.”
EPSB Chief Govt Officer Simon Berrisford is thrilled that one other gifted teenager from the EPSB ranks will likely be competing on one of many sport’s largest levels.
“We had been unanimous in our resolution to pick Stan for the Q Faculty spot that we had been provided, and we wish to thank the World Snooker Tour for accepting him.” stated Berrisford. “Everyone knows how gifted and hard-working Stan is and that he’ll symbolize us proudly.
“Right here on the EPSB, we offer assist, help and alternatives for aspiring children and amateurs who’ve chosen snooker as their desired occupation. We need to assist obtain desires.
“The EPSB circuit is an official path to get into main worldwide competitions – whereas additionally representing your nation – after which probably on to the skilled tour. Our junior circuit is two-tiered, catering for individuals who are simply beginning out of their aggressive snooker careers and those that are maybe older and extra skilled.
“The final yr has been powerful for us all. Children like Stan have missed out on worthwhile taking part in alternatives – a yr and a half of junior occasions that they will by no means get again. We’re decided to not lose these gamers after we’re again working our occasions. We’re severe about junior snooker.”
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