2015 English Amateur Snooker Championship
THE RHODES TO GLORY FOR MICHAEL
Michael Rhodes has become the 2015 English Amateur Snooker champion after beating Billy Castle 10-6 at the Longton Snooker and Pool Club, Stoke on Trent, during the EASB (English Association of Snooker & Billiards) finals weekend.
The tournament is one of the sports most coveted and renown events with a history of champions stretching back to 1916. The honours list is very much a ‘who’s who’ of snooker with names such as John Pulman, Ray Reardon, John Spencer, Terry Griffiths and Jimmy White just some of the previous winners. Newly crowned World Champion Stuart Bingham also won this event back in 1996.
For Rhodes, who is also currently a professional 9 ball pool payer on the GB9 Tour, it was the relief of a 21 year itch after losing out in the 1994 final.
The Ferrycar town resident had previously negated regional rounds earlier in the season to reach the Northern Area Amateur championship final which was also played on finals weekend.
In a marathon tussle he ousted former professional Paul Davison 8-7 to set up a meeting with Castle - who ironically eased to an 8-0 drubbing of Grant Miles to secure the Southern Area honours.
Rhodes took a 7-3 lead in the final, before being pegged back to 7-5. The 13th frame may have proven to be the pivotal moment though, as the Northerner sunk the deciding black ball to halt any momentum of his opponent. This seemed to give Rhodes the impetus, as he ran out a 10-6 winner.
He was presented the trophies by current professional player Jamie Cope, who had been present throughout the weekend handing out prizes.
Not only does his name join that elite band of players, but Rhodes also wins tickets to the European and World Amateur Championships later on in the year, with opportunities there to gain pro status on the World Snooker Tour.
written by Michael Day, published on 13th June 2015