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Youth Snooker - 2015 Home International Snooker Championships
10th-13th August 2015 / Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England

      ENGLAND REMAIN UNSTOPPABLE

Team England continued its dominance of the 2015 Home Internationals with success in both youth categories.

Off the back of victories in the Mens and Masters sections earlier on in the week, the EASB Under 16 and Under 21 teams kept the ball rolling and also remained unbeaten throughout.

Joe O’Connor, Haydon Pinhey, Louis Heathcote, Ashley Carty and Brandon Sargeant were just too strong for the home and European opposition in the U21’s

They started off with a hard earned 6-6 draw with Wales; the team who would end up being their closest rivals come the final standings.

Winning ways were not far around the corner though, as they smashed auld enemy Scotland 10-2 in a later session.

Momentum gained the next day with comfortable defeats of Northern Ireland 11-1 and France 9-3.

Going into the last day three teams still had hopes of taking the title, although the English had destiny in their own hands over the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

Belgium were dispatched in the early morning fixture 9-3, leaving the hosts requiring just a draw against the ROI in the afternoon. The Irish themselves could no longer top the table after losing to the Welsh 9-3.

England duly responded, not only drawing, but beating Republic of Ireland 9-3, and finishing up as champions.

Chris Totten of Scotland ended on top of the individual ranking list with a record of 16 frame wins out of 18; amazing when you think the Scots finished bottom with just 18 frames overall.

Pinhey recorded the highest break, and only century of the event, with an effort of 111.

The Under 16’s set up of Chae Ross, Riley Parsons, Mark Lloyd and Ryan Davies were even more emphatic. They swept aside Northern Ireland 10-2, Belgium 10-2, Wales 9-3, Republic of Ireland 8-4 and Scotland 10-2 to go through the card with a perfect record.

Ross headed the stats table after losing just a single frame. Teammate Parsons made the highest break of 89.


2015 Home International Snooker Championships (UNDER 21’s)
                                                    Played    Won    Drew    Lost    For    Against    Points
ENGLAND                                     6           5            1            0          53          19             11
WALES                                           6           4            1            1          45          27             9  
FRANCE                                         6           3            1            2          36          36             7
NORTHERN IRELAND               6           3            0            3          30          42            6
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND           6           2            2            2          38           34            6
BELGIUM                                      6           1            1             4          32           40           3
SCOTLAND                                   6           0            0           6          18           54            0


2015 Home International Snooker Championships (UNDER 16’s)
                                                   Played    Won    Drew    Lost    For    Against    Points
ENGLAND                                      5           5             0           0        47          13            10
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND            5            4            0            1        36          24             8    
WALES                                            5           2             1            2        35          25             5
BELGIUM                                       5            1             2           2        27          33             4
SCOTLAND                                    5           1              1            3        22          38             3
NORTHERN IRELAND                5           0             0            5        13          47             0


Written by Michael Day, published on the 13th August 2015