2016 Australian National Under 21's Billiards and Snooker Championships
7th-10th April 2016 / Brunswick Club, Melbourne, Australia
BARRETT BAGS A BRACE
Cale Barrett completed the impressive double of claiming Australian National Youth Billiards and Snooker Championships this past weekend in Melbourne.
In the Billiards event, he managed to qualify for the knockout semi-finals when finishing second in his round robin group of 5. He was only narrowly defeated by group winner Ben Foster.
Barrett beat Group A's 100% player Josh Burns 229-210 an exciting 90 minutes Last 4 clash. Earlier in the event, Burns would compile the highest break of the three days with a 62.
The other undefeated entrant left, Foster, was also dismissed in the other semi-final. He went down 319-240 to Group A runner-up Adam Bleumink.
An intriguing final would await, but Barrett, aided with a 40, won the two hour clash fairly comfortably 530-348.
The snooker championship would feature slightly more players, however, the same round robin format was in place, although the knockouts would start at a quarter-final stage instead.
In Group B, Barrett finished top of the pile with 5 out of 6 - his only loss this time was 3-2 to Alex Pace, who he ousted to first spot in the standings due to a better overall frame difference. In that particular fixture, Cale went 2-0 up with breaks of 41 and 55, but Pace fought back to win with the aid of a 57 in the fourth. Other qualifiers were Jayme White and Jason Smiley.
Foster bossed Group A, chalking up 18 frames and losing just 1. He was joined by Bleumink, Matthew Curwood and Burns.
In the Last 8, Foster, Pace, White and Barrett were all 4-1 winners.
Come the semi's, Pace clinched the last two frames to knock out Foster 5-3, whilst the champion in waiting crafted efforts of 61 and 52 in squeezing past White 5-4.
The final would be a more comfortable affair for Barrett, as he beat Pace 6-2, thus avenging his previous defeat to him during the round robin.
Both have received invites to represent Australia for the IBSF World Under 21's Championship in Belgium during August.
For more information, and the full results, please visit the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) website here.
Image courtesy of the ABSC
Written and published by Michael Day on the 10th April 2016