Wakefield snooker trio target success on national stage

Billy Marsh, Kieran Briggs and Sam Dexter, of St Michaels Snooker Academy.
Billy Marsh, Kieran Briggs and Sam Dexter, of St Michaels Snooker Academy.
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A trio of talented young Wakefield snooker players will look to make a name for themselves on the national stage this weekend.

Sam Dexter, from Horbury, Billy Marsh, from Ossett and Kieran Briggs, from Birkenshaw, will all chalk their cue for the last 16 of the England U14s championships at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds tomorrow, Saturday.

The 13-year-olds are all part of the St Michaels Snooker Club Junior Academy and qualified for the last 16 through the preliminary rounds that were played last September.

Now they will target a place in the final, to be held at the Star Academy, in Sheffield, at a later date, by progressing through the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals over a best-of-seven frame format in Leeds.

They are the first batch of hot prospects to come through the Alverthorpe Road club’s blossoming academy.

And World Snooker coach Lionel Payne, who runs the academy, is proud to see young St Michaels players make up an impressive proportion of last 16 entries.

“It’s great to see so many players from the academy progress to the last 16,” he commented.

“I took over around three years ago and it’s the first time we’ve had players enter, so to get three in the last 16 is fantastic.”

Coach Payne added: “They’re the first batch of players to come through and more will follow.”

The academy runs every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm and new players aged between eight and 18-years old are welcome to attend at a price of £4.50 per session.

The club also runs a senior academy under the guidance of experienced coach Payne.

It runs every Saturday morning from 10.30am-12.30pm and the price per session is £6 for adults and £4 for juniors.

For more information contact St Michaels Snooker Club on 01924 290402.