Reports from the English Amateur Tour 2017/18

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Event 6

O’Connor Hits Four on English Amateur Tour

England’s Joe O’Connor racked up his fourth win on the EASB English Amateur Tour last weekend.

The win came in the final event of the season at the South West Snooker Academy down in Gloucester.

22-year-old O’Connor is guaranteed a FREE entry into QSchool since he first turned up to event one way back last year.

Oliver Brown and David Lilley are the other two winners of the EAT who will also be battling it out in this year’s QSchool for a place on the coveted World Snooker tour.

Event 6 saw a string of tons made with the highest being from Shane Castle, a 139.

O’Connor was pipped to the post in the centuries as he made a 137 during the event.

Shane Castle had his fair share of the tons with three.

O’Connor was one point off making his tally equal with Castle on three tons each.

He beat former professional Jamie “shotgun” Cope 4 – 0 in the final.

This concludes the season’s English Amateur Tour which has switched between Sheffield and Gloucester. 


Event 5

Brown Seals Free QSchool Place on EAT Event 5

Oliver Brown pipped new Tour pro Harvey Chandler to the post on the English Amateur Tour in Event Six at the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

Chandler,22, who won the European Amateur Championships this month, was competing like the others for a FREE place at QSchool later on this year, but with his great win in Sofia, Bulgaria, he no longer needs to scramble around to enter the pro circuit as he will be on it properly next season.

For Brown, 23, the win means a place at the arduous QSchool in May to try and reach the pro ranks.

However, 22-year-old Ashley Carty deserves a special mention for making a fabulous 147 break in the event, which tops the high breaks with former pro Steven Hallworth making a 141 as well.

There were other tons made by Phil O’Kane and Louis Heathcote and Carty also racked a 111.

The final EAT will be played at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester and was due to be played at the end of March but due to the WSF Amateur Championship in Malta, new dates will be announced as soon as possible.


Event 4

Lilley Basks in Glory on EAT Event 4

David Lilley basked in glory for the New Year on the EASB’S English Amateur Tour.

Lilley defeated Harvey Chandler in a final frame shootout 4 – 3 to secure a FREE spot at this year’s QSchool in May.

Two years ago, the Englishman had had a fantastic run in his first professional tournament in India in Hyderabad as he reached the Quarter-finals of the Indian Open after beating two-time World Champion Mark Williams.

The player from Tyne and Wear was also just one of two men to rack a ton in the event at the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield with a 126.

He edged a ton of 105 from Adam Edge.

There were eight breaks over 50 with Lilley also leading those with a 94.

Joe O’Connor, a triple winner of the EAT previously – fell short this time in the semi-finals losing out to Chandler.

According to World Snooker back in 2016, Lilley's  beating of Mark Williams in India was all a bit of a blur after.

The EAT returns at the beginning of February again in Sheffield for Event Five. 


Event 3

O’Connor Makes It Three on EAT

Joe O’Connor racked up yet another win on the EASB English Amateur Tour over the weekend to make it three.

O’Connor, 21, trumped former pro Kuldesh Johal for the second time down in Gloucester at the South West Snooker Academy on the third leg of the tour with a 4 – 0 whitewash.

It means O’Connor is guaranteed a spot in QSchool next year and has notched up over £2000 in prize money.

Seven tons were made with Brandon Sargeant, a multiple winner on the Premier Junior Tour racking an incredible 136 top break.

Runner-up Johal, 37, wasn’t far behind him in the tons list with a 128.

O’Connor had a nice round 100.

This is the second time Johal has been a runner-up on the EAT when he met O’Connor in the E1 final.

O’Connor has been rated in the past as a potential prospect on the pro circuit by three-time World Champion Mark Selby.

He’s played Selby, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump before on TV.

The Leicester potter had a tense last 16 match with Sargeant as it went to a deciding frame which O’Connor managed to overcome 4 – 3 before going on to win.

That’s it for this side of the season for the EAT in 2017.

Event Four sees players see in 2018 up in Sheffield at the Star Academy in early January. 


Event 2

Double Glory on English Amateur Tour for Joe O'Connor...

JOE O'CONNOR made it a double victory last weekend at the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield, on the English Amateur Tour. 

O'Connor, a former champion pool player, beat a former snooker professional Steven Hallworth in the final in a best of 7 4 - 2 at the Star at the weekend.

England's O'Connor, 21, in 2015 faced World Champion Mark Selby in the first round of the UK Championship in York - but lost 6 - 0.

The year before, O'Connor got whitewashed by the same scoreline in the same tournament to Australia's 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson.

A World Champion Testimonial

O'Connor also racked the highest break of the event - a 113. Hallworth was also on the century tally list with a 103.

World Champion Mark Selby rates the fellow Leicester potter, and back in 2014 told the BBC: "I have known Joe for many years. He won numerous titles playing English Pool. I think it is great he is giving it a go on the World Snooker Tour."

The winners of the six events on the EAT scoop up to £1000 prize money plus a FREE spot in next year's Q School, a tournament to qualify for the World Snooker Tour.

O'Connor defeated another former pro Kuldesh Johal back in Event One, in Gloucester.

The EAT moves back to the SWSA in Gloucester for Event Three in early December. 


Event 1

O'Connor dazzles in Gloucester

Joe O’Connor dazzled at the weekend claiming the first event on the EASB’s English Amateur Tour for the new season.

The 21-year-old pocketed £1000 and a FREE spot to next year’s Q School by defeating 37-year-old former pro Kuldesh Johal 4 – 1 at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester from a strong field of 58 players.

The EAT is the first of six events that switches between the prestigious Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield and the South West Academy in Gloucester.

Another former professional Barry Pinches had the top break of 135.

The next event on the EAT is at the end of this month on the 28/29th October at the Star in Sheffield.