Reports from the English Amateur Tour 2017/18

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.