Q-school 2019 – Event 1 – Days 2 and 3.

The first round concluded with fourteen more players under 23, who have never been professionals, winning their first match, amongst them eight teenagers, including three Asian youngsters and one German.  they are: Manasawin Phetmanaikul (20), Chai Ross (18), Jenson Kendrick (18), Yu Kiu Chang (19), Patrick Whelan (21), Ryan Davies (17), Peter Devlin (22), Long Zehuang (22), Ross Bulman (17), Peifan Lei (15), Ben Fortey (22), Geng Mingqi (19), Umut Dikme (19), Ka Wai Cheung (20),

Worth mentioning also Lee Daegyu (23) is from Korea, a country that has produced champions in 3-cushion billiards, but has, until now, shown little interest in snooker.

The second round is under way with some notable results:

The youngest player in the competition, Iulian Boiko – only 13 from Ukraine – has booked his place in the third round, as has the only female player remaining on course, the Women three times and reigning World Champion, Ng On Yee from Hong Kong.  Other young teenagers off to round 3 are Kayden Brierley (17), Sia Jiahui (16), Sean Maddockx (17).

Wang ZePeng (22) and Rodion Judin (22) are two more young players who had a bye to round two and won their first match.

The highest break of the competition, a 133, currently belongs to Brian Ochoiski, a 20 years old from France. Ben Mertens, 14 years old from Belgium made a 126, but narrowly lost to Matthew Glasby, an experienced amateur, by 4-3. It has to be confirmed, but this likely makes him the youngest ever player to make a century in a professional competition.

Luke Pinches (17), son of Barry, had to pull out of the tournament because he had to sit an A level exam. It’s a shame and it illustrates one of the problems caused by having the Q-school held at this time of the year. It was the right decision by Luke though. Having an education gives young people a more solid base for their future and more options. Luke hopefuly will get mzany more opportunities in snooker.

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  1. Ben Mertens got a 126 and a 75 but lost a respotted black in the final frame, at nearly midnight! OK it’s unlikely he will actually get a Tour Card this year (and would be counterproductive), but the experience he is gaining is invaluable!

    It was actually Manasawin Phetmalaikul’s 20th birthday. He’s the son of Chusak Phetmalaikul, the manager of the new Q House Academy, and likely the reason for the whole venture which has been very successful so far. I got to know him at Sheffield, but he didn’t sound too confident of his chances!

    I’m a bit puzzled by Luke Pinches. I was in a situation (in 1990!) with a conflict between an A-Level and a county match. I just don’t see how trying to mix Q School with A-Levels is a good idea – most likely his preparation for both will be affected negatively. He should have made a decision a few months ago, and certainly before the draws were made. But I suppose he too, has a father…

    Lee Daegyu (and Kei Kamihashi, who lost) has spent quite a lot of time visiting the academies in England, as well as playing in most of the Asian amateur events. He’s a serious player, but it’s a lot to expect him to break through to professional level.

    The scoring standard has improved a little, but still not up to previous years. The matches are taking a long time. Perhaps they are all really good safety players…

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