ENGLISH U-16 CHAMPIONSHIP
Breaks SC, Lincoln – 25th February 2001
Peter Gamblin produced a consistently solid performance to retain
the Under-16 Championship title at his home club in Lincoln. In his
first match against Jason Thomas, Gamblin made a break of 49 at his
third visit and thereafter was never in trouble as he completed a
comfortable 288-155 win. Also looking good in the quarter-finals was
Michael Donnelly. He was in action even earlier with a 50 break at his
second visit and maintained a good run of scoring to finish with an
impressive average of 11.3 in a 385-80 victory over Nathan Mann.
James Roberts suffered something of a handicap when he miscalculated
the opening time of his Norwich club and was unable to collect his cue
on his way to the venue. Faced with prospect of having to use something
from the public rack at the Breaks Club, he was fortunate to be able to
borrow a cue from a travelling Teesside supporter. Even so, he could
not be expected to produce his best and went down 306-158 to Teesside’s
Danny Beagriewho may well have had something to say to his
supporter had Roberts found the borrowed cue to his liking!
Twelve year-old Dominic Mulhall was the other winner in the opening
round, a fine break of 51 being the highlight of his 246-185 win over
Calvin Daws. However, his competition came to an end as he ran up
against Peter Gamblin in the semi-finals. A score of 340-171 may look
rather one-sided, but Gamblin certainly didn’t have things all his own
way, with 113 of these points coming in his last four visits! The early
part of the match was very close and it was only when Gamblin
produced breaks of 33 and 34 that he established a significant lead.
Mulhall refused to give up and again closed the gap with a break of 41,
but couldn’t maintain the pressure and fell away towards the end.
The other semi-final was not only an all-Teesside affair, but the two
players, Danny Beagrie and Michael Donnelly, come from the same
club in Middlesbrough. Beagrie managed to pull off a very good win,
this being the first time he has defeated Donnelly in competition. To do
this he had to come from 74 points behind at one stage, to secure a
narrow 24 point victory and a place in the final at his first attempt.
Peter Gamblin is becoming something of a seasoned campaigner and
with his opponent appearing in his first National final was a strong
favourite to retain his Under-16 title. A slow start by both players
ended with a break of 52 by Gamblin which took him 68 points clear of
Beagrie. From here, opportunities were shunned by both players, but
Gamblin steadily drew away and finished a comfortable winner 300-
There was good support for the event with an estimated 80-100
spectators in attendance during the day. At the conclusion, trophies
were presented by Mr. Fred McDonnell, Chairman of the Lincolnshire
B&SA. The overall standard in the Boys’ Championship was as good
as we have seen for many years, with every match producing at least
one 40+ break. The best of these came from Danny Beagrie with 53 in
his semi-final. It is clear that there are some very talented young players
who will be moving towards the senior ranks in the next few years.
47) 288 (av 9.3) Jason Thomas 155 (av 4.8); Daniel Beagrie (48) 306 James Roberts 158; Michael
Donnelly (50, 45) 385 (av 11.3) Nathan Mann 80 (av 2.4).
(53) 272 (av 8.2) Michael Donnelly 248 (av 7.5).