Five (or six) have fun in Malta

FIVE Cuestars members enjoyed an awesome week at the World Snooker Federation Junior Open for under-18s in Malta.

Remarkably, they all qualified from the round-robin group stages for the knockout.

Cuestars director John Hunter described it as an “incredible achievement”.

Connor Benzey, Jamie Wilson and Mickey Joyce made last-32 exits. Aidan Murphy lost in the last-16 and 14-year-old Oliver Sykes won 350 euros (£298) for reaching the quarter-finals.

A total of 54 players from 20 countries competed in the event which was split between the Malta Snooker Academy, in Hamrun, and the live-streaming table in the San Antonio Hotel, in Saint Paul’s Bay in the north of the island.

The eventual winner received a two-year tour card for the professional circuit.

Sykes, Benzey and Wilson made the trip to the Mediterranean thanks to a sponsorship deal with Cuestars and Attic Life.

Steven Hughes, too old for the junior event, and Benzey are still in Malta competing in the WSF Open.


From left: Jamie Wilson, Mickey Joyce, Aidan Murphy, Oliver Sykes, Connor Benzey, Steven Hughes.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)