Owen Jenkins clinches unique hat-trick

OWEN Jenkins has completed a unique junior snooker hat-trick.

The talented 11-year-old from Havant collected three titles during a golden six-month period.

His remarkable run started in May when he became the youngest Cuestars Under-21 Bronze Tour rankings champion in the competition’s ten-year history.

Five winner’s trophies adorned his mantlepiece by the end of the ten-leg circuit.

Last month Jenkins clinched the Wednesday Junior Snooker League title at Waterlooville Sports Bar.

And yesterday he added the club’s Monday league title to his collection.

Jenkins finished the 20-week season seven points clear of Jamie Wilson and Billy Reid at the top of Division 1.

League organiser and World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley reckons Jenkins can take his game to the next level if he works hard.

He said: “Owen probably doesn’t realise how good he is at snooker.

“An 11-year-old with a high break of 54 is quite rare.

“The trouble is that moving forward from here takes dedication and effort.

“He needs to tighten up his technique and he needs to start practising seriously.

“But what he has achieved over the past year is brilliant.”

Meanwhile, Finn Kirby clinched the Division 2 title from Ryan Wilson.

Wilson wrapped up the campaign by clearing the last four colours for a new high break of 22 in his final match against third-placed Keira Hiscock.

Trophy presentations and knockout tournaments for both junior leagues take place next week.

Dunkley runs snooker sessions for under-19s from 4.30-6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday and junior pool sessions from 4.30-6.30pm every Thursday at Waterlooville Sports Bar.

Picture by Tim Dunkley

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)