National runners-up but heads held high

THEY did themselves, their families, their clubs and Cuestars proud.

Bradley Cowdroy and Ronnie Sullivan may have lost their first ever national finals but Cuestars director John Hunter insisted they both “fought really well”.

Cuestars Gold Tour rankings winner Bradley lost 6-4 to Ryan Davies in the English Under-16 Championship at the South West Snooker Academy.

Ryan, who is from Oldham, finished seventh on the Premier Junior Tour this season. He was also in the Under-18 final and two billiards finals.

Cuestars Bronze Tour rankings winner Ronnie lost 5-1 to Paul Deaville in the Under-14 final.

Paul is from Liverpool and he ended this season 19th on the Premier Junior Tour.

John, who was in the audience in Gloucester, said: “Both boys fought really well and will be much better players for the experience.”

However, there were actually three Cuestars players in action during the EASB finals weekend.

Steven Hughes was chosen to referee his first national final.

The 16-year-old from Chandlers Ford, who qualified at the age of 15, officiated the match between Ronnie and Paul.

John said: “I have to say Steven refereed brilliantly.”


Bradley Cowdroy (left) and Ronnie Sullivan.

Steven Hughes (left) receives a commemorative medal from Snooker Scene magazine’s Marcus Stead.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)