Hot-shot Joe aims to be a snooker pro

Promising 16 -year old Featherstone snooker player Joe Roberts. Picture: SCOTT MERRYLEES
Promising 16 -year old Featherstone snooker player Joe Roberts. Picture: SCOTT MERRYLEES
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FEATHERSTONE snooker ace Joe Roberts is looking for sponsors to help him fulfil his ambition of becoming a professional player.

The 16-year-old, of Alexander Crescent, has made a big impact since he took up the sport four years ago.

And he is now planning to make it his full-time career when he leaves Featherstone Technology College in June this year.

The college have given Joe great support with his promising snooker career which started when he entered local league tournaments. He became the youngest-ever player to win some of them.

He then began taking part in English amateur competitions for juniors and joined the region’s EASB junior tour.

At the age of 13, he reached the last 16 in both the English under 16 and under 14 championships.

The following year, Joe reached the last eight of the English under 16s championship and the last eight of the annual Lt. Col. Rowley Junior Star of the Future Championships in Prestatyn, Wales,

For the last two years, he has won the local Ronnie Sullivan Tournament and last year he received an award from Featherstone Town Council for his achievements.

Last weekend, Joe qualified for the Paul Hunter Championships in August and he is also through to the last 16 of the English Six Reds Tournament.

Joe, who is receiving coaching from world-class coach Lionel Payne, said: “I hope to achieve lots more as my breaks get higher. My highest is currently 138 in match play.

“I am now on the under 19s English junior premier tour and travel the length of the country to junior tournaments.

“When I leave school this year, my intention is to carry on my daily practice and enter more tournaments including pro--am and PTC events. This will take me further afield and even into Europe.”

Joe spends much of his time practising at Pontefract Cue Club where the manager Stephen Roebuck gives him free table time and plenty of support.

Joe is now looking for sponsors to help him.

He added: “I have the ability, talent, passion and determination to succeeed.

“I hope with a little help from sponsors I can become the next snooker sensation.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Joe can contact him on 07912554672 or e-mail mariaroberts147@gmail.com