2017 Leeds U16 Competition Summary
The 2017 Leeds U16 competition saw 15 young hopefuls line up on the morning of Saturday 4th February, all looking to secure a place in the semi-finals which are scheduled to be played on Tuesday 7th March.
9 year old Daniel Boyes was the lucky player who received a bye into the quarter finals, all the others would need to win 2 matches to qualify.
First out of the hat were 12 year old Samuel Lee-Stevens and 11 year old Rylee Fisher. Samuel knocking in a 32 break on route to a 2-0 victory.
Next out were one of the pre-tournament favourites 13 year old Lewis Harper against Dylan Kemp. Lewis easing into the quarter final with a 2-0 win earning himself a match against Samuel in the process.
10 year old James Pears was the next player through with a 2-0 win over 9 year old Oliver Hudson.
Another of the fancied players, 13 year old Isa Ishtiaq was the next player through, a 43 break helping him to a comfortable 2-0 win over 9 year old Harry Grimmett who will no doubt have benefited greatly from the experience. Isa earning himself a quarter final tie against James.
9 year old Casey Ratcliff showed his promise with a 23 break in a 2-0 win over 10 year old Reece Wilson and faced Daniel Boyes in the quarters.
The oldest competitor on the day, 15 year old Jack Hearn proved too strong for Liam Pullen, a 2-0 win earning him a quarter final tie against 13year old Josh Brady who scraped through on the final black in a 2-1 thriller against Bailey Fisher.
The first quarter final saw Samuel Lee-Stevens show great composure to recover from losing the first frame on the black, a 39 break helping him to a 2-1 victory over Lewis Harper to claim a semi-final spot.
In the semi-final he will meet Isa Ishtiaq who proved too strong for James Pears winning 2-0.
The battle of the 9 year-olds saw diminutive Daniel Boyes overcome Casey Ratcliff 2-0 in what promises to be one of many close tussles between these two promising youngsters. Daniel was clearly excited at the prospect of wearing a bow tie and waistcoat for his semi-final clash where he will play Josh Brady who battled valiantly to gain another 2-1 win, this time over Jack Hearn.
So congratulations go to Samuel,Isa, Daniel and Josh.
No doubt most of the boys will be in action again when the Leeds U18 competition kicks off on February 18th.