West Norfolk players pot three national junior titles

Jack Easter u19s Champion and Rochy Woods
Jack Easter u19s Champion and Rochy Woods
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West Norfolk has three new national junior billiards champions following the finals which were kindly hosted by Lynn Maltings Q Club for the first time.

Rochy Woods (Tittleshall) retained her National Girls’ Championship defeating another West Acre Academy player Hannah Greeno (Narborough, 11) 175-56 in the final.

This is the third successive year Rochy has won the title, and she dominated the final in high scoring style.

Hannah, who was runner-up last year also, is improving quickly and will one day no doubt be champion herself if she continues her impressive rate of improvement.

The under 16s Championship was won by West Lynn’s Nathan Boughen who defeated another West Norfolk player Merlin Knight of Great Massingham 130-88 in the final.

Boughen has steadily improved over the last year, and was considered the pre-event favourite for the title.

Nathan defeated two opponents before beating Callum Wilson-West 129-69 in the semi-finals.

Knight also won his two qualifying matches before defeating Tyler Whittred 90-68 to reach the final.

In the U19s Championship West Acre Academy player Jack Easter added this title to the U16s he won back in 2014. Easter won his two qualifying games and then defeated James Freestone (Narborough) in the semis 181-102 to reach the final. Freestone himself had done very well to reach this stage after a year’s lay-off from the sport.

In the other half of the draw Boughen did very well to reach the final, after a very close win over Rochy Woods in the semi-finals 113-108.

However in the final Easter’s class was apparent from the start, with the West Acre player scoring over 100 points in his first six visits to the table, and thus gaining a lead he carried to the game’s conclusion which he won 238-120.

These results have cemented Norfolk’s place as the national hotbed of junior billiards.