JUNIOR DISABILITY SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021
Over April SHA hosted the 11th annual Junior Disability Snooker Championships, the first such event in our new venue Snooker Rooms. Mackenzie Richardson claimed victory in a tense final against his own brother Preston to add extra competitiveness to an already quality event. This event was sponsored by J Woodward Building Services, Nick Firth Tiles and Tribepad.
Junior Disability Snooker Championships 2021
The first rounds of qualifiers broke off on the 6th and 7th of April where our 16 entrants came and battled for a place in the semi finals. After some truly entertaining games in the qualifying rounds the semi finalists were found. In semi final number one sponsored by Tribepad, Mackenzie Richardson faced Sam Davidson beating him 2-0 in a bizarre twist that saw him score the exact same score twice in a row (frame 1: M:84 - 51:S and frame 2: S:24 - 84:M).
In semi final number two sponsored by Nick Firth Tiles, Preston Richardson cued up against Daniel Nelson beating him 2-0 (frame 1: P:64 - 44:D and frame 2: D:42 - 49:P) Daniel narrowly missing out on a chance to take the game level in a dramatic black ball game finish in the final frame that secured Preston's place in the final.
This set the scene in the final as the competitive nature of this tournament transcended from that of simple sporting competition to that of intense sibling rivalry - as our two finalists, Preston and Mackenzie Richardson are brothers!
In a first for SHA (and we suspect the sport) the two finalists of a national snooker championship were siblings competing for bragging rights not just in the academy but also in their own household. Naturally, their mother Lyndsay Richardson was incredibly proud to see both her sons playing so well and both bringing home silverware.
In this dramatic final sponsored by J Woodward Building Services, the two brothers faced off in a very tense and competitive game unlike anything we have seen before at SHA. The standard of play in this game was exceptional - a real testament to the years spent developing their game and honing their skills at the Stephen Harrison Academy.
The game was an incredibly tense and tight affair with both players refusing to give their brother any opportunity - a real tactical masterclass. Preston managed to claim the first frame in a very impressive potting display (frame 1: M:23 - 45:P) but in a dramatic comeback and after a tense battle Mackenzie claimed final victory over his brother Preston winning 2-1 (frame 2: P:41 - 52:M and frame 3: M:44 - 25:P) and lifted the coveted winner's trophy (supplied by J Woodward Building Services).
Upon lifting his winner's trophy Mackenzie took the time to pay tribute to his brother and all the other players in the event by saying: "this is the first time I've ever won and I'm so happy! But it was really tough, the other players were really good. Well done Preston and especially Karl who was really hard to beat at the start of the tournament."
This final and the event as a whole was a
special event that showcased the very best of grassroots snooker in the UK and the very tangible benefits of disability sport. Stephen Harrison Academy remains immensely proud of all our participants in this wonderful event.
"I was really excited to make it to the final and now I have to beat my brother."
Preston, Runner up
"This is the first final I've ever got to and I'm so happy that I won. Got to give credit to the other players, especially Karl in the semi final, he played really well and was tough to beat."
Mackenzie, Champion 2021
"I really like the tournaments, I like to play and win medals."