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Peck picks up national title

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

Kingsley Peck with his prizes. PICTURE: SUBMITTED

Kingsley Peck with his prizes. PICTURE: SUBMITTED

Teenager Kingsley Peck is feeling great after claiming a national pool title.

Last weekend saw the English Pool Association National Junior under 16 Pool Championships take place at the Chatham Pool and Snooker Centre in Kent.

Teenager Kingsley Peck is feeling great after claiming a national pool title.

Last weekend saw the English Pool Association National Junior under 16 Pool Championships take place at the Chatham Pool and Snooker Centre in Kent.

Play started with over a 100 entrants battling it out in the Championships Swiss System Round Robin Stages.

Suffolk was represented with a total of five youth County players all trying to make it through to the final stages of the competition.

Peck played some excellent controlled pool, putting him in good stead and giving him the confidence to compete against the best young players in England in Sunday's final knockout stages.

After three excellent victories, Peck was up against Ben Clarke from Essex in the semi-finals.

This turned out to be a highly tense, but Peck came through 5-2.

With the final being the best of 11 frames it was eagerly awaited as Peck was up against John Bowkett, one of the brightest and best pool prospect from Leicester.

After trailing 3-1, the talented 15-year-old from Kirkley High School pupil turned things round and in frame nine he potted the final black for a well deserved 6-3 victory to finally claim the national title.

Peck was presented with two winners silver cups and cash vouchers, but most important of all the national title.

He can also take great pride in the personal praise he received from the current England manager, and can now look forward to this weekend, when he is competing in the National Youth Grand Prix at Great Yarmouth.

Peck has already won through a regional knockout competition to have the chance to play in this event, and will be hoping he can go one better than his very first appearance last year in this tournament, when he was narrowly beaten in the final.

“It's a great feeling, knowing you are the national champion, and I have now proved to myself I can compete with the best under 16-year-olds in the country,” Peck said.

“This means a lot to me, especially when you consider that this is the third biggest major tournament you can ever win, only being European Champion or World Champion can top it.

“I am very proud that I will have my name engraved on the cup alongside some of the very best young players that England has ever produced, who have previously won this title, with some of them going on to become professional pool players.”

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