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Peck pipped to post

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:23 05 July 2010

LAST weekend saw the English Pool Association National Youth Grand Prix pool tournament take place at Riley's snooker and pool centre in Coventry, with some of the countries top up and coming young talent on display.

LAST weekend saw the English Pool Association National Youth Grand Prix pool tournament take place at Riley's snooker and pool centre in Coventry, with some of the countries top up and coming young talent on display.

With two full days of pool ahead of them, it was a gruelling challenge for some of these future potential pool stars, all competing for this national title.

Suffolk was represented by two players, Ryan Day from Ipswich and Lowestoft's Kingsley Peck, both of which had previously qualified from a regional knockout competition to get the chance to compete.

Play started on Saturday morning and saw the group stages unfold with Kingsley playing some excellent controlled pool throughout all his matches to come top of his group and secure a place in the quarter final stages.

The 14-year-old Kirkley High School pupil continued to play some solid pool showing great spirit and determination and by the end of the days play he was a worthy group winner, and was through to Sunday's semi finals.

Sunday's draw paired Kingsley up with Tom Smith a very talented player from Manchester, but with some superb tactical and potting Kingsley came out with a deserved 6 - 3 victory to book his place in the final.

Kingsley's opponent in the best of 13 frames final was Ian Smith, one of the brightest and best future pool prospects in the West Midlands.

In an exciting match it was looking good for Kingsley, he took the early frames with some top quality play, and was never behind, opening up a 5 - 3 lead.

However, he saw his opponent clear up twice from the break to eventually emerge a 7 - 5 winner.

With the play being of a standard you would normally only expect from senior players, it was a treat for the spectators to watch the youngsters contest the final, it was evident that on the day, both finalists would have been a match for any senior player.

Kingsley was presented with a trophy, cash vouchers, and a handmade pool cue.

The popular county player can consider himself unlucky in his first appearance to be pipped to the title, but can be proud of his efforts and can take heart from the respect he has gained at his time in Coventry and also the personal praise he received from the current England youth team manager.

Following his experience in this tournament, Kingsley can look forward with confidence in helping Suffolk have a successful year in the forthcoming youth county season.

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