Youth sport - snooker: Bradley hitting the high notes on tour

Bournemouth Echo: SILVER LINING: Bradley Chappell with his tour trophy SILVER LINING: Bradley Chappell with his tour trophy

A TOUCH of classical music inspired Bournemouth snooker ace Bradley Chappell to deliver a virtuoso performance in a regional tour final.

Chappell revealed that after playing “absolutely rubbish” in the fifth leg of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour, an earful of Richard and Adam singing ‘Bring Him Home’ lifted his game.

The 19-year-old, based at Greenbaize Snooker Club, “limped” through the round-robin group stages at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club and accounted for Connor McLean (Hailsham Memorial Institute, East Sussex) 2-0 in the last four.

But he credited the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalists for his 2-0 victory over first-time finalist Dean Matthews (Crucible, Newbury) that delivered a first winner’s trophy.

“I just didn’t miss any balls at all,” he said. “I played my safety game absolutely perfect and put him on the top cushion every time. I found some form from somewhere. I was playing absolutely rubbish all day long and limped through the group stage. I went outside and listened to a bit of music. Afterwards, I approached the game differently. I changed my cueing and stance. Thankfully, the changes did the trick.”

Chappell made his Gold Tour debut in October, 2009 but missed the whole of last season.

He was runner-up on his return to the circuit on home tables last month.

The Chandler’s Ford event was his 11th outing.

The sixth leg of eight Gold Tour events is at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon on Sunday, March 2.

  •  Fellow Greenbaize member Bradley Cowdroy booked his place in the last 16 of the English Under-14 Championship via the southern qualifier in Wiltshire.

Cowdroy, who also competes on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour, said: “It feels particularly special because this was my first attempt at qualifying for the final.

“I am really looking forward to the Leeds final (April 12) because I know that whatever happens, it will be an amazing experience.”

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