Current Ranking: 1
League & County: I play for the Oracle Pool & Snooker Club who are represented in both the Eynsham and Oxford leagues. This keeps me busy and well practised on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s but I still try to find time to get another game or two in if I can. As for the county – I have played for Oxfordshire for about seven years or so and I also represent Oxford ‘A’ in our Inter Area competitions. I have also tried to help organise and manage Bar Billiards within the county and have been the county secretary for about five years. Whilst this comes with challenges it is rewarding to see players do well, improve and continue playing this great game.
When did you first play the game? I was a relatively late starter to Bar Billiards and only discovered the game in 2004. Prior to this I played a lot of snooker and pool in teams and individually. I enjoy each of these games very much but what really struck me about Bar Billiards at the beginning, was just how friendly the Bar Billiards playing community is. We are part of a special club as Bar Billiards players and we have created a fantastic community aspect. People can and do get entire families involved in the game – I like that about what we continue to do.
What is your greatest Bar Billiards Achievement? I still cannot believe that I have been able to secure two World Championship titles. I never for one moment thought I would achieve such successes. Of course, the first time is very special – hard to take in, but really special. It is also true to say I am immensely proud of the manner in which I was able to win my second World Championship just a couple of months ago. I was faced with some of the toughest opponents in the game and was able to record some of the best score that the tournament has ever seen – just at the times when I needed them most which is the most satisfying feeling you can get in the game.
Which sportsperson do you most admire? As a cuesports fan it is hard to ignore ‘the rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan. His natural ability is amazing and to watch him play the game is a real treat.
Dog or Cat? I’m not really a pet lover but I do seem to have attracted dogs rather than cats throughout periods of my life!
Marmite yes or no? Yes.
Ultimate dinner date guest? Alexandra Daddario – for her sparkling conversation of course!!