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O'Sullivan caps season in style

PUBLISHED: 11:39 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 05 October 2010

By JONATHAN CLEGG SNOOKER sensation Sean O Sullivan celebrated his first international call-up last week by helping England to an emphatic win over Scotland in the Auld Enemy clash. O Sullivan, from Holton Street, Stepney Green, represented England in th

By JONATHAN CLEGG

SNOOKER sensation Sean O'Sullivan celebrated his first international call-up last week by helping England to an emphatic win over Scotland in the Auld Enemy clash.

O'Sullivan, from Holton Street, Stepney Green, represented England in the Under-14 category at the three-day tournament, which featured 32 players from each country in different age groups and followed a format similar to the Ryder Cup.

The 14-year-old won all three individual matches as England subjected Scotland to a crushing 109-19 defeat at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

It was the first time that O'Sullivan had been chosen to represent the country and he admitted that it was an honour to play for England.

"I couldn't believe it when I got the letter telling me I'd been called up," O'Sullivan told the Advertiser. "I was so proud to wear the waistcoat with the England badge on it and I was really pleased to win my matches and do well for the team."

Following his three wins in the individual format, O'Sullivan teamed up with 11-year-old Adam Brobat in the doubles competition on the final day and the pair reached the quarter-finals - despite facing opponents from the men's and Under-19s categories.

With two points available for each doubles victory, their success underlined England's dominance and ensured that O'Sullivan ended the tournament on a high.

"I've known Adam for a long time and we were two of the youngest players there," said O'Sullivan.

"We had to play against a men's pair and an Under-19 player because the pairs were drawn randomly for the doubles, so we did really well to get as far as we did."

O'Sullivan's international call-up has capped an outstanding year for the Bishop Challoner pupil, who became the school's first snooker player to be awarded a Faraday Sports Bursary this summer.

In his first season on the EASB junior tour for the South of England, which includes players up to the age of 21, O'Sullivan finished fifth overall and came within one frame of qualifying for promotion to the Premier League.

His remarkable consistency means he will be among the favourites to make the step up to the top division next year as he aims to fulfil his ambition of making it as a professional snooker player.

He said: "I should think I have a good chance of making the Premier League next year because I only missed out on the top four by one frame.

"My best last year was the semi-finals but I was very consistent and I made the quarter-finals in quite a few competitions.

"My ambition is to become a professional and I think I have a chance as long as I keep working hard and practising."

O'Sullivan, who was selected in the England Under-16 B team for the EASB Home Internationals in Prestatyn this week, practises at the Mile End and Upton Park snooker clubs and hopes someday to compete against namesake and current world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.

The two players share the same agents in Django Fung and Paul Golder, who own the Grove Leisure Centre in Romford, and Sean's father John O'Sullivan admits that local support for his son has been vital in

"We're very grateful to Mile End and Upton Park snooker club and we owe a big thank you to Enda Nagle and Mark Wagner there, who give Sean free time to play there," he said.

"We're so proud of him because he has worked so hard for it.


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