Stan within the temper for Q Faculty success
Stan Moody, a 14-year-old snooker prodigy from Halifax, hopes to achieve his professional career ambitions when he attends Q School later this month.
Moody has been nominated to play at Q School by the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) and will be on the field at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, competing for one of 14 two-year tickets for the World Snooker Tour. The event starts on May 27th.
The reigning English U-14 snooker champion is one of the best prospects for junior snooker with a high break of 133 while in practice he has already put together a maximum of 147.
Moody first played snooker at the age of nine while on vacation with his family. "Our room was next to a pool table and when I saw it I was interested, so my father showed me how to build a bridge," he told the EPSB.
In 2019 he won the English U-14 snooker championship under dramatic circumstances and beat Liam Pullen 5: 4 in the final by potting a newly dabbed black in the decisive frame.
"I would say that this is my biggest achievement so far, winning that of any under 14s in the country and there have been some very good players too." Besides, I was only 12 years old at the time, ”he said. "At some point I remember looking over at my dad and thinking I had lost the final, but I managed to hold myself together."
Moody, who represented his country at the prestigious Home Internationals, is well on the way to defending his national title. He reached the last 16 of the competition with the loss of just one frame before the 2019/20 EPSB season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He also won two events on the U20 Regional Development Tour North, finished second overall, and moved up to the top tier U21 Premier Development Tour.
The past year has been tough for Moody with no competitive measures.
"I missed playing tournaments a lot because I just love to compete. I do well in competitions and it allows me to play better," he said. "During the ban, I could only play alone."
However, he had the opportunity to attend Ding Junhui's academy in Sheffield and train against the likes of Yuan Sijun, Brian Ochoiski and Nigel Bond.
Turning to Q School, he added, "I felt great hearing the news, but I still have the business to do on the table. Of course I want to go on the professional tour – that's why I play in it – but I do don't get too excited, anything can happen. "
Moody names recently crowned four-time world champion Mark Selby one of the players he looks up to most in the sport.
"I really admire Mark Selby's all-round game," he said. “As my own safety game is getting better and better, I know how difficult the game is both mentally and safely. I just appreciate how good they all are. I think my strengths are potting soil and breakbuilding. I've been a good potter since day one – I just wanted to throw balls like everyone else from a young age and now regularly take breaks over 70. "
Simon Berrisford, Chief Executive Officer of EPSB, is thrilled that another talented youngster from the EPSB ranks will compete on one of the biggest stages in the sport.
"We agreed in our decision to select Stan for the Q School spot we were offered and we would like to thank the World Snooker Tour for the inclusion." said Berrisford. “We all know how talented and hardworking Stan is and that he will proudly represent us.
“Here at EPSB we offer support, support and opportunities for budding young people and amateurs who have chosen snooker as their desired profession. We want to help make dreams come true.
“The EPSB racetrack is an official way to take part in important international competitions – and at the same time represent your country – and then possibly go on the professional tour. Our junior circuit has two levels and is aimed at those who are just starting their careers in snooker and those who may be older and more experienced.
“The last year has been tough for all of us. Youngsters like Stan have missed valuable play opportunities – one and a half years of junior events that they can never get back. We are determined not to lose these players when we run our events again. We are serious about junior snooker. "
Find out more about the EPSB's commitment to junior snooker and the competitive opportunities that arise.