Vic­to­rian Ju­nior Snooker Cham­pi­onships

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

The Reven­ton Vic­to­rian Ju­nior Snooker cham­pi­onships were held in Yar­rav­ille last week­end and two lo­cal en­trants played re­ally well con­sid­er­ing it was their first tour­na­ment.

This was the first time to wear full dress and first time to have a ref­eree watch­ing their ev­ery move.

In the un­der 15’s the lo­cal en­trant was 14-year-old Damien Thorpe from Ruther­glen.

Damien’s par­ents Jase and Kel­lie Thorpe were there to see Damien play, proud grand­par­ents John and Eileen Thorpe and Ch­eryl and Les Wheeler had to wait for results at home.

Damien at­tends Cathe­dral Col­lege, Wan­garatta and has only been learn­ing to play snooker for a short time whereas he has been play­ing pool since he was 10.

Eight-year-old Mia Macheda at­tends school at Yar­ra­wonga P-12 Col­lege and has only been play­ing for a cou­ple of weeks but her de­ter­mi­na­tion made up for her lack of skills on the ta­ble.

Mia is the third gen­er­a­tion of women Snooker play­ers in her fam­ily and from Yar­ra­wonga.

Her mother Sa­man­tha Macheda (Ri­d­ley) and grand­mother Shirley Ri­d­ley pre­ced­ing her.

Proud grand­par­ents Cherie and Joe Macheda are from Co­bram.

Nei­ther brought home a Vic­to­rian ti­tle but nei­ther of them ex­pected to.

It was all about snooker and to ex­pe­ri­ence the com­pet­i­tive side.

Play­ing in this tour­na­ment will be of great ben­e­fit for both of them and they will also be el­i­gi­ble to play in the Ju­nior Aus­tralian Snooker Cham­pi­onships in Jan­uary next year.

The cham­pi­onships will be held at the Com­mer­cial Club in Al­bury and the two will be putting in a lot of prac­tice be­fore then where they will meet up with and com­pete against the top play­ers from all over Aus­tralia.

Lo­cal Reven­ton Vic­to­rian Ju­nior Snooker cham­pi­onship en­trants 14 year old Damien Thorpe and eight year old Mia Macheda.

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