August 15, 2011

SB Classic Snapshot: Why I Entered – Gareth Allen

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:57 am

Another weekly snapshot of a competitor in the Snookerbacker Classic. This time we head to Wales and Gareth Allen who below tells us why he has entered the event.  

What made you enter the SB Classic? What attracted you to the event?

I have entered the Snookerbacker Classic because it’s going to be a great tournament to play in and it also gives the chance of a free entrance to the Q-School at the end of the season which will be a great help. 

Which event or events are you entering?

I will be playing in the Leeds event. 

Tell us a bit about your snooker career to date.

I have played on a full sized table for 10 years now. I have represented Teams from local league level right up to the Welsh Mens Team. I made my debut on my 18th birthday and beat France 3-0. I have played for them on 2 other occasions and also represented Wales at the 2010 World Amateurs in Syria. I got to the last 16 and played some of the best snooker I have ever played then ran out of steam against Noppodol Sangnil! At 3-2 down he came back from the interval and had 40,40 then 124 to win 5-2. 

Is the chance to experience real matchplay conditions in top class venues more important to you or are you in it to win it?

I am in it to win it SB. I have played at SWSA before and it’s a lovely venue. I have an Aristocrat match table at home so I am used to the playing conditions so that won’t bother me as such. 

Mrs SB will be at venues giving prizes for things like ‘best dressed player’ and ‘nicest haircut’ – think you have a chance in any of those?

I will have to have a word with the woman who does my hair to see if she can come up with anything unique for Mrs SB! I will have to hope there is a prize for the ‘best 9 break of the tournament’. I might be in with a shout then! 

What are your ambitions in snooker?

My ambitions are to get onto the main tour and compete with the big boys in the game. It’s always been a dream of mine. I have recently given up my job to concentrate on snooker. I am still working part time but only on a temporary contract until next March. I had to sell my VXR as well! (Still in bits about it!) I am putting more hours in now and I hope this will enable me to get where I want to go in the sport. I wouldn’t be able to do so many of the competitions if it wasn’t for SportWales who are my sponsors. 

Finally, are you looking forward to the SB Classic?

Yes SB, really looking forward to it now. I will be having a few practice sessions with some of the other players in the meantime including The Assassin.

You can follow Gareth on Twitter @gaz_147 

If you haven’t yet entered the Snookerbacker Classic and would like to reserve a place in the event please email me at [email protected] as I am now reserving places for a period of four weeks pending payment of entrance fee.

Please note that if you are wanting to enter the first event in Glasgow there are only 7 places left in the tournament and the closing date is 31st August, so don’t hang around. 

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