April 6, 2015

Magic Miller Scoops Snookerbacker Classic

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 3:19 pm

Brett Miller, a full-time roofer from Barnsley, hit new heights yesterday with the biggest snooker day of his career as he became the fourth and latest Snookerbacker Classic Champion, scooping the £1500 first prize plus entry fees paid for all EPTC events next season.

Brett Miller: The 2015 Snookerbacker Classic Champion

Brett Miller: The 2015 Snookerbacker Classic Champion

In what some may see as a surprise result given the strength of the field for Grand Finals Day, 25/1 shot Miller, who qualified by virtue of his consistent performances and first place Order of Merit status, kept a cool head all day and eventually ran out a comfortable 4-1 winner in the final over Welshman Daniel Wells.

Daniel won’t be too disappointed as he finished the tournament with a total prize fund of £1750, on top of a previous £100 prize, as he scooped the highest break of the tournament, 134, as well as the highest of Grand Finals Day, 115 (the 20th century of this season’s event), so despite losing in the final, the blow was somewhat softened.

Brett cannot be accused of doing this the easy way, after dispensing with Tom Barton in Round 1 he then saw off Syd Wilson, before coming through a brilliant match against 2012 champion Martin O’Donnell, who most people watching thought the likely winner given his form on the day, the deciding frame in particular was agonising to watch for both sets of supporters and it’s to Brett’s credit that he then went on to perform so well in the final against his more experienced opponent.

The Finalists and a rather worried looking Nick 'Chardo' Harry.

The Finalists and a rather scary looking Nick ‘Chardo’ Harry.

Afterwards it is fair to say that Brett was utterly gobsmacked. It was written all over his face what this meant to him and he was struggling to believe what he had just done. This continued onwards to the traditional Champions Curry after the final, Brett’s pal Mike describing him as ‘probably the most excited I have ever seen him’ and for me that’s what matters, the fact that the winner is genuinely over the moon on winning makes it all worthwhile.

Lots of people have been in touch with me already asking about Brett, primarily because they don’t know who he is. This is because Brett has only really entered this event all season and doesn’t take part in the wider pro-am circuit events. Something which he is considering doing more of in the future.

What is clear however is how much respect he has from the other players, the ones who know him know how good he is and even I mentioned very early on in the tournament that I thought he’d be playing a major part in it at the end. He believed in himself yesterday and it all came together, in his words ‘it’s amazing what a bit of self belief can do’.

It’s also a great advert for the Order of Merit List, with both Brett and Phil O’Kane who finished second on the list being in the semi-finals, Phil is unrecognisable from the feckless clown who we saw earlier in the season running to a qualifier with cue case in hand having been woken up minutes earlier to a huge cheer from the baying mob watching. I don’t know if this transformation will last, but while it does, he is a match for anyone on the table as he proved by knocking out last year’s winner Ant Parsons.

But the day belonged to Brett and he’s soon off to Q-School to see how he gets on there. If any potential sponsors are reading who might like to help him out, just get in touch with me and I’ll put you in touch.

All that remains is to thank everyone who has supported the event again this season; players, sponsors, venues, officials, spectators, scorers and of course the First Lady of the Baize, Mrs SB. To my continued amazement it continues to go from strength to strength though I will be considering the future over the coming months in terms of where I go with it. I have one or two thoughts but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, then please again, feel free to get in touch.

You can see all the results and stats from Sunday here.

Until next season.

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