Young Rob’s proving top of the pots

Rob Dagnell with his parents
Rob Dagnell with his parents

THIRTEEN-year-old Rob Dagnall is lining up a shot at a unique sporting prize.

The St Helens youngster won through to the finals of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Future Stars of Snookers competition.

If he is successful, Rob will scoop a £5,000 cash prize and coaching sessions with The Rocket.

Rob won a regional play-off held at Rileys in Wigan, outscoring 15 other talented youngsters in six tasks designed by O’Sullivan to test cue technique and ball control.

Rob had previously won a preliminary qualifier at the same venue.

He will now join seven other Under-16s in the final in Sheffield.

Rainford High School pupil Rob, who has been playing snooker for five years, said: “I am really chuffed to have reached the final. I didn’t think I would get this far!

“The standard in the qualifier was really high and I managed to beat Zac Barton, who finished third overall last year.

“I am practising a lot. I try to play every day for around four hours.”

The nationwide hunt will discover a naturally talented youngster aged 16 or under, who will receive coaching from O’Sullivan – and pocket £5,000 to spend on career development.