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Snooker chef makes history
A TRAINEE pâtisserie chef was voted cream of the crop by opposing captains during the Summer Invitation Snooker League’s 2013 season.
In fact, teenager Brad Gale is the youngest Star Player Award winner in the league’s 22-year history, writes TIM DUNKLEY.
“It made my day,” declared the 16-year-old. “I was quite proud of myself.” Shirley Conservative Club D skipper Bill Kavanagh, who signed Gale a year ago, said: “We’re a team of old boys but he just fitted in straight away.
“He’s really quiet and a nice, easy going young lad. When he’s losing, he makes them work very hard to beat him.”
Gale lives in Shirley and was introduced to the game by his grandad and teammate Dick Gale, who “taught me everything”.
A first-year apprentice at Quality Finish, in Southampton, he was on holiday in Oxford on the day his home club hosted the presentation evening but was notified in a phone call from Kavanagh.
Reflecting on his debut season, in which his highest break was 22, Gale said: “I really enjoyed it. “You’re playing Premier League players and you can learn off them. I love snooker.”
Captains draw a star on the result card against a name from the opposing team following every match. The player from each team with the most votes wins a trophy. Gale received more stars than anyone else in the league.
Snooker and Social Clubs reviews appear in today's Daily Echo
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