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Waterside snooker teen Shane set for Euro championship
8:20am Saturday 20th October 2012 in Hampshire Sport
TWO more century breaks and another tournament win has set Waterside wonderkid Shane Castle on course for another crack at the European Under-21 Championship.
The 14-year-old from Marchwood took his tally of tons to 29 during the second leg of the EASB Premier Junior Tour at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.
In the round-robin group stages, Castle dropped only one frame in three matches and compiled a 108 against Aaron Lowe (Bristol).
After easing past Haydon Pinhey (Plymouth) 4-0 in the last-16, he was put to the test by Joseph O’Connor. “He outplayed me on safety,” said Castle, who trailed 3-1 at one stage.
But the 16-year-old from Leicester could not counter his younger opponent’s break-building skills.
Castle squared the match and posted a 112 in the decider.
It was then business as usual with a 4-1 victory over James Cahill (Blackpool) and he “was always in front” in a 4-0 whitewash of Elliot Slessor (Gateshead) in the final.
Castle, a quarter-final casualty in the first leg, now leads the rankings and needs a top-four place to book a trip to the European Under- 21 championships. In last season’s event in Bulgaria, he lost in the final.
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