A ‘fantastic’ year

Breakers, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop.'Pool player Shane Robinson has been selected to represent England in the World Championships tournament.  Shane won the Grand Finals Pool Champion 2009 and received �500.'Picture: Shane Robinson.
Breakers, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop.'Pool player Shane Robinson has been selected to represent England in the World Championships tournament. Shane won the Grand Finals Pool Champion 2009 and received �500.'Picture: Shane Robinson.

WORKSOP pool wizard Shane Robinson can look back on a successful year, which saw him reach the final of the Over 50s World Championships.

On his way to the final he defeated fellow Brit Bill Rigby, but his title dreams were quashed by Australian John Lehman, who chalked up an 8-0 win to lift the trophy.

Despite the hefty defeat on the international stage, Robinson remained optimistic on what was a great year for the Breakers S player.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“I’m provisionally number two in the world rankings for my age group, and number three on the European list.”

“Coming out to the national anthem, in England colours – I’ve been playing pool for 30 years and that was the first time I’ve had a lump in my throat.”

England’s Over 50s captain Rigby, however, got his revenge in the European tournament in Malta, earlier this month.

In the last year, Robinson made the last 16 of the Seniors Grand Prix, topping his group but coming up short against Harris Ali.

Locally, Robinson teamed up with John ‘Dinger’ Bell to compete in the league and Bassetlaw pairs competitions.

They were the first team ever to win both competitions in the same season.

He also helped club Breakers S to the Summer League title – edging out Welbeck A by a single point.

“We are doing quite well,” Robinson said.

“Last year we did a clean sweep and we’re third this season and have a game in hand.”

“We always start with the bye, everyone is above us, if we get a good win we have the possibility of going top of the table.”

Robinson said one of his proudest achievements was winning the Pontins 2009 Grand Final Pool, and despite winning everything in the local leagues, he is still getting a kick out of the game.

He added: “I’ve had quite a lot of success nationally and I have been lucky to play with some very good players.”

“Once you’re in your 50s, it’s nice to be playing at the top level.”

“If someone had said to me at the beginning of the year I would be in this position now, I would have snatched their hands off.”

“I’ve got trials in May and I would love to get back into the England squad for the World Championships at the end of June in Blackpool.”

Robinson will test himself again at the England qualifiers in Yarmouth.

He began playing pool at the age of 16 but went on to say: “It feels like I’ve been playing snooker all of my life, in a sense.”