Peterborough pool stars are in pursuit of European glory in Malta

Beckie Watkins and John Roe off to the European Pool Championships EMN-150121-194631009
Beckie Watkins and John Roe off to the European Pool Championships EMN-150121-194631009
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Peterborough pool aces Beckie Watkins and John Roe are chasing Europen glory on two fronts in Malta next month.

Both have been selected to play for England in the European Championship team event which runs alongside ladies and men’s singles competitions which Watkins and Roe have also entered.

Roe is a former world champion, something that Watkins wants to emulate, although she’d settle for becoming European champion first.

“My goal within the next three years is to become either a European or World singles champion and who knows it could happen in three weeks time!

“I’ve reached three semi-finals on the ladies tour and the quarter-finals of the National singles and I’m practising hard for the Malta trip as nothing beats representing your country.

“I had England trials every year from the age of 12 until I finally qualified when I was 18.

“I have been playing for the England team for three years now.

“I feel so proud to represent England, especially as it’s very hard to qualify as there are so many good players.

“There is definitely more pressure competing in a team, because not only are you wanting to win the frame for yourself, you want to win it for your team-mates as well.

“I practice every day for three hours after work and I’ve also taken up snooker as that helps my pool.”

There are 16 players in the England teams. The men and ladies teams are both defending their European titles.

This year’s tournament runs from February 14 to February 20. The tournament consists of Mens, Ladies, Juniors, Under 21s, Over 50s and Wheelchair events.

The mens singles championship prize fund is 10,000 Euros and the Ladies is 2,200 Euros.

Other countries taking part are Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Belgium, France, Malta and Morroco.

Roe won his world title in 2012 in Blackpool and is a regular at the biggest events on the circuit.