Snooker: Vic Harris League producing talent hoping to play at World Championship

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:33 09 May 2018

Romford captain Paul Parkin (left) and brother John (pic: Romford Snooker Club)

Romford captain Paul Parkin (left) and brother John (pic: Romford Snooker Club)


Several promising talents have turned out for Romford in the competition this season

This year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship may have just ended, but the Vic Harris League is producing players that will hope to grace the fabled Crucible Theatre in seasons to come.

Mark Williams clinched his third world title in stunning fashion with victory over John Higgins in the final, but there are some talented youngsters in Essex who would one day love to emulate the Welshman.

The Vic Harris League has already been the start of successful careers for Mark King and former world champion Stuart Bingham, and there are others looking to follow suit.

Zak Surety, John Parkin and Ryan Causton have all played for Romford in the league, and all have hopes of one day turning professional.

At the other end of the spectrum, the league also has plenty of experience with veterans still doing their best compete.

Romford’s Chris Thatcher took on a stalwart from Springhouse this season and lost a frame, demonstrating the ability for anyone to beat anyone in the Vic Harris League.

And Paul Parkin, who is the Romford vice-captain, believes that is part of the enduring appeal of the Vic Harris League.

“This league is a great stepping stone to starting off a snooker career or just enjoying the game, the battles and the competition,” said the Romford vice-captain.

“I personally have made a lot of good friends through this league who I consider friends for life as well. The league welcomes all ages, all standards and all genders.”

As well as having plenty of promising potential pros to call upon, the league also has a world champion in their ranks.

At just 19, Emma Parker is already a world champion at under-21 level and played for Romford B in the Vic Harris League.

Another young talent to look out for is Romford’s Freddie Newport, who is already making breaks in excess of 40 at the age of just 14.

The league certainly looks to have a conveyor belt of talent.

• Anyone looking to join the league should call Paul Parkin on 07535 102409.

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