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Snooker champ off to Q School
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13 Apr 2012 11:38 PM

    THURSDAY, 12 APRIL 2012 09:31 FIONA BLICK Yarrawonga Chronicle

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    Adrian Ridley hopes to gain entry into the World Snooker tour when he heads off to England for a month of intensive snooker training.

    Local snooker champion Adrian Ridley is heading to the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield, England next month where he will be in with a chance to win a two year World Snooker tour card.  

    The “Q School”, as it is called, is the system for qualifying for the professional World Snooker Tour. Total prize money on the tour is currently six million pounds and World Snooker will give one thousand pounds to each of the 12 qualifiers in the Q School to help with initial tour costs.

    Ridley said he hoped to be as successful as fellow Australian competitor Neil Robertson who won the world title two years ago.

    “We came up the junior ranks of Australian snooker together and Robertson is still on the tour winning big tournaments,” Ridley said.  “He has definitely inspired me to give it one last shot.  Snooker in the UK can be quite a lucrative career.”

    Prize money in Australia only covers tournament costs so Ridley is taking out a personal loan so he can concentrate on practice and competing in the set tournaments.

    “Taking out a loan will mean I can spend all my time concentrating on snooker and not having to stop for work,” he said.  “Even if I don’t succeed I will have gained invaluable experience from the month of full time practice with the professionals in the UK so really there is nothing for me to lose except money.” 
    Ridley said his employers, Woolworths and the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, have been very supportive and have allowed him time off for Australian and local tournaments.

    “The ideal situation for me would be to get some sort of sponsorship to take the financial pressure off so that I am able to spend time practicing and preparing for competition, but I have been trying to find a sponsor since I was a junior so it doesn’t seem likely,” he said.  “Most players in the top 8 in Australia compete full time and don’t have jobs so they can take a couple of weeks to prepare for a tournament, sometimes practicing eight hours a day, but I don’t have that luxury.” 

    Ridley is currently ranked 9th in Australia and most players would agree that he is playing the best he has ever played at the moment so the timing is right.

    “I am just going to give it my best shot and we will see what happens,” Ridley said.

    Good luck Adrian – stay level, take one frame at a time and pot true.

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    05 May 2012 09:28 PM
    Good luck to Adrian.

    I also noticed on the draws for Q School on World Snooker site that Vinnie Calabrese is having another crack.
    Best of luck to him as well.
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    07 May 2012 05:20 AM
    And Marc Robertson Terry. And we now have Ben Judge on the main tour in case you missed that one. 
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