Ben’s bidding to rack up more wins and earn chance to play pool’s elite

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A Sheffield cue star will be going Dutch this weekend, in an attempt to get his hands on a 10,000 euro prize.

Pool player Ben Buckley from Eckington heads across the continent for the Deurne City Classic - a competition with an international field of around 200 players.

It’s another event on the road to what Ben hopes will culminate in the ultimate prize - a place in the European team for the Mosconi Cup, pool’s equivilent of the Ryder Cup.

However, to do that the current British Universities 9 ball pool champion, ranked third in GB9’s Pro Division top 16, needs to be playing in bigger tournaments.

“I had always watched American pool on TV growing up; the Mosconi Cup (Europe’s best five vs USA’s best five, pool’s version of the Ryder Cup) and the World Championships,” said Ben. “When I started in 2010, I looked at it as a few weekends away in posh hotels with the chance of upsetting a few egos along the way.

“After a few events it became clear that I could really challenge the top players so I put more time in to practice.”

He added: “I am currently looking for sponsorship to enable me to play in the US Open, World championships and on the EuroTour next season. These competitions are the only gateway to be selected for the Mosconi Cup.”