Brookshaw thrilled about England call
PLYMOUTH'S premier potter Steve Brookshaw has won his first international call-up and will compete for England at next month's World Billiards Championships.
Brookshaw has long been a force on the snooker and billiards circuit in Plymouth and the South West.
And now the 45-year-old will be displaying his formidable brilliance on the baize to northern audiences and against several of the the best billiards players on the planet.
The Feast of Billiards' event will take place at the Northern Snooker Centre, in Leeds from October 17-28, and the experienced Brookshaw is relishing the opportunity to test himself against his peers.
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The Plymothian won the chance to compete and represent his country at the prestigious championships after emerging the victor from the English qualifying series in Swindon last month.
Brookshaw is naturally enough 'chuffed and proud' at being selected and by competing at the highest level, flying the flag for his city and raising the sport's profile to a younger audience.
He said: "I'm delighted, of course, having come through the qualifiers and now being on the threshold of an England appearance.
"This is a first for me, for although I've been selected to represent the South West, getting through the mix and competing for your country is a big step up again.
"Then there's all the other billiards players from around the world to test myself against and also fellow qualifiers from around the UK.
"So, I'm going into the event pretty much without a clue of how I'll do, only that I'll be trying my best."
Brookshaw has been playing snooker and billiards for over 25 years and is a player in the former and coach of the latter on the West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation (WEBSF) tour series.
His highest match break in billiards is 209, which was set recently playing for his club, Belgrave, while his practice total is a remarkable 270.
Brookshaw regrets the flagging support for billiards, particularly in the South West, and is hoping his participation will rekindle interest in the game for younger players.
He said: "I think it's a great game, but, sadly, I have to admit, billiards is not something that is popular with the younger set.
"You can understand it to a certain extent as snooker and pool appear a lot more exciting, but billiards has an appeal all of its own.
"It took me around 10 years to become proficient, in my own estimation, at billiards but I'm really glad I stuck at it, because makes you a lot more skilful and thoughtful player."