England’s Stan Moody beat compatriot Liam Pullen 5-1 to win the 2023 WSF Junior Championship in Sydney, Australia. The victory earns him the biggest junior title in our sport and will see him earn a two-year World Snooker Tour card from the start of the 2023/24 season.
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Yorkshire’s 16-year-old Moody dominated the early stages of the final, taking a 4-0 lead as his opponent scored just 23 points in the first four frames. Pullen took frame five on the colours, but Moody soon wrapped up the title by taking the sixth frame with a break of 54, the highest of the match.
Moody will join the pro tour for the first time later this year and has a card for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons. Last year he made headlines when he won a match in the BetVictor Shoot Out at the age of 15, and the talented teenager has won a string of titles on the junior scene.
Pullen, age 17 and also from Yorkshire, scored the highest break ever made in a WSF event, 143, during the quarter-finals, but was second best in the final.
The presentation party included WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson, Asia-Pacific Snooker and Billiards Federation President Frank Dewens, European Billiards and Snooker Association President Maxime Cassis and the Hon. Dai Le, Federal MP for Fowler.
“It means everything to me,” said Moody after the final. “It still hasn’t sunk in. I’m over the moon obviously to beat a player like Liam in the final and on a different day it could have been him but today it was my day.
“I wasn’t expecting too much [pre-tournament], I was treating it as a holiday that involved snooker. I thought what happens, happens, it was just another tournament and it has paid off and I have just enjoyed it.
“My dad [Nigel] has done everything for me, paid for everything, takes me everywhere and looks after me, does the things that people don’t see, so I’m very grateful. I’d also like to thank all of my sponsors who have been a massive help.
“I’m just going to enjoy it [being on the main tour], the first two years will hold no pressure for me, I am just there for the experience.
“I love Judd Trump, I love the way he plays. I’d like to say I play like that in certain ways, I love him. It would be great to play him, I would just love the experience, probably on the TV table as well.”
Both Moody and Pullen will be among the field over the next eight days who will compete in the open WSF Championship event, which will also carry a World Snooker Tour card for the winner.
The main WSF Championship runs from February 4-11.
Group Stage Draw
Knockout Draw (to follow)
All group matches will be the best of 5 frames.
The top two players in each group will progress to the knockout rounds
All knockout rounds up to and including the semi-finals will be the best of 7 frames.
The final will be the best of 9 frames.