KARDINYA eight-ball phenom Alex Kingsbury can add junior world champion to his fast-expanding list of accomplishments.
The 15-year-old was an integral part of the six-person Australian Under-18 team that defended its world title at the Junior Pool World Championships in the UK last month.
Competing against traditional eight-ball powerhouses England, Ireland and Scotland – as well as Malta and India – Alex won an impressive 26 of his 35 frames.
Australia narrowly lost its opening game to Ireland 13-12 but was never bested from there, winning the remainder of its round-robin match-ups before sweeping aside Scotland 13-5 in the semi-final.
Squaring off against England in the decider, Alex had his first real misstep of the tournament, dropping three straight frames before strategically subbing himself out of the game.
“It was disappointing not being able to contribute more in the final but I wasn’t playing my best and the most important thing was getting the team across the line so I decided to sit out,” Alex said.
It was the only blemish on a near faultless individual campaign, Alex finishing as the 10th ranked player overall despite often competing against opponents three years his senior.
“Most of the players in the tournament were very attacking and would go for the pot out right from the start of the game,” he said.
“I noticed that if they went for it and missed one of their shots I could win it quite easily by playing strategically from there.”