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Budding snooker player targets top league

Arin Kumar
Thursday, January 02, 2014

BUDDING snooker player Shivniel Prasad is aiming high for 2014 — as the current under-15 champion wants to start playing in the major league.

Born and bred in Toorak, Prasad is the son of Rajeshwar, a regular competitor in Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association events.

His son picked his habits in 2011 and has become a player to watch out for.

"I used to watch my father play when I was younger," said the 15-year-old.

"I learnt a lot from just watching him and now I want to make a name for myself in the sport.

"I want to break into the top five of the Premier division and then by the end of this year, I want to qualify for the Super Premier competition."

The Jai Narayan College student, who will be in Form Four this year, is trained by Vineel Nand who is making a comeback to the sport after two years. Prasad is eyeing a good outing at the North West Billiards and Snooker Association-organised season opening competition on January 11.

"I have been practising every day with Vineel at Fiji Club and I want to play as many games and senior players this year as possible.

"The first tournament is the North West one and there I want to perform well enough to get a spot in the East team for the East versus West tournament later this month in Lautoka.

"I know East has really good players like Praneel Singh, Viliame Umu, Jiten Prasad, Deepak J Ram, Pritesh Khatri, but I am sure I can impress the selectors."