Snooker’s new kid

LAU native Pene Erenio is the new kid on the block on the snooker scene. The 24-year-old proved to be the surprise package to lift the Carpenters Finance Nadi Sports and Social Club Snooker Championship title.

The RC Kava Club member walked away $700 richer after creating many upsets in the richest and biggest snooker tournament this year.

Unknown Erenio displayed sharp shooting to down veteran Viliame Umu 4-1 in the seven frame final.

Erenio, who took up the sport two years ago ousted many A-grade players in style on his way to victory.

In the semi-finals, Erenio beat Sahil Prasad while Umu defeated Fiji number one Rahil Prasad. Erenio has been training under the guidance of Esala Talebula. He defeated Talebula 3-1 in the quarter-final.

Talebula said he scouted Erenio from a pool centre in Nausori.

“I brought him to play for our business house team,” Talebula said.

“He had raw talent with his shooting. So I decided to teach him about safety and the placement of the cue ball after every shot.

“He has learnt very fast. This is a massive morale-booster for Erenio and for our club as well.

“We have 25 members. Sereima Vautoni and Bereti Ofati who are from Rabi are the women players whom we are also grooming.”

In the other quarter-finals, Sahil defeated his father and mentor Yogen 3-0, Umu downed Ajesh Chand 3-2 and Rahil beat David Reddy 3-0. Nadi Sports and Social Club snooker co-ordinator Rimal Narayan thanked Carpenters Finance for the $5000 sponsorship. Narayan said the tournament attracted 58 players.

“Because of the huge interest we had to utilise tables at Nadi Club, South Seas Club and Lautoka Club,” he said.

“Strict rules and regulations were applied as a result the players who were to not on time for their games were handed default frames.”

Results: (Eliminations) Rahil Prasad bt Ismail Wali, David Reddy bt Nitesh Chand, Viliame Umu bt Rimal Narayan, Ajesh Chand bt Anant Raj, Esala Talebula bt Walter Robinson, Pene Erenio bt Shalen Gounder, Sahil Prasad bt Salendra Prasad, Yogen Prasad bt Kushal Krishna.

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