The Italian Job.

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In the first major amateur event of the IPA season, young Giuseppe D’Imperio was already being tipped as favourite after launching his career by winning the British Open at his first attempt on the tour, but there was a long list of distinguished and established amateur players determined to prove that lightening doesn’t strike twice, thus foiling an unbelievable double.

With nearly 50 new or returning players making up the 100 strong IPA British Amateur Championship field, this was always going to prove to be an exciting and hard fought event form start to finish, and fans were not disappointed for a moment. With such a wealth of new and exciting talent coming through the rounds such as Michael Hope, James Charlwood, Max Nosco, Lee Nelson and Harjeet Singh the event was mouth watering on paper, and so it proved in reality too.

The Championship did not disappoint, and with a large number of matches finishing in final frame deciders or similar, it was testament to the brilliance and skill these players possess that forced the their audience on to the edge of their seats. Amazingly, once again the arrival of one young man stole the show as Giuseppe took the final from yet another exciting prospect in Bristol lad Max Nosko, who lost in a fiercely contested final, merely underlining the fantastic future 8 ball pool can look forward to over the years ahead.

Vice Chairman Morray Dolan said “It is a true breath of fresh air to have so much youth suddenly come through to join the ranks in a bid to become the sports next elite. It is a massive indication that the IPA is advancing and people can already identify the positive changes we have made to the IPA structure and events”.

“The Giuseppe story also has another funny little twist, the only reason he was even on the IPA tour is down to his father Nik D’Imperio who secretly filled out an entry for his son as a surprise Christmas present. Unaware of this when it came to payment time Giuseppe received a phone call to chase his deposit, which came as some surprise! He was convinced that someone must have sent his application in as a joke, and had hoped to join the tour in 2013. The following day a very jovial Nik was ringing us up to expose his plot and asking the IPA not to release his son’s application, and looking back with hindsight, what a wise move that turned out to be”.

Needless to say it was an emotional moment all round as we watched tears of joy stream down a proud fathers’ face when his son achieved more in two days than most players manage in their pool careers by lifting not one but two major titles in a weekend!

Nik D’Imperio (left) with son Giuseppe, the new British Amateur Champion at his first attempt

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