IN this world of tablets, gadgets and games it is refreshing to see a youngster who likes to get out and do his sports, writes Steve Lakin.
The youngster in question is 10 year old Ryley Archer who is a keen footballer and plays for Mid Staffs league team Lakeside (Power Station) under 10’s. When he is not hitting footballs round the pitch he knocks them about on the green baize because his other passion is snooker.
His father Craig noticed he had a talent when he first let him have a game at their local snooker hall and after Ryley was hooked, watching every game he could on television or at Lea Hall snooker club to pick up tips.
He also impressed others at the snooker club and was invited to join the men’s team who play in the Rugeley and Cannock league. Although it was his first full season he played very well and regularly beat his more senior opponents.
With his help the team went on to win the league title and several cup competitions and at the presentations last month Ryley was named player of the year, not bad for a ten-year old.
Ryley “O’Rocket” (as he is now being called on the circuit) was flying around the green baize, so much so that Stafford’s Burton Manor’s B team wanted to see him in action.
They invited him and some of his team mates down to the Burton Manor Sport Association (BMSA) for a knock.
Even the BMSA president Eddie Bowers was keen to see Ryley in action and watched over some of his games and congratulated him on his play.
It took him a game to get used to the table and was just beaten on the colours by Burton Manor’s B team captain Ivan Blount.
In his second game he settled down and held his nerve to beat league player Reg Harris. Always gracious in defeat, Harris said Ryley was the better player and has real talent and I am sure we will see more of him in the future.
Ryley enjoyed the evening which finished with refreshments in the club house where both teams reflected on their games and had some friendly banter just to show it does not always have to be so serious.
There is no doubt Ryley is a talented youngster and hopefully will mature into a world class player with the right coaching and support, who knows we may one day see him playing on the television against Judd Trump or his idol Ronnie O Sullivan.
Finally, BMSA also offers bowls, squash, karate, judo, badminton, racket ball, golf or cards, darts or dominoes. For further details contact BMSA bar manager Dan Lakin on 01785 252555.