Lupton wins on the road again

By GREG WHITE

AUSTRALIAN under 21 snooker representative Michael Lupton kept his unbeaten record at Sawtell R.S.L. intact, winning the Bill Ellis tournament last Sunday at the club.

Lupton won last year's inaugaral championship but his $1000 prize for the 2006 crown still isn't enough to hurry him into turning professional.

Not that the thought hasn't crossed his mind.

"Going to the United Kingdom to play for the big money would be a great lifestyle," Lupton offered.

"But it's still a long way from winning tournaments around this country.

"Not only would my play need some finishing touches but it can be very expensive to compete overseas."

The winner of four Australian age championships has already tasted foreign matchplay in Austria and Bahrain and a further trip to the Middle East is chalked on the drawing board.

"The world under 21 titles are being held in Dubai and I'd like to get into the national squad for that event," he said.

To be on the plane, Lupton must first ply his craft at the national championships in Western Australia to the satisfaction of selectors.

"Opponents get tougher as you move towards open grade," he said.

"Still, I'm confident."

Not bad, for someone who started with a gift snooker table at around age 11.

"It was a present from mum and dad," Lupton mentioned.

"I was very big on football in those days but when I got that table, everything changed."

Whenever he hears of a tournament around the countryside, Lupton hits the road.

That's what brought him to Sawtell R.S.L.

"If you do well you cover expenses and have something left over," he said.

Perhaps some of those leftover's will one day, fund his entry to the pro tour?

"Gee, I hope so," he said.



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