Billy aiming to be on cue for Northern Ireland

A BALLYMONEY man has world glory on his mind next week.

Billy Moore Jr is in the Northern Ireland pool team for the upcoming World 8-Ball Masters in Blackpool.

Billy and his Northern Ireland team-mates, currently ranked third in the world, are drawn to face Malta in the opening round of the team competition on Monday, June 5 in the Norbreck Castle.

They then take on France, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, South Africa and Wales on a busy following day.

On the Thursday, it's England, the West Indies and India on a potentially crucial day for their chances of success.

The round-robin games are completed on Monday, June 12 with ties against Scotland, Kenya, Channel Islands and Australia.

The top six teams then go into the play-offs, with the first and second-ranked teams automatically into the semi-finals before the final is played live on television on Thursday, June 15.

As well as the grueling team event, Billy must try and weave his way through a massive field in the Senior Individual tournament.

The Ballymoney man plays Spain's Arlo Flinter in the Preliminary Round on Saturday, June 10 at 9am.

If he gets through that one, another Spaniard awaits in Round One in the form of Christopher Ellis. That would be at 3pm on the same day.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Billy said. "I've been involved in these events for a while now and they keep getting bigger and better.

"We've got a good team so we're confident that we go to Blackpool in good form.

"As for the individual I'm aiming to give it my all and see where it gets me.

"Luckily, I've got a pool table at home so I've been able to practice quite a bit in the past few months.

"I've also been playing quite a bit of snooker recently and that can only help my chances of doing well."