A member of De Montfort Students’ Union’s Pool Club is hoping for his big break when he takes part in trials for the English Universities team.
Louis Hatton, a first-year Journalism student at De Montfort University, has been invited to the trials after impressing at a recent competition.
Main Picture: (L-R) Thomas Aspinall, Samuel Ryding, Louis Hatton, Daniel Koster and Stuart Kehoe.
Louis captained his team to the last 24 of the BUCS UPC Eight-ball Championships before eventually losing to third seeds Plymouth firsts, and did enough on the table to leave an impression on those watching.
He explained: “The uni pool team had the Eight-ball Championships three weekends ago in Great Yarmouth, and in that tournament for the team I won all of my frames.
“Part of my recommendation was from that, and part of it was from a nomination from the society [sic] chairman.
“I was aware of the nominations, but I didn’t expect to actually get to the trials.
“I was quite excited [when I got the news]. I’d had trials for the England U18s team before, but it capped off that I was still playing well, basically.”
Louis, who has been playing pool for the last six years, said that despite facing off against 15 of the best players from English universities for a spot on the team, he isn’t daunted by what awaits him at the trials.
He said: “I wouldn’t say I’m nervous because I’m not going there expecting to get in, really, because the standard is very good, but I’m just excited to get the chance, really.”
Meanwhile, at the largest University pool tournament of the year, the Demon Potters finished second in a group featuring University of East Anglia seconds, Roehampton firsts, University College London seconds and Birmingham thirds.
The debutants were defeated in the last 24 round 6-3 by overall third seeds Plymouth firsts and continue their climb up the national rankings.