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Young Wirral pool player hopes to be right on cue in international tournament
A POOL-playing Wirral schoolboy has been selected to play for his country in an international competition.
Ryan Mercer has taken his cue from England's best and will join team members in Malta later this month, all aiming to pot a top title.
The sixth form student, from St Mary's Catholic College in Wallasey, will compete with players from 16 countries in the Under-18s section of the European Blackball Federation 2013 Nations Cup.
He will travel from his home in New Brighton to join team mates in the resort of Qawra, Malta, for the six-day competition.
Ryan, who hones his skills at Sharks Pool Lounge in Birkenhead has had plenty of practice competing under pressure in the EBA Championships in Bridlington, Yorkshire, this summer, where he reached the final of the team event.
Sadly England lost out to Scotland on that occasion.
Ryan, who is studying for BTEC qualifications in Public Services and Sport, said: "I'm really looking forward to playing in Malta.
"It will be really great being able to compete at the top level."
He was introduced to playing pool at a young age by dad Jim and said: "I soon found out it was something I really enjoyed and was quite good at."
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