Top Plymouth Snooker Club Rileys will be center stage this weekend, 24th March 2007, when they play host and main sponsor to the inaugural Plymouth International Snooker Channel Island Challenge. This invitation only tournament breaks new ground for Plymouth in the world of team snooker and will expectantly prove to be the beginning of an annual event that brings together top amateur Billiards & Snooker teams from England, Wales, the Channel Islands and further a field in future years.

Rileys have secured sponsorship from local firms Crownhill Taxis Services, Challenger Tyre Centre and received a donation from the Jersey Billiards & Snooker Association. The organisation of such a prestigious event requires a high degree of expertise, which would normally prove expensive. Rileys have called upon the Plymouth Referees Association and West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation (WEBSF), the latter being the top organisation of its kind in the region. The WEBSF regularly stage the Gold, Silver & Bronze Waistcoat Tournaments throughout the region. On the Friday evening the players and officials will meet with the Mayor of Plymouth Michael Fletcher at a Civic Reception in the Council Chambers before returning to Rileys where further entertainment has bee organised.

The main objective of the tournament is to expose the Channel Island teams to quality opposition, in preparation for the Home Internationals to be held at the Pontins Festival of snooker, Prestatyn, North Wales in September. The tournament consist of three matches; Senior Snooker; Junior Snooker and the less often seen but no less skilful, English Billiards. All teams consist of three players. In the senior snooker match there will be six teams from the Channel Islands against six teams top teams selected from Plymouth, Exeter, Cornwall, Wales, Pontins, and Cuestars, the latter covering South & South East England. The Junior match pitches Jersey against some of the best rising talent from Cornwall and the WEBSF. In the English Billiards match top teams from Devon and Cornwall take on the unknown quality of Jersey. In all 26 International players will be in action playing a total of 256 frames of Snooker and over 8 hours of English Billiards on the Saturday. This augers well for a top class display of quality Billiards & Snooker, If you have never witnessed a 100 break live, Rileys is the place to be!

Sam Baird makes it two on the trot as he takes the third Silver Waistcoat event. Further details go to Silver Waistcoat Event 3

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