Sam Baird made a great start in his bid to challenge for a return to the Professional ranks by winning the first event in the EASB Pro Ticket (South) Event 1 and head the rankings. Sam beat James Loft 5-3 in the final with a barrage of breaks. Another WEBSF talent Darren Bond was also in fine break building form reaching the semi finals to take third place in the rankings.

Two younger ‘Stars of the Future’ that join the long list of talented young players to emerge from the WEBSF ranks are 16 years old Chris Coumbe and 13 years old Dan Legassick who have just returned from representing England at Billiards in the Home Internationals held in Prestatyn, North Wales. This takes the tally to thirteen WEBSF players that have proudly worn the three lions on their waistcoat. Well done lads, from the WEBSF Management Team.

The WEBSF Annual Meeting took place on the 11th September 2010 and the following key decisions where made:-

Clarification within the rules regarding the Bronze and Silver Waistcoat tournament age limits. e.g this season:-
Bronze players must be under 17 years old on the 31st December 2010
Silver players must be under 22 years old on the 31st December 2010
Merge Plymouth Bronze and Silver Tournaments
Silver Waistcoat entrance fee lowered to £10
A full compliment of Waistcoat tournaments will be run this next season. 5 Gold, 6 Silver/Bronze.
Take Gold Waistcoat Tournament events to other parts of the region
Run a ONEFORSEVEN tournament

To receive a complete set of meeting minutes and action notes members can contact any of the Management Team or email the WEBSF (

Dates for the Westcountry Billiards Tour are now published. The first tournament will be on the 26th September 2010 at the Belgrave Snooker Club, Plymouth.

Baulkline Snooker SW, for the third year is the main sponsor of the WEBSF Waistcoat Tournaments. Baulkline Snooker is a local company owned by Pete James. Pete is well known and respected for his high level of skill as a Table Technician throughout the Snooker fraternity. However, skullduggery is afoot and as a result of rumours being put about, reporting that he has “Gone into retirement”, “Moved up North” and in one case “Emigrated!” Pete has been forced to mail shot his regular customers to dispel these rumours and retain his business. I can assure you Pete has neither moved away nor has he retired. Only this past weekend I came across Pete carrying out maintenance on the table in our local village hall.

Pete is always willing to chat and share his vast knowledge of tables, so I took the opportunity to question him regarding the condition of a table in a club where I play, which was last serviced a rival company.

Pete refuses to use inferior materials as he believes this to be false economy; him having to return to explain why the playing conditions have not come up to players expectations; the materials wearing out quicker which results in having to have the table covered more frequently. The consequences of which can result in losing a hard earned good reputation and custom.

After a very informative chat I came away with a better understanding of some of the ‘Tricks and Shortcuts’ carried out by less scrupulous Table Technicians use. (if they are deserving of this title!). It certainly gave explanation as to why our club table is ‘playing’ as poorly as it is. The information gained will inform the Club Committee and hopefully result in being more selective when the table needs recovering. Thus saving the Club money and providing a the members with little excuse for not playing well……maybe!

Dates for WEBSF tournaments are now being published following the WEBSF Annual Meeting which took place in Rileys, Plymouth Saturday 11th September 2010.

League Secretary – John Cann aka ‘the Stumpmeister’ opens the season with the following address. For further details click here.

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