WEBSF Amateur Snooker Qualifiers

Take a look at @WEBSF_UK’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WEBSF_UK/status/660871516989620224?s=09

WEBSF Rewards Achievement

Haydon receiving cheque

England International Haydon Pinhey, seen here receiving a cheque towards expenses incurred at the Home Internationals whilst on England duties. Left, Wayne Branton (left) and right Steve Canniford both representatives of the WEBSF Management Team.

An evening with Sam Baird

Playe Profile Sam BairdColyton Memorial Social Club is hosting a snooker evening where players will be invited to take on local professional Sam Baird. This is to celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished snooker room in the club. A couple of club members gave many hours of their time, for free, to carry out the work and the results are a vast improvement.

There will be a raffle on the night for snooker related prizes, at least one of them will given the opportunity to play Sam. Tickets will be on sale shortly, available to club members and non-club members alike. For more information select Exhibition Poster.

England Expected, The Pocket Rocket Delivered

Haydon Pinhey wore the three lions with pride, wining 12 frames from 15 and making a ton for good measure. Take a look at @WEBSF_UK’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WEBSF_UK/status/632290440004399104?s=09 Haydon is second from the right in the under 21’s.

EASB Southern Region

Andy Symons EASB South 2005
Andy Symons EASB South 2005

Andy Symons-Rowe the 22 years old Snooker star from Tavistock swept aside all comers to reach the grand final of the coveted English Amateur Snooker Championship (E.A.S.B). The championship was held at Woking Snooker Centre on the 5th and 6th February. The field included 68 top Amateurs from the Southern Region that included the highly rated junior Judd Trump form Bristol.

Andy produced top drawer snooker to reached this, his first National Championship final kicking off his campaign with a fine 4-1 victory over Mario Walker with two 40 plus breaks. He then beat David Taylor 4-1 recording breaks of 50, 60 and 73. Alan Harvey was to become his next victim whom he beat 4-3 in a very tight contest, with several breaks of 40 plus coming from both players.

With the first days play over Andy was full of confidence going into the second day. His first match was a 4-1 win over Greg Batten, Tiverton. The result didn’t justify the high standard set by both players. This took Andy into the Southern final against Simon Dent who, judging from earlier matches, was the in-form player. However, not overwhelmed by the occasion and the prestige of the championship Andy saved his best performance for the final. He cracked in two 40 plus breaks and then, three 60 plus breaks in the last three frames to run out a convincing 5-0 winner.

Andy will now meet David Grace winner of the Northern Region in the all England final. After the match Andy said “It’s fantastic to finally achieve such a goal in the sport which I have played since I was a boy, when my dad would take me down to the local club to practice. I have always thought that one day I would prove to myself that I am good enough to compete against the very best in the Amateur game. Now that I have done this I believe I can go on to win the final of what most recognise as the blue ribbon event of the English Amateur Snooker calendar. I believe this would give me entry into the World and European Amateur Championships and a good chance of selection to represent my country in the international series later in the year. Something every player dreams of! Much credit for my success must go to my parents for their continued support and Roger Cole, West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation, who is a great inspiration to me. As a coach and mentor he has help with both the technical and psychological side of my game. To have someone in your corner with Roger’s depth of knowledge, first hand experience of competing at a high level and direct contact with a team of experts, is a must for any aspiring player.”

Roger Cole said “Since Andy has become a member of our foundation he has gone from strength to strength. His natural flair for the game and his ability is improving all the time. There are a lot of players who can play the game, but very few who achieve anything like what he has done. I have every confidence Andy can now go on and turn his dream into reality by winning this illustrious championship.”

Vincent Reaches EASB Semi Final

Kris Vincent
Kris Vincent

Kris Vincent, Grant Cole and Sam Edmunds all 16yrs old and from Plymouth travelled to Woking Snooker Centre, Woking, Surrey to compete in the EASB English Under 18’s Championship 2004/2005 held on the 4th & 5th December 2004.

Kris, Grant and Sam who all attend the West of England Snooker and Billiards Foundation at the Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth, had no doubts of there enormous task to compete over the 2 days against 32 of some of the best under 18 snooker players in the country to reach the southern region qualifier finals.

On the first days play Sam Edmunds in round 1 played against David Lawrence (Portsmouth) but after a nervous start Sam could not overcome his strong opponent and went out losing 4 frames to nil.

Grant Cole who plays for Victoria Snooker Centre met Richard Bailey. The first frame went to Bailey with Cole taking the second frame with a 56 break and at 1-1 it looked as if Cole was the stronger player but with each of the rest of the frames finishing on the last ball Cole was defeated 4-1 frames.

With Cole and Edmunds out of the competition Kris Vincent’s (England International) first opponent was Stephen Kerr (Woking) who had just defeated Darren Bond (Tiverton) the 2003/2004 Silver Waistcoat UK Champion 4-1 frames. After losing the first frame to Kerr the Plymouth player who plays out of Rileys Snooker Club began to show his composure and skillfully outplayed the Woking player to win the match 4-1 frames.

In Round 3 Vincent met with Sam Baird (Tiverton) and with the match at 2-2 Kris needed to step up his game and overcame his opponent to win 4-2 frames to go into the next days qualifying rounds.

Sunday 5th December saw Kris against David Lawrence (Portsmouth) who in his previous rounds did not drop a single frame and on paper the favourite to reach the final. Lawrence started well and playing with confidence had a break of 52 to take the first frame. Kris had to call on all his experience and tactical play in the next 4 frames to compete at a high level making breaks of 64-52-50 and a number of 30’s after a terrific match Kris won 4-1 to go through to the play-off for a place in the EASB final.

Kris’s last opponent for the EASB finals place in May 2005 was Judd Trump the favourite and undoubtedly the number 1 junior player in the world with the accolade of the youngest player to have a 147 in a competition. With the match to be contested over 9 frames Kris knew he needed to keep pace with the Bristol player and with the match at the interval being all square at 2-2 it seemed to be the right tactics to play. The fifth frame Kris made a mistake missing a red ball to the centre pocket on his break and that was all it needed for Trump to take the advantage and win the frame. This was the turning point of the match with Judd taking the next frame and a lead of 4-2. Kris fought back to make it 4-3 but with a pressure shot in the 8th frame missed, Judd made no mistakes to clear the table with a 94 clearance and win the match 5-3.

Report by Jeff Vincent