Harvey Chandler, 123 in the World

Harvey Chandler, Paul Hunter Classic 2017
Harvey Chandler, Paul Hunter Classic 2017

Having played snooker from the age of 13 years reaching a reasonable standard as an amateur, Harvey Chandler from Raunds, Northamptonshire, decided that he did not want to live the rest of his life wondering whether he might have made a career as a professional snooker player. Since the World Championships in April Harvey has increased his commitment to practice and entered a few pro-am tournaments around the country with a high percentage of success. During these tournaments he has taken the notable scalps of two very experienced players; Mark King, currently ranked 21, once reach 11th and Barry Pinches who reached 18th. Both players having played more than 20 years as professionals. Harvey’s strength is his break building prowess which has seen him achieve numerous competitive century breaks, including maximum 147’s.

In August Harvey travelled to Furth, Germany to play in the Paul Hunter Classic. A professional ranking tournament. In this event amateurs had the opportunity to pre-qualify to meet the professionals in the main stages. Harvey won through three qualifying matches to reach the last 128 players. Where in his first match he was pitted against a very promising Chinese player, Li Yaun whom he beat 4-2 to claim a last 64 spot. This round was to see the end of his excellent run of wins, in this his first ranking event outing.

This excellent achievement earns Harvey a place among the professional tour players. He is now positioned 123rd in the one-year world rankings. Harvey remains an amateur therefore he can only enter ranking events by invitation from the World Snooker organisation….which he is hoping will land on his door step soon. This is an important step up from which to launch his attempt at breaking into the play-offs at the end of the season for a place on the main tour and become a professional.

Harvey said “It was the best experience of my snooker career so far, to have my name called out by the Master of Ceremonies as I was walking out in front of hundreds of cheering German fans was a real buzz. I was very nervous to start with but after a few shots I rose to the challenge and I loved every second, it felt like ‘home’ out there. I was asked to signed my autograph by the German fans after my match against Li Yuan, it was surreal. I would like to thank my sponsor and manager, Colin Mitchell also Jamie Wright and the staff at Rushden Windmill Club and Suny Singh at Dunstable Snooker Centre for their ongoing support and my brilliant friends and family.”

Harvey’s next ranking event is early next year in Gibraltar, The Gibraltar Open. Until then he will be seeking out top players to practise with as often as possible whilst also travelling around the country playing in as many pro-amateur tournaments as he can.

Andy finally meets his ‘Match’

Andy & Anna Wedding
Andy & Anna on their Wedding Day

Double Gold Waistcoat Champion Andy Neck has finally met his ‘match’. Congratulations from all at the WEBSF to Andy and Anna, now Mr & Mrs. Fantastic news!

Symons Demonstrates Potential in Germany

Andy Symons Gold Waistcoat Masters Jun 2017
Andy Symons – A classic in Germany

In August Andy Symons surpassed all expectations after reaching the last 32 of the Paul Hunter Classic, a professional tournament held in Germany. Symons won through three amateur qualifying rounds, wining all his matches 4-0, to qualify for round 1 of the professional stage. He then continued his good form by defeating two professionals; Christopher Keogan, ranked 59 (4-1) and David Grace, ranked 24 (4-0) before eventually losing to professional Gary Wilson, ranked 35, 4-1 in the last 32. A significant achievement given this was his first attempt at playing in a professional tournament. Well done Andy!

Young Dragons & Lions in Last 32

Good luck to all these players that have, at some time played in our tournaments. It would be good to see you at one of our events this coming season, so we can introduce you as Under 21 IBSF Snooker Champion….

Jackson Page July 2014
Jackson Page 2014
Tyler Rees 2015
Tyler Rees 2015
Peter Devlin 2016
Peter Devlin 2016
Ben Fortey 2016
Ben Fortey 2016
Jed Mann
Jed Mann

Billy Castle – WEBSF Life Member

West of England Open Snooker Championship Winner 2016 - Billy Castle
Billy Castle – Life Member

Congratulations to Billy Castle who is now in his first season as a Professional. One of the aims of the WEBSF is to recognize excellence and achievement of its members, to this end the WEBSF awards Billy WEBSF Life Membership.

This season has been remarkable for Billy; topping the Cuestars rankings; qualifying for the professional tour from Q-School and adding the English Amateur Championship title to his many achievements.

Billy is a product of Cuestars, a grassroots snooker organisation, run by John Hunter across the South of England.

We wish Billy every success with his career as a Snooker Professional.

 

 

Riga Masters

Good luck to WEBSF Ambassador Sam ‘The Blade’ Baird who plays later today. 

Follow the Baird

Amateur Harvey Chandler Beats World No. 20 Mark King

Harvey Chandler September 2016
Harvey Chandler

Harvey Chandler has been putting in the time on the practice table these past couple of months or so and he has been duly rewarded for his efforts. In April he reached the final of the a WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour event; he followed this by recording a maximum, on the match table, whilst waiting for his next match in a tournament at Leicester; he then won a Pro-am in Dunstable; followed by a semi final exit in a London tournament, from 3-1 down he made a 106 to go 3-3 only to lose the decider to professional Alan Taylor and more recently he reached the final of another Pro-am tournament in Clacton on Sea, beating World no. 20 Mark King 4-2 in the semi finals.

These results are an indication that Harvey has the raw talent and with hard work and a positive mind-set he has the ability to elevate himself to higher levels. Harvey’s final tournament of the season will be the WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Masters, due to be played on 17th June in The Galaxy Centre, Torquay. He has to be in with a good chance and is certainly one to watch out for next season.

Dale’s Perfect Frame

Dale Branton - 147 May 2017
Dale Branton – Maximum Man

Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning the sky over Plymouth was alive with an electrical storm not seen the like of in many a generation. Come Sunday afternoon a Plymothian also had an ‘electric’ moment, this time on the Snooker table.

Dale Branton recorded the ‘perfect frame’, a superb 147 in a frame against one of his mates. Congratulations to Dale on achieving this significant milestone.

Harvey Bounces Back with a 147

Harvey Chandler September 2016Harvey Chandler was in pretty good form this Saturday when he reach the final of WEBSF Gold Waistcoat event 5 at Top Q, Gloucester. However, Andy Symons (Tavistock) went one better by taking the deciding frame after Harvey missing a difficult brown. This was sweet revenge for Andy having lost to Harvey in a decider in the final of event 4 at the 147 Club, Swindon a month ago…..more about this later in the week as today Harvey made a 147 break on the match table whilst waiting for his next match at a tournament at Breakers, Leicester. Harvey lost in the quarters, probably due to being on a high after the 147, as is often the case.

The break was witnessed by many people including Ben Woolastons mum who was running the event, Harvey got got a richley deserved round of applause. Furthermore, Harvey is the second person to hit a 147 on that table behind 5 times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who hit a 147 in a exhibition at the club just over a year ago.

Harvey is sponsored by Colin Mitchell, Rushden Windmill Snooker and Dunstable Snooker Club

Well done Harvey, push on!

New WEBSF Member

Congratulations to Andy & Beth Symons who now have a son. Michael arrived ten weeks early weighing in at 3lb 1oz, both Beth and Michael are doing well but Andy has a smile that will need a surgical procedure to remove

I understand a Parris special is on order 😉