Gold Snooker Series Tour – Event 1
(Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester)
A Wedding and a Win
7th October 2017
Recently married, Andy Neck from Devon rekindled some of the form that saw him win back-to-back West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation, Gold Waistcoat Snooker tours in 2012 and 2013. ‘Gold’ tournaments, which have been running successfully since 2004, is now named, The WEBSF Gold Snooker Series and is sponsored by Totally Reward, a Human Resources and Reward Solutions company based in London and Bristol. This first event, in a series of six to be played in various venues throughout the West of England, was hosted by Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester. This season, in addition to the normal trophies and prize money, there is an added bonus for any player recording the elusive 147 maximum break.
The tournament got underway with the round robin group stage and after fifty-five matches, sixteen players qualified for the knock-out stage led by the group winners; Andy Symons, Tavistock; Dale Branton, Plymouth; Andy Neck, Newton Abbot & Tom Kevern, Plymouth. There where twenty-one breaks over 50 including two centuries; a 100 by Kevern and the best of the day, a 102 by Mitch Wood (Barnstaple). Another additional prize this season went to the highest break made by a non-qualifier; Martin Pitcher achieved this with a frame winning 60.
The last sixteen knock-out round produced two 80 breaks; one by current West of England Snooker Open champion, Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth and the other by Welsh international Tyler Rees. The best match of the quarter finals was between Symons and Mitch Grinsted (Plymouth), Symons made an excellent clearance of 92 but it was Grinsted’s two fifty plus breaks that took the match 2-1. Neck posted a 59 break in his quarter final match against Pinhey, whilst Rees (56 break) was forced into a decider against Kevern. In-form Neck turned the screw in the Semi-finals, dominating play against Grinsted with breaks of 81 and 66. Whilst in the other semi-final Andy Smith from Worcestershire beat the 2016 European Under 18 champion Rees for a place in the final against Neck. There were no breaks of note in the final but the standard of play was worthy of two players that had played consistent matchplay throughout the day. After some skilful exchanges it was Neck that took the match in the deciding frame.
With no player making a maximum break the unclaimed reward will be carried over to the Gold Masters tournament at the end of the season. The Gold Masters sees the top sixteen players in the Gold Snooker Series ranking table invited to play in a knock-out format tournament that will culminate with the trophies and prize money presented by a top professional player who will then give an exhibition of snooker. This is due to be played at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon. Event two in the Gold Snooker Series will take place at The Plaza Snooker Club, Plymouth on the 25th November, registration is open and another bonus prize for a maximum 147 break will be on offer. Prizes were presented by Silvia Mondello of Totally Reward.
Spokesperson for the WEBSF said, “It was nice to see Snooker Professional and WEBSF Ambassador Sam Baird drop in today, the players appreciate when professionals keep in touch with their roots, give time and take an interest in snooker in the community. Regarding the tournament, the increased publicity, additional prizes, made possible through sponsorship, and the opportunity to be invited to the Gold Masters has intensified the competition in this series of tournaments. We have several players that have or are capable of making a 147 maximum break and all of them are keen to be the first to achieve it in a WEBSF tournament. This series of events promises to build towards a nail-biting final event and every player will want to be in that top sixteen at the end of the season.” Any player interested in entering WEBSF events or potential volunteers willing to get involved with the work of the WEBSF they should contact Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995 or visit http://www.websfsnooker.com or WEBSF Facebook. Thanks to International Referee, Nick Harry who refereed tirelessly throughout the day and Top Q, Gloucester who hosted this event.
Report by Steve Canniford
Gold Waistcoat Tour – Event 2
(The Plaza Snooker Club, Plymouth)
25th November 2017
Gold Waistcoat Tour – Event 3
(147 Snooker Club, Swindon)
20th January 2017
Gold Waistcoat Tour – Event 4
(Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon)
17th February 2017
Gold Waistcoat Tour – Event 5
(The Galaxy Centre, Torquay)
24th March 2017
Gold Waistcoat Tour – Event 6
(Top Q Snooker Club, Gloucester)
14th April 2017