June 2011 News

Well known and respected Cornishman Charlie Gay (right) being presented with a life time achievement award by the Chairman of The Mining Division Snooker & Billiard League Mr Willie Polllard (left) at the Annual Presentation of Awards which featured an Exhibition by Snooker Professional, World no 21 Martin Gould. Below are some achievements mentioned the Chairmans speech:-

Over 60 years of competing in the Mining Division League and at County and National levels.
The first century break in the Mining Division League (112)
7 County Individual Snooker titles appearing in 10 finals
8 times League Champion
One of only 3 players to win the County Billiards & Snooker double (1977)
13 County Billiards Champion titles
Highest County Billiards break (201)
6 times winner of the Carah Roberts Billiards Cup
Twice runner-up in the over 50’s National Billiards Championships (2005 & 2006)
Member of the 3 a side Inter County Billiards Championships (2010/11)

Report by Paul Broad

Final results of the Seaton Snooker League 2010/11. Click here for end of season results.

Billiards Grand Masters


Charlie Gay (St Day & Redruth RBL) started his Grand Masters campaign by playing in the South West Area qualifying playoffs, a field of 8 quality players including England Internationals Devon’s Bill Andress & Dorset’s Brian Harvey had to play down to 1 qualifier to go through to the National Qtr-finals.

Charlie won his first match against Martin Phillips by 320 pts to 276 pts, with Charlie recording a break of 57. In his second match he played Brian Harvey and won 413 pts to 372 pts, Charlie recording breaks of 50 & 72, and Brian a 64. In Charlie’s third and final match he played Bill Andress and won convincingly 554 pts to 298 pts, recording breaks of 55; 80 & 121, with Bill making a 59.

Charlie Gay travelled to Nuneaton last Sunday, 13th March to play in the last 8 of the English Amateur Billiards Association’s National “Grand Masters” Championship held at The Atack Snooker Centre, Regent St, Nuneaton. Charlie played Jim McCann in the qtr-finals winning by the small margin of 17pts after 1.5hrs play, 302 pts to 285pts. Charlie recorded breaks of 51 & 53, with Jim making a 42. Charlie then went on to play Brian Moffatt in the semi-finals again winning this time by a 237pt margin after 1.5hrs, 542pts to 305pts, Charlie recorded breaks of 34;38;41;& 62, with Brian making a 40. In the final Charlie faced Dave Burgess, but could not reproduce earlier form and lost by 437pts to 292pts, Charlie recorded breaks of 33; 33; & 37, with Dave recording breaks of 37; 46 & 64.


National Billiards

This season saw Cornwall’s Chris Mitchell, and Geoff Lingard compete in each of the six monthly rounds, of the National Amateur Billiards Championship (ABC) Ranking Tour played at venue around the country.
Again Chris & Geoff did very well, which has been reflected in the latest National Billiards Rankings, which includes Charlie Gay & Steve Downing.

This is a first for Cornwall having four players in the top 75 Billiard players nationally.

The latest ranking lists show Devon’s Bill Andress at 10th; Dorset’s Brian Harvey at 12th; Cornwall’s Geoff Lingard 15th; Chris Mitchell 21st Steve Downing 25th & Charlie Gay 67th (does not inc his latest results).