May 2008 News

WHERE DID THE PRIZE MONEY GO THIS SEASON
With a total of £2,375 has been paid out in prize money this season it’s been a fruitful year for some. Kris Vincent heads the table with £335.

MINING SNOOKER LEAGUE ANNUAL PRESENTATION & EXHIBITION EVENING
100`s ALL ROUND
Pictured above are the officers of the Mining Snooker League with Stephen Lee who have over 100 years service between them. They were all presented with salvers in recognition of their services to the league.

Left to right Graham Allen (Results & Fixtures Secretary), John Pawlyn (Secretary), Stephen Lee (Professional Snooker Player), Keith Manley (Competition Secretary), & Willie Pollard (Chairman)

100 Snooker players including family and friends attended the presentation evening which took place at The Redruth Club on Saturday 10th May 2008. This year took a different format of a Snooker Exhibition by Professional and world ranked No 21 Stephen Lee; Stephen played a selection of competition winners and entertained the audience with his potting skills and jovial banter, making a 100 break against Youth Champion Rob Charman. Lee also involved the youngsters by inviting them up in turn to pot the black using his cue which went down extremely well with the crowd. The referees for the evening were Mr. Willie Pollard and Mr. John Pawlyn. Lee signed autographs, merchandise and posed for photographs during the interval while everyone enjoyed a superb buffet provided by the lovely Ethel. A raffle raised over £200 and a frame was auctioned off to play Stephen raised another £55. After the exhibition Stephen presented the trophies and posed for more photographs.

The Chairman Willie Pollard kindly donated youth sporting award trophies for all newcomers under 16: A.Wills, A.Gill, B.Isaacs, A.Johns, C. Mitchell, W.Pellow & B.Broad. Thank you to everyone for their generous support, including the Penventon Park Hotel for kindly providing the accommodation for Stephen Lee and some great raffle prizes; to Staples for donating a printer/copier/scanner; to everyone who helped on the night including Sarah, Shaun, Jamie and Troy Lynes (who also bought Stephen’s waistcoat to help raise money for the Paul Hunter foundation; and especially to Paul Wakeling and the Redruth Club for the use of their excellent facilities.

Organiser Paul Broad said “It was a fantastic evening, Stephen Lee was a true gentleman, there was an excellent atmosphere and I hope that this is the first of many such evenings”

Anyone who would like to view or purchase photographs from the evening please contact Pete on 079271 60372

WEBSF PLAYERS ENGLISH CHAMPIONS
Greg Batten (Tiverton) Mike King (Exeter) and Sam Baird (Halberton) representing Rileys, Exeter have won the EASB English Team Championship beating Durham City Snooker Club (David Lilley, Michael Rhodes & David Craggs) 5-2 in the final at the EASB Finals weekend 17th-18th May at the World Snooker Academy, Sheffield. In frame 1 Batten beat Rhodes aided with a 40 Break from Batten to lead 1-0. Frame 2 sawcBaird lose to Craggs after a Nervy start from both players to level the score at 1-1. King lost frame 3 to Lilley after Lilley needed a snooker with the colours left. Score 1-2. In frame 4 Batten beat Craggs in a flawless frame to draw level at 2-2. Frame 5 Baird beat Lilley, Baird was 43 up with 2 reds left only for Lilley to clear for a re-spotted black which he left over the pocket on an awkward safety shot, score 3-2 in Rileys favour. In frame 6 King beat Rhodes, King was 38 behind with 4 reds left, but eventually won on the pink to extend the lead to 4-2. Frame 7 Batten beat Lilley, Batten was 17 behind but held his nerve to clear with a modest 22 to win 5-2. This is the first time the team from Durham have been beaten. They won this event in 2006 and went on to become the World 3 man team Champions in California. Captain King will now take his team to Belgium, to represent England in the European team Championships in March 2009. King and his team came close to winning the event last year but lost 10-8 to German in the semi final. They also may get a chance to represent England in the world 3 man Championships which maybe held in Russia, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The WEBSF Management Team and Members congratulate them and wish them every success in future finals.

STEPHEN LEE EXHIBITION UPDATE
West Country Professional Stephen Lee kept Plymouth’s young snooker hopefuls enthralled with his silky smooth cue action at the Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth. Full details and photo gallery go to Stephen Lee Exhibition.

STEWART REDRUTH BRONZE CHAMPION
Jake Stewart completed a clean sweep by wining the final event in the WEBSF Redruth Bronze Waistcoat series beating Alex Wills in the final. Stewart finished top of the overall rankings with Aiden Johns finishing in overall second place. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Redruth Royal British Legion who sponsored the event

WATSON FALMOUTH BRONZE CHAMPION
Daniel Watson rounded off a great season by wining the final event in the WEBSF Falmouth Bronze Waistcoat series beating George Leakey 2-0 in the final. Zac Lawson finish Falmouth runner-up. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors

BATTEN GOLD WAISTCOAT CHAMPION
Greg Batten finished runner-up to Grant Cole in the final event of this seasons WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour but this didn’t stop him from stealing the overall title of WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Champion from ranking table leader Kris Vincent in an exciting climax. Further details and report go to Gold Waistcoat.

This tournament will start again in September 2008 and is open to all those outside the top 96 professionals

Thanks to Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth and Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth event sponsors

This time 97% of the entry fees went as prize money!

STEPHEN LEE EXHIBITIONS
Top professional Stephen Lee from Wiltshire is to play exhibitions in Plymouth and Exeter in May 2008. Lee will play frames of snooker against local opposition.

The Plymouth exhibition is due to take place on Sunday 11th May from 7:00pm is promoted by WEBSF in association with The Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth.

***Plymouth Tickets just 5 left!***
The Exeter exhibition is due to take place on Friday 9th May from 8:00pm is promoted by GWRSA Social Club, Exeter.

***Exeter Tickets selling fast***
For information about the exhibitions and how to obtain tickets go to Events

WATSON FALMOUTH CHAMPION ELECT
Daniel Watson was back to winning ways in taking the penultimate event 6 of the WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Falmouth series beating George Leakey 2-0 in the final. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors

PLEDGER PLUNDERS ALL
Jack Pledger gained in confidence as he went the whole way to win the Falmouth WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Event 5, Pledger beat Zac Lawson in the final. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors.

April 2008 News

HARVEY WEST OF ENGLAND BILLIARDS CHAMPION
Brian Harvey won through a strong field to take the West of England Five Counties Billiards Championship.

WATSON TRIPLE WINNER
Daniel Watson makes it three in a row as he took the Falmouth WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Event 4, Watson beat Zac Lawson 2-0 in the final. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors

COLE THREE TIMES A CHAMPION – BRANTON RUNNER-UP
Grant Cole (Plymouth) after wining event 5 is the overall WEBSF Silver Waistcoat Tour Champion for the third time (2003/4, 2004/5 & 2007/8). Runner-up to Cole in Event 5 was Mitchell Grinsted also from Plymouth.

Overall Runner-up is another rising star from Plymouth Dale Branton. For more details go to Silver Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 21 on the 31st December 2007.

This time 85% of the entry fees went as prize money!

BAIRD REACHES QUARTERS
Sam Baird (Halberton), after winning event 4 of the Businessland Under 21 series keeps his rich vein of form going by reaching the Quarter Finals of the 2007-8 Pontin’s International Open Series. Baird just lost out to Liam Highfield 5-4 who went on to win the event 5-2 against Matthew Couch. Greg Batten (Tiverton) won through to the last 32 before going out to Paul Davidson 4-3. Anyone wishing to sponsor either of these exciting prospects should contact the WEBSF to find out more.

For more information go to Global Snooker Centre

BAIRD REALLY IS THE ‘BUSINESS’
Sam Baird (Halberton) doubles up with a another consummate performance against European under 19 champion Stephen Craigie in winning Event 4 of the Businessland Under 21 series at Pontins. Baird beat Kishan Hirani, Alex Taubman, Zak Richardson and Kyren Wilson on his way to the final and is now placed third in the ranking despite of only playing in 3 of the 4 events to date. Baird is just 10 points behind Darren Bond (Tiverton) who made it through to the last 16 this time, and Graigie who tops the ranking by a further 120 points. Other good performances came from Darren’s older brother Adrian Bond who just lost to Cragie 3-2 in the quarters and Dale Branton (Plymouth) who took a frame off Cragie in the Quarters. Grant Cole (Plymouth) also qualified. Anyone wishing to sponsor any of these promising players contact the WEBSF to find out more.

For more information go to Global Snooker Centre

LLOYD WINS PINHEY CHAMPION
Michael Lloyd wins his first Bronze event as Haydon Pinhey wins the Plymouth title. For more details go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth event sponsors. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

March 2008 News

BAIRD AND BOND STILL THE ‘BUSINESS’
WEBSF players Sam Baird (Halberton) and Darren Bond (Tiverton) continue to set the bar for their peers to aspire too in Event 3 of the Businessland Under 21 series at Pontins. Baird Beat Bond 3-1 in the semi final and then went on to go avenge Bond’s previous defeat at the hands of Stephen Craigie in event 2. Baird wining 3-1 in the final. Darran Lock (Seaton) narrowly lost in the final of the Plate.

For more information go to Global Snooker Centre

GALLEN EXETER BRONZE CHAMPION
Michael Rogers came from one frame down to beat Adam Gallen 2-1 in the final event the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat but it was not enough to prevent Gallen from overtaking Will Blackmore in the ranking table to secure the Exeter WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Championship. Gallen, Blackmore, Rogers and Matt Baker all qualify for the Regional Finals on the 24th May 2008. For further details and report go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament will start again in September 2008 and is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2008. Thanks to Mel Berry and the GWRSA Club event sponsors

This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

WATSON HOT FAVOURITE
Daniel Watson has made himself hot favourite to take the Falmouth Bronze series of tournaments, Watson beat Steven Hull 2-0 in the final. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors

BATEY TAKES SILVER
Chris Batey wins event 4 of the WEBSF Silver Waistcoat tour beating Grant Cole in the final. Cole made the highest break of the day a superb 110 and he still heads the rankings. Go to Silver Waistcoat for results, report due in soon.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 21 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth event sponsors.

This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

WEBSF PLAYERS REACH NATIONAL TEAM FINAL
Mike King (Exeter) Greg Batten (Tiverton) and Sam Baird (Halberton) win their way through to the final of the EASB English Team Championship final to be played later this spring.

The WEBSF Management team and Members wish them the very best of luck in the final.

BATTEN MAKES HIS PLAY FOR GOLD
With three different players wining the first three events, up stepped Greg Batten with a record equalling break to make his play for gold by beating Matt Williams to win the penultimate event of this seasons Gold Waistcoat tournament. Kris Vincent still heads the rankings but all is to play for in the final event. Go to Gold Waistcoat for results, report due in soon.

If you are interested in entering or just want to come along to watch go to WEBSF Calendar of Events to see when the next event is scheduled. All non professional players from any region are welcome to enter this tour providing they join the WEBSF and reside in a region that does not operate a foundation on a similar basis to the WEBSF. For more details contact the WEBSF

Thanks to Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth event sponsors. This time 92% of the entry fees went as prize money!

February 2008 News

PINHEY STRENGTHENS GRIP
Haydon Pinhey wins yet another Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat event. Who can stop the ‘Pocket Rocket’?. For more details go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to Plymouth Snooker Centre event sponsors. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

COACH REACHES LAST 16
Steve Brookshaw (Plymouth) Billiards and Snooker Coach has reach the last 16 in the English Amateur Billiards Championship. Brookshaw qualified from the South Area. Brookshaw will attempt to finish the job in Derby. All at the WEBSF wish him well.

Update: Steve came up against an in-form Martin Goodwill in his first match…..there’s always next year!

WATSON STRETCHES THE PACK
Daniel Watson opened up a small but telling lead by winning event 2 in the Falmouth Bronze Waistcoat series, Watson beat Adam Lawson in the final. 24 players turned up to play in the tournament at Bells Court Snooker Club, Falmouth. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat. This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors

BOND, VINCENT & COLE THE ‘BUSINESS’
Darren Bond (Tiverton) Kris Vincent (Plymouth) and Grant Cole (Plymouth) all do well in Event 2 of the Busnessland Under 21 series at Pontins. Bond Beat Vincent 3-0 in the Semi final before losing out to Stephen Craigie 3-1 in the final. Grant Cole top the weekend with a win in the Plate 2(56)-0 against Kristof Vermeiren.

GALLEN BEATS RIVAL
Adam Gallen beat Will Blackmore in event 5 of the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat. For further details and report go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to GWRSA Club event sponsors. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

HOT FAVOURITE STEWART MADE TO SWEAT
Jake Stewart wins his 4th event of the season but was made to sweat in the group stages. Full details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to Redruth Royal British Legion who sponsored the event

WEBB WINS BRONZE IN FALMOUTH
Bells Court Snooker Club, Falmouth hosted the first in the Falmouth series of WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Tournaments on Sunday 10th February 2008. This is the latest club to join clubs in Plymouth, Exeter & Redruth who also host Bronze Waistcoat Tournaments in an effort to find the best under 16 snooker player in the West of England. Jake Webb came through a 20 strong field to claim victory and lead the ranking table. Full details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors