November 2006 News

Dan Hine is relentless in his bid to become the West of England Bronze Waistcoat Champion. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 2

Cornwall defeat Devon by the closest of margins, 17-16 to retain the Challenge trophy on home soil.

Darren Bond wins first WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour event of the season in a tactical final against fellow England International Kris Vincent. For further details go to Gold Waistcoat Event 1

June – September 2006 News

All those wishing to play in this seasons Waistcoat Tournaments are reminded that Membership Registration Forms must be completed and subscriptions paid in full before entry to WEBSF tournaments is permitted. Subscriptions can be paid on the day of your first tournament. Go to the What’s On link above to find out about this seasons Waistcoat Tours and more

If you are interested in competing in any of the WEBSF tournaments or just want to help with the running of the events, contact the WEBSF for information.

We are still awaiting the information packs from the EASB. As soon as we have these the Management Team will formulate the WEBSF calendar.

The current thinking is that we will be running a Challenge Matches, a West of England Championship, 4 Gold tournaments, 4 Silver tournaments and Bronze tournaments in Plymouth, Redruth & Exeter. If you are a member and have any views regarding these tournaments or any other aspect of the Foundation please contact the WEBSF using the links at the bottom of this page, or speak with any of the management team

Kris Vincent and Darren Bond, both members of the WEBSF, have been selected to play in the forthcoming Home Internationals to be held at Pontins, Prestatyn in September. Both players, who excel at local level, have been making an impression at national level and as a result have been duly rewarded with places in the under 19’s England team. Kris, already an England International, is becoming a regular in International matches….for Darren this will be a first but not the last I’m sure.

The WEBSF Management & Coaching Teams on behalf of all members wish them every success in the tournament. Well done lads!

The WEBSF are please to announce a recent addition to the Management Team. John Corry will be representing The Plymouth & District Billiards & Snooker League. This will enable closer working between the two organisations that will help to further their aims and objectives to develop Billiards & Snooker at grass roots throughout the region.

Two times Bronze Waistcoat Champion Dale Branton continues to improve by recording his fist centry break in practice, a 114. No doubt it won’t be too long before he repeats this feat in a match. Well done Dale!

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

Bond in the Driving Seat

Silver Waistcoat Tour Event 1 Winner 2004-05
Darren Bond – Event Winner

Darren Bond carries on where he left off last season in the first Silver Waistcoat Tournament of the season. Full report go to Silver Waistcoat Tour Reports.