March 2009 News

CHARD B AND HONITON CONS BATTLE IT OUT
Chard B and Honiton Cons battle it out for the runners-up spot. For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

WEBSF PLAYERS REACH ENGLISH FINAL STAGES
Grant Cole representing Rileys, Plymouth competes in the finals of the English Club Players Championship this weekend in Birmingham. On the Sunday Cole is joined by Michael Day and Matt Williams representing the WEBSF in the English Team Championships. The WEBSF Management Team wish then all the best of luck.

DALE BRANTON QUALIFIES FOR ENGLISH U19’s
Dale Branton steps up to the plate by reaching the last 16 in the EASB English Under 19 Championship. The WEBSF Management Team wish Dale every success in the closing rounds.

ANDY HICKS MILLENIUM TOURNAMENT
This coming weekend on Sunday sees the Andy Hicks Millennium Tournament. This handicapped tournament is open to all-comers and will be held at Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth

BAIRD WINS GOLD
With just one event left Sam Baird moves into the top spot of the overall WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour ranking in beating Neil Chiswell in the final of event 4. For results and report go to Gold Waistcoat. Members can view some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album

This tournament is open to any member player.

Thanks to Baulkline Snooker SW and Belgrave Snooker Club, Plymouth who sponsored the event

This time 87% of the entry fees went as prize money!

GALLEN COMES GOOD AFTER SLOW START
Adam Gallen started slow and gradually improved on his way to winning event 5 of the WEBSF Exeter Bronze Waistcoat. Gallen beat Michael Rogers 2-0 in the final. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament was open to all.

Thanks to GWRSA Social Club, Exeter and Baulkline Snooker who sponsored the event

This time 80% of the entry fees went as prize money!

CHARD B STAKE THEIR CLAIM
Chard B stake their claim for the runners-up spot. For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

GRINSTED WINS EVENT 5 AND WITH IT THE OVERALL SILVER TITLE
Mitchell Grinsted sponsored by Pete Evans Roofing becomes the WEBSF first Champion on the 2008/9 season when he won event 5 beating Dale Branton in the final. This secured Grinsted the overall regional championship with Branton overall runner-up and highest break on the day. Overall highest break was a fine 82 by Ben Holley. Full report and tournament details due in soon Silver Waistcoat. Great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album.

This tournament is open to all those that was under 21 on the 31st December 2008.

Thanks to Baulkline Snooker and Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth who sponsored the event

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

SELWAY’S ONLY GONE AND WON THE 3 REDS!
Those were the words, with the odd expletive, of a team mate on hearing that after many years of trying and four near misses, Ray Selway had won the annual Seaton League 3 reds tournament. Ray beat all-comers that included three Chard players before finishing off Neil Wilmington in the final. This year there was the added incentive of prize money for the top four places, kindly donated by Graham Ward & Sons Tiling. Chard Conservative club hosted the event and provided excellent table conditions and superb refreshments. Several big guns went out early yet again, in what is always an enjoyable event bringing the league players together to socialise and reminisce old times.

DESIGN A WEBSF BANNER
The WEBSF has received a kind donation of a ‘Pop-up Banner Stand’ for use at WEBSF Tournaments and Functions. We now have to come up with a graphic design to be displayed. If there are any budding Graphic Designers out there or just someone with a talent for coming up with an eye catching image and slogan that represents the WEBSF and what it stands for, (WEBSF Aims & Objectives) we would be grateful for your assistance. The size of the banner that is visible is 800mm wide x 2150mm high. Send your ideas by email to the WEBSF.

SUPER SIX COMPETITION AND FINALS DRAW
Seaton Snooker League are to run a 6 reds team knock-out tournament at the end of the season. Also the draws for the finals are now published. Go to Seaton & District Snooker League and click on Cup Draws.

PINHEY TOP OF THE POTS
Haydon Pinhey took the latest of this seasons Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat tour events beating Dan Legassick in the final. For report go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat. Results now in. Also some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album

Thanks to Baulkline Snooker and Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth who sponsored the event

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

February 2009 News

WONDERERS MARCH ON
Honiton Wonderers, despite a few close frames this week against Honiton WMC, continue to stride out in front and look strong favourites to take the league championship for yet another season. Making profit from the bonus points system is the only chance for the other teams spoil the party. Competition between the rest is very tight and is proving very interesting with teams changing places each week. For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

CHARD CASUALS TAME THE WONDERERS
Chard Casuals drew with the Wonderers with Ben Pike coming good, at last! For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

WEBSF STARS ‘THE BUSINESS’
Sam Baird (Halberton), Darren Bond (Tiverton) and Grant Cole from Plymouth flew the WEBSF flag in emphatic fashion at the latest Businessland tournament, Pontins. For further details go to Global Snooker

BULLEN’S HARD WORK PAYS DIVIDENS
Jay Bullen has been putting additional time on the practise table over the past few weeks and it’s starting to pay dividends. Not only did he win the final of the forth event of the WEBSF Exeter Bronze Waistcoat 2-1 against Will Blackmore. He posted the best break of the day, a fine 64, recently he also had a clearance in an Exeter League match and played and won for Exeter seniors as a last minute replacement in a Devon Inter League match. Tournament Director Mel Berry reported some great safety exchanges to compliment excellent potting throughout the day. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament was open to all.

Thanks to GWRSA Social Club, Exeter and Baulkline Snooker who sponsored the event

This time 83% of the entry fees went as prize money!

PIKE ‘OUT-POTTED’ AGAIN
For the second time this season a rare 2-0 defeat was inflicted on Ben Pike, this time by Steve Potter. However, this was not enough to stop the Wonderers from another win. For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

GRINSTED SURGES AHEAD
Mitchell Grinsted sponsored by Pete Evans Roofing surged ahead in the overall Silver Waistcoat rankings after a third consecutive event win. For further details and report go to Silver Waistcoat. Also some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album.

This tournament is open to all those that was under 21 on the 31st December 2008.

Thanks to Baulkline Snooker and Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth who sponsored the event

This time 92% of the entry fees went as prize money!

NEW REFEREES
Congratulations to Darren Hall and Steve Brookshaw who have recently both taken and passed Referee Grade III examination.

Anyone wishing to become a qualified referee contact the WEBSF.

GRINSTED’S ROOF TOP SUCCESS
Mitchell Grinsted wasted no time is justifying his new sponsorship Pete Evans Roofing by winning back to back Silver Waistcoat tournaments. For further details and report go to Silver Waistcoat. Also some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album.

This tournament is open to all those that was under 21 on the 31st December 2008.

Thanks to Baulkline Snooker and Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth who sponsored the event

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

December 2008 News

ROGERS WINS CLASSIC
Michael Rogers won a classic final against Jay Bullen in the second event of the WEBSF Exeter Bronze Waistcoat. The tournament was of the highest standard yet with breaks made by all players, the best a 50 by Rogers in the early rounds.Rogers also now leads the overall ranking table. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2008.

Thanks to GWRSA Social Club, Exeter and Baulkline Snooker who sponsored the event

This time 80% of the entry fees went as prize money!

ANDY HICKS EXHIBITION
Master of Ceremonies and sponsor for the evening Derek Walker opened the evening by introducing Andy Hicks as one of the most talented snooker players ever to emerge from the West Country. This compliment was to be fully vindicated over the following 4 hours as Hicks displayed an awesome talent for potting and break building with consummate ease. Referee for the evening Jeff Fox was flawless in officiating every one of the 17 exhibition frames.

Frame 1:
Peter Beckwith one of the many talented young WEBSF players emerging from Plymouth to face Hicks on the night started well with a couple of good pots before Hicks opened his account with a masterful 121 break to win 128-4.

Frame 2:
Chris Corry also started well before Hicks made quick fire breaks of 48 & 40 to win 108-14.

Frame 3:
Daniel Legassick matched Hicks with some superb safety play followed by a 14 break. A number of near misses from both players ensued before Hicks cleared the colours to win 80-17.

Frame 4:
Adam Lewin like his peers started well before Hicks made a well timed 53 break near the latter part of the frame to win 91-12.

Frame 5:
Cody Hall matched Hicks in the potting department for a short period at the start of the frame amassing a respectful 22 points before Hicks once again cleared to win the frame 88-22.

Frame 6:
Haydon Pinhey the current Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Champion made an early near miss to let Hicks in for a 49 break, Hicks was soon to return to the table after an uncharacteristic missed pot from Pinhey to clear with a brilliant 83 break to win the frame 132-0.

Frame 7: next up
Tom Vanstone a regular on the Silver Waistcoat tour and keen to make an impression started with some good safety play. However, Hicks sensed Vanstone can play a bit and moved up a gear capitalising on a Vanstone mistake fashioning a consummate 99 break followed by a 34 clearance to win 136-1.

Frame 8:
After the break Chris Coumbe produced some excellent opening safety play before Hicks fired in a rapid 82 clearance to win 99-8.

Frame 9:
Hicks had been given the nod that his next opponent Mitchell Grinsted was more than capable of producing an upset to the ensuing white wash of challengers. After the usual bout of excellent opening safety play Hicks compiled a truly masterful 131 break to win 131-0.

Frame 10:
Hicks showing no sign of tiring gave his next opponent Sam Lloyd little chance as he looked awesome in taking 10 reds and 10 blacks before narrowly missing a difficult pot red to the middle pocket when a possible maximum 147 look on the cards. Frame score 124-1.

Frame 11:
The level of early frame safety play was as good as had been seen all evening until a loose shot from Dale Branton saw Hicks make a superb 126 clearance to win 126-4.

Frame 12:
After 30 practice frames earlier in the day in preparation for the exhibition one could understand if Hicks was to falter. Poor exhibition play is not in Hick’s vocabulary as Dylan Chilcott was to find out. Hicks posted yet another century break, 103, to win 115-8.

Frame 13:
Grant Cole was next up and after a mistake from Cole Hicks broke down prematurely making a 46 break. Cole failed to capitalise on this rare opportunity letting Hicks in for a second bite of the cherry and a 55 clearance to win 109-2.

Frame 14:
Andy Trim came to the table and after a long bout of respectful safety play and some excellent single ball potting. Hicks took the lead with a 42 break going on to win an entertaining frame 68-39.

Frame 15:
Brother of Derek Walker, Jeff did not get much table time as Hicks enthralled the spectators with an incredible 136 total clearance, played at almost a running pace to win the frame 141-0.

Frame 16:
The penultimate frame saw Gold Waistcoat player and Pool champion Michael ‘Daisy’ Day fail to take his chances. There where no beaks of note in the 80-32 win to Hicks. However, Hicks demonstrated some excellent potting with the rest, in fact he never missed any rest shots throughout all 17 frames.

Frame 17:
The final frame saw Hicks amass a break of 83 to beat Albi Morrison 103-6

Andy Hicks is available for exhibitions at a very reasonable cost, contact the WEBSF for more information.

Thanks to Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth for hosting the exhibition

Pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album

BAIRD REACHES SEMI FINAL OF BUSINESSLAND AGAIN!
Sam Baird (Halberton), reached the semi-final of the Businessland Under 21 Series for the second time in a row before losing 3-1 to Lee Page. Sam topped the breaks table with two centuries 100 & 103. This puts Sam in second spot in the overall ranking after two events. Grant Cole from Plymouth qualified for the knock-out stages narrowly losing out to Michael Leslie. Grant is placed 8th in the rankings. For further details go to Global Snooker.

 

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!

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

September 2007 News

DEVON & EXETER BILLIARDS TOURNAMENTS
The first event of the above handicapped Billiards tour is due to take place on 30th September 2007 at Rileys Club, Exeter. Registration is at 10:30am, play starts at 11:00am. For details of dates click here or contact Geoff Setter

COLE WINS SILVER
Grant Cole wins the first Silver Waistcoat event of the season and tops it with a hundred break for good measure whilst Dale Branton makes his mark. For further details go to Silver Waistcoat

THREE LIONS
Congratulations and good luck to Sam Baird, Kris Vincent & Darren Bond on their selection to represent England in the Home Internationals. For further details go to Global Snooker

COUMBE WINS PLYMOUTH BRONZE EVENT 1
As he did last season Chris Coumbe has thrown down the gauntlet to fellow players in taking the first Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat event of the season. This year there is everything to play for as ranking points from only four of the five events will count in determining the town winner and the top four that will progress to the grand finals at the end of the season. For further details go to Bronze Waistcoat

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

MICHAEL GEORGIOU WORLD CHAMPION
The WEBSF management Team, Members & friends here in the West Country congratulate Michael on winning the World Under 21 Championships. We also extend our congratulations to Matt Williams and Robbie Williams for qualifying to the last 32 and 16 respectively.

To keep see the full breakdown the World Championships go to http://www.globalsnooker.co.uk

October 2006 News

KEANE WINS PLYMOUTH BRONZE
Daniel Keane wins Plymouth Bronze tournament, event 2. For further details go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 2

HINE DOMINATES EXETER BRONZE
Dan Hine dominated the first Exeter Bronze tournament. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 1

THE ICE MAN IS BACK
Grant ‘The Ice Man’ Cole is back to winning ways. Full report and results due in soon Silver Waistcoat Event 1

IMPORTANT ANOUCEMENT
One of the actions for Tournament Director’s resulting from the WEBSF annual meeting in June was to “Review the Bronze, Silver & Gold tournament formats.” Below are changes resulting from the review and member feedback.

The Bronze tournament age limit is to be increased. AMATEUR PLAYERS UNDER 16 YEARS ON THE 31ST DECEMBER, in the season the tournament is played, that reside in the West of England or are Affiliated Members that reside outside the West of England catchment area, where no Foundation operates, will be eligible for this tournament.

The Silver tour age limit is to be increased. AMATEUR PLAYERS UNDER 21 YEARS ON THE 31ST DECEMBER, in the season the tournament is played, that reside in the West of England or are Affiliated Members that reside outside the West of England catchment area, where no Foundation operates, will be eligible for this tournament.

The Gold and Silver Tour formats will alternate between the familiar Round Robin plus Knock-out stage for the first and third tournaments and a knock-out plus Plate for the second and forth tournaments. The aim is to provide more varied competition for players. A merit points table will still be used to determine the overall placing.

Another action was to “Make provision for Affiliated Members that reside outside the West of England catchment area where no Foundation operates.” The Tournament Policy & Structure document has been updated to comply with this.

The Management Team believe it is important to follow the EBSA and EASB format on issues of competition criteria and will endeavour to meet the WEBSF pledge to respond quickly to members wishes. We must ensure these tournaments continue to provide competition for all age groups and abilities and for the WEBSF tournaments to be recognised as premier tournaments attracting the best players in the region and beyond. Due to the short notice the Management Team will endeavour to contact Members that are affected by these changes.

Members are encouraged to contact the WEBSF or Roger Cole for further information if required.

CHARMAN’S MAIDEN TON
Rob Charman from Cornwall recently made his first century break at snooker in a practice frame, a fine 106. Robert broke down on the brown with a possible 128 clearance there for the taking. Well done Rob may this be the first of many!

COUMBE TAKES FIRST BRONZE OF THE SEASON
For report and results go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 1

Baird Wins Event as Cole Wins Overall Silver

Sam Baird wins Silver Waistcoat Event but Grant Cole wins overall tour. Full report go to Silver Waistcoat Tour Reports.