English Billiards | Brookshaw matches personal best in Cwmbran

WEBSF Billiards Open champion Steve Brookshaw equalled his career best result in a World Billiards ranking event at last weekend’s Welsh Open. 

Held at the Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran, female and male entrants from the UK and beyond made up the starting line-up of 43 players. 

Brookshaw, who went into the tournament as world number 13, began strongly in South Wales, topping his group after winning all three round-robin matches. Seeded through to the last 16, the versatile cueist stepped things up as he crafted a break of 141 during a 403-256 victory over Brian Harvey.

In the quarter-finals he faced fellow local Plymouth Billiards League player and WEBSF participant Barry Russell, who was enjoying his longest run in a World Billiards main event. A close affair between the two, Brookshaw managed to progress by a margin of just 29 points. 

Now matching his semi-final finish from the Scottish Open a few years ago, Brookshaw was denied a maiden final appearance by in-form world number one Peter Gilchrist after a 794-180 defeat. Singaporean representative Gilchrist went on to lift his fourth trophy in a row and sixth of the season when seeing off Martin Goodwill – another former WEBSF entrant in the final. 

During what was a fine weekend for several players of the Foundation, Chris Coumbe also recorded his joint-best outcome after reaching the last eight where he bowed out to Goodwill.

Alongside the aforementioned Harvey, West of England Billiards champion Ryan Mears’ hopes ended in the last 16 when he was stopped by Gilchrist. Terry Azor, Geoffrey Lingard, Mark Hill and Michael White all qualified from the groups to reach the knockout phase where they lost in the last 32.

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