March 2009 News

Chard B and Honiton Cons battle it out for the runners-up spot. For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

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 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.

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

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!

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 for the runners-up spot. For a full report go to Seaton & District Snooker League.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

December 2008 News

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!

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

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.