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.

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!

January 2008 News

EASB TO LAUNCH COACHING SCHEME
The EASB are preparing to launch a new coaching scheme. In order to include as many people as possible they need to gather information about who is currently involved in coaching, who wants to become involved and the levels that they aspire to. Go to EASB Coaching Scheme to register your interest.

RETALLACK REACHES FINAL ON DEBUT
Jake Stewart Wins three Redruth Bronze Waistcoat events on the trot beating debutante Tom Retallack in the final. For further details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat. This tournament is open to all those that was under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

GALLEN STARTS HIS BID FOR BRONZE
Adam Gallen won event 4 of the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat. For further 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 GWRSA Club who sponsored the event. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

BRONZE WAISTCOAT RULE CHANGE
In response to a proposal the WEBSF Management Team have unanimously decided on a rule change to accommodate additional qualifiers to the Grand Finals day. This is to redress a disproportion in the number of players entering the Plymouth series in comparison to Exeter & Redruth. The rule will come into immediate effect.

VINCENT & BAIRD QUALIFY
Well done Kris Vincent (Plymouth) and Sam Baird (Halberton) who have both qualified from the South in this years EASB English Amatuer. Good luck from the WEBSF Management Team in the finals

PINHEY LEADS THE PACK
Haydon Pinhey wins Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat event 3 to head the ranking points table. Got to Bronze Waistcoat for more details.

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

GRINSTED GRINDS OUT A VICTORY
16 year old Mitchell Grinsted (Plymouth) wins event three of the Silver Waistcoat Tour beating Grant Cole (Plymouth) 2-1 in the final.

GREEN POSTS PERSONAL BEST
Mark Green (Salisbury) sets personal best break. Tournament report and details now in go to Silver Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 21 on the 31st December 2007. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

LLOYD LUCKY WINNER
Michael Lloyd from Plymouth won a handicap tournament hosted by Rileys, Plymouth. His prize, a pair of tickets to see Ronnie O’Sullivan play Chinese sensation Ding Junhui in February, (see above) was kindly donated by SnookerPlus. Runner-up was Darran Lock from Seaton and Plate winner was Peter Beckwith, Plymouth. Trophies and other prizes were donated by the Rileys and the WEBSF.

KING WINS GOLD
Mike King beat Kris Vincent in a close fought final to take the third Gold Waistcoat event of the season. It wasn’t enough to topple Vincent from occupying top spot in the rankings. Go to Gold Waistcoat for results.

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. This time 91% of the entry fees went as prize money!

October 2007 News

SNOOKER EXHIBITIONS IN CORNWALL – UPDATE
Due to a change in the UK Championship qualifying format made by the WPBSA; Maximum Promotions have had to replace Jamie Cope with Ryan Day who is provisionally ranked at no 10 in the world. Ryan 27 from mid Glamorgan is an exciting player who was runner-up to Shaun Murphy in this years Malta cup 2007. NEIL ROBERTSON V RYAN DAY promises to be a great feast of exhibition snooker with high breaks a plenty.

BATTEN DOES WELL IN THE RAVENACE METALS LTD PRO-AM
Greg Batten reached the quarter-final of round 1 of the 2007-8 Ravenace Metals Ltd Pro-Am. Greg had comfortable wins over Luke Garland 4-1 and Paul Metcalf 4-0 before narrowly losing 4-3 to Craig Steadman in the quarter finals. For more information go to Global Snooker.

BLACKMORE TURNS THE TABLE
Will Blackmore finally got the better of his former team-mate in a final in winning the first Exeter Bronze Waistcoat event 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. To join the WEBSF and enter this tournament click here. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

BAIRD WINS AMONGST A BARRAGE OF CENTURY BREAKS
With England badges wherever you looked at the first WEBSF Gold Waistcoat event of the season Sam Baird came through to win. Last season a total of eleven century breaks were made over the course of the tour….this event produced a fantastic six! The best a 123 by Kris Vincent. Full results and report due in soon.

the WEBSF Calendar of Events 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 go to Gold Waistcoat or contact the WEBSF. This time 88% of the entry fees went as prize money!

If you can raise a team of non professional players that you think would be a match for a select team from the WEBSF. Contact us and we’ll see what can be arranged.

EXETER BRONZE WAISTCOAT
Check out the dates dates for the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat tournaments which gets underway on the 20th October 2007 at the GWRSA Social Club, Exeter Open to all players within the region or in regions that do not operate a foundation similar to the WEBSF and will still be under 16 on 31st December 2007. For more details go to Bronze Waistcoat or contact the WEBSF. On average over 90% of the entrance fee is distributed as prize money!.

KING BACK IN FORM
WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Champion Mike King after a quiet spell out of the news bounced back with a great run in event 3 of the Pontin’s International Open Series. All eyes where on the in-form Sam Baird picking off a couple of big scalps to reach the last 16 before being dumped 4-1 by Michael Wild. King quietly progressed through the lower half of the draw to go all the way to the final. Having done so well to reach the final King seem to run out of steam as Paul S Davison won 6-2. Scores Davison first 63(59)-10, 73(73)-1, 93(93)-0, 46-75(51), 69-0, 12-74, 70-10, 96(96)-0. Matt Williams reached the last 32 whilst Greg Batten, Kris Vincent, Andy Symons-Rowe & Paul Veitch failed to get out of the blocks this time. For more information go to Global Snooker

SNOOKER EXHIBITIONS IN CORNWALL
A feast of snooker is coming to Cornwall over the next couple of months. Two very different exhibitions to whet the appetite:-

The first event on the 6th October 2007 is promoted by SnookerPlus and features John Virgo & Jimmy White providing a varied exhibition of Trick Shots, Humour and exciting potting.

The second event on the 29th November 2007 is promoted by Maximum Promotions and features a snooker ‘shoot out’ between ‘Young Guns’ Ryan Day and Neil Robertson. Click on the link to get more details.CANCELED

February 2007 News

WEBSF ELITE FLY THE ENGLAND FLAG
Mike King, Greg Batten & Andy Symons-Rowe have narrowly lost 10-8 in the semi final against Germany.

The WEBSF Management Team take this opportunity to congratulate them on their achievement. Getting to the semi’s and losing by just 2 frames is obviously disappointing but it is still more than most have achieved and should not be underestimated. To represent your country at any level of competition is a great achievement. Well done!

REDRUTH BRONZE
Results just in for the third and fourth Redruth Bronze Waistcoat tournament of 2006/7. James Freeman and Jake Stewart share the spoils. For further details go to Redruth Bronze Waistcoat Events 3 & 4

LEARNING THE FINER ART OF ENGLISH BILLIARDS
Four budding snooker players try their hand at English Billiards in order to further their knowledge of angles and touch play.

HINE WINS, BUT LOSES
Hine is Exeter champion but loses his unbeaten run. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 5

JOHNSON WINS COUMBE CHAMPION
Paul Johnson wins back to back Plymouth Bronze events whilst Coumbes secures Plymouth title. For further details go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 5

BAIRD RAISES THE BAR
The second Silver Waistcoat event took place last Saturday and Sam Baird raised the bar, setting new standards for his peers to aspire to. Further details go to Silver Waistcoat Event 2

BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR HINE
It was business as usual for Dan Hine in his relentless pursuit of the West of England Bronze Waistcoat Champion. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 4

January 2007 News

WALKER WINS WAISTCOAT
Third Gold Waistcoat event, third winner. Luke Walker wins this his first Gold Waistcoat event. For further details of this premier West Country Snooker Tour go to Gold Waistcoat Event 3

JOHNSON WINS BRONZE AT FIRST ATTEMPT
Paul Johnson won the latest Plymouth Bronze tournament, event 4, after a short period away from the tournament scene. For further details go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 4

MIKE KING MAKES 147 IN MATCHPLAY
Mike King who plays out of Rileys Club, Exeter made re-rote the history books by scoring the Exeter & District Billiards & Snooker League’s first ever 147 maximum in tournament play. King potted his way towards the perfect break in the second round match of the Exeter Open Championship. His opponent Ian Davie also of Exeter proved to be no pushover and was not phased by King’s magnificent achievement.

King’s maximum break came in the first frame in what turned out to be a match of very high standard. King kept his composure by taking the second frame with a 73 break. Davie, who has recently returned to playing snooker after a couple of years break could have been forgiven if he simply resigned himself to defeat after such a superb display of break building. However, tenaciously he won the third and fourth frames aided by a splendid 91 break to level the match 2-2. After some early safety play King cleared up in the deciding frame with a 72 break. This magnificent achievement adds to the ten 147 breaks he has had in practice frames, none of which will be more memorable than this one.

No one seems to know how long the Exeter & District League has been in existence as records have been lost over the years but some of the older players believe the league goes back at least 100 years. Over these years the league has help produce some very good players, headed up by former professionals John Pullman, 10 times World Professional Snooker Champion, Michael Gold, who captained the England Senior team undefeated for three years, Robert Marshall, former semi finalist in the UK Professional Championship and a string of top amateur players. However, none before have managed to compile a magical 147 break in Exeter league competition.

King has won a string on local and regional competitions since he started playing at a young age out of the former Sidwell Street Snooker club, Exeter, once a local hotbed for young talent. From his early days when King won BBC Big Break, he has made steady progress, achieving County honours at all levels and is the current County Captain. He has won the coveted UK Golden Waistcoat grand final finishing number 1 in the rankings. He reached the last 32 in the World under 21’s, Captained an Exeter team to the EASB National Team finals and this season is proving no exception. He is currently rank third on the West of England Gold Waistcoat Tour, recent winner of a major pro-am made up of a high class field from around the country and has qualified for the last 32 in the EASB English Championships. If he can maintain this form through the rest of the season all augers well for him in the future.

WEBSF GOLDEN BOYS QUALIFY
The top four ranked Gold Waistcoat Tour players of 2006 (Andy Radford, Mike King, Kris Vincent & Greg Batten) have all qualified for the last 32 of the EASB English Amateur Championship.

The WEBSF Management Team congratulate you and wish you all the very best in the finals.

REDRUTH BRONZE
Results just in for the first two Redruth Bronze Waistcoat tournament of 2006/7. James Freeman and Alex Wills share the spoils. For further details go to Redruth Bronze Waistcoat Events 1 & 2

HINE 41 NOT OUT
Dan Hine takes his tally to 41 consecutive match wins. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 3

January 2006 News

STEWART REINFORCES HIS POSITION
For report and results go to Redruth Bronze Waistcoat Event 3

BOND STARTS SLOW FINISHES STRONG
Report due in soon but to see results go to Silver Waistcoat Event 4

EXETER TEAM MAKE IT TO NATIONAL FINAL
Well done to WEBSF members Andy Radford, and Mike King, Greg Batten from Rileys, Exeter who have reached the final of the EASB Team championships. More details as they come in.

GALLEN UNDEFEATED IN EXETER BRONZE
For report and results go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 1

BRANTON TOP OF THE POTS
For report and results go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 4

TRIPLE GOLD FOR RADFORD
For full report and results go to Gold Waistcoat Event 4

EXETER BRONZE WAISTCOAT
The first of a series of Exeter Bronze Waistcoat tournaments are due to start on the 14th January 2006 at the GWRSA (Exeter South), Beacon Avenue, Exeter.

King Wins National Golden Waistcoat

Mike King 2005
Mike King 2005

Mike King wins National Golden Waistcoat Finals. Select Golden Waistcoat to find out more.

King Wins Gold Waistcoat Tour Event 3

Mike King 2005
Mike King 2005

Mike King wins on home territory to lead the ranking table after event 3. For a full report go to Gold Waistcoat Tour.

West of England Snooker Championship 2005

Mike King 2005
Mike King 2005

Mike King wins the West of England Snooker Championship. For a full report go to West of England Snooker Championship.