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.

 

November 2008 News

WALTERS WALKS AWAY WITH WIN
Lee Walters wins the second Gold Waistcoat tournament event of the season, beating rising star Dale Branton 2-0 in the final. Highest break of the day was posted by Sam Baird. For further details and report go to Gold Waistcoat. Also some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album

This tournament is open to any member player.

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

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

CORNWALL BOUNCE BACK
Cornwall bounced back after last years defeat in the annual challenge match with Devon when they defeated their rivals by 17-12 in the match held in Cornwall.

REIGNING CHAMP WINS EXETER BRONZE
Adam Gallen won the first Exeter Bronze Waistcoat event of the season with a 2-0 victory over Jay Bullen in the final. The tournament was run using the 6+6 reds format which provided some interesting results in the group matches. WEBSF sponsor Pete James of Baulkline Snooker presented the trophies. 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 who sponsored the event

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

EXETER SNOOKER CLUB REFURBISHMENT
With the all too frequent news of snooker tables being dismantled and in some cases clubs closing down it’s good to here of a club undergoing refurbishment and investment. Exeter Snooker Club situated behind the market is one such club.

SIXSIXSN66KER SUCCESS FOR STEWART
Jake Stewart won the first Redruth Bronze tournament event of the season. This was the first 6+6 reds tournament to be trialed by the WEBSF and it has proved a hit with the Redruth players. Stewart defeated Alex Wills in the final. For further details go to Redruth Bronze Waistcoat.

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

Thanks to Redruth Royal British Legion who sponsored the event

GRINSTED GOES ONE BETTER
Mitchell Grinsted beat Ben Holley, in the second Silver Waistcoat event. 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 will be under 21 on the 31st December 2008.

Thanks to sponsors Baulkline Snooker and Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth

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

LEGASSICK FIRST TO BENEFIT FROM THE NEW REWARD SCHEME
Daniel Legassick is the first WEBSF member to receive a Coaching Reward Voucher on offer at the WEBSF Victoria Snooker Coaching school.

This scheme is being piloted by a dedicated WEBSF Coaching Team that operates a coaching school most Saturday mornings at the Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth.

PINHEY DOUBLES UP
Haydon Pinhey pushes home his advantage in the Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Championship by defeating Cody Hall for the second event in a row in the final of event 2. For further details go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat. Also some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album

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

Thanks to Rileys, Plymouth who sponsored the event

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

BAIRD REACHES SEMI FINAL OF BUSINESSLAND
Sam Baird (Halberton), does well by reaching the semi-final of the Businessland Under 21 Series event 1 before losing 3-2 to Liam Highfield. Grant Cole and Kris Vincent both from Plymouth also performed well. Cole reaching the Quarter Finals and Vincent posting the second best century of the tournament a fine 107. For further details go to Global Snooker

LOCAL SNOOKER LEAGUE SUPPORTS THE WEBSF
The WEBSF website can now accommodate local league information. The first league benefiting from this is Seaton & District Snooker League. Each week results will be posted here this weekend.

September 2008 News

WILLIAMS CLEANS UP IN GOLD
Matt Williams took the first Gold Waistcoat tournament of the season, aided by a 96 break, beating Sam Baird 2-0 in the final. For further details and report go to Gold Waistcoat. Also some great pictures on Deborah’s Photo Album

This tournament is open to any member player. Thanks to Baulkline Snooker SW and Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth who sponsored the event

This time 91.6% of the entry fees went as prize money!

BRANTON SILVER MACHINE
Last seasons overall runner up, Dale Branton the potting machine from Plymouth, came through victorious winning 2-0 in a close fought final against Mitchell Grinsted, also from Plymouth. For further details and report go to Silver Waistcoat.

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

Thanks to Baulkline Snooker and Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth who sponsored the event

This time 84.6% of the entry fees went as prize money!

IMPORTANT ANOUNCEMENT REGARDING THIS SEASONS TOURNAMENT FORMATS
The WEBSF are considering changing the format for at least the first of this years Gold, Silver & Bronze snooker tournaments or to hold a separate 6-6 tournament, frames will consist of 6 Reds and 6 Colours. It is hoped this short format will produce exciting attacking play as well as levelling the ‘playing field’ giving encouragement to any player capable of making a frame wining 40 break. Entry fees are as last season and at least 80% of the entrance fee will being given out as prize money.

6-6 SNOOKER YES OR NO?
Since the 80’s Billiards & Snooker has gone into a steady decline. County Associations have mostly disappeared, Local Leagues are operating with less teams year on year and in some cases merging with other leagues in order to survive. Clubs are closing or at best reducing the number of tables giving way to American Pool and function rooms. Tournaments that once attracted over 100 competitors and played over two days have either disappeared of operate with a fraction of entrants. The reasons are many fold and in some cases complicated, we all have views on these but rather than debate these at length I would like to focus how we can make our sport more attractive to those still playing competitively or playing for fun and relaxation.

The WEBSF was set up in 2004 in an attempt to arrest this decline and provide a safe and emergent environment that would entice & develop new blood, encourage old players back into cue sports and help improve the few quality players we still have in the region. Over the past 4 years the WESBF has made significant steps towards this aim. However, we must not rest on our laurels and continue to develop and push the boundaries, any suggestions that will help us meet our objectives will be gratefully received.

With regard to the previous statement a proposal for this year is to consider the introduction of 6-6 Snooker into the existing tournaments or as an additional tournament. Other sports have variations along similar lines Rugby 7’s and Cricket 20-20 and in past years long gone many different games have been played on an English Billiard table. The 6-6 format is just 6 reds and 6 colours, playing to the conventional rules for Snooker. This article will hopefully provoke debate and prompt members to respond with comments and suggestions as to what extent this format should be introduced into the WEBSF series of tournaments.

Some of the pro’s:-

A shorter format will produce more attacking play and exciting results
With fewer chances in the frame the better player will not be able to ‘relax’ during the early stages of a frame
With just a 40 break securing the frame this will act to level the ‘playing field’ giving encouragement to a wider range of player standards
More players would be encourage to play in the tournaments
Shorter frame times will give the opportunity for bigger groups of players playing more frames.

Some of the con’s:-

The full range of safety play and tactics would be less evident
Prolonged concentration required to master significant break building will be less practiced
‘Levelling the playing field’ will not give a true measure of ones skill against better opponents
As it is not ‘real’ snooker it could turn better players away
Full snooker match-play is invaluable in preparation for National tournaments (no 6-6 national tournaments)
The 100 break benchmark cannot be achieved with 6 reds.

Thanks to the two members that have already responded regarding this proposal. It is important that we receive more views on this before the Management Team make a final decision on the way forward. Don’t leave it to someone else to comment on your behalf, this is your foundation!

Please contact the WEBSF Management Team with your comments now!

Feedback Updated:

From the comments that have been received from members this has proved an interesting proposal generating lively discussion. The WEBSF Management Team have taken on board feedback from the members and are now voting on a final proposal to:-

Agree and support a pilot in Redruth and Exeter Bronze providing the majority of players are also in agreement.
Agree to a 6 Reds pilot to take place in this years Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Round Robin stages subject to a majority player approval
Hold a 6 Reds tournament this season
Not introduce this format in the Plymouth Bronze, Silver and Gold tournaments.

Voting results are now in.
The WEBSF Management Team have voted by a majority in favour of the above proposal. We now have to see what comes about from the pilots and allow the players to come to a view as to what extent this format will be used in the future. Thank you to all those that participated in the debate…..nothing ventured, nothing gained!

BAIRD PLAYS FOR ENGLAND
Sam Baird (Halberton), has been at it again! Sam played for the senior England squad that had a clean sweep in the Home Internationals. For further details go to Global Snooker.

WEBSF 4 YEARS ON
It was back In September 2004 that WEBSF Patron Ray Reardon M.B.E. (six times former World Professional Snooker Champion) launched the West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation (WEBSF).

The WEBSF Management Team believe in order to arrest the decline in players turning to cue sports is to encourage more young people to participate at grass roots level. The benefits to the sport long term are obvious, more players being exposed to the sport that will lead to them joining clubs, entering leagues & county competitions and more importantly, less youths walking the streets with ’nothing to do’.The WEBSF offers to visit your club or league and discuss ways in which we can work together to put Billiards & Snooker back on the map, providing opportunities for players to realise their potential and provide enjoyment for all.

For the fourth year running the WEBSF has in place a full calendar of well run and administered tournaments catering for players of all age groups. Tournaments are scheduled to take place in Exeter, Plymouth, Redruth & Falmouth with other locations planned for the near future. Since these tournaments have been available the overall standard of play in the region has steadily increased. WEBSF players exposed to tough competition on a regular basis along with access to a high standard of coaching has been instrumental in a number of them being included to represent England at the World, European and Home International Amateur Championships.

Matt Williams, Kris Vincent, Neil Chiswell, Lee Lamerton, all from Plymouth. Sam Baird (Halberton), Greg Batten & Darren Bond (Tiverton), Andy Symons-Rowe (Tavistock) and Andy Radford & Mike King from Exeter, have all represented their country over the past 4 years. All have expressed gratitude to the WEBSF for providing an environment which has proved invaluable in helping them make their mark in national competition.

In 2007 the WEBSF Management Team in association with Rileys, Plymouth organised and ran the Plymouth International Snooker Channel Island Challenge. This tournament pitched teams from the Channel Islands against teams from South & South West England and Wales. The one day event cumulated in victory for Pontins International. This team was made up of three WEBSF players who are regulars on the national circuit; Matt Williams & Grant Cole (Plymouth) and Darren Bond (Tiverton). Cornwall did the double by winning the Billiards and Junior Snooker. The tournament was hosted by Rileys, Plymouth. A total of 252 frames of snooker and 17 hours of billiards where played on just 15 tables on the day. This is thought to be some kind of record for an international tournament. The tournament was regarded by all as a resounding success.

It’s not just the gifted & talented that have benefited from the sterling efforts of the WEBSF Management Team and Coaches. On a weekly basis there are Coaching Schools in Plymouth, Redruth & Exeter that not only foster and improve local talent but help give the youth an alternative to potentially anti-social behaviour. The WEBSF have developed a Billiards & Snooker coaching scheme that includes a process for training and assessing potential coaches of various grades. The coaching team is now 15 strong, All WEBSF coaches undergo self declaration & Criminal Records Bureaux checks in order to comply with Child Protection requirements and to ensure that the safety and welfare of children & young adults remains paramount at all times. At progressive stages of their development, young players can test their skills & knowledge of Billiards & Snooker as part of the WEBSF Player Assessment scheme. increasing levels of competency form the basis for Bronze through Silver to Gold. Each competency level achieved is recognised with a certificate. Annual Membership of the WEBSF is just £5 for Under U16’s and £10 for Senior players. Non playing officials, coaches & volunteers pay just £10 for life. Each member receives a waistcoat/blazer badge & ID card. Other benefits include access to top quality tournaments, excellent coaches, referees & tournament organisers, the WEBSF also help with obtaining sponsorship, promoting tournaments and fundraising.

Roger Cole spokesman for the foundation said “These are very exciting times for Billiards & Snooker players in the West Country. The sports of Billiards & Snooker have been in steady decline since the golden era in the 80’s. The continued support of respected former World Champion Ray Reardon and the hard work of WEBSF officials and volunteers can only continue to prove beneficial to young and old alike who take pleasure from playing this wonderful sport”.

UNDER 18 BILLIARDS TOURNAMENT COMES TO PLYMOUTH
Event 1 of the EABA Under 18’s Junior Billiards series is coming to Plymouth on Saturday 6TH September 2008. The event takes place at the Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth. The WEBSF will be assisting with the running the tournament on the day. A full calendar & entry pack will follow shortly. All you young snooker players that want to have a go at English Billiards should contact Steve or any of the WEBSF Management Team. Coaching in the rules and how to play Billiards is available leading up to the tournament. The event commences 11.00am, registration 10:30am. Entry is £7 for non EABA members. Go on, give it a go!

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled due to lack of support from players probably not wanting to travel long distances to the Plymouth venue. This is something West Country players have to overcome on a regular basis. Hopefully we can try again in the future.

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!

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!