Mears Marks Opening Gold Event Success

Ryan Mears got his 2019/20 West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation Gold Series campaign off to a perfect start when he claimed the event one title at Jesters Snooker Hall last Saturday. 

Top amateur players from across the south-west region and further afield made their way to Swindon to break off the 16th consecutive edition of the prestigious series. With the overall end-of-season champion decided by a ranking list, hopefuls were keen to build an early platform from the first of five events. 

The Groups

Having only recently returned from Melbourne, Australia where he reached the knockout phase of the 2019 World Billiards Championship, Mears qualified top from Group A with four wins out of five. Joining him in the last eight was record three-time Gold Series champion Andy Neck who came second, just behind on frame difference. Elsewhere in the group, debutant Huw Carpenter adapted to the new environment well as he finished third, and there was a warm reception for 2008 champion Greg Batten, making his long-awaited return to the WEBSF scene.

Former winner Haydon Pinhey was one of two players to end the groups stage with a 100% record; highlighting breaks of 85, 93 and 104 in leading Group B. Reigning Gold Series Champion Alan Tunney advanced through in second place with his only loss coming at the hands of Pinhey. Steve Brookshaw and Chris Coumbe – like Mears, had both just come back from ‘Down Under’ after making the KOs of Billiards’ biggest event – came fourth and fifth respectively. 

Current Gold Masters Champion Andy Symons was in scintillating form in Group C, chalking up six wins out of six and producing a fantastic total clearance of 138 during his opening match against Connor Benzey. The break represents one of the highest ever made in the history of the competition. Symons, a two-time event winner last season too, also crafted a 115. Gold newcomer Alex Mucklow chalked up a trio of half-centuries as he qualified in second during a fine introductory showing.

There was a thrilling finish in Group D, with qualification going down to the final frame. Last month’s West of England Snooker Open finalist James Lee won the pool with five wins, whilst youngster Aidan Murphy’s 2-1 victory over Steven Hughes in the last remaining match of the groups saw him squeeze into second courtesy of head-to-head with Hughes. Like Murphy and Hughes, Peter Bicknell also registered four wins in a tight outcome. 

The Knockouts

All four group winners triumphed in the quarter-finals with Mears, Pinhey, Symons and Lee eliminating Mucklow, Murphy, Neck and Tunney respectively – Mears and Symons coming through in deciding frames. 

Aldershot’s Mears was the first to book his berth in the final after a 2-0 semi-final success over Pinhey, whilst an exciting third and final frame was needed to separate Symons and Lee, with the former controlling the latter stages and ousting it. 

In a breathtaking final, an inspired Mears quickly took a 1-0 lead and was heading towards the finish line when he was in the balls first during the next frame. Symons managed to counter, though, and looking flawless on a break of 63 it seemed as if a decider was on the way. However, an unexpected miss on what would have effectively been frame ball red allowed Mears a chance for glory. It was an opportunity he expertly and coolly seized in one visit, clearing up the last two reds and colours, including a tricky black to the left-middle after not getting perfect position on it from the pink. A great advert for the WEBSF circuit with a nice sized crowd watching on. 

A double champion at last season’s West of England Snooker and Billiards Opens, this was multi-talented Mears’ maiden gold event title in his first final. 

Event Two takes place at the Galaxy Centre, Torquay on the 23rd November. Entries into this event are now open via a link HERE, although spaces are limited.

Benzey ‘Totally Rewarded’ at Special Event

Bronze Snooker Open Winner - Connor Benzey with Tournament Sponsor 2017-18
Bronze Snooker Open Winner – Connor Benzey with Tournament Sponsor 2017-18

Connor Benzey played solid snooker all day on his way to lifting the 2017 WEBSF Bronze Snooker Open title.

To make a complete day of Billiards & Snooker the WEBSF held Coaching Workshops where WEBSF Coaches and special guests; ex-Professional, Manager & Coach Hassan Vaizie and Snooker Professional Sam Baird gave masterclasses in break building and coaching clinics.

Go to Bronze Open 2017 to find out more

Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship 2016 (Results)

West of England Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship - Winner Liam Davies 2016

Liam Davies – Bronze Open Champion 2016.

For the third year in a row a young Welsh snooker ace has won the WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship. For more information select Bronze Open Championship

Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship 2016 (Youth)

Bronze Waistcoat Open Winner 2015 - Typer Rees
Tyler Rees – Bronze Waistcoat Open Champion 2015

When is it? – 15th October 2016

Where is it? – Jesters, Swindon

Who can enter? – Any amateur player who will still be under 17 years on the 31st December 2016

Do I have to be a member of the WEBSF? – No, this is an open tournament

What is the entry fee? – £10.00 – (entry is not guaranteed until payment has been received)

When can I enter? – Registration is now open

How do I pay? – Pre-payment required by the following methods:-
Cash: to Wayne or Steve
Bank transfer: contact the WEBSF for details
Mobile: Wayne 07980788484
Mobile: Steve 07891940995
eMail: websf_uk@yahoo.co.uk
or PayPal to: stevecanniford@gmail.com

Please reference name and event it’s for show it shows up on accounts

What is the dress Code? – Single Coloured Polo Shirt or Shirt with Collar with or without a Waistcoat (sponsorship logo’s accepted). Smart trousers and Shoes. Strictly NO Jeans, NO Shorts, NO Trainers

More details go to Bronze Waistcoat

West of England Open Snooker Championship 2016

West of England Open Snooker Championship Winner 2016 - Billy Castle
West of England Open Snooker Championship Winner 2016 – Billy Castle

Billy Castle thwarts Eddie Manning to win the West of England Open Snooker Championship against a strong field of talented players. Go to full Report

Gold Waistcoat Snooker Tour Event 2 – Swindon

Event 2 of the 2015 WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Snooker Tour will take place at Jester’s, Swindon.
This event is open to all members of WEBSF. If you are not currently a member you can join on the day. Membership is a one off £10.00 payment for the season.
Entry fee: £20.00 (must be paid in advance, see below)Entry fee pre-payment detail:-

Cash: to Wayne or Steve

 Bank transfer: contact the WEBSF for details

Mobile: Wayne 07980788484

Mobile: Steve 07891940995

eMail: websf_uk@yahoo.co.uk

PayPal to: brantonfamily@aol.com

Please reference name and event it’s for show it shows up on accounts

Dress Code:
Plain Polo Shirt (sponsorship logo’s accepted) or Waistcoat
Smart trousers and shoes
No Jeans, Shorts or trainers


Click Gold Waistcoat Poster Event 2 2015_16 for more details…..places are going fast!

 

Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship 2015

Bronze Waistcoat Open Champion 2014
Callum Lloyd – Open Bronze Champion 2014

Welsh snooker ace Callum Lloyd is the 2014 West of England Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Champion, who will be champion this year?

The Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship age limit has been reduced to those that were under 16 on the 31st December 2014. To put it another way if you are 16 now but you were born after 31st December 1998 you are still eligible to enter. This year the tournament will be completed in a single day.

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Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Championship 2015

***DUE TO LACK OF SUPPORT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

We will look to re-schedule later in this year.

Bronze Waistcoat Open Champion 2014
Callum Lloyd – Open Bronze Champion 2014

Welsh snooker ace Callum Lloyd is the current West of England Bronze Waistcoat Open Snooker Champion. Who will be the next ?

If you where under 19 on the 31st December 2014 you can enter.

This year the event will be held at Jesters, Swindon.

Two days snooker for just £10, all entry fees paid out in prizes.

Open to all.

Bronze Waistcoat – Plymouth Town Tour

Bronze Waistcoat Tour Plymouth Champion 2010-11
Dan Legassick Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Tour Champion 2010-11

The Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat ran from 2004 until 2010 and was sponsored by the following Plymouth snooker clubs: Riley’s, Victoria Snooker Centre, The Plaza and Plymouth Snooker Club. WEBSF Officials Wayne & Debora Branton, Darren Hall, Steve Brookshaw, Keith Millard & Roger Cole generously gave their time and enthusiasm to develop grass roots snooker in the Plymouth area.

Each season the top four players qualified for the Regional Finals Day where they pitted their skills against qualifiers from the Redruth, Exeter & Falmouth Tours (posted previously).

Dan Legassick was the last Plymouth Bronze Champion. Take a look back over the years and pick out a few familiar faces that have played and, in some cases, still playing. You will have to admit they did look smart in their waistcoats….shame they had to grow up! :). Click here.

Bronze Waistcoat – Redruth Town Tour

Bronze Waistcoat Tour Redruth Overall Champion 2009-10
Carl Mitchell – Bronze Champion 2009-10

The Redruth Bronze Waistcoat was run from 2004 until 2010 in the Redruth Royal British Legion Club. WEBSF Coaches Paul Williams and Vic Wills generously gave their time and enthusiasm to help develop youth snooker in Cornwall.

Each season the top four players qualified for the Regional Finals Day where they pit their skills against qualifiers from the Plymouth, Exeter & Falmouth Tours (posted previously).

Carl Mitchell was the last Redruth Champion. Take a look back over the years and pick out a few familiar faces that have played….where are they now?. Click here.