(Belgrave Snooker Club, Plymouth)
Pinhey – Fast & Furious
16th May 2015
West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation Player of the Month, Haydon Pinhey aka The Pocket Rocket lived up to his nickname in taking the 2015 WEBSF ONEFORSEVEN Snooker title from the former 2012 champion Steve Brookshaw. ONEFORSEVEN snooker has been likened to Twenty20 Cricket in as much as it is a shortened version of the traditional game and is time restricted. The outcome is fast & furious potting against the clock. The WEBSF took the original format and modified it slightly to accommodate an unknown number of entries and available tables. This year saw 14 players playing just one 15 minute frame against each other to whittle the field down to the eight highest scoring qualifiers. Mitchell Grinsted 980, Dale Branton 914, Haydon Pinhey 848, Steve Brookshaw 780, Wayne Branton 744, Jamie Graham 718, Mathew Hulatt 708 and Johnny Watters 672. Pinhey led for most of the day until the last few matches where Grinsted and Branton elevated themselves above him.
The 8 qualifiers then competed in 2 seeded groups to find the two players who would battle it out in a one frame shoot-out. Final frame score Pinhey 68 – Brookshaw 43. In the third and fourth place play-off Watters beat Hulatt 67-40. Top break of the day was posted by Wayne Branton 60.
WEBSF Tournament Director Deborah Branton said, “There has been a great atmosphere here today with all players getting into the spirit of playing fast and furious, with just a five minute break between frames the players are kept on their toes. Any player interested in these events should contact Wayne Branton, Mobile 07980 788484 or visit http://www.websfsnooker.com or WEBSF Facebook. Thanks to the Belgrave Snooker & Pool Club who hosted and sponsored this event.
Report by Steve Canniford