Jake Stewart – Overall Winner
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 1
PINHEY FIRST OFF THE LINE
15th October 2011
England International Haydon Pinhey is first out of the blocks to start his campaign to win the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation’s prized Silver Waistcoat Tour for players under 22 years old. In the final he beat fellow Plymothian Tom Vanstone 2-0, aided by a timely 43 break. Pinhey is under no illusions as to the difficulty of the task that lays ahead as there are three other Internationals and several other rising stars, all ready to make their mark this season. In the semi final Pinhey beat Lee McArthur from Torbay, whilst Vanstone had a tough time before beating Chris Hobson, another up-and-coming player from the Torbay league. Vanstone made a 44 break to seal victory to go with a 48 which he made against England International newbie, Michael Rogers in the quarters. Other quarter finals saw Hobson beat one of the tour favourites and previous winners, Jake Stewart (Truro) 2-1. Lee McArthur beat Carl Mitchell from Redruth. Pinhey beat Cody Hall (Plymouth) 2-0.
There were four groups leading up to the knockout stages. In group A, reigning Bronze & Silver Waistcoat champion, Dan Legassick from Plymouth never really recovered from a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Stewart. This opened the door for Stewart and Pinhey to take the two qualifying places. Newbie to the waistcoat tournaments, Steve Slade did well to take Legassick to a final frame decider before conceding defeat. Group breaks: Legassick 43, Stewart 38 & Pinhey 35, 38, 47 & 68. McArthur dropped just one frame on his way to winning group B. Mitchell finished second, just in front of Aiden Johns (Helston) and Lewis Colclough (Paignton). Cody Hall (Plymouth) won all his matches to take group C edging Hobson into second spot above Chris Coumbe (Plymouth) and Jordan Whittaker. In the final group it was a closely fought contest between Rogers and Vanstone. Rogers made the breaks 36, 67 & the best of the day a fine 92 but it was Vanstone that took the spoils by a single point. Non qualifiers this time were Brett Broad (Redruth) and Adam Lewin (Plymouth).
Tournament Director and WEBSF Coach Steve Brookshaw, said “There are several players that are capable of wining the tour this season, I would not like to predict a winner. This season we are taking events to Exeter and Torquay which might well bring new blood, new challenges and a few surprises.” Special mention to Jim Curtain of Rileys, Plymouth who sponsored the event. Details of this tour and other tournaments which are organised by the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation can be found on http://www.websfsnooker.com
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 2
STEWART CLEARS UP
12th November 2011
Jake Stewart from Truro, Cornwall came out on top of a superb days snooker by defeating Steve Slade, Paignton 2-1 in the latest West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation, Silver Waistcoat event. This takes Stewart from 5th place to the top of the rankings. Along the way Stewart compiled breaks of 67,66,48,39 and a brilliant 120 clearance to take the highest break prize to boot. Other big movers where runner-up Slade who jumped from 16th place to 7th, Mitch Wood, Sticklepath came straight in at 12th position and Carl Mitchel, Redruth picked up 4 places to 4th. The biggest drops came from the former event finalist from Plymouth, Haydon Pinhey and Tom Vanstone dropping from 1st & 2nd to 5th & 6th respectively. Both will be keen to make amends at the next event on the 10th December at Rileys, Exeter. In the semi final current holder Dan Legassick lost to Stewart despite making a fine 58 break. In the other semi final Slade edged out Mitchell after a deciding shoot-out. Stewart was pushed all the way in the quarters by Lee McArthur from Torquay whilst the potting machine, Legassick made light work of Wood aided by a 66 break. Slade beat Adam Lewin (Plymouth) and Chris Hobson ran out of puff after a solid run to Mitchell.
In the group stages Stewart was untouchable, finishing top of his group without a defeat. Slade finished in second place with just one defeat. Breaks of note in the group came from Michael Rogers (Taunton) 41 and Aiden Johns (Redruth) 34. Group B did not produce any breaks but Hobson was the runaway winner with Lewin taking the second qualifying place. Silver newbie Wood made breaks of 45 & 35 to win group with McArthur a close second posting a 30 break. Legassick coasted through group C followed very closely by Mitchell.
Tournament Director Wayne Branton, said “Another excellent day of snooker from some of the best youngsters in the region. The results today have meant a re-shuffle at the top of the rankings which I will predict will keep changing all through the six events.” Thanks to Rileys, Torquay who helped sponsor the event. Details of this tour and other tournaments which are organised by the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation can be found on http://www.websfsnooker.com
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 3
ROGERS WINS SILVER EVENT
10th December 2011
The third West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation Silver Waistcoat Tour event saw a trip to Rileys, Exeter in the hope of attracting Exeter players back onto the tour which unfortunately proved fruitless on this occasion. However, the action on the green baize proved very fruitful with yet another different winner. Ranking table leader Jake Stewart from Truro retains the top spot as the rest of the field shuffle places. Stewart started well in the final posting a fine 89 break in the first frame but it was International Michael Rogers from Taunton that proved the better match player on the day running out a 2-1 winner. Rogers played excellent snooker all day and saw-off fellow England International Chris Coumbe (Plymouth) and group A winner Chris Hobson from Paignton in the quarter and semi finals respectively. Stewart also beat an International, Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth 2-0 in the semi final but was taken to a decider before beating Adam Lewin 2-1 in the quarter final. Other quarter final matches saw Pinhey beat Mitch Wood (Barnstaple) and Hobson beat International Dan Legassick from Plymouth. Significant ranking table movers are; Rogers up seven places to fourth; Legassick up three places to fifth and Lewin also up three places into seventh place.
In the group stages Hobson dominated group A winning all six matches. Wood finished in second place with breaks of 69,45 & 39 edging Lewin into third place and Coumbe into fourth. Group B saw Plymothian Tom Vanstone have an indifferent tournament, failing to qualify but he had the consolation of being the only player to beat Rogers on the day. Rogers posted breaks of 64, 62 & 50 to win the group with Pinhey adding breaks of 57, 51cl, 49 & 35 to finish in second place. Third & fourth qualifying spots were determined from a three way tie between Legassick, Vanstone and Stewart. Stewart and Legassick edged out Vanstone on frame count-back.
Tournament Director Wayne Branton, said “It’s disappointing that the Exeter and surrounding district players did not turn up today. However, it did not prevent another excellent day of snooker from some of the best youngsters in the region.” Thanks to Rileys, Exeter who helped sponsor the event. Details of this tour and other tournaments which are organised by the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation can be found on http://www.websfsnooker.com
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 4
LEGASSICK HITS MAIDEN CENTURY – STEWART EXTENDS HIS LEAD
29th January 2012
Renown for his fearless potting style, current regional Bronze and Silver Waistcoat Champion Dan Legassick, aged 14 from Plymouth, is struggling to keep pace with the likes of older players in his effort to regain his title. However, he demonstrated his undoubted ability and promise by making a maiden century in tournament play in the latest round of West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation Silver Waistcoat tour. This fine achievement was not enough to see him through to the final and he eventually lost 2-1 to title contender Chris Hobson (Torbay) in the quarter finals. Hobson, delighted with his victory over Legassick, went on to play Jake Stewart in the semi final. After a closely fought match Hobson’s run ended with Stewart wining 2-1 aided with a 40 break. Stewart was joined in the final by Michael Rogers from Taunton who had previously disposed of two tough opponents, Steve Slade (Paington) 2-0 in the quarters and newbie Jake Frank (Bideford) 2-1 in the semis. Other quarter final results saw Stewart, 52 break, beat Mitch Wood (Barnstable) 2-0 and Frank beat Chris Coumbe (Plymouth) 2-1.
With the title chase developing into a three horse race between Hobson second, Rogers third and Stewart threatening to edge away in top spot, it was crucial for Rogers to record a win against Stewart in the final. After winning the first frame and gaining a fifty points lead in the second frame it looked as if Rogers was on his way to victory. However, Stewart had other ideas and clawed his way back to win the match 2-1. With just two events to go Stewart leads the rankings on 2350 ahead of Hobson 1860 and Rogers 1830.
The qualifying stages saw Frank win group A with breaks of 54, 47, 39 & 30 ahead of Coumbe 37 break. A three way tie in group B was decided on frame count-back, Slade finishing top and Wood (breaks: 50, 34 & 32) second, edging out Haydon Pinhey (Plymouth). Stewart won all his matches to top group C with breaks of 48, 48, 42, 37 & 37, Hobson the other qualifier. The big breaks came from group D with undefeated Rogers making 77 and a fine 94 and second place Legassick making a superb 104.
Tournament Director Wayne Branton, said “With his open potting style it was only a matter of time before Dan (Legassick) made his maiden tournament century. However, a century break only wins one frame and it is consistency that wins titles. Jake (Stewart), Michael (Rogers) and Chris (Hobson) should have the top three places sewn up and Jake will take some catching for the title” Thanks to Rileys, Plymouth who helped sponsor the event. Details of this tour and other tournaments which are organised by the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 5
PINHEY WINS LATEST EVENT
3rd March 2012
Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth came through against players ranked 1 & 2 above him to win the penultimate West of England Billiards & Snooker Silver Waistcoat event of the season. In the semi final Pinhey beat overall title favourite Jake Stewart (Truro) before beating second placed Michael Rogers (Taunton) in the final, aided by a 47 break. Steve Slade (Paignton) gave Rogers the run around in the other semi final before losing 2-1. Rogers was also made to work hard in the quarter finals by Jake Frank (Barnstaple). The remaining quarter finals saw Mitch Wood narrowly miss out to Slade 2-1, Dan Legassick loose 2-0 to Stewart, the latter making a 55 break and Adam Lewin (Plymouth) give Pinhey something to think about before losing 2-1.
Frank was in excellent form making breaks of 37, 44, & 47 to win group A undefeated. Stewart helped with breaks of 37 & 73 edged through into second place over Lee McArthur (Torquay) on frame count-back. Once more Legassick potted his way, unbeaten, to win group B with breaks of 40 & 46, Second qualifying spot went to Slade. The only other break coming from Cody Hall (Plymouth) 41. Lewin was also undefeated in group C posting a 30 break. Second spot went to Wood who made a 36 break. The final group D was won by Rogers who made it four undefeated players going into the knock-out rounds, Rogers made the best break on the day a well constructed 76. Pinhey took the remaining qualifying place.
Tournament Director Wayne Branton, said “Jake Stewart is the only player to qualify for the knock-out stages of every event this season and the title is within his grasp. However, points from each player’s worst event are deducted from the final tally which usually guarantees an exiting climax in the final event of the tour.” Thanks to Rileys, Torquay who helped sponsor the event. Details of this tour and other tournaments which are organised by the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 6
STEWART REIGNS SUPREME
28th April 2012
Jake Stewart from Truro, Cornwall wins the final WEBSF Silver Waistcoat event of the season and with it his second overall title of WEBSF Silver Waistcoat Tour Champion. Stewart did not have it all his own way in this seasons six events. His fellow competitors, Michael Rogers from Taunton in particular, kept close to him in the rankings right up until the final event. An in-form Rogers had the opportunity to ‘steel’ the title if only he could have beaten Stewart in the semi’s and Steve Slade in the final. However, Stewart kept his nerve to defeat Rogers and go on to beat Slade in the final to win the coveted Under 22’s title. Stewart also took the overall break prize for the season which he recorded in a previous event, a magnificent 120 total clearance, his highest tournament break. The bottom half of the knock-out stage draw saw the top four ranked players matched against one another. In the quarter finals Stewart beat Dan Legassick from Plymouth, who had been in terrific form earlier in the day posting two 70’s and the best break of the day a 104 clearance, whilst Rogers beat Haydon Pinhey also from Plymouth, Pinhey posted breaks of 42,44,& 60 in earlier rounds. In the top half of the draw Slade came through untroubled against Mitch Wood (Barnstaple) and Lee McArthur (Torbay). McArthur was made to play well in the quarters to beat a returning Chay Mearns, a past tournament regular from Torbay.
In the Round Robin group stages there was no major upsets. In group A, which saw Stewart and Slade qualify comfortably, Stewart made a 79 break whilst Adam Lewin from Plymouth posted a 30 & 39. Group B saw a newcomer Connor Arthur, He did not qualify but he looks a good prospect for next season. Pinhey dominated the group undefeated, and McArthur the second qualifier. Pinhey posted breaks of 42,44 & 60. Jake Frank from North Devon made a string of thirty breaks (32,33,33,39) but this was not enough to bring him qualification as Rogers and Wood took the two qualifying places, Rogers made a well crafted 87 break. In the final group Legassick demolished all opposition put before him to finish top with a host of breaks. Mearns joined him as second qualifier.
WEBSF spokesperson said, “Jake Stewart has proved to be the most consistent Silver player this season and deservedly reaps the rewards. Hopefully he will step up and play in the Gold Waistcoat next season. He has the ability to do well, and against tougher opposition it will help him to improve and take his game to the next level. It is also good to see new faces come to the tour and enjoy the snooker and friendships that are forged at these events” Thanks to Rileys, Plymouth who helped sponsor the event. The WEBSF are holding a one day WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Championship. This tournament is open to any player in the country who was under 17 years of age on the 31st December 2011. Details of this and other tournaments which are organised by the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Adam Lewin – 39,30,30
Aiden Johns – 36,34
Chris Coumbe – 37
Chris Hobson – 39
Cody Hall – 41
Daniel Legassick – 104,104cl,70,70,66,54,46,43,40
Haydon Pinhey – 68,60,57,51cl,49,47,47,44,42,38,35,35
Jake Frank – 54,47,47,44,39,39,37,33,33,32,30
Jake Stewart – 120cl,89,79,73,67,66,55,55,53,52,48,48,48,42,40,39,38,37,37,37
Lee McArthur – 30
Michael Rogers – 97,92,87,77,76,67,64,62,50,41,36
Mitch Wood – 69,50,45,45,39,35,34,32
Tom Vanstone – 48,44,44