Haydon Pinhey – Overall Winner
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 1
29th September 2012
Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth is proving unstoppable at present. Following a number of recent successes, that included a 100% winning record of 18 matches for the England Youth Team in the Home Internationals. He has won the first West of England Billiards & Snooker, Silver Waistcoat event of the season. To get to the final he beat most of the top youngsters in the region. In the quarter final he beat fellow Plymouthian and England International, Dan Legassick, in another one of their classic matches, that saw Legassick make a 51 break and Pinhey breaks of 40, 41 & a 51 clearance in a three frame match. Pinhey beat another international from Taunton, Michael Rogers in the semi final before finishing off the field with a win against another quality player from Exeter, Jay Bullen in the final. Bullen’s route to the final saw him beat, fast improving players, Lee McArthur (Torbay) and Aiden Johns (Cornwall), against the latter he made a fine 68 break to match the 68 he had earlier in the group stages.
The group stages where played, the best of five frames each match. McArthur made light work in wining group A, just dropping one frame in his four matches. Second qualifying spot was taken by Jake Frank from North Devon. Connor Arthur posted the only break of the group, a modest 30. No breaks in group two which was won by Adam Lewin from Plymouth closely followed by Johns. Rogers won group C ahead of Bullen and then Mitch Wood from North Devon who posted a 40 break. Pinhey dominated group D with 3-0 wins across the board. He also posted an excellent break of 70, plus one of 53. Legassick qualified in second place but realised the best break of the day, a superb 86.
WEBSF spokesperson said, “Pinhey is full of confidence and is proving to be unstoppable at the moment and is deserving of financial assistance, if only we could find a potential sponsor that may be interested. Having said that the depth of quality on this tour extends to a number of players and I would expect his peers to step up to the mark before the end of the season and challenge hard for that coveted Silver Waistcoat title. It is going to be a fascinating battle as always.” Details of this and other WEBSF tournaments can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 2
PINHEY RICH VEIN OF FORM CONTINUES
3rd November 2012
After just two events, Haydon Pinhey from Plymouth has already put daylight between himself and the rest of the players in the West of England Billiards & Snooker, Silver Waistcoat Tour ranking list on 1400 points. Two successive wins has brought him maximum points to provide a 470 buffer between him and second placed Aiden Johns from Cornwall. Dan Legassick also from Plymouth is in third place and still in contention with 860 points. In this event Pinhey was joined in the final by Mitch Wood from North Devon. By getting to the final Wood jumped five places to fourth overall. In the semi finals Pinhey made a 52 break in beating Legassick and Johns made a 40 against Wood but still lost the frame and match.
The numbers where surprisingly low at this event due to a misunderstanding regarding the tournament date. However, players had the continuity of playing matches the best of five frames. The effect was a barrage of breaks from a quality field. Pinhey won the group wining 18 frames to 2 and posting breaks of 41,46,49,41,70 & 76. Leagssick was place second, wining all but one match with a string of modest breaks, (30,30,34,35,35,36,36,38,38,39 & 40). Mitch Wood qualified in third place posting breaks of 53,51,39,39 & 33 with the forth qualifier being Johns.
WEBSF Tournament Director said, “Another confident performance from Pinhey, if he can keep this form he will be a clear favourite for the title. Players are reminded to keep an eye on our website for the dates of the remaining events. If we can get back to the numbers we normally get for this tour there is still time for Mr Pinhey to be reeled in.” Details of this and other WEBSF tournaments can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 3
26th January 2013
Plymouth snooker prodigy Haydon Pinhey, continues to dominated the West of England Billiards & Snooker, Silver Waistcoat Tour by wining a third event in a row. He tops the ranking list, 740 points ahead of his nearest rival. Pinhey was matched in the final by Brett Broad from Redruth, who, despite losing on this occasion, climbed five places in the rankings. Pinhey posted a 68 break in the final after making breaks of 69 and a 75 earlier. The latter was enough to take the highest break prize on the day. In the semi final Pinhey beat another talented player from Plymouth, Dan Legassick. Afterwards Legassick paid tribute to the fine form Pinhey is producing this season. In the other semi final Broad beat Adam Lewin also from Plymouth.
The group stages were contested by sixteen players, each playing seven best of three matches to determine the four qualifiers. Pinhey dropped just one frame as he dominated group one and was joined by Broad who was the only player to take a frame off of Pinhey all day. Lee McArthur (Torbay) narrowly missed out by a single frame, finishing in third place. Brendan Isaacs (Redruth) edged out Tavistock cueist and newcomer Reece Watters for fourth place. Bradley Anderson (Tavistock) and Jamie Edwards (Camborne) were also playing in their first Silver Waistcoat event and showed much promise for future events. Group B went to the last match before Legassick could be declared the winner, he achieved this with breaks of 42, 44 and a 69 clearance. Lewin finished in second place, Chris Coumbe (Plymouth) third and Mitch Wood from North Devon fourth, aided by a 43 break. The event was marred by three players failing to present themselves for two final group matches without giving an explanation to the Tournament Director. Players must understand that registration of entry is a commitment to play all matches. Failure to do so, without good reason, is disrespectful to the organisers, who give up their time and incur personal expense without remuneration, also to their opponents who are deprived from a full compliment of matches.
WEBSF spokesperson said, “Haydon, is playing with an air of confidence, which if he can maintain, should see him win his first overall Silver Waistcoat title. It is also good to see new blood coming along to play on this tour, having watched them it’s clear that participation in a few more events should see them do well. It was disappointing that some players left early without an explanation. However, we do not intend to take the matter any further on this occasion and hope they continue to play in future tournaments.” Details of this and other WEBSF tournaments can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 4
(South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester)
OVERSEAS ACADEMY PLAYERS STEAL THE SHOW
9th March 2013
Visitors from Switzerland and France who have been practicing at the Academy in preparation for the World Under 21 championships have left for home but not before leaving their mark on the latest West of England Billiards & Snooker Silver Waistcoat Event. Alex Ursenbacher (Switzerland) was the man in form throughout the day. He cruised through the group and knock-out stages to reach the final making a pot full of breaks along the way,(42,45,53,57cl,63,65,78,86) and the highest of the day a fine 97 clearance. Joining him in the final was fellow countryman Nathanael Beckrich who just managed to qualified from a very strong group in fourth place before beating three times event winner and ranking table leader, Haydon Pinhey (Plymouth). He also beat two other top players, Marvin Losi (France) and Michael Rogers (Taunton) in the knock out stages. In the final Beckrich proved stamina plays an important part after a long day at the table edging out Ursenbacher 2-1, aided with a match winning 69 break in the final frame.
Pinhey still heads up the ranking table by a large margin of 640 points ahead of Dan Legassick (Plymouth). Ben Fortey, another talented player who regularly practices at the Academy, was short on breaks but nevertheless made light of the championship standard tables to win his group comfortably before he lost to Ursenbacher in the semi’s by the odd frame. Other players that qualified for the last 16 of the knock out stages were newbies to the WEBSF tournaments, Kiaran Dwyer (Gloucester) and Thomas Lancastle (Bristol). Both players demonstrated their ability in reaching the knock out stages and look as if they will influence future tournament outcomes. At just 14 years old, Reece Watters from Tavistock was another high achiever on the day, losing to seasoned player Rogers in the last 16 having qualified from his group in second place. Tom Vanstone (Plymouth) returned after a spell away from the WEBSF tournaments to narrowly loose to Fortey. Mitch Wood (Barnstaple) and Adam Lewin (Plymouth) won though to the quarters before losing to Ursenbacher and Fortey Respectively. Lee McArthur (Torbay) and last event runner-up Brett Broad (Redruth) were the final two to qualify from the groups only go out in the last 16.
WEBSF spokesperson said, “The fleeting introduction of players from overseas certainly had an impact on this event. However, they have influenced the overall ranking positions. They certainly added interest and provided good competition for the regulars. Haydon Pinhey is still in a very strong position and will take some stopping on route to the Silver Waistcoat title. New players Kiaran Dwyer and Thomas Lancastle showed enough to suggest they are good enough to possibly add a little twist during the final two events. Next Silver event is the 11th May 2013 again at the South West Snooker Academy” Details of this and other WEBSF tournaments can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 5
(South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester)
CRUCIBLE EXPERIENCE RUBS OFF ON ROGERS
11th May 2013
Michael Rogers from Taunton spent a few days at the Crucible, Sheffield recently watching the professionals at work. He obviously picked up a few good tips putting them to good effect as he cruised through to win the penultimate West of England Silver Waistcoat Tour event of the season. In the final he met North Devon potter Mitch Wood who was equally in good form. However, it was Rogers that took the match by storm, posting two fifty plus breaks to win 3-0. This elevates Rogers into fourth place in the rankings. Ahead of him are Wood, Dan Legassick (Plymouth) and the current leader Haydon Pinhey also from Plymouth, Pinhey fell to Legassick 3-2 in a closely fought match. However, reaching the quarters meant that Pinhey would be very much in the driving seat for his first Silver Waistcoat title going into the final event in June. Three event wins under his belt at the beginning of the season meant that the other players would have to win big to challenge him for the title. One player to watch out for next season will be Thomas Lancastle who moved up 15 places up the rankings as a result of another solid performance to reach the semi finals, Rogers ending his run of good form. Other qualifiers from the groups stages were Cornish contingent, Brett Broad & Brendon Isaacs and Plymouth player Adam Lewin.
In the group stages Pinhey posted the highest break of the day, a fine 73 on his way to wining group A. He also had breaks of 40,46 & 51. Second place was taken by Lancastle with a 36 break. Group B was won by Legassick with Isaacs runner-up. Wood won group C with Lewin a close second. Wood making breaks of 36 and 42. Rogers was untroubled in group D with only Broad putting up much resistance, these two qualifying and Rogers making a 70 break.
WEBSF spokesperson said, “Another three new players have arrived on the scene today, all gave good accounts and have hopefully enjoyed the experience. As with most sports, pitching your skills against the best exponents in your age group will reap the rewards of an improvement in your game. With one event left to play Haydon Pinhey looks poised to take the overall title. Looking back on his dominant form in the early part of the season he will be a little disappointed to lose in the quarters here today. However, he won’t be sitting on his laurels in the final event on June 8th, there’s a matter of the overall highest break prize to consider, which currently stands at 97 made by visiting Swiss player Alex Ursenbacher.” Details of this and other WEBSF tournaments can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Silver Waistcoat Tour – Event 6
(Plaza Snooker & Pool Club, Plymouth)
ROGERS FINISHES STRONG BUT PINHEY TAKES THE SILVER CROWN
22th June 2013
The final Silver Waistcoat Tour event of the season had to be re-scheduled, due to a full calendar of events at the South West Snooker Academy. The newly re-furbished Plaza Snooker & Pool Club, Plymouth came to the rescue and provided excellent facilities that included live streaming on the Internet of the final. All players responded to the superb conditions to produce excellent snooker throughout the day. Michael Rogers from Taunton continued his rich vein of good form to complete his season with a third successive West of England Billiards & Snooker tournament win. In the final Rogers was met by Jake Stewart from Truro. Stewart, playing in his first WEBSF event since last season due to educational commitments, produced solid snooker to reach the final. However, Rogers’ safety play proved to be the deciding factor to secure him victory. The semi-finals produced two very close finishes with Adam Lewin demonstrating that he is able to compete against the best under 22 players in the region, with a narrow 3-2 defeat against former two times Silver Champion Stewart. In the other semi-final Rogers and Haydon Pinhey battled to another deciding frame match which Rogers won 3-2. Pinhey posted a 30 break whist Rogers had a 35 & 49. Pinhey was a little disappointed at not reaching the final but such was his dominance earlier in the season, which saw him win three Silver Tour events in a row, that he finished top of the overall rankings by an impressive 740 points to take the coveted title of WEBSF Silver Waistcoat Tour Champion 2013. Rogers finished in second place edging Dan Legassick into third place by the closest of margins on event results count-back. Pinhey also took the highest break prize on the day with a century. This also secured him the overall tour highest break prize, further emphasizing his standing as one of the very best young players emerging from the region. Other players that did well to qualify from the group stages included Thomas Lancastle (Bristol), Aaron Cook (Gloucester) and Chris Coumbe & Dan Legassick (Plymouth).
In the group stages Legassick topped group A posting breaks of 40,44 & 69. Pinhey won group B with breaks of 37,38,42,51 & 100. Stewart won group C making breaks of 41 & 57, Rogers posting an 81 and in group D Lancastle made 32 & 36. New players Ricky Stuberfield and Ryan Smith both performed admirably on their first outing and will hopefully be back for more.
WEBSF spokesperson said, “Another great win for Michael Rogers that promises even better things for him next season but let’s not forget the way in which Haydon Pinhey dominated the early part of the season and finished a worthy champion. Both these players along with Dan Legassick are showing great promise. Following closely behind are several other players who will re-set their sights and no doubt challenge hard next season. This season more than ever shows that if you provide the right environment, along with quality conditions and well run tournaments players will respond with great attitudes and quality snooker. To have The Plaza Snooker & Pool Club and the South West Snooker Academy as two quality venues is a real bonus and we hope to alternate tournaments between the two. The WEBSF thank them both for their sponsorship throughout the season.” Details of this and other WEBSF tournaments can be found on http://www.websf.co.uk, WEBSF Facebook or by contacting Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995.
Report by Steve Canniford
Adam Lewin – 42
Aiden Johns – 40,40
Alex Ursenbacher – 97cl,86,75,65,63,57cl,53,45,42
Chris Coumbe – 51,32
Connor Arthur – 30
Daniel Legassick – 86,69c,69,51,44,44,42,40,40,39,38,38,38,36,36,35,35,34,34,34,30,30,30
Haydon Pinhey – 100,76,75,73,70,70,69,68,66,53,52,51,51,51,49,46,46,42,41,41,40,40,38,38,37,30
Jake Frank – 32
Jake Stewart – 57,41
Jay Bullen – 68,68
Mitch Wood – 53,52,44,43,42,39,39,36,33,30,31
Nathanael Beckrich – 69,47
Michael Rogers – 81,70,62,57,55,55,49,39,35
Thomas Lancastle – 36,32,31