29th May 2010
After a long day on the green baize at Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth two young Plymouth starlets Dan Legassick and Haydon Pinhey met in the final of the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation Regional Bronze Waistcoat Tour Championship. Legassick took the initiative by wining the first frame. In the second Pinhey looked like levelling when only requiring blue to win. However, a miss from Pinhey saw Legassick pounce to clear pink and black and draw level on frame points. This set up an exciting re-spotted black ball end to the frame which Legassick took to win the match 2-0 and lift the prestigious title of WEBSF Regional Bronze Waistcoat Champion 2010. In the semi final Legassick made short work in beating Adam Lewin, Plymouth 2-0 while Pinhey was given the run around by George Leakey, Falmouth before wining 2-1. To reach the semi’s Legassick beat tough opponent Carl Mitchell from Redruth and Pinhey beat the equally tough Cameron Wilson also from Falmouth. Lewin beat team mate Chris Coumbe but the shock result of the quarters was Leakey’s defeat of Exeter Bronze Champion and overall highest break winner (77) Michael Rogers from Taunton.

The group stages went mostly to form. In the toughest group Rogers finished top with just one frame lost and breaks of 77,56,43 & 35. Second place went to Pinhey making breaks of 36,31 and a 27 clearance. Mitchell came third and Coumbe won his last match 2-0 to edge out two good Cornish players Locryn Van Der Veld and Falmouth tour winner Aiden Johns. In group B Legassick edged Lewin into second place on aggregate points count-back. Legassick made breaks of 55,51 & 32. Lewin made two 25 breaks, Wilson took third place and Leakey fourth.

A Plate tournament was held for those that did not manage to qualify for the main tournament. This was won by Cornish Youth Champion, Brett Broad from Redruth. Broad beat Cody Hall, Plymouth 2-0

The tournament was sponsored jointly by Baulkline Snooker SW, Rileys (Plymouth) and the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation. Over 20 trophies and awards were presented by Jim Curtain (Rileys Club Manager). Tournament Director Wayne Branton said “This year we have seen a slight drop in entrants but the overall standard of the players continues to improve year-on-year thanks to the hard work of the players that have been coached and encouraged by Paul Williams (Proprietor of Bells Court Snooker Club, Falmouth), Paul Broad (Redruth), Steve Brookshaw, Wayne & Deborah Branton and Darren Hall (Plymouth). Add to this WEBSF structured coaching schemes and you have a recipe for success.”

Report by Steve Canniford

Bronze Waistcoat Tour Finals Day Results 2009-10

Adam Lewin – 25,25cl

Carl Mitchell – 48

Dan Legassick – 55,51,32

George Leakey – 24

Haydon Pinhey – 36,31,27cl

Cameron Wilson – 20

Michael Rogers – 77,56,43,35

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