Fundraising for The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation

You may have seen it in the news last week, the tragic story of a 24 year old footballer collapsing playing the sport he loved and sadly passing away.  He left behind a loving family who are devastated and shocked at his passing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37367137

On Monday 12th September 2016 Dan was playing for Shaw Lane AFC in a cup tie at Brighouse Town FC when he suddenly collapsed, despite heroic efforts by medical staff from both teams along with paramedics, they were unable to save Dan.  He had an underlying heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopath (AVRC), this is the same disease that caused former footballer Fabrice Muamba to retire in 2012 when he collapsed playing at Tottenham.   This is an inherited condition that causes the replacement of cardiac muscle with fibrous, fatty tissue, normally in the right side of the heart, it causes the walls in the heart chamber to become thin and stretched, impacting how the blood is pumped around the body causing abnormal heart rhythms.

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The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation has been set up to raise funds to save young sportsmen’s lives!  The foundation is supported by the FA and county FA’s, with every penny going towards screenings for footballers at all grass roots levels.  Money will also be provided to assist clubs in purchasing Defibrillators and providing training in CPR.

Below is a link to the justgiving crowdfunding page that has been set up if you would like to donate to this worthy cause.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danwilkinsonfoundation

Article written by: Alex Murray

 

An Interview With…..You?

A couple of seasons ago we start a feature called ‘An Interview With…..’ where league players past and present filled in a questionnaire and gave us an insight into their own snooker journey.

We would like to resurrect this feature and detail below the questions – so if any players would like to be featured on the website then please cut and paste into an email and send to Peter Saville at swdsl@live.co.uk

> 1- how many years have you been in the league?

> 2-how many clubs/teams have you played for?

> 3-do you have a snooker nickname,& if so what is it?

> 4-what is your favourite current league venue?

> 5-what is your favourite venue no longer in the league?

> 6-what do you think was/is the leagues best era, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or 2000 onwards?

> 7-what is your greatest league achievement?

> 8-who is your favourite professional player?

> 9-who do you think is the greatest player in league history?

> 10-who has been your toughest opponent over the years?  

> 11-what is your highest practise break?

> 12-what is your highest competitive break?

> 13-if you could win a trophy this season which would it be & why?

> 14-if you could take a part of another league players game what would it be and from whom?

> 15-have you played against a professional and if so who? And how did you get on?

2016/17 League Season – Registered Players Contact List

The Registered Players Contact List which includes the Captains/Vice Captains for each team has been updated for the 2016/17 league season. As last season, this document is password protected and the password has been updated for the new season. If you need a reminder then please contact us via email at swdsl@live.co.uk or text/WhatsApp Peter Saville.

Please could all players check that their own contact number is correct as these will be used for the tournaments.  If we don’t have your number listed or it has changed then please contact us.

New League Venue: JP’s Snooker Club

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker Club are pleased to welcome JP’s Snooker Club to our league as a new league venue for the 2016/17 league season.

Following the closure of The Stow Snooker Club, our reigning Scratch Singles champion Jason Pegram took on the task of breathing a breath of fresh air into a run-down and tired old building and having completely gutted it, has transformed it into a new, modern and family friendly venue for snooker with 5 full sized tables.  The grand opening of JP’s is on Saturday 10th September 2016 and is being opened by none other than the 6 times World Champion Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis [ticket only event].

The jewel in the crown of JP’s is a superb match table which was used at the World Snooker Championships final in 2009 when John Higgins beat Shaun Murphy 18-9.  By the end of the year, the club will also have several pool tables on the floor above and a poker room with regular tournaments being run.  Parking is available via an adjacent ‘Pay and Display’ car park which is free in the evenings.

We wish Jason and all those involved with JP’s every success for the future!

The address of the club is;
JP’s Snooker Club
(above Dorrington’s)
The Stow
Harlow, Essex. CM20 3AP
Google Map – http://tinyurl.com/hbuojqc

2016/17 League Season – Reporting Of League Match Results

With both the Three Player and Four Player Divisions commencing next week, please could all Captains remember that league match results must be reported in a timely fashion in accordance with league rules.

Rule 10 – ‘One point shall be deducted from the Home team’s accrued points total to date should the league not be notified of a league match result within 48 hours of the match taking place. Notification shall be made via text message to Cathy O’Neill, email to swdsl@live.co.uk or the website Results Form.’

This rule was brought in as several home team captains were persistently late in letting us know their match results which meant that the league tables could not be updated on a regular basis.

For the new season to assist with the reporting of results and handicaps, we have now set up a WhatsApp group, so if someone at the match could also take a photo of the results card and send it to the group we can keep the handicaps macro up to date also.  It also helps as a record if the original results card goes missing!  If you aren’t already added to the group please message either Cathy O’Neill or Peter Saville and we will add you to it.

Please note that league match results no longer need to be sent to Adam Ingram as Cathy will now be compiling the league tables each week.

The John Webb Plate Final

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League are pleased to announce that it was agreed at the AGM that all future finals of the John Webb Plate will be held at Newport Club in honor of John who was to many ‘Mr Newport Club’.  Unlike other finals where a player can request a neutral venue if a home player reaches the final,  should a Newport Club player reach the final, then this venue will remain.  We are sure that all players past and present will see this as an appropriate and fitting tribute.

2016/17 League Season – Player Handicaps

**Updated 30.08.16**

Below are the Player Handicaps for the first half of the 2016/17 league season.

Please could all team Captains check that all their registered players have been allocated a handicap.  Should you find any anomalies or have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Cathy O’Neill in the first instance via swdsl@live.co.uk

2016/17 Handicaps – 30.08.16
Players Name: Handicap
ARCHER D 35
BANKS S 21
BARKER P -1
BELTON C 59
BOTHWELL J 16
BOTHWELL S -7
BRAYBROOKE M 16
BREEN R -14
BULL P 7
BURFORD D 37
BURFORD S 19
BURLING B -6
CALVER K 45
CALVER L 54
CAPDEVILLE M 24
CARR A 37
CHABAUTY R 2
CHAMBERS M 39
CHAPMAN M 35
CHAPMAN P 2
CHAPMAN S 6
CLARK C -6
CLARKE G 37
CLARKE L 26
CLENSHAW A 18
CLENSHAW B 6
COLLINS A -5
COOPER M 17
CORBISHLEY M 30
COVILLE L 51
CRACKNELL B 18
CROXFORD I -36
CUNDALL K 33
DRIVER G -37
DUCE S -20
EDMONSTON D -44
ELLET C 33
ELSOM K 7
EXLEY N 14
FANTHORPE J 17
FINDLAY D 22
FITZWILLIAM D 9
FOX B 41
GIBLIN S -17
GIBSON A -8
GILDER J 28
GILDER L 27
GREEN Andrew -13
GREEN Alan 44
GREGSON T 33
GRIGGS N 20
HALLS M 15
HARRIS D 22
HART S 15
HEWITT S -14
HOBDAY C 27
HOUSTON C 7
HUGHES T -4
HUNT S 22
HUXTER R -55
INGRAM A -57
JENNER BAILEY 15
JONES J -33
JONES P 55
JONES R -6
KEEBLE G -50
KENNY I 45
KEPHALAS R 24
KIDMAN R 4
KING A 14
LAWRENCE M 1
LEAVERS R -21
LEESON T -17
LEWIS D 27
LEWIS T 26
LIVINGS R 50
LOVEDAY R 35
LOVELL B 6
MALYON R 19
MANLEY J -12
MANLEY P -32
MARSHALL A 3
MARSHALL S 15
MARTIN S 25
MIDDLEDITCH T 10
MOONEY D -28
MORTIMER D 17
MOULES Jack 26
MOULES James 36
MOZEJKO L 14
MURDOCH C 33
MYALL R 27
NEWMAN D 22
NORMAN L 42
NORMAN P 45
O’NEILL C 43
O’NEILL K 32
OXBORROW N 31
PAINOT S -25
PARADINE B 42
PARADINE S 7
PARFITT B 20
PARKER J 18
PARRISH S 0
PARSONS T -1
PATMORE M 6
PATTEN R 38
PEARCE M 26
PEGRAM J -62
PILAY U -25
PINNOCK D 27
POWELL B 25
PRENTICE P 11
PULLUM B 4
RAWLINGS I 32
RICHARDSON K 30
ROSE D 28
RULE K 23
RULE P 47
SAVILLE P 0
SAWYER J 34
SAWYER T 21
SELVEY N 0
SEWELL R 31
SHOEBRIDGE A -3
SLEEMAN Mick 30
SMITH M 9
SOWMAN J 40
SPACKMAN D 24
SPACKMAN R -27
SPEED M 21
STALLEY S 12
STARR K 0
STARR M 45
TEDMAN D 2
TURNER S -31
WARD S -3
WATSON G -12
WELLS A 32
WELLS J -51
WESTWOOD B -8
WHITE M -16
WILKINSON A 0
WILLIS R 13
WILSON S 8
WINGATE R 28
WINTER N -9
WOOD D -3
WRENTMORE J 27
WYATT T 48
YOUNG J 14

2016/17 League Season – Tournament Entry Form

Captains – Entries are now open for all tournaments for the new season, the Tournament Entry Form can be found be below.  Please include a contact number for all players being entered and also ensure that your players have read the Tournament Rules and can make all the dates set in the Season Calendar for the various semi-finals and finals.

Deadline for receipt of entries is Sunday 25 September 2016.

Tournament Entry Form http://form.jotformeu.com/form/42135584314350

Tournament Rules https://swdsl.co.uk/tournament-rules/

Season Calendar https://swdsl.co.uk/swdsl-season-calendar/

SWDSL 2016 AGM – Changes To League Rules

At the AGM in July 2016, the following Resolutions were voted upon and agreed by those league members who attended the meeting.  The League Rules document will be updated on the website to reflect these changes.  Please can all Captains make their players aware of these changes so there are no issues during the forthcoming league season, thanks.

1. Amendment to Rule 2 – Proposed by the Treasurer
OMIT ‘All fees due to the League must be paid by 31st December at the latest. Failure to do so will result in a £10 fine.
ADD ‘All league, tournament, sponsorship and any other fees payable to the League shall be due for payment no later than 30 days from the invoice date. At the discretion of the Treasurer, overdue invoices shall be subject to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, with interest being added at the Bank of England Base Rate + 8%.’ RESOLUTION CARRIED

2. Amendment to Rule 27 – Proposed by the Committee
ADD ‘Scratch Singles’ to the existing rule – ‘In order for a player to be eligible to enter and play in the Scratch Plus Singles or President’s Cup Tournament’s, they must have played in a minimum of either 3 league or cup matches in the first half of the season.’
RESOLUTION CARRIED

3. Amendment to Rule 27 – Proposed by the Committee
OMIT ‘When assessing the handicap of a pair of players their combined handicaps are divided by two and rounded up to the nearest whole number.’
ADD ‘When assessing the handicap of a pair of players their combined handicaps are divided by two and rounded towards zero.’
RESOLUTION CARRIED

4. Amendment to Rule 28 – Proposed by the Committee
ADD ‘which shouldn’t be the same day of the week and only one date should be a weekend’ to the existing rule – ‘It is the responsibility of the home player to advise the away player of three dates when the home table is available to play the match…..’
RESOLUTION CARRIED [Post Meeting Note at the EGM dated 26.07.16, Rule 28 Amendment was withdrawn]

5. Add New Rule 11A – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘As a minimum for all league matches and tournaments, all Clubs should provide a snooker table that has been brushed and ideally ironed, together with a set of clean Aramith snooker balls’. RESOLUTION CARRIED

6. Add New Handicaps Rule 6 – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘Any player not deemed by the Handicaps Committee to be on the correct handicap for their current ability may be subject to an exceptional manual handicap review at any point during the season. Such ad-hoc adjustments are to be agreed by the Committee’. RESOLUTION CARRIED

7. Add New Handicaps Rule 7 – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘any player conceding a frame with sufficient points available shall not have that frame count towards their handicap (or that of their opponent), and one point will be deducted from their team’s accrued total to date’. RESOLUTION CARRIED

2016/17 League Season – League Officers and Committee Members

Further to the AGM held on Tuesday 5 July 2016, Cathy O’Neill was re-elected as Fixtures/Results Secretary and Stewart Hart was re-elected onto the Committee. The co-option of Simon Chapman as League Secretary was also approved. The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League are also pleased to welcome on board Trevor Parsons as a new Committee Member.

For the 2016-17 League Season, the Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker League consists of the following Officers and Committee Members;

League Officers;
Life President – Dan Lewis
Chairman – Dan Lewis
League Secretary – Simon Chapman (Whittlesford)
Treasurer / Website Administrator – Peter Saville (Dunmow Club)
Fixtures / Results Secretary – Cathy O’Neill (BSRBL)
Tournament Secretary – Adam Ingram (JP’s Bandits)

Committee Members;
Stuart Turner – Assistant Tournament Secretary (Dunmow Club)
Stewart Hart (Saffron Snooker Spiders)
Steve Stalley (Saffron Snooker Flukes)
Richard Sewell (Widdington Warriors)
Stephen Burford (Takeley Chipmunks)
Phil Chapman (Whittlesford)
Trevor Parsons (Takeley Chipmunks)

It is important that any queries or issues are directed to the correct person. The main day-to-day work is generally undertaken by the Simon Chapman, Cathy O’Neill, Adam Ingram and Peter Saville whose roles and responsibilities are as follows;

League Secretary – Simon Chapman – please email swdsl@live.co.uk
All matters concerning the general running of the league on a day-to-day basis, any queries concerning league rules and regulations etc.

Fixtures / Results Secretary – Cathy O’Neill
Any queries in relation to league fixtures, league match results, player registrations and handicaps, cancellation and/or rearranging of league matches.  Collation of league results and production of league tables.

Tournament Secretary – Adam Ingram
All matters relating to all tournament and competition entries, results and draw sheets including the President’s Cup, Memorial Cup, Saffron Walden Challenge, Bishop’s Stortford Challenge and League Cup.  Adam is also our EASB tournaments liaison officer.

Treasurer / Website Administrator – Peter Saville
Any matters in relation to the finances of the league and the administration/content of the league website, facebook page or twitter account.

2016/17 League Season – Three Player/Four Player Fixtures and Handicaps

The 2016/17 League Fixtures for both the Three Player Division and Four Player Division have now been finalised and uploaded to the league website.  The Player Handicaps for the first half of the season will be uploaded shortly.

Should you have any queries with either the fixtures or handicaps then please contact the Fixtures/Results Secretary Cathy O’Neill in the first instance.

Outcome Of The Extraordinary General Meeting Held On Tuesday 26 July 2016

At the EGM on Tuesday 26 July 2016, the following matters were voted upon and agreed by the members present together with the online votes received prior to the meeting.

1. Newport Club’s late entry into the Three Player Division – accepted by majority vote
2. Three Player Division to comprise of 16 teams in 1 division – accepted by majority vote
3. Three Player Division to comprise of 8 teams in 2 divisions – rejected by majority vote
4. Amendment to Rule 28 voted upon at the AGM – accepted to withdraw the AGM amendment and stay with the original rule wording

NOTICE : Extraordinary General Meeting – Tuesday 26 July 2016 [Vote online here if you cannot attend]

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League hereby give notice that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at the Bishop’s Stortford Royal British Legion on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7.45pm.  All registered league members are invited to attend, however as the matter to be discussed concerns the Three Player Division, only those players registered to play in the Three Player Division shall be entitled to vote on the proposals below.

Prior to the date of the AGM, the Committee had received 15 team entries for the Three Player Division.  Post AGM, we received a late entry from a team that hadn’t been able to confirm their entry in time.  This raises several matters to be discussed at the EGM and to be voted upon as detailed below;

  1.  Do the league members wish to accept the late team entry into the Three Player Division for the 2016/17 League Season?                                                                                                                   
    Note:  Team entries were requested to be submitted by the date of the AGM.                   
    Accepting this team entry means that 16 teams will be registered in total.                                       
    If 16 teams are then registered for the Three Player Division, do the league members wish to have;
  2. 1 division of 16 teams which will result in a longer league season?
    or
  3. 2 divisions of 8 teams, with promotion and relegation between the divisions?                         
    Teams will play each other twice home and twice away like the Four Player Division.

Given the importance of the above for the Three Player Division, we hope that as many registered players (or at least a representative from every team) will make the effort to come along to this EGM so that a full and constructive discussion can take place, and a democratic vote on the future structure of the Three Player Division be taken.

If you are not able to attend but still wish to vote on the above, please click here to vote online.

Separate to the above, the Committee would like to withdraw a rule proposal put forward and agreed at the AGM;
Amendment to Rule 28 – Proposed by the Committee ADD ‘which shouldn’t be the same day of the week and only one date should be a weekend’ to the existing rule – ‘It is the responsibility of the home player to advise the away player of three dates when the home table is available to play the match…..’

Should you have any queries on the above prior to the EGM then please do not hesitate to contact the League Secretary.

2016/17 League Season – Please Submit Your Team & Player Registration Form

It’s that time of year again!  Reminder to all team Captains that the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League require your 2016/17 Team & Player Registration Form to be submitted and received by 5 July 2016.  The online form can be completed in a few minutes via the league website and automatically submits your entry to us so no scanning/emailing/posting required!

Click here to complete and submit your form now!

Should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact Peter Saville, many thanks.