The Annual President’s Cup, sponsored by Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd was held on Sunday 25 January 2015 at Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex. The handicap singles best-of-3-frames event was well supported with a strong field of 37 league players in attendance, all hoping to win the first prize of £60 and be the next name engraved on the prestigious President’s Cup.
In the first semi final, Jack Squires took on Chris Patient receiving a 34 headstart, whilst Adrian Shoebridge had a 19 point headstart against Richard Breen. After a long battle Adrian beat Richard 2-1 with a brown-to-black-clearance after coming to the table 21 points behind with 22 on in the deciding frame. In the other semi final at 1-1, Chris needed just pink and black to win and having been left with the pink ball close to the corner pocket dragged the cue ball off line trying to hold for the black to hand Jack simple pots on the pink and black for victory and a place in the final.
With Adrian giving an 18 point headstart in the best-of-3 final, some spectators thought that given the way Jack had played all day that it may be too much but Adrian produced the type of snooker needed to take the match to Jack and in the end secured a comfortable 2-0 win to take the President’s Cup title and collect the £60 first prize. Jack received the consolation of the £30 Runners Up prize. Both of the losing semi finalists [Patient and Breen] each received £10.
Those players who got knocked out in their first playing round got a free entry in the Plate Tournament with one frame being played in each round including the final. 16 players entered and it was Mark Halls and Richard Livings who got through to the final.
Richard having won the Handicap Singles Plate tournament in 2007 again won the one-frame-winner-takes-all-final to add the President’s Cup Plate title to his collection along with the £10 first prize.
Chris Patient’s break of 65 secured him the £10 Tournament High Break prize. See below for all the recorded breaks over 25.
For those that didn’t manage success on the snooker tables, a chance to go home with a raffle prize still offered some consolation, and just before the quarter finals the draw took place. Prizes included a box of luxury chocolates, a box of finest Scottish Shortbread, a Men’s hair clippers set, 3 bottles of red wine, 2 bottles of white wine, a bottle of champagne, a case of Stella Artois, a case of Budweiser, a case of Becks, various bitters, an LED head torch, a £20 Prezzo voucher and a wireless mouse. With pancake day on the way, the very apt booby prize was pancake mix and a jiff lemon won by Mark Cooper.
Some photos of the event are on the SWDSL Facebook Page, and all trophies will be presented at the Annual Presentation/Finals Evening on Saturday 30 May 2015 at Saffron Snooker Club.
The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker League would like to thank Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd for their continued sponsorship of our flagship day tournament, Saffron Snooker Club for providing the venue, Mark Cooper for preparing the tables, and Steve Stalley for refereeing the final. Thanks also to our Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram, Assistant Tournament Secretary Stuart Turner, Treasurer Peter Saville and Committee Member Stewart Hart for ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly on the day.
Recorded breaks over 25 :
- Chris Patient 65
- Adam Ingram 49, 38, 34
- Rob Spackman 32
- Richard Breen 32
- David Tedman 28
Link to sponsors website : www.bullet-brickwork.co.uk