UPDATE: SWDSL 2019/20 League Season

I thought it was now appropriate to give all league members a further update on the plans for the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League going forward.  This is still fluid and very much a moving target but some outline principles have been discussed and agreed between the team Captains and the Committee which are worth sharing.

During the past 5 months since our suspension in March 2020, the Committee have been closely monitoring the return professional sports, including the World Snooker Tour and I’m sure you all recently enjoyed watching the World Snooker Championship.

In June 2020, the Committee undertook a consultation with all team captains in both disciplines to gauge teams thoughts in relation to the options available as and when we are in a position to safely recommence.

In summary, generally due to the fact that both Divisions were in the final stages of the 2019/20 league season when the suspension came into being, it was felt appropriate that as and when we can safely recommence to complete these together that we should, together with all tournaments prior to starting a new league season.  To help with this in case some teams struggle for players post COVID, I propose to relax the minimum number of players that are required to participate in league matches in both divisions. To be confirmed by the Committee, this is likely to be a minimum of 2 players for either division without penalty.

It is currently increasingly likely that the 2020/21 league season won’t be held as timescales will not sufficiently allow following the completion of the 2019-20 league season.  As you aware, our league season usually commences in the first week of September and completes by the end of May the following year.

As at the date of this post [31 August 2020], it is pleasing to see that the majority of league venues have reopened their bar facilities to their members.  Understandably though at this time, only a handful are allowing use of their snooker facilities and if they are have stringent COVID-safe procedures in place.  Not all venues are currently allowing visitors to use their facilities.  It would be preferable for the 2019/20 league and tournaments to be completed as and when such restrictions have been substantially relaxed or removed entirely.  The timescale for this is still unknown but it may be towards the end of 2020 or early 2021, watch this space!

Following the completion of the 2019/20 league season, the Tournament Sub-Committee will gauge interest and look at the logistics of running either some or all of the tournaments during the usual 2020/21 season time period if these can be scheduled in so the season isn’t entirely lost.  Also following completion of the current season, the Committee will request Team & Player Registrations for the 2021/22 league season and the AGM will be held.  The 2021/22 league season will then commence from September 2021 and run through to May 2022.

Please bear with us during these difficult times.  We would welcome any members feedback, comments or thoughts on the above, so please do not hesitate to contact either myself directly or the League Secretary Simon Chapman via the SWDSL email address.

Many thanks,
Peter Saville
For and on behalf of the SWDSL Committee

Temporary Suspension of SWDSL Activities

The Committee of the SWDSL have given the matter due consideration and decided that it is in the best interests of all members to suspend all league/tournament activities with immediate effect with the current COVID-19 situation starting to affect our day-to-day lives.

We appreciate that over the next few weeks and months some league members and their families may have to self-isolate and playing snooker will not be high on their list of priorities.

We will give at least 7 days notice for the restart and the fixtures and tournament dates will be updated.  If you have already arranged to play in a tournament quarter final and wish to continue with your match then that will be your choice/risk to do so.

This has not been an easy decision for us to take and appreciate that not all of you will be in agreement with this decision but the well-being of our members must come first and the disruption to the league fixtures/tournaments will be dealt with down the line as and when the whole picture becomes clearer to us all.

More updates to follow as and when appropriate.

Many thanks,
Peter Saville
For and on behalf of the SWDSL Committee

REMINDER: League Cup – Quarter Finals Round [to be played w/c 13 April 2020]

The League Cup Drawsheet for the Quarter Finals Round is online and all matches are to be played during w/c 13 April 2020.  All matches are to be played on the home team’s usual home league night and must be played during the scheduled league cup week or the team cancelling will forfeit the match.

Monday 13 April 2020 is Easter Monday and therefore a bank holiday.  As a couple of matches fall on this date the Committee wishes to clarify that if both Captains agree to rearrange their match, this can be played during any other evening during cup week or any evening prior to cup week.

To view the drawsheet click here.

Quarter Finals Round – All Tournaments

The drawsheets for the Quarter Finals Round of the Handicap Singles, Handicap Doubles, Scratch Singles, Scratch Plus Singles and John Webb Plate are now updated on the league website.  Please note that all matches are to be arranged by 14 March 2020 and played by 28 March 2020.

Please could the winner of each match report the result directly to the Tournament Secretary Stuart Turner or post on the SWDSL WhatsApp Group within 24 hours to enable the tournament drawsheets to be updated for the next round.

Should you encounter any issues in trying to contact your opponent then please contact Stuart Turner on 07879-463089.

JP’s Austin Wilkinson Wins The 2020 President’s Cup

The Annual President’s Cup, sponsored by Refurb & Development Ltd was held on Sunday 2 February 2020 at JPs Snooker & Pool Club, Harlow, Essex.

The handicap singles best-of-3-frames event was well supported with a field of 28 league players in attendance, all hoping to be the next name engraved on the prestigious President’s Cup.

Battling through the field of players, it was JP’s own Austin Wilkinson and Whittlesford’s Sam Duce that prevailed through to the final.  Sam was on form and hot favourite going into the final having made the highest break of the day with 60 in one of the earlier rounds, and he carried this confidence into the final and made an early start racing to an easy 1 nil lead.  Austin’s tenacity however allowed him to fight back in frame 2 and clear the last five colours to make it 1-1.  The deciding final frame in the best-of-three final was a scrappy affair with neither player able to dominate.  Sam took the lead and going into the colours, Austin needed them all to win.  After some nervy safety play it was Austin that prevailed and managed to skilfully pot the last remaining balls to get over the line and to win the 2020 President’s Cup, his first tournament win in the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League.  Austin is certainly an up and coming player and looks set to be collecting more silverware in the future.

Austin Wilkinson 2-1 Sam Duce

Tournament High Break: Sam Duce [Whittlesford] 60

2020 President’s Cup finalists Austin Wilkinson & Sam Duce

Austin mentioned after the final that he had to thank Jason Pegram for the use of his cue which he’s been using recently to great effect, apparently this is the cue that Jason used when he was a professional and its made over 20 maximums breaks, can Austin add to that tally going forward or will Jason now want it back!

Austin received the £80 Winners Prize together with a pair of Afternoon / Evening session tickets to the 2021 Masters Snooker Tournament, Sam received the consolation of the £40 Runners Up prize.  Both of the losing semi finalists, Stewart Hart & Leon Mozejko each received £10.

2020 President’s Cup Winner Austin Wilkinson giving us an idea of the size of trophy he might like to receive on Finals Night in May!

Some photos of the event are on the SWDSL Instagram account, and all trophies will be presented at the Annual Presentation/Finals Evening at JPs Snooker & Pool Club at the end of the Season.

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker League would like to thank Refurb & Development Ltd for their continued sponsorship of our flagship tournament, Jason Pegram & JP’s Snooker & Pool Club for providing the venue, Alex & Jack for the expert preparation of the tables, and Tournament Director Stuart Turner ably assisted by Stewart Hart in ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly.