REMINDER! SWDSL AGM – Tuesday 25 June 2013

Just a quick reminder that the AGM of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden District and Snooker League will be held at Saffron Bowls Club on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 7.30pm.

The formal AGM Agenda will be issued on the night, however as per previous posts we are looking to recruit new Committee Members, as well as fill the positions of Tournament Secretary and League Secretary which are both up for re-election.  The duties associated with these roles will be discussed at the AGM.

The AGM Agenda is as below, the Proposals to changes to the current League Rules are as SWDSL News Post dated 2 June 2013 and are also page-1

SWDSL AGM – Proposals To Change League Rules

The following proposals for changes to the League Rules are to be voted upon at the AGM.  These are proposed by the Committee.

1. Amendment to Rule 4 – ‘The League Management Committee shall elect their own Chairman on an annual basis following the AGM each year.’

2. Amendment to Rule 4 – Add ‘Fixtures/Results Secretary’.

3. Amendment to Rule 12 – ‘The offending team shall pay the sum of £15 to a Three Player Team / £20 Four Player Team as a contribution towards their expenses if they fail to turn up to a match and the non offending team is already at the league venue, or cancel a match after 6.30pm on the evening of the match. Such expenses shall be paid within 28 days to the non offending Captain.’

4. Amendment to Rule 15 – Add ‘League Fees for the season together with any Tournament Entry Fees for the season shall remain payable in full.’

5. New Rule 4b – ‘Committee Members shall be required to attend a minimum of 50% of Committee Meetings. Unless otherwise agreed, non compliance may result in the Committee Member being asked to stand down from the Committee with immediate effect.’

6. New Rule 12a – ‘In the event of a league match or tournament round being played at an alternative venue due to the home table being unavailable, the original home player/team shall remain as such for the purposes of the order of play and payment of any table fees.’

7. Amendment to Rule 6 – Add ‘Players must register separately to play in both the Three Player Division and the Four Player Divisions. Failure to do so will result in a 1 point penalty being applied to the offending team for each player who plays for them if they are not registered to that team in that division. A player who plays in both divisons shall pay only one player registration fee.’

8. New Rule 12b – ‘For a match to be confirmed via text, email or other electronic communication as either being cancelled and/or rearranged for a new date, such communication must be acknowledged in writing by either the Captain or Vice Captain of the other team for it to be deemed as agreed.’

Local Player Hammad Miah Joins The World Snooker Main Tour!

Congratulations to Hammad Miah in qualifying from Q School – Event One to become a Snooker Professional on the World Snooker Main Tour with a two year card for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.  Hammad impressed his rivals by winning five straight matches at Q School to earn him a well deserved place on the World Snooker Main Tour.

qschool results

Hammad is one of our young ex-league players who used to play for Old Harlow War Memorial and helped them win the league a couple of seasons ago.  He first played the game under the watchful eyes of ex-snooker professional Jason Pegrum at Pockets Snooker Club at Ware and having first picked up a cue in 2001, has turned professional within 12 years, a remarkable achievement.  As an amateur player in 2012, Hammad reached the Southern Final of the English Amateur Championship and also the Semi Final of the IBSF World Under 21 Snooker Championship in China.

This month Hammad will join around 120+ other snooker professionals on the Main Tour on a two year contract and the new flat draw format in place for the first round of many of the events could see him playing household names on a regular basis.  Look out Ronnie O’Sullivan!

Hammad told World Snooker in a recent interview;

“It feels amazing to be on the tour. I have put in a lot of hard work for this. A few players were saying this week they thought I would get through, but I just had to avoid distractions and try to win matches. There were a few nerves today but I am mentally strong.

“I know it’s going to be really tough on the tour and I have seen other players struggle. But I want to do something, I won’t be there just to make the numbers up.”

Hammad’s first match as a professional snooker player in a world ranking event is in round one of the Wuxi Classic against World Number 35 Jack Lisowski, matches are being played between 27-29 May 2013.  The Wuxi Classic is the first event to use the new 128 flat structure for ranking tournaments, with all players starting in the first round.  The winners of the qualifying matches will go through to the venue stage in Wuxi, China, from 17-23 June 2013.

Hammad is managed by his good friend and mentor Steve Bothwell of Bullet Brickwork (UK) Ltd.  If any companies or individuals are interested in sponsoring Hammad for a particular event then please contact Steve Bothwell on 07957-123411 for further details.  Packages can be tailor made to suit your requirements and budget.

We will keep you updated with Hammad’s progress.  Good luck from us all at SWDSL!  You can follow Hammad on Twitter @HammadMiah147

Please see Q&A Interview below which was written in October 2010hammad.