NOTICE : Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 12 July 2022

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League hereby give notice that the Annual General Meeting will be held at Takeley Sports & Social Club on Tuesday 12 July 2022 at 8pm.  All registered league members are invited to attend, and all teams that intend to compete next season should send along at least one representative.  It is a compulsory requirement that a representative of any NEW teams and clubs attend so their application to join the league can be approved by the membership.

Should any member wish to submit an item for the Agenda or propose either an amendment to an existing league rule or propose a new league rule, these must be received by the League Secretary Simon Chapman no later than 28 days prior to the AGM which is Tuesday 14 June 2022.

Please send any items/proposals via email to swdsl@live.co.uk or via the Online Form on the league website, and we will confirm receipt.

The Committee are considering proposing a change to the current application of the Miss Rule to alleviate the judgement part for the referee as to whether a miss should be called or not based upon the players ability.

We are considering applying the full miss rule as used in the professional game with the caveat that there will be a maximum of three miss calls in any given situation and a miss will not be called following a fourth failed escape. Thereafter the normal foul rule applies and the non-offending player has the option to play from where the balls have landed or ask the offending player to play again, thus no advantage should be gained from where the balls finish after the failed fourth attempt.

Changing the current application that we have would ensure that the miss rule can be applied by all referees consistently throughout the league every time a player fails to hit a ball on. It is currently not being applied fairly or consistently due to the wide range of players abilities in the league and both players and referees having a difference of opinion on whether a snooker is easy or difficult to escape from.

We would welcome any thoughts or alternative proposals that you may wish to put forward on this prior to the proposal being finalised and voted upon at the AGM.

Should you wish to discuss any matters prior to them being submitted then please do not hesitate to contact either the League Secretary or any member of the Committee.

**CANCELLED** 2022 President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 3 April 2022

Unfortunately due to only receiving 9 confirmed paid entries, the President’s Cup has been cancelled for this season. For those that entered, please contact the Treasurer, Peter Saville with your bank details and he will arrange for your entry fee to be refunded. The Committee will review the format of this tournament for next season to see whether it can be incorporated as a tournament held over the season (as the Handicap Singles is) rather than as a day tournament which may help secure more entries.

Quarter Finals Round – All Tournaments

The drawsheets for the Quarter Finals Round of the Handicap Singles, Handicap Doubles, Scratch Singles and Scratch Plus Singles are now updated on the league website.  Please note that all matches are to be arranged by 14 March 2022 and played by 28 March 2022.

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.

As per previous seasons, the Tournament Secretary respectfully requests that all players that are still in the Quarter Finals of either the Handicap Singles, Handicap Doubles, Scratch Plus Singles and Scratch Singles to check the drawsheet to ensure that they are available to play on the dates listed for the semi-finals or final for that tournament.  Tournament dates are set in stone and will not be changed if you cannot make it – whatever your reason may be.

If you are not available then please do not play your Quarter Final match – inform the Tournament Secretary and you will be withdrawn from the tournament.

It is not fair on your opponent to play a Quarter Final match and win knowing that you cannot make either the semi-final or final.  Any players doing so will be illegible to enter the same tournament next season.

League Rule Clarification: Playing a League Match with a Player Short

Following recent confusion between team Captains with regards to the correct procedure to follow when playing a league match with a player short, the Committee wish to clarify the league rules and how they should be followed.

With regards to the Three Player Division, the team attending the match with a player short, ie two players writes down the order of play for the first four frames in the usual way, either first as the home team, or after as the away team. The non-offending Captain then selects one of the two players in the offending team to play either a further two frames (ie four in total) to replace the player 3, or can choose for both players to play an extra frame each (ie three in total). This selection can be done at the start of the match OR after the first four frames have been played. In accordance with league rule 21, the match result in points won shall stand but the offending team shall be deducted two points from their aggregate total.

With regards to the Four Player Division, this follows generally the same principle as the Three Player except the non-offending Captain selects one of the three players in the team that is a player short to play an extra frame. Again, this can be undertaken at the start of the match or after three frames have been played. In accordance with league rule 18, the match result in points won stands but the offending team shall be deducted one point from their aggregate total.

With COVID restrictions now being eased across the country, the Committee are from w/c 7 February 2022 reinstating penalty point(s) deductions for teams playing with one player short.

**RE-SCHEDULED** 2022 President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 3 April 2022

The 2022 President’s Cup will be held on Sunday 3 April 2022 at JP’s Snooker & Pool Club. Registration is by payment in advance by Sunday 27 March 2022, the £10 entry fee includes your table light all day.

The draw for the tournament will be made in advance of the day and the first round of matches will take part on a staggered start basis.  Players will be advised in advance of the approximate time that they need to arrive at JP’s.  The initial 5 matches will start at 10am.  All rounds of the tournament are best of three frames including the final.   All matches are to be played off of second half league handicaps.

In accordance with League Rule 27, in order for a player to be eligible to enter and play in the President’s Cup Tournament, they must have played in a minimum of either 3 league or cup matches in the first half of the season.

The £240 Prize Fund* will be split as follows;
Winner: £120 [50%]
Runner Up: £60 [25%]
Losing Semi-Finalists: £30 [12.5% each]

*based upon 24 entrants, final prize fund allocation to be adjusted pro-rata should not all places be filled. Minimum 16 entrants required for the tournament to be held.

Trophies for the Winner and Runner Up will be presented at the Finals / Trophy Presentation evening in May.

Entry will be limited to 24 players on a first come, first paid in advance basis.  Entries opened on Sunday 2 January 2022 at 10am and will close on midnight on Sunday 27 March 2022.  No entries will be accepted either before or after the above dates and any invalid entry monies received will be refunded.  Should we receive more than 24 entrants, we will add the names to the reserve list and contact players in order prior to the day should anyone who has paid drop out.  If your entry is surplus to the 24 confirmed entrants following the draw being undertaken your entry fee will be refunded.  In all other circumstances entry fees are non-refundable. 

Venue: JP’s Snooker & Pool Club
Date: Sunday 3 April 2022
Club opens from: 9.30am
First 5 matches start: 10am
Matches 6-10 start approx: 11.30am, players to arrive by 11.00am in case previous matches complete early
Matches 11-16 onwards start approx: 1pm, players to arrive by 12.30pm ditto above

Due to the tournament being limited to 24 entrants, entries must be made in advance of the day.  You can secure your place by paying the £10 entry fee via the payment link posted on the SWDSL WhatsApp Group or by requesting the payment link via email swdsl@live.co.uk.  When making your payment please use your name as the payment reference.

You can pay for 1 other player only at the time of your own entry – please email swdsl@live.co.uk to let us know who you have paid for.

Please remember all entries are only secured once payment has been received.  A list of entrants will be added this webpage below as entries are received.

It would be appreciated if all clubs and team captains could encourage as many of their players to enter and help make this year another successful tournament.

25.03.22 – Confirmed Entrants

  1. Leon Mozejko
  2. Jamie Sanderson
  3. Phil Chapman
  4. Sam Duce
  5. Aaron Gibson
  6. Bill Clenshaw
  7. Ellis Pridmore
  8. Rob Jones
  9. Tony Fillocco

2022 President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 30 January 2022

The 2022 President’s Cup will be held on Sunday 30 January 2022 at JP’s Snooker & Pool Club. Registration is by payment in advance by Sunday 23 January 2022, the £10 entry fee includes your table light all day.

The draw for the tournament will be made in advance of the day and the first round of matches will take part on a staggered start basis.  Players will be advised in advance of the approximate time that they need to arrive at JP’s.  The initial 5 matches will start at 10am.  All rounds of the tournament are best of three frames including the final.   All matches are to be played off of second half league handicaps.

In accordance with League Rule 27, in order for a player to be eligible to enter and play in the President’s Cup Tournament, they must have played in a minimum of either 3 league or cup matches in the first half of the season.

The £240 Prize Fund* will be split as follows;
Winner: £120 [50%]
Runner Up: £60 [25%]
Losing Semi-Finalists: £30 [12.5% each]

*based upon 24 entrants, final prize fund allocation to be adjusted pro-rata should not all places be filled. Minimum 16 entrants required for the tournament to be held.

Trophies for the Winner and Runner Up will be presented at the Finals / Trophy Presentation evening in May.

Entry will be limited to 24 players on a first come, first paid in advance basis.  Entries open on Sunday 2 January 2022 at 10am and will close on midnight on Sunday 23 January 2022.  No entries will be accepted either before or after the above dates and any invalid entry monies received will be refunded.  Should we receive more than 24 entrants, we will add the names to the reserve list and contact players in order prior to the day should anyone who has paid drop out.  If your entry is surplus to the 24 confirmed entrants following the draw being undertaken your entry fee will be refunded.  In all other circumstances entry fees are non-refundable. 

Venue: JP’s Snooker & Pool Club
Date: Sunday 30 January 2022
Club opens from: 9.30am
First 5 matches start: 10am
Matches 6-10 start approx: 11.30am, players to arrive by 11.00am in case previous matches complete early
Matches 11-16 onwards start approx: 1pm, players to arrive by 12.30pm ditto above

Due to the tournament being limited to 24 entrants, entries must be made in advance of the day.  You can secure your place by paying the £10 entry fee via the payment link posted on the SWDSL WhatsApp Group or by requesting the payment link via email swdsl@live.co.uk.  When making your payment please use your name as the payment reference.

You can pay for 1 other player only at the time of your own entry – please email swdsl@live.co.uk to let us know who you have paid for.

Please remember all entries are only secured once payment has been received.  A list of entrants will be added this webpage below as entries are received.

All entrants to confirm on the day that they have undertaken a lateral flow test within the last 24 hours and have tested negative.

It would be appreciated if all clubs and team captains could encourage as many of their players to enter and help make this year another successful tournament.

16.01.22 – Confirmed Entrants

  1. Leon Mozejko
  2. Jamie Sanderson
  3. Paul Hodgskin
  4. Phil Chapman
  5. Sam Duce
  6. Aaron Gibson
  7. Bill Clenshaw

League Cup – Last 16 Round [w/c 13 Dec ’21]

UPDATE: Thursday 9 December 2021

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The League Cup Drawsheet for the Last 16 Round is online and all matches are to be played during w/c 13 December 2021.  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.  The Quarter Finals will be played w/c 28 March 2022.  The drawsheet will be updated after the Last 16 Round.

Please could all home Captains remember to post the match result card on the SWDSL WhatsApp Group.

To view the drawsheet click here.

Submitting Your Match Result

Now we are back playing league snooker again in both divisions, just a reminder to all Captains that the Result Card needs to be posted by the HOME CAPTAIN on the SWDSL WhatsApp Group within 48 hours of the match taking place. We have been lenient in the first couple of matches whilst we we get back in the swing of playing etc but thereafter from 1 November in accordance with league rules, one point will be deducted from the Home team’s accrued points total to date should Results Cards not be posted in time. These are needed so the League Tables and Handicaps can be kept up to date. For those Captains who don’t use WhatsApp or don’t have access to their phone on the night of the match, any member of either the home or away team can post the results card on the WhatsApp Group or can email a pdf copy or photo to swdsl@live.co.uk.

With regards to the Results Cards, historically these used to be professionally printed for us on card and then Captains would post them each week via snail mail to the Fixtures / Results Secretary. We have now used up all of our old stock of these cards and as results are now posted via the WhatsApp Group, should you need to, copies can be printed directly from the website under the FORMS section. Click here also to print/download the Results Card.

Last 64 / Last 32 Rounds: Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles

The drawsheets for the Last 64/32 Rounds of the Handicap Singles and Last 32 Round of the Handicap Doubles are now available to view on the league website.

Please note that the Last 32 matches of the Handicap Singles and Doubles are to be arranged by 14 November 2021 and played by 28 November 2021.

Opponent contact numbers and the combined doubles handicaps can be found on the Player Contacts List in the Tournaments menu. 

Please could the winner of each match either report the result to the Tournament Secretary Stuart Turner on 07879 463089 or post on the SWDSL Results/Info WhatsApp Group within 24 hours to enable the tournament drawsheets to be updated for the next round.  Following the completion of each round, the next round will be randomly drawn.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our two tournament sponsors, Mullucks Wells and The Fleur De Lys at Widdington.

It is preferable that the home player(s) will make initial contact with the availability of their own home table giving at least three dates to their opponent(s).  Please remember that it is the responsibility of both players/doubles pairings to contact each other to arrange their matches.  

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

2021/22 League Season – Fixtures & First Half Player Handicaps

The 2021/22 League Fixtures for both the Three Player Division and Four Player Division have now been finalised and uploaded to the website.  The Player Handicaps for the first half of the season have also been uploaded.

The Three Player Division commences Monday 11 October 2021.

The Four Player Division commences Wednesday 6 October 2021.

Should you have any queries with either the fixtures or handicaps then please contact the Fixtures/Results Secretary Aaron Gibson in the first instance via email swdsl@live.co.uk.