World Snooker Coach Andrew Green Wins Memorial Cup

Sunday 30 November 2014 saw the Memorial Cup Tournament [sponsored by Saffron Walden based taxi company Crocus Cars] held at Saffron Snooker Club with another new format being tried out, Round Robin Handicap Singles.

With the tournament only attracting 22 entrants on the day out of the 32 hoped, the entrants were split into two groups of 11 players.  Each played one frame against everyone else in their group and the winner and runner up from each group qualified for the semi finals.  For only £10 for a minimum of 10 frames of snooker the tournament proved fantastic value for those that entered.

To ensure the rounds flowed, all frames started at the same time and a 30 minute time limit was put on each frame which added to the tension as the minutes ticked by towards the end of each round.  Out of the

With a few twists, turns and all manner of possible scenarios going into the final 2 rounds, Chris Patient and Andrew Green emerged from Group 1 and Mark Patmore [aka Potmore] and Simon Chapman came through in Group 2.

The 1 frame semi finals saw Andrew Green and Simon Chapman tussling on the pink and black with Andrew booking his place in the final after potting the pink, and Chris Patient and Mark Patmore battling it out on the other table with Chris eventually emerging victorious.  All 4 semi finalists were strong in their respective groups and played very consistently all day.

Photo:  World Snooker Coach Andrew Green and Chris Patient shake hands prior to the final

WP_20141130_001In the final, Chris went 1-0 up and given the form he had showed during the day seemed assured of clinching victory, but Andrew’s consistent cue action helped him level at 1-1 and then secure victory in the deciding frame to run out a 2-1 winner.

The high break prize for the tournament went to Adam Ingram with 53.

Whilst the new format ran smoothly and was a success on the day with everyone enjoying the snooker, the Committee had hoped for more support for this change in format.  With the 3 man team and scotch doubles formats being tried in previous seasons and themselves being not very well supported, it would be a shame if this tournament were to be removed from the season calendar.  One to discuss at the AGM…

Many thanks to all those that turned up on the day to support the tournament, and a special thank you to Des and Mark Cooper for kindly hosting at Saffron Snooker Club.  The tournament was run by Dan Lewis and Adam Ingram.  Thanks also to Dan for refereeing the final.

Following the conclusion of the group stage rounds, an auction took place for a pair of tickets for the Masters Snooker Tournament in January…after a slow start a bidding war broke out and after several outbids, Martin Capdeville’s was the winner with a generous £60 bid.  The money goes to Diabetes UK in memory of John Webb.

 

Halls & Westwood Storm To Memorial Cup Victory In Final Round Thriller

Sunday 24 November 2013 saw the Memorial Cup Tournament held at Saffron Snooker Club with a new and exciting format, Scotch Doubles.

With 16 entrants on the day, the 8 doubles pairings played 7 round robin matches of one frame, with the winner of the group taking the title.  To ensure the rounds flowed, all frames started at the same time and a 30 minute time limit was put on each frame which added to the tension as the minutes ticked by towards the end of each round.  Normal doubles handicaps were used for each pairing but due to the reduced potential scoring ability of the format they were halved which gave everyone a fair chance of competing on a level playing field.

Going into the final round, Halls & Westwood had 5 points, closely followed by Saville & Turner, Rule & Gibson and Spackman & Cooper all on 4 points.  With the final round already pre-drawn at the start of the day, Saville & Turner played Rule & Gibson for a potential 5 points total hoping that Halls & Westwood lost their final round, but in a twist, they were playing Spackman & Cooper who were also on contention for the title.  In a potential winner takes all for Halls & Westwood or face a three way play off, they continued the consistent form shown throughout the day and pulled another frame win out the bag storming to victory over Spackman & Cooper and took the title winning 6 out of 7 frames during the tournament.  Rule & Gibson finished runners up with 5 points by beating Saville & Turner in the final round.

The high break prize went to Saville & Turner who clicked into gear with an excellent 37, no mean feat when taking alternate shots!

The new format was a roaring success on the day with everyone enjoying the tournament.  The Committee hope for continued support from league players next season so we can continue this new tournament format and build on the success.  If you weren’t able to come along on Sunday, get 4 players together and try it in your own club the next time you are looking for something different to do!

Many thanks to all those that turned up on the day to support the tournament, and a special thank you to Des and Mark Cooper for kindly hosting at Saffron Snooker Club.  The tournament was run by Peter Saville, assisted by Stuart Turner and Mark Cooper.

The winners, Mark Halls and Ben Westwood kindly donated their prize money to the Christmas Charity Raffle so stand a chance of winning one of the two pairs of afternoon/evening session tickets available to see The Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Palace in January. Lucky numbers for the raffle can be bought at Saffron Snooker Club at £2 each.  Each pair of snooker tickets is worth £90 so well worth a flutter given also that all proceeds will be donated to a charity which will be chosen by the winners of the Memorial Cup Mark and Ben.

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