Unstoppable Norwich Notch Up A Hat-Trick Of Saffron Walden Challenge Titles


The 2015 Saffron Walden Challenge Snooker Tournament, once again kindly sponsored by Bushwood Accountants took place at the Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre, Cambridge on Sunday 22 February 2015.

With Braintree Snooker League unfortunately having to pull out of the tournament on the Saturday evening due to player illnesses, defending champions Norwich took on teams from the surrounding snooker leagues of Saffron Walden, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Chelmsford, Ipswich and South Beds in this annual round robin tournament where teams of 3 players play 2 frames back-to-back against their opposite number from each team.

Going into the final round of the tournament, South Beds, Saffron Walden and Cambridge were all tied on 19 points,  with defending champions Norwich on 18, Ipswich on 14, Milton Keynes on 10 and Chelmsford on 9 points.  With three teams potentially all in contention for the title [Cambridge had a bye round] there was a tense atmosphere as the final round commenced, but defending tournament holders Norwich Snooker League again proved worthy winners to retain the Saffron Walden Challenge title with 24 points and notch up a hat-trick of titles since first entering the tournament in 2013.  South Beds Snooker League finished as runners up with 22 points, ahead of hosts Saffron Walden Snooker League who finished in third place with 21 points.

Winners – Norwich Snooker League [left to right – Grant Miles, Nick Spelman and George Pragnell]




Runners Up – South Beds Snooker League with sponsor Darren Edmonston of Bushwood Accountants




Final Standings :
Norwich 24,
South Beds 22
Saffron Walden 21
Cambridge 19
Ipswich 18
Milton Keynes 13
Chelmsford 9

Adam Ingram, Tournament Secretary would like to thank Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre for providing the venue for the event, Darren Edmonston of Bushwood Accountants for once again sponsoring the tournament, and Committee Members Pat Manley and Steve Stalley who did a superb job of keeping account of all the frames won and lost and ensuring the scoreboard was kept up to date.

Norwich’s Captain Nick Spelman, had a fantastic tournament winning 10 out of the 12 frames he played as well as securing the Tournament High Break with a superb 139.

Player Of The Tournament / Tournament High Break : Nick Spelman (Norwich) 139



Hexagon Invitational Amateur Snooker Tournament – Sunday 12 October 2014

As many of you will know entry into this prestigious snooker tournament is by invitation only and all players must be amateurs.  The event is sponsored by Kevin Starr’s company Hexagon Consulting and is being held at Saffron Snooker Club on Sunday 12 October 2014, play commences from 10am.

The Hexagon is now considered to be one of the three most important amateur events in England, along with the EASB English Amateur Championship and the Snookerbacker Classic.

This year four players from our league are taking part, Jonathan Wells, Russell Huxter, Adam Ingram and Graham Driver.

Some of the top names taking part include former professionals Martin O’Donnell, Jamie O’Neill, Nick Spelman and last years winner George Pragnell.  This years entrants also include some of the best amateur players from recent World Snooker PTC events namely Zak Richardson, Matthew Day and Matt Glasby.

The event starts at 10am this Sunday, so please get yourself down to Saffron Snooker Club to show one of our league members Kevin Starr your support, along with our league players, and I promise you are sure to see some top class snooker.

Adam Ingram

**13.10.14 Post Update**
George Pragnell 3-0 Jon Parkin

Semi Finals
Jon Parkin 3-0 Russell Huxter
George Pragnell 3-1 Courtney Symons

Quarter Finals
Russell Huxter 3-1 Matt Day
Jon Parkin 3-0 Aidan Owens
Courtney Symons 3-1 Matt Willard
George Pragnell 3-1 Adam Ingram

Tournament Highest Break : George Pragnell 91

Hexagon Consulting  http://www.hexcl.co.uk/


Venue Address : Saffron Snooker Club, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3AQ
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