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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President’s Cup Success For Mark Halls And Joe Fanthorpe

The President’s Cup, sponsored by Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd was held on Sunday 28 April 2013.  A strong field of 34 descended on Saffron Snooker Club and before the tournament got underway a one minute silence was held in respect of John Monk who had sadly passed away a few days earlier.

The tournament on the day was run by Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram, who was assisted by Stuart Turner.  The first round draw threw up a couple of exciting matches and it soon became clear that one half contained the majority of the minus handicapped players, with the other half mainly plus.  With Adam Ingram being in the half with the plus players and with the 85 maximum start rule in play, Adam seemed favourite to progress well through the field but crashed out in the first round leaving the draw wide open.

The Quarter Finals shaped up with Pat Manley v Peter Saville, Stuart Turner v Micky Cushion, Richard Livings v Phil Chapman and Mark Halls v Neil Winter.  With all matches being won 2-0, Manley took on Turner in the first semi final whilst Halls took on Chapman.  Whilst both Turner and Chapman had chances, the two in form players on the day, Pat Manley and Mark Halls came through to meet in the final.  Both players have shown good form either in the league or in tournaments this season but it was Mark Halls who battled through to win the President’s Cup 2-1 and collect the £75 first prize, with Pat receiving a consolation of £40 Runners Up prize.

Those players who got knocked out in their first playing round got a free entry in the Plate Tournament with one frame being played in each round including the final. The semi finals lined up with Adam Ingram taking on Michael Spackman, and Brendan Marling taking on Joe Fanthorpe.  Both Michael and Joe made it through to the final and Joe continued a fantastic run of form on the day by beating Michael to win his first tournament and collect the £20 first prize.

Trophies will be presented at Presentation Evening on Saturday 18th May 2013 at Saffron Snooker Club.

Recorded breaks over 25 :

Peter Saville 28, Kevin Starr 37, Pat Manley 42, Stuart Turner 48, Adam Ingram 79 and 100.

Adam’s century break secured him the £10 High Break Prize.

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker League would like to thank Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd for their continued sponsorship of our flagship day tournament, Saffron Snooker Club for providing the venue, Mark Cooper for preparing the tables and refereeing the final, and finally Adam Ingram and Stuart Turner for running the event.

Link to sponsors website :
http://www.bullet-brickwork.co.uk