Captain’s Draw: Congratulations to Masters Ticket Winners Steve Burford and Phil Chapman

The league has once again purchased tickets for both the afternoon and evening sessions for the Masters Snooker Tournament on Tuesday 16 January 2018 at the Alexandra Palace in North London;

The following league players have already won tickets through winning tournaments;

President’s Cup Winner [March 2017] – Alex Clenshaw & Guest

Memorial Cup Winner [November 2017] – Simon Giblin & Guest

In addition to Alex and Simon, all the team captains for both the Three Player and Four Player Divisions were ‘put in the hat’ on the 18 December 2017 and the lucky winners pulled out were Phil Chapman and Steve Burford.  Both can also bring a guest along with them.

The matches they will see on Tuesday 16 January 2018 are;
1pm:  Ronnie O’Sullivan v Marco Fu
7pm:  Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson


SWDSL Retain 2017 Bishop’s Stortford Challenge Title

The annual Bishop’s Stortford Challenge, sponsored by Carriage’s of Eden End Ltd took place at the JP’s Snooker & Pool Club at The Stow in Old Harlow on Sunday 2 April 2017.  The team singles event contested between the Bishop’s Stortford & District Snooker League and the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker league was represented by five league players each comprising of players handicapped between -10 and +10.

After a great day of snooker enjoyed by all, the Saffron Walden team played a solid final round winning 7 of the 10 frames to win the tournament by 31 frames to 19 and complete a hat trick of wins on the spin having won the event in both 2015 and 2016.

Saffron Walden team & frames won:
Peter Saville                7/10
Aaron Gibson              7/10
Bob Burling                 6/10
Kevin Starr (Capt)       6/10
Andy Marshall            5/10

Peter Saville and Aaron Gibson shared the honour of the ‘Player of the Tournament’ Award with both winning 7 out of 10 frames. Aaron also won the ‘High Break’ Award with a 31 after both himself and Peter Saville had both knocked in 30 breaks early in the tournament.

The Committee of the SWDSL would like to thank JP’s Snooker & Pool Club for providing the venue and food for this event, our sponsor Carriage’s of Eden End Ltd, SWDSL Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram for running the tournament, the players who represented the Saffron Walden league and finally the Bishop’s Stortford & District Snooker League who played their part in a spirited and competitive tournament.

‘Ace Alex’ Wins The 2017 President’s Cup And Ingram Retains The Plate!

The Annual President’s Cup, sponsored by Refurb & Development Ltd was held on Sunday 12 March 2017 at Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex.  The handicap singles best-of-3-frames event was supported with a strong field of 33 league players in attendance, all hoping to be the next name engraved on the prestigious President’s Cup.

Quarter Finals:
Richard Breen -17 1-2 Mark Halls +13
Phil Chapman +6 2-1 Kevin Calver +37
Alex Clenshaw -2 2-1 Rob Spackman -25
Steve Stalley +14 1-2 Bill Clenshaw +6

Semi Finals:
Alex Clenshaw 2-0 Bill Clenshaw
Phil Chapman 1-2 Mark Halls

With 15 year old Alex being on razor sharp form having entered a junior tournament the day before knocking in a 76 break, the final was rather one sided and he won comfortably 2-0.  Mark however showed great consistency during the tournament having been runner up in the tournament last year.  Alex received the £50 Winners Prize together with a pair of Afternoon / Evening session tickets to the 2018 Masters Snooker Tournament next January.  Mark received the consolation of the £25 Runners Up prize.  Both of the losing semi finalists, Bill Clenshaw and Phil Chapman each received £10.

Alex Clenshaw 2-0 Mark Halls

2017 President’s Cup Winner Alex Clenshaw presented with the main trophy by sponsor Refurb & Developments Ltd’s Nick Selvey and SWDSL President Dan Lewis.

2017 President’s Cup Runner Up Mark Halls

Plate Tournament
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.  16 players entered and it was Adam Ingram and Andrew Green who got through to the final.  Adam won the final 2-1 to retain the title he won last year.

Adam Ingram’s break of 62 in the plate final secured him the £10 Tournament High Break prize.  See below for all the recorded breaks over 25.

Plate Tournament Semi-Finals:
Aaron Gibson -10 0-1 Adam Ingram -61
John Manley -14 0-1 Andrew Green -7

Plate Final:
Adam Ingram 2-1 Andrew Green

For those that didn’t manage success on the snooker tables, a chance to go home with a raffle prize still offered some consolation which this year included a £20 Prezzo gift card, £20 Pizza Express gift card, £10 Costa Coffee gift card, a case of Stella Artois, a case of Magners cider, a mixed case of Real English Ales, bottles of red and white wine, and various boxes of chocolates/biscuits.

Some photos of the event are on the SWDSL Facebook Page, and all trophies will be presented at the Annual Presentation/Finals Evening at Saffron Snooker Club.

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker League would like to thank Refurb & Development Ltd for their sponsorship of our flagship tournament, Saffron Snooker Club for providing the venue, Mark Cooper for preparing the tables, and Dan Lewis for refereeing the two finals.  Thanks also to our Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram and Assistant Tournament Secretary Stuart Turner for ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly on the day.

Recorded breaks over 25 :
Adam Ingram 62, 54, 46, 38
Richard Breen 53
Alex Clenshaw 41, 39, 39
Peter Saville 28

Refurb & Development Ltd
Contact: Nick Selvey 07802 796567 / email:

2017 President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 12 March 2017

The 2017 President’s Cup, sponsored by Refurb & Development Ltd will be held on Sunday 12 March 2017 at Saffron Snooker Club.  Registration is from 10.00am with the draw taking place at 10.30am sharp.  The entry fee as previous seasons is £10 (Juniors aged 14-18 years old are £5) which includes your table light all day, and also includes a free entry into the Plate Tournament for the First Match losers.  All rounds of the main tournament are best of three frames, with the Plate being one frame throughout including the final.  All matches are 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.
Prize money and trophies will be on offer and a raffle will also be held on the day.  If any members or clubs would like to donate a prize for the raffle then please feel free to bring along or hand to any member of the Committee prior to the day, all will be very much appreciated.

Please text Adam Ingram on 07901-723360 prior to the day to reserve your place, please pay on the day.

The Prize Fund will be split as follows;
Winner £50 + a pair of Afternoon / Evening session tickets to the 2018 Masters Snooker Tournament
Runner Up £25
Losing Semi-Finalists £10
High Break £10
Plate Winner £20
Plate Runner Up £10

A poster is available to print here or from the league website.  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.

Refurb & Development Ltd
Contact: Nick Selvey 07802 796567 / email:

Captain’s Draw: Congratulations to Masters Ticket Winners Andy Marshall and Steve Stalley

On Monday 19 December 2016 a draw took place at Dunmow Club for two pairs of tickets for the Masters Snooker tournament on Monday 16 January 2017.  The tickets purchased by the league are for both the afternoon and evening sessions for the lucky winner and a guest.  All the team captains for both the Three Player and Four Player Divisions were ‘put in the hat’ and the lucky winners pulled out are Andy Marshall – Takeley Cueballs and Steve Stalley – Saffron Flukes.  Joining them on the day will be Spike Braybrooke who won a pair of tickets for winning the Memorial Cup held in November.

The matches they will see on Monday 16 January 2017 are;
1pm: John Higgins v Mark Allen
7pm: Stuart Bingham v Joe Perry

In the last couple of years, both Stuart Bingham and Joe Perry have attended our annual Finals / Trophy Presentation evening as our guest of honour.