Win Masters Snooker All Day Tickets – Monday 12 January 2015

SWDSL Masters Tickets Charity Raffle
Entrants to pick a number(s) from a list held at Saffron Snooker Club at £2 per number.

The draw is for a chance to win one of two pairs of All Day Tickets worth a total of £80 to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions of the Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Place on Monday 12 January 2015.  We have two pairs in total to raffle so there are two chances to win!

A third pair of tickets will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the Memorial Cup on Sunday 28 November 2014.

All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the winner of the Memorial Cup.  A random draw for the two pairs of tickets will take place on Sunday 21 December 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.

Please contact Mark Cooper at Saffron Snooker Club to purchase your lucky numbers.  This raffle is open only to registered league members.

Good luck!

Miss Rule Clarification – Snookers Required

Following a recent Miss Rule debate at Saffron Snooker Club during a league match, please find below an extract from the current World Snooker Rules which gives clarification of calling a ‘foul and a miss’.  A miss shall not be called where as a result of the foul being committed the player then requires snookers, or already requires snookers prior to committing the foul.

14. Foul and a Miss
(a) The striker shall, to the best of his ability, endeavour to hit the ball on or a
ball that could be on after a Red has been potted. If the referee considers
the Rule infringed, he shall call FOUL AND A MISS unless:
(i) any player needed penalty points before, or as a result of, the stroke
being played;
(ii) before or after the stroke, the points available on the table are equal
to the points difference excluding the value of the re-spotted black;
and the referee is satisfied that the miss was not intentional.
(iii) a situation exists where it is impossible to hit the ball on.

In addition, please could all players also remember this important part of the snooker etiquette during all league matches;

As a player taking part in the match but not in a particular frame, or as a watching spectator ;
– do not offer shot advice (coaching) during a frame to either player
do not get involved with refereeing decisions/scoring mishaps unless your advice is requested by the referee

 

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**
Final
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/

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Venue Address : Saffron Snooker Club, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3AQ
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Singles Tournament Success For Wells, Parradine and Selvey!

Saturday 17 May 2014 saw the remaining three Singles finals being played out to a conclusion at Saffron Snooker Club, below is a brief report on each final.

Scratch Plus Singles Final – Nick Selvey v Andy Webb
In the afternoon Nick Selvey and Andy Webb locked horns in the Scratch Plus Singles final and the match was nip-and-tuck all the way through with Selvey initially going 1-0 up [59-15], only to lose the next two frames [52-62, 19-34] to go 2-1 down.  Selvey dug deep to level the match at 2-2 [59-46] in a close frame, and managed to continue momentum to also win the final frame 78-51 and the match 3-2 overall.  Congratulations to Nick in what has been an up-and-down season for him, and commiserations to Andy who by contrast has had an excellent run of form this year and knocked in the joint highest break of 46 in the tournament.
Dan Lewis officiated.

Handicap Singles Final – Steve Parradine v Joe Fanthorpe
With neither player not known for their quick style of play, this match was always going to keep the table light on for a couple of hours!  Joe ‘raced’ into an early lead after the opening frame took around one hour to take the frame [71-49], and Steve ‘quickly’ replied after the second hour had passed to level at 1-1 [67-46].  After a brief comfort/buffet break, the match resumed and Steve ground out frame three 68-55.  With his nose in front, momentum seemed to swing his way and Steve secured victory 74-40 in frame four to win the match 3-1 after around four hours of play and to take the Handicap Singles title.  Both players showed incredible stamina and the match was played with a lot of grit and determination.  Congratulations to Steve who has had his best ever season in the league and richly deserves his ‘Three Player Division – Player of the Year’ Award.  Commiserations to Joe who had a fantastic second half in the league and won the President’s Cup plate.
Mark Cooper refereed and Stewart Hart scored the match.

Scratch Singles Final – Jonathan Wells v Darren Edmonston
Given the form both players have shown in the second half of the season and commencing at 6.30pm in a best-of-seven final, many had thought that by 9pm we would have a winner…however for the first time in league history the Scratch Final went the distance not only in frames, time (4 hours), but right down to the final black!

With both players struggling to find their form, frames were traded all the way through the match.  Darren took the first frame after a lengthy safety exchange [71-37, breaks DE28] and Jonathan levelled at 1-1 [69-41, breaks JW32, DE30].  Jonathan then took the lead in the match 2-1 [58-37] and the players took a 15 minute comfort/buffet break to collect their thoughts.

On the re-start, an in-off on the black by Darren forced a re-spotted black which he coolly potted to take the frame [72-65, breaks JW46, DE25].  Darren continued the momentum winning the next [63-23] to lead 3-2 and one frame away from victory, but a nicely constructed break of 52 by Jonathan once again levelled the match at 3-3 [78-6, breaks JW52].

With a final frame decider in play Darren again seized the initiative but in going down to the colours and trailing after potting the blue, Jonathan need pink and black for victory.  In potting the pink, Jonathan tried to move the black off the side cushion but narrowly missed it and instead attempted a double to the corner pocket which came very close.  Further attempts by both Darren and Jonathan eventually ended with Jonathan dispatching a mid range black into the corner pocket for a deserved 4-3 victory.  On the night both players didn’t play at their best by any stretch of the imagination and it was one of those matches apart from the final ball there was nothing to separate the two players.  Congratulations to Jonathan in winning the Scratch Singles title once again, the last time being in 2004/05.  Darren is also a former winner from the 2008/09 season.
Dan Lewis officiated.

The DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League would like to thank Saffron Snooker Club for providing the tables for these finals, and to Dan Lewis, Mark Cooper and Stewart Hart for their officiating duties.

 

‘Play The Snooker Professionals Charity Day’ – Sunday 23 March 2014

Building on the success of last years event where over £700 was raised, Saffron Snooker Club and local businessman Kevin Starr are proud to once again host the ‘Play the Snooker Professionals Charity Day’ in aid of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund featuring World Snooker Professional Snooker Players Martin ‘the MOD’ O’Donnell and Allan ‘the Albino Assassin’ Taylor.

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Venue:                 Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex. CB11 3AQ

Date:                    Sunday 23rd March 2014

Time:                    1.00 pm – 6.00 pm

A unique opportunity for local snooker players of all abilities to play a handicapped frame of snooker against a World Snooker professional – or simply come along and watch – and support a great local charity.  You can turn up on the day or pre-book your frame by contacting Saffron Snooker Club on 01799 513094 or via email saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.

The cost per frame for Juniors is just a donation of £2 to the Charity, Adults is £5 donation per frame.

The event is open to all, don’t worry if you don’t have a snooker cue, we have one you can use.

To add a bit of spice this year, all challengers will be given a handicap when they play the professionals based on their highest break.  Anyone that beats the pros will go into a draw at the end of the day for the chance to win a cash prize of £50!

On the day there will also be a raffle with top prizes, including tickets to a World Snooker tournament, complimentary use of holiday chalet on the Norfolk coast for a week, free snooker coaching sessions,  snooker related prizes and much more.

The pros will be playing between 1.00 and 3.00 and again between 4.00 and 6.00.  In between there will be some fun ‘pay and play’ competitions (clear the colours in the fastest time – that sort of thing), and of course the draw for the raffle prizes.

A licensed bar, soft drinks, tea, coffee and food will be available all day.

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To find out more about the work of the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund please visit their website www.ethanrees.org or email them at enquiries@ethanrees.org

We hope that you can pop into Saffron Snooker Club and support this event.  If you would like to donate a raffle prize then please contact Kevin Starr on 07713-640265 or bring into Saffron Snooker Club either before or on the day – thank you!

To open and view/print a poster for this event please click here!

REMINDER : President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 26 January 2014

The President’s Cup will be held on Sunday 26 January 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.  Registration is from 10.30am with the draw taking place at 11.00am sharp.  The entry fee as previous seasons is £10 which includes your table light all day, and also includes a free entry into the Plate Tournament for the First Round losers.  All rounds of the main tournament are best of three frames, with the Plate being one frame throughout including the final.

The Prize Fund breakdown is as follows;

Winner £60, Runner Up £30, Losing Semi-Finalist’s £15, Plate Winner £20, Plate Runner Up £10, High Break £10.

The event is once again being kindly sponsored by Bullet Brickwork (UK ) Ltd.  Prize money and trophies are available 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 Peter Saville 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.

Our sponsor’s website can be found at http://www.bullet-brickwork.co.uk  For further information on the services that can be provided by Bullet Brickwork (UK) Ltd, please contact Steve Bothwell on 07957-123411.

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Juniors Snooker Open Day At Saffron Snooker Club – Sunday 12 January 2014

To encourage the next generation of snooker players, Saffron Snooker Club will be holding a free Open Day for Junior Snooker this Sunday 12 January 2014 between 11am and 5pm for all budding young snooker players to come along a try the sport for the first time in a friendly and family orientated environment.  An EASB qualified snooker coach (Russell Huxter) and two current world snooker professionals (Allan Taylor and Martin O’Donnell) will be on hand to help give guidance with basic technique and explain the rules.  All equipment is provided by the club, you only need to bring yourself!

Please see poster below for further details which appeared in this week’s Walden Local newspaper, or alternatively you can contact Mark Cooper on 01799-513094 or via email saffronsnookerclub@btconnect.com.

The club has an excellent bar area where parents can sit and relax and enjoy either a beer, glass of wine or a selection of soft or hot drinks whilst the juniors are on the green baize.  Food is also available.  The address for Saffron Snooker Club is 2 Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3AQ.  We hope to see you on Sunday!

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SWDSL Newsletter – January 2014

Dear League Member,

The Committee wish you all a very Happy New Year.  January is a busy month for the league so we shall try and keep this Newsletter as brief as possible!

Second Half of the League Season and Updated Handicaps
The Four Player Division recommences w/c Monday 6 January 2014 with the Three Player Division w/c Monday 13 January 2014.  The Updated Handicaps List is now online and we ask that all team captains ensure that a copy is displayed in their Club and that their own players are aware of their new handicap.

At the half way stage, BSSC B currently lead the Three Player Division on 51 points, 6 points ahead of Saffron Snooker Pockets B who are in second place on 45 points and Sawbridgeworth USC Bandits in third place on 43 points.  Legion Tornados and Saffron Snooker Spiders are also both on 43 points.  The Three Player Division High Break is currently 86 by Adam Ingram.

In the Four Player Division, Saffron Snooker Flukes have regained top spot from Sawston Jets (due to more matches won) who are both on 32 points.  Both teams are closely followed by Widdington Warriors on 31 points and Newport A on 29 points.  The Four Player Division High Break is currently 51 by Jeremy Jones.

Tournaments
President’s Cup – Sunday 26 January 2014
The President’s Cup will be held on Sunday 26 January 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.  Registration is from 10.30am with the draw taking place at 11.00am sharp. 
The entry fee as previous seasons is £10 which includes your table light all day, and also includes a free entry into the Plate Tournament for the First Round losers.  All rounds of the main tournament are best of three frames, with the Plate being one frame throughout including the final.

The event is once again being kindly sponsored by Bullet Brickwork (UK) Ltd.  Prize money and trophies are available 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 Peter Saville 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.

Scratch Singles and Scratch Plus Singles – Last 32 Round
The Last 32 Round of the Scratch Singles and Scratch Plus Singles is now open and all matches are to be played by Monday 27 January 2014.  The drawsheets and contact lists are available to view on the league website.  As with the Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles, it is the responsibility of both players to contact each other to arrange the match, with the home player to offer 3 dates when the home table is available.  If the home table isn’t available, then the home player can offer a neutral venue but for the purposes of the tournament remains as the home player.  For those players already through to the Last 16 Round of the Scratch Singles, these matches can be played between now and Friday 28 February 2014, a revised drawsheet will be issued however following the completion of the Last 32 Round at the end of January.

Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles – Last 16 Round
The Last 16 Round of the Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles is also now open and all matches are to be played by Friday 28 February 2014.

Should you have any queries regarding the above League Tournaments then please do not hesitate to contact the Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram.

Yours in sport,

The Committee

President’s Cup Tournament – Sunday 26 January 2014

The President’s Cup will be held on Sunday 26 January 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.  Registration is from 10.30am with the draw taking place at 11.00am sharp.  The entry fee as previous seasons is £10 which includes your table light all day, and also includes a free entry into the Plate Tournament for the First Round losers.  All rounds of the main tournament are best of three frames, with the Plate being one frame throughout including the final.

The event is once again being kindly sponsored by Bullet Brickwork (UK ) Ltd.  Prize money and trophies are available 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 Peter Saville 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.

Our sponsor’s website can be found at http://www.bullet-brickwork.co.uk  For further information on the services that can be provided by Bullet Brickwork (UK) Ltd, please contact Steve Bothwell on 07957-123411.

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Congratulations to Masters Ticket Winners Andy Wagstaff and Steve Stalley!

SWDSL Christmas Charity Raffle Winners :-

2 x All Day Tickets to Masters Snooker – Andy Wagstaff

2 x All Day Tickets to Masters Snooker – Steve Stalley

Bottle of Champagne – Mark Halls

In total £132.00 was raised for Cancer Research UK, a charity chosen by Ben Westwood and Mark Halls as winners of the Memorial Cup.  If you didn’t manage to enter the raffle but would still like to donate, you can do so via your mobile, it’s easy just text SAVS74 £1 to 70070

A big thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, and also to Saffron Snooker Club and Committee Member Mark Cooper for selling the tickets and doing the draw, along with Dan Lewis.  We hope to run something similar again next year.

Win Masters Snooker All Day Tickets – 16 January 2014

SWDSL Christmas Charity Raffle
Entrants to pick a lucky number from a list held at Saffron Snooker Club.  £2 per number, no limit of number that can be purchased.

Top prizes include 2 tickets worth a total of £90 to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions of the Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Place on Thursday 16 January 2014 (we have two pairs in total to raffle).

All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the winners of the Memorial Cup. Each player can choose their own charity if they wish and the proceeds will be split equally. A random draw for the prizes will take place on Sunday 22 December 2013 at Saffron Snooker Club.

Please contact Committee Member Mark Cooper to purchase a number or any of the Bar Staff. Raffle is open only to registered league members.

Good luck!

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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Memorial Cup Tournament – Sunday 24 November 2013

Please see Memorial Cup Poster attached for details.  To make it fair, the tournament will be based upon league handicaps.  If you could confirm your entry via text to Adam Ingram prior to the day it would be appreciated so we can have an idea of likely numbers.

Please come along and show your support…this tournament is held to remember all those players that are sadly no longer with us and don’t forget that all proceeds are to be donated to charity.Image

SWDSL Newsletter – November 2013‏

Dear League Member,

League Update
With 9 matches now played in the Three Player Division, new team BSSC B are top of the table with 34 points, 1 point ahead of last season’s runner’s up Sawbridgeworth USC Bandits who have 33. Legion Tornados are 3 points behind BSSC B in third place with 31 points. Adam Ingram so far has the highest break in the league with 76.

With 10 matches now played in the Four Player Division, defending champions Saffron Flukes lead the table once again with 25 points, 2 ahead of Sawton Jets on 23. Widdington Warriors are 3 points behind the leaders on 22 points.
Jeremy Jones currently has the highest break in the Four Player Division with 51.

Tournaments
The last 64 rounds of the Handicap Singles and Handicap Doubles are now open and all matches are due to be played by 29 November 2013. Should you have any issues trying to contact your opponent or do not know the password for the Contact List then please advise the Tournament Secretary, Adam Ingram on 07901-723360.

Memorial Cup – Sunday 24 November 2013
The Memorial Cup is being held at Saffron Snooker Club on Sunday 24 November 2013. Register from 10.30am, play to commence at 11am. Format is Scotch Doubles (like normal doubles but players play alternate shots when at the table). Entry fee is £5 per person which includes the table light. Doubles pairs to be handicapped and put into groups. One frame to be played against each other pair in the group on a round robin basis. Depending on number of entrants, winners and runners up will then qualify for the semi final knock out stage of the tournament. All rounds to be one frame. Prize money and trophies will be provided from league funds.
A doubles pairings can be formed by any two registered league members, you do not have to be from the same Club. If you do not have a partner, please turn up on the day and we will try and pair you up with someone. To secure your entry please text Adam Ingram you and your partners name prior to the day.

SWDSL Christmas Charity Raffle
Entrants to pick a number from a list held at Saffron Snooker Club.
£2 per number, no limit of number that can be purchased. Top prizes include 2 tickets worth a total of £90 to watch both the afternoon and evening sessions of the Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Place on Thursday 16 January 2014 (we have two pairs in total to raffle). All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the winners of the Memorial Cup. Each player can choose their own charity if they wish and the proceeds will be split equally. A random draw for the prizes will take place on Sunday 22 December 2013 at Saffron Snooker Club. Please contact Committee Member Mark Cooper to purchase a number or any of the Bar Staff. Raffle is open only to registered league members.

League Rule Clarification
The Committee have decided unanimously that if a cancelled league match is re-arranged and then played either in the SAME playing week as it is detailed in the fixtures OR earlier, then League Rule 12 shall not apply with regards to that match counting as the free cancellation or subsequent cancellation of which a 1 point penalty would be applicable. This is because playing in the same week or earlier does not affect the league table standings or cause disruption to the fixtures.

Should you wish to discuss any of the above, then please contact the League Secretary, Peter Saville in the first instance via email swdsl@live.co.uk.

Yours in sport,

The Committee