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



Shoebridge Wins 2015 President’s Cup And Livings Wins Plate

The Annual President’s Cup, sponsored by Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd was held on Sunday 25 January 2015 at Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex.  The handicap singles best-of-3-frames event was well supported with a strong field of 37 league players in attendance, all hoping to win the first prize of £60 and be the next name engraved on the prestigious President’s Cup.


Adrian Shoebridge and Jack Squires prepare to do battle in the best-of-three frames final

In the first semi final, Jack Squires took on Chris Patient receiving a 34 headstart, whilst Adrian Shoebridge had a 19 point headstart against Richard Breen.  After a long battle Adrian beat Richard 2-1 with a brown-to-black-clearance after coming to the table 21 points behind with 22 on in the deciding frame.  In the other semi final at 1-1, Chris needed just pink and black to win and having been left with the pink ball close to the corner pocket dragged the cue ball off line trying to hold for the black to hand Jack simple pots on the pink and black for victory and a place in the final.

With Adrian giving an 18 point headstart in the best-of-3 final, some spectators thought that given the way Jack had played all day that it may be too much but Adrian produced the type of snooker needed to take the match to Jack and in the end secured a comfortable 2-0 win to take the President’s Cup title and collect the £60 first prize.  Jack received the consolation of the £30 Runners Up prize.  Both of the losing semi finalists [Patient and Breen] each received £10.


2015 President’s Cup Winner – Adrian Shoebridge

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 Mark Halls and Richard Livings who got through to the final.


Richard Livings and Mark Halls shake hands before the President’s Cup Plate Final

Richard having won the Handicap Singles Plate tournament in 2007 again won the one-frame-winner-takes-all-final to add the President’s Cup Plate title to his collection along with the £10 first prize.


2015 President’s Cup Plate Winner – Richard Livings

Chris Patient’s break of 65 secured him the £10 Tournament High Break prize.  See below for all the recorded breaks over 25.

For those that didn’t manage success on the snooker tables, a chance to go home with a raffle prize still offered some consolation, and just before the quarter finals the draw took place.  Prizes included a box of luxury chocolates, a box of finest Scottish Shortbread, a Men’s hair clippers set, 3 bottles of red wine, 2 bottles of white wine, a bottle of champagne, a case of Stella Artois, a case of Budweiser, a case of Becks, various bitters, an LED head torch, a £20 Prezzo voucher and a wireless mouse.  With pancake day on the way, the very apt booby prize was pancake mix and a jiff lemon won by Mark Cooper.

Some photos of the event are on the SWDSL Facebook Page, and all trophies will be presented at the Annual Presentation/Finals Evening on Saturday 30 May 2015 at Saffron Snooker Club.

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 Steve Stalley for refereeing the final.  Thanks also to our Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram, Assistant Tournament Secretary Stuart Turner, Treasurer Peter Saville and Committee Member Stewart Hart for ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly on the day.

Recorded breaks over 25 :

  • Chris Patient 65
  • Adam Ingram 49, 38, 34
  • Rob Spackman 32
  • Richard Breen 32
  • David Tedman 28

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

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.