I would like to wish everybody a good season of snooker, there has been a number of team/name changes so captains please consult your handbook.
In the Just Wood Premier Division Burton Cons A have started off like they finished last season in cracking form,beating potential title contenders Belmont A 6-2 away. For the Cons, Mat Milnes won the first frame fairly comfortably helped by a break of 31, he should also have taken the second frame but unfortunately, he finished straight on the brown down the cushion. In trying to force it, he missed the pot, leaving his opponent Sturmy Archer, to steal the frame on the black. Stuart Roberts had his fair share of luck against Belmonts Graham Bailey, winning both frames on the colours. Belmont captain Shaun Gebbie lost his first to Owen Jones fairly easily, and managed to win the second frame on the black after his opponent missed a number of chances to win the match. John Shilton showed his experience against Josh Gebbie who is playing in the Premier Division for the first time, John took the first frame with a break of 39 without hitting top form, in the second frame Josh hit back losing the second frame on the brown.
Ivanhoe A got their season off nicely with a very good win away to Tutbury A 7-1, Ivanhoes captain Kirk was the only player to drop a frame to Daz Lester. Both players where showing signs of lack of practice. Anthony Moore won 2-0 against Paul Attenbury with some good pots. Andy Marriott, who had just flown back off his holidays, took both frames against Joe Docksey. Ian Rennocks was rather lucky to win his first frame on the black against Colin Bell, but won the second more easily.
SDSC B lost at home to Tutbury B 3-5, for SDSC, Simon Orpwood looks in good form as he easily took both frames off Dave “silver fox ” Powell. On the other table Tutbury’s Chris Mabbott did a similar job on Brian Bloor. Chris also knocked in 32 break. In the match between Andrew Bloor and Steve Hathaway, both players won a frame each with good safety play. Garton Bloor and Tutbury’s Dave Mabbott had the say on the result. Dave won the first frame which was a rather scrappy affair, in the second frame Garton must have thought he was going to win it being 34 points in front, but Dave fought back to win the frame and match for Tutbury.
Belmont B got off to a good start by beating Ivanhoe B 5-3 at Ashby, Michael Lomas, Belmonts new signing, got off to a great start by beating the experienced John Skellett with a mixture of good pots and safety play, with Miffa Smith for Belmont taking both frames off Mark Pickering leaving Belmont 4-0 up at the turn. Brendon Mattley who, by his own standards, had a poor season last year, but started off well this season by taking two very good frames off Arron Vaughan. Belmonts captain Mark Vaughan got the final frame they needed for victory against Jason Pickering in their drawn match.
In the match between two of the promoted teams Rileys A and Ivanhoe C ,it was the Ivanhoe boys who came out on top 5-3. Rileys without Mike Flanagan, had a ready made replacement in Ade Harper who drew with Gaz Dolman. Ivanhoe’s George Cawkwell played very well indeed to take a frame off Mark Stirling with some excellent potting. Steve Brimley for Rileys had to be in good form to take a frame off Graham Measures in a very entertaining match. Jerry Cook was Ivanhoe’s match winner, taking both frames off Rileys skipper Micky Tonks with some good long pots.
Are Newhall A going to lose their tag of the nearly men after being so close to winning the title over the last few seasons? They started this season well by hammering Willington B 7-1. Fran McInulty lead from the front, taking both frames off Lionel Lewis which included an impressive 31 break. Newhall new boy Mark Press opened his account in very impressive style, taking both frames off a slightly rusty John Hardy, which included a well constructed 63 break – the days highest break. Mark Satchwell was also in good form winning both frames against Steve Gaunt with some excellent positional shots. Willington’s blushes were spared, when Tony Clements won their only frame against Wayne Brewin in two very even frames.
Willington A and SDSC A drew their match, Wayne Piera took both frames off Chris Dewey with some good attacking snooker. David Hayman and John Davis drew. The battle of the captains’ went to SDSC Steve Ayre who took both frames off Bill Stewart. Two good games of snooker was played between Jan Pawlosyk and Andy Goldingay which ended honours even.
In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, Alrewas A who were newly promoted, beat relegated Stapenhill A with ease winning 6-2. For the Raptors, Colin Kinsella played out two good frames of snooker with John Sheriff, which ended in a frame each. Firey Fred Trueman did not hang around as he quickly despatched Tim Knopik in taking both frames which included a 25 break. Ian Hiley ranked 169 in the league rankings advanced his cause by beating ex premier player Carlos Jeffcoate with a quick fire 22 break. Carl Poulton and Andy Tomlinson shared their frames.
Willington C, formerly Woodville B, had to thank skipper David Budworth for their victory against SDSC C who won two tight frames against Henry Tomas. the first on the pink and the second on the black. Brian Alford was in complete control of the first frame against Lee Wright, but in the second frame, Lee had other ideas making it to difficult for Brian to win. For Willington, Trevor Heath looked set to win both frames, but a gritty performance by Adam Harrison with the help of an excellent 25 clearance, took the first frame. Upset by this loss, Trevor came back well to easily win the second frame. Bill Davidson and Peter Maguire fought out a well deserved draw. Peter potting well in the first frame and in the second Bill took control with his safety.
SDSC D lost at home to newly promoted Alrewas B 3-5, SDSC reliable Lee Sherratt lost both frames of snooker to the very talented Phil Marklew who also managed to knock in a well constructed 33 break. Rob Press and Will Sherratt drew two scrappy frames. SDSC player Andy Rice also had a difficult time losing both frames to Alan Wilson. It was left to SDSC captain David Wain to improve their frame total by winning both frames in impressive style against Roy Sherratt.
In the match between Burton Cons B and Swad Cons A in a draw, Swad Cons who have got a new line up, got off to a bad start with Chris Brown losing both frames to Dave Plunkett who is a very talented player in this division, he also knocked in a 30 break. Jason Anguish for Burton Cons then lost his two frames to a young player with a fair amount of talent, Andy Grainger, who made a 31 break. Simon Smith and Paul Slater drew their match with neither player deserving to lose. Another draw between Tom Egginton and Simon Mansfield was a rather scrappy affair.
By all accounts the match between Rolleston A and Newhall B was a great advert for local snooker, although Rolleston won 6-2, Newhall played their part. Bob Sanders of Rolleston won both frames in an excellent game of snooker against Nick Trayford. Bob Tubey was also in fine form beating Luke McInulty. Kevin Norris and Callum Gray had two cracking frames in the first frame, Callum knocked in a break of 27, leaving Kev 27 behind, he clawed his way back only to lose on a re-spotted black. The second frame was just as close, this time with Norris taking it. Another good match in the other room between Tony Rushton and Adam McInulty also ended in a draw, but saw Rushton make a very good 38 break.
A disappointing start to the season for Stapenhill B who lost at home to Burton Cons C 2-6, but they could only raise 3 players, Mick Buckland was in good form against Simon Piechowicz winning both frames with some good long pots. Stan Piechowicz put Stapenhill level by beating Paul Davies. Then wily old Jim Jennings beat Neil Bourne to give the Cons a win.
Woodville A, formerly Drakelow, got off to a poor start, losing at home to Rileys B 2-6. Woodville got off to a good start thanks to some excellent potting by Alan Orpwood against Zaheer in the first frame, in the second frame it was role reversal. Jim Marcer for Woodville, was also playing well to win his first frame against Adam Farrington. In the second frame, Adam won it on the blue. It was 2-2 at the turn, everything went downhill after that with Pat Ryan losing two close frames to Ryan Gibbs. Tony Coleman then lost both frames to an impressive Paul Fox.
In the Rileys division two Belmont C got off to an impressive start beating Rolleston B 6-2. Terry Bosworth got his season off in fine style making a very good 38 break, and winning both frames against Steve Atkins. Brian Cutting drew with Aaron Doyle in two close games. Dougie Lees got the two frames Belmont needed for a win, by beating David Bentley. Dave Press and Stan Ebberley shared two entertaining frames,
A bad start for Burton Cons D as they lost at home 1-7 to Swad Cons D, who look as if they have got together a good team. For the Cons it was down to Ian Protheroe preventing the whitewash by taking a frame off Gaz Ward. There was not much to cheer about in the Brooks family as they both lost their matches to Marc Egan and Kieran Dadley. Scott Gee rounded off a good night for Swad Cons by taking both frames off Gordon Wood.
SDSC E and Willington D got their season off with a share of the spoils. Andy Jeffries started well by beating Daz Harris with some very good potting. Willington then got the scores level thanks to Loz Kennerson beating Ray Stretton. Phil Maddocks drew with Lol Cooke in two tight frames. Neither Tony Mitchell or Steve Butterworth could get the two frames they both needed for victory.
SDSC F got their season off to a flying start with an excellent win away against Alrewas D winning 5-3, Alex Read gave them a cracking start by winning his two frames against Brian Aldridge fairly comfortably. On the other table, Alex Glover and Dan Mcnaulty had two very close frames with the winner in doubt until the final ball, with Glover taking both. Alrewas star player Tony Smith was in excellent form, making a very good 27 break, which gave him the confidence to take both frames off Nathan Millar. Henry Carlton took the necessary one frame off James Hill to give them a well deserved victory.
A good win for Swad Cons C against an Alrewas C side that could only muster three players, the Cons won 6-2, Vinnie Draper won both frames against Gary Bower to put the Cons in front, but Rob McMeechan got Alrewas on the scoreboard by by beating Matt Newbold. It was a good game between the two Colins’ Cope and Wood respectively, but it was the Cons Colin Cope who took both both frames.
Swad Cons B and Tutbury C drew their match with Dan Petcher for the Cons beating John Peto and Tutbury’s Graham Smith did a similar job on John Griffin, the other two games were drawn.