Anybody who is interested in taking the Snooker Referees course please contact any person on the committee as the number of qualified Referees is diminishing.
Please remember to return trophies to the committee asap.
Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Alrewas A hosted Alrewas B in their derby. It’s been a difficult season for the A team but they were hoping for a positive result against their legion rivals. Alan Wilson took on Ian Hiley in a game that can only be described as scrappy. Hiley got ahead in the first and Wilson couldn’t take his chances. The second was very similar with Hiley ahead, even after dropping the rest on the brown, but Wilson fluked the final pink to take the frame. Dave Trueman looked to be onto a comfortable 2-0 win against Will Sherratt but 23 up with 25 on the table Sherratt somehow fought back to take it on the final black. The first was a stroll for Trueman who will be disappointed he let the second get away. Colin Kinsella never looked in danger against Gary Green even though not at his best. Green applied some pressure in the second frame but like the first Kinsella always seemed to have another gear when required. Plaudits on the night must go to Adam Walton securing his first 2-0 win of the season against John Sharpe. They weren’t the cleanest of frames and Sharpe was nowhere near his best but Walton did what was required and said good night to Sharpe after the blue went down in the second frame to complete the match and leave the score at 6-2 in favour of the B team.
Rileys A hosted Ivanhoe A and the visitors left with the win. Tom Elliott lost the first frame against Mick Kirk but came back to take the second frame on the black. Ade Harper went up against Andy Marriott and the Ivanhoe player knocked in breaks of 80, 42 and 40 but still only managed a draw. Mark Stirling drew with Daniel Blunn leaving Ant Moore to clinch the win by taking both frames against Andy Spiers to end the match at 5-3.
Burton Cons A showed no mercy against struggling Stapenhill A as they won 8-0. Matt Milnes played Andy Gretton with the first frame going the distance. Gretton cleared the colours but missed the crucial, final black with the rest which handed the frame to Milnes. The second frame was more clear cut as Milnes knocked in a 33 on the way to victory. Graham Stevens made a very rare appearance for the Cons and he played Chris Sheldrake in a marathon game. Stevens clinched both frames to put the Cons 4-0 up. Owen Jones played Mark Waldron. Jones potted very well on the night and knocked in breaks of 38 and 37 to take both frames with a bit to spare. Finally, Stuart Roberts played Jack Dyche winner Steve Ford. Roberts potted well at key times to clinch both frames and the match.
Tutbury A were looking to continue their good form at home to Belmont A. Steve Mabbott was below par as he lost two scrappy frames to Ian Archer. Steve Hathaway lost the first frame to Wayne Brewin on the other table but came back well in the second with Brewin conceding on the blue. 3-1 down and looking in trouble, the Tutters pulled it out of the fire. Chris Mabbott knocked in breaks of 61 and 32 in taking both frames against Shaun Gebbie and Dave Mabbott proved too strong for Josh Gebbie as he compiled breaks of 37, 29 and two 20 plus breaks to clinch a 5-3 win and another great result against a top 3 side.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A played out a draw with Willington A. Steve Ayre lost both frames against Jan Pawlazych and Chris Dewey drew with Daz Lester to leave the visitors 3-1 up at the half way stage. Andy Goldingay drew with Gaz Barker and finally Mark Satchwell rescued the draw as he won both frames against Alan Davies.
Tony Coleman Reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
Burton Cons B continued their relentless charge for the league title with a well deserved away win against SDSC D winning 5-3. The Cons were given a great start thanks to the superb potting of Simon Smith in both frames against Brian Bloor giving him very little opportunity to get his hand on the table. Jason Anguish then made it 3-1 to the Cons as he drew with John Chambers. Both players made some telling contributions to a most entertaining match. The Cons skipper Dave Plunkett back in the team because of the unavailable acting captain Dave Shipton showed his team mates what they had been missing with a quality performance in beating Garton Bloor – this was Dave at his best. Pete McGuire made the score line more respectable as he took both frames off Tom Egginton with neither player being at their potting best. The charge of the B team rolls on!!
In the battle for the third place between Swad Cons A and Burton Cons C it was the home team who were the happier as they won 5-3 in a match where the result was not known until the final frame. Burton Cons welcomed back Steve Castledine for his first match for a while and he did not let them down as he drew with the in-form Mark Hadley with both players making some excellent pots. Two of the top players for the highest breaks and consistency in the division met and guess what? the match ended all square with both players playing well. Mick Buckland made a quality 34 break to win his frame with a number of his trademark long pots. Paul Slater and Ian Shrieve shared a couple of close frames with both players struggling to get into the game. Lee Wood who was on last won the match for the home side as he took both frames in a highly entertaining match with the wily old fox Jim Jennings. Some of the safety play by both players was very good. It was good to see an old photograph of Jim in the Burton Mail in his younger days as a footballer you could not miss him as he was holding a cue!!! The defeat certainly dents Burton Cons promotional aspirations as they slip to fifth in the table.
Willington B battled it out with Newhall A for a hard earned draw.
The match at the Willington Arena was between the C team and the D team with both sides having contrasting seasons. The C team looking at a promotion place and the D team being relegated back into the division they had previously been promoted from. Well the result as you would probably expected went in the favour of the C team but not without a battle. The 5-3 win for the C team leaves them nicely positioned in second place with a number of points ahead of third placed Swad Cons A. The D team got off to the better start with Adi Millington winning both frames against Lee Cooke in two entertaining frames of snooker with both players making some nice pots. Tim Hodgkinson got the home side level at the turnaround with a quality display of snooker as he beat Andy Holloway but to be fair Andy did not have the best of running in the match. Dave Budworth as he has for most of the season managed to win at least a frame as he drew with Steve Lane with both players not being at their best in this match so a draw was the fairest result. Steve Butterworth managed to hold his nerve as he took both frames against Bill Davidson in two very tactical games with some excellent safety play by both players. The two frames by Steve gave them the win they required and also the bragging rights within the club.
Ivanhoe C are mounting a late surge for the final promotion place with a fine away win at SDSC E where they won 5-3. Nick Harcombe and Gaz Dolman shared the frames in a very good display of potting by both players with Gaz in particular making a number of long pots. Ivanhoe’s Darren Wilson spoilt Lee Adams debut for the home side with a solid performance in winning both frames. Andy Jefferies who has been playing some very good snooker of late carried this form on as he beat Graham Measures in two close frames which was only decided on the last couple of colours. Jerry Cook played two superb frames of snooker as he beat the tenacious little terrier Ray Bancroft he never knows when he is beaten. This was a hard fought win for the Ashby side but deserved.
Rolleston A are gradually moving up the table after a poor start to the season and this continued against Alrewas C winning 5-3 at Alrewas. For the home team Karl Hancox was in superb form in both the potting and safety department in the first frame which he won against Joe Docksey. The second frame saw a return to form of Joe Docksey as he seized on the opportunity to clear the table and win the second frame. Rob McMeecham and Richard O’Dell shared two very good frames of snooker with both players in good form. Both frames were only decided on the last few colours and a draw being a fair result. In the match between two of the current form players for Alrewas it was John Richardson and for Rolleston it was Tony Rushton. John took the first frame through some high quality safety play that he was playing and not leaving Tony any opportunities to get into the frame. In the second frame Tony managed to get into the game with some sensible potting and safety play and shared an honourable draw. James Wilkinson played his two best frames of snooker this season as he was in superb potting form and he dominated both frames with Colin Wood. These two frames enabled Rolleston to get a well deserved win.
Mark Vaughan writes for Forever Mobility division 2
Belmont D hosted stable mates Belmont C in a classy derby with both sides holding a chance of promotion, and also a chance for the D team to catch the C team in the league, but the D team were blown away and D-stroyed in a rampaging display by the C team which left their opponents shell shocked, Mark Press got the C team off with two close frames against Tom Holland and with both men’s fathers on the other table it was captain Dave Press who got the better of Glyn Holland with a snooker which Glyn had a few attempts at, which turned the frame to Dave, the second was in a similar vein and took a long time to complete. Belmont D captain Mark Vaughan then faced Terry Bosworth and early exchanges favoured Terry, but the C team man then went to town and potted everything to beat Mark comfortably even though he was playing well himself, the last match saw Belmont’s star veteran Dougie Lees get the better of Brett Craddock, the first frame on the black and the second a little easier to inflict a white wash on the D team and end any chance of promotion they harboured.
Burton Cons D inflicted another defeat on Tutbury B which has taken them out of the running for promotion, Burton’s Simon Malpass being the difference by beating John Peto.
Rolleston C strengthened their promotion claim with a great away win at Swad Cons D, Lionel Lewis got the visitors off to a good start by defeating Dave Bodie and this was matched by Rob Sanders taking two off the reliable Bob Birch, Kev Norris put the match out of reach for the home team by beating Andy Boam, it was Swad’s Kieran Dadley who took a frame off Rolleston’s John Harvey to leave a great win for Rolleston 7-1.
Honours were shared as two great teams lined up to play, Woodville SS B against Swad Cons C, both these teams have good solid players in their ranks so it was justice that the match ended all square. Swad’s Paul Griffin won two against Mark Gallagher and Wayne Allen did the same for Woodville beating John Griffin, Terry Eyley put Woodville in front only to watch Jon Petcher come back to draw, Jim Gardner and Pete Fearn went in search of the victory but cancelled each other out for a drawn game and match.
Stapenhill B look to be closing in on the title and this week played Riley’s B, Colin Britton and Yvonne Spendlove shared the games with Yvonne playing some excellent snooker to win a frame, Greg Britton on the other table was beating Clare Roulstone, the second half was much the same with Stapenhill taking all 4 frames Andy Tomlinson defeated Kate Stirling but Tim Knopik only just beat Marie Bridges and nearly talked himself out of the frame.
Rolleston B had another Impressive win, this time against Swad Cons B, Neil Cheadle got them off to a good start by beating the talented Bob McInulty, and this was backed up by Aaron Doyle who took a frame off Swad’s captain Paul Hollis, Steve Atkin then took both off Jake Mole and Dave Bentley finished a 6-2 win by drawing with Lee Harrison.
Ashby Ivanhoe D had another good win at home, this time against Alrewas D; Jack Bale proved his worth yet again to the home team as he won two frames against Brian Eccleston as did Jason Collins against Tony Trueman, for Alrewas the ever reliable Tom Smith got two back against Tony Tredger and Tim Bale got the win by drawing with Dave Riley to end 5-3.