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THANK YOU!!
June 27, 2017
To everyone who came to the Presentation Evening at New Haw Club last Friday evening, thank you for making it a great evening. New Haw's Stewardess Doreen put on an excellent and plentiful buffet. Many thanks also to Phil (The Voice) Vowels for his expertise with the announcing. The star of the show was Felthams Richard (Elvis) Atkins whose rendition of 'The Wonder of You' got everyone singing along. Thanks guys it is an honour to be involved in the Byfleet League. I hope you all enjoyed it a smuch as I did. KJ

 

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RYAN WINS SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
June 23, 2017
RYAN MEARS capped a superb season by winning his first Snooker Championship at West Byfleet Social Club last night with a 4 -2 win against MATT FORD. MATT got off to a flying start taking the opening two frames with runs of 44 and 40. RYAN hit back in frame three before a crucial turning point of the match occurred in frame four. With the scores level at the end of the frame and a respotted black RYAN attempted a cut into a top pocket that rattled and rolled towards the opposite pocket. Amazingly the cue ball finished between the black and the pocket leaving MATT a tricky safety shot instead of an impossible to miss, pot. RYAN won the frame to level at 2-2 and with a spring in his step took the remaining two frames to take the coveted title. A best break of the match 90 in frame five being the highlight. Frame scores - 10 -(44)65, 2 - (40)72, 62 - 37, 54 - 47, 90(90) - 0, 61 - 17. Many thanks to West Byfleet Social for staging the final and to Ian Geldard for his help in arranging the match.
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RYAN TAKES HANDICAP IN HIS STRIDE HITTING 90 & 73 IN THE FINAL.
February 22, 2017
Knaphill Captain RYAN MEARS showed all sides of his game with wins in the semi finals and final of the Snooker Handicap to add to his win in the 2012 season. In an evening were fortunes fluctuated Staines A TOM HOWICK despite feeling ill turned his semi final with STEVEN WILLIAMS around in dramatic style. Conceding 30 points start STEVEN played very well in the first frame to take a commanding 51 lead at the halfway stage. TOM responded with a superb 63 break to need one of the final four balls to leave STEVEN requiring penalty points. He was aided by a brown ball fluke to cap a remarkable comeback. A game of two halves, this one. RYAN got off to a good start in his semi final with DANNY HOCKING potting an excellent red along a side rail to gain position on the black after what was an excellent looking break off by his opponent. Whilst only scoring 9 from this visit RYAN showed he was cueing well. DANNY struggled to get a foothold in the match until late in the first frame but on a high teens break he overran a routine blue when looking in prime position. RYAN was keeping DANNY safe and it is fair to say the snooker gods were not on DANNY'S side as he conceded several unforeseen in off's with at least four after potting the object ball. RYAN's early 38 break increasing the pressure on DANNY as his 56 points start had soon evaporated. A good pot on a red ended up leaving DANNY straight on a yellow along a bottom cushion. Attempting to force an angle he knocked the yellow off the table leaving RYAN to clear up finishing 48 points ahead. Good match play by RYAN capitalising on DANNY's misfortunes. The final was a delight for all spectators which included TOM as RYAN produced potting and break building of the highest quality in an opening frame break of 90. Failing to pot a brown off its spot when looking certain to make a century. From giving 63 start at the beginning RYAN now led by 40. TOM tried valiantly in the second frame but RYAN was in no mood to take chances and maintained his match play discipline. With the tie virtually decided RYAN cleared up with an outstanding 73 break that included all varieties of shots. A left handed thin cut last red the whole width of the cushion into the yellow pocket being one to remember for a long time. Winning the final by 118 points may indicate that the handicapper should be embarrassed. On this occasion it was simply that the best man won and had put up an outstanding performance. All four players made it a good evenings snooker entertainment played in a very sporting manner. Many thanks to Chertsey SS for use of their snooker room and continued support and to JIM ANGUS for refereeing.
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SNOOKER DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
February 17, 2017
Woking Snooker Centre hosted the semi finals and finals of all four Snooker Divisional Championships last night. Once again it was a great night that produced four superb Champions. See main story...
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COURT RULES IN OVER 50'S SNOOKER
January 19, 2017
Staines Cons, not so old, veteran MARTIN COURT added one of the few remaining Byfleet titles to his CV at the West Byfleet Social Club last night. He has had a series of tough opponents along the way and his semi final against JOHN MONCKTON was another. JOHN has had a good season back in the Premier division including last weeks league match two frame win over Ryan Mears. It is fair to say that JOHN was feeling under the weather and didn't perform at his best but take nothing away from MARTIN who took the close opening frame before getting into his stride in the second. He went on to win 2-0 55-43 and 58-17. PAUL JACKSON seeking a fifth seniors title started slowly against last years finalist ANDY ALLEN. Both players failing to capitalise on good opportunities. ANDY seeing the frame out the better to take a one frame lead. This spurred PAUL on and he started playing progressively better. He levelled at 1-1 with some crucial pots and played a superb deciding frame. A 50 break early doors followed by another high 20's run saw him dominate the frame. Scores 23-51, 58- 16, 81(50 -1). The best of three final was cagey in the opening frame until PAUL called a push shot on himself when in the balls. This sporting gesture ended up being punished as MARTIN got a few god pots under his belt. He controlled the frame after this point and took a decisive lead. This brought out PAUL's fighting spirit once more and a fine 46 break levelled the match at 1-1. The final frame was a tense one and care was the byword for both players. MARTIN eeked out an excellent 37 break and was disappointed to break down trying to cannon two reds into potting positions. PAUL still had a chance on the colours needing them all from the green upwards however playing a forcing run through pot green the potted ball was rapidly followed by the cue ball leaving MARTIN in pole position. Whilst quite a few shots continued and some gallant efforts to snooker by PAUL, the game was up. MARTIN deservedly winning the frame, match and tournament. Scores 70-14, 23-68 (46), 58 (37)- 29. Congratulations MARTIN. It was nice to see how much it meant to win this trophy against a strong opponent. Many thanks to JIM ANGUS for refereeing and to the West Byfleet Social Club for use and preparation of their snooker room.
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CHRIS RIGBY JOINS 'TON UP' CLUB
December 10, 2016
Chertsey 'C' captain Chris Rigby knocked in his first century break in a post match friendly against high flying Knaphill Working Men's Ian Forrester. Ian had won their Premier Divisonal Championship tie 2 - 0 and Chris, being the friendly guy he is, offered to play a few frames more. An early 'fluked' red gave no hint of what was to follow as Chris went on to compile a 102 break. His first century. Everyone who knows Chris will be surprised. Not because of his achievement but that he hasn't made tons of centuries. Now he has made one I am sure that the floodgates will open. Many congratulations Chris. Thanks to Ian for emailing in and requesting this post. We would love to hear from all members of the league who have made a hundred or more break. Email me at 'Kelvin@byfleetleague.co.uk' with what your highest is and roughly how many you have made.
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ALL SNOOKER TOURNAMENT DRAWS ARE ON THE COMPETITIONS PAGE
October 5, 2016
All of the snooker tournaments have been drawn and are on the competitions page of this website. Please follow the rules shown and notify Andrew Rockingham of the results prior to the deadline. Please arrange your matches early even if they are to be played near the end of the closing date. Leaving it late to make contact could result in being disqualified. Please note that Division Three Championship has been redrawn.
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COMPETITION DEADLINE RULES
September 30, 2016
For all competitions the deadline for the first named to contact opponents is 14 days prior to the closing date. After that point the second named have the option to play at their home venue and are responsible to make contact. At the closing date, if neither have attempted to make contact then both will be eliminated. Results by email to: andrewrockingham@hotmail.com or by text to 07767 796102.
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DES HORLOCK 1949 - 2016
September 12, 2016
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Des Horlock passed away last Thursday 8th September at the Royal Surrey Hospital after bravely battling cancer. Des held several positions within the Knaphill Working Mens Club and served as Club President for many years. He has also been the Knaphill Club representative for all of the time they have been involved in the Byfleet League. I had the greatest respect for Des and he was always very helpful with the league, arranging tournaments at Knaphill and contributing to discussions at league meetings. It was only when I visited him in hospital last year and spent a couple of hours in his company that I got to know him on a personal basis. He spoke at great length with pride about his family and with great enthusiasm for the club, his club. Stories flowed about holidays with his wife Maria, with many amusing anecdotes and coincidences. His face lit up when he spoke about his family and what they all meant to him. Des had two children David and Emma and two grand daughters. Des arranged the entertainment at Knaphill, booking bands and acts on a monthly basis. He loved sport and trips to the races and was very knowledgable on these subjects. Despite having just had major surgery he was full of ideas and plans for the future and his spirit and enthusiasm was both boundless and infectious. He was determined to raise money for hospital charities and couldn't speak highly enough of the care he was receiving from his nurses. At the same time he was appalled by their working conditions and low pay. True to his word he raised a considerable sum soon after getting out of hospital and very recently had another fundraiser at his club. He captained his snooker team that won their division this year and was proud of his clubs and their players achievements. Tributes have been posted on the Knaphill Working Men's Clubs Facebook page from his many friends and club mates. He will be sorely missed by everyone connected to the Byfleet League. Our sincere condolences to his wife Maria and their family. Des's funeral is at St Johns Crematorium, Woking at 12.30pm on Friday 30th September.
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MARK COURT CHARITY WALK RESULT AND THANK YOU
July 4, 2016
As mentioned at presentation evening, on Saturday a team from The Entertainer including myself were participating in a number of events to raise money for the ToyTrust charity which supported Children’s hospices in the UK and building Playgrounds in Africa. As a business we were hoping to raise £35,000 towards a £200,000 Toy industry target. I personally was selected to complete a 10k walk and was hoping to raise £300 which The Entertainer were then going to double. On Saturday I set off on my 10k adventure at around 11am, only to find out 6 miles in (what we thought was near the end), that the walk was not a 10k walk, but in fact it was going to be closer to 10 miles – a mistake communicated by the organiser as the journey just got 3 miles longer. 2 hours 32 minutes later I finished the whole walk which was recorded on MapMyWalk to be 9.2 miles (14.8k). My £300 target by the time I finished was smashed thanks to the support from the Byfleet League, reaching £453 which will then be doubled! I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who donated before and at presentation evening, without your donations I would have not smashed my target. In total The Entertainer raised over £45,000 from 20 participants which went towards the total raised for the event….this announced on the night to be £210,000 beating the £200,000 target. Again, thank you to everyone who donated and sponsored me! If you wish to still donate then please feel free by clicking the following link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/markcourt1 Thanks, Mark
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LATE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR PRESENTATION EVENING FRIDAY JULY 1ST
June 13, 2016
Owing to stipulations imposed by the Knaphill Club that the Byfleet League were reluctant to agree to, this years Presentation Evening will now be held at the CHERTSEY SS & NR CLUB. It will be on the same evening, Friday July 1st at 8pm. We are grateful to Chertsey SS for accommodating us at this late stage. We look forward to seeing you on July 1st. NO TICKET REQUIRED.
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PRESENTATION EVENING FRIDAY JULY 1ST CHERTSEY SS & NR CLUB
June 12, 2016
Members of the league are invited to our Annual Presentation Evening at Chertsey SS on Friday July 1st. There is no charge for this once a year get together which includes a buffet. All prize winners are requested to attend or send someone to collect their trophies. Its not just for winners though, everyone is welcome including wives, partners or girlfriends. I look forward to seeing you all there.
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LEAGUE'S RECORD BREAKS
June 12, 2016
A summary of the highest breaks in the Byfleet Billiards and Snooker League follow:
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RYAN MEARS IS BYFLEET LEAGUE BILLIARDS CHAMPION
May 12, 2016
Guildford City's RYAN MEARS defeated team mate JOHN HOAD to take his first Byfleet League Billiards Championship at the Chertsey SS and NR Club last night. JOHN helped by a 32 break beat Woking Snooker Centre's PAUL ANGUS 200 - 98 in his semi final. RYAN made a very impressive break of 127 in his semi final against Sunninghill's MATT COOKE to reach the final 200 - 77. Referee Jim Angus having to deal with a complaint soon after the start of this semi final that the balls were not a 'matched set' and a request to change them. This, along with a restart to the game appeal, was settled, but seemed to adversely effect MATT. In the final - Despite RYAN recording runs of 30,40,50 and 56 in the 90 minutes final it wasn't as one sided as it appeared. JOHN put up a good performance against this seasons outstanding player. The score when the match ended was RYAN 359 and JOHN 237. Thanks to Jim Angus for officiating and refereeing and to Ray Mears for refereeing and to the Chertsey SS and NR Club for use of their tables and continued support.
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PAUL BUNYARD IS BYFLEET LEAGUE SNOOKER CHAMPION
April 28, 2016
Woking Snooker Centre's PAUL BUNYARD captured his fourth snooker championship title in a pulsating final last night at the West Byfleet Social Club. He started the best of seven frame final against Guildford's RYAN MEARS in sensational style with a break of 64 (8 blacks) on his first scoring visit. RYAN responded with a run of 19 before a 55 clearance put the champion one up in a blink of an eye. Any respite for RYAN was to be delayed as PAUL knocked in an early 54 in frame two. RYAN got to 26 but broke down leaving PAUL to clear up to the pink to increase the points score line. It was 2 -0 and Paul was not missing. RYAN dug deep in frame three keeping chances to a minimum and starting to get his eye in. A low scoring frame was edged by RYAN when a whitewash looked ominous when the frame began. RYAN quickly gained confidence and dominated frame four with an excellent break of 71 to level the match at 2-2. The four frames had been played at breakneck speed but now it was crunch time. RYAN got in early with a 33 and soon increased his lead to over 40 and with many reds on cushions he was favourite to go ahead. PAUL carved out a superb break of 36 and took his chances on the colours to go 3-2 in front. This seemed to spur PAUL on and he soon recaptured his first frame form. An early 55 putting him firmly in the driving seat. RYAN launched a comeback and got to 16 with two reds and blacks but in playing an excellent cannon onto the pink to bring two of the last four reds into play the cue ball ran safe. He gambled on potting an extremely difficult cut red and left an opportunity that PAUL was not for giving up. He finished the match in style with a 32 to retain the title of Byfleet Snooker Champion. A magnificent match full of high quality and dramatic snooker. Congratulations to both players but there can only be one winner so PAUL BUNYARD take a bow. TERRY TEEMAN did a great job refereeing and did remarkably well to keep up with the rapid potting from both players. Thanks also to IAN GELDARD for use of West Byfleet's snooker room. A perfect venue for a great final. Scores: 119(64,55) - 19, 80(54) - 26, 39 - 57, 8 - 75(71), 75(36) - 40(33), 100(55, 32) - 16.
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ADDLESTONE DUO TAKE SECOND MAJOR TROPHY IN PAIRS
April 6, 2016
Andrew Veness and Mark Flatt capped a fabulous few weeks adding the Snooker Handicap Pairs title to the Jersey Triples they won in dramatic fashion recently. Receiving 42 points start in their semi final against three times winners Martin Court and Andy Allen they got off to a steady start and held a 30 lead going into the second frame. They were never really seriously challenged and their opponents waived the white flag with a few colours remaining. The other semi final pitched Felthams Warren Cohen and Andy Chouhran aginst George Reeves and Stuart Doolan. The Feltham team have impressed many in their first season in the Byfleet league and were set to concede 56. The West Byfleet pair were quick off the mark and soon extended the lead to over 80 points. Chances for Feltham were few and far between but digging in they gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Andy cleared the colours to the black. The black jawed and stayed over the pocket and leaving them 43 behind at the halfway stage. Excellent match play by both teams in the second frame made it an interesting tie but needing one snooker on the blue the Feltham pair finally had to give best after Stuart sank it. The Final - Andy and Mark received 25. At halfway Stuart and George were 3 points in front and looking the most likely winners however the renowned doggedness of the Addlestone pair kept the match alive. Both Stuart and George had chances to score significantly but faltered and it was all to play for on the colours. Andy potted difficult green, brown and blue's to leave Stuart and George needing both the last two balls. It wasn't to be for the West Byfleet pair as a pink to middle was left for Mark to win it. He miscued, the cue ball left the bed of the table but somehow connected the pink within the rules and the pink disappeared. A very sporting finals night hosted by the Lightwater Village Club. Thank you to them and to Jim Angus for refereeing. Many congratulations to the Addlestone team for winning both the Triples and Pairs in the same season.
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STUART CONNOR WINS SNOOKER HANDICAP
April 6, 2016
7/04/2016 A finals night involving MATT FORD, GEORGE REEVES, JAMES POPPLWELL and STUART CONNOR is always likely to be full of attacking snooker and this proved to be the case last night at the Chertsey SS & NR Club. JAMES was in red hot form against GEORGE and breaks of 35 and 27 along with his 28 points start made it a tough match for the West Byfleet star. GEORGE stuck to his task though and an excellently constructed break on the colours in frame one unfortunately ended after potting the pink. JAMES coolly stroked in the long black in emphatic fashion. He continued his good form in frame two to run out an impressive winner and into the final. STAURT receiving 70 against MATT got off to the perfect start. Reducing MATT's opportunities to a minimum and knocking in an early run of 17. He was only permitted to score another 11 points in the frame as MATT was powering in pots from all positions, finishing with a 34 to reduce the deficit to 31 at the halfway stage. Halfway through the deciding frame the lead was only 7 but STUART stuck to his game-plan and with some successful shots to nothing followed by a few colours was 40 plus in front again. MATT needed a snooker and got three but STUART maintained composure and potted the blue for a great win. MATT is a tremendous player and with a slightly better run of the balls could easily have scored enough points to win. It was a good match and as with the other semi final was played in great spirit by the players. The Final: STUART receiving 18 points seemed less nervous than in his semi final and played more openly. JAMES couldn't quite maintain his superb semi final form and whilst both scored well they lacked getting into full stride. STUART led by 19 at the end of the first frame and gradually increased his advantage in the second although JAMES did give himself opportunities. STUART ran out a comfortable winner on the score card although in truth the match was closer. A really entertaining night, a worthy winner and four great finalists. Thanks to the Chertsey SS Club for use of their tables and to Jim Angus for not only refereeing but for his massive contribution to the running of the Byfleet League.
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TONY MUNDY SEALS OVER 50'S SNOOKER TITLE
March 22, 2016
Last years runner up TONY MUNDY went one better this time and put his name on the Over 50's Trophy for the first time. The New Haw Social STAR beat four time winner Paul Jackson in the quarters and followed up with wins over Premier opponents in his semi final and the final. Tony's semi against Felthams Richard Atkins went to the wire. A nip and tuck match was decided on the black ball in the deciding frame. In the other semi final Windlesham's John Sharman showed no signs of nerves against higher division player Andy Allen and comfortably won the opening frame. Andy won the second including a break of 40 and secured his place in the final by winning the decider. Tony's superior safety play on the night proved a match winner. Keeping his opponent from easy opportunities and taking what was there quite clinically won him the important first frame. Andy never really got going and sticking to his game plan Tony ran out a worthy champion by taking the second frame to win 2-0. Thanks to Andrew Rockingham and the Staines Conservative Club for use of their nicely refurbished snooker room and to Jim Angus for refereeing. Congratulations to Tony Mundy who will defend his title next season and bid to reach a third consecutive final.
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R.I.P. MICK BARKER
March 20, 2016
It is with great sadness that I have to report that Mick Barker passed away last Thursday (March 17th). Mick played for the Camphill Club in both billiards and snooker but billiards was his passion. He taught several players the finer points of the game and will be missed by his many friends and family. An absolute gentleman, time spent in Mick's company was always a pleasure. He epitomised sportsmanship and etiquette and was a fine player. Camphill team mate Nigel White said "I had been to see him a few times and took Ed and Terry Oxborough to see him before Xmas which he had great pleasure in reminiscing the good old days playing snooker and billiards which I have to say that Mick was the one who gave his time in teaching me the art . He was a true gent in every way and I will miss him greatly god love him". The Byfleet League send their sincere condolences to Mick's family.
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SURPRISED 'SURREY' WIN INTER COUNTY TOURNAMENT
March 14, 2016
Despite being unable to field several first choice players Surrey were narrow winners of the Annual South East County Billiards Tournament held at the Victoria Club in Tunbridge Wells yesterday.
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TRIPLES: SULLIVAN MAKES HIS MARK AS ADDLESTONE TRIUMPH
March 10, 2016
The Addlestone R.B.L. trio of Andrew Veness, Mark Flatt and Mark Sullivan capped an epic semi final success with an emphatic victory against West Byfleet Social's Dave Wood and the Doherty brothers in the final. The semi finals were played on adjoining tables at the Lightwater Village Club on a night that 'had it all'. Last years runners up Woking Snooker Centre started well in their opening frame with George Heatley the first to settle into his stride. He was making good inroads into the 63 point handicap deficit against West Byfleet's Mick Doherty until a late rally from his opponent. In these matches the final black gives a 14 point swing and unluckily George fouled leaving the overall deficit 51. James Cullen seemed to be potting well throughout his frame against Martin Doherty but Martin put together a few mid teen breaks also. James finished with excellent pots on the pink and a black down the side rail to now bring Woking to within 35. Underneath Dave Woods laid back and jovial persona lies a determined and competitive player and he set out to keep Woking's star player Paul Jackson with as few clear cut chances as possible. Frustratingly for Paul and his team his usual spark was missing and Dave's tactics were holding up. Paul is a great team player though and dug deep to lay a good snooker on the last red, Dave missed and Paul potted the red followed by a tricky black, held the cue ball for a straight forward yellow and green soon was also pocketed. Dave potted the brown but Paul could still win with the last three balls. A beautifully struck full length blue gave him a chance but there was still a lot to do as the pink was at the opposite end of the table to the black. He didn't hold back but the pink came to rest not far from a top pocket. In the circumstances it was not a 'gimme' and it needed to be played slowly. Dave held his nerve and rolled it in to seal the win. The other semi final was quite simply a brilliant match for many reasons. Sunninghill being set to concede Addlestone 84. The two Andrews began with the classy Andrew Vernon soon aware that Andrew Veness was giving no quarter. Both gave a fine exhibition of match play, with good safety and rarely missed pots when chances came. Veness excelled in particular with three successful shot to nothings that kept him in control of the table. Both players are blessed with good temperaments and it was an enthralling battle. The Addlestone player ending 51 in front following Vernons smoothly potted pink and unmissable black. Mark Flatt had to sit and watch, as Sunninghills Brad Parker potted everything he pointed his cue at. He is a joy to watch in this form and an excellent 40 break ended prematurely when a blue bounced out of the middle of a centre pocket. Mark waited patiently for a chance and finally got it on the final blue. Showing great character he potted blue, pink and black to give his anchor man a slender 2 point lead. When Mark Sullivan began his frame he and everyone watching could not have imagined what was to unfold. He simply played the frame of his life against Stan Bunker. Stan did little wrong but Mark kept potting balls that if missed would let Stan in. Mark lead by 40 with one red left but it was not over yet. Stan laid a good snooker which Mark was unable to get out of. He then potted a magnificent long red and a blue. He could now win. Mark was perplexed when the pink that was on the edge of the middle pocket suddenly fell in whilst he was setting up to play the yellow. It snooker terms this is classed as an act of god and the referee has to replace the pink and the game continues. Stan clears up from green to pink and played a nicely weighted stroke to leave the cue ball tight on the bottom cushion between the brown and yellow spots with the black in the middle of the table. Advantage Sunninghill. I have to sum up the next action as a second 'Act of God' as Mark, deciding to go for glory, strokes the black into the end pocket as clean as a whistle. It was an incredible end to an incredible match. The gracious Sunninghill trio were generous in their praise for their opponents and Addlestone marched on to the final. I have witnessed many Byfleet finals and a lot of great play but the shot by Mark to win the match by the narrowest of margins, in my opinion, ranks as the best. See main story for a summary of the final.
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SNOOKER - ALL FOUR TITLES GO TO THE WIRE
March 6, 2016
It was the closest of seasons with all four divisions up for grabs right up to the final fixture and in the case of division three, after a play off. Knaphill Working Mens took the plaudits being Premier champions with their 'A' team and Division Three with their 'C' team. Camphill 'A' topped Division One by a single point and Lightwater Village 'A' were crowned Division Two champions by virtue of more wins than Windlesham 'B'.
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BILLIARDS DIVISION ONE- EGHAM CONSTITUTIONAL WITHDRAW
February 24, 2016
Due to personnel problems last years champions Egham Constitutional Club have had to withdraw from the league for this season. It is hoped that they are in a position to take part again next season. All points in their matches have been awarded to their opponents. Club captains in this division will be notified as soon as possible.
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DIVISIONAL SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
February 19, 2016
Woking Snooker Centre kindly staged the semi finals and finals of all four snooker divisional championships last night and here are the results: PREMIER - Champion MATT FORD. Semi finals - Matt Ford v Sean Harvey 75-14, 27-75(56), 78 (29,35)-31. Ryan Mears v Ian Rose 47-62(44),108 (39,61)-13, 77(33)-26. Final Matt Ford 27-54, 65(42)-8, 49-41 DIVISION ONE - Champion GEORGE REEVES. Semi Finals - George Reeves v Chris Rigby 62-34, 26-52, 72(33)-51(30). Gavin Bolsover v Shaun Williams 59-21, 37-31. Final George Reeves v Gavin Bolsover 68-29, 60-54. DIVISION TWO - Champion STUART SPIERS, Semi Finals Stuart Spiers v Mick Doherty 55-32, 48-33. Dave Wood v Martin Perry 54-24, 29-51, 62-33. Final Stuart Spiers v Dave Wood 29-41, 58-32, 55-30. Division Three - Champion JON IRELAND, Semi Finals Jon Ireland v Gary Hynds 48-15, 50-39, Phil Vowels v Adrian Small 58-46, 65-19, Final Jon Ireland v Phil Vowels 58-53, 51-61, 79(31)-21.
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THE BILLIARDS HANDICAP - HOW IT WORKS
February 4, 2016
The Billiards Handicap tournament first and second round draws are now on the website. Due to the high number of entries we have to start it despite the billiards season not getting under way until 25th February. HANDICAP SYSTEM All matches are based around 200. Players receiving should deduct the amount from 200. Players owing add the amount to 200. Examples - A Scratch game means the winner is the first to reach 200 or more. James Chiverton v Ray Mears. Ray receives 35 therefore James has to reach 200 or more before Tim reaches 165. Chris Rigby v Ryan Mears. Chris receives 40 and Ryan owes 60. Chris has to reach 160 before Ryan reaches 260. The turnaround point for all deadlines is 14 days prior to the closing date. Please arrange your matches as soon as possible even if the match is to be played 3 or 4 weeks later. Delays in making the initial contact is asking for trouble and leaves you no time if your opponent is away or has problems with dates.
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BILLIARDS COMPETITIONS FIRST ROUNDS ON WEBSITE NOW!!!
February 3, 2016
With a very healthy number of entrants for both billiards competitions the first rounds are now on the website. The closing date is February 29th so please arrange your matches quickly. It does get congested at this stage of the season with the snooker competitions and remaining league fixtures also taking place. The new billiard season will start on February 25th and the fixtures will be on the website shortly and all reps will be sent hard copies by post. Good luck everyone.
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Rule 14(c) TEAMS TIED ON POINTS AT SEASON END!!!
January 11, 2016
In the event of a tie on points at the end of the season, then the number of matches won will decide the higher position. If still level then the head to head match scores will decide. If still level a play off may be arranged to determine the finishing positions. This will only apply when promotion, relegation or winners and runners up finishing positions are unclear. In a Snooker play off all frames shall be played to a finish and a draw shall be decided on aggregate points. The black ball shall be re-spotted if the scores are still equal.
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TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL PHOTO'S
December 11, 2015
Please email me your team or individual photo's taken before or at appropriate times on match nights. We are keen to add as many as possible on the Gallery Section of the website. It doesn't have to be as a result of a big break or notable achievement. We just want your team photo. Email to: "Stayingpositive@aol.com"
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CAPTAINS MESSAGE - DRAW FORMAT
November 23, 2015
We have recently received questions regarding the playing order for league matches particularly in relation to a squad of players from one team. The league ruling is that in divisions Two, One and the Premier you may field more than the general 3 players however the playing order has to be as per the following formula: If a team has 4 players with two playing two frames and two playing one frame each the two playing two frames have to play in positions 1 & 2, 3 & 4 or 5 & 6. For 5 players, the one member playing two frames would have to play in positions 1 & 2, 3 & 4 or 5 & 6. The rule of having more than three players in a team was introduced when only the Premier division had 3 members playing two frames each. Teams promoted from Division One were used to having four members playing one frame each and would then have to drop one of their regulars who got them promoted in the first place. Since then we have introduced six frames league matches in Divisions One and Two, which has proved to be very popular. There may be reasons why captains want to vary from the above however for this and the 2016/17 snooker season their will be no changes. One of the main reasons for this is that should the playing order go back to being a random draw rather than captains choice it would become nie on impossible to sort out. There are other reasons as well which would need full discussion at both General League meetings and at an A.G.M. If anyone requires clarification on this then please contact me on 07767 796102. KJ
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NEW HAW RELIANT ON ROBIN
November 6, 2015
Researchers inform me that New Haw's ROBIN RUSSELL has his name on the breaks board for the first time in about 20 seasons of playing in the Byfleet League. A superbly crafted sequence of 8 pots resulted in a 27 break. Team mates put it down to playing with a Straight Cue. Robin's contribution helped his team to a valuable 4 - 2 win in last nights Division Two league fixture.
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DES HORLOCK - GREAT NEWS NOW AT HOME
October 23, 2015
Since issuing details of Des Horlock being in hospital (10th October story)I am delighted to inform you that Des has been sent home. For good behaviour surprisingly. So, keep taking the tablets Des and we all look forward to seeing you when you are better.
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PAUL GANLEY BREAKS HIS OWN DIVISION ONE RECORD BREAK
October 10, 2015
After a brief absence from playing in the league PAUL GANLEY's return couldn't have started better. Part of a new team from Woking Snooker Centre formed by James Cullen, PAUL broke his own highest break record of 85 with a magnificent 106 in his first appearance on week two of the season. Congratulations PAUL and welcome back.
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DES HORLOCK UPDATE
October 10, 2015
I am delighted to pass on good news of Knaphill Working Men's Clubs DES HORLOCK. DES has recently undergone major surgery and is currently in the Frensham Ward of the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. I visited him yesterday afternoon and can report that he is on the mend. Recovery is likely to be a slow process but he is in incredibly high spirits and very positive about plans when he gets out. He has started writing a book about his life's adventures which is sure to be interesting and a lot of fun based on some of the stories he shared with me yesterday. He is still involving himself in his role as club President and directing operations from his hospital room. They say you can never keep a good man down and DES certainly fits this adage. Visiting hours 3pm - 5pm and 6pm - 8pm.
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SURREY SNOOKER AND BILLIARD TEAM OPPORTUNITIES
September 30, 2015
I will be selecting teams to represent Surrey in the annual Four Counties Snooker and Billiards tournaments that will be held around March/April next year. Please contact me during the season if you wish to be considered to represent the county. Last year it was left to the last minute and the Billiards team only finished 3rd and although we won the Snooker tournament some players felt that they should have been involved. I did put a message on the website and left no one out who indicated their availability. This year everyone has ample notice to contact me. I am determined to field teams that will win both tournaments this time around. Please text me on 07767 796102 or email me at 'Stayingpositive@aol.com' if you want to be involved.
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West Byfleet A players wanted
July 31, 2015
Division One West Byfleet Social A are looking for players for the coming season. Contact Stuart Doolan on 07753 392045 if you want to be considered.
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A.G.M. PROPOSALS AND OUTCOMES
July 22, 2015
Members attending the A.G.M. at Chertsey SS Club on Monday last voted unanimously to increase the Division Two Billiards league from 120 to 150 up. Also unanimously carried was that the Snooker Championship tournament from the last 16 stage up to and including the semi finals to be the best of 5 frames. These changes to take effect from 1st September 2015.
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HOW TO BEHAVE ON MATCH NIGHTS!!!! CODE OF CONDUCT
May 31, 2015
I must remind all players that the Byfleet League has a tradition of valuing sportsmanship along with the etiquette that the great games of snooker and billiards demand. All players are expected to honour the game, which includes honouring their opposition and the referee. At the start to shake hands,and at the conclusion of each hard fought game a handshake and congratulations on a well played game is what should be instilled by all captains to their players. Referees are bound to occasionally make mistakes but their decision is final. You may query a decision but if affirmed then there should be no further questioning. Mobile phones should be on silent and calls should not be made or received in the snooker room. The level of noise should be reasonable and not bordering on gamesmanship. Players should not leave the table during play without the permission of the referee, not concede a frame unless snookers are required and immediately vacate the table after a missed shot. There are to be no breaks between frames or practicing on adjacent tables once the match has started. We are a sociable league and generally members are looking for an enjoyable evening. If players feel put off by the level of noise or behaviour during their game then please point this out at the outset. It is expected that in this situation the players wishes will be respected. Both teams end the match by sharing food and sometimes drink and this comradery is a time for reflection on the games or for some friendly banter etc. If any of this is too much for any player to comply to then I make no apology and say that there is no place in this league for you. All players in the Byfleet League are expected to abide by the above. Failure to do so will result in a disciplinary hearing judged by the committee.
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STUART CONNOR EDGES BILLIARDS HANDICAP IN THRILLER
May 19, 2015
Lightwater Village's STUART CONNOR won the billiards handicap tonight pipping last years winner TOM HOWICK by a mere three points in a ding dong final.
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JACK HEDLEY WINS GRANDMASTERS TITLE
May 5, 2015
Despite rarely playing on the English Amateur Billiards circuit in recent years Egham Constitutional's JACK HEDLEY has won one of the tours most prestigious tournaments, the EABA Grandmasters Championship.
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'JACKPOT' HEDLEY REGAINS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.
April 27, 2015
As a prelude to last nights Billiards Championship finals night I promised a feast of great billiards and the players didn't disappoint.
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WEEKEND ROUND UP - BYFLEET PLAYERS EXCEL
April 20, 2015
There cannot have been many more successful or better weekends for the snooker players of the Byfleet League than this one. The Surrey team consisting of all Byleet League players won the Inter County Tournament at The Castle Club in Brighton on Saturday. Captain PAUL BUNYARD, lead LEWIS FRAMPTON, SEAN HARVEY, RYAN MEARS, DANNY HOCKING and NEIL CLAYTON to victory with a 9 -3 win against Kent, a 6 - 6 draw against the home team East Sussex and finally a 10 -2 walloping of West Sussex. Their team score of 25 points was followed by the East Sussex and Kent on 21 points. Meanwhile 15 year old JASMINE BOLSOVER captured the World Ladies Under 21 Snooker title at The Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. JASMINE has played a handful of league matches with proud father GAVIN for Woking Cons as well as the duo teaming up in the handicap pairs for the last two seasons. a A star of the future currently already shining bright. Whilst writing this report JASMINE is halfway to completing a fabulous World double with partner REANNE EVANS the pair are 2 - 0 up in the best of 7 Ladies doubles grand final. (Tues am) Have just heard that they won the pairs completing a memorable weekend in Leeds. Yesterday at the Cuestars event at Swindon RYAN MEARS who the day before won all 6 of his frames representing Surrey beat a high class field to win the final leg of the series. Sunninghill's MATT FORD won the overall series after another high place finish. Phew, what a way to showcase the strength of our league. Many congratulations to everyone mentioned. Further details can be seen on various websites in due course, particularly www.wlbsa.com for the Ladies World Snooker and www.cuestars.co.uk.
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RYAN BREAKS DIVISION THREE RECORD WITH MEAR 93.
April 15, 2015
The leagues oldest highest break, an 85 in 1995 by Eddie Taylor was recently eclipsed by Guildford City's RYAN MEARS who recorded a run of 93 in his teams recent league match against West Byfleet Social.
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LEAGUE'S RECORD BREAKS
April 15, 2015
A summary of the highest breaks in the Byfleet Billiards and Snooker League follow:
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SURREY SNOOKER TEAM FINALISED
April 9, 2015
Thanks everyone for helping me to put a team together at the eleventh hour to represent Surrey in an Inter County Tournament at the Castle Club in Brighton on Saturday April 18th. I had a great response to my appeal on facebook and the website. I am delighted to report that the team is: Paul Bunyard (Captain), Sean Harvey, Neil Clayton, Danny Hocking, Lewis Frampton and Ryan Mears.
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CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL - PAUL BUNYARD EDGES EXCITING FINALE
March 18, 2015
The curtain came down on the 2014-2015 snooker season following a closely fought Championship final at the Lightwater Village Club last night.
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SUPERCHARGED FORD RUNS AWAY WITH SNOOKER HANDICAP
March 10, 2015
Sunninghill Comrades' MATT FORD gave a snooker master class at the impressively refurbished Staines Conservative Club last night to land the Snooker Handicap Trophy.
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HANDICAP PAIRS - HARVEY & CONNORS TRIUMPHANT
February 25, 2015
The Chertsey SS duo of ALAN HARVEY & TREVOR CONNORS took the honours at the Lightwater Village Club last night following a very exciting and close run final against the DOHERTY brothers from the West Byfleet Social Club.
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TRIPLES - LIGHTWATER WEATHER WOKINGS STORMING COMEBACK
February 17, 2015
The story starts with contrasting semi finals.
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SNOOKER DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS RESULTS
February 10, 2015
Semi Finals Premier RYAN MEARS 1 v 2 MARK LEONARD 22-75 (65) 68-41, 27 -66 (55), PAUL BUNYARD 2 v 0 RICHARD PINER 72 (47) - 8,68 - 42 (30) , Div One GEORGE REEVES 2 v 0 STUART DOOLAN 64 - 42, 58(39) - 15, STUART CONNOR 2 v 0 ANDY BAREFIELD 52 (36) -11,70 (25)- 33 (29) Div Two JOE TAYLOR 2 v 0 JOE LAMBERT 48 - 19, 77 (32, 26) - 1 MICHAEL DOHERTY 2 v 0 MICHAEL PUNTER 42 -36, 40 -31 Div Three PHIL VOWELS 2 v 1 PETER SIMPSON 34 - 43, 56 - 42, 56 - 17, GARY HYNDS 2 v 1 BILL BAKER 32 - 51, 51 - 31, 54 - 30. Finals. Premier - PAUL BUNYARD Beat MARK LEONARD 2 - 0, 84(35,49) - 40(40), 72(38) - 9. Division One - GEORGE REEVES Beat STUART CONNOR 2 -1, 60 -58, 18 - 57, 53 -49. Black ball in deciding frame. Division Two - JOE TAYLOR Beat MICHAEL DOHERTY 2 - 1, 51-26, 38-64, 59 - 30. Division Three - GARY HYNDS Beat PHIL VOWELS 2 -1, 28 -25, 32-60, 40 -37. Black ball in deciding frame. Huge thanks to Bob Mason for use of Woking Snooker Centre tables and to Jim Angus, Ian Rose and Gary Simpson for refereeing. A great nights snooker. Well done everyone.
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FOR SALE
January 4, 2015
MODERN BILLIARDS by JOHN ROBERTS and others 1902. A rare book with detailed descriptions of how to play the game along with diagrams. This hardback book is in good condition for its age and an excellent and interesting read. SOLD THE BREAKS CAME MY WAY - JOE DAVIS 1976. Joe's tells his story of his 50 + years playing on the green baize. Hardback copy in good condition. £10.00. HOW I PLAY SNOOKER - JOE DAVIS 1949. One of earliest instructional snooker books by the 20 years unbeaten World Champion. Pictures showing the fundamentals of snooker along with explanations of shots, break building and tactics. In very good condition. £25.00. Please contact Kelvin Jones on 07767 796102 or by email to: Stayingpositive@aol.com to purchase or enquire. Ideal Christmas presents.
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JACKO REGAINS OVER 50'S CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
January 4, 2015
Woking Snooker Centre's PAUL JACKSON gained a hard fought but deserved victory in the Maurice Poulain Over 50's snooker championship at Chertsey SS Club last night. PAUL defeated Lightwaters JOHN CHIVERTON in his semi final winning 2 - 0 while TONY MUNDY saw off New Haw team mate STEVE DALE by the same score in the other semi final. TONY got the better of a to and fro first frame in the best of 3 final throwing down the gauntlet to the three times winner. PAUL responded with his best frame of the evening with back to back runs of 32 to level the match. The third frame was a close run affair with both playing excellent safety shots, posing problems to each other. PAUL's outstanding potting when under pressure proved the difference in what was a very enjoyable, high standard final. Congratulations to both players. Thanks to Chertsey SS for hosting the evening and to TERRY TEEMAN and JIN ANGUS for officiating.
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MITCH POISSONNET - FUNERAL DETAILS & A LINK
December 11, 2014
Mitch's funeral will be held on Thursday December 11th at 2.45pm at Woking Crematorium. Please contact Terry Teeman by text or phone on 07446 813108 or by email to 'terryteemans@gmail.com' if you plan to attend as Terry is liaising with Mitch's family. Mitch's wishes were for all of the men to wear some pink on their feet (shoes or laces) and all of the ladies to wear some pink on their head. Please respect his wishes. Terry, Mitch's closest friend and who gave him constant support throughout the most difficult and darkest times in his valiant fight against his illness, will be posting an obituary on this website in the near future. World Snooker's website has a lovely picture of Mitch in their announcement which can be seen at: www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~4354333,00.html Your own tributes can be emailed to me at 'stayingpositive@aol.com' and will be put on the website also.
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6 REDS TOURNAMENT - THANK YOU - A GREAT DAY!!
December 8, 2014
I cannot thank everyone enough for making yesterdays 6 Reds Tournament such a special day. Peter and Mark Mcintyre especially, for making the journey from the Far East (Norfolk), it was great seeing them. They were not so fortunate in the competitions but won the longest drive. Bob Mason for his fantastic support over many many years in allowing the league use of his tables at Woking Snooker Centre and all round contribution to snooker at league and national level. But above all the leagues members who put themselves out to raise money for 'one of their own'. A special personal thanks to George Middleton for his enthusiasm and help in everything, in the league. Every player, there was 27 entries, for a great atmosphere with some good snooker played. The star of the event was Sean Harvey who played excellent snooker all day and deservedly won the main prize. Its really great for the league to have Sean back. What a player. Trevor Connors won the highly contested Plate competition, for the second time, and James Popplewell made the highest break of 54. Asad, a Woking Snooker Centre member, won the raffle. Thanks to all who contributed the day raised £400.00. Fantastic. Well done.
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MITCH POISSONNET
November 30, 2014
It is with the greatest of sadness that I have to inform everyone the heart breaking news of the death of our colleague and friend, Mitch Poissonnet this evening. A full obituary and announcement will be on this website shortly. On behalf of the Byfleet League our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy go out to Mitch's family.
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WITHDRAWAL PROMPTS IMPORTANT PROMOTION & RELEGATION NEWS.
November 6, 2014
Today's notification that Walton Comrades have withdrawn from Division Two due to 'lack of support and interest from their registered players' has meant a radical change in the usual number of promotion and relegation places. It is now most likely that next seasons snooker fixture list will comprise of 4 divisions of 8 teams in each and as such the following will apply. 'At the end of the current season the bottom two teams in the Premier Division will be relegated to Division One, automatic promotion from Division One to the Premier will be for the winners only. From Division One two teams will be relegated with only the winners from Division Two being promoted. From Division Two two teams will be relegated with both the winners and runners up from Division Three promoted.' Should we have extra teams join next season then this may change but you need to all be aware that at this time the above process will apply. The committee will be working on a revised plans for next season as with the fewer number of teams in each division the season will be shorter. We regret that this season has been blighted with byes but with 33 teams originally entered it was unavoidable.
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MOBILE PHONES!!!! TOPIC RAISED AGAIN.
October 24, 2014
THE COMMITTEE HAVE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING MOBILE PHONES DURING MATCHES. PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL MOBILE PHONES ARE SWITCHED OFF DURING MATCHES. IF YOU MUST USE YOUR MOBILE PHONE, LEAVE THE SNOOKER ROOM TO DO SO AND GIVE THE PLAYERS THE RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVE.
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STEVEN WILLIAMS RECORD BREAK IN DIVISION ONE
October 9, 2014
Steven Williams soon showed his new team mates his undoubted talents notching a Division One league record break of 83 against Lightwater Village's Stuart Connor on week three of the new season. Steven has joined up with James Popplewell, Luke Hooper and Tom Fuller at Egham Constitutional Club and now adds the Division One record break to his incredible Division Two 105 record. He was in devastating form in his two frames with breaks of 54 and 27 for good measure. On a great night of snooker James Popplewell made a break of 79 in the same match. With so many excellent players in this division it looks like its going to be a very interesting season. Well done Steven and James.
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SNOOKER DIVISION THREE FORMAT CHANGE
August 10, 2014
A proposal was discussed, voted on and adopted at the July A.G.M. that effects teams playing in the Snooker League in Division Three. This will commence from the new season beginning in September. The proposal was: TO ALLOW DIV 3 TEAMS TO PLAY FOUR FRAME MATCHES WITH THREE PLAYERS (IF NECESSARY) FROM THE START OF THE 2014/15 SEASON. It was decided that in the event of a team being only able to field three players that a RANDOM DRAW be made to see who plays the additional frame. Players names to be written and placed face down, and opposing captain picks one. The player drawn to play twice cannot play consecutive frames. It is suggested that the playing order be decided after this draw has been made. The league are relying on each teams integrity not to try to gain an advantage by the use of this rule. Each team must do their best to have a team of four and as such must register at least four players. It is only in the event of having only three players available on a league night.
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PRESENTATION EVENING - THANK YOU
June 28, 2014
I thought that nothing would surprise me after being involved with the league for so many wonderful years but I was completely taken aback at last night's Presentation Evening. The atmosphere at West Byfleet Social was great and I was really enjoying being with so many friends. I was overwhelmed when Mark L made his speech and presented me with the beautiful picture and the collection. It was very special to hear the good wishes of all my fellow snooker addicts. Thank you all so very much. Kelvin
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DEREK HODGES 18/06/1926 - 30/07/2014 Aged 88
June 28, 2014
I am sad to have to report that Byfleet League founder member Derek Hodges passed away peacefully at home recently having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's over a year ago. Derek was one of an enthusiastic group of players who formed the league in 1946 and he continued to play an active part for over 50 years. Derek was an absolute gentleman as well as a very accomplished player of both snooker and billiards. He was Byfleet snooker champion on three occasions 1950, 1952 and 1953 and runner up four times in 1951, 1962, 1963 and 1964. He played for several clubs over the years starting with Airscrew Social Club where in the 1950-51 season he helped his team win both the snooker and billiards titles. While he had a very prolific snooker c.v. he was most passionate about billiards. In the 1950's and 1960's he was one of the top billiard players in the league always challenging for the honours in a golden era of the game. Derek also had success playing for Walton Working Mens and finally at Chertsey SS where he was club champion on many occasions. Derek along with team mates Arthur Wade and Len Leyshon certainly were a formidable trio. He was a great supporter of the league and even after he retired from playing he would regularly appear at billiards finals nights. It was always a delight to see him and be in his company. His knowledge of the game was immense and he loved to pass this on to us. He was much loved and respected, and will be sorely missed by his many club and league friends. Our condolences go to his wife Yvonne and their family. Derek's funeral is at 4.15pm on Friday 15th August at Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead. Derek's family have requested donations to the Alzheimer's Society instead of flowers. Donations can be made via Frederick Chitty Funeral Directors, Brassey House, New Zealand Avenue, Walton On Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH TEL:01932 254255.
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BILLIARDS HANDICAP- TOM HOWICK IS THE PICK!!!
May 21, 2014
A really entertaining evening took place at Knaphill Working Mens Club last night with the semi finals and final of the Billiards Handicap tournament. Last years winner MATT WEST (175) met MARTIN COURT (250) in the first semi final with MARTIN getting off to a good start he looked set to eat into the handicap very quickly. Suddenly the leaves dried up and at the same time MATT found his best form of the season. For the next 100 points it was nearly all one way traffic. Cue-ing smoothly MATT potted everything and played some impressive all round billiards. MARTIN did little wrong, he just didn't get the opportunities. MATT continued right to the end and finishing the victor 175 - 121. The second semi final pitched MARK LEONARD (300) against TOM HOWICK (175). TOM is having a great season and got off to a storming start and quickly increased his advantage. Although a long way adrift MARK, the recently crowned Billiards Individual Champion, proved once again what a great competitor he is by fighting back with a series of 30 and 40 breaks. From cruising TOM was seeing his opponents score get closer and closer to his. MARK needed just 32 after a titanic comeback when TOM finally potted match ball. The final followed with the two younger players contesting it. MATT (150) seems to thrive on playing at Knaphill in this competition and both he and TOM were in good form after excellent semi final displays. Honours were even up to a quarter way through but following rare errors by his opponent TOM gained unexpected chances around the red spot. With his potting boots firmly on he was in no mood to spurn his opportunities. A really flowing final climaxed with TOM scoring at every visit to take the title 200 - 121. The whole evening was played in a great spirit with all four finalists being very sporting and displaying wonderful etiquette. Billiards in the Byfleet League has come a long way in both interest and standard. Long may it continue. Congratulations TOM on the first, I am sure, of many league tournament wins. Thanks to Knaphill Club for use of their tables, to Des Horlock for preparing them so well and to Jim Angus for refereeing not only this event but every one of the finals nights. Jim is an invaluable asset to the Byfleet League.
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MARK LEONARD DEFEATS JACK HEDLEY IN EPIC BILLIARDS FINAL
May 13, 2014
Despite meritorious efforts by Paul Angus and Steve Berry this seasons Billiards Championship final was contested by the leagues two outstanding players. Mark Leonard beating Steve 200 - 99 in their semi final and Jack Hedley beating Paul 200 - 74 in the other semi. Hedley notching a crucial 69 break when less than 20 in front. The 90 minute final was nip and tuck throughout with Jack starting the better. Mark responded with a fine run of 70 before Jack knocked in a 65. With 15 minutes left on the clock Mark led 276 - 275. Mark kept ahead with a 36 break and led 323 - 316 with just 5 minutes remaining. Mark potted a good red and gaining top of the table continued on to claim his 11th Championship title when still at the table on 53 unfinished when the 90 minutes elapsed. Final score being 376 - 316. An excellent final played in a great spirit by two fine players. Thanks to Woking Snooker Centre for use of their tables and to Jim Angus for refereeing.
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THE 'FRAMP' IS SNOOKER CHAMP.
March 7, 2014
LEWIS FRAMPTON capped a memorable snooker season with a 4 - 1 victory over PAUL BUNYARD to win the Snooker Championship at Chertsey SS & NR Club tonight. LEWIS had already won the Snooker Handicap and recorded the seasons highest break with a 101 in a league match against Staines. The snooker double has only been accomplished twice before in recent seasons both times by MARK LEONARD in 2000 and 2003. LEWIS has strong claims to be player of the season following this success. He settled first with a 47 in frame one and took advantage of a subdued opponent who was uncharacteristically slow to find any rhythm. LEWIS pressed home his advantage with a comfortable win in frame two and after looking second favourite throughout the third frame managed to make it 3 - 0 with a black ball victory. PAUL, with his back against the wall, made his best break of the night, a 69, after LEWIS had got in first with 26 before missing a straightforward black off the spot. The fifth and final frame was nip and tuck but keeping his game together well allied to PAUL's unfortunate run at crucial times, LEWIS eventually potted a superbly struck long blue to leave PAUL needing snookers. PAUL was gracious in defeat and felt that although the run favoured LEWIS he didn't make the most of his chances and LEWIS deserved to win. For LEWIS his name goes on the cup and in the record books and at only 20 this big win in a period of outstanding players in the Byfleet League is a notable achievement. Hopefully he will continue his progress and show good form for many seasons. The hallmark of previous multiple league tournament winners. Frame scores; LEWIS first 78 - 36 (47), 69 - 9, 65 - 64, 30 - 74 (69), 71 - 41. Thanks to Chertsey SS for use of their snooker room. To Terry Teeman who did an excellent job refereeing the final and to Jim Angus for assisting Terry with the scoring. LEWIS will be eligible to represent Byfleet in the 2015 Champion of Champions tournament for which PAUL BUNYARD is the reigning holder.
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FRAMPTON IS HANDICAP KING
February 25, 2014
Lewis Frampton won the Snooker Handicap at Woking Conservative Club tonight. It is the second time he has won this event after success in 2011. It looked unlikely after trailing Chris Rigby by 53 after the first frame in his semi final and by 59 soon after. A length of the table tricky pot red started a fine comeback that ended with a superb break of 62 meant that the match would be decided on the colours. A good safety put Chris in trouble and after an initial foul and a miss he only managed to nudge the yellow into a potable position. Lewis was on a roll now and wasn't going to miss the opportunity of closing out the match. Steven Williams got off to a good start in his semi with Chris Stocker with an early break of 32 but some good potting allied with some excellent snookers Chris turned this match around and led after the first frame over 30. Chris continued to dominate before another 30 + break by Steven meant that he could win with the final two reds left. Chris potted one of them and followed with a brown and narrowly failed to pot the last red. Steven 33 behind now, potted the red and held position for the black and cleared with 35 to win by 2 points. Another exciting match that again looked unlikely for the victor. Having met in the championship semi final last week the final was going to be an interesting match. Lewis set to give Steven 28 displayed a side to his game that ultimately aided his victory. Excellent safety at crucial times. He still looked to play positively but not recklessly as sometimes in the past. He hit the front at the end of the opening frame with blue, pink and black. Leading by 11 going into the second frame. Steven unluckily went in off the pack after potting a blue to centre and despite still looking dangerous he couldn't quite edge ahead. Lewis holding on to win on the pink. Two good young players that are reaching the latter stages of a lot of tournaments with Lewis now one match away from completing the snooker double. A feat that only a handful have achieved in the leagues history. Standing in his way though is Paul Bunyard who will be a formidable opponent when they do battle for the Snooker Championship Title at Chertsey SS on Friday March 7th. Thanks again to Woking Conservative Club for use of their magnificent snooker room and to Jim Angus for refereeing.
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SNOOKER DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS
February 13, 2014
What a great nights snooker at Woking Snooker Centre tonight. With all four divisional championships decided in front of a bumper crowd of supporters. PREMIER DIVISION Semi Finals MARK LEONARD beat LEWIS FRAMPTON 2 - 0 (80-36, 63 - 30) RICHARD PINER beat CHRIS RIGBY 2 -1 (42-56, 60-44, 61-48) Final MARK LEONARD beat RICHARD PINER 2 - 0 (75-31, 52-14) DIVISION ONE Semi Finals ANDY BAREFIELD beat JOE TAYLOR 2 -1 (57-28, 34-68, 53-22) STEVE WILLIAMS beat JAMES POPPLEWELL 2- 0 (56-43, 65-17) Final STEVE WILLIAMS beat ANDY BAREFIELD 2- 1(15-60, 65-60, 55-32) DIVISION TWO Semi Finals STUART DOOLAN beat MATT PETTENGELL 2 -0 (54-26, 56-44) STUART CONNOR beat AARON CASTLE 2 - 0 (74-10, 68-8) Final STUART CONNOR beat STUART DOOLAN 2 -1 (61-30, 30-57, 51-40) DIVISION THREE Semi Finals GARY SIMPSON beat STUART SPIERS 2 - 1 (39-58, 48-40, 42-40) JEAN MARC BANCILHON w/o MICHAEL PUNTER Final JEAN MARC BANCILHON beat GARY SIMPSON 2 - 0 (46-12, 44-18) The league would like to thank Woking Snooker Centre for use of their tables and club. Jim Angus, Terry Teeman, John Chiverton and Peter Simpson for refereeing. Once again this was a very successful and enjoyable evening on the Thursday following the final snooker league fixture. Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the players involved in all of the matches.
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WRAYSBURY LADS WIN SNOOKER PAIRS
February 5, 2014
Joe Taylor and Michael Punter decisively and deservedly won the Snooker Handicap Pairs Tournament at the West Byfleet Social Club tonight. Displaying great patience the youngsters from the Wraysbury Club overcame the 2006 Champions Andrew Veness and Mark Flatt in their semi final and two of the runaway winning Division One team from Knaphill, Adrian Fowler and Vince Deciccio, in the final. The Knaphill pair having fought hard in their semi final to finally overcome Derek Wyatt and Luke Daymond from the Walton Working Mens. Congratulations to our new champions. Thank you to Ian at the West Byfleet Club for preparing the tables and hosting the evening and to Jim Angus for refereeing.
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SUNNINGHILL TRIO VICTORIOUS IN JERSEY TRIPLES
January 14, 2014
The SUNNINGHILL TEAM consisting of Richard Piner, Craig Marsh and Ian Rose won a close semi final against Addlestone British Legion to reach the final. WEST BYFLEET put up a convincing performance in the other semi winning the first two frames to add to their 49 point handicap. Staines's Tom Howick despite having a monumental task to overcome a 110 point deficit started in great style putting 40 + points on the board without reply. An unfortunate in off to the middle when in full flow stopped him from further reducing the gap and Michael Doherty sealed a famous win with some spectacular pots of his own. Sunninghill set to concede 91 in the final got a shock in the opening frame when Michael Doherty edged the frame by 13 points to take West Byfleet into a 104 point lead. Craig Marsh played the frame of his life with a superb all round performance to win by 91. Ian Rose needed little encouragement to maintain the momentum knocking in an early 41 break. Dave Wood potted some great balls to keep his team in the match but was forced to concede the match needing snookers on the blue. All matches were played in good spirit, Sunninghill were deserved winners but all teams played there part in an entertaining evenings play. Thanks to Jim Angus for refereeing and to the Chertsey Club for use of their snooker room.
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OVER 50'S RESULT. JONES WINS SEASONS FIRST FINAL.
December 9, 2013
Semi Finals PAUL JACKSON 2 ANDY DARKEN 0.... 75-42, 63(48-28 KELVIN JONES 2 MARTIN COURT 1.... 68-65, 2-93(37,31), 73-29 Final KELVIN JONES 2 PAUL JACKSON 0....63-44, 77-27 Thanks to Staines Conservative Club for hosting these matches and to Jim Angus and Terry Teeman for refereeing.
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WALTON COMRADES B OUT OF DIVISION THREE
November 29, 2013
Owing to being unable to field a team it is with regret that WALTON COMRADES B cannot fulfil their fixtures during the second half of the season. All points throughout the season have been awarded to their opponents. We hope that in future that their will be a second team from Walton Comrades in the snooker league.
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LIGHTWATER 'B' OUT OF DIVISION TWO - BIG BREAKS AND NEWS FOLLOW
November 22, 2013
Owing to personal reasons within their team the league have agreed to allow LIGHTWATER VILLAGE 'B' side in Division Two to not play during the second half of the season. All of their intended opponent teams will be awarded the full 6 points. We hope that in future that their will be a second team from Lightwater in the snooker league. Also in Division Two. last night, take a bow KERRY O'KEEFE from Chertsey SS who made a superb break of 69. A mid season front runner to take the high break prize. On the adjoining table Chertsey 'A's mercurial LEWIS FRAMPTON secured his second frame with a 74 break to temporarily top the Premier Divisions break board, however the betting suggests that this won't last long. Make the most of it LEWIS. IAN ROSE takes top billing with his second century of the season, both in the competitions, this one being a magnificent 121 in his deciding frame in the Championship match against Matt Cooke. Last years runner up is putting his marker down early to go one better this season. Players involved in tournaments please arrange your matches quickly. The trend to wait until the last week or later takes no consideration of your opponents availability and with peoples lives being busy with work and family commitments it is not reasonable to expect matches to be played just when it suits one party. Make the effort early, get the matches arranged and alleviate the stress of cramming them all in at the last minute. A review of the first half of the season will be on the website soon. Enjoy your games and let me know of any achievements or things of note in all divisions. We want to know.
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NORFOLK NEWS - MCINTYRES ROADTRIP
November 13, 2013
Regular news reports from Norfolk indicate that the Mcintyre's are settling in to their new lifestyle. Peter and Mark managed to join the West Norfolk Billiards League immediately and are enjoying meeting and playing the regions finest. The league consists of one division of 7 teams, each team made up of two players. The matches are over 30 minutes play and each play two matches. Handicaps also apply. Mark got off to a cracking start soring 190 points in his match, which is the second highest of the season. Peter has had his handicap cut from +20 to +15 after showing some form following the family move. The star of the league is Philip Welham who has scored 245 in a 30 minute match already. This week they travelled the 30 miles through narrow winding country roads to their match, the journey taking 50 minutes. Peter said that the trips to Sunninghill were a walk in the park in comparison. One club had the added handicap for our intrepid boys of having no bar, only trays of bottles of coke and fruit juices and an honesty box where you pay. Regardless of this setback they are enjoying themselves. They send their best wishes to all of their friends in the Byfleet League.
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COMPETITION RESULTS - WHO TO NOTIFY.
October 29, 2013
Please email your results to andrewrockingham@msn.com or by text to 07767796102. Andrew is now the competition secretary but will be eased gently into this challenging role. The website contacts will be updated as soon as possible.
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DIVISION ONE - WRAYSBURY VILLAGE ''A PLAYER SUSPENDED
October 29, 2013
Following various complaints of bad behaviour since the beginning of this year and an appalling incident at his Division One league match last Thursday a member of the Wraysbury Village 'A' team has been suspended with immediate effect for the remainder of the season by the Executive Committee at a specially convened meeting last night. The person has been notified and a letter will be sent to his club along with notifications to every captain of teams in this division. He failed to attend the meeting despite being invited. The player concerned will be allowed to apply to play next season. The league has an excellent reputation gained over many years and its objectives are to encourage the pursuit of the highest possible standards as regards play, sportsmanship and refereeing. The committee will not tolerate players who continually fail to follow these objectives.
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'MISS RULE' CLARIFICATION
October 23, 2013
Despite the decision at the AGM to relax the much misunderstood 'Miss Rule' in divisions one, two and three, the rule may still come into play if a very poor attempt has been made to hit a ball on. The members present at the AGM voted that the rule was 'not compulsory' in these divisions however this does not mean that it no longer may be applied. With many experienced and excellent players throughout all the divisions we expect consistent sportsmanship and honesty by players if these situations occur. I have repeated a message that was put on this website last year in the hope that it may be a guideline. ..................................................................... MISS RULE - As a result of feedback at the October meeting it seems that the miss rule is again causing a problem. Following discussion this proposal was agreed, 'that as well as the referee the two players may be included in consultation if a possible miss occurs'. What does this mean? the referee doesn't call a miss but the opponent of the striker who fouled, thinks it should have been called, they may now ask their opponent 'do you agree that it should have been a miss'? If both players agree then the referee calls a miss and the cue ball may be replaced. If both players do not agree then the referee makes the final decision. This should take the onus away from referees that are not qualified and may feel in an awkward position. However, this consultation will not apply to matches officiated by E.A.S.B. qualified referees.
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LIGHTWATER ARE DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS
June 16, 2013
Lightwater B decisively won the division two playoff to take the trophy and are promoted as champions to division one against Walton Working Mens A at Chertsey SS last night. Another outstanding performance from Jack Hedley capped by a superb unfinished 85 run in the opening game against Chris Edwards set Lightwater up and Ray Everest followed with a solid display against John Warner, never relinquishing his early lead to put the result beyond all doubt. Darren Warrington and Tim Churchill's game was not played. Both teams are promoted to division one next season and are sure to make their mark especially Lightwater who having experienced their first season in the league will be a match for any team. Jack's brilliance and readiness to share his vast billiards knowledge with his team can only help them improve further. Watch out for some epic games next year. Walton have been there before and fully deserve their place back in the top flight. We look forward to these two sporting teams competing again. Thanks to Jim Angus for refereeing and to the Chertsey club for staging the match at short notice.
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CHRIS ROSS R.I.P. TRIBUTES Page 2
May 18, 2013
Owing to the number of tributes we are adding this page. Also there was a fine tribute to Chris in this weeks Surrey Herald.
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CHRIS ROSS R.I.P. TRIBUTES Page 1
May 16, 2013
Chris Ross sadly passed away last Saturday. Would anyone wishing to make a personal tribute please contact me by email to 'Stayingpositive@aol.com'. Our sincere condolences go to his family.
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CHRIS ROSS 12/03/1933 - 04/05/2013 R.I.P.
May 9, 2013
I am saddened to report that Chris Ross passed away last Saturday aged 80. His funeral is at Woking Crematorium at 2.45pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2013.
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LATE NEWS - BUNNY WINS CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
March 18, 2013
PAUL BUNYARD beat a star studded field at the Fairview Club, Harrow yesterday to regain the prestigious Champion of Champions trophy that he won in 1997 and 1998. Full details will be posted as soon as possible. Many congratulations to Paul who has once again, done the Byfleet League proud and completed his renaissance to top flight club and league snooker. Previous winners of this tournament are MARTIN GOULD and MARTIN O'DONNELL , both of whom are now on the main professional circuit.
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SIMON FARAHMAND MEMORIAL 6 REDS - LEWIS FRAMPTON IS CHAMPION.
December 3, 2012
Lewis Frampton put on a sparkling performance to steal the show yesterday in a star studded line up for the 6 reds snooker tournament in memory of Simon Farahmand at Woking Snooker Centre yesterday. Special thanks to Mark Court and Phil Vowells for organising the event and to everyone that took part.
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BYFLEET START INTER LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH EMPHATIC WIN!!!
November 26, 2012
On Sunday the Byfleet “B” Inter League team took on a Watford “C” team at Woking Snooker Centre.
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WEBSITE FORUM - TESTING
November 5, 2012
Would members please try out a Byfleet League test forum at www.byfleetleague.co.uk/forum.
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STEVE WILLIAMS NETS 105 RECORD BREAK IN DIVISION TWO!!!
September 27, 2012
Available on the transfer market in the Summer keen fisherman STEVEN WILLIAMS landed a magnificent 105 break to smash the previous Divison Two record that was recorded last season.
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SIMON FARAHMAND 9/09/1983 - 30/05/2012 Funeral 26th June 2012
June 26, 2012
With much sadness we report the news that Simon Farahmand passed away on 30th May in St Peters Hospital after bravely battling leukemia for the past 12 months. His funeral is on Tuesday 26th June at St Peters Church, Hersham at 2pm. Following on to Leatherhead crematorium at 3.30pm. The wake is at Hersham Comrades. Dan has invited anyone who wishes to pay their respects to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sheree and their 16 month old twin daughters, Megan and Esmae. Many of you will remember Simon and his brother Dan as close and formidable team mates.In the 2009 -10 season they helped the Walton Comrades team to gain promotion to the Premier Division, finishing runners up to long time rivals Staines Cons. Teams playing the Comrades always knew that they were facing tough opposition but would have a good night. At all times matches were played in good spirit and a friendly atmosphere. Dan was always there with and for Simon throughout his illness and has expressed a wish that 'we don't feel awkward when next meeting him'. Dan is proud that Simon was held in such high esteem and we are priviledged Simon has been part of the Byfleet and District league.
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BILLIARDS DIVISION TWO HIGHEST BREAK SMASHED
June 25, 2012
The leagues longest standing highest break has been usurped in an epic era of the Byfleet League. George Rodens 1966 Division Two billiards break of 73 was beaten by 9 points following Jack Hedleys 82 break against Chertsey last thursday. This is the third highest break new record during the 2011-12 snooker and billiards season and highlights the quality of players in our league at this time. Many congratulations to Jack, who we are delighted has started playing in the league recently for Sunninghill.
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ROBBIE HUNT 17/11/1925 - 15/06/2012 AGED 86.
June 19, 2012
Robbie Hunt passed away last friday after many years battling illness. His funeral is on 3rd July at Woking Crematorium at 2.45pm followed by the wake at West Byfleet Social Club. Robbie was a staunch supporter of the league and its players and teams for many many years and was often seen at tournament finals nights or during afternoons or evenings at Woking Snooker Centre watching our top players. With his pipe always near and his bag of pens and paper on his shoulder Robbie would order a cup of tea and a' Banjo sandwich' and settle down to quietly admire the likes of Chris Ross, Mark Leonard, Paul Bunyard and the many top players of the area. If you saw his blue three wheeled disabled car parked outside your club on a thursday night you knew that your match had star billing. A keen player in his younger years Robbie always joked that he would be better off playing with his walking stick at times. It was fair to say that Robbies trophy cabinet was hardly bulging but you will never find anyone more enthusiastic. I was lucky enough to be Chairman when Robbie became Match Secretary and he not only did a great job but he was a person that one was always happy to see and be in his company. He was much loved by all in the league, both young and not so young. He had more health problems then was fair but never complained. I visited him a couple of times in hospital and when asked he was always 'not so bad'. The nurses were very fond of him and he quickly made friends of the other patients in the ward. That was Robbie. His daughter Karen looked after Robbie after her mother died about 5 years ago as Robbie was struggling to come to terms without his wife of 44 years. A spell in a care home meeting and chatting to new people seemed to boost Robbie but with his health deteriating he wanted to be with his family and he stayed with Karen until his life came to an end on friday. Robbie, along with many others, I have only fond memories of you. May you rest in peace. Written by Kelvin Jones
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LEONARD WINS HANDICAP BUT BILLIARDS IS THE WINNER!!!!
June 13, 2012
The increasing interest in Billiards within the Byfleet League was highlighted at Woking Snooker Centre last night with a record number of spectators in attendance to witness the final stages of this years tournament.
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SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP - CHRIS BARNARD WINS PULSATING FINAL.
March 23, 2012
Chris Barnard the 2009 and 2010 champion defeated Paul Bunyard the 2011 champion in a wonderful snooker championship final at the Knaphill Club tonight by three frames to one.
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RYAN MEARS WINS EXCITING SNOOKER HANDICAP FINAL!!!
March 14, 2012
Chertsey SS Club hosted this seasons Snooker Handicap finals night and what a night of snooker it was. RYAN MEARS capped a fine display with victory in the final against last years holder LEWIS FRAMPTON after an exciting tussle.
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DIVISION TWO LEAGUE RECORD BREAK BY ANDY BAREFIELD
March 11, 2012
DIVISION TWO RECORD - In a league match on Thursday 8th March Walton Working Mens ANDY BAREFIELD toppled Mike Woods 1993 break of 61 with a superb 79 break against West Byfleet Socials 'C'team captain Peter Simpson. A report is shown on the match card on this website.
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BILLIARDS - THE HANDICAP SYSTEM EXPLAINED!!!
March 2, 2012
Despite the Billiards Seasons league fixtures not commencing until March 22nd, due to the high number of competition entries it has been necessary to stage the first rounds of both the Billiards Championship and Billiards Handicap already. The draws and deadlines have been on this website for a while now so I hope that players drawn in the first round are aware. The Billiards Championship is a straight 200 up until the final which is played over 90 minutes. The Billiards Handicap is based on 200 but players receive, owe and sometimes a match involves both. Players receiving are to deduct the amount from 200 and players owing are to add the amount to 200 in order to achieve the handicap. Examples = Peter Warren receives 85 against Andy Allen. Peter now has to reach 115 points before Andy reaches 200. Mark Leonard against Martin Doherty though has both Mark owing 100 and Martin receiving 30. In this match Mark has to score 300 before Martin reaches 170. If Mark was only owing say 100 then he would have to reach 300 before Martin scores 200. The handicapping committee try and take account of each player and make the matches result in a close a finish as possible. Ultimately we can only try and make the handicap seem fair prior to the match starting, and as such if you think that we have made a mistake and you can give a constructive reason why it may be wrong, then we will reconsider the handicap of the match in question. Often a handicap seems very fair but one player is on top form and enjoys a very favourable run of the balls, aiding him to win by a big margin. We wouldn't consider that the handicap was wrong. Any exceptional performances deserve the player being successful. Good luck and enjoy your matches.
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LEAGUE RECORD BREAK BY PAUL BUNYARD
November 1, 2011
In a league match on Thursday 10th November Woking Snooker Centre's PAUL BUNYARD eclipsed Sean Harvey's 2005 break of 135 with a magnificent 139 clearance. This is PAUL'S 5th century break in the Byfleet League having made his first in 1995. Despite having had two breaks from playing league and competitive snooker PAUL returned last season and helped his team retain the Premier title, won the Snooker Championship and hit the winning shot for the Inter League team. Seemingly enjoying the game again he has been playing well and good judges at Woking having been saying that in practice he has been playing some super snooker and a ton in the league was imminent. With team mate MARK LEONARD holding the Billiards Highest ever break with a staggering 141 and NEIL CLAYTON notching up two centuries last season both Woking and the Byfleet League have talent in abundance.
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THE DRAW, MEMBERSHIPS, MISS RULE, PRESENTATION EVENING.
October 16, 2011
Some guidelines follow for the above 4 topics. THE DRAW IN THE PREMIER DIVISION - last week two Premier teams nominated their order in a way that is contrary to how the league rule should be interpreted. For clarification whilst you are permitted to play with more than three players in all cases each two frames have to be in the following order: 1 & 2, 3 & 4 or 5 & 6. Any player playing two frames in a Premier match has to play in any of the above order. No penalty will be issued for last weeks matches but in future there will be points deducted for any manipulation of the playing order. MEMBERSHIP - The league rule that all players must be bona fide members of the club they are representing is being relaxed in order to accomodate 1. juniors 2. players that have applied for membership 3. where the club have given their permission for the player to represent them. MISS RULE - As a result of feedback at the October meeting it seems that the miss rule is again causing a problem. Following discussion this proposal was agreed, 'that as well as the referee the two players may be included in consultation if a possible miss occurs'. What does this mean? the referee doesn't call a miss but the opponent of the striker who fouled, thinks it should have been called, they may now ask their opponent 'do you agree that it should have been a miss'? If both players agree then the referee calls a miss and the cue ball may be replaced. If both players do not agree then the referee makes the final decision. This should take the onus away from referees that are not qualified and may feel in an awkward position. However, this will not apply to matches refereed by E.A.S.B. qualified referees. PRESENTATION EVENING - The 2012 Presentation Evening will be decided at the January meeting. Any clubs that wish to be considered should notify myself or a committee member before 31st December 2011. Clubs that so far have registered availability are: ADDLESTONE R.B.L., CHERTSEY SS, KNAPHILL, WEST BYFLEET SOCIAL and WEYBRIDGE SERVICES CLUB. My contact details are: Text 07767796102 or email 'Kelvin@byfleetleague.co.uk.'
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - CHANGES FOR 2011 -12
July 26, 2011
A well attended AGM at Chertsey SS last night voted on several proposals, some of which have immediate effect and others that are to be instigated at the start of the 2012/13 season. Please read main story.
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BILLIARDS HANDICAP - JONES TAKES TITLE DESPITE SEMI DRAMA
July 4, 2011
Kelvin Jones handicapped to give team mate Tony Charlton 30 fell over the line after both players had 4 shots each on 199 apiece in one semi final whilst Mark Leonard failed valiantly attempting to turn around a 200 point handicap against Michael Doherty. Michael holding himself together well to win by 36. Mark making breaks of 35, 42, 25, 30 and 26.
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MATT FLOORS OPPOSITION TO WIN BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
June 29, 2011
Sunninghill's MATT COOKE, runner up last year, went one better tonight to deservedly take the Billiards Championship title against Staines Cons star, MARTIN COURT in the 90minutes final.
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BYFLEET OVERTURN DEFICIT TO RETAIN INTER LEAGUE TITLE
May 31, 2011
A magnificent 9 - 3 victory at Newbury on Sunday was more than enough to take the Inter League Champions Title for the second season running, winning on aggregate 14 -10.
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READING v BYFLEET MATCH REPORT - PART TWO
May 30, 2011
A summary and report of the Inter League finals last two frames follow.
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READING SHADE FIRST LEG OF INTER LEAGUE FINAL
May 16, 2011
Byfleets home leg of the Inter League final resulted in a 7 - 5 win for Reading. The return leg is at THE CRUCIBLE CLUB, in Newbury on Sunday 29th May at 3pm.
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SNOOKER DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS!!!!
March 22, 2011
All three Divisional semi finals and final were played at Woking Snooker Centre last night. See full story for details.
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PAUL JACKSON TAKES OVER 50'S CHAMPIONSHIP
March 10, 2011
Wokings Paul Jackson defeated last years winner Kelvin Jones in a close match 2 - 1 at the Knaphill Club last night to take the title at his first attempt.
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ANDY BAREFIELD & JOE CHURCHILL ARE PAIRS CHAMPIONS!!!
March 3, 2011
The Walton Working Mens Division Two duo of Andy Barefield and Joe Churchill eclipsed the Premier pairing of Brad Greenwood and Russell Jones in the snooker handicap pairs final at Staines Conservative Club last night. See Mark Courts report in the main story.
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REARRANGED LEAGUE MATCHES !!
February 25, 2011
All outstanding matches in the snooker league must be played before 17th March, which is the last fixture date. This may especially effect teams that are in either promotion or relegation zones. Under no circumstances will permission be allowed to play after 17th March. If they are not arranged and played then no points will be awarded and penalties may be imposed, subject to the committees discretion. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
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FRAMPTON OVERCOMES HANDICAP TO TAKE THE HONOURS.
February 23, 2011
Lewis Frampton won his first Byfleet League individual tournament at Chertsey SS Club last night to maintain his excellent season, defeating Eghams James Popplewell in an entertaining snooker handicap final.
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COMRADES WIN JERSEY TRIPLES!!!!
February 16, 2011
Brad Parker, Stan Bunker and Chris Stocker, the three amigos from Sunninghill Comrades ran away with the Jersey Triples Trophy at Woking Snooker Centre last night with an emphatic victory over the Weybridge Services trio of Lewis Frampton, Mick Burgess and Craig Stehenson despite conceding a 35 points handicap.
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PAUL BUNYARD WINS THE BYFLEET SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
February 9, 2011
Team mates Paul Bunyard and Mark Leonard met in an intrigueing final of the Snooker Championship at the Chertsey SS Club tonight. Paul winning a tough battle by 3 frames to 1 with the highlight being a 77 break to lead 2 -1.
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NORMAN WALLACE - R.I.P.
December 22, 2010
I am saddened to report the news that the league has lost one of its greatest characters, Norman Wallace, who passed away last Saturday after a long battle with cancer.
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LEAGUE MEETING FEEDBACK - PLEASE READ!!!
October 15, 2010
At the first league meeting of the season, held at Chertsey SS on Monday 11th October, two topics were raised and discussed by the members. THE MISS RULE & ETTIQUETTE.
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MAURICE POULAIN 1922 - 2010
July 7, 2010
I am sorry to report that our much loved and respected league President, Maurice Poulain, passed away at Maple House Nursing Home in Aldershot on 31st May 2010 following a long illness.
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CHAMPION SURVIVES SCARES BUT REACHES NUMBER 10!!!!
May 19, 2010
A large crowd turned up at Chertsey SS tonight and witnessed an exciting evenings matches for the Billiards Championship.
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BUOYANT BYFLEET ARE INTER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!!!
April 19, 2010
The second leg of the Inter League final took place at Woking Snooker Centre last night with Byfleet winning 8 - 4 on the night and 14 - 10 overall.
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PEERLESS LEONARD TAKES SNOOKER HANDICAP!!!
March 31, 2010
A great line up for the Semi's and Final of the Snooker Handicap with the reigning Champion DANNY HOCKING, two of this seasons Premier Division stars ANDREW VERNON and MATT COOKE and MARK LEONARD who has won more titles than any other in our leagues history, taking part at the Chertsey SS Club this evening.
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SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP RETAINED BY CHRIS BARNARD
March 16, 2010
Walton Cons star CHRIS BARNARD successfully defended his title in a close and exciting final at Woking Snooker Centre last night.
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SNOOKER PAIRS AT CHERTSEY 10th MARCH 2010 REPORT
March 11, 2010
The Oatlands Park duo of MATT COOKE and STEVE NICHOLS produced a superb performance in capturing the Snooker Pairs title last night at Chertsey SS Club.
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DAVID HUGHES 1938 - 2009
July 13, 2009
I am sorry to have to report that David Hughes passed away on 1st July 2009.
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NEED COACHING? KICKSTART YOUR SEASON.
June 11, 2009
ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO FIND YOUR 'A' GAME? ARE YOU PRACTICING THE RIGHT WAY? ARE YOU LACKING CONSISTENCY? Get on the right track with some coaching. Kelvin Jones offers coaching from his snooker room in Virginia Water. Reduced rate for members of the league.
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ROD GOUGH RETAINS DIVISION THREE TITLE.
February 16, 2009
West Byfleet Socials Rod Gough keeps his Divisional snooker trophy for another year after victories over George Middleton and Carl Hopkins at his home club last Wednesday.
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BYFLEET 6 - HARROW 7
December 12, 2008
Our league team put up a gallant and valiant performance against the holders Harrow but finally succumbed on the black in the playoff frame.
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League Rules Update
October 1, 2005
Following on from AGM and committee meetings, there have been some rule changes made in respect of aggregate matches and the 'miss' rule. The rule changes are now available on this website. Click the League Rules link to find out more and refer to rules 15.b) 15.e) and 17.
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