The Byfleet League


July 14, 2024
A summary of the highest breaks in the Byfleet Billiards and Snooker League follow:

Division One - Mark Leonard 141(2010)
Division Two - Jack Hedley 105 (2013)
Division Three - Ryan Mears 93(2015)

Premier - Paul Bunyard 139 (2011)
Division One - Paul Bunyard 126 (2023)
Division Two - Steven Williams 105(2012)
Division Three - Robert Tavagna 56 (2016)
Mark Leonard 141 (2010)107 (1999)104 (2011) 103 (2010)102 (2011)
Chris Ross 124 (1964)
Ryan Mears 106, 105 (2018)103 (2019) 102 (2023) 100 (2023)
Jack Hedley 105 (2013)
Andrew Vernon 104 (2023)
Matt Cooke 102 (2013)
Paul Bunyard 139 (2011) 135 (2020) 130 (2019) 126 (2023) 125 (2024) 122 (2004) 117 (1999) 111 (1995) 106 (2018) 104 (2017) 104 (2023) 100 (1997) 100 (2017) 100 (2017)
Sean Harvey 135 (2005) 125 (2004)122 (2007) 119, 113, 112 (2006) 111 (2018) 107 (2019) 101(2017)(2018)
Lewis Frampton 127 (2023) 101 (2014)
Ryan Mears 125 (2023) 102 (2022) 101 (2018)
Matt Bailey 121, 112, 103 (1995)
Robert Tavagna 121 (1995) 112 (1996)
Matt Ford 119 (2019) 117 (2022)
Mark Leonard 115, 113 (2007)111 (2000) 110 (1995) 104 (2007) 104 (1998) 104, 104 (1994)102 (2008)100 (2007)
Andrew Vernon 108 (2023)
Paul Morrison 107 (2023)
Paul Ganley 106 (2015)
Neil Clayton 105, 102 (2011)
Steven Williams 105 (2012) 114 (2022)
Ian Rose 103 (2018)
Daniel Martin 100 (2017)


Other News

June 17, 2024
THIS IS A REMINDER THAT THE PRESENTATION EVENING IS AT THE WALTON COMRADES CLUB ON FRIDAY JUNE 28TH. ALL LEAGUE MEMBERS ARE INVITED. This event is not just for prize winners, come along for our annual get together, have a drink and enjoy the free buffet. It has been another great year of snooker and billiards with records broken and fierce but friendly competitive matches. We look forward to seeing you on the 28th. KJ
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June 7, 2024
Woking Snooker Centre player, referee, tournament director and website guru, TERRY TEEMAN, has been nominated and selected for the finals for the BBC Radio's 2024 MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARDS 'BRAVERY category. Please copy and paste this link for full details: To be on the shortlist for such a distinguished honour is a fantastic achievement. TERRY's story is one of 'zero to hero'. A long history of physical and mental health issues found TERRY in the depths of despair. Due to homelessness he slept on park benches during a very bleak period. His love of cricket and particularly snooker gave him a glimmer of future hope. He became a cricket umpire and arrived back to the Snooker Centre from which a positive road is being taken. Never short of ideas or it's fair to say, opinions TERRY set up the snookerz website promoting the game at grass roots level. He then began organising tournaments and attracted many top players to play in them. Check out his website '' for details of his August competition. Going from strength to strength Snookerz now sponsor a great many amateur players including JASMINE BOLSOVER the Women's World number 14 in her tournaments along with DALTON LAWRENCE a World Champion in the Disability Snooker Association. Snookerz is also joint sponsoring the Byfleet League Snooker team who are playing in the national league finals on the weekend of June 29 and 30. TERRY has always been a great supporter of the Byfleet League for which I am extremely grateful. We share the same passion for the good of the game and I value his input and ideas to promote and improve the Byfleet League. I am so pleased that TERRY has been nominated for this BBC Award and even more pleased that despite so much adversity he has fought his way back. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in September. Best of luck TERRY, and thank you for what you are doing for the game that so many of us love. KJ
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June 5, 2024
The Billiards Handicap final was held at the Woking Snooker Centre on Monday this week with Lightwater Village star STUART CONNOR (owing 50) the victor against the veteran KELVIN JONES. A closely fought match was decided by a superb break of 48 by STUART (ran out) to get over the winning line 250-211 and record his 2nd Billiards Handicap title. On Wednesday RYAN MEARS increased his Billiards Championship tally to a magnificent 7 successive titles after a 414-221 win against IAN ROSE in the 90 minute final at the West Byfleet Social Club. The score line slightly flattered RYAN as IAN took an early lead with runs of 47 and 37 however RYAN hit back before the halfway mark with breaks of 29, 33, 48, 37 and 39. Both played extremely well at times and it was a very entertaining match. With 10 minutes remaining RYAN showed touches of brilliance compiling an 85 break that ended any remaining hope for IAN. Both these finals were refereeed by Phil Vowels. Many thanks to Phil,along with Woking Snooker Centre and West Byfleet Social Club for use of their tables. KJ
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May 3, 2024
Excellent to see such a great Byfleet player turnout for the recent Snookerz Open & congrats to Lewis Frampton, Matt Ford, Jasmine Bolsover , Chris Rigby & Labeeb Ahmed for making it to the last 16 in a very strong field. We had 7 centuries with the highest Byfleet one going to Matt Ford ; 108, and Matt made it through to the semis, losing out narrowly to the eventual tournament winner, Wayne Townsend. Hugely impressive as ever from Byfleet League and well done to everyone that took part. We've got another, similar tournament coming up, the Bob Mason Open and hope to see another good turnout from Byfleet. Please visit for more information / registration Terry T PS Please follow this link to our facebook page for more details.
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April 18, 2024
This message is for any clubs who are interested in having extra teams in the league or any clubs who wish to join the league. The Byfleet League are actively looking to increase the number of teams for the next snooker season, that starts again in September. Ideally you need a squad of 4 players to make up a team. League matches are on Thursday nights and comprise of 6 frames with a minimum of 3 players each playing 2 frames. 1 Point is awarded for each frame won. Please contact me for further information or to join. You don't have to be of 100 break standard.The league is for all who wish to play competitively, improve or above all, just enjoy playing the wonderful game of snooker. You have to be a member of a club that is within the 15 miles radius from Byfleet. Feel free to get in touch. Kelvin Jones text 07767 796102 or email
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April 3, 2024
The Snookerz Open 2024 (at Woking Snooker Centre ; 27 & 28 April) is coming up soon. The winner will get a minimum of £600 , with 7 other paid places, and a high break prize. Everyone is welcome to enter with discounts for WDBS & Under 16 players. The tournament is capped at 48 entries meaning its likely to sell out before the day itself so last minute entries may not be possible. Secure your place to avoid disappointment. Info & Entry : FAQ's :
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March 30, 2024
Following a lengthy illness sadly Martin passed away recently. The long time Lightwater Village Club player and league representative was a great friend to many members of the Byfleet League. He is held in great esteem by all of us who knew him and he will be sadly missed. Martin's funeral will be held at the Easthampstead Crematorium at 3pm on Monday 8th April followed by a wake at the Lightwater Village Club. All are welcome to pay respects to a lovely man. KJ
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March 19, 2024
30 YEARS ON FROM HIS 1st TITLE, LEONARD MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY WITH HIS 9th CHAMPIONSHIP IN A DECIDING FRAME THRILLER. Full report follows but go to the Woking Snooker Centre you tube channel to watch the whole match. The last two frames were especially epic. KJ Mark won the first frame 68-21 with the aid of a 41 break. Matt responded well winning the second with a 29. The third frame went the way of Mark 81-42. Matt levelled with a break of 56, the score ending 75-12. The deciding frame saw Matt get off to a good start but a missed pink to a middle pocket gave Mark a chance which he took superbly. An excellent first red was followed by 52 more points. Matt needed a snooker but was in one which he failed to get out of and the match was over. Final frame score 75-38. Mark equals Chris Ross's record of 9 titles with this victory. All the more remarkable considering he only returned to league snooker in the 2022-23 season following a 7 year break from competitive snooker. Matt narrowly missed out on a trio of league, Divisional and Championship titles but finished as number one in the Premier stats for a second successive season. Many thanks to Peter Ruddick and the Woking Snooker Centre for hosting this and many finals throughout the season and to Terry Teeman for refereeing. Some of you might not know that Terry, via (his website) and CueSurrey (on X platform) , is a huge contributer to amateur and grass roots snooker with player sponsorship and a tournament organiser. Check out his website and tweets for more information and upcoming events. KJ
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March 1, 2024
LAST NIGHT AT Woking Snooker Centre Before I go on to the results of all three snooker divisional championships I want to thank Peter Ruddick and Woking Snooker Centre for once again letting us stage the 6 semi finals and 3 finals at their club. Peter had the tables immaculately prepared and the two matches on table 1 were streamed live on Woking's youtube channel. Also our grateful thanks to Phil Vowels, Paul Morrison, Darren Weetman, Sean Wicks, Dalton Lawrence, Stuart Spiers and Terry Teeman for refereeing and score keeping. A big crowd enjoyed some great snooker and the atmosphere in the club was buzzing. Onto the results. Semi finals - Premier - ANDREW VERNON beat ANDY CHAUHAN 2 - 0 (58-29, 66-55), MATT FORD beat LEWIS FRAMPTON 2-1, (62-55, 37-61, 50-30) Division One - TOM HOWICK beat PETER BUTLER 2-1 (32-65, 70-46, 72-33), LUKE HOOPER beat SHAUN WILLIAMS 2-1 (45-55, 51-21, 71-44), Division Two - MICHAEL WHEELER beat JOHN CHIVERTON 2-1, (36-59, 64-59, 69-15), MICHAEL EASTMOND beat STUART SPIERS 2-0, (69-42, 70-37). Finals - Premier - MATT FORD beat ANDREW VERNON 2-0, (59-52, 70-46) Division One -TOM HOWICK best LUKE HOOPER 2-0, (66-24, 66-49), Division Two - MICHAEL EASTMOND beat MICHAEL WHEELER 2-0, (45-34, 63-29). Breaks -Andy Chauhan 38, Lewis Frampton 36, Matt Ford 32, Luke Hooper 30, Michael Eastmond 30. Congratulations to MATT FORD, TOM HOWICK and MICHAEL EASTMOND who are this seasons divisional snooker champions. Next up is the Snooker Championship semi finals and final at West Byfleet Social Club on Wednesday March 6th featuring MATT FORD, MARK LEONARD, ANDREW VERNON and LEWIS FRAMPTON in the best of 5 matches. 7.30pm start. KJ
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March 1, 2024
"Terry T / confirmed today that a 2024 Q-School place (to the value of £600 or a £550 cash alternative) will be up for grabs for the winner of the 2024 Snookerz Open to beheld at Woking Snooker Centre on 27 & 28 April. Places are limited and will be capped at 48. For more information please visit / Twitter(X) - Payment must be made with registration (via card) - Snookerz can not hold places without payments'.
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February 27, 2024
There was just one semi final played due to Egham's Warren Cohen being birthday serenaded in the depths of the West Country. New Haw's PAUL HARRISON and TONY MUNDAY receiving 56 were immediately hit with breaks of 34 and 28 in the first frame by West Byfleet's PAUL MORRISON and DARREN WEETMAN respectively which put them 16 in front on the yellow. The New Haw pair responded well to take all of the colours and go into the 2nd frame 11 in front. The pairs traded pots in the 2nd but a superb yellow to pink clearance by PAUL MORRISON was decisive. West Byfleet winning by 27. The Final - ALEX JONES & LUKE BUCKINGHAM of WEST END Receiving 77 v MORRISON and WEETMAN. Being spectators during the semi final did not perturb the West End duo and they got off to a great start reaching 100 points without reply. That was until DARREN potted an excellent red and proceeded to make a flawless 58 break. PAUL soon followed in with a 28 of his own but good potting and play by the West Enders saw them lead by 48 at the halfway point. PAUL and DARREN were kept quiet during this passage of play but they had reduced the deficit to 18 when ALEX potted a very good red and, refusing a baulk colour, played a deft snooker that reaped 12 valuable points. LUKE kept potting some great balls and they led with two snookers required on the yellow. LUKE was snookered on the yellow which was very close to the pink near a bottom pocket. He missed and left a free ball. DARREN played the resulting easy snooker. Later he and PAUL still needed a snooker on the pink and both balls. With both pink and black near cushions and separated by the length of the table a snooker was long odds against. DARREN played the shot of the match leaving the cue ball tight behind the black and the pink 10 feet away. With 6 points for the miss they could now win with both balls. Soon after they gained a further 6 points when LUKE misjudged hitting the pink which was a half ball's width next to the black. LUKE and ALEX still led by 2 points but failed to get a clear chance until PAUL cut a length of the table pink into an end pocket and went for a very difficult black. He missed but left it awkward. ALEX went for glory as a safety was a difficult option. It was missed and he left DARREN a nasty little 2 foot cut into the green pocket. It was confidently dispatched and the title was theirs. Victory by 11 points. It was a magnificent match. Credit to all four players who played their part at different junctures. Thanks to Phil Vowels for refereeing the semi final and to the West Byfleet Social Club for hosting. Next stop Woking Snooker Centre on Thursday for all of the Divisional semi finals and finals. KJ
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February 22, 2024
Lightwater Village's JOHN CHIVERTON is having a fine season. His team is in contention for the Division Two title and he is in the final four in the Divisional Championship next week. It got even better last night at the Woking Snooker Centre when he overcame Darren Weetman and Martin Wallace to become the seasons snooker handicap champion. Semi finals - Report by referee Phil Vowels John v Darren John was awarded a 56 start but Darren hit his stride after the reds had initially run awkwardly in the opener. His break of 31 put him back in contention until John countered with a 21 of his own. The key ball proved to be the green: Darren went in-off and John later cleared blue to black to take a lead of 44 into the second. The handicap yet again proved to be well projected as the second frame reached one of the most tense and bizarre conclusions you're likely to see. For a while, it followed a similar pattern to the first: Darren made a 22 and John hit back, holding his lead to leave Darren needing two snookers on the brown. By potting it, Darren knew he'd just need one snooker to tie on the blue and duly played a superb safety shot to bring the black out of baulk and nestle next to the pink near the top corner pocket. Within a few shots, he achieved not just one snooker but two. John missed the blue twice and then left it up. Darren played a dead-weight roll to the top corner but underhit it and watched in horror: John faced the simplest of pots to secure the match. He got the blue but inexplicably snookered himself on the pink. He had to go up and down through baulk to hit it, knowing that any miss would probably hand the match to Darren, given where the black was. John played a lovely escape to hit the pink and leave it safe but, one shot later, went in-off! You could cut the atmosphere with a knife. Who would get over the line? Darren still needed both balls but didn't get a clear chance on the pink. He eventually mis-hit a safety and left it John- to his great relief - rolled it into the middle and literally fell over the line. What a match! Martin v Dan Devlin Martin receiving 28 got off to a fast start and led by nearly 70 by mid first frame despite good play by both players. They were both cuing well and their safety was excellent and it was a case of who would get the opportunities. Through patient and skillful snooker Dan clawed back the deficit to 12 points by the end of the first frame. Martin responded superbly with a break of 38 after Dan unexpectedly missed a pink when leading by 14 with reds in open play.It was nip and tuck thereafter and a thoroughly enjoyable match ended with Martin potting match ball pink. The final - John receiving 80 v Martin Despite a slow start Martin made inroads into the handicap and without making any recordable breaks he was less then 30 behind on the black in the opening frame. However, John sunk the balck to take a 33 point lead into the second frame. With 12 reda left Martin was 20 behind and seemed a certain favourite. Inexplicably chance after chance came and went for him. John sensing an opportunity played more adventurously and reaped the reward. He led by 41 with two reds left and saw the match out with a series of long pots. Congratulations to John. Many thanks to Phil for refereeing and Peter Ruddick and the Woking Snooker Centre for hosting the finals of this competition. KJ
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January 17, 2024
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January 17, 2024
West Byfleet were always going to be holding the magnificent Jersey Triples Trophy in their cabinet for the next twelve months but which of the two trio's would take the spoils. The random draw pitched Alex Jones against Mick Doherty in the opening game. Mick started much the better, building up an early lead. Alex failed to take his opportunities and inexplicably gave points away with fouls including miscues. It all changed on the last red and colours. Mick rattled the last red and saw it land over the opposite pocket. Alex took it with a black. The same happened on the yellow but this time with all of the colours in open play and in inviting positions Alex had a chance to redeem the game. He duly did, clearing with 27 to win the frame by 21 and reducing the team deficit to just 7 (allowing for the 28 handicap). Next up was Reece Palmer against Mark Flatt. Mark potted the opening red, a plant, but faced a tricky black along the top cushion that he had to go for. Missing this difficult pot proved costly as Reece promptly made 22 and ran for cover. He had the safety play initiative now and Mark was on the defensive for a long period. Reece playing very assuredly and taking what was there soon built up a good lead. A serious of excellent pots by Mark midway through the frame brought him back in with a chance but he was always having to chase. Again the colours played a massive factor. Reece clearing the last four putting his team 34 in front with Phil Vowels to play the deciding frame against Aaron Castle. Aaron got the first real chance and made a nice 15 break and soon after got in around the black spot. Red, black, red went down but on a relatively straightforward black he miscued, conceding the seven points. It was pretty even after this and Aarron needed two snookers on the brown. He got one but left a thin snick on the brown which Phil gratefully sank. His team winning by 28. The colours in the first two frames long with Aarons miscue on a black were pivotal in an intriguing battle played in great spirit by the six finalists. Congratulations to Alex, Reece and Phil. KJ
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December 21, 2023
The last league matches for 2023 are tonight. The committee would like to wish all of our members and their families a Very Happy Christmas and New Year. Also a big thankyou for sending results in quickly. Accurate and up to date tables, often by Friday's, make for good reading. Cheers everyone!
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December 21, 2023
Sean Harvey's 2018 break of 111 was eclipsed last night by Woking 'B's PAUL BUNYARD after he recorded a magnificent 126 in his teams 6-0 win over Woking 'C'. PAUL already holds the Prems record break of 139 from 2011. Absent until this season since Covid, the league is delighted to see PAUL back playing and demonstrating his superb skills. Many congratulations PAUL.
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December 7, 2023
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November 29, 2023
SHOOTOUT 2023 Due to the busy time of year and shortage of entries the decision has been made to re arrange the Shoot out to the New Year. Date to be confirmed but likely to be towards the end of January. Apologies to all of you that have entered and were looking forward to it, for such a well attended event last year it seems a shame to not have the full 32 on the day. To all of you that have already paid, if you cannot make the new date or don’t want to play please don’t hesitate to get in contact with George Heatley and he will refund you. If you have already entered and still want to play your name will stay on the list anyway. Let’s hope we can fill up the event and make it one to remember. Thanks George 07598 393692
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October 6, 2023
George's funeral will take place at the Hanworth Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Feltham TW13 5JH on Thursday 19th October at 11am. The wake will follow at The Staines Conservative Club from 12.30. Hopefully many of his 'snooker' friends can join me in attending. KJ
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September 11, 2023
Losing 2 teams from last season has caused some issues regarding balancing each division. With 24 teams now registered it should have been easy to have 8 teams in the three divisions with no byes. Not so, with expected promotions and relegations it is far from straightforward. However, this will be the case. For the many who wanted the snooker season to go on longer each team will play the other seven in their division three times. This equated to 21 matches instead of last seasons maximum of 16. Competitions are scheduled to start their opening rounds from 1st October so please ensure that you have entered the snooker tournaments of your choice. Deadline will be 25th September for entries. Your club reps will receive the fixtures soon and they will be on the website before the opening matches. Thank you all for your support to the league. KJ email '' text 07767 796102
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September 11, 2023
Please check carefully the closing date deadlines for each competition you are in along with the timescale you have for playing at home if you are the first named player. You are encouraged to arrange your matches quickly even if they are to be played later within the closing dates. There are a few moody names which are in case I have left anyone out that should be in. The reason being is I cannot add anyone once the draws are done but I can amend names. If you have been left out in error then please inform me within the next 7 days. After that time the players drawn against the moody named will go through to the next round. Handicaps will be set during the next 5 - 7 days. Good luck everyone. Please note that the draws are randomly generated. I am not to blame. The proposed finals evenings have been set and are shown. If you are going deep in any competition then keep the dates free. KJ
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September 11, 2023
Dear George passed away on 18th September at St Peters Hospital. He had recently had a hip replacement but further investigations revealed other issues which he failed to recover from. He was 80 years old. George was a man of many attributes. A great wordsmith, his match reports were legendary. He wrote regular 'Ramblings' for his local paper and he was a gifted poet. One of his many loves was music and he played his guitar in a band as well as solo whenever he got the chance. West Byfleet's Dave Wood told me last week that George brought his guitar over to the club one night to have a 'jam' with Dave. They were playing outside of the club whilst a tribute band was playing inside. So many of the members were listening to Dave and George that they were asked to take a break as there was hardly anybody listening to the paid act. His good friend of over 30 years Andrew Rockingham said, George was a most loyal friend and would light up a room with his presence. We can all see by the comments and stories about George on facebook that he was much loved and treasured. George played both billiards and snooker in the league and he had the most wins in his division in billiards in 1972 and in snooker in 1974. He held the high break in division two in 1978 and was runner up in the snooker championship in 1982. In over 50 years of being involved in the league George held many posts on the committee and only recently relinquished being secretary and treasurer. I valued his support and his enthusiasm. He loved watching our leagues great players. He encouraged youngsters and always had a wise word when it was needed. He had a wonderful sense of humour and loved a pint. He has left us with heavy hearts but with so many happy memories of being in his company. Rest in peace my friend. Gone, but never ever forgotten. KJ
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August 22, 2023
The Bob Mason Open is this weekend at Woking Snooker Centre. I'm told by Terry T that there's already a good showing signed up from the Byfleet League but with only a few places left if you are planning to play but are keeping options open; its looking very unlikely last minute entry will be possible - so maybe best to sign up while there are still a few places left? Good luck to everyone who has already signed up and here's to a good performance from League players ?? Tournament Registration : Tournament FAQ's:
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July 28, 2023
LEAGUE RULES SECTION 12 - ON WEBSITE The league committee will be drafting radical amendments to Rule 12 regarding the cancellation of league matches. Mainly due to the following section of the current rule being abused. 'Inability to field a complete team shall not of itself constitute a valid reason for postponement without the prior agreement of the Match Secretary and the opponents concerned'. As Chairman I will be proposing that all matches should take place on the set dates shown on the fixture list apart from exceptional circumstances that will be detailed. If your team only has two players then the match should be played and you forfeit two points. Until the new rules are introduced the current rules must be followed. The match secretary should be informed prior to any cancellation and there must be a valid reason. Also, the opposing team's Captain should be in agreement. If anyone has a comment or suggestions regarding this topic then please email me at '' or text me on 07767 796102. KJ
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June 13, 2023
The Byfleet League's king of billiards, RYAN MEARS, won his 6th consecutive Championship title at the West Byfleet Social Club on Monday night defeating Staines star MARTIN COURT in the final. RYAN played TOM HOWICK in their 200 up semi final. This is Tom's report of the match. Ryan 200-117 Tom Tom knew he had a massive task on his hands to beat Ryan who was going for his 6th consecutive Billiards Championship. The start wouldn’t have helped Tom’s confidence as he failed to put the red in baulk from the break and Ryan went straight in with a 28 break. Shortly after, the lead was extended and Ryan found himself 50 in front early on. Tom refused to go down without a fight and followed a 20 break with breaks of 29 and 39 to take a 91-71 lead. Tom was looking confident and at this point would have felt right in the match. Unfortunately that didn’t last long as the 39 was countered immediately with a brilliantly crafted 84 from Ryan. Suddenly, Tom’s hopes of pulling off the upset seemed to instantly be dashed. A good chance fell for Tom to try and somehow get himself back in the game but he could only muster 15 and from the next visit, Ryan got himself to 198. Tom needed 86 to win, and after falling just short with a break of 3, Ryan got the necessary in off to seal his place in the final. The other semi final was nip and tuck all the way and was an exciting game between old battlers MARTIN COURT and KELVIN JONES. Martin has recently been beating Kelvin with ease in their league matches but this one was a little tougher. Kelvin knocking in an early 30 + always had his nose in front up to the halfway stage. Martin resorted to his potting game with a superb 40+ break to go clear with only 30 points left to the winning line. Kelvin battled back and hit the front again leading 191- 182 he double baulked Martin and looked an unlikely favourite to win. Not for the first time in the match Martin played a fantastic shot out of baulk to not only hit one of the balls but scored and knocked the red into a favourable position. With nerves of steel he ran out with the 18 points he required to claim the victory. It was a cracking semi final. The final was scheduled to be played over 90 minutes however the evening was stiflingly warm making cueing sticky. MARTIN got the first points on the board with further good potting notching a 25 break. RYAN was in cruise control the rest of the match though. The world number 8 has been mixing it with the billiards elite this season and his class shone through. His control of the 3 balls was superb and whilst no huge breaks he scored on every visit to the table. 43, 27, 40, 42, 41, 26, relentless play. Martin was struggling, like all of us with the heat and feeling it was a lost cause conceded the match with 33 minutes still remaining. The final scores being 283-97. By playing and competing in our league RYAN has raised the standard of our billiards. He has not gone through the season unbeaten but at anywhere near his best he is a formidable opponent. He is great to watch but over the long game format, daunting to play. Thanks to West Byfleet Social Club for again staging this finals night. KJ
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June 13, 2023
Please check out the following link for details of the BOB MASON OPEN snooker tournament being held at the Woking Snooker Centre on Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th - Website : Entry is open to all. Winners prize is Entry to Qschool. It is sure to be a great weekend of snooker. Website :
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June 6, 2023
The long awaited Snooker Triples Final produced an intriguing match between the Premiers top two teams. First up were Woking star RYAN MEARS against Sunninghill's captain IAN ROSE. Ian's roll up snooker behind the yellow after an excellent opening pot red should have given him a good early opportunity. Not so, Ryan escaped from the snooker, fluked a pot, and rolled up behind the same yellow. Snooker can be a crazy game. Both potted some great shots but it was Ryan who came out 41 ahead. MATT FORD v ANDY BAREFIELD was a frame that was two thirds won by Matt before Andy salvaged a crucial encounter. Matt crafted a superb 71 break and with just one red and the colours remaining led the overall match by 35. If he continued in the same vein the tie was all but over. Andy conjured up a fiendish snooker, potted several crunch balls and was aided by an unfortunate Matt in off. He grittily took the last 5 colours putting Woking 8 in front. The decider between NICK BIRNEY and PAUL GANLEY was nip and tuck with both creating chances to make telling breaks. A missed pink to a top pocket with several reds out in the open by Paul followed by a run of 24 by Nick was decisive and Nick eventually closed out the match. Sunninghill adding this trophy to their Premier Title. Thanks to Terry Teeman for officiating the final and to West Byfleet Social Club for hosting. It was a good watch. KJ
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June 1, 2023
West Byfleet Social Club is hosting this season's end of year awards presentation on Friday June 30th. There will be a disco and buffet and is open to all league members and their partners/spouses/other halfs. Its all free so make a note in your diaries. It would be great to see you. KJ
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May 29, 2023
The final of the Jersey Triples will be held on Monday 5th June at the West Byfleet Social Club. Starting at 8 - 8.30pm. Top two teams in the Premier Division contest the final so its likely to be a cracker. Sunninghill Comrades represented by IAN ROSE, MATT FORD and NICK BIRNEY v Woking Snooker Centre, RYAN MEARS, ANDY BAREFIELD and PAUL GANLEY. Spectators welcome.
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ROBERT MASON (BOB) 1935 - 2023
May 21, 2023
The week started with the sad news of the passing of Bob Mason following a long illness. Bob has given me great advice and guidance throughout my time as Chairman. I looked up to him, admired him and am forever grateful to have known him. As you can see from the many lovely comments on facebook, Bob inspired and helped anyone who wanted to learn the game. I shall miss his sense of humour, his kindness and his total commitment to snooker and billiards. I, personally and on behalf of the Byfleet League send my heartfelt condolences to Bob's wife, Kay and all his family. Bob had a long involvement with the Byfleet League, he started playing in the early 60's and in the 1966 season he reached the final of the Billiards Championship. Chris Ross, the outstanding player of that era beat him on that occasion but 2 seasons later Bob won the Billiards Handicap. Billiards was Bob's playing passion but he went on to be a qualified snooker coach as well as a qualified referee. Many Byfleet League players were helped by Bob and his Saturday morning coaching school for younsters was very popular. He gave seminars for refereeing and became an examiner. He helped form the Surrey Snooker Association which held prestigious tournaments for many years. In 1988 he set up the Woking Snooker Centre/ Snooker boomed in those days. Steve Davis won his 5th World Championship that year. As years went by and peoples leisure time interests expanded many clubs were forced to close. Bob soldiered on, devoting many hours at the club and keeping the centre afloat. Nationally, Bob was an officer of the B.S.C.C. (Billiards & Snooker Control Council). It was superseded by the E.A.S.B. (English Association of Snooker & Billiards) and Bob became a Director. He was also team selector for the England national teams. Bob was always prepared to offer his club to host tournaments. Many of the following associations have held tournaments at Woking: E.A.S.B., Surrey Snooker Association, Inter County Events, Women's World Snooker, E.A.B.A. (English Amateur Billiards Association), Cuestars, E.P.S.B. (English Partnership for Snooker & Billiards), W.D.B.S.(World Disability Billiards & Snooker) and most recently over 100 players in B.U.C.S. snooker (University's snooker) and Pro Am events run by Terry Teeman. Last but not least in this list is the Byfleet League in which Bob was our President. He never declined a request to host competition finals. He was a true gentleman, a wise counsellor and a friend to many. KJ
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May 19, 2023
From Andy Smith … league representative for New Haw Club. Hi all Update on opening hours. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all teams we face at New Haw over our committee’s intransigent approach towards finishing times. Unfortunately they are being totally inconsiderate by insisting on closing at 11.10pm, meaning we have to be finished by then or they will turn the lights off!! Please be aware of this so that all future Snooker & Billiards matches can at least start the 1st frame by 7.30 to create the best chance for all frames to be completed in full and before time. As I believe ours is the only club in the league insisting on this draconian measure, on behalf of all our teams I can only apologise for any inconvenience it may cause. Thank you.
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April 14, 2023
The Woking Pro-Am is fast approaching. The prize fund is now £1700, which means a minimum pay-out of £500 to the winner, £225 to runner up , places and three high break prizes! Its £25 to enter, or £30 on the day (Subject to there still being places available on the day) There's discounted entry for U16's and WDBS players. For full info and online registration please visit . Its now a two day event 22 & 23 April (middle weekend of the World Championships) , with group stages on Day 1 and knockout on Day 2. Don't just watch it on TV - be part of the action!
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March 28, 2023
Woking Snooker Pro Am is returning on 22nd and 23rd April. Its a handicapped tournament with all Amateurs receiving a 21 handicap per frame against any Pro. With already a donation (from a pro) of £250 towards the prize pool, a decent payout is expected. For details and registration please visit Limited number of spaces so sign up now to avoid disappointment.
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March 28, 2023
West End's REECE PALMER and AARON CARR triumphed in spectacular style in the Snooker Handicap Pairs final at the West Byfleet Social Club last night against Woking's RYAN MEARS and ANDY BAREFIELD. Set to concede a mammoth 130 start over the two frames the Woking pair needed to get off to a good start. RYAN had an immediate opportunity after REECE'S poor break off. Breaking down after less then a handful of shots was not in the script and very unexpected. Soon after, REECE, shhowing great composure and cueing beautiful in front of his big crowd of supporters, rolled in an excellent 20 break. This seemed to set the pattern for the match as RYAN and ANDY spurned several chances whereas REECE and AARON took theirs. It was effectively all over after the first frame with REECE and AARON 148 in front. Significant inroads never looked likely, hard as the Premier duo tried. Little went right for them and whilst the run went with their opponents, the victory was fully deserved. The final score line showed them winners by 134 points. A remarkable achievement. REECE PALMER was the player of the match. RYAN and ANDY will be back and have another chance of a title as they will be contesting the Snooker Triples final. Thanks to the West Byfleet Social Club for use of their snooker room and continued support to the Byfleet League. KJ
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March 22, 2023
Egham Cons centurion STEVEN WILLIAMS produced a stunning evenings snooker on Tuesday at the West Byfleet Social Club to win the Snooker Handicap Trophy for the second time, the previous one in 2019. Conceding 35 to his semi final opponent MARTIN COURT he instantly clawed back the deficit with runs of 55 and 36 to take a convincing lead into the second frame. MARTIN, who has had a fine season, potted some great opening reds but missed blacks when looking to be in prime position. STEVEN was in no mood to not take adavantage and ran out a convincing winner. The other semi final between Woking's PETER BUTLER and ANDREW VERNON was a nip and tuck affair with excellent safety play from both players. PETER had his 35 start whittled down to 16 at halfway and ANDREW edged ahead with 2 reds left in the match. PETER left one of them over a middle pocket and all hope of a win looked unlikely however after potting the red the cue ball pocketed the brown. 4 away and PETER now at the table. He cooly potted red, colour, yellow, green but missed a straight brown when looking set to clear up. ANDREW potted the brown and a bit later a sublime blue but missed match ball pink to the middle. PETER narrowly failed to pot pink and worse of all left it over a top pocket having got perfectly on the black. ANDREW potted the pink to get into the final. STEVEN and ANDREW had shared frames in their league encounter this season so the handicap set at Scratch was an obvious one. In fact ANDREW had a golden opportunity early in the first frame but a missed red turned out to be the prelude to a magnificently constructed 66 break by STEVEN. On fire now, STEVEN then followed it with a run of 38 to go clear at the halfway stage. He is to wily a match player to let big leads slip away and coasted to a superb victory. ANDREW said afterwards that he wasn't feeling it and felt he was fortunate to win his semi final. STEVEN who has recently become a father for the second time reported that 'he was practicing less and not playing as fast as he used to and had little expectations'. Determined to enjoy his matches whatever the outcome STEVEN played exceptionally well and was a joy to watch. Many thanks to the West Byfleet Club for use of their tables and especially to Terry Teeman who refereed one of the semi finals and the final.
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March 9, 2023
Woking Snooker Centre's and Byfleet League resident ref Terry Teeman wins back to back handicaps at Woking, culminating with a 3-2 win in the 6 reds handicap final against Mark Leonard on Saturday, which included a screamer of a match ball down the rail ! This followed on from his victory in the weekly Saturday Handicap tournament the previous week. Will it be 3 in a row or will he foul up and miss out? This weeks handicap tournament takes place on Sunday as Woking host a ESPB event on Saturday.
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February 24, 2023
Many of us thought it would only be a matter of time before Sunninghill's MATT FORD added his name to the Snooker Championship Trophy and that time came last Wednesday at West Byfleet Social Club. A mighty semi final clash against Ryan Mears proved convincing with breaks of 33, 38 and 64 he defeated his rival 3- 0. 67-39, 87-46, 79-49. Ryan fought hard but on this occasion Matt was to strong. The other semi final was a closer encounter. Martin Court and James Cullen were both in good touch and the match to' and fro'd. James won the first 60-38 before Martin bounced back with runs of 32 and a 25 clearance to pull the frame out of the fire 59-42. The third frame was also close with James potting pink to scrape home 54-46 after Martin needed two snookers. James seemed to relax in the 4th frame and with the aid of a 38 he took the match frame 75-48. The Final began with Matt knocking in trademark long pots and he quickly took the frame 64-29, he looked odds on to go 2-0 up but an unlucky in off on the yellow allowed James to clear up and level 63-47. Any doubts about Matt being positive were shattered when he cracked in a long red and constructed a magnificent break of 101 with superb positional play and break building skill. 101 -0. The 4th frame was almost a replica but Matt, after another opening long red, broke down on 83. He took the frame 83-0 and the title. It was a great night of snooker and Matt was a fully deserving winner. Well done to James for going deep in this competition which is the pinnacle of our snooker season. Many thanks to the West Byfleet Club for staging the event at late notice and to Phil Vowels and Terry Teeman for refereeing. Terry officiated in both semi final and the final.
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February 20, 2023
Due to exceptional circumstances WOKING SNOOKER CENTRE 'B' have had to withdraw from this seasons billiards. All of thier due opponents have been awarded the maximum 10 points. Unfortunately I made an error in the second week which will be sorted out as soon as the match takes place. The West Byfleet 'A' v Woking SNooker Centre 'A' will go ahead on March 2nd. Apologies. KJ
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February 10, 2023
Premier Champion is RYAN MEARS. He beat ANDREW VERNON 2-1 in the final 48-61, 76-8, 72-49 with breaks of 27, 31, 30. RYAN beat MARK LEONARD 2-0 in his semi final 77-14, 113-8 with breaks of 31, 38 and 67, ANDREW beat RICHARD PINER in their semi final 2-0, 58-21, 68-20. Division One champion is ALAN HARVEY. He beat ANDY DARKEN 2-1 in the final 76(50)-1, 37-60, 71-39. ALAN beat JAMES CHIVERTON in their semi final 2-0, 61-21, 56-46. ANDY had a walkover as DAN DEVLIN was otherwise detained. Division Two champion is MICHAEL WHEELER. He beat MICHAEL EASTMOND 2-0, 57-35, 56-20. MICHAEL W won his semi final 2-0 against SIMON HARDY 61-8, 42-36. MICHAEL E won his semi final 2-1 against BEN DODDS, 42-49, 56-29, 64 - 28. Over 50's champion is MARTIN WALLACE. He beat CHRIS RIGBY 2-0, 50-42, 66(46) -33. MARTIN beat MARTIN COURT 2-0 in their semi final 86 (25) - 14, 70(35) -40. CHRIS beat NICK BIRNEY 2-1 in their semi final 50-49, 53-65(39), 74(51)-42. Huge thanks to Peter Ruddick and all at Woking Snooker Centre for hosting these events and to Phil Vowels, Trevor Connors, Dalton Lawrence for refereeing and a special thanks to Terry Teeman for streaming live the Premier semi final and Division One final which featured some 50+ breaks. Thanks also to all the supporters and spectators who came along. It was a very enjoyable night. KJ
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February 8, 2023
It's the finals night on Thursday 9th Feb for all 3 Divisional Championships and the Over 50's Snooker Championship. Semi finals first followed by the 4 finals. All over the best of three frames. The Premier Division Semi Finals are: RICHARD PINER v ANDREW VERNON and RYAN MEARS v MARK LEONARD - Division One - ANDY DARKEN v DAN DEVLIN and JAMES CHIVERTON v ALAN HARVEY - Division Two - MICHAEL EASTMOND v BEN DODDS and MICHAEL WHEELER v SIMON HARDY - Over 50's Semi Finals - MARTIN WALLACE v MARTIN COURT and CHRIS RIGBY v NICK BIRNEY. The Premier semi final between RYAN and MARK will be shown live on the following streams: and followed by the Division One final. It will be a great night of snooker. Come down and cheer on your favourites or just come and watch these potential great matches. All are welcome.
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CHRIS MARKS 18/11/1939-2/12/2022. MY TRIBUTE.
January 9, 2023
I am sad to report that CHRIS MARKS passed away on 2 December, aged 83, following a long illness. His funeral will take place at Woking Crematorium on Wednesday 18th January at 3pm. Born in Weymouth Chris was a good golfer as well as being excellent at snooker and billiards. He was a former English Boys Billiards Champion at 16 but always preferred snooker. He came to Weybridge in the early 1970's and after joining the Byfleet League quickly became its star player. Amongst many competition wins and league titles Chris won five consecutive Snooker Championships between 1974 and 1978, making a century break in the 1975 final against a very young 'yours truly'. He regularly recorded the seasons highest breaks and usually had the 'most wins'. I was lucky enough to play with Chris in teams and along with Gordon Willox we won the prestigious (at the time) Surrey Team Cup after defeating Merrow in the final 6-0. Chris was a very attacking player and a colourful character. My favourite story about Chris was at the final of the Surrey Individual Championships at a packed out West Byfleet Social Club. He was bidding to win the title for a 5th successive time but up against a very talented Dave Young from Sutton. Young was immaculately dressed for the occasion but our Chris turned up wearing a hand knitted jumper with his name on the back along with 5 times Surrey Champion emblazoned on it. He certainly didn't lack confidence. It looked like he would end up with egg on his face after trailing 4-0 at the interval but came back and won 5-4! Away from the league Chris was a brilliant photographer with a shop and studio in Baker Street, Weybridge. Among many stars he did work for he was commissioned by Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher and Tom Jones, to photograph them. Chris played a major part in my early league career and we had many many great times together. May you Rest in Peace my friend. You will never be forgotten. Sending love and sincere condolences to his partner of over 45 years, Barbara. Kelvin Jones
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December 31, 2022
Thank you to all of our league members for a great 2022. We look forward to an even better 2023. May all of your wishes, hopes and dreams, on or off the table, be fulfilled.
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December 16, 2022
On behalf of the league committee we wish all of our members and their families a Very Happy Christmas. There are no scheduled league fixtures now until January 5th however some rearranged matches are taking place along with competitions. Thank you all for making 2022 a special year. KJ
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December 9, 2022
2022 Byfleet League Snooker Shoot out this Saturday at Woking Snooker Centre. Entries are full but possible last minute place(s) on the day (NOT guaranteed) .. Event will be streamed on Footy will be on in the bar... Everyone welcome ??
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December 1, 2022
Hi Everyone, We are holding a General Meeting at Chertsey SS and NR Club on Monday December 5th, starting at 8pm. On the agenda is a proposed amendment to the rules regarding cancellation of matches. As this is an important topic we would welcome your feedback, preferably by you attending the meeting. Also on the Agenda are reports from the Match Secretary, Competitions Secretary, Treasurer and any other business, which is everyone's chance to raise any subject that concerns them in regard to their club and the league. We are post covid now, or living with it, and it is time to push on with increasing the number of players and teams to our league. I hope that you can come along or at least send a representative from your club and look forward to seeing you on Monday. KJ
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November 1, 2022
In view of the number of outstanding First Round Matches in the Snooker Handicap and Snooker Championship the closing date has been extended to 16th November, in line with all other competitions. Matches with no results are: Snooker Handicap - LEE EAGLES v MATT FORD, DALTON LAWRENCE v JAMES CULLEN, and IVAN MONCHUKOUSHVYY v MICHAEL WHEELER. Snooker Championship - PETER BUTLER v MATT FORD, IVAN MONCHUKOUSHVYY v STAN BUNKER, TOM HOWICK v ALAN HARVEY, CHRIS RIGBY v DARREN WEETMAN, ALAN MARTY v ADAM HILL and IAN ROSE v CHRIS HOARE. To avoid being scratched please get these matches arranged and played. KJ
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October 28, 2022
At 20-0 down in frame 4 some may have thought it was heading in the same direction as frame 3 where Fordy struggled and won very unconvincingly. Five minutes later however, a 2-0 win was secured with a classy 117 clearance. It was far from a ‘feast’ at first glance and on a few occasions Fordy negotiated his way up and down through baulk off the blue. With the frame won the naughty snooker started developing the pink off the side rail from the black. This left a dicey half ball penultimate red which he stunned in to move the last red off the opposite side rail delightfully over the middle pocket. Only a repeat of the 900 nerves could stop him from there but he he remained focused and even with a helpful visit from the keen, chatty bar woman on 99 he despatched blue, pink and black to chalk up the first ton of the league season. With the rowdy pool misfits World Cup match ongoing from across the room Steve Williams had an early chance in frame 5. Despite shouts of ‘he doesn’t want it’ and ‘finish him Deano’ from the respectful pool crowd we’ve come to love, Steve in the blink of an eye moved into the 30’s & 40s. Two good splits later and there still wasn’t a hush in the very unknowledgeable crowd! 70s and 80s quickly passed and a joyous Fordy was suddenly worried his newly posted high-break may last as long as his beloved Spurs ‘winning’ goal the previous evening. On 93 Steve slightly under-screwed a straight blue to leave him on 98 with 2 reds still remaining. Unfortunately the half ball red on the pink spot didn’t disappear to deprive Steve a deserved century. Two brilliant breaks in just over 15 minutes from the leagues quickest and biggest scorers once again highlighting the quality of the Byfleet league. Keen historians of the league will no doubt be trawling through the record books to see if we were in fact within a whisker of an unprecedented feat of back to back centuries in league matches. Honours even overall a fair reflection of the nights events and with the game finishing well before 9:45 keen readers will unfortunately have to buy the Egham Echo to see if Deano and Co were victorious or the most likely scenario being that the game was in fact abandoned due to crowd trouble and flying furniture!
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LEGENDS 900 REPORT Tuesday 11th October Week 4
October 7, 2022
JASMINE BOLSOVER v VITO PUOPOLO Take a bow Jasmine. In an enthralling and exciting frame JASMINE got off to a good start againt the current Canadian Amateur Champion. Leading by 20 before Vito got back into the frame. It was nip and tuck for the final few minutes but when the timer went the scores were level at 23 each. A blue ball shoot out. Going first seems to be an advantage and Vito won the toss and duly smashed the blue ball into a corner pocket. Showing no nerves JASMINE did the same. Vito pocketed the blue again before JASMINE agonisingly rattled the corner pocket but the blue stayed out. Vito had played on the table the evening before, the experience being invaluable.The cloth was playing fast and took some getting used to. As with MATT FORD last week the league have been superbly represented in this event. Well done to both. Andy Warhol was right when he once said 'in the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes'.
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October 7, 2022
SHOOTOUT ENTRY - FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER - YES TONIGHT Entry will be on a first come, first serve basis as of 7PM tomorrow, Just text the words SHOOT OUT followed by your NAME, to George Heatley - 07598 393 692. The first 32 messages, in the order that they are received after 7pm will be entered into the Shoot Out. Anyone after that 32 will be kept in order on a waiting list. We are asking for the £20 entry fee upfront as this will discourage cancellations. You will receive a message on how to pay. Please note that the event will start at around midday. Only one table will be used so the event will go on until late in the evening. Please do not enter if you cannot commit to the full day and evening. Set you alarm for 7pm and start texting. It's going to be a blast.
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October 7, 2022
Woking's JASMINE BOLSOVER takes a giant step on her snooker journey tonight in the Legends 900 which is live on Sporty Stuff Channel 437 and on Freeview. Her 15 minute match is against 2022 Canadian Amateur Champion Vito Puopolo. Whilst JASMINE is an outsider in the betting to win her match and to progress, she is always a favourite with her Byfleet League family. Good luck Jas from us all.
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September 30, 2022
SHOOTOUT ENTRY For all of those interested in entering the Byfleet League Shoot Out on December 10th please read carefully below. Entry will be on a first come, first serve basis as of 7PM next FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER To enter, please text message the words SHOOT OUT followed by your NAME, to George Heatley - 07598 393 692 The first 32 messages, in the order that they are received after 7pm will be entered into the Shoot Out. Anyone after that 32 will be kept in order to take the place of any cancellations. We are asking for the £20 entry fee upfront as this will discourage cancellations. You will receive a message on how to pay. Please note that the event will start at around midday. Only one table will be used so the event will go on until late in the evening. Please do not enter if you cannot commit to the full day and evening. Go ahead and set your reminders for 7pm next Friday! You won’t want to miss this!
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ALL COMPETITION DRAWS are on the website
September 27, 2022
ALL COMPETITION DRAWS are on the website. Handicaps will be added in the next few days. Please be aware of the closing dates for the early rounds. With a recent record number of entries there are a lot of matches and rounds in some comps. The Round One closing dates are as follows; Championship, Individual Handicap and Over 50's - 31st October. Pairs, Triples and All Divisionals - 16th November. The home advantage changeover date will always be 14 days from the start of each round. Results by email to the Competition Secretary Andrew Rockingham at '' or by posting a comment on this message on our facebook page. Good luck.
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August 25, 2022
We are planning to start the new snooker season on either September 22nd or by the latest September 29th. I am still waiting for some registration forms to be completed and returned in order to set the fixtures. If you are one of the clubs that haven't done so yet then please do so very soon. Entry to competitions are also required as they will be starting soon after the league season begins. Thank you. KJ
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R.I.P. TONY SHAW 1942-2022
July 6, 2022
Sad news to report. TONY SHAW recently passed away following a long illness. TONY played in the league at both snooker and billiards but the three ball game was his main love. He was a regular at the Woking Snooker Centre and was first a fully qualified referee who then became a referee examiner for the E.A.S.B. TONY officiated at many amateur events and always made himself available for league related refereeing duties. I was TONY's first candidate in his role as examiner. TONY was a good man, a family man, loved a debate and was always entertaining company. Due to his illness he had not been in the Centre for quite a while but we older members of the league will always remember him. We send our deepest condolences to his family. His funeral is at Woking Crematorium on Monday 18th July at 4pm. KJ
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June 16, 2022
CRAIG CONNAUGHTON of Walton Comrades won his first Byfleet League individual title with a resounding win in the billiards handicap on Tuesday evening at the Woking Snooker Centre. His semi final against BRAD PARKER was a game of two halves as he got off to an absolute flyer with 15 from his break off following the red disappearing into a middle pocket. Further runs of high teens quickly followed to put BRAD over 100 behind. His excellent potting putting a deal of pressure on his opponent. BRAD crept his way back into the tie and got to within 10 at the finish. On the other table ANDY SMITH and MICHAEL WHEELER had a real ding dong battle. ANDY played some superb billiards to nullify the handicap at halfway but MICHAEL tenaciously stuck to his coattails and eventually ANDY fell over the line to win by 3. The final proved to be very one sided. CRAIG continued to pot superbly which seemed to unsettle ANDY. He had a golden opportunity when within 40 points with his ball in hand and the two object balls together he inexplicitly miscued. CRAIG then proceeded to make breaks of 25 and 35 to race into a huge lead. It could have been so different. ANDY appeared to be resigned to defeat and was unable to raise his game to his usual high level. CRAIG running out a deserved winner by 63 points. Thanks to Phil Vowels for refereeing and to Peter Ruddick of Woking Snooker Centre for preparing the tables and for hosting this finals evening. KJ
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June 10, 2022
The last four players vying for the 'GEORGE HARRIS' Billiards Handicap trophy to be played at Woking Snooker Centre on Tuesday June 14th are: ANDY SMITH (New Haw) v MICHAEL WHEELER (West Byfleet Social) and CRAIG CONNAUGHTON (Walton Comrades) v BRAD PARKER (Sunninghill Comrades). These semi finals start at 7.30pm and will be followed by the grand final. Supporters and spectators are welcome to come and watch the action. KJ
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June 2, 2022
Hot favourite RYAN MEARS didn't let his supporters down as he took his Billiards Championship tally to five straight wins. His 200 up semi final win over STUART CONNOR included runs of 55 and 42 in a 200 - 61 victory. MARTIN COURT capped another fine tournament reaching the final with a 200 -125 win against JAMES CULLEN. He had several teen breaks which was capped by a timely 37 when JAMES was in contention. The 90 minute final saw the best of the current Champion who produced a simply awesome display of his three ball skills. First visit was 51, quickly followed by an exact century. 151 points in the first 20 minutes of the match. He then proceeded to make another century, this time 107. It was a brilliant display of cueing. His touch and precision position really was a joy to watch and admire. He followed up with breaks of 49 and 48. MARTIN stuck to his task in admirable fashion and played some lovely shots but he was chasing shadows as RYAN never looked like wilting. Final score was RYAN 582 MARTIN 195. Breaks RYAN 51, 100, 107, 76, 38, 49, 48. MARTIN was at the table on 25 when the 90 minutes was up. Thanks to West Byfleet Social for use of their tables, which were in superb condition and to PHIL VOWELS for refereeing a semi final and to JOHN CHIVERTON for his help for fielding in the final.
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May 18, 2022
With the billiards league season only having just over a week to go outstanding matches need to be completed. Staines Cons are playing Sunninghill in Div One tomorrow night, also due to play are the Division Two matches New Haw C v West Byfleet Social B and New Haw B v Lightwater. Both divisions champions are virtually guaranteed with Woking Snooker Centre A and Lightwater Village dominating. Runners Up spots and highest breaks are still all to play for. The Billiards Championship is at the finals night stage, which is scheduled for June 2nd at West Byfleet Social Club. Those involved should be at the club ready to start their matches at 7.30pm. The Billiards Handicap is nearing the Quarter Final stage. With the Presentation Evening booked for July 1st there is little time to tie everything up. With luck we will get there though. Good luck everyone and thank you for all for your support to the Byfleet League. KJ
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April 15, 2022
I have been asked to post the rule in billiards regarding 'Consecutive Hazards'. A 'Hazard' being any scoring shot that does not include a cannon. A maximum of 15 hazards in a row may be played (which can include potting the opponents white) after which a cannon is needed to continue the break. Importantly after 10 such hazards the referee should announce '10 hazards' meaning that the player only has 5 more. If the referee fails to announce this after 10 hazards then the player has 5 more hazards from the moment it is announced. Upon achieving the maximum hazards the player must play a cannon if the opponents ball is on the table or a non scoring shot if it isn't. If the maximum number of consecutive hazards is exceeded it is deemed to be a foul. Two points penalty and their opponent can have the balls spotted.
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March 22, 2022
Thank you to everyone who voted in the recent survey. The outcome is that Chertsey SS will stage this years Awards Evening on Friday July 1st starting at 7.45pm. We will be awarding prizes for the now completed 2019-2020 snooker season as well as this seasons snooker and billiards winners. The voting was extremely close with Chertsey polling 49% of the votes West Byfleet 45% and others 6%.
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February 20, 2022
Please show on the scorecard if players have made a break of 25 or higher to run out in billiards or a clearance in snooker. These will be shown on the website in the admin section on the results page.
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February 14, 2022
Billiards Competitions - We are inviting entries for the Billiards Championship and Billiards Handicap. Closing date 28 February. Players who previously entered in the 2020 season have been automatically put in. Free to enter, so why not give it a go. Send a text to 07767 796102 to enter.
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February 14, 2022
The Snooker Divisional Semi Finals and Finals from the 2019/2020 covid delayed season were held at the Woking Snooker Centre last Thursday February 10th 2022. I was really pleased that all 16 players were able to attend. As I was otherwise engaged refereeing the report is brief. In the Prem semi finals RYAN MEARS beat ANDREW VERNON 2-0 and MATT FORD came from losing the first frame to beat BRAD PARKER 2-1. Highlight was a 77 break by MATT to level the match. MATT beat RYAN 2-1 in the final having seen his 48 break and good lead in the opener whittled away to a black ball finish. Agonisingly for RYAN who had to watch the cue ball slowly disappear in the yellow pocket having sunk the black. RYAN receovered to level the match and in a nip and tuck decider had the first chance to win before losing concentration and missing after much hard work had been done. MATT closed it out with a superb long green and clearance to the pink. Division One - STEVEN WILLIAMS succumbed to club mate ANDY CHAUHAN 2-0 in their semi final and PAUL MORRISON needed a 35 clearance in the deciding frame to pip JAMIE HUTCHISON in their match. ANDY CHAUHAN went on to win the final 2-1 aided by breaks of 25 and 32 in the decider. Division Two - IAN GELDARD easily defeated ANDY DARKEN in the semi final and then PAUL HARRISON in the final (his words)without dropping a frame. PAUL had defeated PHIL VOWELS by the same score in their semi final. PAUL having breaks of 25 and 29. Division Three - MICHAEL WHEELER was going to be hard to beat and so it proved. Team mate IAN CHALKLEY put up a good effort but lost out in both frames in this semi final. Michaelthen had a long wait whilst CRAIG NUNES was battling against his team mate SIMON HARDY. SIMON won the first frame comfortably however CRAIG won the second on the black and the final frame in a nail biter. MICHAEL beat CRAIG 2-0 in the final. Many thanks to Peter Ruddick and Woking Snooker Centre for staging the event and for his hard work in preparing the tables and looking after everybody. Also thanks to those who helped with refereeing. It was a great night in a venue that has been improved beyond recognition and is a great place to visit. KJ
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February 11, 2022
After two seasons absence the new Billiards season will start next Thursday February 17th. Only two divisions unfortunately, both 150 up. 8 Teams in each division means a match every week. The fixtures will be on the website very soon but contacts at each club have been notified and emailed fixture lists where possible. Anyone with an email address who wants a copy of the fixtures please text me on 07767 796102 and add your details. KJ
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January 15, 2022
These are the matches that have been cancelled and need to be rearranged prior to January 31st 2022. Division One - rom Jan 13th STAINES CONS 'C' v WEST BYFLEET SOCIAL 'B', Divison Two - from Oct 28th EGHAM UTD SERVICES 'A' v HERSHAM SPORTS 'B',from Dec 2nd HERSHAM SPORTS 'B' v HERSHAM SPORTS 'A', from Jan 13th HERSHAM SPORTS 'B' v EGHAM UTD SERVICES 'A'.
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Obituary - ROY CLEMSON
January 4, 2022
Sadly we have recently had news that ROY CLEMSON has passed away. ROY played for many years for Oatlands Park with his last league match in January 2017. He continued to regularly play during the day at the New Haw Social Club mainly with Michael Eastmond. ROY was one of life's gentlemen and knew his way around a snooker table. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
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December 20, 2021
Snooker players of all abilities can improve their game by trying John Hunters training routines at For a fiver (the cost of a coffee and biscuit) you gain access to well over 100 practice challenges. Give it a go. It may just be the best 'Lady Godiva'you'll ever spend.
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December 3, 2021
Spectators enjoyed a great night of snooker at the Woking Snooker Centre on Tuesday evening with 4 of the league stop players vying for the title of Individual Champion. SEAN HARVEY retained the trophy to record his 4th win in the tournament. See main story for details:
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December 2, 2021
The Snooker Divisional Semi Finals and Finals from the 2019/2020 covid delayed season will be held at the Woking Snooker Centre on Thursday February 10th 2022. The line up's are as follows: PREMIER - MATT FORD v BRAD PARKER and RYAN MEARS v ANDREW VERNON, DIVISION ONE - ANDY CHAUHAN v STEVEN WILLIAMS and JAMIE HUCHINSON v PAUL MORRISON, DIVISION TWO - PHIL ( Hurricane Junior) VOWELS v PAUL HARRISON and ANDY DARKEN v IAN GELDARD, DIVISION THREE - SIMON HARDY v CRAIG NUNES and IAN CHALKLEY v MICHAEL WHEELER. All players are requested to arrive at 7.30pm and be ready to start at 7.45pm. Spectators and supporters welcome. KJ
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November 29, 2021
The Byfleet team squad of Captain IAN ROSE, RYAN MEARS, MATT FORD, ANDREW VERNON, GEORGE REEVES and BRAD PARKER did the league proud reaching the semi finals of the UK Snooker League's Tournament held this weekend at the Crucible Club in Reading. League teams from all parts of the country took part with the competition being split into two groups of round robin matches. The top 4 in each group progressing to the quarter final knockout stages. Byfleet were drawn in the toughest group of 6 teams. Full results can be seen at: A brief report is that on Saturday we started with a 4-1 win over Newbury, lost narrowly to Ormskirk 3 -2 and beat Reading 3 -2. GEORGE REEVES joined the other 5 members on Sunday and promptly won his first game against West Midlands ROB JAMES in a superb 3-2 victory against the 6 time winners. ROB is the highest ranked player in this tournaments history so it was a wonderful win. Our last group match resulted in a 3-2 loss against Bristol but by finishing a close third we progressed to the quarter finals. Pitched against Northamptonshire league WC Clarke Snooker League, who finished second in their group, we won 4-1. In the semi finals we were drawn against ante post second favourites Bristol again and despite leading 2-0 we were beaten 3-2. West Midlands went on to beat Bristol in the final and become 6 time winners. Individual honours go to RYAN MEARS who playing first in every match won all 7 games and was pipped by JAMES LEE of Torbay for the top player award by virtue of JAMES making a break of 70 against RYAN's best of 64 having both won all 7 of their matches. Up against the countries top amateurs our team showed that they belong in that company. It was a great event played in a great atmosphere. Well done team. KJ
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November 24, 2021
Captains are reminded that the rules for requesting a league match cancellation are as follows: Rule 12(a) - All matches shall be played on the date specified in the fixture list unless unavoidably postponed. The Match Secretary shall be notified immediately of postponed matches, which shall be played off at the earliest possible date. Inability to field a complete team shall not of itself constitute a valid reason for postponement without the prior agreement of the Match Secretary and the opponents concerned. In the event of a postponed match the non offending team shall offer a choice of three alternative dates within the next 28 days but not all in the same week. A team then defaulting on the offer shall be deemed to have conceded the match. All games, however, must be completed before the date of the final fixture of the League concerned. The match secretary is Trevor Connors - 07947 687930. Please text Trevor in the first instance should you be seeking a valid cancellation.
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November 11, 2021
On Wednesday November 24th Woking Snooker Centre host the semi finals and final of the 2019/2020 season's Snooker Handicap Pairs. We have a great line up, as you would expect for this very popular tournament. Handicap specialist TOM HOWICK and partner LUKE HOOPER attempt to go one better then the previous season and have reached the final again. This time they face formidable opponents in RYAN MEARS and ANDY BAREFIELD. Matches are played over two frames with aggregate scores so every point is vital. The other semi final is an intriguing tie with Egham's STEVEN WILLIAMS and JAMIE HUTCHISON up against the Staines Cons pairing of ALAN MARTY and PAUL MORRISON. Matches start at 7.45pm. MATCH REPORT'S - Staines Pair ALAN MARTY & PAUL MORRISON dominated both their semi fianl and the final to become 20019/2020 season Snooker Handicap Pairs winners. They won their semi final by 72 and the final by 97. In both matches they increased their handicap advantages after the first frames. In the semi final they led by 86 at halfway and in the final by 97 at halfway. It was their night and they thoroughly deserved the title. Backmarkers RYAN MEARS and ANDY BAREFIELD won the first frame of their semi final 93 - 26 and cruised to win the second frame by 39 points. PAUL MORRISON's 22 clearance in frame one in the final and a run of 35 midway through the second frame wrapped up an excellent performance. Thanks to woking Snooker Centre for hosting the finals evening and to Phil Vowels for refereeing.
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November 1, 2021
All credit for the weekends victories for BYFLEET in the team championship and RYAN MEARS in the individual Open Tournament go to the players. When approached with entry details I discovered that most of our usual automatic picks were unavailable. The entry fee's had been increased significantly and I wasn't convinced that the format would be a success. How wrong was I? Woking's GEORGE HEATLEY put together a team and on their own initiative entered the tournaments. RYAN MEARS, originally unavailable, joined up with GEORGE, JAMES CULLEN, ALAN HARVEY and PAUL GANLEY to play in the team and individual competitions held on Saturday and Sunday at the Woking Snooker Centre. Saturday's play consisted of two groups of 4 teams playing Round Robins with the top two in each group contesting semi finals the following day. Byfleet's opening match was against previous winners WATFORD 'A'. Byfleet got off to a sparkling start with an impressive 6-2 win. EASTBOURNE 'B' were next and they were following a 6-2 win over HARROW. A 4-4 draw resulted and despite Byfleet slipping to a heavy 7-1 defeat in their last match aginst HARROW, Byfleet ended in second place in the group as othe rresults went their way. EASTBOURNE 'A' won group A and their 'B' team won group 'B'. Sunday's semi finals pitched up against impressive group 'B' winners EASTBOURNE. With the winners of THAMES VALLEY and EASTBOURNE 'A' determining the other finalists. EASTBOURNE 'B' beat THAMES VALLEY 5 -1 and our team beat EASTBOURNE 'A' 5-3. Already a superb team performance to reach the final Byfleet crushed favourites EASTBOURNE 'B' 5-1 to take the trophy for the 4th time out of the 5 events since LHC took over the running of this Inter League Championships. In the Individual knockout tournament JAMES CULLEN reached the quarter finals but was defeated by MARK WORLEY who had earlier made a century break. RYAN MEARS beat PETER EASTLAND 4-0 in his quarter final match and then defeated SANJAY MEGHANI in the semi final 4-1 and won the final 3-0 against Watford number one, MARK WORLEY, after both players had agreed to reduce it to a best of five frame match. Thanks to the efforts of Manager PETER RUDDICK and the MASON family WOKING SNOOKER CENTRE is now a superb venue for tournaments and with three teams in the league there is a real buzz and excitement about the place. Other tournaments are already in the pipeline and anyone local looking to join a club should pop in and check it out. Coach BRIAN COX has started a Junior Coaching Club and can also be booked for one to one sessions for all aged players of all abilities. Congratulations once again to the team and to RYAN. A fantastic achievement and solely down to them. I got it wrong but won't make the same mistake again. KJ
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October 31, 2021
WATERLOOVILLE SPORTS BAR SOUTHERN PRO AM EVENT 1 ?WINNER? Congratulations Connor Benzey! In an incredible, high scoring final Connor takes the decider with a 4-3 result against Matt Ford. Connor making breaks of 100, 96 and 75, and Matt producing the high break of the tournament with a 130. Fantastic day, thanks to everyone who entered, see below for notable breaks throughout the day. Matt Ford 130,75,57 Bradley Cowdroy 118,61,51 Connor Benzey 100, 96,86,75,66,61 Mark Lloyd 91,58,56,52 Oliver Sykes 88 Anthony Rice 83 Jamie Wilson 72,59 Simon Dent 65 Dharminder Singh Lily 64,58 Jake Fowler 62 Carl Davis 57 John Hunter 56,50,50 Labeeb Anand 51
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October 3, 2021
Will all clubs please send a representative to a League General Meeting being held at Chertsey SS Club on Monday October 11th starting at 8pm. I am grateful for all of the efforts of our clubs and players to get the league started again. It is good to be back. New result cards have been ordered and hopefully will have arrived by the meeting date. I look forward to seeing you at Chartsey in just over a weeks time. KJ
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September 6, 2021
Due to the effects of a Covid curtailed 2019-2020 season we will be running 3 divisions for the Snooker Season commencing on September 23rd. Each division is based around 9 teama with 1 bye and will run for 18 weeks. All matches in each division to be of 6 frames with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6, players. No player may play more than 2 frames. There are some competitions from the 2019 -2020 season still to be completed and they will be arranged to be played during the course of the season. There will be no new competitions in the old format for this season however if time and interest allows we may consider one day tournaments. There will be a Billiards Season following the conclusion of the Snooker Season unless the Covid situation worsens during Autumn and Winter or the government places restrictions that make it impossible. Covid restrictions and rules will effect some clubs in terms of catering, therefore there will be no obligation for home teams/clubs to provide food at the end of matches. Each clubs rules involving snooker and their Covid precautions are to be respected and followed. They may not be uniform throughout the league. I look forward to seeing you during the season. I hope that you all enjoy playing and competing again. KJ
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August 28, 2021 has a nice article on our league. Written by its founder Chris Gaynor, who is a member of the Woking Snooker Centre. The site promotes grass routes snooker and reviews products along with profiles on players. They have a facebook page also.
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July 30, 2021
A new snooker season begins on September 23rd. Club representatives and team captains are currently being contacted for team entries. As soon as we have this information the fixtures will be set and published. The initial response has been excellent and hopefully all divisions will be fully subscribed. Whilst the government are warning of possible measures during Autumn and Winter we will be planning contingencies in order to complete the season. So, support your club, dust off your cues and start practicing.
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Update-SEAN beaten 4-2
June 4, 2021
SEAN HARVEY is back on the green baize on Friday at 2pm in the Second Round of the Second of three Q School events in Sheffield. His opponent this time is Lewis Gillen who plays out of the Northern Snooker Centre. We wish SEAN the best of luck after his great run in Event One.
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June 1, 2021
SEAN HARVEY's valiant run in Q School Event One came to an end this morning. The 4 - 0 loss was not as one sided as the score suggests. PAGE stealing frames 1 and 4 with 50+ clearances to win on the black each time. The European Under 21 Champion and former World Under 18 Champion goes into this afternoons match knowing that a two year place awaits the winner. SEAN has two more events to come. I have no doubt this experience will inspire him and give him confidence in what is an extremely high class series of tournaments.
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May 31, 2021
SEAN HARVEY won his second match at Q School Event One this morning against SANDERSON LAM. SEAN won 4-1 and now meets HAMIM HUSSAIN at 7pm tonight. Good luck SEAN.
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May 31, 2021
A third 4-1 win on Monday evening puts SEAN HARVEY within sight of his dream of gaining a two year spot on the main snooker tour. This time he defeated Hamim Hussain. Next opponent is the highly rated Welsh protege JACKSON PAGE. Touted by Mark Williams as future star PAGE will be tough to overcome however SEAN has the game to upset the odds. This match is at 10 am tomorrow with the winner playing again at 1pm for their date with destiny.Good luck SEAN.
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May 29, 2021
Staines Cons 'A star and Byfleet Champion SEAN HARVEY bids for a place on the tour via Q School. There are 3 events with the first already underway at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. SEAN had a bye in the first round and plays JORDAN RIMMER tonight at 7pm in the best of seven frames knockout competition. The last event finishes on June 13th. We wish SEAN the best of luck tonight and throughout the events. You can follow his progress on this link - Sunday 30th May - A good start for SEAN with a 4-1 victory. He now faces SANDERSON LAM at 10am on Monday 31st May.
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December 3, 2020
There is no doubt that 2020 has been disappointing to say the least. We lost the billiards season at the start of the pandemic and hopes were dashed at the last minute for a season of snooker following a second outbreak. Lets hope the vaccine is successful and that our league will resume at some stage during 2021. The committee send our wishes that all of our members and their families enjoy a very Happy Christmas and New Year. KJ
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October 26, 2020
Our team of IAN ROSE, RYAN MEARS and MATT FORD ran out winners of the London & Home Counties Inter League annual tournament at the Racks Club in Maidenhead this weekend. This competitition was resurrected in 2017 by Paul Ives having been run by the Harrow League from 1990 until 2016. We were successful 4 times during the previous period and won the first two LHC events in 2017 and 2018. Last year Watford A beat their B team in the final and were looking for back to back victories. With 7 teams entered two groups were set up with the top two in each going forward to the semi finals. We were in the group of 4 and met last years winners in the opening match. Watford won 4 -2 but we recovered brilliantly with 5 -1 and 4-2 wins against Thames Valley and Milton Keynes B to finish level on 11 points with Watford but runners up by virtue of Watford's head to head win. Our semi final opponents were Harrow and a tough match was expected. Matt got us off to a flying start with a quick fire performance winning both frames. Ian lost his first frame but won the second and Ryan won his opening frame to seal the victory and into the final. Milton Keynes A had a great win against last years champions Watford A in the other semi final. The final started well for us with Matt sharing the spoils against Kristian Kelly before Ian won both his frames against Ross Webb. Ryan needed one frame and got it against Rees Carter. Byfleet finishing 4 -2 winners and regaining the trophy. That's our third now in the four years this event has taken place. A superb achievement and testament to the number of great players we have. Many thanks to Paul Ives and the Racks team for staging this event during such difficult times. It involved a lot of planning and hard work to run it safely and so well.
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October 23, 2020
This years London & Home Counties Inter league Tournament takes place this weekend at the Racks Club in Maidenhead. Due to Covid restrictions it has been cut down to teams of three players. Our team is Ryan Mears, Ian Rose and Matt Ford. We wish them the best of luck and hope they do well.
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October 18, 2020
With areas of our region increasingly moving into higher risk we have taken the decision to cancel the snooker season that was scheduled to start at the end of this month. It seems more than likely that Covid -19 is here for the foreseeable future and the safety of our members is paramount. We hope that matters improve by the turn of the year and that it will be safe to begin a season of billiards.
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October 13, 2020
Following todays email publication of the proposed fixture list we have received notifications from a few teams regarding their participation. Prior to sending the emails, last minute changes were needed to be made after a couple of 11th hour omission requests. However further changes have now to be made. If you received an email then please disregard the two attachments. A further announcement will be made within the next few days. If in the meantime your team do not want to be included in the fixtures then please contact me by text on 07767 796102 or by email: ''. Kelvin Jones
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October 7, 2020
The new Byfleet League 2020 / 21 Snooker season will start on Thurs 29 Oct The COVID pandemic means this season will be unique. We must try to balance the desire to play regular snooker with protecting people’s safety. The plan is as follows: * The 20 / 21 Snooker season will be a “self-contained bubble” * There will be 4 divisions. Playing home and away once. Fixtures plotted out on the website * There will be no promotion, relegation, trophies or new individual competitions. The reason for this is: should the season need to be curtailed or fixtures go unfulfilled, there is no bearing on the 21 / 22 season * Matches in the Prem, Divs 1 & 2 will consist of 4 frames covered by a minimum of 2 players. Matches in Div 3 will be 3 frames, played by a minimum of 2 * Matches can start earlier than 7.45pm if mutually convenient for both teams, or potentially be played on other nights * Matches will need to finish by 10pm * No food afterward * Home club's rules and guidelines to be observed * There is still a small number of outstanding league and competition fixtures from the 19 / 20 Snooker season. These will be completed at some point before next summer. The results will determine the structure of each division for the 21 / 22 season. This plan provides regular snooker without the pressure to complete fixtures. It also fulfils our aim of getting the entire league back-on-track for the start of the 2021 Billiards season in the Spring.
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August 20, 2020
Whilst we are subject to many factors that may have an effect on matters we are planning to commence a new season of snooker during the latter part of October. In the meantime we have to establish the number of clubs and teams wishing to take part and respect any Covid-19 precautions that have been put in place by each club. It will be a short season of home and away matches only with the billiards seaon commencing in February and finishing at the end of May. This will enable us to hold a Presentation Evening at the end of June or beginning of July. It is hoped that we will be able to finish the snooker competitions from last season and to play the league fixtures that have a bearing on promotion/relegation positions. These are planned to take place between mid September and the start of the new season. Registrations from last season will be carried over to the new season and no registration fees will be requested. Any new teams entering or new players will be charged at the usual rate on an ad hoc basis. By not charging fees for one season we hope to ease the burden on clubs who have lost trade during the lockdown. Further news and details will be posted on here and facebook in due course. KJ
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August 3, 2020
Our league Champion SEAN HARVEY has a week at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in his quest to qualify via Q School for a coveted 2 year professional tour card. Event 1 starts tomorrow at 10.30am for SEAN in the second round against Marvin Morgan, a regular on the amateur circuit and who played in the Gibraltar Open. Event 2 on Wednesday at 10.30 SEAN's opponent will be the winner of Adam Duffy and Michael Collumb and on Thursday at 10.30 in Event 3 SEAN will play either Mike Hallett or Benji Buckley. Q School attracts a great deal of excellent players some have been on the tour before and are trying to get back on and others feel they are good enough to succeed. SEAN is certainly good enough and we wish him the very best of luck.You can follow SEAN'S and all other Q School results on KJ
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August 3, 2020
SEAN HARVEY won his 2nd round tie in Event One 3-1 against Marvin Morgan, knocking in a break of 98 in the 4th frame to set up a last 64 match against Ryan Roberts. This match takes place around 1pm on Friday (7th August). He just lost out in Event Two to the Scottish Champion Michael Collumb 3 -2 but won his 2nd round tie aginst Benji Buckley by a convincing 3-0 margin. He meets Rob James on Sunday at 10am in the last 64 in Event Three. Good luck Sean.
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LEAGUE UPDATE 22/05/2020
May 22, 2020
Billiard Season cancelled. With no definite date in place for the re-opening of clubs the league cannot make precise plans for restarting as such this years billiard season has no alternative but to be cancelled. We would ideally like and hope that we may be in a position during September to arrange some fixtures. My thoughts are that the remaining matches and outstanding competitions from the 2019-2020 snooker season be completed. Following which we have a shortened new snooker season followed by a season of billiards. I also plan to contact every club in order to establish their internal objectives reagrding social distancing and safety within their snooker rooms. There is no plan to hold a Presentation Evening at this stage. A further update will be posted as and when we have more information. # keep safe #keep well. KJ
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March 18, 2020
In light of the recent governments guideline advice the final weeks matches of the snooker season and next weeks scheduled competition finals have been postponed. When we resume the intention is that matches involving teams that are in contention for promotion, relegation or in the Premier Division, runners up, will be rescheduled. Also the competitions will be rearranged. The billiards season that was due to start in two weeks time is also on hold. The welfare of every member of the league and all of the clubs stewards and staff is paramount. Please take care everyone and as soon as it is safe we will get up and running again. KJ
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March 16, 2020
SEAN HARVEY v MATT FORD and MARTIN COURT v BRAD PARKER are the semi finalists for this seasons Snooker Handicap at the Lightwater Village Club on Tuesday March 17th. These big guns of the league have fought there way to the finals night against strong opposition. Its a cracking line up which will cause the handicapper a headache as any of the four can make big breaks and run away with their match. In the words of Rob Walker, 'Blink and you'll miss it' so get there early and enjoy a feast of snooker. Spectators and supporters welcome, as always. Trevor Connors, James Cullen and Phil Vowels have kindly volunteered to officiate and report on the evenings play. KJ
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March 13, 2020
The Byfleet League pass on our best wishes to Alan Marty for a speedy recovery after he was taken ill and rushed to hospital during last nights league match at Staines.
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March 5, 2020
After a shaky start to their season Knaphill have hit top form winning their last four league fixtures in decisive fashion. This trend continued last night at the Staines Conservative Club with a semi final win over last years champions Lightwater and then in the final against soon to be promoted Egham Cons. RYAN MEARS was drawn first against JOHN CHIVERTON in their semi final and the Knaphill captain proved once again that he has a great all round game that is perfect for this type of competition. He patiently and clinically reduced the 70 point team deficit with some skillful snookers allied to excellent potting. Lightwater took a slender 3 point lead into the second frame with STUART CONNOR up against JAMES CULLEN. This was a great game with JAMES getting off to a good start and then STUART responding with his trademark fluency. As in all handicap matches the last colours make a significant difference and it was Knaphill who got them after JAMES's very fine cut on the pink to middle left him a 'dolly' black. Just two colours but a 26 points swing. JAMES CHIVERTON began his frame against ANDY BAREFIELD with a 3 point advantage and belied his lower division status by racing to a 30 point lead. Fiercely competitive ANDY BAREFIELD is not one to roll over though and battled back to bring the result down to the last few colours. It was nip and tuck with no quarter given until ANDY sank a superb brown followed by an easy blue and then stroked in a mid range pink to provide the fist pump and his teams march to the final. This was a superb match and Lightwater despite losing gave it their all. The other semi final saw Eghams JAIMIE HUTCHISON up against IAN ROSE in the opening frame. JAIMIE was in fine form and put the Sunninghill captain under a lot of pressure. It was a case of hanging in there in an attempt to keep or reduce the 70 point deficit. JAIMIE continued his good form throughout and IAN's pot black at the end meant Egham would go into the second frame 67 in front. STEVEN WILLIAMS against MARTIN WALLACE was the draw and it was STEVEN who started the brisker. He really is a joyful player to watch combining good pots and good safety. MARTIN suffered with a poor run of the balls particularly after getting in with good opening reds. Either a bad kiss or being hampered preventing him to have clear cut opportunities. As is often the case when this happens, nothing goes right and sure enough a poor shot left the brown on with blue, pink and black over pockets. STEVEN would pot these with his eyes shut and did so with them open. Last Egham man LUKE HOOPER had a mere 94 points lead but was up against the deadly MATT FORD. It couldn't happen, surely. LUKE was nervous but potted a good red to middle to open the scoring. He missed a pink to the same pocket and then watched the match progress with MATT potting brilliantly and gradually eating into his massive lead. MATT had to pot colours with every red to win the match for his team and came very close to do it however with the black on its spot and a tight cluster of about 7 reds in front he needed to play a forcing shot to open the reds. The black wobbled and the pack split. He still had a chance with four reds left he was 57 behind but a nerve calming full range pot on the red by LUKE sealed the match. A convincing win by Egham on the night and a taste of what they will be up against in the Premier Division next season should they gain promotion. The final- Egham were set to receive 63 and once again the draw favoured Knaphill with RYAN drawn first. His opponent LUKE had just finished a tough frame defending a huge lead but had now to start effectively from levels against a prolific winner. RYAN dominated the frame with excellent shot selection, potting and three superb snookers. He racked up 120 points and vitally gave ANDY a 36 lead against JAIMIE. This was a messy frame with the balls open but awkward. ANDY potted well and his determination to win gave JAIMIE problems. JAIMIE struggled to find his semi final form and was nowhere near as decisive in his shot selection. ANDY cleared most of the colours but they both missed easy looking blacks until JAIMIE finally sank it. JAMES CULLEN had a 65 lead against STEVEN WILLIAMS which proved a mountain to climb. JAMES is too good a player in normal circumstances to let this slip and whilst STEVEN can and has made three figure breaks in the league, the balls were never really set for this to happen. He battled on but JAMES kept his cool and calmly took his chances well to close out the match. Knaphill winning by 53 overall. Many thanks to Andy Rockingham who refereed all evening and to George Middleton for his assistance and to the Staines Club for use of their tables. Congratulations to Knaphill on their first Triples title and to all finalists. It was great to watch the evening unravel. KJ
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March 5, 2020
All billiards and snooker handicaps will be decided by Tom Howick, Mark Court and Kelvin Jones. I have set the handicaps myself for many years but am now grateful for Tom and Mark's involvement. They have an excellent knowledge of all the players who enter the handicap competitions and I am delighted that they are now officially on board. Should any player wish to discuss a particular handicap in a match(s) that they are involved in then please contact Tom by text to 07545 543503 Mark by text on 07425 622075. KJ
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March 4, 2020
Whilst the last few weeks of the snooker season are still to take place your attention is drawn to the Billiard season starting that starts on April 2nd. The fixtures and first round draws for the Handicap and Championship are on the website. The handicaps will be set and on here by the end of this weekend and all club reps will receive hard copies of the fixtures along with contact details of clubs and team captains within the next 7 days. Please note that finals nights have been set and are shown on the website. If you are scheduled to not be available on these dates and have reached the quarter final stage, please award the game to your opponent. Good luck everyone. KJ
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March 1, 2020
Dan Farahmand's nan Rose, sadly passed away 10years ago this year of cancer and Dan is taking part in a 24hr Sponsored pool competition to raise money for cancer awareness. The competition will take place on the 10th April 2020 from 4pm Please come along and play a game of pool against Dan to raise money for cancer The competition is £3 to Enter £1 goes into the pool table £2 goes to cancer research. Please go to the Cancer Just Giving page via the following link -
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February 13, 2020
West Byfleet Social staged the first finals night of the snooker season, the Over 50's snooker. The two semi finals saw MARTIN COURT get off to a bright start against STEVE DALE taking the opening frame with some crisp potting and DALTON LAWRENCE's win on the pink in a close run frame against JOHN MONCKTON. STEVE took command in the second frame leading at one point by over 20 but MARTIN forced a couple of errors to take the colours and needed the pink to win the match. STEVE played as good a safety as was possible but MARTIN dispatched a very thin cut on the pink and was relieved to see it drop after wiping its feet. DALTON meanwhile was taking advantage of a rather below form JOHN with some excellent pots and positional play. Frame scores: MARTIN 59-18, 56 -44. Dalton 47-32, 67-12. The final began in a nip and tuck fashion with the lead changing often. MARTIN stepped it up and needed just one ball from the colours but suddenly lost his composure and gradually DALTON was back in it. A superb long screw back on the pink gave DALTON the dilemma of attempting a cut black along the top cushion or play safe. He chose the latter and executed it well leaving the black near a side cushion and the white down the other end of the table. MARTIN went for glory and the black sailed in the yellow pocket as clean as a whistle. This proved pivotal as it gave MARTIN breathing space. DALTON was forced into do or die pots and in particular a red to middle that would bring rich rewards or hand MARTIN the initiative. It didn't drop and MARTIN added another 20 plus to his score. The match was over soon afterwards. MARTIN running out a deserved winner on the night to take his second title following his win in 2017. Frame scores: MARTIN 53-43, 79-41. The matches were played in great spirit which typifies the Byfleet League. Many thanks to Ian Geldard for preparing the tables and to him and West Byfleet for use of their superb snooker room.
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January 22, 2020
After a very long day of snooker SEAN HARVEY at 11.26pm on Sunday night emerged as the LHC Champion of Champions winner following a 4-2 victory against JAMES O'SULLIVAN of the Harrow League at the Racks Club in Maidenhead. This event was the third following LHC taking over the organising from the Harrow League. Full credit to Paul Ives for its resurrection and opening it up to a wider range of league champions. 15 players took part under a 'double elimination' format. I think this means that they get two bites of the cherry if they lose in the first or second rounds. In the first round RYAN MEARS beat KARL TOWNSEND 3-1 aided by breaks of 111 and 41, PAUL BUNYARD beat REES CARTER 3-1 with breaks of 47 and 33 and SEAN HARVEY beat DAN DEVLIN 3-1 that included a break of 47. DAN qualified by being the Westerham League champion but has just recently moved to our area and has started playing for Walton Comrades. In round two RYAN beat STEVE BARTROPP 3-0 with a 44 break, PAUL beat the much fancied MATT WILSON 3-0 with breaks of 63, 45 and 41 but SEAN suffered a rare defeat losing 3-2 to NIGEL HOWE. This meant that SEAN, as a losing qualifier was drawn against PAUL as the winning qualifier. A match that neither would have chosen. It proved to be some match as SEAN with breaks of 90, 73, 68, 66 and 49 pipped PAUL 4-3 who had himself breaks of 56, 50 and 42. RYAN stormed through in his quarter final 4-0 against DAN DEVLIN with breaks of 39, 38 and 31. The semi finals now pitched SEAN against RYAN, with SEAN winning 4-2 including a 101 break and RYAN a 56. In the final SEAN raced into a 3-0 lead in the best of 7 contest and withheld a late challenge by JAMES O'SULLIVAN to win 4-2. SEAN making breaks of 67, 45 and 32 along the way. As you can see all three of our representatives played very well and if the draw was kinder we could have had both finalists. To rub salt into the wound O'SULLIVAN won the high break prize with a 114 break pipping RYAN'S earlier 111. SEAN continues his fantastic run of tournament successes in the last few months and this weekend contests the last rounds of the English Amateur Championships. Boy, that would be some way to top everything.
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January 21, 2020
Would all teams playing league matches at the West Byfleet Social Club please note that with effect from this Thursday the hot food will be served at 10pm. Matches still in progress may be briefly adjourned in order to participate or if both players want to continue playing and eat afterwards, they can. West Byfleet always provide a lovely spread and a set time will make life easier for their fantastic staff. If other clubs wish to make similar arrangements then please let me know and I will make everyone aware. KJ
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January 20, 2020
MATT Ford has now won all three of the legs he has entered this season on the Cuestars Seniors (40+) Tour. The 44-year-old from Bracknell climbed to third place in the rankings after his latest success in the fifth event at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon. He beat James Height (Shepton Mallet), who won the previous leg at Waterlooville Sports Bar, 2-0 in the final to claim the £120 prize money. Ford dropped only one frame out of 15 all day – and that was to home player Neil Craycraft in the group stages. Eight groups of four with the top two going through to a last-16 knockout and all done and dusted by about 7pm. Happy days. Chandlers Ford Snooker Club hosts the sixth leg of eight on Sunday, February 16. BREAKS John Hunter: 134, 52. Neil Craycraft: 96, 64, 44. Matt Ford: 71, 67, 66, 55, 53, 47, 46. Martin Wallace: 68, 58. James Height: 67, 53, 53, 48, 40, 40. Jean-Marc Bancilhon: 62. Neil Herd: 54. Raj Puri: 51, 50. Paul Lawrence: 47, 40. Phil Morgan: 44. Neil Carroll: 40. ROUND-ROBIN GROUP POSITIONS GROUP A: 1st, John Hunter (Salisbury SC); 2nd, David Stewart (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Paul Burt (Salisbury SC); 4th, Graham Leech (Crucible, Newbury). GROUP B: 1st, James Height (SWSA, Gloucester); 2nd, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Herman Desmier (Bournemouth Constitutional Club); 4th, Peter Chin (Jesters, Swindon). GROUP C: 1st, Adam Denham (Keynsham Cons); 2nd, Stephen Hills (Northfleet Traders Club); 3rd, Raj Puri (Hartley Country Club); 4th, Jon Walker (Potting Shed, Aldbourne). GROUP D: 1st, Matt Ford (Sunninghill Comrades); 2nd, Neil Craycraft (Jesters, Swindon); 3rd, Chris Rigby (West Byfleet Social Club); 4th, Chris Stocker (Martock Snooker Centre). GROUP E: 1st, Neil Herd (Salisbury SC); 2nd, Steve Ashton (Salisbury SC); 3rd, George Apperley (Crucible, Newbury); 4th, James Trump (SWSA, Gloucester). GROUP F: 1st, Paul Lawrence (Park Gate RBL); 2nd, John Monckton (Woking SC); 3rd, Peter Ebbins (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Jim Robinson (Bournemouth Constitutional Club) GROUP G: 1st, Jean-Marc Bancilhon (Camphill Social Club); 2nd, Dan Hammond (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Cath Bailey (147, Swindon); 4th, Adrian Gee (147 SC, Swindon). GROUP H: 1st, Martin Wallace (Crucible, Newbury); 2nd, Phil Morgan (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Pat Patel (Crucible, Newbury); 4th, Jeff Payne (West Byfleet Social Club). KNOCKOUT RESULTS LAST-16 (10 pts): Hunter 2-0 Carroll, Wallace 2-0 Hammond, Herd 2-1 Monckton, Ford 2-0 Hills, Craycraft 2-0 Denham, Lawrence 2-1 Ashton, Morgan 2-0 Bancilhon, Height 2-0 Stewart. QUARTER-FINALS (12 pts, £15): Wallace 2-1 Hunter, Ford 2-0 Herd, Lawrence 2-1 Craycraft, Height 2-1 Morgan. SEMI-FINALS (15 pts, £40): Ford 2-0 Wallace, Height 2-1 Lawrence. FINAL (25/18 pts, £120/£60): Ford 2-0 Height.
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January 14, 2020
Staines Cons star SEAN HARVEY's remarkable run in the Cuestars Championship Tour continued at Fareham on Sunday with a 5th win of the season and 8th in succession. In an all Byfkleet League final his 67 break in the deciding frame of 5 meant the runners up spot for Knaphill's RYAN MEARS. RYAN knocked in the days highest break with a superb 120. SEAN is 55 points clear in the Tour with 3 events remaining. The overall Tour Champion will take home the trophy and pocket £500.00.
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January 8, 2020
Just to remind all club reps and interested members of the league that there is a League Meeting on Monday at 8pm at Chertsey SS and NR Club. We value your input, feedback and presence and hope you are able to attend. On the agenda is : 1. To finalise Competition venues and dates 2. Process for cancelling and re-arranging league matches 3. The Billiards season - number of teams and suggestions for additional teams 4. Presentation Evening 5. Any other business The above are in addition to the usual reports from the leagues officers. I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
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January 4, 2020
Staines Cons star SEAN HARVEY won his 4th Cuestars Champions Tour Event of the season at the Salisbury Snooker Club last weekend with a 3-2 final victory against Jamie Wilson. The series is sponsored by the Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon and has an end of season winners prize of £500.00. SEAN is overwhelming favourite to add this to his prize money haul. Remarkably he has won the last 7 events that he has entered. West Byfleet's ANDY DARKEN also joins the list of Byfleet League winning representatives following his Cuestars Masters (Over 55's) final victory against series leader Raj Puri by 2 frames to 1. ANDY has been knocking on the door in this series and this first title augers well for the rest of his season. Well done to both players. Great to see our boys doing so well outside, as well as inside, the Byfleet League.
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January 2, 2020
Following the sudden closure of the Molesey Conservative Club their Division Three team are now playing from the Molesey Royal British Legion Club, St Mary's Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0ST 0208 979 3637. Captain Tom Goddards contact number is 07716 640405.
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December 31, 2019
To all of our members and their families we wish you a very Happy New Year.
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December 12, 2019
For the first time Byfleet entered the annual UK league snooker competition held in Leeds which consists of 16 teams in 2 groups of 8 round robin format. All matches are 5 frames with each of the players playing 1 frame each. The general pre-tournament consensus from the many regulars was that Byfleet were drawn in the far harder group out of the two groups. Saturday morning 11am start Bradford were the opposition who had reached 3 out of the last 4 finals. Two hours later with a 5-0 (three very close frames and Paul unluckily going in-off on 56 on a max) win to their name Byfleet were on the map and the most asked question in Leeds snooker centre for the next 4-5 hours was “Who are Byfleet?” A second 5-0 win followed against Newbury the whipping boys of the group and then Byfleet finally lost frames in their 3rd match up against Ormskirk. A narrow 3-2 loss the end result meant one final push on a long first day where only one table is used per match. A 4-1 win against Astland the result with lead out man Matt Ford compiling a class 99 break annoyingly missing a simple red (due to poor counting from the ref) with a possible 142 available. Byfleet ended Day 1 with 16 out of 20 frames won and qualification highly likely barring a Sunday collapse. Sunday 10am start and two tables in use for each game meant frames and results moving at a pace. Huddersfield the opposition who were co-leaders and they were duly swept aside with another 4-1 win for Byfleet. Tournament favourites West Midlands (containing all ex pros and Q-school entrants) were the penultimate group opposition. A narrow 3-2 loss meant qualification was guaranteed with just top spot to play for against local neighbours Thames Valley. A rapid fire 4-1 win with Ryan Mears making 81 and Ian Rose 67 meant Byfleet topped the group dropping only 9 frames out of 35 many of which played on STAR tables which the majority of opposition players were far more used to. Topping the group meant the Quarter Final opponents were 4th placed Torbay in Group A who just so happened to be last year’s winners! A slight tactical order reshuffle meant Matt and Ryan were first on. With Matt on the receiving end and Ryan making 30/40s meant the score was 1-1. Paul on third carried on his excellent tournament form to comfortably put Byfleet 2-1 up. The final two games were now being played simultaneous with Ian losing on the pink all eyes turned to game 5 with Andy leading by 30 with just 3 reds left. At this point Torbay’s anchor man put in a faultless display under huge pressure to make what seemed like an impossible clearance given his early frame form. Beaten 3-2. A frustrating end given the way the group stages went and a 4hr journey full of ifs and maybes however Byfleet are certainly a well-known/feared team now amongst the other regular attending teams. Matt unluckily missed out on the £100 high break prize with a 103 pipping him and Paul was only 1 more win from collecting the top player of the weekend £100 award. A very enjoyable weekend was had by all, with a great team spirit throughout, with the tournament organiser keen for this to be the first year of many that Byfleet enter. Final Stats (wins) Paul Bunyard 7/8 Matt Ford 6/8 Andrew Vernon, Ian Rose, Ryan Mears 5/8
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December 12, 2019
Byfleet League star SEAN HARVEY has qualified from the South East region to go to the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on January 26th and join 19 others in the prestigious English Amateur Championship and play until there is a final two. This years event is the 100th in its history and the role of honour includes future World Champions Ray Reardon, John Spencer, Terry Griffiths and Stuart Bingham. Famous players that were beaten in finals are, Willie Thorne, Joe Johnson, John Parrott, Paul Hunter and many peoples all time greatest Ronnie O'Sullivan. SEAN is aiming to be the second champion from the Byfleet League, the first being Chris Ross in 1976. The final will be held in February in Cheltenham. Good luck SEAN, we are all cheering for you!!!
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December 1, 2019
Byfleet's reign as champions came to an end at the semi final stage losing out in a play off against eventual winners Watford. Eight teams entered this years tournament with the format of round robins in two groups of four. On the day of the event Harrow withdrew leaving us in a group of three. Each player of the four man teams played two frames each with 2 points awarded for a match win and 1 for a draw and in the event of equal points, frames won would decide the finishing order. The top two in each group going forward to the semi finals. Rather controversially in our case, having drawn 4-4 against Watford B and then whitewashing Thames Valley B 8 -0 we would have finished top of the group as Watford B dropped a frame against Thames Valley. I say would have as the organisers deemed it appropriate to deduct a point due to one of our players having the wrong type of collar on his shirt. Does'nt sound much but in reality it meant the 8 - 0 win was reduced to the equivalent of a 4-4 draw. Watford B now topped the group with Byfleet relegated to runners up. Whilst our players accepted the ruling without objection I will be proposing a change to this unfair rule before next years tournament. It is harsh to have been penalised 4 frames when the player involved only played two frames in the match. Also, what is the rule for? To look smart maybe? Then how is the Watford A play off player permitted to play every frame with his shirt hanging off outside of his trousers? Just saying!!!! In the group stage Captain Paul Bunyard made a break of 101. Day two the semi finals: Against Watford A it was nip and tuck all the way and a 4 -4 draw meant a play off. Ryan Mears narrowly lost out to Watford's Mark Worley after looking the more likely to win for most of the frame. We have had a great run though winning the title two years running so, no complaints. In the other semi final Watford B beat Thames Valley A 5-3 to make it an all Watford final. The third place match showed how good our players are with Alan Harvey knocking in a superb 106 in his first frame and Ryan Mears a wonderful 122 unluckily missing out on a 140 when the blue bounced out of a middle pocket. We won the match 5-2. Watford A beat their B team in a close final that again went to a play off frame. Mark (Shirt still all over the place) Worley beating Beau Quigley. Since its inception in 2017 only four players have made century breaks in the tournament, Matt Ford, Alan Harvey, Paul Bunyard and Ryan Mears, all members of team Byfleet. Congratulations to Watford, who are a fine team and to our lads who continue to represent the league magnificently and graciously. KJ
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November 6, 2019
The second league meeting of the season takes place at the Chertsey SS and NR Club on Monday November 11th at 8pm. All reps are invited and any other member of the league who wishes to come along. On the Agenda is: The season so far, Competition finals dates and venues, Presentation Evening, reports from officers of the league and anything else that attendees want to ask.
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October 23, 2019
Eight teams fight out the third London and Home Counties Inter League tournament held at the Breaks Club in Maidenhead on Saturday and Sunday (Oct 26th and 27th. Our team have won the previous two and attempt an incredible treble against the best players in other leagues in the South. Captain Paul Bunyard has Matt Ford, Globetrotter Ryan Mears and Alan Harvey as team mates in the quest for further glory. Make no mistake this will be a tough task but we are champions on merit and will be, as always, giving our very best. LHC Snooker have a facebook page which will be showing some of the matches and will have round by round results. The matches start at 11.30am on Saturday. Supporters are welcome.
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October 23, 2019
The following competitions have a deadline as 15th November - PREMIER DIVISIONAL - SNOOKER PAIRS - SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP. Please arrange and play your matches by the deadline and notify Andrew Rockingham of the result.
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October 22, 2019
Due to personal circumstances New Haw 'A' are looking for players to add to their team for forthcoming fixtures. They play in Division One. Captain Andy Smith can be contacted on 07957 302924. Please note that players from New Haw's teams in Division Two and Three can play for Andy's team up to three times each before continuing with their original team. Although players can only play in one fixture each week.
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October 10, 2019
Please be aware that the contact rules for all competitions are that the first named player/pair/team has 14 days from the start of each round to make contact with their opponent(s)to arrange the match. After the 14 days have passed the second named player/pair/team have the option to play the match at their club and become responsible for making contact and arranging the match. It doesn't mean that the match has to be played within 14 days of each round, it just means that to retain home advantage you arrange the match. This could take place, for instance, in the last week of the round. The motto is to act swiftly. Should the competition secretary '' tel:01784 889656 not receive the result or be notified that one party has made sufficient efforts to arrange the match, without response, then both players/pairs/teams will be eliminated from the competition. KJ
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September 30, 2019
*FURTHER TO YESTERDAYS DRAW ANNOUNCEMENT PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PREMIER DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HAS BEEN REDRAWN DUE TO AN ADMINISTARTIVE ERROR. All of this seasons snooker competitions except the Snooker Championship are on the website. Please note the closing dates for each competition, especially the Snooker Handicap which has an earlier First Round deadline. We are planning to make a recorded draw for the Snooker Championship tomorrow evening at around 8.30pm. We are slightly down on the total number of entries overall (4 less than last year) however every competition has many possible winners and Round by Round results will be interesting. Good luck to all those involved. KJ
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September 30, 2019
The draw recorded earlier this evening for the Snooker Championship has now been published on the Byfleet League page on facebook. There are some really 'tasty' match up's and a strangely co-incidental one. The main event has to be current champion SEAN HARVEY against 5 time winner PAUL BUNYARD. Wow. The co-incidental tie is IAN ROSE v STEVE WILLIAMS as this is the same draw as the Snooker Handicap. Fate takes a hand once again. I am indebted to PHIL 'The Voice' VOWELS for his expertise and apologise for my lack of the same. But it was fun and I hope you enjoy the experiment. Good luck to all players. KJ
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September 12, 2019
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August 15, 2019
We are in the final stages of preparing the fixtures for a new snooker season that will be extended so that each team plays the other teams in their division home and away twice. Unfortunately it is looking very likely that there will be a bye in divisons One and Three as Chris Rigby's Chertsey team require another player in division one and John Holloway has hung up his cue after many years in the league, the end of an era for him and his Ottershaw team. Would reps please complete their registration forms including competition entries by September 14th so that we can start the competitions on October 1st?
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August 15, 2019
Following two years of discussions between various interested bodies the WPBSA have issued an updated set of rules. An actual book has not been published yet but the complete rules of Snooker and Billiards can be seen on the following website - Glancing through the revised rules it seems that a lot of the definitions/wordings have been amended but there seem to be no substantial changes. The foul and a miss sections have been redefined but remain open to misinterpretation and are hard/impossible to understand. The Byfleet League have adopted revised rules and guidelines at the 2019 AGM and they will be added to this website very shortly. The Byfleet Leagues miss rule will apply in all league and competition matches. Rule books will be available as soon as the WPBSA have had them printed. I will post an update when there is any news. KJ
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June 18, 2019
ANDY BAREFIELD capped his first full season of billiards with victory in the George Harris billiards handicap at the Chertsey SS Club last night with a convincing display against ANDY DARKEN in the final. Two epic semi finals took place earlier with last years champion RYAN MEARS battling back from a slow start just failing by 7 points to catch ANDY DARKEN. ANDY having looked throughout as if he would ease to the win had to fend off a battling fightback before getting over the line with a pot red and cannon combination. In the other semi final ANDY BAREFIELD pulled out some fantastic pots to maintain his lead until the last 50 points of the match.JOHN HOAD took a while to get the pace of the table but began to put together some nice patterns of play and a 20 plus run put him a few points in front. ANDY battled back and the outcome to and fro'd. JOHN suffered a horrendous 'kick' that prevented him potting a certain red to middle and probably cost him the match. In a nervy finish ANDY managed to pot a red using the rest to win by 4. Both semi's were entertaining to watch and had close finishes. The final - ANDY BAREFIELD got straight into the zone, speeded around the table scoring at will. His potting boots were firmly on. ANDY DARKEN couldn't contain him and it seemed that his semi final efforts had taken its toll. ANDY BAREFIELD was unstoppable and in truth it was a one sided final. Great credit to ANDY DARKEN for defeating the league champion though and reaching a major final. There is an argument that the final should be played on a separate evening especially when huge handicaps are required however that's for future discussion. Congratulations to ANDY BAREFIELD, a worthy winner. Thanks to the Chertsey Club for use of their tables and to Jim Angus for refereeing.
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June 16, 2019
EASB TO TRANSFER ALL OPERATIONS TO THE EPSB This afternoon an Extraordinary General Meeting of EASB took place in accordance with a Notice sent out to all members on 26th May. The resolution, put simply, to transfer the operations and assets of EASB to the English Partnership for Snooker and BIlliards, was passed by 180 votes to 4. The Boards of the EASB and EPSB will liaise to effect the transfer at the earliest opportunity. What does this mean? Well the EASB has been struggling in recent years to fund and stage amateur events to the standard that they hoped. Their hard working Chairman and committee should be applauded for all of their efforts. Sport England funding is vital for the future of various sports and with the EPSB incorporating the amateur associations, Ladies and Disability as well as the EASB snooker and billiards has a much better chance to receive funding. It will take a while for a tournament format and calendar to be set up but the future is positive. Jason Ferguson and other board members gave an insight of the EPSB plans at the meeting and with their expertise and office support the amateur game has a good chance of thriving. Check out the website for more details.
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June 5, 2019
RYAN MEARS retained his Billiards Championship title last night at the West Byfleet Social Club adding to his 2016,2017 and 2018 titles. Both semi finals ended with scores of 200-114 with Guildford's CLIVE JONES impressing again against Sunninghill's BRAD PARKER in their match to earn a place in the 90 minute final. CLIVE recorded a 37 break whilst BRAD had a 27. In the other semi final first full season rookie ANDY BAREFIELD led the champion RYAN MEARS for a quarter of the game and highlighted what a great prospect he is at the three ball game. When he adds the 'half ball' billiards secret to his excellent potting skills he will be a formidable opponent.ANDY has had a wonderful season winning all his league matches and reaching the finals night of both billiards competitions.RYAN stepped up his game with runs of 36 and 35, aided by some nice bits of luck, to lead comfortably but was surprisingly subdued following a fantastic week in tournaments in Canada where he knocked in 9 centuries including a career highest of 260. The 90 minute final began cagily as both know each other's games well being team mates. CLIVE started quite well and played some delightful billiards but couldn't quite get the balls in perfect position to capitalise to put the champion under maximum pressure. Inevitably RYAN got going and conjured up a superb 76 break that included top of the table and a couple of beautifully played short jennies. He missed a fairly routine shot when a century looked likely. Even at this stage CLIVE was still in the game but the balls continued to defy him and further runs of 56 and 47 from RYAN put the result beyond doubt. In the final few minutes RYAN relaxed and upped his tempo to add a 36 break for good measure. Final score being 366 - 189. A thoroughly enjoyable finals night with 4 great guys competing. Who can stop RYAN in championship matches, unbeaten in the league this season and his 4th consecutive victory in the event. He has some way to go to equal or beat the legendary MARK LEONARD's haul of 11 championships but it would be a brave person to bet against it. Thanks to Ray Mears for helping with refereeing and to the West Byfleet Social Club for hosting this finals night. KJ
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April 22, 2019
I was informed last night of the withdrawal of the Woking Cons team in division one from the league. They have had few players from their squad available in the first half but with further upcoming absentees they felt it better to withdraw now then cancel matches or turn up without a full team. It is very disappointing. In accordance with league rule 14(e) all points won and lost by Woking Cons have been voided. KJ
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April 2, 2019
Every player struggles with aspects of their game at times and some of us experience a crisis in confidence. The answer is to seek help. The Byfleet League is lucky to have two World Snooker Certified Coaches in our area that will answer your questions and guide you to be a better player and to give you a tailormade programme. SEFTON PAYNE has played in the league prior to concentrating on his coaching career. He was a big part of the Feltham Cons team that won the Premier Division title in 2016 and has recorded the very rare achievement of making back to back maximum breaks in a match. Renowned for a Rolls Royce cue action SEFTON has played pool and snooker at the highest level and will help you with both the technical and mental side of playing snooker. He can be contacted on 07887 844200 or by email to ''. BRIAN COX is a member of the Woking Snooker Centre and another fine player. His credentials and testimonials can be seen on his website - ''. Brian can be contacted on 07738 261592 or by email to: ''. Both SEFTON and BRIAN are highly recommended and thoroughly nice guys.KJ
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March 24, 2019
This is a very important meeting being the final one before the Presentation Evening and the AGM. Please send a representative from your club. Any league member is welcome to attend. On the agenda is: REVIEW OF THE SNOOKER SEASON - COMPLETE REVIEW OF LEAGUE RULES PRIOR TO A.G.M. - 6 REDS TOURNAMENT - AFFILIATION LINKS - SPONSORSHIP - NEW LEAGUE LOGO - IDEA'S FOR NEXT SEASON. These agenda items are in addition to the officers reports and Any other Business. Your input and suggestions will be heard and discussed for future adoption. We continually strive to make improvements and to act in the best interests of our members.
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March 10, 2019
All Division One billiard teams please note that Woking Conservative 'A' will be playing their home matches at RIPLEY BRITISH LEGION CLUB, 27 ROSE LANE, RIPLEY GU23 6NE whilst their billiard room roof and other damage is being repaired. This is effective as from today March 10th.
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March 7, 2019
HANDICAP FINAL Steven Williams deservedly won the Snooker Handicap title after a typically fluent performance in the final against a pugnacious Stephen Kerr. Kerr had a 14 start and most of the first frame was fairly even and considered until Williams broke clear with a tidy 30 break to move 25 clear with three reds left. He was starting to find the rhythm that makes him one of the easiest players to watch in the entire Byfleet League and quickly followed up with a 33 clearance that began with an excellent mid-range straight red stunned into the yellow pocket. Leading by 50, Williams was immediately in the balls again at the start of the second frame. Another break of 28 gave a 78 lead and realistically put the match out of Kerr’s grasp. However, he didn’t lose heart and showed excellent temperament to make a neat 31 with the pressure really on. In fact, this seemed to help Kerr’s game and he reduced his arrears to 35 with two reds left. The penultimate one was despatched smoothly into the top corner but Kerr was unlucky not to get position on a colour in a congested baulk area. Williams potted the final red and rolled up behind the black. Kerr missed the yellow from the resulting snooker and conceded immediately. Both played well and Steve Williams will obviously be chuffed to add this title to his collection. Earlier, in the semi-finals: the turning point in the first frame between Williams and Danny Hocking came when Danny, who had a 14 start, was very unlucky to go in-off a red and leave it up while on a break of 22. This handed Steven the initiative and he went on to make a break of 39 in the decider. Stephen Kerr gave James Cullen a 21 start and finished 28 behind after a lengthy opener in which the reds ran awkwardly. A considered break of 42 at just the right time gave Stephen a narrow lead early on in the decider. It was still anyone’s match with the reds in open play. James fluked an extraordinary snooker in baulk between yellow and brown and must have thought it was his night when Steven first hit the pink and then left all the reds up. But James later rattled a black and Steven made 23 from the chance to lead by 22 on the green. James took this from distance, following up with brown but just finished short of good position on the blue. He still needed all the balls but unfortunately missed the blue into the green pocket and left it up over the yellow pocket. Steven made no mistake. PAIRS Chris Rigby and Andy Darken are champions after one of the finest breaks you’re likely to see – and what a time to make it. A trademark long red drilled into the top corner set the tone for a magical 90 by Chris in which his positional play around the black spot was flawless. He played a couple of excellent cannons and took two blacks into the corners from tight on the rail. If Chris was nervous, he certainly didn’t look it as the prospect of a remarkable century break loomed. A wonderful dead-straight long pot on the yellow from the opposite side cushion was the shot of the night. Unfortunately, the green thwarted Chris, but even so – to produce a break like this, let alone on such an occasion, will live long in the memory. It clearly knocked the stuffing out of Tom and Luke who were immediately frozen out as the decider became a formality. Chris and Andy reached the final after another convincing semi-final win over John Monckton and Dalton Lawrence. Chris set the tone almost immediately with some crisp potting and Andy also looked very confident in the balls. John crucially cleared blue to black at the end of the first frame to reduce the deficit to 38 going into the decider. Dalton had a rotten bit of luck – potting the third last-red and simultaneously going in-off. This left him and John needing snookers. The task was too great despite a valiant effort. In the other semi-final, Martin Court hit the ground running with a break of 31. However, Tom Howick’s excellent 34 clearance gave him and Luke the narrowest of leads. Martin was again potting well, but rattled the final red with the colours in good positions for a clearance. Luke played an excellent snooker on the yellow, leaving it in open play with the white behind the blue. Martin and Andy missed twice, handing Tom and Luke the lead. Although Tom cleared to the brown, they were only 12 ahead on the blue. Martin attempted a shrewd snooker off the top cushion to rest behind the black, but the white just popped out into the open and Luke sank a half-ball blue into the middle. Thanks to Mark Court for refereeing, Bob Mason and Woking Snooker Centre for hosting these finals and his contiuned and long term support. Also thanks to Phil Vowels for this excellent report on a great evenings snooker. Chris Rigby - take a bow, great break, very well played. KJ
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March 1, 2019
The draw for both billiards competitions have now been made and are on the website. The closing dates differ due to an extra round to be played in the billiards handicap. These closing dates must be adhered to so please arrange your matches quickly. The finals will be played on the dates shown and the venues will be published shortly. CONTACT RULES - THE FIRST NAMED PLAYERS HAVE 14 DAYS FROM THE START OF THE ROUND TO CONTACT THE SECOND NAMED AND ARRANGE THE MATCH. IF NO CONTACT HAS BEEN RECEIVED AFTER THE 14 DAYS THE SECOND NAMED IS TO THEN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING CONTACT AND CAN PLAY THE MATCH AT THEIR HOME CLUB. IF NO CONTACT IS MADE BY THE CLOSING DATE FROM EITHER PLAYER, BOTH WILL BE ELIMINATED. BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP - The matches are first to 200 up to and including the semi finals with the final over 90 minutes play. BILLIARDS HANDICAP - The trophy will be named and engraved in memory of George Harris. The handicaps are based on 200 points, on an owe and receive basis. For example, if a player Owes then he has to score 200 plus the amount he owes before the other player reaches his designated amount. If a player Receives then he has to score 200 less the amount he receives. If in the case of the tie between Ryan Mears and John Chiverton in Round Two, the handicap is Ryan Owes 60 and John receives 80 therefore Ryan has to score 260 points before John scores 120 to win the match. HANDICAPS - With quite a few 'new to billiards' entries this season the handicapper has had to assess some handicaps on very little criteria. If you have a query on a handicap then please contact me by text on 07767796102 and briefly give your reason why a match handicap should be reviewed. The aim is to make the matches as fair as possible and with your help we will do our utmost to succeed. All results by email to: or by text to me on 07767796102. Good luck. KJ
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March 1, 2019
HANDICAP FINAL Steven Williams deservedly won the Snooker Handicap title after a typically fluent performance in the final against a pugnacious Stephen Kerr. Kerr had a 14 start and most of the first frame was fairly even and considered until Williams broke clear with a tidy 30 break to move 25 clear with three reds left. He was starting to find the rhythm that makes him one of the easiest players to watch in the entire Byfleet League and quickly followed up with a 33 clearance that began with an excellent mid-range straight red stunned into the yellow pocket. Leading by 50, Williams was immediately in the balls again at the start of the second frame. Another break of 28 gave a 78 lead and realistically put the match out of Kerr’s grasp. However, he didn’t lose heart and showed excellent temperament to make a neat 31 with the pressure really on. In fact, this seemed to help Kerr’s game and he reduced his arrears to 35 with two reds left. The penultimate one was despatched smoothly into the top corner but Kerr was unlucky not to get position on a colour in a congested baulk area. Williams potted the final red and rolled up behind the black. Kerr missed the yellow from the resulting snooker and conceded immediately. Both played well and Steve Williams will obviously be chuffed to add this title to his collection. Earlier, in the semi-finals: the turning point in the first frame between Williams and Danny Hocking came when Danny, who had a 14 start, was very unlucky to go in-off a red and leave it up while on a break of 22. This handed Steven the initiative and he went on to make a break of 39 in the decider. Stephen Kerr gave James Cullen a 21 start and finished 28 behind after a lengthy opener in which the reds ran awkwardly. A considered break of 42 at just the right time gave Stephen a narrow lead early on in the decider. It was still anyone’s match with the reds in open play. James fluked an extraordinary snooker in baulk between yellow and brown and must have thought it was his night when Steven first hit the pink and then left all the reds up. But James later rattled a black and Steven made 23 from the chance to lead by 22 on the green. James took this from distance, following up with brown but just finished short of good position on the blue. He still needed all the balls but unfortunately missed the blue into the green pocket and left it up over the yellow pocket. Steven made no mistake. PAIRS Chris Rigby and Andy Darken are champions after one of the finest breaks you’re likely to see – and what a time to make it. A trademark long red drilled into the top corner set the tone for a magical 90 by Chris in which his positional play around the black spot was flawless. He played a couple of excellent cannons and took two blacks into the corners from tight on the rail. If Chris was nervous, he certainly didn’t look it as the prospect of a remarkable century break loomed. A wonderful dead-straight long pot on the yellow from the opposite side cushion was the shot of the night. Unfortunately, the green thwarted Chris, but even so – to produce a break like this, let alone on such an occasion, will live long in the memory. It clearly knocked the stuffing out of Tom and Luke who were immediately frozen out as the decider became a formality. Chris and Andy reached the final after another convincing semi-final win over John Monckton and Dalton Lawrence. Chris set the tone almost immediately with some crisp potting and Andy also looked very confident in the balls. John crucially cleared blue to black at the end of the first frame to reduce the deficit to 38 going into the decider. Dalton had a rotten bit of luck – potting the third last-red and simultaneously going in-off. This left him and John needing snookers. The task was too great despite a valiant effort. In the other semi-final, Martin Court hit the ground running with a break of 31. However, Tom Howick’s excellent 34 clearance gave him and Luke the narrowest of leads. Martin was again potting well, but rattled the final red with the colours in good positions for a clearance. Luke played an excellent snooker on the yellow, leaving it in open play with the white behind the blue. Martin and Andy missed twice, handing Tom and Luke the lead. Although Tom cleared to the brown, they were only 12 ahead on the blue. Martin attempted a shrewd snooker off the top cushion to rest behind the black, but the white just popped out into the open and Luke sank a half-ball blue into the middle. Thanks to Bob Mason for use of the tables at Woking Snooker Centre and his continued support and to Mark Court for refereeing. Also thank you to Phil Vowels for this excellent report.
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February 27, 2019
The Lightwater Village Club trio of STUART CONNOR, JAMES CHIVERTON and JOHN CHIVERTON completed a remarkable comeback to win the Jersey Triples on the final black against TONY CHARLTON, TONY MUNDY and PAUL HARRISON from the New Haw Social Club. The draw pitched Lightwater talisman STUART CONNOR playing TONY CHARLTON in the important opening frame. Both tried to string breaks together but some excellent pots produced little rewards. TONY contained STUART very well and led by 5 points until leaving the pink near a top pocket with black on its spot. STUART duly potted the two remaining colours and with the handicap of a 14 start kicking in New Haw took a 6 points advantage going into frame two. TONY MUNDY got off to a good start and extended his teams advantage with some good potting and astute safety play.JAMES's opportunities were half chances and scraps. Building up a healthy lead TONY looked like he would leave his team a long way in front. At this point JAMES decided to play more attacking and some excellent pots gave him some confidence. Going into the colours JAMES needed the majority to keep his team in the tie. They both battled away a but unluckily for JAMES his attempt at the black resulted in the cue ball in the back of a middle pocket. The decider saw PAUL start with a 27 points advantage against JOHN CHIVERTON. PAUL began well potting two or three good reds but narrowly failing to gain good position on high colours. JOHN had to be patient and wait for his chances. PAUL looked set throughout this frame to put the match out of reach but a few chances went begging and a foul when bridging over a red to pot a ball all conspired to give JOHN hope that he could pull off a unlikely victory. Suddenly balls were over the pocket for him and with just blue, pink and black left on the table he was 1 point in front after good pots on yellow, green and brown. With the pink and black in safe positions it was still wide open. JOHN intentionally knocked the pink into open play to put pressure on PAUL on the blue. To JOHN's dismay PAUL nearly went in off on the blue but then saw the object ball fly round the table and disappear into a top pocket. PAUL needed one of the two remaining balls and some good safety by both followed. JOHN again intentionally pushed the black off the back cushion, in fact very near to a bottom pocket. Only thin cuts on the pink were the options for both players until PAUL left a long half chance that was a do or die as JOHN would have little chance of keeping the pink safe if he missed. BANG, in it went as clean as a whistle, now just the black. Normally it was a 9/10 shot but with the whole match at stake it still had to be potted. JOHN sank it and the match was over Lightwater had won by 9 points. Aggregate scores matches are notoriously difficult to play in as every colour especially the last three are effectively worth twice their value. Defending a lead is sometimes as difficult as chasing one. In my opinion JOHN's decision to develop the pink and black into open play proved to be a masterstroke. He was the hero of the night in a match that was played in great spirit by two very sporting teams. Thanks to Ian Geldard and the West Byfleet Social Club for hosting this and other finals throughout this season. KJ
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February 26, 2019
All four snooker divisional championships were decided at the Woking Snooker Centre last Thursday evening. Premier Division - PAUL BUNYARD defeated IAN ROSE 2- 0 in his semi final 67(31)-37, 57-25 and RYAN MEARS overcame ANDY CHAUHAN 2 - 0 in the other semi 70-33, 83(32,33)-0. The final - This was a repeat from last season with the same outcome. PAUL took the title for the 5th time in the past 8 years but not without a battle. RYAN got off to a good start and led until a fiendish snooker left the cue ball tight behind the brown with three reds remaining changing the frame. Several close attempts were judged as fouls and misses and when the escape was finally achieved the reds were left on. PAUL held on to take this frame and clinched the match in the next. 72-47, 60-17. Division One - Just one semi was played on the night with MARTIN COURT winning 2 - 0 against JAIMIE HUCHINSON. JOHN MONCKTON had won his semi final a few days before, beating TOM HOWICK. TOM being committed to competing in a pool tournament on finals night. The final - It went to the black ball in the deciding frame with JOHN holding his nerve to pot the winning ball into the green pocket after MARTIN had came back strongly after JOHN had led by 20 or so for most of the frame 54-71,48-21, 48-44. Division Two - Both semi finals went the distance with ALEX JONES coming from 1 down to win 28-52, 55-38. 59-21 against MICHAEL DOHERTY and in an all Lightwater tie JAMES CHIVERTON overcame NEIL GRANT 53-8, 21-63, 55-28 to reach the final. The final - ALEX JONES completed a championship treble having won the Division Three title for the last two seasons by way of a 2 -0 win against James 49-28. 71-38. His excellent potting at crucial stages aided this victory. Division Three - TONY DAVIS got to the final with a 2-0 win over ADRIAN SMALL 55-19, 60 -34 but had to wait a while to see who his opponent in the final would be. LIAM CONNAUGHTON and GARY HYNDS were battling it out over the full three frames for the honour. GARY is a previous champion and his renowned battling qualities were needed to the full after losing a close opening frame. He took the last two frames narrowly to make the final 35-46, 48-30, 62-47. The final - A war of attrition best sums this one up and inevitably went to the deciding frame. Both were determined to make opportunities scarce for each other. Tony went one up,GARY levelled and eventually at nearly midnight TONY quadrupled the blue to put the frame beyond doubt after GARY required blue, pink and black. This capped a fine season for TONY having helped his team become division winners. 64-26, 21-52, 53-27. Thanks to Phil Vowels, Ben Dodds, Liam Connaughton, John Chiverton and Martin Perry for refereeing or scoring and to Bob Mason of Woking Snooker Centre for use of so many tables for the evening. Once again it was a great night of snooker with a big crowd of supporters and spectators. Congratulations to all the players who reached these competitions finals night. KJ
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February 22, 2019
RYAN MEARS reached the final after a 3-0 semi final victory over STEVEN WILLIAMS. Steven had knocked Ryan out of the snooker handicap last week and did little wrong in each frame however Ryan was in excellent touch and took each frame with authority. Both played well and produced good safety shots but Ryan was clinical making a break in each frame, 41, 35 and 65 respectively. There will be other big nights for Steven who continues to be 'knocking on the door'. The other semi final between two friends and rivals spluttered a little. Their mutual respect showed with tactical play a theme. SEAN HARVEY settled the better and took the first frame with a 27 and aided by another of the same amount went into a two frames lead in the best of 5 tie. PAUL BUNYARD, the reigning champion appeared a little subdued throughout but sprung into life with runs of 46 and 39 to reduce the deficit. SEAN's 39 in the fourth frame proved enough to win the frame and match 3 -1. The FINAL - RYAN got off to the best start continuing where he left off in the semi's cueing very smoothly and timing the cue ball well. A 43 saw him take the first of a possible 5 frames. SEAN, having played his semi final on the adjacent table got used to the change of pace and conditions now and levelled at 1-1. RYAN made a very well constructed 50 breaking down on a straightforward blue to centre at frame ball meant he had an anxious wait to see if SEAN could take the last red upwards to steal an unlikely frame win. He took red and blue but failed by half a ball to land perfectly on the yellow to middle that would have seen him favourite to clear up. He missed the tricky pot and RYAN went on to take green and brown to go 2-1 up.4th Frame - SEAN potted red, black, red but missed a black leaving it on the top cushion. RYAN got in with a medium range red and gained position on the black and continued to 32 via a well composed break. Without being hampered over two reds a red to middle would have been straightforward. He missed and SEAN responded very positively and produced his best snooker taking what was there until two kicks in a row left him out of position on 30.From the safety RYAN went for a long red up the side rail and left SEAN on it and he put together an excellent 37 to level at 2-2. 5th Frame - SEAN laid two good snookers, the first resulted in a touching ball but the second proved significant as the opportunity arose for SEAN to finish with a 59 break that included a couple of 'naughty shots' when the win was assured. The final was compelling to watch with both players probing for opportunities like boxers in the ring. Congratulations to SEAN, he will represent the league along with PAUL and RYAN in next years Champions of Champions. All three will do us proud. Thanks to George Reeves for refereeing and to Ian Geldard and the West Byfleet Social Club for use of their snooker room. Click on full story for scores and breaks of the final.
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February 10, 2019
On Saturday March 9th The Castle Club in Brighton stages this years South East Counties billiards tournament. It is usually contested by teams representing Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and last years winners Surrey. John Hoad is captaining the Surrey four man team and has asked if anyone in our league wishes to be considered for the team to contact him by the end of February. His contact details are: Mobile 07523 208555 Email ''.
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February 1, 2019
The snooker season finished on Thursday with a remarkable 9 out of the 14 matches played ending in draws despite much at stake. In the PREMIER Division SUNNINGHILL COMRADES 'B' finished the season unbeaten and retain their title by a staggering 19 points. Last season's promoted STAINES CONS 'A' had a great season finishing runners up. MATT FORD'S 119 was the highest of 5 centuries to take the high break prize. 88 was the lowest break to get in the top ten!!!! PAUL BUNYARD and RYAN MEARS shared the most number of breaks over 25 with 33 each, SEAN HARVEY was breathing down their necks with 31 despite playing fewer frames. DIVISION One - WALTON COMRADES 'A' continuing their rapid rise to the top having won Division Three and Division Two in previous seasons took the Division One title. A fantastic achievement and they will be in the Premier next season. CAMPHILL finished runners up and are promoted back to the Premier which they contested in the 2016/2017 season. Highest break of 72 was made on the penultimate week of the season by STUART CONNOR pipping CHRIS RIGBY's 70 break from September. STUART with 21 breaks of over 25 was the leading break maker. DIVISION Two - you can be forgiven thinking that these were the only fixtures being played with all of the social media hype surrounding it but in a Titanic season long battle NEW HAW SOCIAL 'B' came out on top on most wins having finished on equal points with WEST BYFLEET SOCIAL 'C'. These two teams dominated the division throughout the season and after finishing third last season NEW HAW reaped the benefit of their consistent play to gain promotion to Division One. Despite many weeks of drama it was absorbing watching this division play out. Congratulations to both teams on an epic battle. ALEX JONES took individual honours with a highest break of 53 and 7 breaks over 25. DIVISION Three - WALTON COMRADES 'B' completed a superb double for the club taking the title with STAINES CONS 'C' climbing out of the division after many, many seasons finishing as runners up. LIAM CONNAUGHTON taking individual break honours with a highest of 30 and 4 over 25. OTTTERSHAW 'A's ANDY JACKSON gets a special mention having lost just twice in the season. Congratulations to all teams and players mentioned on your achievements. It has been a great season of snooker. Well done and thank you to all players and clubs on making Thursday match nights so enjoyable and something to look forward to. KJ
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GEORGE HARRIS 1935 - 2018
January 10, 2019
Last Friday we said goodbye to a dear friend of the league George Harris. Born in Brentford George was one of 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls. George being the youngest boy. With war imminent 4 year old George and 12 year old brother Fred were packed off to Cornwall as evacuees with a small amount of luggage and the obligatory gas masks in cardboard boxes strapped around their shoulders. For the next 6 years George would spend a happy childhood in Port Isaac, memories and stories of this time would still be affectionately told by George 70 years later. Wherever George worked during his life he made friends and was a loyal colleague and employee. Always a great team player. George played in the Byfleet League for over 30 years. First at the original Walton Snooker Centre before finally at the Chertsey SS Club, where he was the club rep for many years attending league meetings and supporting and encouraging the clubs players. He was a great ambassador. You were sure of a warm welcome and friendly handshake from George and time spent in his company was something to look forward to. The facebook tributes highlight the esteem George was held in. A gentleman, win or lose he always had good words to say about his opponents. His calm, quiet manner disguised a great competitor, who always tried his best in the right way. His league highlight was defeating the great Chris Ross in the billiards handicap final in 1995. As always he was modest in victory but it meant a lot. A great family man George was proud as punch when son Dale took up snooker and billiards and played in the same team. Dale is a wonderful guitar player and played to George in his last days in hospital and at Georges funeral. It was a beautiful and moving tribute. Our sincere condolences to Sheila, daughter Tracy and Dale on their loss. We will all miss you George. You have left us wonderful memories and above all showed us the way it should be done. You will never be forgotten. RIP my friend.
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January 3, 2019
The first meeting of the year takes place at Chertsey SS & NR Club on Monday January 14th at 8pm. Any league member is welcome to attend. The agenda will include: OUTSTANDING MATCHES,COMPETITION FINALS NIGHTS,THE TRIAL BREAK OFF, BILLIARDS FIXTURES, OFFICERS REPORTS,USE/MISUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA and ANY OTHER BUSINESS. I look forward to seeing you on the 14th.
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November 26, 2018
Walton Working Mens Captain Adrian Small and his team mates got a nasty shock recently when their committee put a notice up informing them that their snooker room was being rented out to a nursery and that the tables were being removed almost immediately. Enquiries were made at Byfleet Village Club but in their wisdom they decided that they didn't want a snooker team at their club. HERSHAM SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB were more obliging and an arrangement has been made that Adrian and his team will be playing their home matches at this club. The details are: HERSHAM SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, 128 Hersham Road, Walton On Thames, Surrey KT12 5QL. They were formally known as Hersham Comrades Club. Thank you to Steward John and the committee for stepping in to help us.
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November 21, 2018
ONE of the south’s finest amateur snooker players has won his first regional tournament following a two-and-a-half-year break from the game. Surrey star Sean Harvey pocketed £200 prize money after clinching the third leg of the Cuestars Championship Tour in style in Havant. The 33-year-old from Longcross compiled the day’s highest break of 121 in the deciding frame of his 2-1 victory over Mark Lloyd (Gosport) in the final. And, remarkably, he hadn’t even played one shot with his new tip before the event hosted and sponsored by Top Spot Snooker Club. Harvey took the opening frame with a break of 60 but missed a black off its spot on a run of 39 in the next. New rankings leader Lloyd replied with a 44 and eventually squared the match on the colours. But the 19-year-old former national junior champion, who collected £100, was destined to have only one more shot. He broke off in the decider. Harvey fired in a long red and by the time he left the table only pink and black remained and 121 points were on the scoreboard. Harvey reckoned his friend James Cullen had done a “good job” fitting the new tip. He said: “I managed to scrape through a few early frames and started knocking it in a bit. I just got better and better as I went on. “It’s always nice to win in one visit. That’s the aim every time I come to the table". “A couple of times during the day, I broke down on 50 or 60 when I shouldn’t have so it was nice to finally make a ton – especially in the decider of the final, off his break.” Explaining why he “didn’t hit a ball” for two-and-a-half years until May this year, Harvey, a winner of a string of amateur titles, said: “I’ve got two young kids, work and I just lost a bit of interest. “I got close a couple of times to getting on the (professional) tour. It was almost like I’d had my go, that’s it now.” And why did he return? “I missed it,” he simply said. Earlier, Harvey finished second in his four-man round-robin group after losing 2-1 to Pascal Richard (Gosport). And he nearly made a last-16 exit. His opponent Ryan Mears (Aldershot) missed a black over the pocket for 2-0. Ross Barker (Oxford) and 15-year-old Mickey Joyce (Basingstoke) picked up £55 each following 2-0 semi-final defeats by Lloyd and Harvey respectively. The 41-strong field returned 35 breaks of 50 or more. Salisbury Snooker Club hosts the fourth leg of eight on Sunday, December 16.
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October 28, 2018
Full details to follow. After winning all 4 group matches on Saturday and topping their section team Byfleet defeated Eastbourne in the semi final and then Thames Valley on the final to win the trophy for the second successive season. This event was inaugurated last year so we are the only name on the trophy. A magnificent achievement against a host of good teams and great players in the South East of the country.
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October 18, 2018
Team Byfleet bid to win the London and Home Counties Inter League Cup for the second year in succession at the Racks Club in Maidenhead next Saturday and Sunday 27th/28th October. Their are 11 teams in this years event split into a group of 5 and a group of 6 where they will play each other, with the top two in each group going forward to the semi finals. Byfleet's opening match is against last years runners up Oxford, a tough match to start the campaign. The 6 man squad consists of Captain Paul Bunyard, Matt Ford, Ryan Mears, Alan Harvey, Andrew Vernon and Sean Harvey.Each match will involve 4 players playing two frames each. This is a highly prestigious tournament with all of the top players involved. Having won the inaugural tournament last season we will be the target for all of the other teams. Byfleets schedule is: 10am v Oxford, 12pm v Watford B, 4pm v Milton Keynes, 6pm v Thames valley B. Spectators and supporters welcome. Best of luck lads.
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October 17, 2018
Following comments on the Byfleet League facebook page it seems imperative to explain the rationale behind the trial. Since the format of each captain to select their order of play to be in any order there has been some confusion. The current system where a toss of a coin determines the sequence i.e. home team wins toss and breaks off in frame one and therefore breaks off in frames 3 and 5 also (not Division Three), becomes flawed when a home player is in positions 2 and 4, 2 and 6 or 4 and 6 as he wouldn't break off in either of the two frames that he plays. This in effect could occur several times during a season. To ensure that every player gets an each opportunity, is why this came up for discussion. In respect of why the away team? it was either the home team or the away team. It was deemed more courteous to let the away team have the honours. The start date of November 1st was chosen as it is the first week of the reverse fixtures and as there are another full set of fixtures to come also, it would mean that every player would get an equal number of breaks. The committee are always appreciative of feedback, positive or not, however an Agenda was sent in advance of last Monday's meeting with this and other topics that were to be discussed. Any member of the league is welcome to attend and voice their opinions. Above all the league is run on democratic principles where a majority vote is required for any rule changes or trials to take place. If you feel strongly and want your say then come to the meetings. I can also report that the Byfleet League is actively working on campaigning for new teams to join us from existing current clubs and others in the area. Going forward - A meeting Agenda will be posted on the website prior to each future meeting. KJ
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October 16, 2018
At last night's league meeting it was decided to trial, with effect from Thursday November 1st's league matches until the end of the snooker season, that the away team players break off in every frame.
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October 5, 2018
All of the competitions are on the league website. Please check each one for the closing dates. All results by email to '' or text to '07767 796102' thank you and good luck to all competitors.
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September 27, 2018
Sad news to share. Peter Simpson, formerly of West Byfleet club, has died. He was 81. Peter had a long association with snooker, playing in a number of different leagues across Surrey before settling in the Byfleet League in the mid-2000s. He soon assumed the captaincy of the West Byfleet 'C' side, playing alongside his son Gary, Aaron Castle and fellow Byfleet League veteran Chris Chamberlain. I, Phil Vowels, joined the team in 2010 after initially going to the club one evening just to watch. Peter couldn't have been more welcoming. "Make sure you've got your cue. We'll need you in a couple of weeks!" That started an association that lasted five years. Peter was a very organised, kind, generous man, who always insisted on buying everyone a drink - including club staff. He provided a fortnightly taxi service to away games for me and Aaron; and later Lee Doolan, Ian Geldard and Mark Chalkley, too. In fact, in more recent years, he was still happy to drive even if he didn't play. His white refereeing gloves were the talk of home matches, such was the likelihood of him wearing them to officiate. Visiting players were dazzled by such devotion to duty. If my memory is correct, there were even a couple of matches in which he refereed every frame. Much as Peter enjoyed Snooker, Billiards was his real love. He relished his regular battles against old friend and rival Peter Currier ("Zimmer") from Staines. Their encounters on the baize were like watching a chess match unfold and of course both played with total sportsmanship and mutual respect. Peter preferred the deftness of touch demanded by billiards and was fond of reminding me and Lee if we'd lashed at a shot, "You've hit the ball too 'ard!" It seems fitting that Peter's final match in the league just two years ago was indeed against Zimmer. Peter was a keen collector and supplier of cues, helping out a number of players at West Byfleet club. He even remarked how he'd once been given a cue by a professional player, when he was doing some work on their kitchen. "Lovely man", said Peter sincerely - of Alex Higgins. Our thoughts are with Peter's wife, Ann, to whom he was absolutely devoted, and the rest of his family. If you have any memories of playing with or against Peter, please feel free to share them on the Byfleet League Facebook page. KJ - Peter was always so supportive to me and the Byfleet League. He attended finals nights and always helped refereeing and was there to support his clubs players. He captained his team particularly well and played and conducted himself in a gentlemanly manner. Very gracious in victory and sporting in defeat. He epitomised everything that is good in our league and will be sorely missed. My condolences to his son Gary and his family.
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September 9, 2018
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 respecting 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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August 22, 2018
The Ivy Leaf Club in Maidenhead are holding a memorial evening on Wednesday September 5th for JACK HEDLEY. JACK played for the Ivy Leaf Club and looked after the tables as well as helping with other aspects of the clubs running. Lots of JACKS team mates, friends and admirers will be attending to share stories and talk about the many good times they enjoyed in JACKS company. All members of the Byfleet League have been invited to attend. I believe it will start at around 7.30pm. JACK played in the Henley League and the Thames Valley League as well as the Byfleet League. At our next league meeting we will be discussing ideas for an event in JACKS name. He will be and already is, a big loss to billiards in the above mentioned leagues. They 'broke the mould' when they Made JACK. He was one of a kind.
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August 22, 2018
Would players please not use the dark blue chalk often used by pool players. It leaves marks on the table and more importantly on the cue ball. This can result in 'kicks' or bad contacts and be off putting to your opponent. Lets try and make the game enjoyable for everyone!
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August 14, 2018
I am very sad to report that Jack Hedley passed away peacefully in the Windsor Hospice last night following a long and brave battle with cancer. I visited him recently and whilst very ill he was in good spirits. He said that he really enjoyed playing in the Byfleet League and had met a lot of lovely people. He was also impressed by the number of good players and he chatted about them and some of the matches he participated in. Jack played in the league during the 2013 and 2016 seasons with team mates Ray and Anthony Everest, Darren Warrington and Martin Court for the Lightwater Village Club and Egham Constitutional Club. He was unbeaten in league matches and won two Billiards Championships. He won lots of tournaments during his playing career notably two CIU National Championships and a Grand Masters. Jack hailed from Middlesborough and played in the famous Teeside Boys League that produced many great billiards players. He moved South around 10 years ago before settling in the Maidenhead area. Jack was a tremendous player and whilst ruthless on the table he always gave his opponents great respect and spent time afterwards helping them to improve and showing them shots. He was gracious on the rare occasions he lost and always acknowledged good shots. No one present will forget the magnificent finals against Mark Leonard in 2014 and 2015. They had great respect for each others game and their status. Mark beat Jack in 2014 but Jack avenged this in 2015. The standard was excellent and it was a joy to watch. Jack's billiard style was more of the all round game rather than top of the table and his ability to make cannons was exceptional. His highest break ever was 528. Jack was a special person and will be greatly missed by his many friends and victims in the Byfleet League. His legacy will live on though and continue to be an inspiration. A memorial evening is being planned to be held at the Ivy Leaf Club in Maidenhead. As soon as I have details I will post on here. KJ
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June 30, 2018
Many thanks to NEAL FOULDS for presenting the prizes at our Presentation Evening at the Walton Comrades Club last night. NEAL was certainly a very special guest staying until late to talk to everyone. It was a great evening and the committee were delighted that so many members of the league attended. Thanks also to Ben Dodds for helping with the arrangements.
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June 17, 2018
Walton Comrades Club host this seasons Presentation Evening on Friday June 29th. The ITV and Eurosport snooker commentator NEAL FOULDS is our special guest. NEAL will be presenting prizes and answering any questions. Its the usual format with a free buffet. Its our annual get together so whether you have won a trophy or not you are welcome and invited to come along. Its a 7.45pm start. We look forward to seeing you.
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June 17, 2018
The final competition of the season started with the semi finals being played on nearby tables. Reigning champion Ryan Mears proved to strong for Staines Cons Tom Howick following runs of 37,26 and 39 in a 200-98 win. Martin Court hit his best form for many seasons with a superb victory over Guildford's Clive Jones 200-147 including breaks of 31,37 and 30. to reach the final. The 90 minute final had spectators running out of superlatives for the Guildford captains performance. Starting with a break of 66 Ryan put on a brilliant display with further breaks of 97,97,41,28 and 25 and two centuries 109 and 117. Martin could and did only marvel at his opponents skill. When the clock marked time Ryan had racked up 660 points against Martin's 142. This was a sensational performance. Two centuries, nearly four in fact, in one match. Outstanding. We have been blessed with legendary billiards champions in Chris Ross (6) and Mark Leonard (11) and although Ryan (3) is a way behind these two in numbers of Championships many present believe that he can dominate for many years to come. Fantastic achievement in the final Ryan. Many congratulations. Thanks to Mark Court for refereeing two matches and Bob Mason for hosting this finals night.
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May 31, 2018
Guildford's RYAN MEARSS added another trophy to his already prolific tally by capturing his first Billiards Handicap title at the Woking Snooker Centre last night defeating last years champion TOM HOWICK. TOM reached the final after getting off to a fast start in his semi against CLIVE JONES. He soon caught up the 25 points handicap and raced into a big lead. CLIVE suffered with several near misses that seemed to often leave TOM in. A spirited comeback by CLIVE and a few nervous shots by TOM made for an exciting finish. TOM finally getting the two points for victory with another superb pot. TOM continues to impress and the handicapper still underestimates his ability. He had breaks of 32 and 34 while CLIVE had a 27. On another night the result may have been different. In the other semi final RYAN MEARS was set to score 270 with MARTIN COURT needing 170 to reach the final. RYAN's consistency and billiards experience gained by competing against the best players in the world proved decisive. Breaks of 31, 44, 42, 28 and 26 unfinished complete the victory. MARTIN recorded a 30 break and finished 31 points adrift. The final saw RYAN continue making a series of breaks and TOM not up to his usual high standard. RYAN's runs of 51, 42, 34 and 29 meant that TOM needed to respond. He conjured up a 28 break but RYAN relentlessly pulled away to win by 56. Thanks to JIM ANGUS for refereeing and to BOB MASON for use of his Woking Snooker Centre tables. Both JIM and BOB have been invaluable to the Byfleet League for many many years and their continued support is greatly appreciated.
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May 31, 2018
The seasons final competition, the BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP takes place on Friday 15th June at the Woking Snooker Centre and features the four semi finalists in last nights Billiards Handicap. Different match ups though with reigning champion RYAN MEARS playing TOM HOWICK and CLIVE JONES against MARTIN COURT. RYAN will be a very hot favourite to retain the trophy and complete the billiards double however as we all know the game is not played on paper and the form book can go out of the window on occasions. The semis are 200 up with the final being the best of 90 minutes play. If you want to see our top players in action then come along. Its a long wait until next year when the new billiards season begins. Spectators and supporters welcome and there are no handicaps to distract us!!!
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April 25, 2018
Last nights Snooker Pairs Final between Feltham Cons Warren Cohen & Andy Chauhan and Addlestone RBL's Andrew Veness & Mark Flatt provided a dramatic conclusion. Rarely has a two frame match been influenced so greatly by the six colours in each frame. Frame One - With the last red on a side cushion in baulk and the cue ball snookered by the pink the Addlestone duo looked set to go into the last frame with at least half of their 45 points start still intact. Andy Chauhan's escape saw the red glide down the whole length of the cushion and fall into a top pocket. He then took the blue with it and the colours up to the pink. Soon after Warren potted pink and black to put them 11 in front at the halfway stage and very strong favourites to emulate their Feltham team mates Richard Atkins and Sefton Payne who won this tournament last season. The second frame saw plenty of good opening pots from both pairs but also many unexpected misses. Addlestone trailed by 14 with the yellow onwards left however a very unfortunate foul by Warren when attempting a safety saw green and then the blue disappear into bottom pockets. The blue being crucial as it now left the yellow very much on and with the cue ball in hand. Andrew Veness potted yellow, and green and played safe on the brown after failing to gain position. After Andy Chauhan and Mark Flatt played good safety shots it was Warren's turn. His double kiss on the brown was critical as now the brown, blue, pink and black were all in very pottable positions if Andrew Veness could hold his nerve. He made no mistake and didn't require the final black as they were 14 in front by then. Feltham potted all the colours in the opening frame and Addlestone the same in the second. This is the third time the Addlestone pair has won the snooker pairs having previously been victorious in 2006 and 2016. In the meantime they also have won two triples titles. Their never say die outlook and battling qualities have never been needed more than last night. The Feltham lads were very sporting and gracious in defeat but must have wondered how this match slipped away. Congratulations to Andrew and Mark who are looking for a player to join them next season. Lets hope they get someone as we want these two gladiators in the league continuing to inspire us all with their grit and determination. Warren and Andy are class acts and will be back in the winners enclosure sooner rather than later. Many thanks to the Staines Cons club for use of their impressive snooker room and especially to Andy Rockingham for arranging and refereeing this final.
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April 17, 2018
Sunninghill's PAUL BUNYARD conclusively proved best of the best following his third individual title of the season. Within the last few weeks he has won the Premier Divisional Championship, the 6 Reds Tournament and last night the Snooker Championship. His Sunninghill team won the Premier league by a staggering 12 points and in addition to the divisions highest break of 104 he notched up two other centuries during the league season. In an era where the league has never been stronger PAUL has proved to be a worthy Byfleet legend. The best of 7 final was held at the West End Social Club, the first time that this club has held a final. Both players took a while to adapt to the table and a 29 break was enough for Paul to take the opening frame. Another break of the same score aided the second frame to go his way and he went 3-0 up after a 'no breaks' third. BRAD started to find his stride in the fourth and a battling 38 break put him in a good position to reduce the match to just 2. Some good safety by PAUL however meant he could win with blue and pink. A beautifully judged length of the table blue played at dead weight left him a pink along the top cushion for the frame and match. It wobbled and stayed over the hole and BRAD made no mistake taking pink and black. The fifth frame was dominated in the early stages by BRAD and a comeback was on the cards. Leading 49 - 9 with three reds left and the colours spread away from their spots his hopes were high. PAUL however had other ideas and took two blacks and a pink with the reds and cleared the colours to record a 50 break to win frame and championship. The highlight being a superbly struck blue to gain position on the pink. This ability to clear up from nowhere is rare. Who knows how the match would have gone if BRAD had won the 5th frame? He definitely looked to be cueing the better at that stage. Congratulations to both players in an intriguing final. Thanks to James Cullen for assisting and to the West End Club for use of their snooker room. Scores: PAUL first -60(29) - 28,68(29)-31,59 -44, 56 -57(38), 59(50) - 49.
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April 16, 2018
Woking Snooker Centre staged this years South East Counties Billiards Tournament yesterday. 4 players representing Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey played 1 hour matches with points determining the overall winners. In the event of equal points then aggregate scores would prevail. The Surrey team consisting of Martin Wells from the Farnham League and Guildford City team mates Clive Jones, Ryan Mears and Captain John Hoad got off to a good start beating a very strong East Sussex team. Surrey won 3 -1 with Ryan Mears making breaks of 56 and 57. John Hoad beating Geoff Randall but Clive Jones lost out to Chris Mason. The match of the round and day saw Surrey's Martin Wells aided by a run of 56, pip David Gillingham by one point, This proved to be crucial a few hours later when the overall scores were collated. Next opponents were Kent. A good performance by all the team ended with a 4 - 0 win, scoring 855 with 425 against. Clive Jones starred with breaks of 51 and 47 winning 269 - 62. Surrey needed to win the last match to be certain of winning the tournament and they duly did. Clive comprehensively defeating West Sussex's Mick Lott, Martin beating Jason Alfold and Ryan excelling with breaks of 83, the highest of the day, and 54 against Maurice Wilkins in a 312 - 134 display. John Hoad's match against Dave Liley was nip and tuck throughout with John edging it 157 - 155. A 4 - 0 win secured victory. East Sussex duly beat Kent 4 - 0 to take runners up. Overall scores: Surrey 11/12,East Sussex 9/12, West Sussex 3/12, Kent 1/12. Aggregate scores: East Sussex 2,586 - Surrey 2,557 - West Sussex 2,001 - Kent 1,648. Martins one point win earlier in the day was the difference between Surrey winning as East Sussex would have finished level on points but would have won with their superior aggregate. Thanks to Jim Angus and Mike Hitchen for refereeing along with Derek Budde and officials from the other counties. Also thanks to Bob Mason of the Woking Snooker Centre for use of their tables. 6 hours play and 1 point decides who wins! Billiards can be a cruel game.
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April 9, 2018
Pre tournament favourite PAUL BUNYARD won the main prizes at the Woking Snooker Centre yesterday winning the 6 Reds Snooker Tournament along with making the highest break. These one off events provide an opportunity for Byleet League members, old and new, to meet and catch up. As such it was great to see the league legend MARK LEONARD back playing after a few seasons out. A bit rusty early on he was soon showing some of his class and lost narrowly to the outright winner on two black ball games in the quarter finals. Players were allowed to make two entries and several took this opportunity. Despite the administrative difficulties the day seemed to go smoothly and finished around 7pm. It was good to see everyone and thank you for all those who attended. A notable upset was GAVIN BOLSOVER losing to daughter JASMINE in the last 16. Threats of a pocket money sanction were muted but hopefully will not be carried out. PAUL BUNYARD dropped one frame up until the final and an unusual circumstance meant that he won both his quarter final matches and was drawn against himself in the semi's. In the other half of the draw GEORGE HEATLEY progressed to the final after getting a bye in the last 64 and then being drawn against himself in the round of 32. Wins against PHIL VOWELS, who took the match to a deciding frame, MARTIN COURT and ALAN HARVEY was his journey to the final. GEORGE was particularly impressive against ALAN in the semi's. The best of 5 final started as many expected with PAUL getting one chance and making a 47 break. GEORGE hit back with a great clearance of the colours to win the second and took the third also to lead 2 -1. An upset looked more than possible. PAUL however steadied the ship to level the match and then showed why he has won so many tournaments by potting the important balls and won the frame and match on the brown. His 71 in an earlier round took the highest break prize. It was an excellent final against two players who practice a lot together. GEORGE is one of the most improved players in the league , has a great cue action and temperament and is a future tournament winner. He will be playing in the Premier Division next season again and will command respect, for sure. Thanks to Bob Mason for use of his club and to his grand daughter Polly for preparing the tables. Thanks also to Jim Angus for refereeing the final. Prizes: Winner £120.00 Runner Up £60.00 Losing semi finalists £20.00 Highest Break £20.00. PAUL managed to be a losing semi finalist as well as winning the tournament. Work that one out!!!!
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April 5, 2018
In last nights other league final Sunninghill's PAUL BUNYARD was engaged in yet another final with Knaphill's RYAN MEARS. In different events they have met 5 times this season so know each other's game well. This best of three final was always going to be high quality, and so it proved. RYAN got off to the better start building up a 38 nil lead with a combination of good long potting and solid safety. PAUL needed to get a foothold and got in with a thin cut red into a centre pocket, followed by black off its spot and made a run of 38 to level the score. RYAN's safety left another half chance that PAUL took and in no time converted it into a 65 break clearance. The second frame saw PAUL start with three blacks followed by a 52 break to lead 76 - 0 with 5 reds left. RYAN took blacks with four of the reds but his attempted snooker on the last red went awry. With the remaining red over a bottom pocket it was match over and to cap a superb display PAUL cleared up with a 30 break. RYAN didn't do a lot wrong and looked dangerous in the balls, but if your opponent doesn't let you on the table you are powerless. This short format doesn't always suit the good players however once again the cream rose to the top with the seasons two outstanding cueists meeting in the final. Thanks to the Woking Snooker Centre for use of their tables. Scores: 103 (38 + 65) 38, 106 (24 + 52 + 30) 32 (32).
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April 5, 2018
West Byfleet's PHIL 'THE VOICE' VOWELS was shocked and surprised after beating Egham's STEVEN WILLIAMS in a dramatic snooker handicap final at the Woking Snooker Club last night. The final black in both frames proving decisive. At the end of the first frame STEVEN narrowly missed the black to a middle pocket before a couple of shots later going in off it. After the pink in the second frame PHIL was one point in front and a nervy spell ended frame and match when PHIL saw the black disappear into a bottom pocket having rattled in the other bottom pocket and running all along the cushion. Congratulations to PHIL and commiserations to STEVEN. Thanks to Alan Harvey and Trevor Connors for refereeing and to Woking Snooker Centre for use of their tables. Score: Phil (+ 45) 128 - 120
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March 22, 2018
The Sunninghill Comrades trio of IAN ROSE, MATT FORD and MARTIN WALLACE beat Chertsey SS's CHRIS RIGBY, ANDY DARKEN and ANDY ALLEN in the Snooker Triples Handicap Final at the Lightwater Village Club last night. MATT and ANDY DARKEN were first on. Andy was first in but missed a black off its spot. This proceeded to be the pattern for the frame. MATT is such a good player and each miss was punished. He looked set to make a sizable contribution when in the twenties before narrowly failing to get on a pink. ANDY stuck in and to his credit potted the last three colours to salvage the damage. ANDY ALLEN was on next against IAN ROSE, with a 26 lead taking into account the 63 handicap. These two know each other's games well having met lots of times in league matches. The frame was scrappy and a deal of safety was required as clear chances were few. As in the opening frame the last three colours were crucial and it was IAN who took them to elevate his team into a 22 lead for the final frame. Still all to play for. A good start was key for both players and it was MARTIN who got it. Some very nice pots led to a run of 20 and a bit of breathing space. CHRIS is a dangerous and capable player but it never quite happened for him last night and half chances came and went. Eventually needing snookers he fluked a pot that was of no help whatsoever and soon after conceded frame and match. If only Chertsey had potted those blacks instead of leaving them on, it may have been so so different. Sunninghill proved once again that they are the top team in the league this season adding this trophy to the Premier Title. Frame scores: ANDY DARKEN 31 MATT FORD 68, ANDY ALLEN 20 IAN ROSE 68 CHRIS RIGBY 19 MARTIN WALLACE 57. Thanks to Martin Perry and the Lightwater Club for use of their snooker room.
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March 21, 2018
Guildford City captain RYAN MEARS joined an elite club of two after notching a superb 106 break in his billiards league match against George Reeves of West Byfleet Social A last Thursday. Previously MARK LEONARD was the only player in Byfleet League history to have recorded centuries in both snooker and billiards league matches. Despite getting his team of to the perfect start Guildford lost the match 7 - 6. A setback for the 2017 Division One champions. Upsets are not uncommon for Stuart Doolans team having defeated Premier snooker champions Sunninghill B to inflict the Hill's only loss of their 21 match season.
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March 14, 2018
Lightwater B captain NEIL GRANT beat MICHAEL EASTMOND last night at the Woking Snooker Centre to take the Division Two indidual title. The opening frame to and fro'd with Neil getting off to the better start before MICHAEL taking over. 11 in front with the colours remaining he failed to pot the yellow with postion on the green and brown almost assured. NEIL proceeded to pot 5 of the last six colours from all angles to win on the pink. The second frame was quite scrappy however NEIL potted the balls that mattered and clinched the match after MICHEAL conceded after requiring snookers on the blue. The scores were 51 -42 and 52 -26. Thanks to Bob Mason at Woking for use of their club.
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March 2, 2018
Two of the four finals were decided last night at Woking Snooker Centre. STUART CONNOR added to his Byfleet Trophy haul taking the Division One Championship 2 -0 against DALTON LAWRENCE. A 24 midway through the first frame helped his cause en route to a 61-29 win. DALTON potted some fine reds but didn't get the rewards these shots deserved in the second and STUART continued to take his chances well. He saw out the match winning the frame 61 -36. ALEX JONES defending his Division Three title got off to a good start in his final against SIMON HARDY winning the opener 56 -32. SIMON settled down well in the second and excellent potting put him 26 in front on the brown. It looked sure to go a deciding frame until a good snooker resulted in SIMON hitting the pink when playing for the brown. ALEX potted the brown and played a loose shot on the blue that appeared to be heading over a middle pocket but rested against the cushion instead. An easy pot for SIMON turned into an impossible one and his safety shot left ALEX a chance. He took full advantage with fine cut shots on pink and black to pip SIMON 50 - 48 and the match 2-0. Both finals were played in excellent spirit. A credit to all players. Thanks to Bob Mason for use of his snooker centre and to Jim Angus and Phil Vowels for refereeing. The other two finals will be played at a later date.
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February 17, 2018
The billiard season starts on March 8th with the competitions out soon. The website is now correct. Hard copies have been sent to club reps and will be emailed also. Both competition draws are now on the website. Good luck.
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February 17, 2018
Its the last week of what has been a magnificent snooker season. Records continue to be broken with the number of century breaks along with a Division One record that now stands at 111. In the Premier there have been 19 breaks of 80 or over and you need a break of at least 95 to get on the top ten list. Three of the four divisions promotion and titles are decided with Division Two being a very close three team race. I have been playing in Division Two this season and it has been a real pleasure to meet up with so many players that have been part of the league for so long. The standard in all divisions is excellent but above all the enthusiasm and friendliness in our league is a real tribute to everyone. I would especially like to thank Phil Vowels for all of his posts on Facebook with statistics and permutations and for his match reports. He has made the season exciting and engaging and encouraged opinions and feedback. His contribution has been greatly appreciated. Finally a special thanks to every member of the Byfleet League, without you we would not have a platform to play this great game. KJ
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February 9, 2018
With just two weeks to go of the snooker season all members are reminded of the rules if teams finish on an equal number of points. 1. In the event of a tie the team with the most number of wins takes precedence. 2. If still equal then head to head results will determine final positions. 3. If still equal there will be a play off. 4. Please note this rule may only apply to teams involved in Promotion or Relegation positions or to decide who are division champions. 5. The website may show the wrong team positions for those on equal points however the above rule governs the final outcome. KJ
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February 8, 2018
Feltham's RICHARD ATKINS defeated last years champion MARTIN COURT in the first final of the season, the Over 50's snooker. In an enthralling and extremely sporting final RICHARD seemed well in control in the opening frame until MARTIN's attempted red safety flew into the middle pocket leaving a simple black. From there he went on to clear the colours to the blue with some fluent potting. Now RICHARD needed two of the three remaining colours and MARTIN all three. With the pink on its spot and the blue fairly close RICHARD from distance knocked in the blue and cannoned the pink over a top pocket. The easy pink got him over the line. MARTIN potted well in the second frame and left RICHARD needing a snooker on the blue. He eventually left it in the open and which MARTIN had no hesitation in despatching. Final frame - RICHARD made a good break but a cracking long red followed by blue to centre put MARTIN amongst the reds with the black available in both top pockets. Inexplicitly he missed the red and a golden opportunity. RICHARD seemed to take control thereafter and a very good 27 break put him 40 points ahead with two reds left, both on cushions. MARTIN had a tough task now and eventually left RICHARD an easy red followed by a black off its spot to leave MARTIN an insurmountable task. Scores Richard 63 - 49, 39 -65, 74 -20 Martin. Both players played great snooker in spells but overall RICHARD edged it on the night. Congratulations to both on an enjoyable final. Thanks also to Ian Geldard and the West Byfleet Social Club for staging this event. It is a great venue with lovely conditions.
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February 8, 2018
Staines Cons SEAN HARVEY knocked in a magnificent 111 break in his league match against West Byfleets Michael Doherty. In doing so he eclipsed Paul Ganley's 106 as the divisions record break. SEAN is no stranger to the century board having recorded 8 now in Byfleet League matches since 2005. It's good to see SEAN back on the table after his recent accident. The setback doesn't seem to have adversely effected his snooker prowess! We wish SEAN all the best for a complete recovery. This season can lay claim to the best ever in terms of high breaks having equalled the eight set in the 1994/1995 season but with five 90+ in addition far exceeds the previous best. It is incredible that in the Premier Division a player now needs to make at least a 95 break in order to get on the board for the top ten breaks. It is another Golden Era in the league's history.
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February 4, 2018
Ryan Mears had a week to remember starting on Saturday in qualifying for the English Amateur Championships at Coulsdon. On Sunday he won the Champion of Champions at Racks in Maidenhead in an all Byfleet final and on Thursday recorded his first league century with a 101 break against George Reeves in their carry over frames from a few weeks ago before their home match against West Byfleet Social. The Champion of Champions had a stellar line up with the last two seasons Individual Champions representing 8 leagues from around the London and Home Counties. Ryan turned around a 2 frame deficit to beat Matt Wilson 3-2 to top his group and reach the semi final. He defeated ex pro James O' Sullivan 4-2 in his semi final and then pipped Sunninghill's Paul Bunyard 4 -2 in the all Byfleet final. A marvellous achievement by both Ryan and Paul against very strong opposition. Both played in the league team that took the Inter League Trophy also staged at Racks recently.So this was quite a double! Ryan took the trophy along with £200.00 and Paul was consoled with £100.00 as runner up. Congratulations to both of you.
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February 2, 2018
The first of the seasons snooker finals is the Over 50's and is being held at West Byfleet Social Club on Tuesday 6th February at 7.45pm. Last years Champion MARTIN COURT bids to retain the title against Felthams RICHARD 'ELVIS' ATKINS. Its now or never for Richard who bids to add to his Pairs success from last season. Martin, wants a little less conversation and says the Over 50's is always on his mind. Who will be returned to sender! It will be heartbreak hotel for one of these two on Tuesday. Spectators and supporters welcome.
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January 3, 2018
Only competition finals will be played on a set day and venue. All semi finals are to be played as per the draw, ie first named is home player. This is due to a lack of available referees.
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January 3, 2018
Congratulations to Sefton for recently becoming a credited World Snooker Approved Coach. Most of us know what a great player Sefton is and that he has a beautiful cue action and a great all round game. If you wish to book a lesson or two with Sefton he can be contacted on 07887 844200. He will advise costs and make arrangements to meet. Players of all abilities can improve their game with the right guidance. If you need help - give Sefton a call.
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January 3, 2018
Sunninghill's IAN ROSE knocked in the Premiers fifth century break this season with a 103 break against Feltham's Richard Atkins. It was a ding dong match ending all square but keeps Sunninghill in top spot. Ian has made centuries in Byfleet competitions but this is his first in a league fixture. Many congratulations Ian.
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November 27, 2017
Many congratulations to Dan Martin of Knaphill W Mens who added his name to the players who have made century breaks in league matches. He knocked in an exact ton in the second frame game against Andy Darken of Chertsey SS. Amazingly at the same time Sunninghill's Paul Bunyard notched his third century of the season, this time against Andy Chauhan of Feltham. This is the second time this season that two centuries have been made at approximately the same time on the same night. Brilliant achievement from both players. This makes five centuries in the league following Sean Harveys for Staines. Will there be more....? Watch this space.
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November 21, 2017
Not league related however if you want to spend some of the long winter nights with your head in a book then you could do worse than read Ronnie O'Sullivans thrillers. The first in the series Framed was out a while ago and the latest Double Kiss has just been released. They follow the trials and tribulations of Frankie James a snooker club proprietor with gangster connections. I have read them both and recommend them highly. I should think that a great deal of the experiences in the book are things that Ronnie 'knows about' but they are both books that you can't put down. Put them on your Christmas list, you won't be disappointed. KJ
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November 7, 2017
Racks Maidenhead staged the inaugural London and Home Counties Inter league tournament on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th November. The Byfleet team got off to a bad start losing their first Round Robin match 5 - 3 against Thames Valley B despite scoring more points overall. This fired them up as they whitewashed Milton Keynes B 8 - 0 and edged out Eastbourne in their final group match 5 -3 to qualify for the semi finals as runners up in their group. On the Sunday they were up against the favourites Thames Valley A in their semi final and looked doomed after losing the first three frames. A spirited fightback winning the last five frames carried them into the final against a tough Oxford side who had defeated Thames Valley B in their semi final. The first four frames were shared before Ryan Mears and Paul Bunyard both won their matches to seal the match at 6 -2. A magnificent achievement against the best leagues in the area. Racks snooker have a website that has tournament details but in a nutshell these are our players records: Ryan Mears 9/10, Paul Bunyard 8/10 Matt Ford 4/8, Alan Harvey 3/6, Andrew Vernon 2/4, George Reeves 1/2. Many congratulations to Captain Paul Bunyard and all of the squad. You all played your part in a magnificent success for the Byfleet League.
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October 20, 2017
Another piece of Byfleet League history was created with two centuries on the same night and at the same time. How is that you say! Well while Paul Bunyard playing the fourth frame of his teams match at Chertsey was knocking in a break of 104 at Lightwater Village Club Sean Harvey in the fourth frame playing for Staines made a break of 101. Congratulations to both of these top top players. Other notable breaks last night were: Ian Rose 61, Andy Chauhan 60, George Heatley 58, Ryan Mears 53, Chris Rigby 51 maybe more with results still to come. And its only week 4 of the season.
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October 1, 2017
This seasons snooker tournaments have all been drawn and are on the competition pages. Please note closing dates for each rounds. They are quite generous so please arrange and play your matches within the time. If you feel that any handicaps are unfair then please email '' with your reasons and state your case. They will be reviewed but not necessarily amended. Good luck everyone. KJ
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September 18, 2017
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September 4, 2017
The new season starts on September 28th with 8 teams in each division. To extend what would be a short season teams will play each other 3 times. It can't be helped that with seven matches each half some teams will play one more home match than others. Feedback indicates this is preferable to a shortened season. The website is now up to date.The season will end on February 22nd.
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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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June 27, 2017
At the recent AGM our long serving treasurer Jim Angus asked to stand down after many years at the helm of our purse strings. Reluctantly we agreed as long as Jim accepted a new role as Vice President. Jim deserves all our praise and good wishes for his magnificent work and support to the Byfleet League. Thank you Jim.
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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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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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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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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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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 '' with what your highest is and roughly how many you have made.
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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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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: 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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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: Thanks, Mark
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ""
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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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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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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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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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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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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 '' 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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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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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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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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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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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 for the Ladies World Snooker and
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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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April 15, 2015
A summary of the highest breaks in the Byfleet Billiards and Snooker League follow:
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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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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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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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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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February 17, 2015
The story starts with contrasting semi finals.
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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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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: to purchase or enquire. Ideal Christmas presents.
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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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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 '' 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:,,13165~4354333,00.html Your own tributes can be emailed to me at '' and will be put on the website also.
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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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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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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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October 24, 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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October 29, 2013
Please email your results to 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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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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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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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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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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May 16, 2013
Chris Ross sadly passed away last Saturday. Would anyone wishing to make a personal tribute please contact me by email to ''. 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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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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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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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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November 5, 2012
Would members please try out a Byfleet League test forum at
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ''
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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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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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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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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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May 30, 2011
A summary and report of the Inter League finals last two frames follow.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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