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Season continuation (posted 09/01/22)
 
Since the end of the first half of the season, matters have certainly changed in regards to the Covid situation, where we see many more cases in the island and different measures being put in place by the States of Guernsey.

The Executive Committee has been in discussion about this, as there is clearly now a heightened possibility of the virus affecting our matches.

The well-being of our members remains the number one priority for the GB&SA, so we have naturally taken advice from the appropriate authorities.

Following this, the Executive Committee has decided that we will continue with the season as scheduled, and is issuing the following guidance and changes to GB&SA rules with immediate effect:

1. We would like players / teams to fulfil as many fixtures as possible, but to not put anybody at risk by doing so. After two seasons of late finishes through lockdown restrictions, the Executive Committee feels that finishing as close to on-time as possible this season is what the majority of players would like.
2. Any player / team that is unable to fulfil a fixture for Covid reasons only is urged to contact Annie Wilkins (knockouts) or Martin Robert (league) at the earliest possible time in order to give opponents good notice.
3. Players should conduct an LFT before playing. Clearly a positive result will mean that they should not play and, in the case of a team match, a postponement may be necessary. If a team captain can source a reserve in time, that would be very much appreciated.
4. In order to help team league matches get played, rule 11 surrounding reserves has been changed to:
a) For Premier, First and Second Division teams, a lower division player can now be used for a second time by a team without affecting that player's registration.
b) For Premier, First and Second Division teams, a lower division player can now make three appearances in a division without affecting that player's registration.
c) For Third Division teams, a player from the same division, irrespective of club, can guest for a team once only - but must not be against the team that they are registered to.

Through these measures, we hope that the majority of players can continue to enjoy weekly competitive snooker and billiards, but we will naturally keep an eye on the developing situation.

North Social
The North Social Club is currently experiencing staffing issues due to Covid, and have changed their operating hours until further notice. The club is currently closing at 10:00 pm, so teams should ensure they get a prompt start at 7:15 – or earlier if the captains can agree – in order to finish their match.

Should the match run beyond 10:00 pm, it is at the club’s discretion whether the match can be completed. If it cannot, rule 19(b) will come into operation.

North Legion
With immediate effect, the North Legion club will not be opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we have agreed with them that currently schedules team league and individual billiards league matches can be played. It is vital that should matches get cancelled on these particular days (especially billiards), that Martin Robert is notified so that the barman does not make an unnecessary trip to open the club.

 

Eden Women's Masters (posted 10/12/21)

Three of Guernsey’s ladies players had a mixed weekend at the recent 2021 Eden Women’s Masters at the Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon, where 32 of the world’s leading women competed.

On this occasion, none were able to progress out of the main event group stages into the last 32 knockout phase, but both Annie Wilkins and Danielle Leadbeater picked up a win in finishing third in their groups. Kate Le Gallez’s group was reduced to just three players and, without a win from her two matches, she was unable to repeat her last 16 finish in 2019.

In the straight knockout Challenge Cup, Le Gallez was ousted early by Poland’s Izabela Lacka, but Wilkins and Leadbeater progressed to meet each other in the quarter-final. Wilkins booked her semi-final place with a 2-0 win, and although she took the first frame 52-41 against England’s Harriet Haynes, she lost the next two to the eventual champion.

 
 
Ton up Desperques takes Shootout (Posted 20/11/21)
 
Normal service was resumed in the Wired Electrical Contractors Snooker Shootout as Martyn Desperques reclaimed the title - his fifth overall and fourth in the past five years. Desperques beat Glenn Le Prevost - himself twice a winner - 43-33 in the final at the Gremlin Club, as 26 players entered the quickfire tournament.

There was an early shock as defending champion Darren Hughes bowed out to Will Green in the first set of matches, but the highlight of the event was a brilliant 101 by Desperques in the quarter final against Miles Davies. It was his second century in the tournament's history, and a third nearly followed with a 74 against Adrian Holley in the semis.

In a cagey final - that Le Prevost made by the narrowest of margins against Sam Bulmer thanks to a dying seconds yellow - Desperques led through a break of 28 at the halfway stage. Le Prevost ran out of position - and time - in clawing back the deficit when on 27, allowing Desperques to manage the clock to victory.

In the plate competition, Hughes gained some consolation by beating Kate Le Gallez in the final.

Five time winner Martyn Desperques 

Runner up: Glenn Le Prevost

 

Lower division players had good showings through semi-finalist Sam Bulmer and plate runner-up, Kate Le Gallez

 

Annual Awards (posted 14/11/21)
 
The culmination of the 2020-21 season saw the Presentation Evening held at the Gremlin Club, with three awards judged by the Award Committee. These were presented as follows:

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OUTSIDE OF THE PREMIER DIVISION

Kate Le Gallez - a player that has an increasing reputation of someone to be both feared and respected, and one that is really breaking down boundaries with an appetite to continually improve. Last season, Kate had an increased win rate of 20% in the league, finishing with an impressive 88% to joint win the third division aggregates.

Also nominated: Ben Le Noury (IMR Casuals)

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A PLAYER OR TEAM OUTSIDE OF THE PREMIER DIVISION

Ex-Service Recalls - the Recalls not only achieved back to back promotions, but also won the team handicap knockout. Their team included two players who lost just once each all season, and two that finished with unbeaten records stretching 13 and 18 matches. Three of their team finished in the top nine of the aggregates; and in winning the team handicap knockout, they beat three higher ranked teams along the way.

Also nominated: Mike Rae (Sporting Lions), Stonebond Guernsey

 

MERIT TROPHY

Adrian Holley & John Skillett - Adrian Holley for making his first competitive break with a 115 against Graham Peel. John Skillett for showing tremendous resolve to overcome years of being the 'nearly man' by winning the Imperium Trust Guernsey Open - his first straight title.

Also nominated: Colin Gilbert (Imperium Strokers), Jamie Le Cheminant (Ex-Service Hot Butts), Martyn Desperques (La Villette Hotel Gremlins), Paul Le Sauvage (Ex-Service Stunners), Scott Bradford (Ex-Service Hot Butts), Tom Brock (North Legionnaires)

 

No stopping Shorto / Le Prevost (posted 22/10/21)

When it comes to pairs snooker, there doesn't appear to be anyone who can get in the way of Adam Shorto and Glenn Le Prevost. Having successfully defended their pairs knockout title just a few months ago, the duo matched the feat in the Scotch Doubles at the Gremlin Club, with 21 other pairings doing their best to stop them.

This is the third Scotch title for Shorto and Le Prevost - and one which although they dropped just one frame all day, still had a good number of pink and black ball frames to succeed. Ultimately, a 3-0 win against Jamie Le Cheminant and Mark Gauvain in the final clinched their ninth joint title.

 

Knockout finals roundup (posted 09/08/21)

A frantic last week of competitive action saw all eight knockout finals completed, and what a week it was for Martyn Desperques in winning three of them.

The highlight came as the season culminated in the Island snooker championship at the Gremlin Club, with Desperques posting four breaks of over 50 to beat Adam Shorto 5-1, and take the title for the eleventh time. Breaks of 71 and 51 forged an early 2-0 lead, and while Shorto got one back by taking the third 50-40, a 52 re-established Desperques’ advantage. Victory came two frames later with a 57 as Desperques continues his assault on the record books.

Now lying one title behind Norman Wale, Desperques has matched the past master by making it nine double Island Championships having beaten Ian Le Maitre 500-246 in the billiards final. It’s the sixteenth time in a row that Desperques has been crowned champion, and it’s hard to see anyone denying him from overhauling Wale’s record of 19 titles in the next four years.

The other success for Desperques came in a thrilling handicap final at the North Social that went the full five frame distance. With the help of a 70 point start, Ben Le Noury added 25 points to get the perfect start, but he was soon 2-1 down to Desperques’ break of 51. Undeterred, the second division player then made his best contribution to level the match with a 102-36 fourth frame, but Desperques took the decider to end a run of four final defeats having last won it in 2005.

Kate Le Gallez secured her fourth consecutive Island Ladies snooker championship title, but she was made to work hard for her success. Anne Le Maitre, playing in her first final for 15 years, won the opening frame on the black 69-62 in building a two-frame lead, but was then on the back foot as Le Gallez pulled back to level terms. A tense final frame came down to the final colours, and when Le Maitre missed a chance on the brown, Le Gallez confidently stepped in to reap the benefits.

Adam Shorto and Glenn Le Prevost are the most successful snooker pairing having picked up a sixth championship, but their 3-0 score line against Wayne Rihoy and Chris Le Vallee doesn’t tell the full story. Black ball finishes top and tailed their victory that puts them one ahead of Desperques and Darren Hughes, but the second frame underlined their prowess. Le Prevost has contributed most breaks between the pair en route to the final, but Shorto’s 48 and 40 proved decisive this time.

The duo also played their part as the Sledgehammers completed the league and cup double by beating Imperium Strokers 5-3 in the team straight final. With Shorto being held to a draw by Kelvin Du Feu, John Skillett’s 42 put the Sledgehammers 3-1 up, but the Strokers were still in contention with Colin Gilbert getting the better of Danny Marquand. Le Prevost stood fast though, and in beating Mark Gauvain the Sledgehammers racked up their third victory in four seasons.

A pulsating team handicap final needed an extra frame to determine the outcome, with Stonebond rescuing a 4-1 deficit against Ex-Service Recalls. Both teams have enjoyed league promotions this season, but it was Jason Gilroy’s early win that handed the advantage to the Recalls. When Danny Hook completed his win, it was only fitting that the two would play the extra frame – and it couldn’t have been any closer. A black ball finish went Gilroy’s way to cap an amazing end to the Recalls’ season.

A repeat of last season’s billiards handicap final yielded a first-time winner as Steve Le Poidevin ended Mark Jeffreys’ remarkable run of three consecutive titles. Le Poidevin’s 31 established an early lead that he pretty much maintained throughout, as he won 200-163.

Team Handicap winners, Ex-Service Recalls (L to R): Jason Gilroy (capt), Ryan Le Page, Jim Wilson, Shaun Sylvester

Pairs winners: Glenn Le Prevost and Adam Shorto 

Team Straight winners (L to R): John Skillett, Adam Shorto (capt), Glenn Le Prevost, Danny Marquand

 

Skillett wins first major title in the Open (posted 04/07/21)

John Skillett claimed his first straight title by winning the Imperium Trust Guernsey Snooker Open at the North Social. Skillett – so often the nearly man having been runner up on three previous occasions – finally got his just rewards by beating Martyn Desperques 3-1 in the final.

It was a far from straight forward route to the final too, with Skillett losing the first frame in each of his four earlier rounds, but with a break of 38, he set the early pace against Desperques. The second frame soon followed too, but Desperques showed his typical resilience on a day when he didn’t reach his usual heights by taking the next.

Not to be denied this time, Skillett saved his very best to last with a break of 68, much to the delight of his many supporters. A dogged Desperques prolonged the inevitable attempting snookers, but the celebrations followed with Skillett emotionally dedicating his win to Scott Bradford.

Earlier on, Adam Shorto was in sparkling form with a tournament top break of 88 in beating Danny Hook, and he had two more of over 50 before losing out to Glenn Le Prevost in the quarter finals. Le Prevost himself had breaks of 67 and 55 on the way to his semi exit against Skillett, whilst there was also a good showing by Jess De La Haye to get to the last four.

 

 

Shorto is the new OT&P Guernsey Master (posted 18/01/21)

Adam Shorto has added the Overseas Trust & Pension Guernsey Masters title to his collection, after winning it for the first time.

The second running of the tournament that features the island's top eight players saw Shorto overcome a tricky quarter-final 3-1 against Adrian Holley, then progressively improve to then take Glenn Le Prevost out before beating Martyn Desperques 5-3 in the final.

In a repeat of last year's Masters final - despite the open draw - Desperques started off the strongest with breaks of 45 and 32 to take the first frame 86-1, but Shorto responded to take the next three, which included a best of final 69.

It was a sign of Shorto's form that had brought him two 50's and a 77 to beat Le Prevost 4-2 in the semis, whereas Desperques had largley struggled and somehow won the last two frames of his semi to oust John Skillett 4-3.

That resilience returned for Desperques as he won the next two after the break, but Shorto regained his earlier fluency in the seventh frame. A clinical 49 clearance that started with an excellent long red down the cushion was soon followed by three scoring visits in what proved to be the final frame.

Adam Shorto receives the Peter Colley Shield after winning the OT&P Masters 2021

Results

Quarter Finals
Martyn Desperques 3, Seb Priaulx 0
Roscoe Cloarec 2, John Skillett 3
Adrian Holley 1, Adam Shorto 3
Glenn Le Prevost 3, Darren Hughes 0
Breaks: J. Skillett 63, 44; A. Shorto 62; M. Desperques 56, 49; A. Holley 38

Semi Finals
John Skillett 3, Martyn Desperques 4
Adam Shorto 4, Glenn Le Prevost 2
Breaks: A. Shorto 77, 51, 50, 34c; M. Desperques 45, 43; G. Le Prevost 45, 41, 32

Final
Martyn Desperques 3, Adam Shorto 5
Frame scores: 86 (45, 32)-1; 3-67; 21-81 (69); 7-61; 69 (34)-48 (38); 64-18; 38-71 (49c); 32-81