Imperium Trust Snooker Opne (posted 11/0319)

Adam Shorto has won the Guernsey Snooker Open for a fifth time - more details to follow.


Competition Secretary (posted 18/02/19)

After a second stint, and many years, Anne Le Maitre will be retiring from the role as Competition Secretary at the end of the season.

In order to maintain the healthy knockout competitions we enjoy, a replacement must be found. No Competition Secretary, no knockouts.

We urge anyone with good organisational skills - whether a player or not - to consider taking up this role. If you want to find out more about it, please send an email to [email protected]


Chance to see Jimmy White (posted 15/02/19)

Jimmy White is coming to Guernsey on Monday 25th March to play four frames at the Sporting Club. Tickets are £100 for an intimate evening (60 people only) with bubbly on arrival, great food and the chance to see the 'Whirlwind' in action.

Reception at 6.30pm and the event starts at 7pm. There is also a raffle available where two people stand a chance of playing a full frame against him.

There are still tickets available via Dave Hogarth on 07781 158316 or Hendrik Bast on 07911 710256.


Desperques wins Handicap Open

(posted 15/02/19)

Martyn Desperques reclaimed the Stephen Merrien Handicap Open trophy to make it three times in the four-year history of the tournament held at the Ex-Service Club. After last year’s overrun to a second weekend, there were no such delays this time, with Desperques beating Dave Bullock 2-1 in the final.

That was the third time over the two days that Desperques had been pushed to a deciding frame, with Tom Brock doing so as early as the preliminary round and again in the quarters against Steve Ozanne. There were the usual moments of brilliance too, with a top break of 98 added to by other efforts of 79, 63 and 47 over his six matches.

The semis saw Desperques end the fine run of the third division’s debutant Phil Finnigan 2-0, whereas Bullock edged past Glenn Le Prevost 2-1. Bullock started his campaign by defeating former team mate Clayton Le Noury over three frames, and was again taken close by Mark Gauvain in the last eight.

Whilst Bullock was able to win the opening frame in the final, Desperques ultimately proved too strong, and he has now won all three individual titles on offer so far this season.

 Martyn Desperques - three-time Handicap Open champion

Ex-Service Club hosts fourth Stephen Merrien HandicapOpen


Ninth Individual Snooker League title for dominant Desperques (posted (05/02/19)

Martyn Desperques lifted the Overseas Trust & Pension Individual Snooker League title for an incredible ninth time in its’ twelve years by repeating a 5-1 win of 2017 against Seb Priaulx. For the first time, both semis were held on the same day as the final at the Gremlin Club, which could be the shape of things to come as possible changes to the format are discussed.

The semis could not have been more contrasting as Desperques took to the table first against John Skillett, winning 4-0 in little more than an hour. A 50 clearance, 49 break and a few 30’s from Desperques meant that Skillett was unable to pass the 25 points mark in any frame and was soon denied a first final appearance.

But it was a different matter for Priaulx as he took on last year’s runner up Glenn Le Prevost. The league aggregates suggested the left hander would return to the final, but a nip and tuck affair that was often scrappy came down to a deciding seventh frame. Priaulx’s adopted mindset of going for everything yielded some fortune, and with the scores level, a 37 break was followed by an accidental snooker which saw Le Prevost concede.

The nine-frame final saw Desperques back in his stride to take the first four frames, but Priaulx will rue not taking the opportunities that came his way – particularly the second frame to get an early foothold in the match. A 32 in the next handed the momentum to Priaulx, but Desperques replied with a 46 and then went 4-0 up with the night’s highest break of 67.

Priaulx avoided the whitewash by holding on to his early advantage to win the fifth frame 64-44, but he couldn’t stop Desperques claiming his second individual title this season. A wicked snooker behind the blue yielded 20 penalty points for Desperques, and whilst he needed a couple of chances to close the match out, he duly took the final frame 81-37.


Desperques powers to Shootout title with two tons (posted 26/11/18)

The fifth staging of the Wired Electrical Contractors Snooker Shootout will live long in the memory, with Martyn Desperques producing an unbeatable display throughout.

In becoming the champion of the ten-minute per frame snooker event again, Desperques was brilliant in hitting two century breaks on the way to a final success against the relatively unknown surprise package, Ben Smith.

A clearance of 103 against Connor Granville was the first century break ever seen in the Shootout, but Desperques soon surpassed it with another clearance – this time a magnificent 108 to end Steve Le Poidevin’s great run to the semi finals.

Whilst Desperques was writing the record books, another story was developing with the first sighting of Ben Smith. Adam Shorto witnessed Smith’s much talked about ability first hand as he was comprehensively knocked out by breaks of 27 and 32, which included Smith remarkably potting three reds in a single shot.

Smith booked his place in the final with a break of 32 to defeat Charlie Browning, and actually got in first against Desperques. But given the mood that the defending champion was in, Desperques only needed a sniff of a chance, and when Smith made a mistake, he was duly punished with a break of 47 that looked at one stage like being Desperques’ third ton. That proved to finally be the point of no return for Smith, and just a few shots later, Desperques crowned a difficult week personally to lift the quickfire trophy for a record third time.

Three Island Champions in action at the Gremlin, featuring Glenn Le Prevost (near table), Adam Shorto, (middle table) and Martyn Desperques (far table)


Martyn Desperques - three-time Shootout champion with President Ian Le Maitre


Le Prevost / Shorto win Scotch Doubles as Desperques / Hughes hit century break (posted 27/01/18)

Four time Pairs champions Glenn Le Prevost and Adam Shorto beat Martyn Desperques and Darren Hughes to win the second Scotch Doubles handicap snooker tournament, but there was ample consolation for the losing pair with a remarkable century.

A high quality final between the four most outstanding players was the only match to go the full three frames, and included a break of 56 for the champions in the only frame they lost.

Earlier on, Desperques and Hughes combined in the alternative shot format event to post a 100 clearance against Clayton Le Noury and Dave Bullock, with Hughes tasked to pot the final black.


Guernsey overpowers Jersey to reclaim snooker inter insular (posted 29/04/18)

The Lieut-Col R W Randall Challenge Cup is back on Guernsey soil, following a 16-9 win at the Gremlin Club. It was a victory inspired by Martyn Desperques, who won all his five frames, whilst Glenn Le Prevost added four having completed last year's match empty handed.

Desperques struck first with a 59 to beat Guy Heys, but Le Prevost suffered his only reverse when Gary Britton stole the second frame with a 27 clearance. Darren Hughes - another to have endured a blank return on his only inter insular appearance under the new format - comfortably beat Ross Symes, but John Skillett was surprisingly beaten by Tony Le Poidevin.

That made it 2-2, but by the end of the afternoon session Guernsey held a two frame advantage at 8-6. Desperques and Adam Shorto made breaks of 58 and 50 in contributing four of the six added frames, whilst Le Prevost beat World Seniors champion Aaron Canavan 74-26 in the first of his two afternoon wins.

The start of the evening session was largely one way traffic with the same three players winning their frames, whilst Skillett put a disappointing afternoon behind him to strike a brilliant 73. His high break was soon surpassed though, with Britton, who previously had the best with a 66 clearance, taking out Shorto thanks to an 82.

Britton and Canavan were doing their best to keep Jersey in the hunt, but defeat came in the 21st frame when Le Prevost beat Heys. The conclusion of the match served up one more helping of Desperques v Britton to add to the two CI finals they had contested, with the Jerseyman getting in first thanks to a 37. Desperques was in determined mood though, and having clawed back most of the deficit with a 32, he then finished the inter insular series off with a fine 60 to pink.

 Full results sheet here.

Guernsey's victorious side (from l to r): Glenn Le Prevost, John Skillett, Adam Shorto (capt); Martyn Desperques, Darren Hughes

Adam Shorto prepares to launch the celebrations

Desperques on his way to victory against Canavan, with Shorto v Britton in the background


Jersey's Britton gains revenge in CI billiards final (posted 27/04/18)

After losing out in the CI snooker final in Jersey, Gary Britton gained his revenge on Martyn Desperques to win the CI billiards title for a sixth time. It was a second successive defeat for Guernsey's champion in this final, but he couldn't have wished for a better start by making a century break at just his third visit.

Britton's reply to Desperques' 104 was emphatic though, and consecutive breaks of 64 and 139 put him in the driving seat. Soon after, Desperques was trailing by over 120 points, but breaks of 33 and 41 helped him get back to a deficit of just 24. At that point, Britton struck a decisive blow with his second ton of the match. A break of 108 stretched his advantage again, before running out with a 42 to win 500-365 in under two hours.


Martyn Desperques 365,   Gary Britton 500

Breaks: G. Britton 139, 108, 64, 42u; M. Desperques 104, 42, 41, 33



Jersey's Gary Britton receives CI billiards trophy from GB&SA President Ian Le Maitre


Jersey secure comfortable billiards success (posted 22/04/18)

Guernsey suffered their first inter insular reverse when Jersey convincingly won 4-1 in the team billiards. It was always going to be an uphill struggle given Jersey's greater billiards participation, and a rapid early win for Gary Britton didn't help. Guernsey's best, Martyn Desperques, was powerless as Britton made breaks of 50, 51 and 75 to win in just 45 minutes.

It's been nine years since Darren Hughes played billiards, but he was only narrowly edged out by 16 points to Peter Allen, and Jersey soon confirmed victory through Martyn Le Gallais. Guernsey found some success at the end though, with Adrian Holley netting a fine 250-209 win against the vastly more experienced Richard De La Haye.


Jersey 4, Guernsey 1

Gary Britton 250,   Martyn Desperques 87

Peter Allen 250,   Darren Hughes 234

Martyn Le Gallais 250,   Steve Le Poidevin 144

Guy Heys 250,   Ian Le Maitre 187

Richard De La Haye 209,   Adrian Holley 250


Sledgehammers complete treble with Upton success (posted 22/04/18)

Having won the Premier Division and Team Straight knockout double, the Sledgehammers defeated a respresentative Tower side 9-3 to add the Upton Trophy. The lack of a team straight league in Jersey meant the Casereans opted to pick their strongest four players from their second tier individual league, and they enjoyed early success with James Martin's 22 clearance.

Danny Marquand also dropped an early frame, but gradually the Sledgehammers' superiority shone through to take a 4-2 half time lead. There was to be only one second half blip as Glenn Le Prevost became the third player to win 2-1, whilst John Skillett took all three frames.


Tower 3, The Sledgehammers 9

James Martin 1,   Adam Shorto 2

Nathan Piziura 1,   Danny Marquand 2

Steve Morgan 0,   John Skillett 3

Daniel Cavey 1,   Glenn Skillett 2

Victorious Sledgehammers (l to r): Glenn Le Prevost, Danny Marquand, Adam Shorto, John Skillett


Desperques gets Guernsey off to winning start (posted 20/04/18)

Martyn Desperques beat Gary Britton 5-2 in the C.I. snooker final at the First Tower snooker club in Jersey, to regain the trophy he last held back in 2009. It's the perfect start for Guernsey in the first of five inter insular matches and, on a personal note for Desperques, brings a welcome end to a run of four runner ups.

It didn't bode well for Desperques when Britton won the first with a break of 93, but he went into the interval 3-1 up thanks to two clearances and a 51. Having extended his lead further on the resumption following a break of 38, a brilliant 138 total clearance from the Jersey champion threatened a comeback. But the winning line came in the next when Desperques took the pink with Britton needing a snooker.


Gary Britton 2, Martyn Desperques 5

Frame scores: (93) 104-14; (36) 53-65 (22c); (32) 59-67 (40, 25c); 38-66 (51); 1-67 (38); (138c) 138-0; 36-59


 Five time CI Snooker Champion, Martyn Desperques


Le Gallez crowned first Ladies Island champion since 2008 (posted 20/04/18)

After a break of ten years where insufficient players has meant no competition could be run, Kate Le Gallez took the honours 3-1 against Yvonne Bogue to win the Ladies Island Snooker Championship.

Le Gallez has been the stand out player of the newly formed NSC Ladies team, and went into the final as favourite - but she was made to work hard for her success that sees her double up as current Island Snooker and Pool champion.

Bogue looked set to take the lead when a break of 17 built her a 20 plus points advantage, but Le Gallez settled to take it on the pink. The second proved much more comfortable for Le Gallez, but Bogue's safety and potting were rewarded with a deserved third frame.

The fourth frame proved to be the last, with Le Gallez initially in full flow to make a 20 break, but Bogue battled back to take it to the final colours. An exchange on the pink saw both players miss chances before Le Gallez made the pot that clinched a trophy in her first snooker season.

Kate Le Gallez receives the Ladies Island Snooker Championship trophy from GB&SA Secretary Paul Le Sauvage


Jim Wilson wins delayed Stephen Merrien Handicap Open (posted (26/03/18)

Four players returned to the Ex-Service to play the semi-finals and final of the Stephen Merrien Handicap Open, which couldn't be completed in time - and it was Jim Wilson who ended up reigning supreme.

Having beaten Colin Gilbert in his semi, Wilson played Kane De Carteret who had won by the same score against Bill Smith. Wilson took the opener, but De Carteret comprehensively won the second frame to force a decider. There was no denying Wilson though, as he won 65-43.

Jim Wilson gladly receives the Stephen Merrien Trophy


Desperques wins first Island final to go full nine frames (posted 24/03/18)

Martyn Desperques showed what he’s about by winning the 83rd Island Snooker Championship final at the Gremlin Club, despite being largely outplayed by Adam Shorto. Desperques won the last three frames to win 5-4 for his ninth title – just three behind the great Norman Wale.

If the result was to be decided by statistics, Shorto would be a comfortable winner having scored over 100 points more, potting 22 more balls and enjoying the greater pot success rate. The one stat that Desperques prospered in was safety success, and it was this often overseen part of his game that he increasingly turned to, and which proved pivotal in winning the final frame.

With two reds left in the decider, Desperques opted against a pot to lay a devilish snooker that incurred four fouls and misses, and when Shorto did eventually connect, he left a red on for Desperques to clear to pink with a break of 32.

Before that, Shorto took a 2-0 lead with a 56 clearance and Desperques could muster no more than a break of 21 to reduce the deficit, but he did sparkle in the last frame before the break with a 71. On the resumption, Shorto looked to be coasting to victory by winning the next two with a 60 and 77 clearance, but was ultimately to rue the further opportunities he had to win the match. Breaks of 34 and 40 brought Desperques level before a tense final frame in front of the largest audience a final has seen for many a year.

Desperques will bid for a fifth CI title when he plays the Jersey champion on 20th April, in Jersey.


Adam Shorto 4, Martyn Desperques 5

Frame scores: 65-23; 103-13; 28-48; 0-71; 90-10; 102-15; 33-73; 35-64; 41-85

Breaks: A. Shorto 77c, 60, 56c.  M. Desperques 71, 40, 34, 32

Balls potted: 144-122

Pot success rate: 86%-77%

Safety success rate: 64%-85%


Comeback king Desperques takes Island Championship for a ninth time


Adam Shorto ponders his next shot in front of a sizeable Gremlin crowd