New rules (posted 17/09/21)
Three new rules were passed at our recent AGM, so please be aware of the following (can be found under Rules - Competition Rules):
Team Handicap Rule 7 amended to provide a fairer handicap when a reserve player without a handicap steps in.
Playing order rule, affecting the top three divisions, whereby the regular use of a non-listed player is clarified.
Rule 19 (iii) added in the event of competition walkovers not accepted by beneficiary players.
Team entries received for 2021/22 (posted 16/08/21)
Ex-Service Club - Ex-Service Battlers, Ex-Service Eagles, Ex-Service Hot Butts, Ex-Service Recalls, Imperium Strokers, Stonebond Guernsey
Gremlin Club - Gremlin Breakers, Gremlin Buccaneers, Gremlin Grinders, Gremlin Guzzlers, Gremlin Knights, La Villette Hotel Gremlins, RAF Reds, The Sledgehammers
North Legion - North Legion Outcasts, North Legion Sharks
North Social - Baubigny Boys 2, DWA Rebels, IMR Casuals, MJ Construction NSC, North Social Bandits, North Social L-Plates
Sporting Club - Sporting Lions, Sporting Tigers
Withdrawn teams: North Legionnaires, NSC Scrappers
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
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
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
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
Hughes done it to win Shootout (posted 22/11/20)
Darren Hughes has broken the stranglehold of Martyn Desperques and Glenn Le Prevost to win the Snooker Shootout at the Gremlin Club.
With the two previous winners of the past five competitions beaten in the first round - Desperques to Danny Marquand and Le Prevost to Hughes - a new name on the trophy was guaranteed, and Hughes rose above the rest to beat Adam Shorto 50-21 in the final.
In the plate competition, Desperques defeated league newbie Danny Hook 38-27 in the final, whilst the highest break of the day came from Adrian Holley with a 77 against Dave Bullock.
An increase in entrants from last year saw 40 players involved. See full results left.
En route to the final, champion Darren Hughes (foreground) and Adam Shorto (centre)
Plate runner up Danny Hook
Annual Awards (posted 15/11/20)
The culmination of the 2019-20 season saw the Presentation Evening held at the Gremlin Club, with two new awards joining the long standing Merit Trophy. The winners of these were judged by the Award Committee as follows:
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OUTSIDE OF THE PREMIER DIVISION
Matt Strachan - a player that got visibly better as the season progressed and who showed himself hard to beat. Matt finished up in the top ten aggregates of the second division despite playing for a relegated side, and won almost a third of his team's frames without playing every match.
Also nominated: Geoff Guille (North Legion Sharks), Kate Le Gallez (Stonebond), Jason Dixon (Baubigny Boys), Jordon Martel (Gremlin Grinders)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A PLAYER OUTSIDE OF THE PREMIER DIVISION
Kate Le Gallez - a player who has shown great dedication and commitment since taking up snooker three years ago, which we have seen has reaped its rewards each season by increasing her win rate to 68%. Kate progressed to the final of our hardest competition - the Norman Wale handicap - beating four Premier players on the way, including two time winner Martyn Desperques 3-2 in the semi-finals.
Also nominated: Nick Boldison-Smith (Billiards), Jason Dixon (NSC Scrappers), Gavin Denning (MJ Construction), Tom Brock (North Legionnaires)
Martyn Desperques - in what will go down as one of the most remarkable finals seen, the opening two frames of the OT&P Masters saw breaks of 48, an 87 clearance and a 126 clearance as Martyn successfully completed his first 92 attempts at a pot. In addition, on a July evening after lockdown, Martyn made the highest competitive billiards break seen on the island with a 147.
Martyn Desperques with his impressive haul of trophies
Shorto / Le Prevost clinch Scotch Doubles double (posted 25/10/20)
In a final against last year's winners James Ferbrache and Jason Dixon, the Island pairing of Adam Shorto and Glenn Le Prevost won 2-0 to take the handicap Scotch Doubles for a second time.
In the season's opening tournament where players take alternative shots as opposed to visits, a combined break of 52 set up a black ball finish that Shorto took after both pairings had chances.
See full results left.