Stephen Merrien Memorial Handicap Open (posted 09/03/17)

After the staggering success of this event last year, the GB&SA is again joining forces with the Ex-Service Club to hold a Handicap Snooker Open.

Details of the event are as follows:
Date: 8th - 9th April 2017

Venue: Ex-Service Club, Victoria Road

Format: Best of 3 frames until Final (best of 5), using current GB&SA handicaps

Entry fee: £5 per player
Prize money available, plus donation to charity
Max no. entrants: 64 (first come, first served)

Given that this is a handicap format, we expect there will again be a high number of entries, which means that the event will be held over two days.

To make it easier for players' availability, the draw will be made one week in advance of the event, and players will be given time slots of their matches for the Saturday. The last 16 onwards will be played on the Sunday. Players who lose their matches will be obliged to referee the following match.

Please confirm your interest in this tournament either through Facebook or by sending an email to [email protected] by no later than Sunday 26th March 2017.


Record entry sees Shorto claim fourth Open title (posted 05/03/17)

Adam Shorto won the tenth Imperium Trust Guernsey Snooker Open at the North Legion Club in what proved to be as much a test on endurance as ability. A record breaking 36 entries saw the introduction of a one frame preliminary round shootout, and a final reduced to the best of three frames that started after the midnight hour.

The random draw without any seedings yielded a top heavy half which contained the likes of Shorto, Martyn Desperques, John Skillett and island champion Glenn Le Prevost. That left Seb Priaulx as the outstanding name in the bottom half, but he succumbed to eventual finalist Mark Gauvain.

An action packed day gathered momentum at the quarter final stage where Shorto ousted Skillett 2-1, whilst defending champion Desperques had to come from a frame behind to beat Le Prevost’s conqueror Darren Hughes. Shorto would go on to end Desperques’ hopes of becoming the first to successfully defend the title, and had to wait patiently for the other half of the draw to complete.

Gauvain’s progression had seen him beat former island champion Adrian Holley before Priaulx, and he was to meet another in a contrasting semi-final with two players at different stages of their game. 2002 island champion Charlie Browning has just returned to the sport after a long absence, and surprised himself at getting so far, but the technically sound Gauvain in his first Premier season produced a classy mini clearance to take a deserved place in the final.

Given the late hour, the final was understandably attacking without being reckless. The best moments came early in the first with Shorto’s opening break of 38, but Gauvain’s response was an equally good 30. Eventually the greater experience told as Shorto claimed a 2-0 win to match Desperques’ haul of four Open titles.


Le Prevost does it again in Shootout (posted 09/02/17)

Glenn Le Prevost proved that he is still the one to beat as he successfully defended his title in the annual Snooker Shootout. A record 46 players took part at the Gremlin Club for the fourth such tournament, again kindly sponsored by Wired Electrical Contractors.

Le Prevost had made the final on the two previous occasions, but almost fell at the first hurdle as Paul Tostevin came close to an upset. Le Prevost’s survival ultimately set up a final against Martyn Desperques, having beaten Seb Priaulx in the semis.

Desperques’ route to the final saw him win his first match with the tournament’s highest break of 53 against Ryan Le Page, and he needed to overcome three other Premier players on the way.

With both players looking for their second Shootout title, Desperques took the early lead, but his failure to hit a cushion left ball in hand for Le Prevost. The foul proved costly with Le Prevost able to get his nose in front and run the clock down.

In the plate competition, Adrian Holley, who lost in the first round of the main competition to Paul Regan, beat Adam Shorto – himself a surprise victim of the event’s first match in losing to Peter Walters.

Glenn Le Prevost shows off the Shootout trophy for a second year 


First timer Lisa Gaudion steals the show (posted 22/01/17)

Lisa Gaudion confounded everyone by winning the Ladies Snooker Open despite it being the first time she had ever played on a snooker table. An increased number of entries for the second Ladies Open saw eight players take part, with two round robin groups providing the finalists.

Pool player Gaudion was first on the table, but didn't make the best of starts by losing to Danielle Leadbeater. Two wins, including one against last year's winner Annie Wilkins, saw her progress though, on a better head to head record.

It was a similar story in the second group where Becci Welsh shared two wins with Kate Le Gallez, but it was the former who took the place in the three frame final having beaten Le Gallez 51-19. Both Welsh's other games went to a black ball finish, winning one against the only regular ladies snooker player in the competition, Billie Le Garff.

The final proved to be highly entertaining and full of classy shots, with both players showing great ability - and it was fitting that the two frames ended with black ball finishes. Welsh was unlucky to go in off the final black to lose the first, but Gaudion showed her composure by potting pink and black to take the second frame and with it the title.

Just as importantly though, was the enthusiasm and skill shown by all eight players, which suggests that ladies snooker is on the verge of an exciting future.

Group A Positions: Lisa Gaudion, Denise Cull, Annie Wilkins, Danielle Leadbetter

Group B Positions: Becci Welsh, Kate Le Gallez, Billie Le Garff, Cindy Lawson

Final: Lisa Gaudion beat Becci Welsh 40-39, 47, 33

Lisa Gaudion receives the Ladies Open Shield from GB&SA Vice President Martin Robert


7 Up for Desperques

(posted 14/01/17)

Martyn Desperques beat Seb Priaulx 5-1 to win the Overseas Trust & Pension Indivdual Snooker League title for a seventh time at the Gremlin Club.

A high quality encounter between the two La Villette team mates started in sparkling fashion, with Desperques immediately taking the lead through a brilliant break of 92. A scrappy second proved costly for Priaulx when he missed the final brown, and it was soon 3-0 to Desperques following a break of 53.

Priaulx got the frame he deserved by winning the fourth thanks to a 46 break, and he was well placed to reduce the deficit further having taking a 47-0 lead in the next. Desperques had other ideas though, and a superb 88 clearance made it 4-1. The sixth and ultimately final frame came down to a black ball finish, despite Desperques' earlier 35 and Priaulx needing a snooker. Indeed Priaulx had first stab at a difficult black, but his miss fell kindly for Desperques, who needed no second invitation.


Martyn Desperques 5, Seb Priaulx 1

Frame scores: 100-13; 72-46; 68-43; 25-80; 88-47; 66-55

Breaks: M. Desperques 92, 88c, 53, 35: S. Priaulx 46

Balls potted: M. Desperques 116; S. Priaulx 82

Pot success rate: M. Desperques 82.3%; S. Priaulx 78.3%

Safety success rate: M. Desperques 86.0%; S. Priaulx 82.5%


Le Prevost awarded Merit Trophy

(posted 05/06/16)

Glenn Le Prevost  was picked by the Award Committee as the winner of the Merit Trophy, for winning his second Island Snooker Championship title. Coming some 19 years after his first, Le Prevost enjoyed a sparkling season by reaching four individual finals, in which he also won the Wired Electrical Contractors Snooker Shootout.
Other players recognised for their outstanding efforts were: Martyn Desperques (winner of two snooker and three billiards titles, with six century breaks in total); Dave Gilmour (unbeaten all season to top the first division aggregates, in which he also made the highest break of 55); Gavin Denning (highest break of 56 in the second division and winner of the Norman Wale Handicap Trophy); Rick Irvine (unbeaten in division three to top the aggregates and highest break of 49).

Dominant Guernsey romp to inter insular success (posted 23/04/16)

Guernsey successfully defended the team snooker inter insular trophy with an emphatic 18-7 win against Jersey at the North Legion Club. Following a nail biting one frame victory last year, the new format hit Guernsey shores for the first time, but the early signs indicated that there would be no close finish on this occasion.

By the end of the afternoon session, Guernsey led 11-3 and were just two points away from victory. All five Sarnian players chipped in with only Aaron Canavan offering any resistance, although a repeat of the C I final against Glenn Le Prevost saw Jersey's outstanding player taken to the pink in one of just three close frames.

The first two frames after the mid session interval were both one-sided in Guernsey's favour, and it was a case of who between Seb Priaulx and Adam Shorto would deliver the knockout blow. That honour fell to the Sarnian captain in beating Andrew Richardson 70-18, and the home advantage soon became 16-3.

Jersey offered some late resistance by winning three of the next five frames, which set the stage for Martyn Desperques to take on Canavan to decide which player would take the most wins award. Desperques grabbed the initiative, but Canavan completed a classy 66 break to end with a perfect record, as he did last year.

For Guernsey, Desperques, Le Prevost and Priaulx all returned four wins, whilst Shorto and John Skillett gained three victories; but the highest break prize went to Canavan with a 77.

See here for full results sheet.


Desperques snatches C I billiards crown (posted 23/04/16)

Martyn Desperques came back from the very brink of defeat to win his sixth C I Billiards title, and move to joint second in the all time winners list. Jersey's Guy Heys looked certain to pick up his first title needing just six points for out and leading 494-457, but whilst he could only manage a two point cannon thereafter, Desperques mustered five scoring visits to run out a 500-496 winner.

Such a close finale looked unlikely when Desperques' first visit of the evening saw him make a controlled 47 break, but a best of match 61 from Heys put the Caesarean in charge. He threatened to pull away further until consecutive breaks of 37 and 52 from Desperques swung the match back in favour of Guernsey's top billiards player, after which it was nip and tuck to the end.

With Heys on the verge of success, Desperques' penultimate break of 20 was soon followed by a closing 13 to register Guernsey's first success in this season's inter insulars.


Martyn Desperques 500,   Guy Heys 496

Breaks: G. Heys 61; M. Desperques 52, 47, 37

Scoring visits: M. Desperques 49; G. Heys 47


Canavan back on top with seventh C I title (posted 17/04/16)

Ferry problems caused a 24 hour delay for the C I snooker final, so unusually it was the third match on the Saturday to be played. Unfortunately for Glenn Le Prevost and the watching Guernsey spectators, the outcome was the same as the two previous matches, with an ever improving Aaron Canavan claiming his seventh title by winning 5-0.

The outcome may have been different had Le Prevost taken the opening frame, which looked likely with Jersey's Canavan needing two snookers. But having gained the necessary foul points, Canavan cleared the colours to steal the initiative.

From there it was a procession as Canavan's breaks increased in each frame. A 39 in the next was followed by a 42 in the third frame, 58 in the fourth, and culminated in a brilliant century to regain the title he last lifted two years ago.


Aaron Canavan 5,   Glenn Le Prevost 0

Frame scores: 57-56; 74-2; 61-24; 66-20; 101-2
Breaks: A. Canavan 101, 58, 42, 39


Jersey retains Team Billiards trophy (posted 17/04/16)


Favourites Jersey lifted the Team Billiards Inter Insular trophy for the 48th time, despite the best efforts of Adam Shorto and Martyn Desperques. After a whitewash defeat last year, Shorto put an early frame on the board for Guernsey, but Guy Heys sealed the Jersey victory with the help of a 54 break.


Desperques finished the match on a high for the Sarnians by posting breaks of 44 and 38 to counter David Brabiner's 59 in a 250-168 victory.



Jersey 3,   Guernsey 2

Tony Venton lost to Adam Shorto 200-250

Richard De La Haye beat Danny Marquand 250-185

Martyn Le Gallais beat Mark Jeffreys 250-136

Guy Heys beat Ian Le Maitre 250-68
David Brabiner lost to Martyn Desperques 168-250
Breaks: D. Brabiner 59; G. Heys 54; M. Desperques 44, 38

Strokers outclassed in Upton (posted 17/04/16)


Ex-Service Strokers were unable to bridge the gap in class between a strong Tower Green Baize Goblins side that successfully defended the Upton trophy. Packed full of Island players, the Jersey side won all eight frames in a one-sided match, with only one of the frames being a close affair.


Dave Gilmour has been the Strokers' best player all season, and he was edged out of a consolation frame on the black by Tiernan McNulty. Aaron Canavan made the best break of the match with a 73 against Ryan Le Page, whilst Ryan Shaw made a 52 and David Brabiner hit a 47 for the Jersey handicap league champions.



Tower Green Baize Goblins 8,   Ex-Service Strokers 0

David Brabiner beat Mark Gauvain 81-15, 76-7

Tiernan McNulty beat Dave Gilmour 60-26, 50-39

Ryan Shaw beat Colin Gilbert 64-13, 74-24
Aaron Canavan beat Ryan Le Page 78-1, 100-25

Breaks: A. Canavan 73; R. Shaw 52; D. Brabiner 47



Eleven heaven as Desperques takes billiards title again (posted 15/04/16)

Martyn Desperques will again take his place in the C I Billiards final having eased to his eleventh straight Island Billiards title. A 500-176 victory against Ian Le Maitre was made all the more comfortable as Desperques posted his second ever billiards ton, with a brilliant 119 falling just four points short of his personal best.

Other notable contributions included efforts of 51, 40 and 39 at the Sporting Club as Le Maitre was prevented from getting any significant table time. Desperques now sits eight titles behind the great Norman Wale and just two behind Tom McCord.


Desperques victory concludes successful Handicap Open (posted 15/04/16)

A brilliant weekend of snooker action saw over 50 players take part in the inaugural Stephen Merrien Memorial Snooker Handicap Open Championship at the Ex-Service Club, with Martyn Desperques taking the honours.

A mixture of abilities saw non regular players join those from across all four divisions over two days of action, which concluded with two of the Island's top players beating all the odds to contest the final.

That saw Glenn Le Prevost make his fourth appearance in a final this season, but with victories in the Shootout and Island Championship behind him, it was a second Open defeat at the hands of Desperques, having lost to him at the North Legion in March. Again it was by the odd frame as Desperques took the opener with a 56 break, and whilst Le Prevost levelled it at 1-1, Desperques won a scrappy decider.

There were some notable performances throughout the two days, with two non regular players making the semi finals. Joao Da Silva and Mark Platt have both guested during the league this season, but both lost by the odd frame to Le Prevost and Desperques respectively. Mark Gauvain made a fine 66 break early in the tournament, but was just beaten to the highest break prize when Desperques made a 69 against Matt Ogier.

The other winners at the end of the weekend were the two charities that shared the entry fees and donations. The Kidney Patients Association and Psoriais Arthritis Association both benefitted by £213.

Desperques proudly shows the new trophy with Mega's fiancee Steph



Le Prevost claims second Island Snooker title (posted 05/04/16)


Glenn Le Prevost won his second Island snooker Championship title some 19 years after the first, with a highly entertaining 5-2 win against Seb Priaulx.


The Gremlin Club was treated to a quality contest between two players who demonstrated free flowing potting, but it was Le Prevost who edged the key moments to claim a title he first won in 1997.


The spectacle started from the off with Priaulx showing no signs of first final nerves to begin with a 20 break, but following Le Prevost's 39, it needed a classy 25 from Priaulx to earn a respot. An ambitious cut after a few safeties proved to be Priaulx's downfall, as Le Prevost potted black and soon followed it up with breaks of 23 and 46 to easily take the next.


Priaulx got on the board in the third frame thanks to a 38, and looked set to level the match at the interval by stepping in with a 31, but a brilliant 46 clearance from Le Prevost extended his lead to 3-1.


The resumption after the interval saw Priaulx get the rstart he wanted by closing the gap with a 46 break, but less than 20 minutes later, a best of the night 47 put Le Prevost on the brink.


Understandably, what turned out to be the night's final frame proved to be the scrappiest with neither player able to conjure a break of any note, but Le Prevost maintained control to seal the title on the blue.



Glenn Le Prevost 5,   Seb Priaulx 2

Frame scores: 72-65; 86-0; 0-80; 60-55; 18-64; 71-13; 62-46

Breaks: G. Le Prevost 47, 46c, 46, 39; S. Priaulx 46, 38, 31

Balls potted: G. Le Prevost 99; S. Priaulx 97