Diary dates (posted 11/06/22)
A reminder of the forthcoming events:
18th June - Presentation Evening, Gremlin Club. Starting at 7:30 sharp, this is open to all players as we reflect on the past season and present awards to winners, runners up, highest break achievers and for best aggregates. Everyone is welcome, and we especially encourage all award winners to come along and pick up their trophies.
Please also remember the three special awards presented on the night:
Most improved player outside of the Premier Division
Outstanding achievement by a player or team outside of the Premier Division
30th June - Final date for rule change proposals to be received. If any member has a rule that they would like to amend or introduce, these must be submitted in writing, with a seconder, to the Honorary Secretary.
31st July - Final date for 2022/23 season entries to be received. Entry forms will be made available in June
15th August - AGM, Gremlin Club
Thanks (posted (17/05/22)
The Committee would like to thank the many helpers who assisted in the successful running of the inter insulars over the weekend. Staging the inter insulars commands substantial effort, so the willingness of so many to offer their time was greatly appreciated:
Referees: Charlie Browning, Adrian Holley, Darren Hughes, Paul Le Sauvage, Adam Shorto; Ian Le Maitre (billiards)
Markers: Kate Le Gallez, Ben Le Noury, Danny Marquand, Annie Wilkins
Jersey reclaim Team Snooker Inter Insular (posted 15/05/22)
Guernsey’s recent grip on the team snooker inter insular crashed to an end on Saturday night at the Gremlin Club, where Jersey belied their underdog status to triumph 14-11. It was only the second time that Jersey have won the match in the six times played under the format revised in 2015, as they matched the same score of their only other success five years ago on Caesarean soil.
That left Guernsey with just one victory in the five match series, thanks to Martyn Desperques’ CI Billiards title win against Aaron Canavan the previous night.
As the two teams descended on the Gremlin Club, Guernsey had high hopes of a third consecutive victory, but they ended up chasing Jersey’s tails for much of the afternoon session. Only once did the home side take the lead when Glenn Le Prevost added to Desperques’ opener to make it 2-1, but Canavan and debutant Connor Davies were leading the way as the pair won all five matches they played between them.
Canavan showed his class by making breaks of 37, 33 and 32 in yielding just 26 points in his three matches, but it was Davies who played the first of his two turning points in the match. In the tenth game of the best of 25, he looked to have fluffed his lines when put in for a respotted black, but a stretching Le Prevost let him off the hook with a chance to make it 5-5.
By the end of the session, Guernsey trailed 8-6 with only Desperques showing any fluency by knocking in breaks of 81 and 75 to match Canavan’s haul of three wins.
A delayed start to the evening session offered Guernsey supporters the early hope they were looking for as Seb Priaulx and Le Prevost scrapped to close victories, whilst the Sarnian side’s own debutant, Jamie Le Cheminant, added his second win to level the match at 9-9. That brought the two island’s number one players back to the tables, but their outcomes could not have been more contrasting.
On one side, Canavan had moved to another gear as he brilliantly picked his way through 14 reds to compile a break of 122 against Priaulx, whilst on the other, Desperques was embroiled in a forlorn battle to get the snookers he needed to stop Davies getting his fourth win, and tilt the match heavily into Jersey’s favour. The young newcomer had delivered his next turning point, and Jersey had re-established their two frame lead going into the single table session for the last five, tension filled games.
It started with John Skillett registering his first win, but in a dramatic next, Le Cheminant expertly gained the required six point foul he needed against Matt Cox to stand two balls away from another chance to level the match, only to over screw his white into the middle bag for a disappointing end to an otherwise decent debut.
Jersey were on the brink of victory, which left Le Prevost needing to beat Jeremy Gogan, and when he fluked the green, another lifeline looked to be heading Guernsey’s way. But, having failed to grasp it on that occasion, fortune then swung Gogan’s way with a fortuitous, match winning pink.
That all but culminated a day in which Guernsey’s vastly more experienced side had huffed and puffed but not broken Jersey’s resolve. The visitors had shown a quiet determination with the ability to keep their noses in front, and frustrate an underperforming Guernsey outfit.
In the two ‘dead rubbers’ remaining, Davies completed his impressive debut by beating Priaulx to be the only player to win all five matches, whilst Canavan’s misfortune in going in off the blue when on a break of 49 was fully capitalised on by Desperques’ clinical 45 to leave the pair on four wins each.
Guernsey 11, Jersey 14
Guernsey: M. Desperques 4, J. Le Cheminant 2, G. Le Prevost 2, S. Priaulx 2, J. Skillett 1
Jersey: C. Davies 5, A. Canavan 4, M. Cox 3, J. Gogan 2, R. Kilpatrick 0
Breaks: A. Canavan 122, 52, 45, 37, 33; M. Desperques 81, 75; G. Le Prevost 41 ; J. Gogan 32
Desperques wins CI Billiards title (posted 13/05/22)
Friday the 13th was far from unlucky for Martyn Desperques as he triumphed 500-345 in the CI Billiards final against Aaron Canavan at the Ex-Service Club. It was sweet revenge for Guernsey's leading billiards player having lost the snooker title to his Jersey rival two weeks earlier, and the margin of victory was his most comfortable yet in all of his seven wins.
After an even contest to the 160 mark, Desperques surged ahead with a brilliant break of 113 ahead of the interval, but Canavan showed his mettle by responding with a 77 immediately upon the resumption. The Jersey champion had small pickings after that though, as Desperques added breaks of 38 and 54 before running out with an unfinished 28.
CI Billiards Final
Martyn Desperques 500, Aaron Canavan 345
Breaks: M. Desperques 113, 54, 47, 38, 30; A. Canavan 77, 37, 30
Martyn Desperques receives the trophy from JB&SA President Robbie Kilpatrick
Guernsey shut out by Jersey in first leg (posted 01/05/22)
Any Sarnian delight at the return of inter insular action for the first time in three years was soon tempered with disappointment as Jersey swept the board in the first leg and, not for the first time, it was Aaron Canavan who proved to be the main thorn in Guernsey’s side.
Twice Canavan got the better of Martyn Desperques, to first become the most successful CI snooker champion, then deliver the final blow in reclaiming the team billiards trophy for Jersey. In between, the Caesareans also overturned their 2019 thrashing to take the Upton Trophy in the snooker ‘B’ inter insular.
In the first of two late night finishes, a confident Desperques turned up at First Tower Institute for the CI Championship final, but he was quickly on the back foot as Canavan yielded just 16 points in going 2-0 up. That meant the third frame already held significant importance for Desperques, who built up a 30 point lead as both players missed gilt-edged chances. With Canavan needing a snooker and Desperques slowly getting accustomed to the pacy table, the Guernsey champion looked to have found a way back in to the match, but an uncharacteristic foul on the green handed Canavan the free ball he used to clear up for 3-0.
Desperques somehow managed to put that behind him, and with more attacking intent he put the next two frames on the board – doing so with a sensational blue that gave the travelling supporters good reason to cheer. Their hopes of a Desperques comeback were soon quashed though, as Canavan clinically re-established his two frame lead. Left to dig deep again, Desperques did just that to take the seventh frame, but the inevitable always seemed to be lurking with his ‘A’ game missing. Canavan duly closed out the match 68-24 to become CI champion for the ninth time, one more than Norman Wale.
The following afternoon at the Mechanics Institute, Guernsey snooker’s ‘B’ quartet arrived on the back of having won the inaugural version of the latest Upton format 14-2, and confidence levels of retaining the trophy stayed high as they won the first round of round-robin matches 3-1.
With four tables in action at the same time, the next round went Jersey’s way by the same score, with only Kelvin Du Feu able to add to his first round victory. In a race to nine wins, Jersey then took a grip on the match as Mark Gauvain opened his account for the first time in another 3-1 deficit, but an exciting finish brewed as Steve Le Poidevin and Du Feu brought the Sarnians back to within a frame at 8-7 down. That left captain Colin Gilbert with the opportunity of forcing a decider if he could pot the last two colours of the final match, but Peter Robinson became the toast of the Jersey side by potting the pink.
A return to First Tower in the evening presented Guernsey with their last hope of success as they looked to defend the Team Billiards Inter Insular trophy, but their task was made infinitely more difficult as Adrian Holley and Ian Le Maitre lost the first two matches to Guy Heys and Peter Allen. Guernsey’s cause wasn’t helped by having to draft in Glenn Le Prevost as an emergency replacement for the ill Nick Boldison-Smith, but he overcame the vastly more experienced Richard De La Haye by 33 points.
A 43 break from Steve Le Poidevin helped pull the sides level as Desperques again faced up to Canavan, who has previously snubbed any billiards involvement in the inter insulars. The new Jersey billiards champion mirrored the previous night’s snooker performance by flying into a healthy advantage, but a brilliant 75 from Desperques hauled him back into contention. From there it was nip and tuck until both need six points at 244-244, but again it was Canavan who came out on top.
CI Snooker Final
Aaron Canavan 5, Martyn Desperques 3
'B' Snooker Inter Insular for the Upton Trophy
Jersey 9, Guernsey 7
Team Billiards Inter Insular
Jersey 3, Guernsey 2
Five in a row for Le Gallez (posted 29/04/22)
Kate Le Gallez wrapped up a fifth Island Ladies Snooker Championship title by beating Annie Wilkins 3-0 at the Gremlin Club. It was the latter's first appearance in the final, but she was undone by an efficient performance from Le Gallez, who surpassed Di Davison's haul of four titles in the process.
Le Gallez - who didn't drop a frame at any stage of the round robin - always held the upper hand to win each frame by around the 20 point margin, and prove that she is still the one to beat on the ladies scene.
Kate Le Gallez receives the trophy presented by match referee, Paul Le Sauvage
Inter Insular teams announced (posted 28/04/22)
The three representative sides taking on Jersey this weekend and in May have been announced as follows:
Guernsey 'B' for the Upton Trophy: Colin Gilbert (captain), Kelvin Du Feu, Steve Le Poidevin, Mark Gauvain
Billiards: Ian Le Maitre (captain), Martyn Desperques, Adrian Holley, Steve Le Poidevin. One further player to be named.
Snooker: Martyn Desperques, Seb Priaulx, Glenn Le Prevost, Jamie Le Cheminant, John Skillett
'Triple Crown' clinched by Desperques (posted 24/04/22)
With the Masters and Open titles already in the bag, Martyn Desperques claimed Guernsey's equivalent of the 'Triple Crown' by beating Adam Shorto 5-2 in the Island Snooker Championship final at the Gremlin Club.
It was another high quality performance from the defending champion, as he knocked in two more centuries to take his season tally to nine. Above all that though, the victory puts Desperques on a par with Norman Wale's record of 12 island titles, with plenty of time left to go beyond the great past master's haul.
Having seen a 2-0 lead checked by Shorto, Desperques' first ton of the match came in the fourth frame with a brilliant 105 going into the interval. Upon the resumption, Shorto again narrowed the gap to a single frame, but that again brought out Desperques' best with a 101 break in the next.
It proved to be the penultimate frame as Desperques closed out an identical scoreline to the Masters by taking the last 82-13, and set up a CI Final in Jersey against Aaron Canavan.
Martyn Desperques 5, Adam Shorto 2
Frame scores: 64 (39) - 37; 77 (41) - 50; 46 - 62 (39); 114 (105) - 5; 32 - 60 (36); 101 (101) - 0 82 (40) - 13
Desperques adds Open title to Masters (posted 21/03/22)
Martyn Desperques put three years without the Imperium Trust Guernsey Open title behind him to lift the trophy for a sixth time, and match Adam Shorto’s record. Again played at the North Social, nobody was able to take a frame off Desperques in five matches, with Danny Marquand his final victim.
A fully subscribed event with 32 players carried some notable absentees, with Shorto not playing and John Skillett unable to defend his title due to illness. That certainly opened the path for Desperques in his half of the draw, where he first met Island Ladies champion Kate Le Gallez. Desperques’ sternest challenge would come in the semi-final though, where he had to overcome Gavin Denning’s break of 49 to win by a point thanks to a 65 clearance.
In the other half, Marquand was just as frugal in not conceding a frame, which included a solid semi where he kept Glenn Le Prevost at arm’s length. In his first ‘major’ final, Marquand couldn’t replicate that same intensity, with Desperques falling short of a closing century when missing the pink on 89.
Gilmour joins the century club (posted 18/02/22)
Dave Gilmour has become the island's ninth player to make a century break in a competitive snooker match. Playing for Imperium Strokers at the Ex-Service Club, Gilmour needed a tricky, down the cushion pink to sit nicely on the black for a brilliant 103 clearance. Well done Dave!
Women's World Championships(posted 18/02/22)
Very fast tables, tight pockets and tough opponents – but a great experience nonetheless. That was the reflection of three of Guernsey’s leading ladies snooker players that competed at the 2022 World Women’s Championships in Sheffield, which was every bit as hard as expected.
Held at the Ding Junhui Snooker Academy, Annie Wilkins and Kate Le Gallez picked up impressive group victories, but narrowly failed to qualify for the last 32, whilst Danielle Leadbeater just missed out on adding a win of her own.
Wilkins can be particularly pleased with victories against England’s Nat Howard and Emma Brown – the latter a two-time finalist of challenge events but, in a group of five, it wasn’t quite enough for a top two spot. Le Gallez, now ranked 39 in the world, picked up one victory by withstanding Laura Gillett’s fightback to win 3-2 and also finish third, whereas Leadbeater was on the wrong end of a 3-2 result against a much more experienced Connie Stephens.
The event saw a new world champion crowned with Thailand’s 22 year old Nutcharut Wongharuthai winning 6-5 on the final black. Wongharuthai beat Belgium’s Wendy Jans, who earlier knocked out twelve-time champion Reanne Evans at the quarter final stage.
Second Masters title for Desperques (posted 31/01/22)
Some things just don’t change. Despite the competition being unseeded and the fact that Adam Shorto is no longer playing regular snooker, the third Guernsey Masters still produced a final between the island’s top two players. And with the record standing at one win each, Martyn Desperques has edged ahead of that particular count by defeating his rival 5-2.
The Masters features the top eight players from last season’s Premier Division who accepted the invitation,
which meant Kelvin Du Feu and Danny Marquand were making their first appearances in the one day event at the Gremlin Club. Both sat on the sidelines initially though, and were treated to a belter of an opening match as Shorto took on Glenn Le Prevost. The opening frame went to a respot, which proved crucial to Shorto’s victory that he closed with a break of 70 to win 3-2.
With John Skillett getting the better of Seb Priaulx 4-1, Marquand’s first appearance followed, but it was all too brief as Desperques strolled to a 3-0 win with a break of 92 thrown in. But it was a different story for Du Feu, who continues to improve and overcame Adrian Holley’s 56 to progress 3-2 by taking a close decider 63-55.
Du Feu couldn’t go any further though as he became Desperques’ next victim, but he did register a frame on the board by taking the second on the black. After a series of breaks over 40, Desperques sealed his final spot with a clinical 93.
That wasn’t the best break of the day though, as Shorto continued to defy his lack of match practice. A scintillating performance in the semi was just too match for Skillett, with a second frame 117 underlining Shorto’s unquestionable ability.
That performance seemed to carry momentum with it as Shorto made breaks of 48 and 51 to open up a 2-0 lead in the final, but he was unable to find the finishing post after that. Desperques gradually wrested control of the match to draw level with a break of 44, and he sealed a run of five frames and his second title of the season with a nicely constructed 63.
John Skillett 3, Seb Priaulx 1
Glenn Le Prevost 2, Adam Shorto 3
Danny Marquand 0, Martyn Desperques 3
Kelvin Du Feu 3, Adrian Holley 2
Breaks: M. Desperques 92; A. Shorto 70, 41; S. Priaulx 58; A. Holley 56; J. Skillett 48
John Skillett 0, Adam Shorto 4
Martyn Desperques 4, Kelvin Du Feu 1
Breaks: A. Shorto 117, 45; M. Desperques 93, 58, 55, 45
Adam Shorto 2, Martyn Desperques 5
Frame scores: 72 (48)-48; 61 (51)-4; 22-61; 24-68 (49); 31-62; 34-81; 8-66 (63)
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
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.