Presentation Evening - 8th June (posted 14/05/19)
The end of season presentation of trophies will be held at the Gremlin Club on 8th June. Our reflection on the past season is open to all, so please reserve this date. Full details to follow.
Le Prevost clearance seals inter insular win (posted 27/04/19)
Glenn Le Prevost's quality clearance in the deciding frame against Gary Britton has clinched the Team Snooker Inter Insular 13-12. It was yet another nailbiting finale at the First Tower Club, and having won in identical fashion four years earlier, the Sarnian quintet proved that lightning can strike twice.
A pulsating match saw the two teams swap the lead throughout, with never more than two points separating them. CI champion Britton started in supreme style with breaks of 83 and 70 against John Skillett and Darren Hughes, but the afternoon session ended 7-7 with four points coming from Le Prevost and Shorto's two wins apiece.
Six matches later, the two sides were still level, but Hughes edged Guernsey ahead with his second black ball win. Having earlier benefitted from Karl Le Fevre's in off a respotted black, Hughes then beat Guy Heys 67-57.
The drama was soon to come, and the pressure was on when Aaron Canavan's 69 against Shorto put Jersey 12-11 ahead. Martyn Desperques crucially beat Ross Symes 66-38 to give Le Prevost something to play for, but he was on the back foot with Britton in charge from the start.
The frame - and ultimately the match - would turn when Britton inadvertently potted the white when on the yellow, and Le Prevost didn't need a second invitation. A super long pot on the yellow was soon followed by a difficult pink on his way to a brilliant, pressure-filled clearance.
Full results sheet here
Champions again: Darren Hughes, Glenn Le Prevost, Adam Shorto, Martyn Desperques, John Skillett
Britton claims CI double (posted 27/04/19)
Martyn Desperques failed to wrest the CI Billiards trophy from Gary Britton at First Tower, going down 500-301 to the Jersey champion. Such a victory margin looked unlikely when Desperques posted an early 60 break, and he was in front at the halfway mark, 259-242.
Britton had cut a frustrated figure up to then, but a 78 break changed all that. With Desperques unable to find any sort of meaningful response, Britton eased away with further breaks of 64 and 55 to add the billiards title to the snooker one which he won two weeks earlier.
Le Gallez defends Ladies Championship (posted 27/04/19)
Kate Le Gallez successfully defended her Ladies Snooker Championship by beating Becci Welsh 3-0 at the North Social Club. A match full of intrigue between the two team mates started with Le Gallez in the ascendancy, taking the first frame 56-31
Welsh gained more of a foothold in the second and was on course to level the match, but a clinical clearance from yellow to pink for Le Gallez doubled her lead. There was no coming back for the Open champion after that, with Le Gallez storming to her second title by winning the third frame 43-9
Guernsey clinch rare team billiards victory (posted 14/04/19)
Steve Le Poidevin's nailbiting victory secured an all too rare success for Guernsey in the team biliards inter insular. Two sparkling wins for Martyn Desperques and Ian Le Maitre had created the chance of an upset, which Le Poidevin took as the clock ticked towards midnight.
The first win on home soil for 18 years started with Desperques emphatically beating Guy Heys with the help of a brilliant 99 - agonisingly falling short of a century break when the attempted in-off slipped by. Jersey levelled when Adrian Holley failed to repeat his efforts of last year - this time losing out to Martyn Le Gallais.
Jersey looked to be taking a grip on the game when Peter Allen led Ian Le Maitre by 76 points, but the Association President was far from done. Yet to taste inter insular success, Le Maitre stormed back with breaks of 37 and 29, before sealing a vital win by just two points.
Dave Bullock put in a strong performance in his first inter insular before ultimately falling to Richard De La Haye's breaks of 42 and 39, which left Le Poidevin with the responsibility to win the match. Despite a break of 31, his encounter with Howard Smith ebbed and flowed, before a pot red clinched a famous 250-238 victory.
Guernsey 3, Jersey 2
Martyn Desperques 250, Guy Heys 73
Adrian Holley 196, Martyn Le Gallais 250
Ian Le Maitre 250, Peter Allen 248
Dave Bullock 200, Richard De La Haye 250
Steve Le Poidevin 250, Howard Smith 238
Breaks: M. Desperques 99; R. De La Haye 42, 39; I. Le Maitre 37, 29; S. Le Poidevin 31, G. Heys 30
Steve Le Poidevin sealed the win that owed much to Ian Le Maitre's win (seen here refereeing)
Celebrating victory: Dave Bullock, Martyn Desperques, Adrian Holley, Ian Le Maitre, Steve Le Poidevin
Revamped Upton success for Guernsey (posted 13/04/19)
Guernsey got its' first inter insular win of the weekend by breezing to a 14-2 victory in the revamped Upton. Now played as a 'B' inter insular, selection for the local side was based on league aggregates for players that haven't represented the full island side.
Jersey started well enough when Daniel Cavey's 32 secured the first frame against Mark Gauvain, but Guernsey were soon in full flow. Kelvin Du Feu beat that break with a 39 in his win, but Dave Gilmour, straight off the plane having just flown into the island, went even better with a fine 50. That was part of a six frame trot that confirmed the home side's supremacy, before Jersey found a second frame through James Martin.
It was never likely to be enough though, and after Du Feu had clinched the winning frame, Guernsey finished with a flourish as Roscoe Cloarec made a 36 and Gilmour ended with two 30's in his final frame.
Full results sheet attached
Guernsey: D. Gilmour 4; R. Cloarec 4; K. Du Feu 3; M. Gauvain 3
Jersey: D. Cavey 1; J. Martin 1; D. Proctor 0; P. Robinson 0
Breaks: D. Gilmour 50, 30, 30; K. Du Feu 39, 30; R. Cloarec 36; D. Cavey 32
Mark Gauvain (near) and Roscoe Cloarec open up for Guernsey
Upton winners: Kelvin Du Feu, David Gilmour (capt), Roscoe Cloarec, Mark Gauvain
Edgy Shorto suffers final frame disappointment (posted 13/04/19)
Gary Britton won his fourth CI snooker title by beating Adam Shorto 5-4 at the Gremlin Club, in a match that he never led until the very last frame. Neither player were at their best as they struggled to come to terms with an unusually sluggish table, but it was the Jersey champion who ultimately adjusted better.
Shorto's performance had everything in terms of grittiness as he strived to find a rhythm that would lead him to a third CI title. He won both of the two black ball frames on offer as he led four times, but on each occasion Britton's response was emphatic.
A tense opener saw the Guernsey champion pick off a tough three ball clearance, but Britton hit back to take the second in two visits of 30 and 41. Shorto's best break of 60 re-established his lead, but Britton replied with a 61 for a 2-2 interval score.
Breaks of 29 and 37 suggested that Shorto was perhaps starting to free himself from the shackles, only for a 63 to haul him back - but a dramatic seventh frame saw Shorto's 25 clearance win a frame he looked certain to lose. An early miss on the green in the eighth ended with Britton making a fine 79 to set up the decider.
Shorto got in first, but on 16 changed his mind on a shot that saw his big chance go. Both players had opportunities to capitalise on each other's misses, but it was Britton who took the colours to break Shorto's and the large home crowd's hearts.
Adam Shorto 4, Gary Britton 5
Frame scores (breaks): 59-57, 6-71 (41), 67 (60)-6, 13-76 (61), 76-3, 17-68 (63), 61-59, 1-79 (79), 33-64
Total points: 333-483
Balls potted: 100-136
Pot success rate: 76%-83%
Safety success rate: 85%-74%
Adam Shorto lines up a black in front of a large Gremlin audience
Jersey & CI champion Gary Britton
Third time lucky for Becci Welsh (posted 13/04/19)
Becci Welsh claimed the Ladies Snooker Open title at the North Social Club to finally lift the trophy that she has come so close to winning on two previous occasions. Welsh has been an ever present in the three finals, but after suffering two defeats, she came through 3-2 against Yvonne Bogue.
The eight players started off at the quarter-final stage, with Welsh defeating Jamie Le Poidevin to set up a semi against Kate Le Gallez. The Island champion had edged past Rachel Le Garff 2-1, but will have to wait another year to try to win the Open after losing 2-0 to Welsh.
In the other half, Bogue progressed to the final with a pair of 2-1 wins, which started against the more experienced Anne Le Maitre. She followed that up by beating 2016 champion Annie Wilkins, who had earlier defeated Danielle Leadbeater – but the final proved to be one match too far as Welsh claimed a victory that was long overdue.
Competitive record break beaten again (posted 01/04/19)
Just four days after setting the highest break in local competitive snooker, Martyn Desperques has beaten his own record with a sensational 143 total clearance against Pat Le Gallez. Desperques also made breaks of 77 and 41 as La Villette Hotel Gremlins beat Gremlin Buccaneers 5-3 in the Team Handicap knockout.
Inter Insular snooker team announced (posted 01/04/19)
Guernsey have turned to the same five players to defend the Inter Insular trophy won 16-9 against Jersey last year. The match will be held at First Tower on 27 April, with the Sarnian side comprising:
Adam Shorto (capt.), Glenn Le Prevost, Martyn Desperques, John Skillett, Darren Hughes
Shorto adds Island title to Open success (posted 31/03/19, updated 05/04/19)
Adam Shorto lifted the Guernsey Brewery Trophy as Island Snooker Champion for a sixth time, following a 5-3 win against Martyn Desperques in another enthralling encounter between the two.
After a nervy start, Shorto settled quicker with breaks of 35, 52 and 45 to open up a 2-0 lead inside half an hour, but Desperques' fine 116 clearance and a 54 in the next tied the match at 2-2.
Following the interval, Shorto edged ahead again with the thinnest of cuts on the pink, then restored his two-frame advantage with a colours clearance, but the real drama was yet to come.
With Desperques' shirt fouling a red, Shorto was on course to wrap up the match in the seventh frame, but a miss with the rest on the blue reprieved Desperques who gladly took the three remaining balls.
Ten minutes later, that miss was forgotten as Shorto rolled in a 69 break to claim his first Island title in four years, and he'll play against Gary Britton at the Gremlin Club on Friday 12th Apri in the CI Final.
Martyn Desperques 3, Adam Shorto 5
Frame scores (breaks): 22-57 (35); 8-97 (52, 45); 136 (116c)-4; 64 (54)-31; 46-60; 44-53 (37c); 60-56; 23-92 (85)
Total points: 403-451
Balls potted: 125-130
Pot success rate: 83%-87%
Safety success rate: 83%-60%
Adam Shorto - six times Island champion
Shorto makes short work of fifth Open title (posted 31/03/19)
Adam Shorto has won the Imperium Trust Guernsey Snooker Open for a fifth time, following another hugely successful event at the North Social Club.
It was a packed entry list again, with Shorto making his way to the final without dropping a frame, including a semi-final against Glenn Le Prevost. Standing in Shorto's way was John Skillett, who ousted Martyn Desperques 2-0 on the way to a second consecutive final, but he suffered more disappointment in losing 2-1.
Shorto booked his final appearnce by ending Tom Brock's good run, with the left hander's breaks of 74 and 54 the best in the competition.
Adam Shorto prodly holds the Imperium Trust Open trophy
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]
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.