Quickfire Desperques reclaims Shootout title (posted 22/11/17)
Martyn Desperques reclaimed the Wired Electrical Contractors Snooker Shootout title with a mesmeric performance in the final against Adam Shorto. Both had come through four ten minute matches in the speed snooker event to set up the dream final, but the contest was all over in half the time as Desperques fired in breaks of 48, 30 and 24. He even had time to throw in some exhibition play, with a brilliant five cushion escape from a snooker to pot the green that was sitting over its’ own bag.
Desperques also made breaks of 41 and 43 in one match to beat Paul Tostevin, but he was unable to claim the highest break prize. That went to John Skillett’s 62 to beat Scott Bradford in the plate semi prior to losing the final against Miles Plumley, who had held the highest with a 58.
Defending two time champion Glenn Le Prevost was eliminated in the first round by Plumley, who was then ousted into the plate courtesy of Adrian Holley’s 41. Holley was to fall victim to Desperques in the quarters, whilst Shorto ended the fine run of the competition’s only female player Kate Le Gallez at the same stage. The semis proved to be contrasting affairs with Desperques controlling his against Mark Gauvain, whilst Shorto trailed Darren Hughes with less than a minute left before potting the penultimate red and black to book his first Shootout final – only to barely get a look in as Desperques powered to the title.
Scotch doubles won by double Steves (posted 07/11/17)
The inaugural Scotch doubles snooker tournament held by the GB&SA was won by RAF Reds duo Steve Le Poidevin and Steve Moullin, when they beat Martyn Desperques and Darren Hughes 2-0 in the final.
More details to follow.
New look team and player stats (posted 22/09/17)
New for this season is an expanded set of team and player stats that can be found on the divisional league tabs. The new web stats will be opened in excel, and will give the usual breakdown in team results, tables, aggregates and high breaks.
If you look at the STATS tab alongside each division, you will see individual player progress for the season and, by scrolling to the right, player history going back to 2008.
Guernsey sixth at Home Internationals (posted 17/08/17)
A 10-2 defeat to Northern Ireland on the last day of the competition deprived Guernsey of a fifth place finish at the Home Internationals in Leeds. Victory would have kept them ahead of their opponents in the final table, but only Martyn Desperques and Seb Priaulx were able to pick up a frame.
At the start of the tournament, Guernsey's first match couldn't have gone any better as they stormed to a 9-3 win against the Isle of Man. Adam Shorto, Desperques and Glenn Le Prevost all won 3-0, with Priaulx unable to get a frame against the Isle of Man's pro tour player.
The Sarnians backed that up with another solid performance, even in defeat against then unbeaten Scotland. Le Prevost won for a second time, and with Shorto and Desperques each getting a frame, Guernsey lost 8-4.
Day two proved every bit as tough as it looked on paper, with the three leading nations allowing the Guernsey side just three frames in total. Two of those came from Desperques in the match against Wales, and after drawing a blank against eventual winners Republic of Ireland, Priaulx got his first of the tournament in a 11-1 defeat to England.
Desperques was the best placed of the five players that travelled by winning seven of his fifteen frames to finish 18th, whilst Shorto's 54 break in the second match was Guernsey's highest.
Full details on: www.hibsf.com
2017 AGM (posted 23/07/17)
The GB&SA AGM saw a number of changes to both the Committee and the rules for the 2017/18 season. Craig Shorto resigned his position as Financial Secretary after many years of great service, with his place taken by Paul Le Sauvage, who continues to fulfill the Honorary Secretary role.
Five of the seven proposed rule changes were accepted, so the new season will see the likes of knockout final venues selected at the start of the season; a change to how the playing order in the top three divisions is composed; and a new format for the Individual Snooker League.
Guernsey loses three year grip on Team Inter Insular (posted 30/04/17)
Guernsey returned from the second weekend of inter insulars empty handed after suffering a narrow 14-11 defeat to Jersey in the team snooker competition - their first reverse under the revised format. In contrast to last year's formality when Guernsey cruised to an 18-7 victory, Jersey fielded a much stronger line up that produced a similar finish to the last frame thriller that the Sarnians won first time around.
Adam Shorto put the first point on the board in an afternoon session of free flowing snooker that yielded a break of more than 30 in all but two of the 14 matches, but the visitors were soon trailing as Jersey put three frames on the board.
Martyn Desperques stopped the rot in spectacular style with a brilliant break of 97 that should have been a century, but a miscue on the black attempting a deep screw back to the yellow cost him the 'ton'. It proved to be temporary respite though, with Aaron Canavan's equally fine 93 against John Skillett extending the Jersey advantage to 5-2.
The breaks kept coming as the score moved along to 6-4, with Gary Britton's 67 for Jersey sandwiched by a 62 from Shorto and Skillett's 65. With the next two frames shared following Glenn Le Prevost's black ball defeat to Canavan, Guernsey were staring at an afternoon session deficit, but a pair of 30 plus breaks from Seb Priaulx and Shorto levelled the match at 7-7.
That seemed to give Guernsey the impetus they were looking for into the evening session as they generally held the upper hand through the next six frames – especially when Priaulx produced a superb three ball clearance to pinch the 17th off Ross Symes. Skillett’s nervy win against David Brabiner to make it 11-10 put the holders within two of retaining the trophy, but a full hour later, it fell to Desperques to keep their hopes alive against Gary Britton.
Both players entered the penultimate match unbeaten and had chances early on, but Britton’s 42 ultimately settled the encounter despite Desperques’ forlorn attempts at snookering his opponent. The final dead rubber saw Canavan put the icing on the cake with a 35 clearance to overcome Shorto’s earlier 54, and return the trophy to Jersey shores for the first time in four years.
See here for the full results sheet.
Brabiner completes Jersey billiards clean sweep (posted 28/04/17)
Jersey champion David Brabiner outplayed Martyn Desperques to win his fourth CI Billiards title. In what was their sixth final meeting, Brabiner posted an emphatic 500-164 victory on an evening when little went right for Desperques.
The Guernsey champion was immediately in trouble when he fell behind early on, and Brabiner's break of 89 further extended his already imposing lead. The result leaves Desperques stuck on six CI billiards title wins in joint second on the records list, some eight behind Jersey's D. Poingdestre.
David Brabiner 500, Martyn Desperques 164
Breaks: D. Brabiner 89, 36, 30 x 2
Jersey live up to their billiards favourite tag (posted 22/04/17)
The first weekend of the 2017 inter insulars ended on a high note for the visiting Jersey side, as they completed a 4-1 win in the Team Billiards. It was always going to be an uphill task for the Guernsey side, and it got tougher when Island champion Martyn Desperques was well beaten by Gary Britton.
That proved to be a familiar story as the Sarnian players failed to make any impression on a Jersey team that plays far more billiards than Guernsey, and it took a 250-215 victory from Miles Plumley to avoid a whitewash.
Guernsey 1, Jersey 4
Martyn Desperques lost to Gary Britton 139-250
Ian Le Maitre lost to Guy Heys 103-250
Steve Le Poidevin lost to Martyn Le Gallais 111-250
Mark Jeffreys lost to Peter Allen 97-250
Miles Plumley beat Richard De La Haye 250-215
Break: G. Britton 49
La Villette Hotel Gremlins secure second Upton title (posted 22/04/17)
Guernsey's Premier Division champions, La Villette Hotel Gremlins, eased to a surprisingly comfortable 8-4 Upton win against Jersey's Tower Green Baize Goblins - a result that continues to raise question marks about the format of the competition.
The blind draw appeared to favour La Villette, but much depended on the outcome of Martyn Desperques and Gary Britton at the top of the card. The pair traded three 40 plus breaks, but Desperques crucially stole the third frame, and with Darren Hughes in good form, La Villette led 5-1.
With Jess De La Haye facing the monumental task of playing CI champion Aaron Canavan, the destination of the Upton Trophy hinged on the third pairing. Having started slowly but managed to put the sixth frame on the board, Seb Priaulx grew in confidence to see off Matt Cox, and secure a second Upton title for the Gremlins.
Prior to that, Canavan again showed his class with a brilliant 103, and completed the match with a break of 79.
La Villette Hotel Gremlins 8, Tower Green Baize Goblins 4
Martyn Desperques beat Gary Britton 71-51, 34-76, 60-52
Darren Hughes beat Tiernan McNulty 62-25, 52-27, 57-40
Seb Priaulx beat Matt Cox 73-51, 63-13, 52-14
Jess De La Haye lost to Aaron Canavan 8-117, 16-68, 10-84
Breaks: A. Canavan 103, 79; G. Britton 48, 46; M. Desperques 48, 34
Canavan inflicts another last frame defeat on Desperques (posted 21/04/17)
Martyn Desperques struck a magnificent 110 break in the CI snooker final, but it wasn't enough to stop Jersey's Aaron Canavan winning 5-4 to equal Norman Wale's record of eight titles. Details to follow.
Martyn Desperques 4, Aaron Canavan 5
Frame scores: 109-15, 24-97, 0-72, 100-25, 9-107, 110-0, 73-17, 7-83, 31-81
Breaks: M. Desperques 110, 68c, 65, 36, 30; A. Canavan 64, 56, 46, 40, 36, 33c, 31
Total points scored: 463-497
Balls potted: 131-141
Pot success: 88%-89%
Safety success: 70%-85%
Desperques defends Handicap Open title (posted 20/04/17)
The second staging of the Stephen Merrien Handicap Open at the Ex-Service Club proved every bit as popular as the first, and the weekend long competition ended with a familiar feel to it. Twelve months after Martyn Desperques won the inaugural event to mark the memory of ‘Mega’, he repeated the feat by beating Tristan Ozanne in the final.
In contrast to last year when Desperques mostly met lower handicap players, this time it was predominantly Premier opposition. They included the likes of Adam Shorto and Glenn Le Prevost – both of whom were beaten 2-0 – whilst Norman Wale finalist Adrian Holley was Desperques’ semi-final victim by the same score.
Ozanne does not ply his trade in the league, but is no stranger to success having won the Shootout title two years ago. His run to the final included a fine 76 break, which was just two short of the tournament’s best when Le Prevost cleared up against Seb Priaulx. On this occasion, the final was one step too far for Ozanne as Desperques again won 2-0, meaning the only frame he dropped over the weekend was his opening match against Ryan Le Page.
Second time winner Desperques with runner up Tristan Ozanne
Upton reverts to Premier Division champions
A meeting of the GB&SA Executive Committee on 8th March has ratified the decision to reinstate the winners of the Premier Division to be Guernsey's representatives in the Upton.
For the past five years, that honour has fallen to the winners of the First Division, but after two heavy mismatches against Tower Green Baize Goblins (which includes the likes of former and current CI champions Aaron Canavan, Gary Britton and David Brabiner), the Committee felt it was time to revert to the best league teams in each island competing for the trophy.
La Villette Hotel Gremlins will look to end Tower Green Baize Goblins' two year reign when they meet at the Gremlin Club on 22nd April, starting at 2:00p.m.
Desperques claims eighth Island Snooker title (posted 05/04/17)
Martyn Desperques clinched his eighth Island Snooker title with a 5-3 win against Adam Shorto at the Sporting Club, and now lies just four behind Norman Wale’s record twelve titles.
A late change of venue made for a lengthier than normal battle between the two, with neither player used to a table that does not feature on the Premier scene. That was evident from the start with both players guilty of some missed pots that would usually come as second nature, but it was Desperques who took the opener 59-27.
In a match of few high breaks, Shorto’s early 40 to take the next frame was the second best, but he then slipped 3-1 behind when Desperques pulled off a masterly green to pink finish in the fourth. But Shorto was far from out of the contest, and having made it 3-2, a 48 break in the sixth frame pulled the score level – although Desperques made him sweat by just missing out on a clearance from the last two reds by failing to pot the final black.
At that stage, the outcome could have gone either way, but Desperques seemed to gauge the pace of the table better and a steady accumulation of points over the next two frames brought him the title and a shot at a fifth CI crown on 21st April.
Martyn Desperques 5, Adam Shorto 3
Frame scores: 59-27; 13-71; 50-11; 60-52; 3-62; 56-59; 68-12; 71-22
Breaks: A. Shorto 48, 40
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.
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).