Tenth title for Desperques (posted 25/08/20)

Martyn Desperques racked up Island Snooker Championship title number ten with a 5-2 win against Glenn Le Prevost at the Gremlin Club last Saturday. Coming some ten months after the first match in the competition, an August final was well supported with a good crowd looking on, although the match itself didn’t truly sparkle.

The signs were good at the start though, especially for Le Prevost whose 38 break was well controlled and eased him into a 1-0 lead inside 15 minutes. That advantage looked set to be doubled until an unfortunate in off the blue allowed Desperques to win it on the pink.

By the time of the interval, Desperques led 3-1 thanks to a third frame 31 and blanking Le Prevost in the next, but the break from play did both some good as the quality improved thereafter. Le Prevost mopped up the colours to pink to reduce the deficit to just a frame, only for Desperques’ 41 to stretch his advantage once more.

What proved to be the last frame could easily have been a different story. Desperques was on course to take it comfortably with a break of 47, but Le Prevost produced a quality reply that had a winning clearance written all over it, until a miss on the blue let Desperques in for the last time.

Desperques’ victory takes him to two titles behind Norman Wale and, having already bagged the billiards championship, makes him a double Island championship for an eighth time – just one behind Wale.

Glenn Le Prevost 2, Martyn Desperques 5
Frame scores: 70 (38)-37; 50-67; 14-90 (31); 0-60; 55-33; 25-62 (41); 51 (35)-66 (47)
Balls potted: 77 - 124
Pot success: 77% - 78%
Safety success: 68% - 75%


Le Gallez claims hat-trick of Island Championships (posted 25/08/20)

Kate Le Gallez is fast writing her name in local record books after recording a third consecutive Island Ladies Championship title – all done in the three years since focusing on snooker rather than pool. In a period where female participation is greater than it has ever been, Le Gallez now sits one behind Di Davison’s tally of four titles.

In a repeat of last year’s final, a 3-0 win against Becci Welsh was fully deserved, but the latter can reflect on a good showing with the last two frames settled on the latter colours. It was ominous for Welsh from the start though, with Le Gallez’s early 22 a reminder of what she is capable of.

Le Gallez increased her lead to two frames when Welsh inadvertently potted the pink when looking for a snooker on the blue, and the third also went close to the wire. Welsh had taken brown and blue to rein in Le Gallez’s superior start to the frame, and needed the last two balls to force a fourth. It wasn’t to be though, with Le Gallez clinching the title with a doubled pink to the green bag.

Frame scores: 63-4; 49-23; 41-29

Rule change proposals (posted 09/08/20)
Two changes to rules have been proposed and will be discussed at the GB&SA AGM on Tuesday 1st September 2020 at the Gremlin Club. Introduction of these rules will be decided by voting with a maximum of two votes per club (as appointed by the Club Representative). If you would like a say on either of these proposals, please ensure you attend the AGM to express your views.
Shorto defends Open title (posted 11/03/20)

Adam Shorto has become the first player to successfully defend the Imperium Trust Guernsey Snooker Open title, by defeating Glenn Le Prevost 3-0 in the final at the North Social Club.

See panel for results.


2020 Belgian Women's Open (posted 11/02/20)

Kate Le Gallez and Annie Wilkins have made a second appearance at an event on the World Women’s tour by playing in the Belgian Open. The event, held in Bruges, saw the pair joined by Danielle Leadbeater for her first time, and they put in another fine set of performances.

Le Gallez, benefitting from a much appreciated personal sponsorship by her employer Guernsey Post, came into the event on the back of making the last 16 at the Eden Masters, but failed to get out of the Group stages this time. Two early defeats proved costly despite winning her last two matches in the Open, and then a rematch against rising star Albina Liashcuk ended her Challenge Cup hopes.

Wilkins was drawn in a tough group, and whilst she was unable to win any of her four matches, she did win a frame on the black against Germany’s Diana Schuler, who has a highest world ranking of eight. Wilkins had better success in the Seniors though, where she made it through to the semi-final before a number of final frame foul and misses saw her defeated 2-1 by Jackie Ellis.

Leadbeater’s first foray into an international event saw her grouped with three home players in the Open. All were to end in defeat, but she bounced back to win two close frames in the Challenge Cup against Moroccan Bennani Hind. That brought a last 16 match against yet another Belgian player, with Melissa Eens proving too strong.

L to R: Annie Wilkins, Danielle Leadbeater, Kate Le Gallez


Desperques on top again in the 'Mega Open' (posted 10/02/20)

For the fourth time in its’ five year history, Martyn Desperques has won the two-day Stephen Merrien Handicap Open held again at the Ex-Service Club. Over a weekend where he twice had to concede a 70 points start, Desperques came through six matches, hit a century break and won the final against Mat Ogier on the last black of a deciding frame.

Having beaten Colin Gilbert, Desperques faced his first deficit of 70 points against Nigel Mahy, but breaks of 85 and 62 saw him progress 2-0. Desperques would drop just one frame on the way to the final, with Kelvin Du Feu forcing a third in their quarter final.

In the other half of the draw, Ogier – more renowned for bar billiards – started his route by beating Jamie Le Cheminant 2-1, but that would also be the only time he would lose a frame on the way to a surprise final appearance.

After the semis in which Desperques struck a brilliant 107 against Scott Bradford and Ogier defeated Gavin Denning, a late Sunday final saw the snooker novice defend his 70 points start to good effect and comfortably take the first frame. Desperques can never be counted out though, and he duly replied by winning the second on the colours.

The decider looked to be following the first frame with Ogier heading to be the third name on the trophy, but Desperques used all of his experience to take the last four colours and break Ogier’s resolve on the black.

Co-organisers Ryan, Martyn & Steph


Destructive Desperques is the first Guernsey Master (posted 12/01/20)

Martyn Desperques produced one of his most brilliant performances ever to become the first winner of the Overseas Trust & Pension Guernsey Masters, beating Adam Shorto 5-1 in the final of the new look event.

Replacing the Individual Snooker League, eight of the island's top players fought out the quarter finals in the morning and early afternoon sessions, followed by the two semis and evening final - all held at the Gremlin Club.

A successful day concluded with the best of nine final, but it was clear early on that it was unlikely to go the distance. Breaks of 48 and an 87 clearance brought the first frame for Desperques, and he followed that up with a 126 clearance. In taking the third frame, Desperques finally missed his first pot, having succssfully made his first 92 attempts.

After warapping up the fourth frame with breaks of 40 and 51, Shorto finally managed to get a foothold in the match, but it was merely delaying the inevitable as Desperques got to lift the Peter Colley Shield for a tenth time, having won it nine times under the individual league.

Martyn Desperques, winner of the first Overseas Trust & Pension Guernsey Masters


Quarter Finals
Glenn Le Prevost 3, John Skillett 2
Seb Priaulx 0, Martyn Desperques 3
Darren Hughes 0, Adam Shorto 3
Roscoe Cloarec 0, Dave Gilmour 3
Breaks: A. Shorto 97c, 41; M. Desperques 84, 54

Semi Finals
Glenn Le Prevost 1, Martyn Desperques 4
Adam Shorto 4, Dave Gilmour 0
Breaks: M. Desperques 95c, 67c; G. Le Prevost 66; A. Shorto 47

Martyn Desperques 5, Adam Shorto 1
Frame scores: 135 (48, 87c) - 4; 126 (126c) - 0; 49 - 12; 91 (40, 51) - 0; 55-60; 76 (31) – 56 (35)
Balls potted: 151 - 38
Pot success: 94% - 75%
Safety success: 77% - 58%


Fourth Shootout tile for Desperques (posted 01/12/19)

34 players turned out for the Wired Electrical Contractors Snooker Shootout at the Gremlin Club, and they witnessed a third consecutive title for Martyn Desperques - his fourth in the six years of the event.

Desperques beat Mark Gauvain in the final 64-18, having earlier made 107 to beat Steve Le Poidevin and was on the brink of defeat against Jamie Le Cheminant before winning on the pink in the dying seconds.

In the plate competition, an entertaining final between Gary Le Noury and Danny Marquand saw the latter win 32-27.

 Plate runner up Gary Le Noury

Graham Peel had another strong Shootout in making the semis


Ferbrache & Dixon win Scotch Doubles in debut season (posted 27/10/19)

In their first season of competitive snooker, the Baubigny Boys duo of James Ferbrache and Jason Dixon came out on top in the Scotch Doubles. In what is now the traditional opening tournament of the season held at the Gremlin club, the third division pairing beat the Premier's Tristan Ozanne and Scott Bradford 2-1 in the final.

It wasn't the only top flight pair they beat either, as they took out Adam Shorto and Glenn Le Prevost in the semi-finals. The left handers had compiled breaks of 60, 70 and a shared best of 77 with Martyn Desperques and Darren Hughes.


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.


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

Frames won
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.