Imperium Trust Guernsey Snooker Open (posted 24/06/21)
The Imperium Trust Guernsey Snooker Open takes place all day at the North Social on Saturday 26th June. The draw for the competition can be found here
Shorto is the new OT&P Guernsey Master (posted 18/01/21)
Adam Shorto has added the Overseas Trust & Pension Guernsey Masters title to his collection, after winning it for the first time.
The second running of the tournament that features the island's top eight players saw Shorto overcome a tricky quarter-final 3-1 against Adrian Holley, then progressively improve to then take Glenn Le Prevost out before beating Martyn Desperques 5-3 in the final.
In a repeat of last year's Masters final - despite the open draw - Desperques started off the strongest with breaks of 45 and 32 to take the first frame 86-1, but Shorto responded to take the next three, which included a best of final 69.
It was a sign of Shorto's form that had brought him two 50's and a 77 to beat Le Prevost 4-2 in the semis, whereas Desperques had largley struggled and somehow won the last two frames of his semi to oust John Skillett 4-3.
That resilience returned for Desperques as he won the next two after the break, but Shorto regained his earlier fluency in the seventh frame. A clinical 49 clearance that started with an excellent long red down the cushion was soon followed by three scoring visits in what proved to be the final frame.
Adam Shorto receives the Peter Colley Shield after winning the OT&P Masters 2021
Martyn Desperques 3, Seb Priaulx 0
Roscoe Cloarec 2, John Skillett 3
Adrian Holley 1, Adam Shorto 3
Glenn Le Prevost 3, Darren Hughes 0
Breaks: J. Skillett 63, 44; A. Shorto 62; M. Desperques 56, 49; A. Holley 38
John Skillett 3, Martyn Desperques 4
Adam Shorto 4, Glenn Le Prevost 2
Breaks: A. Shorto 77, 51, 50, 34c; M. Desperques 45, 43; G. Le Prevost 45, 41, 32
Martyn Desperques 3, Adam Shorto 5
Frame scores: 86 (45, 32)-1; 3-67; 21-81 (69); 7-61; 69 (34)-48 (38); 64-18; 38-71 (49c); 32-81
Hughes done it to win Shootout (posted 22/11/20)
Darren Hughes has broken the stranglehold of Martyn Desperques and Glenn Le Prevost to win the Snooker Shootout at the Gremlin Club.
With the two previous winners of the past five competitions beaten in the first round - Desperques to Danny Marquand and Le Prevost to Hughes - a new name on the trophy was guaranteed, and Hughes rose above the rest to beat Adam Shorto 50-21 in the final.
In the plate competition, Desperques defeated league newbie Danny Hook 38-27 in the final, whilst the highest break of the day came from Adrian Holley with a 77 against Dave Bullock.
An increase in entrants from last year saw 40 players involved. See full results left.
En route to the final, champion Darren Hughes (foreground) and Adam Shorto (centre)
Plate runner up Danny Hook
Annual Awards (posted 15/11/20)
The culmination of the 2019-20 season saw the Presentation Evening held at the Gremlin Club, with two new awards joining the long standing Merit Trophy. The winners of these were judged by the Award Committee as follows:
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OUTSIDE OF THE PREMIER DIVISION
Matt Strachan - a player that got visibly better as the season progressed and who showed himself hard to beat. Matt finished up in the top ten aggregates of the second division despite playing for a relegated side, and won almost a third of his team's frames without playing every match.
Also nominated: Geoff Guille (North Legion Sharks), Kate Le Gallez (Stonebond), Jason Dixon (Baubigny Boys), Jordon Martel (Gremlin Grinders)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A PLAYER OUTSIDE OF THE PREMIER DIVISION
Kate Le Gallez - a player who has shown great dedication and commitment since taking up snooker three years ago, which we have seen has reaped its rewards each season by increasing her win rate to 68%. Kate progressed to the final of our hardest competition - the Norman Wale handicap - beating four Premier players on the way, including two time winner Martyn Desperques 3-2 in the semi-finals.
Also nominated: Nick Boldison-Smith (Billiards), Jason Dixon (NSC Scrappers), Gavin Denning (MJ Construction), Tom Brock (North Legionnaires)
Martyn Desperques - in what will go down as one of the most remarkable finals seen, the opening two frames of the OT&P Masters saw breaks of 48, an 87 clearance and a 126 clearance as Martyn successfully completed his first 92 attempts at a pot. In addition, on a July evening after lockdown, Martyn made the highest competitive billiards break seen on the island with a 147.
Martyn Desperques with his impressive haul of trophies
Shorto / Le Prevost clinch Scotch Doubles double (posted 25/10/20)
In a final against last year's winners James Ferbrache and Jason Dixon, the Island pairing of Adam Shorto and Glenn Le Prevost won 2-0 to take the handicap Scotch Doubles for a second time.
In the season's opening tournament where players take alternative shots as opposed to visits, a combined break of 52 set up a black ball finish that Shorto took after both pairings had chances.
See full results left.
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
Shorto defends Open title
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