Grimsby & District Billiards and Snooker League centenary events chalk up success
ANOTHER knock-out success – and a fun challenge event – marked a joyous finale to the Roy Ling Mutual Grimsby & District Billiards and Snooker League's centenary year.
The Fun Pairs competition, organised on the back of the successful Centenary Singles Handicap Knock-out, was followed by a Challenge Night.
Albert Potterton and Alan Brown were crowned champions of the pairs contest, held at Grimsby's Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre.
The format saw a handicap player partner a scratch man, drawn at random. There was no conferring, and if a pair was left requiring snookers, the frame was over.
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There was also a plate competition for first-round losers. This was won by Lee Plant and Tony Eglin – who beat Wayne Webber and Lee Blanchard in the final.
In the main event, Potterton and Brown's path to the final involved victories against Nige Emmerson and Fred Neul, Steve Neul and Steve Ellis, and Craig Rowbotham and Blake Munton.
Their semi-final against Rowbotham and Munton was a terrific battle, which they won 2-1.
But formidable duo Alan Edmonds and Alan Whalley were their opponents in the final. Hot shot Edmonds had knocked in breaks of 83, 83, 64, 62 and 53 during six frames of scintillating snooker on the day.
Potterton and Brown snuffed out the threat, however, and battled to a deserved victory in the final.
The competition, which raised £225 for the league's centenary fund, was well supported by players from Blossom Way, Clee Bowls, Hainton, Nats, Ray Edmonds, Standard, Westlands and West End Bowling Club.
Meanwhile, a Fun Challenge Night organised by the league extended the festive cheer and raised a further £200.
An eleven-up knock-out billiards event, played with 'googly balls', was won by Daz Potter. He beat Paul Smith in the final.
Smith did taste victory, though, in the challenge to put 12 reds in the fewest shots. He achieved it in seven.
The speed snooker contest was won by Mick Ponsonby.
And Munton got the biggest cheer of the night when he finished 'nearest the pin' – after cueing the white off three cushions to hit the yellow and win the prize.
On the back of the successful centenary events, the league hopes to organise more in the coming months.
The league wishes to thank Tony Miller and Chris Sutton who, along with several committee members, supplied prizes. Also, Alan Edmonds donated his prize money and the extra winnings two name cards.