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Founders Cup / Salver Preview for 15th January Ties

The Founders Cup and Salver return Thursday 15th January 2009

We have reached the business end of both the Founders Cup and Founders Salver for 2009 all remaining teams will no doubt have thoughts of lifting the trophy come May.

The Quarter Finals of both competition's are to be played on 15th January 2009, so lets take a look at the teams still in the competition and their chances.

(Just to add the preview below is intended as a fun look at the draw)

Picture below last years Semi Final between the George A and Crossley Cub A

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Riley's Hainsworth Amateur Singles

Once again Riley's and Hainsworth have teamed up to offer the genuine amateur player to take a share of the £10,000 prize money.

£10,000 prize fund with £2,500 going to the winner plus the Hainsworth Pool Trophy.

The Hainsworth singles Event is aimed at genuine amateur players.
You will not be able to enter if:

1. You are a current professional player in any cue discipline.
2. Have been a professional at any time in the last five years.
3. You are a top 64 player on the 2009 IPA tour.
4. Are considered to be of professional standard.

Early rounds will be played locally in order to then qualify for eight reginal finals. Winners and runners up will take part in the national finals.

Entry cost is a mere £15.00 per person

Closing date for entry is 30th March 2009

Prize Payout:  
Winners £2,500.00
Runners up £1,250.00
Losing S/F X 2 £625.00
Losing Q/F X 4 £350.00
Losing Last 16 X 8 £250.00
Losing Last 32 X 16 £100.00

For further infomation please contact Howard Miller at howard.miller@rileysltd.com or visit www.rileysltd.com/hainsworth

Download an entry form here

Riley's Rules of play
Divisional Singles 2008

Thursday 6th November 2008 and Riley's Guildford hosted the first of two nights of The WSPL Divisional Singles.

Entry criteria was team captains would pick 2 from there team making 16 players for each division but you were not able to play if you had played in the captain's cup or averages event.
The format was best of three including the final which was videoed by our infamous WSPL TV man Eddie Marshall. Both finals are viewable from the home page in the WSPL Events TV panel.

Division One

With all 16 players in attendance things got off to a flying start with over half the field playing there first round matches at once.
Matches went smoothly in the first round with not much upset but we have to give mention to Matt Braithwaite from the George A who took out Des Jackson from the Crossley Club A 2-0.
Another mention goes to the hugely young talented Michael Crawley from the Fox & Flowerpot A who won his match 2-0 against Lee Nightingale from the George B.

Round two matches looked like it was going to bring the typical winners through with Matt Braithwaite taking his second 2-0 win over Stuart Masson from West Byfleet Social A. Next up was Rob Galea from Queens Head A taking on the might of Michael Crawley. Michael Gave a big fight but was unable carry it through giving the win to Rob 2-1.
We then had Andy Smithers from the Crossley club barrel rolling win of 2-0 against Gary Beeson from West Byfleet Social A.
In the last round two match Stoughton Working Men's Club Paul Groves did not let anything slip with a 2-0 win over Anthony Rourke from the George A.

Now we are down to the semi Final with our first match seeing the George's Matt Braithwaite take on Rob Galea. This would turn out to be a tough game for players with the match going right down the deciding frame but Matt was unable to take the finish home handing the win to Rob 2-1.
The second semi final match was Crossley A's Andy Smithers and Stoughton's Paul Groves. Once again neither player was giving anything away and for the second time saw a 1 frame decider being played. Unfortunately in the end Paul was no match for Andy as he thunders through to take the second final spot winning 2-1.

The Final

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Founders Cup Preview

It's Founders Cup Week

All 32 teams start the journey to become this years Cup Winners.

As in most Cup Competitions there will be first round casualties. The 16 defeated sides can then look to the Founders Salver for a second chance of glory.

So now the season is underway lets take a closer look at the chances of the 31 contenders attempting to remove The George A as 2009 Cup Winners.

(Just to add the preview below is intended as a fun look at the draw)


WSPL Invitation Event

Firstly my apologies for not attending the inaugural event, unfortunately this event was scheduled for the same weekend as the English Pool Association's National Amateur Singles Event and the National Finals of the Interleague Knockout Cup where I was part of the Godalming A Interleague team.

This was the second of the two pre season events to help with our Sponsorship arrangement.

Qualifying criteria was in place and was aimed at the more successful players from the previous Summer 2008 and Winter 2007 seasons. The top ladies were also invited to play alongside the big names from the Men's arena.

A total of 24 players had been invited but due to other commitments the field was effectively halved, which meant unfortunately there were byes as far as the Semi Finals for the 1994 Singles Champion Trevor Howard and Kris Durrant West Byfleet B who earned his place by finishing top of the tree in the recent Summer Division 3 averages.

So already two places filled due the absentees with Trevor in the top half and Kris the first part of the bottom half jigsaw.

In the last 24 Phil Ditum disposed of the Ladies Singles Champion Sarah Leedon 2-0 and looking a real threat to go on and win this, while in the bottom half there were good wins for Dan Davey and my old nemesis Craig Mansey another former Singles Champion back in 2002.

The last 16 and what appeared on paper to be close run thing was indeed and went to a decider with rolls reversed and Martin Chubb from the Crossley edging this one 2-1 after losing out on the averages title to Phil last Summer. Dan Davey made heavy work of progressing past a valiant display from Steph Powell although the score looked comfortable at 2-0, sometimes the score doesn’t reflect the match. Kally or Karolyne Foster was the pick of the girls after disposing of Craig Mansey in another three frame battle with Craig missing his last ball in the decider.

The two Quarter Final spaces left were between Jon Hurley from the Railway Club and Martin Chubb. Unfortunately for Jon coming up against Martin in his first match, it was Mr Chubb with all his experience who progressed through to the Semi Final winning 2-0. In the other "was it a shock" or is Karolyne Foster a real contender for this years Ladies Singles the latter looks to be correct and dumped out another player who probably thought he had the game to win this event, so Kally through 2-0 with two excellent results although rumour has it she lays more snookers than Cliff Thorburn!

The Semi's and Trevor Howard taking on Martin Chubb, in my mind Trevor is one of a handful of league players that can compete with the likes of Martin, however it was not to be as the 2008 Singles Finalist eased himself into yet another Final.

The second Semi and Kris Durrant who so far had byes to this stage was no doubt a little nervous in taking on Karolyne Foster and becoming her third victim, unfortunately for Kally, Kris was in mood to let this chance slip and made sure he was fighting for the spoils in the Final with a comprehensive win in very quick time.

So the inaugural Final and whats seem like an ever present fixture at the business end of Singles tournaments Martin Chubb representing the Crossley Club up against Kris Durrant from West Byfleet B.

With the distance still best of 3 frames and although Martin would be firm favourite to go on and mantel piece another title for himself, Kris had other ideas and was looking for title number two to add to the Summer averages and he took the opening frame, only for Martin to scramble to levels and nick the decider with both players having numerous half chances to clinch it. you can watch the entire final at your leisure courtesy of Edd TV.

So well done to all who took part and apologies to the big gaps in the draw, resulting in lengthy waits. We will take a look at the format including any feedback we have received in plenty of time before Martin defends his title.

Next on the Calendar is the opening set of Winter fixtures. For those players who were not invited to play in the pre seasons events there is still the Divisional Singles open to two players per team. This is strictly aimed at players who normally don't get the opportunity to play in the latter stages of the end of season Competitions and haven't had the chance in this years pre season events. Just to add the Divisional Singles may well be a "one off" this year as the League will be pressing to return Divisions of 10 teams for 2009 and therefore these extra dates in the calendar will no longer be available.

Finally congratulations to Martin Chubb from winning the event and no doubt we will see much more of Kris Durrant during the League's flagship event the Open Singles early in 2009 and getting a few more requests to partner up in the Doubles from his team mates.

So for now enjoy the recordings of the Final and Edd can you do Martin a deal on a box set on the footage as he has now appeared in all three…can he continue this record…time will tell

Cheers Andy



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28/08/2013 14:24
25/09/2012 15:48
It should now add up. Missed out a players "0" in week 6.
25/09/2012 14:19
It's cool, don't bother me jus thought you would like to know as could have an adverse effect on games diff!
25/09/2012 14:06
My bad. Will look into it within the next hour. It's easy to miss them out when you're rushing to do them at times. Simple mistake that can be put right in a matter of seconds Smile
25/09/2012 13:36
Steve will look in to it.
25/09/2012 13:26
Got a pretty good one thanks Dave, but I'm pretty observant! As you know! Haha! Eddie, They don't equal 13 matches of 11 frames!
25/09/2012 13:15
In what way do they not add up steve.
25/09/2012 12:45
stranger get a job you can't be that bored!!
25/09/2012 11:14
Is pyrford socials for and against correct?? It dont add up?
25/09/2012 08:57
Yes mate it is
25/09/2012 08:18
I'm I we can come to some sort of arrangement Jamesy! Smile gotta get the job done first! So is it it Wednesday?
24/09/2012 19:07
He can't afford me let alone the rest of our team lol
24/09/2012 17:42
Hey if it's a free bar you just have to take advantage beer
24/09/2012 17:19
Not sure what U R trying to say edd could U please explain
24/09/2012 16:48
Steve you better start winning the lottery then to pay for the free bar lol
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