Steve Allen beat Tony Aldridge in the Stuart Hamper final at Park Gate, with breaks of 43 and 42 along the way
Mullane & Azor win the JW Doubles
John Mullane knocks in a 139 and 86 to defeat Bishop & Carter securing the 2022 doubles title with Terry Azor.
Congratulations to Terry on his first ever Gordon Lewis title to end what has been an incredible season for him with his 3rd trophy of 2022. Commiserations to Danny who finished runner up for the second straight season.
Nick Wood's impressive season comes to a close with another trophy, this time the Challenge Cup, as he beats champion Paul Lawrence in the semis and goes on to win the final against Mark McLean
Hamble pipped holders Park Gate to this year's Usher Shield as they ground their way back from 65 points down after the first two games to win by a nail-biting 7 points.
Castle Club 1973
Top row: 1st ???, 2nd ???, 3rd Chris Holland, 4th Frank Buckley.
Front: 1st Danni, 2nd ???, 3rd Alf Hobbs, 4th Roy Bacon.
Many thanks to Roy Bacon for sending this in and if you can, please help to fill in the blanks and if anyone still has contact with Chris Holland then please could they ask him.
St Denys secure 2nd with 4-2 win as the final games end with players hitting top form
Mick Kunzi and Paul Lawrence grab seasons league best breaks in final game, Kunzi hit his last ball of the season which concluded his 81 unfinished break as Totton finished with a 5-1 win meaning they finish 6th, Steve Allen aided with a 44.
Paul Lawrence carried on from last weeks excellent 90 break to knock in a 75 against world no. 6 Ryan Mears (42 & 35) to inflict Chandlers 2nd defeat of the season, Korbin Lowe replied for Chandlers with his league best break of 56 followed by a 31 and Danny also won for the away side knocking in breaks of 98, 47 & 42
St Denys secured 2nd place against Sarisbury, although it could have been a 4-2 reverse with the final game going to the wire as it stood 2-2, Adie Bridger held his nerve to get St Denys over the line against Chris Collinson (34) and won the aggregate too with 10 points to spare. Chris Bishop also won for the home side with breaks of 36 and 61
Danny Zagaroli shoots up the SDBSA Player Rankings to take 2nd spot with Chris Bishop now 3rd, 2nd is still all to play for as the competition finals fast approach.
Boterhoek & Christodoulou hit the Hat-Trick!!!
Steve and Chris have won their 3rd JW Trophy in 3 years remarkably ensuring Park Gate also take triple honours in the seasons competitions too, after beating Nick Wood & Will Mildenhall in the Semis and Steve Allen & Tony Aldridge in the final they added this trophy to the already accomplished Usher Cup and GL Challenge Cup victories Park Gate have achieved.
Finals Night Pairings were:
Christodoulou & Boterhoek beat Wood & Mildenhall
Allen & Aldridge beat Bishop & Carter
Yes good guess... Nick Wood started slowly but stepped up though the gears as the evening wore on showing some nice break-building along the way. Terry Azor was impressive in his semi-final but unfortunately could not replicate that form in the final leaving Nick as the deserved victor of his 1st Stuart Hamper title.
2020 Winner Nick Wood in action
An epic match played out at St Denys with 14 breaks over 30 including two centuries! It was a champions' performance with John Mullane making breaks of 107, 81, 34 and 30 and Ryan Mears compiling breaks of 116, 77, 51, 48, 32 and 31. There was resistance from Andy Carter and Mark Emm but the night and season belonged to Chandlers Ford. Well done all.
As with the Challenge Cup in last month's Welsh Open, the British Open Challenge Cup was won by a Chandler's Ford cueist. This time Terry Azor claimed the prize in Carlisle, beating Brighton's David Gillingham in the final. In the main competition, World Number 1 David Causier won yet another title in devastating style, racking up 1152 points in the 90 minute final, which included a 619 break!
Park Gate are setting the standard as they finish the 2019-20 season in fine form winning 8/9 games in their last 2 outings!
John Mullane showed his class once again as he exacted revenge on his club teammate Danny Zagaroli with breaks of 146, 73, 73, to claim back the title Danny won in 2019.
Semi Finalists from left to right: Paul Lawrence, Korbin Lowe, Andrew Carter & Mark McLean.
Paul Lawrence was a worthy champion of the very first challenge cup beating Mark McLean in his semi final then going on to beat Andrew Carter in the 1hr timed final.
Eight SDBSA players travelled to Llanelli for the Welsh Open.
Ryan Mears and Terry Azor both qualified for the knockout stages, but both came up against a rampant David Causier, fresh from his English Open win in Reading. Terry met Causier in the last 16, whilst Ryan made the semi-final before his run was ended. Causier went on to beat Rob Hall in the final, just as he did in the English Open a few weeks back.
The SDBSA was well-represented in the Challenge Cup with six players, three of whom made the last four, and not too many eyebrows were raised when John Mullane came out on top.
All in all it was a great weekend, played in tremendous spirit by all the players, regardless of ability. The British Open in Carlisle is the next big World Billiards tournament, on 13th/14th October. We recommend it to anyone who might like to experience the tournament atmosphere for themselves.
John Mullane, Steve Allen and Mick Kunzi made their World Billiards Debuts at the English Open
Steve Allen had a good weekend reaching the final of the plate competition and Korbin Lowe climbed up to 51 in the World Rankings with a great performance winning his first 2 out of 3 matches including beating world number 17 Phil Davis, somehow missing out on qualification for the last 32 but still a great achievement!