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Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League

May I bring to the attention of all players and viewers of the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League that on our website on UK League snooker there are many photographs of the Presentation Night and the Team Cup Finals and Individual & Pairs Finals recently played to draw a close to the season.

Please note that this years AGM will be held at Skelmersdale Wardens on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 8pm.

Summary of Season 2017-18

With all the honours in the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League for season 2017- 2018 now won and lost, the curtain falls on yet another season.

Division One Champions this season were, once again, Southport Conservative Club (Les Dodd SC team who moved at the beginning of the last season) who were sealing a fabulous record-breaking, six consecutive title and their seventh in their relatively short eleven year Ormskirk League history as they joined us at the commencement of the 2007-08 campaign.

Olympic BC B (formerly Crosby Village SC) and only their sixth campaign in our league, pushed the winners very close again and finished as Runners-up and will certainly be looking to go one step better next term.

Maghull RBL A had another fine season finishing a very creditable third in the league standings were they were well in the mix for the title for the vast majority of the campaign.

Southport's Chris Hoare won the highest break award with a magnificent break of 100 which he recorded in league week seventeen. This was Chris's first league century in the our League in his short Ormskirk League career and earned him a coveted spot on our Centurion Club Plaque. Chris is also a valuable member of the Souhport League representative side who compete very competitively in the prestigious UK League Snooker Tournament.

Paul Williams captured the Division One Highest Ranked Player award for an incredible third successive season with a terrific record of 24 matches played, 22 wins & 2 defeats, a tremendous effort from Paul after such a superb season, once again, for him.

Aughton Institute A sealed the Division One Merit League crown. They very comfortably captured the title by seven points and finished a very solid sixth in the normal league standings, a superb effort from the Aughton A lads!!

Upholland Social had another highly productive season and finished a superb second in the Divisional Merit League, just failing to retain the title they won last term. They ended with a terrific fifth place finish in the usual league table.

Aughton Institute D won the the Second Division Crown by an amazing fifteen points, going one better than last term and a coveted spot in Division One next season. This was a terrific effort from the Aughton D outfit!!

Aughton Institute C finished Runners-up after a fine campaign and this superb performance earned them possible promotion to the top flight next season.

Skelmersdale Wardens C finished in an excellent third place after a very solid season but will be slightly disappointed as they held second place after a great recent run going into their final match against the eventual runners-up.

The highest break award went to Steve O'Hare of Stanley Club B with a really nice break of 42 he compiled in League week twenty three and this was, unbelievably, the third consecutive campaign he has took this award.

Craig Caunce of Farmers Club convincingly grabbed the Second Division Highest Ranked Player with a fantastic record of 25 matches played, 23 wins & 2 losses.

The first cup final of the season, the Kenney Cup, took place at Stanley Club on Monday 19th March 2018. The Final was contested between Aughton Institute A and Upholland Social, both from Division One. The Upholland Social side received a very slender one point start per frame.

The first two frames both went to Aughton A as, firstly, Aughton A's Robbie Curran comfortably overcame Upholland's Tony Hardaker. Meanwhile, Aughton's, Mike Davies triumphed equally as well over Upholland Social's skipper, Steve Mobbs, to put his team in firm control at 2-0.

The third and four frames saw Upholland Social come roaring back, as firstly, Peter Hardaker took to the table with Aughton A's Dan Jones and it saw Peter come out on top to win his frame to half his side's deficit to 2-1. On the other table, Steve O'Neill of Aughton A came up against Tony Kavanagh from the Upholland Social outfit and this encounter saw Tony come battling back from an early frame deficit and took the final two balls of the frame to return his team to parity at 2-2.

The final two frames of the contest saw, firstly, Aughton's captain, Mike Buck, go into battle with Upholland's Andy Singleton and it saw a very solid performance from Andy as he won the frame quite comfortably to put his side in front for the first time at 3-2. Meanwhile, the other clash saw, for the Upholland side, Paul Earl come up against Graham Russell from the Aughton A outfit and it produced a fine win for Paul to complete the fightback and this saw his team to a superb 4-2 victory to lift this year's Kenney Cup.

Both teams should be congratulated on a superb final!! A very big well done to the Upholland Social side and commiserations to the Aughton Institute A side although a terrific cup run for them.

The highest break of the competition was compiled by Gareth Hibbott of Southport Conservative Club with a superbly constructed break of 59.

The second cup final of the campaign, the Le Rose Cup, was played at Skelmersdale Wardens on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 and was contested by Second Division runaway Champions in Aughton Institute D, going for the unique 'Cup double' only achieved on five previous occasions in the history of our league, and Scarisbrick NSC who are looking for their first cup triumph since their only other success way back in 1957.

The first two frames of this intriguing encounter both went to the Aughton D side with the new format of two singles matches followed by two doubles frames. Firstly, Aughton D's Martin O'Looney took his frame with Ronnie Calder in convincing fashion to give his team an early lead. Meanwhile, on the other table for the Aughton D outfit, Anthony Moy came up against Scarisbrick's Ian Tinsley and it saw a close affair but a fine blue and pink ball pot from Anthony clinched proceedings to give his side a commanding 2-0 advantage.

Frames three and four commenced in the form of pairs format. Firstly, Aughton D's captain Vinnie Siner & Neil Reardon came up against Scarisbrick NSC's Ian Lowery & Paul Rimmer and this frame saw the Aughton D pairing take early control only for the Scarisbrick boys to fight back but after a fine brown ball pot from Vinnie and, shortly after, the pink ball it saw the Aughton D lads seal the frame and together with it, the Le Rose Cup. Meanwhile, on the other table the Aughton D pair of Andy Walsh & Alan Pendleton went into battle with skipper Chris Starkie & Norman Hallsworth from Scarisbrick NSC and, a close encounter unfolded but at the business end of the frame it saw Aughton's Andy Walsh take blue and pink to grab the frame and complete a convincing 4-0 triumph for Aughton Institute D and with it, the league and cup 'Double'. A tremendous achievement!!!

Both teams should be congratulated on a match played in excellent spirit and fiercely contested!! A very big well done to the Aughton D lads team on winning that fantastic 'Double' and commiserations to the Scarisbrick NSC outfit on a terrific cup run.

The highest break of the Competition was a nice break of 40 from Maghull RBL A's Chris Connolly.

The first of the Individual and Pairs finals was the Individual Handicap Final which was played on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at Olympic BC. The Final was contested between Peter Hardaker from Upholland Social and Neil Telford from Skelmersdale Wardens. The match was played over the best-of-five format and Neil was receiving a thirteen point a frame start.

The first frame saw both players settle into proceedings rather quickly and early contributions from both players saw Neil hold on to his start. Neil made a further, useful contribution and as the colours were reached he led by twenty seven points. Shortly after, Neil potted the yellow and then followed it with green and brown after a foul shot from his opponent and opened up a 1-0 advantage.

Frame two began the same way as the first frame with both players making early additions to their score but Neil slightly extended his frame start and led by twenty points. Neil again increased his advantage to thirty nine points but Peter battled back to only nineteen points adrift with the green upwards remaining on the table. Peter potted green and brown but then committed a foul to see himself trail by twenty points with just blue, pink & black left. Shortly after, Neil very fortunately fluked the blue ball and then potted pink to establish a commanding 2-0 lead.

The third frame saw Peter quickly erase his frame deficit but then Neil engineered a fine break of twenty six to lead by twenty points and that was followed on his next visit by a small but very useful contribution to see him lead by thirty points with just three reds of the frame remaining. Peter thought back and with the brown upwards left, he trailed by fifteen points. After a short safety battle, Neil potted a fine brown and a terrific blue ball to complete a superb 3-0 triumph and together with it the Mac trophy for this season.

The highest break prize for this Competition goes to Paul Williams of Olympic BC for his wonderful century break of 105.

The second cup final to be played was the JF Wills Handicap Final, this was played on Thursday 17th May 2018 and was hosted by Rainford X SSC. It was contested between Robbie Wilson from Aughton Institute and Alan Radford of Stanley Club and it was Alan who was in receipt of a sixteen point start in this best-of-five frames encounter.

The first frame commenced and both players took time to settle down, which was understandable under the circumstances, but we then saw some excellent safety play from both players. Alan made the first move with a small contribution to extend his advantage but Robbie soon found that fluent style of his and produced a terrific break of 53 to see him open up a commanding lead of thirty nine with just two reds of the frame remaining. Shortly after, Robbie took the final two reds with colours together with yellow, green and brown to easily clinch the first frame and take an early 1-0 lead.

Frame two began and early on it saw both players make early contributions and at the midway point of the frame it saw Alan hold onto his sixteen point lead. As the colours were reached, Alan continued to hold that advantage and potted yellow, green, brown & blue to take the second frame and reach parity at 1-1.

The third frame saw Robbie compile a break of 23 to edge ahead in the frame at it's early stage. With five reds of the frame left the frame score was tied and it was certainly all to play for. Robbie played an excellent safety shot and this yielded him a fine chance and he certainly didn't disappoint as he engineered a very nice break of 36 to lead by that score as the colours were reached. Alan produced so fine snookers but Robbie then potted yellow to pink to edge ahead at 2-1.

Into frame four and it saw Alan increase his lead slightly to twenty three points but Robbie then potted a superb long red which was the key to him compiling a nice break of 29 to just hold a slight advantage. Alan came back and with just two reds left and it saw him lead by just four points but a poor safety from him saw Robbie with an excellent chance to seal the title. Robbie produced 19 but he missed match-ball brown and this saw him lead by fifteen. Alan then took brown, blue & pink after a foul from Robbie to hold a four point lead and this saw a black ball finish. After a short safety battle, Robbie very fortunately fluked that final black ball to take the frame and deservedly the JF Wills trophy.

The highest break of the Competition was an tremendous break of 65 from Maghull RBL's Mark Evans.

The third final played was the Pairs Handicap final and this was contested on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 and was played at St Cuthberts. It saw Upholland's Tony Kavanagh and Andy Singleton come up against Gary Jones and Richie Green from Aughton Institute and it saw Tony & Andy receive a twenty six point start of this two frame encounter.

Frame one began with the Upholland pairing making a very early contribution of 16 to see them hold a very handy forty one point advantage. Gary and Richie began to find their stride and after a break of 22 from Richie and smaller contribution from Gary it saw them reduce their arrears to just ten points as the all important six colours were reached. As we reached the final two balls of the opening frame in pink and black it saw the Aughton lads take both balls to open up a handy thirteen point lead.

The second frame saw both sides make small contributions to their scores but Gary & Richie extended their lead to twenty one. As we reached the final red of the frame, it saw the Aughton pairing hold a twenty point advantage. The Upholland boys fought back and potted that final red with green then yellow and green to trail by eleven points with the final four colours left. Andy then took brown, a fine blue and pink to see the contest reach an exciting, tense black ball finish and after a fine safety battle it saw Andy pot that final black ball to grab the Anon trophy for the Upholland Social team.

The highest break of the Competition was a superb break of 56 from Southport's Chris Hoare.

The Individual Championship Final, our show piece event, was played on Tuesday 29th May 2018 at league headquarters, Aughton Institute and was between Gareth Hibbott from Southport Conservative Club and Paul Williams of Olympic BC. The evening also saw the presentation of our trophies and after the match a hot pot and chicken curry supper. The evening was made so much more special as we had our league patron, John Parrott with us yet again to help with our presentation of trophies and awards together with our wonderful MC from our snooker charity nights, Dave 'the mighty' Quinn and the usual superb music entertainment from Tiny Trevor Ford who all gave their time to help make the night a great occasion.

The first frame of this best-of-seven match saw both players straight into the contest but it was Gareth who got the first chance in this opener. He engineered a break of 41 to put him in command of this first frame. Shortly after, he compiled a terrific 58 clearance to easily take the frame and this saw him lead 1-0.

Frame two saw Gareth continue in fine fettle and was always in front in this frame and he took it to seal an important 2-0 advantage.

The third frame saw Gareth, once again, continue to produce some tremendous snooker and carved out an early opportunity for himself after an excellent safety shot. He certainly didn't disappoint his supporters as he magnificently compiled a fabulous break of 87 to see him into a very healthy 3-0 lead. When a century was looking a distinct possibility, Gareth missed a tricky fourteenth red ball to bring an end to a marvellous contribution.

Frame four was undoubtedly a massive frame and it saw Paul fight back as he opened it with a solid effort of 31 to build up a useful advantage. A further effort of 22 saw Paul hold a convincing lead in his quest to get back into the contest. Gareth produced a superb counter- attack and produced a fine break of 43 to come right back into the frame and with the trophy in his grasp he missed a relatively straightforward brown. Paul jumped on his chance and done enough to take the frame and now trail 3-1.

Frame five saw Gareth, to his massive credit, show no signs of worry after the miss in the previous frame as he has such a wonderful temperament. He totally took charge of this frame with an early effort of 24 and, shortly after, produced an excellent 50 break to take the frame and the 'Biro' trophy with a 4-1 triumph. This is the fifth time Gareth has become Individual Champion of the League after previous wins in 2007-08, 2009-10, 2013-14 & 2015-16.

The highest break recorded for this Competition was a sensational break of 94 compiled by Gareth Hibbott of Southport Conservative Club.

Finally, the committee and myself would like to congratulate all our winners this season and the achievements that were reached, the curtain falls on another successful campaign in the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League and we wish everyone participating in the 2018-2019 season every success!!!