English League Snooker Championship 2024…

English League Snooker Championship 2024…

THE QUALIFIERS for the Grand Finals of the inaugural English League Snooker Championship 2024 ended last weekend as eight teams eagerly prepare for the Grand Finals in June.

This website writer and journalist reported on Qualifier 1 a few weeks ago or so as Qualifier 2 finished last weekend on the 4th and 5th May, with six more teams making the cut for the Grand Finals. 

Eight teams in total will make the Grand Finals with a top prize of £1000 up for grabs for the winning team.

SEE OUR REPORT ON QUALIFER 1… 

A total of 18 teams competed in the inaugural event, which is being held across three weekends between April and June at Landywood Snooker Club. Six teams were involved in the first of two qualifying weekends which will narrow the field down to eight for the finals weekend on 29-30 June.

The Six teams that qualified for the Grand Finals from both Qualifier 1 and 2 were…

Whitchurch Legends, Telford, which includes Stan Moody, and SWMBSA D & A finished in the automatic positions while Surrey’s Byfleet League and the SWMBSA C were the two “runner-ups” to scrape through to qualify for the main showdown in June.

There was success for Leeds Snooker League (Absolute Dream Team) and Nottingham Snooker who managed to come out on top over what was described as two tough days of play in Walsall in qualifier 1.

Both weekends saw a plethora of familiar names from the professional and semi-professional ranks including the likes of Mitchell Mann and Snooker Legends 900 stars from the two previous seasons, including the likes of Matt Ford from the Byfleet League, whom we’ve interviewed also on this website, as well as Lee Stephens et al.

There was also achievement for one of the World Disability Snooker’s top players Dave Bolton who was one of the successful players to qualify from team Nottingham in Qualifier 1.

Mark Ball, Captain of the Leeds side, said of the result at the weekend of Qualifier 1: “Great weekend. Very tough team!

He added: “We, as a team, played well, in particular, Lewis Harper, who lost one frame all weekend!

“There were some tough teams and very difficult one-frame matches. As it was only 1 group, we played everyone twice. But over the weekend (1), Nottingham proved to be the toughest.”

Landywood Snooker Club owner Paul Lloyd captained the Telford team in Qualifier 2, which also featured Moody, who qualified for professional status in the 2023 World Snooker Federation event as they joined Nottingham Snooker and the LBSO Absolute Dream Team at June’s final weekend.

Mark Ball of the Leeds Absolute Dream team said now that both Qualifiers have finished: “We have a strong team, so we are confident that we can go all the way in what will be a very highly contested affair over the weekend (in June) with some highly rated players on show!”

He added: “Whitchurch look the best side as do SWMBSA “D” but others will be just as strong.”

Well done to everyone who competed in the Qualifiers and good luck to the eight teams for the June showdown.

 

 

 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!