In 2023: Cue Up the Return of the Woking Snooker Shootout…
FOLLOWING last year’s successful Byfleet League Woking Snooker Shootout 2022, the one-day cracker event for the Christmas month returns, AND, it’s guaranteed to be filled with entertainment – OPEN to ALL.
With the current success of the 900, and the Junior Cuestars 900 coming up this weekend, the action-packed day at Woking on the 9th of December is bound to attract an array of top amateurs and MARQUEE players from the Surrey-based club and beyond.
Open to all this year, it was apparently only open to Byfleet League players last year, but a handful of players from outside the Byfleet League managed to get into play in the event.
It will be a 32-person event and is first come first served.
The charity this year is the Woking Sam Beare Hospice.
Byfleet League’s PAUL MORRISON scooped the first-ever Snooker Shootout hosted for the first time at Woking Snooker Centre in Surrey over the weekend.
The 32-person event saw an action-packed day on Saturday 11 December, of fast and furious snooker where players pitted their wits against not only an opponent but also the dreaded shot clock.
Based on the World Professional Ranking Event, the Snooker Shootout sees players play ten-minute intense frames against a 15-second shot clock and a 10-second clock after five minutes.
The Shootout has become a popular event hosted at snooker clubs across the country as clubs try to embrace new formats to get people interested in playing the game and picking up a cue.
George Heatley, the event organizer, wrote on Facebook after: “A massive thankyou to everyone involved. Whether it was playing, spectating, heckling, or refereeing. The event was played in great spirit, and many laughs were had and everyone seemed to enjoy getting in on the action.”
A string of top amateurs from the Premier Division and below in the Byfleet League turned up as well as a few non-league members who all enjoyed the fun-packed day which saw the event LIVE STREAMED for fans on the Woking Snooker Centre Facebook page.
The event this year is also set to be LIVE STREAMED.
Ryan Mears, a snooker jet-setter, managed to claim the high break prize – with a 48 – and the winner Paul Morrison just missed out by one point after making a fantastic clearance in the final to win.
ONE YEAR ON FROM THE SHOOTOUT…
This year has seen RYAN MEARS make his debut on TV in the 900 where he got to the semi-finals, a similar event to the Shootout and, of course, the World No 15 on the World Women’s Tour Jasmine Bolsover, also a top MARQUEE player at the club has appeared twice in the Snooker Legends 900 on TV, so has plenty of experience under the shot-clocks. She played in last year’s fast and furious Woking event as both are top Byfleet League players. Bolsover has also made a 147 at the club and Mears has made centuries.
The fast and furious shootout events are great tests for players of all abilities to gain experience and to see how their cue actions cope under a shot clock.
Last year’s Shootout was in aid of the charity The Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity that provides action and adventure on the ship Tenacious, and is close to Club Manager Peter Ruddick’s heart.
Over £500 pounds was raised for the cause – £520.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2022…