In 2023: Hall Scoops Double BIlliards Titles at Woking…
BILLIARD EXTRAORDINAIRE Rob Hall scooped the double the English Amateur Match Play Championship and ABC at Woking Snooker Centre over the weekend.
The 38-year-old, who has won 14 World Ranking Events, and also plays on the English Amateur Billiards Circuit, came through a tough field of 37 entrants in the tournament.
In the Matchplay final, the Lincoln cueist played Chris Mitchell and defeated him 2 – 0 and had a break of 77.
He defeated the Byfleet League snooker and billiard hotshot Ryan Mears, who has played on TV in the 900 along with Jasmine Bolsover, and Hall on route in the quarter-finals beat Mears, and Hall has won the event 8 times.
He wrote on Facebook:
After a long weekend on the baize, I’m delighted to have won the double in Woking. On Saturday I defended my English Matchplay title (short format) winning it for an 8th time. I also won ABC-3 on the Sunday, my 45th in total.
Thanks to the EABA for organising these events and to Woking Snooker Centre for hosting us.
Next stop is Grimsby for an exhibition on Tuesday evening and then onto Vienna Thursday to captain England in the ‘Four Nations’ event.
Woking, where it was hosted, hosts many talented players outside of the different tours, but, inside the MARQUEE tent of World and Local tours at Woking, includes the World Women’s Snooker Tour, the World Disability Tour, and the Byfleet League, and the main MARQUEE player in the club is the World Women’s No. 15 Jasmine Bolsover.
Woking hosts regular handicap and scratch tournaments for its home members and those in and outside of the tents.
There were some talented youngsters in the line-up and over the weekend, the talented 11-year-old snooker and billiard prospect William Thomson, who is playing in next weekend’s Snooker Legends 900 Junior Event in Reading, which will be live-streamed on the Snooker Legends Facebook page, said his favorite player was still Mark Selby – but said he liked Selby because of his haircut!
On the table, Thomson, on Sunday, displayed, along with Riley Ellis, another snooker talent from Chandlers Ford, some promising billiard play with Thomson making a 46, just 4 points he said off his highest break of 50.
Really looking forward to partnering with John Hunter and his @snookercuestars for the first Junior 900 which will be shown live on our Facebook page on Saturday 18th November with the winner getting interviewed on tv during our grand final. The 900 is a great way to get juniors… pic.twitter.com/OQgPxKpmAZ
— Snooker Legends (@Snookerlegends) November 10, 2023
In the English Matchplay competition on Saturday, Thomson managed in the Plate to reach the Quarter-finals.
The Plate was eventually won by Dan Gillingham, who beat Daniel Locke, 2 – 1.
The ABC Ranking event took place on Sunday and had 42 entries, a good turnout for billiards events. and it was the first time that the ABC had been held at Woking.
Hall received a certificate relating to the Rankings list and has won the certificate 12 times.
It was a great weekend of billiards at Woking and well done to everyone who competed in the event on Saturday and Sunday, and to those who worked behind the scenes to put the events on including Peter Ruddick and his team.
Thanks to Tournament Director Clive Scott, Nathan Mann, and Ryan Mears for the chat and the information on Sunday for the Matchplay.
Woking Snooker Centre and the EABA also held a two-minute silence on both days in honor of fallen friends who have given their lives over many generations to keep the country safe from dictatorships so that people can enjoy freedoms such as playing sports free from dictatorships in friendly group settings.
SnookerZone writer Chris Gaynor will continue to wear the Bracelet for the rest of November as a tribute. Donate to the Royal British Legion if you can…
AWAY FROM WOKING…
Up in Leicester, TESSA DAVIDSON scooped the fourth installment of the Winchester Women’s Series Event defeating 52-year-old Sarah Hall in the final.
Previous winners of the Winchester, which is a new tournament on the calendar for women, include the World Number 1 Mink Nutcharut, who has claimed it twice this first season, and the World no 7 Emma Parker, who has been fearless on the Exhibition Circuit, and has also scooped the WACKO event, yet another group of events for women, the second could be in 2024 or earlier.
The official 900 shirt is available for £25 from firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/nkNIQRYsA4
— Snooker Legends (@Snookerlegends) November 11, 2023
The 54-year-old topped the high breaks board with a 72 in the Group stages of the event.
Screenshot of Hall’s titles from Hall’s Facebook page.
For the Snooker Legends 900 Junior Event, a potential soundtrack track…David Bowie: Starman. There could have been a star girl junior in the line-up for the event as well in Ellise Scott,
Good luck to the 16 players who play in the 900 Junior event on Saturday. Enjoy it. No pressure.