In 2023: Mears Scoops Day 1 Week 7 of the 900 on TV Debut…

In 2023: Mears Scoops Day 1 Week 7 of the 900 on TV Debut…

BYFLEET LEAGUE HOTSHOT Ryan Mears managed a terrific TV debut in amateur snooker’s fast and furious Snooker Legends 900 on Monday.

The 34-year-old cueist from Aldershot, who is a snooker jet setter and has toured the World Billiards scene with a highest break of 260, began the evening playing the YouTube snooker influencer Barry Stark, who has had much success as a coach, coaching some of the top players, including leading Kyren Wilson to a World Championship Snooker final.

Mears, whom SnookerZone has interviewed already on this site, then came through another tough clash with the former World no 1 Women’s tour player Maria Catalano, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s cousin, who gave a great account of herself in the event, another big up for the women who have played previously in the event including the great century from Hong Kong star Ng On Yee and the two gutsy performances by the World no 15 Jasmine Bolsover, another star from Woking,  and the World no 7 Emma Parker, as well as a fine performance from Mary Talbot Deegan.

After his first match with Barry Stark, Mears simply told Rachel Casey and team that he enjoyed his first time playing on TV.

Mears has been one of the inspirational players in the Byfleet League and the local snooker scene in Surrey and beyond and regularly competes in events at the Woking Snooker Centre in Surrey.

The Byfleet League plays host to a lot of talented cueists including Bolsover and Mears, as well as the likes of Matt Ford, also been interviewed on this site, and others.

Mears managed a gritty performance against the former World Seniors Champion Peter Lines in the final after a ball wasn’t potted for at least five minutes or what seemed a long time, who was struggling in the final.



That sees Mears safely through to finals night on Wednesday, where he will have a chance to compete to get to the Grand Finals in November where the biggest prize in amateur snooker awaits of £10,000.

Four new faces appear in Tuesday’s line-up including David Church, Nic Barrow, and Haydon Pinhey. They will face the four who lost on Monday who will get a chance to play again on Tuesday.

The SportyStuff TV Youtube channel stream was interrupted for up to half an hour early on in the proceedings.

Fans of the 900 were irate by the constant lagging of the stream – and some said it has been a constant fixture of the SportyStuff Youtube channel since the event began.

A representative of the channel in the comments said they apologized for the interruption to the coverage on Monday night.

As the Who saying goes, Who Are You? Well, if you didn’t know who Ryan Mears was before Monday, you certainly know who he is now!




Chris Gaynor

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