Woking C Ready for Tough Fight Next Season in 2022/2023…
Captain Ivan Astin of Woking C believes his team can win in the league next season because they have become much stronger since winning the Div 2 Byfleet league back in February 22.
From September 21 to February 22, SnookerZone reported from start to finish on the great developments these four original players (now with Bill Lee) were going through on their first league journey together in the Byfleet Snooker League in Surrey, UK.
After three years of no presentation awards for league snooker in the leafy suburbs of Surrey, due to the pandemic, teams and players from the Byfleet league finally got to get their hands on silverware on the weekend night for their top achievements in the 14-week-long affair of Thursday night league snooker and billiards.
Woking C was a new team created by Ivan Astin in the 2022/23 season and they went from zero to heroes in a matter of weeks as they brushed aside tough seasoned opponents in the league Division 2 and sealed the deal at the top in week 14 .
Astin believes that Woking C are a much stronger team now and is confident they will do well in the first division of the league in September when it all starts over again.
He wrote on Facebook: “I do personally believe as a team we are very strong and all getting better, maybe next season will be a season too soon as we’re still developing as players but Peter Butler will be one of the best players if not the best. Then there’s Billy Lee.He added: If we get heavy defeats here and there it may be what we need to motivate us more as we are a team that’s very used to winning obviously and go again next season. But I said I think we will win it and I’d be mad to set my expectations any lower.
Woking teams in the league are growing…
Next season, there are likely to be at least four teams in the league from Woking.
For any snooker player, the thought of lifting a trophy can seem like a distant dream, but if you work hard, have the right mentality, and believe in yourself, you could be just like the players of Ivan Astin, star Peter Butler, (who received an award for the highest break of 63) Adam Hill, Ivan Monchukoushvy and Bill Lee.
Since they won the league Div 2 title, Astin and his band of merry players have continued to hone their snooker skills in the local Woking Snooker Centre handicap tournaments, which take place on a Saturday.
Astin has appeared in the final seven times and won the handicap event twice.
SnookerZone even got some copy in the local paper the Woking News and Mail on their great victory in the league back in February.
The Woking handicap tournament sees 16 players pit their wits and is open to all abilities on a handicap system, which means players of all abilities can improve their games by playing in a friendly, but competitive arena.
SnookerZone is a regular in the tournament, and it has definitely improved his game. We recommend anyone wanting to play league snooker should play in these kinds of tournaments as well as they will up your snooker considerably.
Good luck to Woking C and ALL the teams next season…