For those live music fans who like to wander down to the Dog House from Les Rocquettes Hotel on the Friday or Saturday evening... I think the tribute band playing that weekend are 'MEET LOAF' !! Obviously will be playing 'Two pegs out of three 'aint bad'
Or Paradise by the Barbilliard Light Cue out of Hell
Guernsey Open Winner 2014 Remember you are unique just like everyone else
I cannot enter many opens now here, as I cannot drive in the dark.
Guernsey is a great event hence there are only a couple of spaces left, well done to you all
Let's not compare events, as all events are different and who knows other peoples circumstances, preferences and why they do what they do? It is not for us to judge, I could note those players who do not enter the County Opens but I don't, as they all decide what they can/want to do, for their own personal reasons and circumstances.
Matt missed his first split in the final, this after a brilliant 9k break on a very tough table in the semis. Dave was first to get them back in the final and was going very well before a split flicked the outside of the 100 hole and sat right in front of the 10 hole which he missed off the side cushion. Martin eventually got them back but came off following a kick.
There was nothing in it at the end of the first leg but Martin made sure with an excellent 8k and touch to give him and Jim the title. Many congratulations to them but especially the great guy that is Martin Cole on his first ever open win, well done bud. Commiserations to Matt and Dave, who played very well all day.
Yep, congratulations to 'Gentleman' Jim Millward and his partner in the pairs this year Martin Cole who is fast becoming one of the top players on the circuit and a possible future England captain may I dare to say..... ? It was an honour to lose out to the eventual winners with my pairs partner Paul Le Gallez. Also many congratulations to the Guernsey side who despite a narrow defeat (27-39) produced their best ever International performance against a very strong and experienced England side, the visitors being victorious. Quite an achievement for a small local league who have less than 40 registered players and just five league teams. Many congratulations to the organising committee who have provided a good set of tables and a well run admin. desk with almost instant Internet results on the Guernsey Bar Billiards website. Yes there are a few tables that have a few issues and not as high scoring as others. But it is the same for both players who have equal opportunities and breaks. And so on today, the 2016 Guernsey Open singles. To the winner the spoils - the title and £600 prize money. I can think of 8 joint favourites and another 8 capable of winning it ! To all taking part today win well and if you lose, please lose gracefully........ A big thank you goes out to all of the visiting players for their participation and support.
Just returned home from Guernsey, so many good things about another brilliant weekend there.
Firstly, congratulations to Martin Cole for winning the Guernsey Open beating local favorite Ian Champion in a hard fought final. The first leg was very close with both players having chances, Martin made a good start with a 6.6k opening break in the second leg and Ian was unlucky not to get the break back on several occasions before conceeding when there was not enough time left. It was very good to see two new players in a major final, both had notable victories on their way to the final and throroughly deserved to be there, nice also to see a large crowd there to watch the game and plenty of friendly banter between rival groups of supporters during the game.
Paul Sainsbury (17,380) just pipped Curt Driver (17,360) to the High Break Award with Jean Brackenridge taking the Ladies High Break Award.
Guernsey did have a local hero in the Plate with Roy Le Page beating Gary Powell in a very close match that went down to the last few balls of the game, Tony Cross and Mark Brewster were the semi-finalists in the Plate with Kyle Ingram, Colleen Park, Derek Latham and Luke Oliver the losing quarter-finalists.
It was a very good weekend for Martin Cole as he had also claimed the Guernsey Pairs title with Jim Millward on the Saturday beating Matt Jones and I in the final, Martin making a match winning 8k break in the second leg after a first leg that all 4 players would probably rather forget! Mark Brewster and Mark Trafford won the Pairs Plate Competition beating Darren Ogier and Matt Wilcox in the final.
As always, a huge thank you to all of the people involved with running and organising the whole weekend. Luke Oliver, Tom & Sue Oliver and Bob Le Moignan always do a great job on the Admin Desk and they get great back up and support from the players that give up their times to bring the tables in to the venue, set them up and then dismantle them all and put them back where they came from. I know that Darren Ogier, Ian Champion, Paul Dyer, Mat Ogier and Matt Wilcox were all involved with this and I apologise if I have missed anybody out from this list as you all do a great job!
It is obvious that a lot of work has been done in the last couple of year to improve the tables and I know that 2 new tables were added for the competition this year. The standard of the tables is now very good and they all provide a very fair test to all of the players while still offering the contrast between normal cloth of varying speeds and the very fast "speeball" artificial surfaces on two of the tables.... personally I really like the fact that the tables are different as they all provide a slightly different challenge for the players to overcome while still allowing players to choose to either pot or split on them depending on what they feel will be more successful and I hope that this will continue in the future although I accept that some others would like to see them all the same.
Thanks also to Les Rocquettes Hotel for hosting the event and the sponsors who are also very generous.
It was good to see some new faces there for the first time and I know that many of them plan to return next year to join the regulars who have been going for several years, the numbers are steadily increasing every year and it will be interesting to see whether entry levels can be increased at some stage in the future if the event continues to attract more people.
Looking forward to next year already, we will definitely be there.
World Champion - 2014 Oxon Open Winner - 2014 AEBBA Mixed Pairs Winner - 2014 (with Colleen Park) Highest Break - 23,930 (Brighton League @ Albion Fishersgate 18/05/2016) Bucks Plate Winner - 2009 & 2010 (The ONLY player to ever "successfully" defend a Plate Competition!)
A good summary from Dave, and just to add the view of someone who probably puts the whole Guernsey experience ahead of the billiards itself:-
Our first stay at the actual venue itself and what a pleasant surprise, it surpasses any of the other hotels we have stayed at in the last 8 years: a really warm and spacious 'penthouse suite' and the food and service was brilliant: From having thought at first this would probably be our last visit, we are now already looking forward to next year.
The boat crossing was smooth in both directions, and I sense that more people are choosing this mode of transport each year, especially as it only takes three hours from Poole (not Weymouth any more with its cross currents) and you're going at a nice time of the year.
A wonderful event yet again: everyone was really chatty and friendly, there is a real community feeling throughout the weekend.
A big thank you to the organisers and the generous sponsor for making it all possible and well done to all the weekend's achievers.
Post by gandalf the untidy on May 2, 2016 23:35:54 GMT
Yes I echo all that BBW says, a great weekend, all the tables i played were well set up, the only thing that caused a minor problem was that table 5 & 6 were set too close together as there were a few ample posteriors that bumped during the games, i didn't see it happen elsewhere and I know there is a major space issue at Rockets, but would humbly suggest that table 4 be rotated to the left by a foot to allow table 5 to be moved the same distance to the left.
Thank you for the positive and constructive feedback. It was a pleasure to see all the players from the UK as you make this event as much as a success as anyone else. Congratulations to a great weekend from Martin. Also big well done to my mate Champy having come out from the group of death to reach the final.
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