Took Rob Driver & Gordon Brett down to the Cornish Inn last night and we decided that we should stage the First Cornish Open.... there and then ;D ;D
We played round robin and the final result is.... ..... ..... ..... Nobody knows ::) :o ;D I had a black peg at the end of each game, and there were a few new rules made up on the night. 1) After the bar anything I scored got taken away from my total. 2) After the bar anything THEY scored counted double ;D ??? ::) ;D ??? ::) :o
We decided that a draw would be the fairest result.
But Gordon won the contest for drinking most pints of Cornish Rattler.
A great evening, thanks for coming down lads and perhaps next time we'll arrange the Open in advance to allow other players to attend... or maybe not ;)
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Going back a few years, Redhill League used to have a French Open (played at the Frenches Club) and a Dutch Open (played at the Holland Club) - and Horsham League could quite easily stage a Norfolk Open ! ;D
Q, Gordo & Rob 'the buffet slayer' has got to be the "Mid Sussex Ex-Pats Open" ;D ;D ;D there could be big entry list of former players, some 'retired' while others moved away, for you to invite Q. 8-)
Nick Brown beat me in the final (and only) match of the Suffolk Open in some grotty pub in Ipswich about 15/20 years ago. It was before the footie match where Ipswich were being promoted to the top division and Brighton were going down to the third level.
We had both had about 6 pints - so I really should have won.
Save bar billiards - ban the split/Oxford or play off the spot otherwise this game will get incredibly boring (particularly for scorers).
Resurrecting this post with a serious note, I was drafted in to play pool last night for a (fairly) local team, I wore one of my 'Bar Billiards World Championship' T-shirts which was commented on by the landlord, he used to play as a youngster in Kent (not league). I casually mentioned that I had been trying to gain interest for a Cornish league, he wished me well as he loves the game. THEN I said that another way to promote the game would be to hold a Cornish Open, if only I could find a suitable venue whereupon he took me to a side room, quite smartly furnished but with adequate space for 4 or 5 tables and stated "if you need a venue will this do?" Now I know that we've had a recent debate on adding a new open but it would be interesting to know how many players would be willing to make the trip 'down west' for a 'Brewers Arms' type event, theres plenty of accomodation nearby.
If I have sufficient interest it would be interesting to recieve a PM from someone giving me some idea of the costs involved to run such an event.
Very much in the air but who knows, it could become a possibility.
That looks like a nice pub and St Austell is a lovely part of the world with plenty of places to visit (Eden Project, Mevagissey etc) all within the area...... 8-)
We would certainly be interested in coming down for a weekend in Cornwall, dates and other commitments permitting, so perhaps I could make a couple of suggestions......
Hold the competition on a Saturday, to enable people to make the long trip home on the Sunday if they want to go then rather than having to take another day off work..... :-/
Hold it outside the "Tourist Season"..... you will probably find that local Hotels / B&B's will be very receptive to getting some business at a time when they are usually very quiet so will probably offer some good rates. You may find that the venue would also offer the room for free if they were getting 30+ people coming in and eating / drinking all day off-season. 8-)
I know that Tarratt's provided the tables for the Brewers "Open" but doubt if they would deliver tables to Cornwall.... so you would need to contact Dave Alder to find out costs & availability of the AEBBA Tables. ;)
You will probably need to find a sponsor to help with the costs, so perhaps it would be worth approaching the local brewery to see if they would be interested as it is such a traditional "pub game"? :)
If not, then maybe a local company (or even the venue itself) would be interested, especially if you managed to get some local publicity (radio etc) for the event as it is not something that would have taken place in Cornwall before..... ???
I wish you every success in getting this off the ground...... and hope we will be able to attend the first Cornish Open soon. 8-) ;D
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This would be great if it gets going and i am sure there would be interest in it. As Dave said, a lot would depend on the time of year.
If there are only going to be 4 or 5 tables, then i think you would have to limit the number of entries - or spread the event over 2 days ? with the final being played at maybe 1 or 2 on the Sunday to allow people to get home at a reasonable hour.
eg. If there were 32 Players with 4 tables, then you would need 12 series (including plate) so thats 9 hours (10am start, 7.45 finish) (if i have calculated it right ;) )
Happy to help out with any questions if i can :)
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I'm rather disappointed by the lack of interest shown here, looks like if I decide to bite the bullet and hold the event there will be Dave, Coleen, Mark and us 2 Cornish league players... I can make do with our pub table :'(
Oh and I lost the pool 0-3 although our team won 9-6 shame I lost because my averages were beginning to look OK, I've been drafted in 4 times and won the previous matches 3-2 Thanks for asking Mark
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