The new season starts on the 12th September 2019, with two divisions of 13 teams - due to us losing three teams.
The handicaps have been adjusted at the annual handicap meeting - attended by 16 players and team captains on Weds 21st August - and these are now on the Competitions Page as per last season.
The main difference this season is that in league and team cup competitions no player will have more than a 35 'start' against his or her opponent. The reasoning behind this is to differentiate between one-frame snooker and 5- frame competition matches.
Please ensure you read the League Rules page . The main change is that we have lost the league results and competion telephone lines. Therefore, all league results must now be emailed - preferably on the night, or by 5 pm the following day latest - to the dedicated email address on the website Home Page. Competiton results must now either be emailed or txted as shown on the Home Page.
The revised fixtures are also now on the fixtures page.
Handbooks are being printed as we speak, and I will announce a date for collection by team captains shortly.
This year's AGM starts at 8 pm on Thursday 4th July at Kings Langley Services Club. Club contacts - please ensure you have your Team Application Forms and £65 per team fee.
Fantastic turn-out for this year's End-of-Season Party and Presentation. 92 attended. To see photos of the trophy winners please go to the Fun Page.
Premier Champions Cotterells
Runners-up Bushey CC A
3rd Place Ricky RBL A
Best Ind performance Pete Blythe
Highest break Sammy Sefeldin (96)
Div 1 Champions Bore’wood RBL
Runners-up Ricky RBL B
3rd Place Kings Langley C
Best Ind. Performance Matt Saunders Bore’wood RBL
Highest Break Steve Bartropp (B’wood RBL (64)
Div 2 Champions Bore’wood Social A
3rd Place Bore’wood Social B
Best Ind. Performance Justin Terry B’wood Social A
Highest Break Gary Bell B’wood Social A (49)
Noel Heelis Trophy Steve Bartropp Bore’wood RBL (112)
Challenge Cup Champions - Cotterells, Runners-Up - Glenn Social A
Challenge Cup Plate Champions - Kings Langley C, Runners-Up - Ricky RBL B
Ted Higgins Trophy Champions - Borehamwood Social A, Runners-Up - Borehamwood Social B
Singles Championship Champion - Karl Townsend (Ricky RBL), Runner-up - Paul Stockwell (Glenn)
Singles Handicap Champion - Darren Grieves (Glenn), Runner-up - Gary Scott (Bushey CC)
Pairs Handicap Champions - Andrew Scott/Beau Quigley Glenn) Runners-up Paul Stockwell/Leigh Griffiths (Glenn)
ColbourneTrophy (2-man) Champions - Dave Maley and Danny Brocklehurst (Abbots), Runners-up - Dave Jones and Shaun Mills (Rickmansworth CC)
3-Man Team Champions - Andrew Scott, Darren Grieves and Brett Richards, (Glenn), Runners-up - Mark Greatbatch, John Smyley and Mark Elliott (Kings Langley C)
Over 45's handicap Champion - Gary Scott (Bushey CC) Runner-up - Andy Chichester (St Albans CC)
Alan Sharp Trophy Champion - Paul Dean (Boxmoor), Runner-up - John Smyley Kings Langley
Roy Couch Trophy (Under 30's handicap) Champion - Andrew Scott (Glenn), Runner-up - Beau Quigley (Glenn)
Billiards Champion - Ade Poulter (St Albans CC), Runner-up - Dave Maley (Abbots Langley)
Gordon Wilson Memorial Trophy (Over 60's) Champion - Steve Grover (Bushey CC), Runner-up - John Smyley (Kings Langley)
DATE FOR THE DIARY:
END OF SEASON PARTY (and presentation and buffet)
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DJ - same band as last year due to popular demand
Sat 11th May 2019. 7.30 until late at Kings Langley Services Club, 3 Hempstead Road, Herts WD4 8BJ. £14.00
On Sunday 20th January 2019 Steve Bartropp is the Watford League's representative in the Interleague Champion of Champions at Racks Snooker Club in Maidenhead. Good luck to Steve!
21st Nov 2018. Big congrats to Steve Bartropp for a fantastic 112 break in his Singles Championship match tonight (21/11/18) against Dave Hart. In what sounds like an incredible match fit for the final, defending Champion Steve amazingly still went on to lose his title due to Dave's almost as impressive 84 break, who nicked a 3-2 win. Wow guys!
10th Jan 2019 .. Not quite enough to beat Steve's highest break above, but last night Paul Stockwell got a fantatic 110 in the Singles Championship. Well done Stocks!
Congratulation to both Watford teams for a fantastic performance in the Interleague Championships in Maidenhead this weekend.
The 'A' team of Paul Stockwell, Steve Bartropp, Andrew Scott and Mark Worley had a very tough group but performed extremely well. They drew 4-4 in their opening match with the eventual finalists Thames Valley A, lost narrowly 5-3 to semi-finalists Eastbourne, and again a 5-3 loss against a very tough Harrow side could have gone either way, before thumping Milton Keynes B 8-0. Special mentions to Mark Worley won 6 out of his 8 matches and Steve Bartropp had the team's highest break of 57.
Now to the 'B' team of Dave Maley, Steve Gibbs, Danny Brocklehurst and Jeff Worts. What a day they had in the group stage. They opened with a 6-2 thumping of Milton Keynes 'A', and then performed admirably against eventual winners and last year's winners Byfleet going down 5-3. Next up was Oxford, with the boys winning 5-3, and ending the day winning 5-3 against Thames Valley B. This left them in 2nd place behind Byfleet to qualify for Sunday's semi finals.
Special mention to Dave Maley who ended the group stage with an outstanding 7 wins out of 8, and Danny with 6 out of 8.
Sunday's semi final against Thames Valley A saw our boys going down 5-1, with Steve Gibbs winning one of his two frames.
A fantastic performance by both teams, who did our League proud!
As you know, the league now starts on Thursday 27th September. New handbooks and score cards will be available for each Club Rep to collect at Kings Langley Services Club on Wednesday 19th September from 7.30. We will also have hard copies of the new Handicap List (same list for league and competitions). Can I suggest that - if possible - you put these up permanently at your club so that you can refer to them at each league match.
Any completed Competition Forms can also be collected on the night. Cheers!
The handicap list - for all league matches and competitions - can now be found on the 'handicaps' page of the Competions section.
Team Captains will be provided with a copy of this list with the handbooks before the start of the season to refer to during league matches.
Please remember that this is a work in progress and the handicaps were decided by the 15 ish members that turned up at the meeting, which was open to all to attend - not as a result of only a few. Thanks!
The Watford and District Billiards and Snooker League takes your privacy seriously. We are a ‘controller’ of the personal information that you provide to us and this privacy notice sets out how, why and for how long we will use your personal data, as well as who it is shared with. It also explains your legal rights as a data subject and how to exercise them.
What we need from you
When you choose to play in the Watford and District Billiards and Snooker League we may ask you for some or all of the following personal information:
* Contact details – name, address, email address and phone number, date of birth – to check competition qualifying categories.
If you do not provide us with some or all of the personal information that we need, this may affect our ability to allow you to play in the league or enter competitions.
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Your personal information is available to our members on the Watford and District Billiards and Snooker League website to show statistics and in order to contact you on snooker related matters only. This information is available to view by all members. The website is also an ‘open’ website, so it can be accessed freely by anyone.
You have a right to:
* Change your communication preferences or restrict the processing of your personal data for specific purposes
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How you can contact us: Roger Jashek, Secretary of the Watford and District Billiards and Snooker League:
If you are dissatisfied, you have a right to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk
Please see below the rule changes as agreed at the AGM. The most significant one is regarding postponing matches, so it is now in your interests to fulfil the fixture - even if you only have 4 players.
PART 4 – LEAGUE MATCHES
4.3 At least three players from both teams must be present before a match can commence. Any team knowingly fielding less than five players should before the start of play notify the opposing captain.
4.9 Seven clear days' notice shall be given to the opposing team captain and the Fixture Secretary of a postponed match. In the event of a team postponing a match, they will on the first occasion be deducted one point and on a second or subsequent occasion a two point deduction may apply. In exceptional circumstances (i.e. bad weather), the seven days' notice of postponement may be waived at the discretion of the Committee.
PART 6 – INDIVIDUAL COMPETITONS
6.2 In general snooker competitions will consist of the best of five frames up to and including the quarter final. Apart from the Colbourn trophy which will be the best of five frames in all rounds. The doubles will be played as the third frame. The three man team handicap will also be the best of seven frames in all rounds. The semi final and finals of all individual competitions will be the best of seven frames.
Also, a reminder of the following:
* No mobile phones should be used for any purpose within the vicinity of the match table.
* Also, team captains, if you see a member of your team using a phone, or your player is standing over/near the object pocket of the opponent, or moving when your opponent is taking their shot, it is your responsibility to speak them.