Gold Waistcoat Report – 2016/17 Event 4 at 147 Snooker Club, Swindon
Harvey Chandler from Northamptonshire was 61-1 points down against Devonian Andy Symons with the match promising to go to a deciding frame. However, Chandler was gifted a life-line when Symons missed a difficult frame-ball. Chandler came to the table totally focused on seizing the moment and did so with clinical effect. With every ball potted the pressure increased as he cleared the table a with an excellent 67 clearance break to take the frame, match and win event 4 of the West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation Gold Waistcoat Snooker Tour. The pressure that Chandler had been under became evident. As the final black disappeared into the corner pocket he expressed his relief and sense of achievement with clenched fist and elation. He then turned to his opponent and they shook hands in mutual respect. Both players were deserving of their place in the final after a long day of quality snooker at the 147 Snooker Club, Swindon.
To reach the final Chandler went through the field undefeated, beating eight players which included two formed tour champions. He was also the most prolific break builder on the day posting breaks of 84,82,67,63,61,61,55,54,52,52. Symons was no slouch either, wining all but one of his group matches and making the best break of the day, a superb 127 clearance. The main qualifiers where, losing semi-finalist; Haydon Pinhey (Devon) and Eddie Manning (Cornwall). Losing quarter finalists; Andy Neck (Devon), Alex O’Donoghue and Seb Worral both from Wiltshire and Tom Kevern (Devon). Making his debut in this prestigious senior amateur tour was Aidan Murphy from Bristol. At just twelve years old he is the youngest player to enter and to qualify from the group stages in the eleven years the tour has been running.
The overall ranking table which determines the overall tour champion, at the end of each season, sees Manning hold on to the top spot with Pinhey just 4 points behind in second place. These are followed by a host of top players that are all within striking distance with two more events to play.
Spokesman for the WEBSF said, “With so many good players playing on the tour it is always difficult to pick a winner at the start of each event and today was no exception. Andy Symons looked in ominous form when he posted a fantastic 127 clearance early on and Harvey Chandler’s prolific tally of breaks was evidence that he was in good form, so it came as no surprise to see them both contesting the final. How good is it to see young talent having a go at some of the best amateur players in the region….and managing to qualify out of the group stages, Aidan Murphy is certainly one to watch for the future.” Thanks to the 147 Snooker Club, Swindon for hosting and sponsoring this event. Any player interested in entering WEBSF events or potential volunteers willing to get involved with the work of the WEBSF they should contact Steve Canniford, Mobile 07891940995 or visit www.websfsnooker.com or WEBSF Facebook.
Report by Steve Canniford