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Graham's Editorial

23rd March 2003

Hi, thanks for visiting Cornwall Snooker Scene, and welcome to all our visitors, whose numbers are increasing steadily (you're over 21,000 now!). The home page has been modified to make it quicker to load and easier to find what you want. There are a number of features, including Professional News, a Questions Book, and various items in response to requests and questions from visitors. We are told that our Questions Pages are the most informative on the Web, although they are not official referee's answers! You can still get copies of the first two printed magazine issues at half price - they may be worth something later! Our crossword competition has closed, but you can still have a go at solving it if you like.

We now have a mailing list for Mining Snooker reports. I usually complete this report sometime on Sunday each week, so if you are interested, please e-mail me using the button below. Please note that I cannot guarantee to fulfil this every week, so you may still need to visit the site on occasions. I hope you will continue to do so anyway! Sign on for the rest of the season, which started in September!

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CLINTON A mean business in 2002-3!

Clinton SC A look to mean business in the Mining League in 2002-2003, and are undefeated up to Xmas and beyond. They took the title in 2001 with a fantastic 6-0 victory over great rivals in recent years, Redruth RBL A. Godolphin A could only win 4-2 at Leedstown, so just failed to make it a hat-trick of titles. Godolphin A, however, were not to be denied and cruised to the title in 2002, leaving Clinton A to beat Redruth RBL A in a play-off for second place. This season, however, having lost Paul Williams to his own club, Bell's Court, they have already lost three times, to Clinton A (twice) and Redruth RBL A.
For news of the current season, see the Mining Snooker Report. See also the League Tables.


{short description of image}Under the guidance of Sports Secretary, Paul Broad, Redruth RBL are aiming to nurture their own talent for the future. They recently introduced a coaching scheme for young players, and have a good number of promising youngsters. The boys receive regular coaching on Sunday mornings from Paul and Steve Downing, and some are already playing in League matches. They are shown here in their new kit, sponsored by Stop N Shop Video. Four of them recently played at Four Lanes, and gave a good account of themselves against some experienced 'old hands'. Recently 15 year old Marc Isaacs and 13 year old Jamie Reed have been playing well, winning nine frames between them in Division 3. Jamie has made a 53 break in practice and looks a good prospect.


{short description of image}16 year old Ryan Curnow (Redruth RBL) made his first century, a break of 102 in practice recently. His previous highest was 87. They're all getting in on the act at RBL! Sorry the picture's a bit old! He has since made a second century, excactly 100, and is doing very well in Division 1 this season, having won his last twelve frames. He also beat Barrie McIntosh recently in a County Youth match. His brother, Nathan, 14, is also playing in Division 3.


{short description of image}Steve Downing, who recently moved to Cornwall and now plays for Redruth RBL A, made a 147 break in practice on 17th October 2002, and is pictured here with the set of reds (and a few extras!) that he used to make the break. Probably only Gary Bray (around 20 times) has achieved this feat amongst Cornish players. Steve also recently beat the reigning County Champion, Richard Lloyd 3-2 (Steve 81 break, Richard Lloyd 79) in the first round of the County Championship, and is a strong tip to take the title this season. Steve has also made the highest break so far in Division 1, with a clearance of 95, and a 100 break in the Cornwall Premier league.


Godolphin Club player Justin Watters went to the Pontin's Pro-Am Tournament at Prestatyn in 2001 with a few Cornish snooker players, and despite not having picked up a cue for weeks, exceeded his wildest dreams. From a field of over 500 starters, he reached the last 32, beating Welsh Professional Darren Morgan 3-0 on the way. He eventually lost to the overall winner of the tournament, Luke Simmons, who is one of the world's leading amateur players.

My Visit to the Plymouth Open (the last one, too!)

Gram & JanieI went up to the British Open in Plymouth in October 2000, and it was great to see Jimmy White reach the Final, even though he lost 9-6 to Peter Ebdon, who was also enjoying a resurgence in form. While there, I met Janie Watkins, who runs the Global Snooker Centre, and a host of other snooker activities. It was great to meet someone who has been an internet 'friend' for quite a long time! Here we are (I'm not 80 years old really!) looking at the TSN Snooker facilities being offered to visitors. It was a great site, well worth a visit, with live online tournament scores and even live video of matches! They were giving away nice snooker cloths and mouse mats, too, and I even got an engraved pen. TSN has since become I hope to go to our nearest tournament, the European Open at Torquay, in March 2003.

I thought it was about time to update this piece regularly, and I've finally got five minutes free time! Some of the links below are a bit out of date, but might still be worth a read.

The Cornish Leagues - where we are

Godolphin & District League Website

Cornwall County Association Website

Paul Williams' second 141 break!

Terry gets in on the act!{short description of image}

Barrie's 83 break

Barrie does it again (94)!

Exhibitions by Matt Stevens and Paul Hunter

Mining League 2001-2002

If you read my piece about the Mining League, the season was recently completed. The first League Meeting was on August 10th, when the League was formed. To read about the 2002-3 season, go to the Mining League Snooker Report.

The fixturing was done and fixtures sent out. By hand it used to take about a week, now it can be comfortably achieved in half a day, with no writer's cramp. Just imagine, having to write out every fixture (26 x 14 x 3 teams) just so someone else can type them! If I did the typing myself it would take even longer!

There were three divisions, with Division 1 increased to 14 teams, and Divisions 2 and 3 comprising 13 and 14 teams each. Division 1 (starting on 25th September) included promoted Playing Place and Redruth RBL B. Godolphin A were ultra consistent and at one point were averaging almost five points out of six. With Clinton A and Redruth RBL A slipping up on more than one occasion, Godolphin virtually had the title wrapped up with weeks to go. Clinton A and Redruth RBL A played off for the runners-up spot, with Clinton A winning 4-0.
Pool and Four Lanes A were promoted from Division 2, with Redruth British Rail and Four Lanes B relegated. Camborne Conservative A and Playing Place won promotion from Division 3.
The Mining Presentation Evening again took the form of a dinner at the Lowenac Hotel, Camborne.dinner jpg There were about 80 diners and a number of others who came to pick up trophies. Here is Christian Murray with the trophies won by Four Lanes - yes, we did win some - runners-up in Division 2, runners-up in the John Knights pairs (John Fisher and Jason Kempthorne) and runner-up in the Russell Grigg (yours truly)!trophies jpg

For last season's Mining Tables, click here.
For comprehensive news of the season click here.

Help Me, Miss!

Recently a simplified 'miss rule' was implemented in Divisions 1 and 2, with Division 3 simply adopting the clause about missing a ball on which can be contacted direct. And the best of luck to all referees! I suggest you bring a video camera. No, I'm joking really. We don't want all our mistakes recorded! Unfortunately a number of clubs and teams took no notice of the rule and refused to implement it, causing confusion in all quarters.
I was recently playing a Perranporth Summer league match. I snookered my opponent, who shall be nameless (RB), and he simply pushed the ball to the bottom corner of the table, making no attempt to hit the reds. That's what comes of having no 'miss rule'! I hope the person concerned is now suitably ashamed. I don't want to be vindictive, but that's got you back, you @!?@!
The Mining League has now reverted to a simplified miss rule, whereby a miss cannot be called if you are completely snookered. This saves many hours of Committee Meeting time!

Mining League 1999-2000 (click here for more detail)

Last season a team from Four Lanes was once again back in the Godolphin League, which was split into two Divisions of eight teams. Leedstown A ran away with Division 1, with Camborne RBL as runners-up. Four Lanes finished in a creditable third place and also reached the Silver Star Final, losing to Leedstown A. Division 2 was won by Liberties Club, St Ives. Last season the reporting was again excellent, thanks to Simon Bennetts (you can visit his website from my link above). This season (2002-3) we are in Division 1 again, with Penponds and Leedstown leading the way.

Other Cornish Snooker

Perranporth Summer League 2002

This season Four Lanes field two teams in the Perranporth Summer league, the A team consisting of myself, Mike Jenkin and Christian Murray. We had a shock in our first match, going down 5-1 to Four Lanes B, consisting of Garth Dower, Ryan Curnow and Robert Buckingham. Now where did I see those initials (RB) earlier? Four Lanes B won the Tuesday League, but lost 4-1 to Redruth RBL in the play-off.

Perranporth Winter League 2000-2001

In 2000-2001 Four Lanes entered the A League for the first time, and had hopes of making a strong challenge. Unfortunately our first match was postponed! There were nine teams in the A League and twelve each in the B and C Leagues. The C League started on 20th September, with Four Lanes winning 4-1 at Goonhavern 2. In the second week they beat Pool 2nd team 5-0, so must have been near the top! After six weeks they were still in joint second place, two points behind Pool 1. A few weeks ago we fielded five players under the age of 16 and won 3-2. Is this a record for the League? Recently they went to the top of the C League after beating a strong Pool 1 team 3-2. Our A team remained near the top and a few weeks ago beat Truro Rail 3-2, with breaks of 43 from John Fisher, 42 from Jason Kempthorne and 50 from myself! Jason played well, having not touched a cue for three weeks! We also beat perennial winners Blackwater 3-2, so considered ourselves in with a chance of the title. Paul Matthews equalled my 50 break when we played Penhallow, then went in off after potting the next red! Phew! But the break was later beaten by Steve Tregunna with a 58. Although we were top of the League at halfway, we then lost 4-1 to the bottom team, Sunnyside! The outcome of the League was a win for Blackwater, and second place went to Truro Rail, who pipped Four Lanes by two points when losing 3-2 to Blackwater. Blackwater subsequently withdrew from the Perranporth league.

Local News

Paul's brilliant breakbuilding!

Godolphin Club A player and former County Champion Paul Williams compiled a 141 total clearance in a County Pairs match in 2000 against Nick Mutter and Phil Lane (Penponds). This is the highest ever break in a County (and perhaps any other Cornish) competition. Remarkably, this was not Paul's only 141 match break, as he compiled another one three years ago in Division 2! of the Falmouth League. He also made a 130 against Jason Kempthorne (Four Lanes) in a singles match. And he did it again last season, with 105 in the St Austell Brewery Super League!

Terry Gets In on the Act!

Terry Kempe, of Camborne RBL, made a brilliant 124 break last season in the semi-final of the County Team 5-a-side Competition. The break was made at Illogan Highway in a match against St Day. The break helped Camborne RBL to a 3-2 win and a place in the Final. Camborne RBL also beat champions Godolphin Club 4-2 in a Division 1 Mining League match.

Barrie makes an 83 break!

I am informed that Barrie McIntosh made an 83 break in the St Blazey & District League recently. Until a few weeks ago, when he was overtaken by Cornie Piredda's 52, he was also the holder of the highest break in the Mining Snooker League with 49. Let's hope he continues to make progress towards his aim of playing Professional Snooker!

Barrie McIntosh

Barrie wins County Under 19's tournament and makes a 94 break!
Young Barrie McIntosh won the County Under 19's tournament at Bell's Court, Falmouth, in 2001, defeating Darran Lock (Hessenford) 2-0 in the Final. On his way to the final Barrie knocked in his highest competition break of 94. He tells me that he has made a 141 break in practice! Chris Johns of Four Lanes did well to reach the semi-final, where he lost 2-0 to Barrie. Darran defeated Jonathan Binding 2-1 in their semi.

In the Cornwall Under 19's championship held at Bell's Court,
Falmouth, in 1999, where Four Lanes contributed twelve competitors, we were rewarded with young Ross Matthews' {short description of image}appearance in the final. Unfortunately for him, Ross led by seventeen points on the final blue, only for Stephen Kempthorne of Illogan to take the last three balls to snatch victory.
Last season the event attracted 16 players, including 7 from Four Lanes, and was won by Barrie McIntosh, who beat Dean Pascoe (Bells Court) 2-1 in the Final. Dean was playing his first competitive tournament, and later stood in for the County Youth team to win his two frames against the Plymouth League. Ryan Curnow of Four Lanes reached the semi-finals, where he was beaten 2-1 by the eventual winner, McIntosh.
The other event of interest was the Mining League Youth Coaching Scheme, where young players were invited free of charge to an afternoon's coaching with County Coach David Grigg. Four Lanes was again to the fore with seven players attending, and I am sure they all benefited from the experience. David also held another coaching session for more experienced young players from Breage, Redruth RBL, Illogan and Penzance. Further coaching sessions took place in April, with fourteen youngsters having a rewarding afternoon over three sessions. We hope to do this again next season, and perhaps I can record some of it with my new digital video camera!
I heard from County Secretary Derek Brooks that he has an improved website up and running, dealing amongst other things with the Cornwall Competition results and history. I have provided a link to Derek from this site on my Internet page.

C GayVeteran Charlie Gay, pictured left, now in his seventies, made a record County Competition billiards break of 201 in the semi-final of the individual championship two seasons ago, beating his own best 192 in the process, and Doug Thorncroft's competition record of 189.
Cornwall played the Plymouth League in January 2000, winning the Senior Snooker 8-6, the Billiards 4-1, with Charlie winning his match, and drawing the Youth Snooker 5-5. The County then played the Mining League at Redruth RBL on 26th February. The Mining Senior team consistedof Scott Bray, Robert Bennetts, Carl Boundy and Jason Grigor. The Youth team contained Mark and Darren Shovel (Four Lanes), David Martin (Redruth RBL) and Steven Kempthorne (Illogan), with the Billiards team consisting of Taylor Veal (Penponds), Paul Matthews (British Rail) and Phil Davey (Playing Place). The Youth match was drawn 4-4, with the County winning the Senior Match 5-3 and the Billiards 2-1, to take an overall 11-8 victory.
Last season's match with the County was rather a hollow victory for the County by 20 frames to 5, with several invited players failing to accept the Mining League's invitation to play. But thanks to those who did support their League. Several of the County's players were regular Mining League players, which rather detracted from the whole show.

The Roy James-Sydney Kemp Trophy

Last season Four Lanes and Illogan began a series of Youth matches for the above trophy, which was purchased in memory of two of the Clubs' greatest officers and players. The first match was played at Illogan, with Illogan winning 4-2. However, Four Lanes produced a great display in the return leg to win 5-1 on the night and snatch overall victory 7-5. Well done, lads! Unfortunately the event has been shelved because of a lack of young players at each club. Let's hope that soon changes!

Our club underwent some major renovations before last season and a new cloth was put on the table. Unfortunately it was rather heavy and slow, and we were given a replacement, which is quite a bit quicker. We have even been able to have a new cloth this season as well! We have also provided a pool table to entertain those waiting to play snooker. This has now been re-covered with a synthetic cloth. Unfortunately some clown broke into the club and poured bleach over it! The club is beginning to look a bit less like a building site now, and we have even had one or two complimentary comments! We were, for the first time last year, able to provide another new cloth after less than twelve months' use of the old one. Gone, hopefully, are the times when we had to rely on other clubs to donate us their old cloth, but many thanks to those clubs.

Four Lanes had a large number of young players, and the youngest of them, R CurnowRyan Curnow, showed a lot of promise at fifteen years. He made two 56 breaks, quickly followed by an 80, and could be our best prospect since Gary Bray! Ryan has joined Redruth RBL to improve his standards. We have another good young prospect in C MurrayChristian Murray, who has already made several 30+ breaks. He recently made breaks of 32 and 38 against me in one frame and followed this with a 39 and a 37 in another frame! But he is finding consistency a problem (see above). We played a best of 19 series recently and I only managed to beat him 10-8, so he's coming good. And I'd better mention Ross Matthews again, in case he gets jealous!

I was asked to mention that Barrie McIntosh won the County Under 17's competition last season, beating Dave Martin (Redruth RBL) in the final. He played a few matches for Redruth RBL last season, but was apparently busy studying for his exams, so could not devote much time to snooker. This season he has gained a place in the Redruth RBL A team, and we wish him luck. I apologise if my facts are occasionally wrong, but I rely largely on local players for my news. At least I'm trying to provide some local coverage. I do not expect to be threatened with legal action as a result! If that is the case I might as well pack it in and have some free time instead!

Will let you know how things develop, so come back here for more news!

Bye for now,


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