AGM Reminder and Full Agenda

The Annual General Meeting will be held at St Gregorys Club on Wednesday 18th April 2018 starting at 7.30 pm. All member clubs / teams should be represented and will be allowed one vote per team provided that they have paid the Team Registration Fee for season 2018-2019.
1. Apologies for absence.
1a Deceased Members: Bob Dance June 2017; Norman Carter March 2018
2. Minutes of the AGM held on Wednesday 12th April 2017
3. Matters arising
4. Chairman’s Report (Mick Wignall)
5. Secretary’s Report (Paul Garstang)
6. Treasurer’s Report – Accounts and Balance Sheet (Mick Wignall)
7. Election of Committee for season 2018-2019. Existing Committee – Craig Millward and Dave Myers are due for re-election this year. Paul Hamriding and Richard Kay are due for re-election next year. Positions of Chairman (Mick Wignall), Treasurer (Mick Wignall), Secretary (Paul Garstang) and Assistant Secretary (Paul Taylor) are due for re-election this year. Application to join the committee received from James Peoples.
8. Team Registrations and Structure of Divisions
9. Written proposals received from Clubs and Committee as per Rule 3.
9a Clarification of 6 Man & 3 Man Team Handicapping after last years amendment (Elite B)
9b 6 Man Team Scheduling – propose rounds 3 and 4 or 2 and 3 (if prelims occur) are also scheduled – making season two weeks longer (Elite B)
9c Full ball miss rule x 3 misses – would like the leagues ruling on this defining clearly (Elite B)
9d Suggested review of transfer policy (Rule 15) – no transfers at all during season (Elite A & Committee)
9e Suggested clarification on postponement of matches (Rule 7) as amended last season as a refresher for all parties. (e.g. Extreme weather conditions or unexpected closure of a club. (Recommended by the Committee)
9f Suggested £10 extra reg fees to pay for a 3rd and 4th division cup competition (B Mangan – Brownedge Blue)
9g Suggestion to scrap the money PDSL spends on hotel accommodation at Leeds Comp and use the money towards an Under 22 Handicap Comp (B Mangan – Brownedge Blue)
9h Suggestion for P Garstang – if he provides a weekly blog on website – to provide a precised version to LEP for inclusion in their sports section as per previous years (B Mangan – Brownedge Blue)
10. Applications for additional teams to join the league have been received from: ?????

We look forward to seeing you at 730pm on Wednesday evening. Please note that the agenda is now closed – the proposals 9a to 9h are the only proposals received in writing within the time period as per rule 3 and no additional items will be added or raised on the evening at the AGM.

Gentle Reminder : Please note that each team represented is allowed one vote per item as long as their registration fees have been paid. No registration no vote. You have been warned !



Three Man Semis 7 Final This Saturday Night at Eccleston Institute

Evening Folks !

Don’t forget to come and support the guys on Saturday night 7th April from 730 pm at Eccleston Institute – should be a great night with some good snooker sure to be on show – no doubt fine ales on sale and food kindly provided by Eccleston.

The semis are Deepdale Joes B (141) vs St Gregs Pasties (42)

St Gregs Blue (105) vs Elite E (A) (56)

I will stick my neck out and say I fancy the outsiders to win this comp – come along and see if i’m right !!

See you on Saturday night


Wily Bernie Carlisle Guides His Troops Throughout A Fantastic Giant Killing Campaign

Happy Easter Folks !!

The Final of the PDSL 6 Man Handicap was played in an excellent match on Maundy Thursday between Division 1 “Golden Boys” Brownedge Blue and potential “Giant Killers” Lonsdale.

This would no doubt be a battle between the two non playing captains – Paul Taylor and Bernie Carlisle – these two gents of the game sharing at least 65 years of experience in the PDSL !!!

Brownedge had just had a fantastic season becoming Division 1 Champions for the very first time although they had started to look a little ‘burned out’ for the last couple of matches – once they had won the title. Nevertheless they would certainly be up for winning an unprecedented league and cup double.

Meanwhile, Lonsdale had just been promoted to Division 1 after an excellent season in Division 2 finishing runners-up to Ansdell Institute. Furthermore, just nine days earlier in the 6 Man Semi Final Lonsdale had taken the “massive scalp” of Moor Park Eddies to get to the final and were obviously still riding the cloud of euphoria from such a victory 🙂

Strangely enough in that semi final – three of the Lonsdale players had struggled on the night – Martin Fleetwood, Heath Bamber and Stuart Singleton – although Stuart pulled himself together enough to clear the table with a 31 break that evening. Even so all three players came away slightly dejected on the evening feeling as though they had let their team down and promising a better performance in the final!!!

And so it came to fruition !! It would be these three that would make the difference in the Final !!! Lonsdale would take a 90 point start into the final

The first two games saw Aaron Cooper versus Andy Bate and Brian Mangan versus Martin Fleetwood. Aaron took control of his frame early on – regularly scoring and then snookering – Andy was unable to hit back with the points that were required and it was first blood comfortably for Brownedge. Martin was good to his word and performed well – keeping Brian safe – the end of the frame saw just a difference of 4 points. The aggregate difference was around 50 points at this time – in favour of Lonsdale

On to frames three and four – these would see Ashley Hudson take on Heath Bamber and Jake Robinson take on Stuart Singleton. Stuart was good to his word and admitted that he played his best frame of snooker in years – keeping Jake tied up or snookered and taking balls when available. Heath excelled himself – although nervy he kept potting 4 or 5 balls at a time when available generally with pinks or blacks. When he had done this 3 or 4 times during the frame he had built up an unassailable lead against an opponent who was ‘out of sorts’ on the evening. However, taking nothing away from Heath, his excellent performance in tandem with Stuarts virtually put this match to bed. Lonsdale now had a massive lead of around 120 or more.

Robb Dodd gritted his teeth and tried to take the frame to Paul Godkin and seemed to be making leeway but a few pots from Paul late on in the frame including clearing blue, pink and black virtually sealed the final for Lonsdale.

Lee Cromie now had the task of beating Andy Brady with more than 110 points – money was on Lonsdale !!

Lee got in a couple of times but it was all a bit “stop-start” and was proving difficult against an experienced opponent with over a 100 lead. With five reds left Andy got in taking an excellent break of five reds and five blacks plus the final yellow before snookering himself on green. He got out of his own snooker and Lee sportingly conceded and shook his hand.


(In a Scandinavian accent ) “Maggie Thatcher! Winston Churchill! Clement Attley! Johnny Lydon !! YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELL OF A BEATING !!”

I dont think Brownedge losing to Lonsdale was as epic a giant killing act as England losing to part-time Norway – it was however a fantastic team performance with every player playing exactly as his captain had told him !!

2018 6 Man Champions Lonsdale who went two steps further in this seasons competition with an excellent victory in the final against Div 1 Champions Brownedge.

An exciting final – congratulations going out to both teams – good luck to Lonsdale next season in the top division and also good luck to Brownedge – after many years you are now top of the pile and every team will want a piece of you !!

Brownedge are Division 1 Champs for the first time !! Congratulations to all the team for a fantastic achievment

Well done and thanks to those who turned up for the evening and made it such a great night including our sponsors, organisers and referees (Craig & Dave) who did a fantastic job as usual.



Update to Dates For Your Diaries – Important !!!!!! Date Change – REG NIGHT NOW THURSDAY 5 APRIL

Registration Night will now be Thursday 5th April as the club isnt available on the original evening !!




    Morning Folks !

    Here are some important dates for your diaries

    Team Registration Night – St Gregs 730pm on Weds 4th April – £60.00 per team (60 is correct)

    Any delegates wishing to save a journey and pay by bacs should text me on 07792967311 or email on for PDSL bank details

    AGM – Weds 18th April – 730 at St Gregs – anyone wishing to raise any issues for the AGM must do so in writing by Monday 16th April. These can be via text or email to myself (my details are above)

    Only items that have been raised via the official routes will be considered for addition to the AGM agenda. Any items not on the AGM agenda will not be up for discussion at the AGM on the 18th April – remember no items will be considered after 16th April !!

    Our end of season finale is the PDSL Presentation Night at Greenlands on Friday 4th May from 730 pm onwards and will be free of charge.

    Please remember that players must attend the presentation in order to collect prize monies. No show no prize money. If you are unable to attend then an able representative should collect any prize money on your behalf.

    With regards to team events such as 6 man and league position prize monies – a minimum of 4 players should turn up from that team in order to collect prize monies. Also at least one of pairings and at least two of 3 man teams are required to turn up for collection of prize monies.

    Just to reiterate – no show no money – it will be a great night – so come along and enjoy yourselves – all welcome !!



“Jumping Jonny Clarke” Makes The Difference & Helps Lift The PDSL Pairs Trophy

Afternoon Folks !!

Semi finals and final of the Pairs Handicap were played at Fulwood on Friday night in front of a knowledgable crowd.

In the first of the semis – “The All Brownedge Semi” – this saw “non playing captain” Paul Taylor and “the excellent barman” Keith Farington ruffle the feathers of two Brownedge stalwarts and top sticks in Rob Dodd and Ashley Hudson. In a cagey, stop-start game it was the underdogs of Keith and Paul who played the steadier game – Rob and Ashley who have stood firm in the league all season were out of sorts and never got to grips with the evening. In the end it was Keiths steady potting that made the difference and delivered a close victory 2-1 and onwards to the final !

The All Brownedge Semi Final pitched Keith & Paul versus Rob and Ashley. Keith was the difference in a close semi -final which he helped to win 2-1.

In the second of the semis – we saw Elite B’s Jonny Clarke & Mark Slattery take on Lostock St Gerards Ian Hodges & Matt Hall. This turned out to be a 2-0 win to Jonny & Mark but Ian & Matt gave a very good account of themselves on the night and were very unlucky to not win at least one frame! Matt Hall had a 38 break in the first frame but the Elite Boys did not give in and clawed their way back into the frame and won it on the final black. The second frame was very close until Mark Slattery got his chance and cleared up with a 32 break. 2 nil and the final beckoned !!

The second semi saw the Elite B pairing of Jonny Clarke & Mark Slattery take on Lostock St Gerards pairing of Ian Hodges & Matt Hall

So would it be a Brownedge pairing or an Elite B pairing that took the title ?? Would it be a cagey affair like the Brownedge semi or a more open game like the Elite semi?

In the end it was an excellent final with some great potting and safety play from both sides.

The first frame saw Keith make a very nice break of over 30 and just ran out of pottable balls so had to play safe. Once again the Elite side clawed their way back into the frame. Jonny Clarke found himself in a position to win the first frame. Needing blue and pink to win he was screwing the white ball back from the green baulk pocket back to the yellow side rail to leave himself on the pink. A slight rush of blood ??!! Who knows ??!! He completely jumped the blue and went in off. Calmly Keith, with ball in hand potted the blue and converted the pink to win a great first frame.

However “Jumping Jonny Clarke” who played some great snooker throughout the evening didnt let his foul shot affect him. In the very next frame – which began as a very close affair – he delivered a decisive 53 break that took the second frame. There was some good potting in the final frame but no breaks of any size. Eventually the Elite pairing went into a lead of 40 points with 51 left on the table. They kept hold of the lead and kept it through to the colours where they confidently crossed the finishing line.

Mark Slattery and Jonny Clarke PDSL Pairs Champions 2018 !!! Congratulations !!!

Congratulations to Mark & Jonny on the night. Commiserations on the night go to Keith & Paul, Rob & Ashley and Ian & Matt !! – however congratulations also go to these three pairings for getting so far in the competition !!!

Well done and thanks to those who turned up for the evening and made it such a great night including our sponsors, organisers and referees (Mick & Dave) who did a fantastic job as usual.


Paul Garstang

“Lord Millward” Rises to the Occasion & Pockets the Individual Handicap Title

Evening Folks !!

Semi finals and final of the Individual Handicap were played at Fulwood on Friday night in front of a crowd of snooker enthusiasts.

In the first of the semis – “the battle of the young guns” – this saw newcomer George Reynolds – armed with a healthy handicap – beat Aaron Cooper 2-0 on the night. In both frames young Aaron bravely pulled the frame back to level pegging before “even younger” George managed to pick off the balls he needed to win each frame and amazingly reach his first final.

The 4 semi finalists – Rob Dodd & Craig Millward followed by Aaron Cooper & George Reynolds. Craig won 2-1 and George won 2-0

In the second of the semis – we saw Robb Dodd take on Craig Millward. This was a closely fought semi with sporadic breaks of over 30 and over 50 taking account of the first two frames – Craig winning the first and Rob levelling up with the second. The honours went to Craig in the third with another break of over 50 proving decisive and providing a 2-1 victory.

So the final would showcase the skills of a young prospect – George Reynolds – who has had some great victories on the way to the final versus a seasoned veteran of the snooker league in “Lord Millward” who is happy to be called just plain “Sir” by his fellow players.

The worthy finalists Craig Millward & George Reynolds – joined by our referee Dave Myers.

What would prevail? Youth and an appetite for success? Or experience, class and a touch of guile?

In the end it was total class that shone through in the final. The first frame saw Craig make a mere 122 break – fifteen reds, fifteen blacks and a yellow – an unfortunate kick when playing the green saw the break come to an end – much to the dismay of the audience and the players – just when a total 147 clearance was in touching distance !!! A mesmerising break and awesome stuff for the audience to watch.

Craig didnt let the missed green affect him – several minutes later he made a 73 break that won him the second frame and the Individual Handicap Title for 2018 against a young opponent who didnt put a foot wrong in the final.

Congratulations to Craig on the night. Commiserations on the night go to George, Aaron and Rob – however congratulations go to these three guys at the same time for getting so far in the competition

Well done and thanks to those who turned up for the evening and made it such a great night including our sponsors, organisers and referees who did a fantastic job as usual.


Paul Garstang

Dates for Finals Nights

Afternoon Cueists!

Here are some dates for your diaries!

Draws for Semi Finals of all Competitions will take place on Monday 5th March at St Gregs and will be posted on the website by next day.

Individual Handicap Semis and Final – Friday 16 March – 730 at Fulwood

Pairs Semis and Final Friday 23rd March – 730 at Fulwood

Individual Scratch Semis and Final – Friday 6 April – 730 at St Gregs

6 Man Handicap (all games at Brownedge)

First Semi – Tuesday 13 March – 730
Second Semi – Tuesday 20 March – 730

Finals Night – Maundy Thursday 29 March 730

3 Man Semis and Final – Eccleston – Saturday 7 April – 730

Please come along and support these events.


Paul Garstang

Steve Whalley Over 50’s Champion for 2017-18

Morning Folks !!

Semi finals and final of the Over 50’s were played at St Gregs last night in front of a good sized crowd of snooker enthusiasts.

In the semis Steve Whalley beat John Dougan 2 nil and Terry Worden was beaten 2 nil by Brian Mangan.

John Dougan and Steve Whalley. Steve won 2 nil.
Terry Worden and Brian Mangan – Brian won 2 nil.

A closely contested final saw Steve Whalley pot the final pink and get over the finishing line to win the final 2 – 1

Finalists !! A modest champion Steve shakes hands with a humble opponent Brian, Well done guys !

Congratulations to Steve on the night. Commiserations on the night go to Brian, Terry and John – however congratulations at the same time for getting so far in the competition

Well done and thanks to those who turned up for the finals night and made it worth watching.


Paul Garstang