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.
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.
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.