2018 Snooker Pairs Tournament
(Click any image to enlarge - article by Stewart Barclay and photos by Siward James-Moore and Stewart )
Simon Tyler ‘Wows’ while Malcolm Fazey ‘Fizzes’ in their demolition of all challengers!
Thursday 7th June saw the annual Dick and Brian Memorial snooker pairs event for 2018.
After some reshuffling of the pairings due to a couple of ‘no-shows’, Malcolm “Hokey Cokey” Fazey was finally ‘in’ and partnered Simon Tyler in the bottom half of the draw.
Sitting in the top half of the draw was Simon’s father Brian, paired with Dennis Lees; surely fate wouldn’t step in and lend a hand…?
The preliminary round saw Brian and Dennis beat Tim Purslow and Mark Mees while Keith Cosnett and Paul Thatcher overcame Steve Webster and David Mees.
Quarter finals saw victories for Brian and Dennis over Keith and Paul; Gavin Dunn and Dave Burrows over Andy Pitt and Lowell Cartwright (with Mr Burrows contributing more than just a constantly revised forecast of which colour Gavin would win the frame on); Ed Davies and Terry Clarke over Stew Barclay and Siward James-Moore; Simon and Malcolm over Chris Cowley and John Hand (worth noting the very high standard of play in this frame).
Almost all the matches were very close (well done to the handicap committee, anyone ‘grumpy’ about their handicap can approach the committee with a larger brown envelope next year…) and left us with the potential for the Tyler Father and Son final.
Prior to the Semi-finals a temporary halt was called so Tim’s excellent buffet could provide sustenance to those who needed it and the first layers of Winter bulk to those who just couldn’t say no. Thanks for a great spread Tim.
Fate surely must have played a hand in the Semi-finals as Dennis ‘Fagin’ Lees produced an outstanding performance of ‘flukes’, stroking balls into any pocket he wasn’t picking.
So Brian and Dennis progressed against Dave and Gavin who were gracious as ever in defeat (although I doubt whether ‘Oliver’ will be a watched in the Dunn household this Christmas…).
All that was left was for Simon and Malcolm to beat Ed and Terry, which they duly did, in yet another close frame to produce the family final the draw had potentially thrown up from the start.
The final was a tight affair with excellent potting and safety play by both sides, ending with Simon and Malcolm overcoming Dennis and Brian with play which typified their dovetailing throughout the evening.
The worthy and popular winners were presented with their trophy by Brian Arch; with approximately £100 was raised for a worthy charity on the night the evening was hailed as another success.
Well done and thanks to all those who attended (over 20 players and supporters) and to those who helped in the organisation of the event (Tim, Andy, Ed and Dennis), we look forward to next year’s event and the associated handicap adjustments.