2015-16 SEASON


Tony Holdstock

KCBSA Player of the Year

Sean Halligan

Kent Amateur

Neil Jefferis

Kent Billiards

Katie Nguyen

Kent Under 16s

The Committee

Kent Teams

Ben Sizer

Kent Under 21s

Mark Cackett

Kent County Cup

Hartley & Martin

Kent Pairs

Tony Holdstock

Kent Veterans


KCBSA Annual Report 2015-16
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Amrik Cheema, Adam Holmes, Stephen Hartley, Neil Jefferis, Lee Martin & Mick Quinnell



The Kent team won the annual South East Inter County Snooker competition this year. Our team pictured left to right were Amrik Cheema, Adam Holmes, Stephen Hartley, Neil Jefferis, Lee Martin and Mick Quinnell. Victoria Snooker Club in Tunbridge Wells kindly hosted the event which is usually contested for by teams from East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex. Unfortunately West Sussex couldn’t get a team together so we decided to adjust the format. It is always a round robin format but this time each team played the others twice to give the players 8 frames each over the day.


We drew 6-6 in our first match with East Sussex but then lost 8-4 to Surrey so at the halfway stage we were 2 points behind East Sussex and 4 behind Surrey. In the second rotation however things turned around. Both Kent and Surrey had convincing 9-3 wins over East Sussex so it came down to the last match between Kent and Surrey to decide the title with Kent needing an 8-4 win or better. An 8-4 win would have meant a single playoff frame and at one stage it was looking likely that would happen but that wasn’t needed in the end as we managed to sneak a 9-3 win to the delight of all the Kent players.

Tony Holdstock


Tony Holdstock

Tony did just enough to hold off Neil Jefferis and take the Player of the Year award. Tony has played in more events than anyone else this year and thoroughly deserves the title.

KCBSA Player of the Year Points Table 2015-16
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Katie Nguyen
Katie Nguyen & Brandon Nguyen

KENT SNOOKER UNDER 16s 'Summers Cup' - 24.4.16

Welling Snooker Club
Winner: Katie Nguyen (£20)
Runner-up: Brandon Nguyen (£10)

3 entries: Katie Nguyen (15), Brandon Nguyen (11), Kieren Brackell (?)
Format: Round Robin, all matches best of 3.


Katie 2 - 1 Kieren
Katie kicked off the match very confidently, securing the first frame 44-16. Kieren fought back extremely well in the second and kept his nerve by potting the final black to win the frame 41-46. Katie, undeterred, concentrated well in the decider to forge an unassailable lead, taking the final frame 53-5.


Brandon 2 - 0 Kieren
2015 Champion Brandon started the defence of his title with a comfortable 50-9 win in the first frame. In the second, Kieren fought admirably before Brandon pressed ahead, winning 45-15.


Brandon 0 - 2 Katie
Both players started the match with the knowledge that the winner would be crowned champion. Katie had the better start winning a close, tense first frame, 42-50. The second frame was equally nip and tuck before Katie pressed home her advantage and took the frame, and the title, 33-45.


Congratulations to Katie for a strong and consistent performance to win the title in her final year before turning 16. Katie also becomes Kent’s first ever female champion!

Mark Cackett & Sean Halligan


Northdown Snooker Club, Margate
Winner: Mark Cackett
Runner-up: Sean Halligan


Plate Winner: Spencer Flowers

Plate Runner-up: Wayne Fuller

The Kent County Cup took place last Sunday at Northdown Snooker Club in Margate. We had 53 entries before the day and as has hopefully been noticed we had decided that in order to get the day finished at a reasonable hour we were going to make the first round best of 3 frames only. Surprisingly there were 11 no shows so we had 42 players in the end and to everyone’s joy we were able to revert back to the best of 5 frame format throughout the day.


The top half of the draw saw the newly crowned Amateur champion, Sean Halligan breeze through to the quarter finals without dropping a frame. He then beat Andy Sage by 3 frames to 1 to get to the semi-final. There he met Charlie Walters who had beaten past champion Ryan Causton in the second round. James Addison-May had made a 70 break in his first match and was waiting hopefully to see if that would stand as the highest of the day but Charlie beat it with a 76 in his quarter final victory over Tony Holdstock. His form wasn’t quite good enough though in the end as Sean played a solid game and won the semi-final 3-1 to make it to his second big final on the trot.


Meanwhile the bottom half of the draw was being steam-rollered by Mark Cackett. His first round match against Spencer Flowers was last on and first off as he won in about 30 minutes. In the semi-final though he came up against Lee Martin who had beaten last year’s champion, John Parkin in the 3rd round. This turned out to be a really tight match and Mark won 3 black ball games to eventually triumph 3-2.


In the final Mark continued his flowing form. It wasn’t to be a dream double for Sean this time as Mark ran out a 3-0 winner to get his name on the trophy for a 3rd time. He also picked up the £200 winner’s prize whilst Sean took home £100.

Wayne Fuller & Spencer Flowers
The plate competition saw a welcome turn around in fortunes for Spencer Flowers (pictured right) after his quick exit from the main competition. He found some form and managed to win without losing a frame, beating Wayne Fuller 2-0 in the final.
Sean Halligan
Sean Halligan & Neil Jefferis


Jordan's Snooker Club, Rainham
Sean Halligan
Runner-up: Neil Jefferis


Plate Winner: Steve Wagon

Plate Runner-up: Ben Sizer

We were back at Jordan’s once again and with a full house of 64 runners just proving you really need to get your entry in early doors if you want to take part.


The top half of the draw saw one of our long time supporters Alan Bailey who actually won this event in 1982 and he rolled back the years as he dispatched Nathan Moore and Ryan Miskin before going out to James Teubler. Two time winner Matt Howard strolled through to the quarters where he beat two time winner Amrik Cheema three frames to one. Meanwhile our Treasurer, Neil Jefferis, battled through the rounds in a series of epic comebacks. He was one ball away from losing to Scott Bell in round two and needed a snooker on the blue against Adam Holmes in round three and looked down and out against Matt Howard in the semis before grinding out a victory 3-2 to make it his first Kent Amateur final.


Meanwhile the bottom half of the draw saw defending champion Phil O’Kane sneak in by way of being one of the reserves. He started well by beating Steve Whybrow in the first round and Matt Simpson in round two before succumbing to Steve Hartley 3-2 in round three. Steve Crowley made an appearance once again despite not practicing very often and he did very well before he eventually lost to Sean Halligan in the semi final.


Meanwhile the bottom half of the draw saw defending champion Phil O’Kane sneak in by way of being one of the reserves. He started well by beating Steve Whybrow in the first round and Matt Simpson in round two before succumbing to Steve Hartley 3-2 in round three. Steve Crowley made an appearance once again despite not practicing very often and he did very well before he eventually lost to Sean Halligan in the semi final.


So the final was Sean v Neil but because of the 2am start we all agreed to play best of three. Halligan played very solidly through the whole match as he had done the whole tournament and he was looking to succeed the 81 break he made in round two against Rob Molinari. He really didn’t give Jefferis too many chances and his consistency saw him run out the victor two nil and take £300 for the win and an extra tenner for his high break of the day.


The success of these two players has significantly boosted their Player of the Year status. Sean is up to third but Neil is only five points behind Tony Holdstock before we head into the Kent County Cup... it's certainly all to play for!


As the final ball was potted at 2.46am we have taken the decision to make future competitions that attract a full entry field best of three in the first round.

Steve Wagon
Ben Sizer & Steve Wagon

Earlier in the evening the Plate competition was running concurrently for the first game losers and saw seasoned campaigner Steve Wagon take the spoils as he beat our Under 21 champion, Ben Sizer two frames to nil.


We’d like to thank everyone for taking part and we look forward to another full house next year. Now it’s time for you to get your entry in for the Kent County Cup.


The completed draw for the Kent Amateur can be seen here and click here to see the draw for the Plate.

Kent Amateur Championship Draw Sheet 2015-16
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Kent Amateur Championship Plate Draw Sheet 2015-16
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Adrian Frisby, Finlay Palmer & Neil Jefferis
Mike Quinnell, Adam Holmes & John Meaney


Victoria Snooker Club, Tunbridge Wells

Winners: Adrian Frisby, Finlay Palmer & Neil Jefferis
Runner-up: Mike Quinnell, Adam Holmes & John Meaney

Well, what can I say, The Committee against all odds have done it again. Eight teams turned up on the day so we split into two groups of four and ran a Round Robin. In Group 1 last year's champions, Stone Street, were drawn against Swale, Victoria and The Committee whilst group 2 had two time past champions, The Dreamteam, against Petts Wood, Mid Life Crisis and Ightham.


Group 1 was very close but both The Committee and Victoria beat Stone Street and Swale 4-2 and when The Committee took a 4-1 lead against Victoria in the final group match that was enough to put them through to the semis as group winners with Victoria going through as runners up.


Group 2 was even closer. The first two rounds saw all four matches finish tied 3-3. The last round put Ightham against The Dreamteam and Mid Life Crisis against Petts Wood. It looked likely that these would both be 3-3 giving the organizers a real headache but Spencer Flowers from Ightham managed to pinch the last frame with a great long final black. Mid Life Crisis also managed a 4-2 win so they tied at the top of the group with Ightham but went through as winners on the toss of a coin.


So the semi-finals saw Mid Life Crisis play Victoria and The Committee taking on Ightham. Mid Life Crisis beat Victoria 4-2 but the second semi finished 3-3 so a deciding frame had to be played. Neil Jefferis played for the Committee and Wayne Fuller played for Ightham. It was a tense frame and with some helpful run of the ball including a decisive snooker on the final brown, Neil came through as the winner.


The final saw Neil play John Meaney, Finlay Palmer play Adam Holmes and Adrian Frisby play Mick Quinnell and it proved to be The Committee's day as Neil squeezed home 2-0, Finlay fought back to draw 1-1 after Adam had made a 55 break in the first and Adrian only needed to play the one frame as he won his first to give The Committee a 4-1 lead and the title for the second time.


Special mention needs to go to Sean Halligan from Stone Street for the highest break of the day, an impressive 106 in the group stages.

Alex Swatton, Steve Hartley, Jamie Dunlop & Lee Martin


Welling Snooker Club

Winners: Stephen Hartley & Lee Martin
Runner-up: Alex Swatton & Jamie Dunlop


Plate Winner: John Yuen

Plate Runner-up: Nick Skinner

Another record breaking entry for one of our one day competitions as 21 pairs turned up at Welling Snooker Club. With such a good entry we had to run the event as a knockout tournament with each match the best of three frames. The top half of the draw saw Stephen Hartley and Lee Martin get through to the final without dropping a frame. Alex Swatton and Jamie Dunlop travelled up from Folkestone and also made it through to the final which was best of five frames. Stephen and Lee started strongest and took the first two frames before Alex and Jamie fought back taking the third. It looked like they would level the match as they built a good lead in the fourth but Stephen and Lee managed to claw that lead back and pinched the frame on the black. Their 3-1 win gives them the Pairs title at their first attempt.

John Yuen & Nick Skinner

Because we had plenty of entries we were also able to run a plate competition for any pair that lost their first match. Welling club owner John Yuen and his partner Nick Skinner won this beating Spencer Flowers and Finlay Palmer 2-1 in the final.

Andy Phillips & Neil Jefferis

KENT BILLIARDS 'Archie Wood Trophy' - 15.11.15

Victoria Snooker Club, Tunbridge Wells

Winners: Neil Jefferis
Runner-up: Andy Phillips

We had 10 entrants for the Billiards this year so we split into two groups of 5 and ran a Round Robin competition with the top 2 in each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Each game was played over 45 minutes. Group 1 saw defending champion Andy Phillips top the group winning all of his games including beating Neil Jefferis who managed to win his other 3 games to finish as group runner-up.


Group 2 was topped by Paul Murphy with Trevor Gibb finishing runner-up after both players had won 3 out of 4 games but Paul had scored more points. So the semi-finals put Andy against Trevor and Paul against Neil. Andy put together a string of 40+ breaks and a 52 to beat Trevor by 217 to 76. Neil overcame a strong start from Paul and finishing with a 38 break managed to win 198 to 89.


In the final it was revenge for Neil as Andy struggled to keep his scoring run going and Neil, with breaks of 36 and 42, managed to win by 183 to 95 to claim the title for the second time in 3 years and the £100 winner's prize. Andy got £50 for his efforts.


The POTY table is starting to take shape now and it is Tony Holdstock that has the early lead, closely followed by Paul Murphy. See the latest table at the top of this page.

Ben Sizer

KENT SNOOKER UNDER 21s - 25.10.15

Riley's Gillingham Snooker Club

Winner: Ben Sizer
Runner-up: James Addison-May

Unfortunately we only had 2 players turn up on the day for the Under 21s competition so straight into the final were Ben Sizer and James Addison-May. This was a rematch of last year's final but this time the best of 9 frames. Ben took control of the match with some impressive play and won 5-0 to retain his title with a highest break of 48 on the way.
Ron Goodwin & Tony Holdstock


Riley's Gillingham Snooker Club

Winner: Tony Holdstock
Runner-up: Ron Goodwin

In contrast to the Under 21s, the Veterans broke last year's record of 18 entrants with 22 turning up this time. It was great to see lots of faces from the past returning to the baize and supporting the competition. Congratulations go to Tony Holdstock who came out the champion at the end. Tony beat two time past winner Tony Molineaux, Fred Jarmak and David Parsons to get to the semi-final. He then got revenge against John Woolcott who had beaten him last year before beating Ron Goodwin 2-0 in the final to take the title for the first time.


Tony said he likes a chinese takeaway when he wins but had been depriving himself recently after disappointing performances. I'm sure some of the £120 winners prize went towards a very satisfying chinese meal.


The full draw for the competition can be seen here...

Kent Snooker Veterans Draw Sheet 2015-16
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