2014 AGM and Presentation night – August 14th

The details of this year’s AGM and presentation night have finally been confirmed and will take place at Llandaff Institute on August 14th. 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

As usual please ensure any proposals for rule changes are in via the forum or emailed to cardiffsnooker@yahoo.co.uk prior to August 7th.

It is believed that most of the current committee are standing down this year so volunteers are needed to run the league next season. Remember without a committee there is no league.

Rowlands and Thomas complete double of pairs titles; Ryan completes hat-trick of titles

Sam Thomas and Ryan Rowlands completed a notable double of both CDSL pairs titles last week with a whitewash of Tom Cross and Kevin Brown in the Handicap Pairs final at Taffs Well. It follows their victory over team mates Bennett and Greening in the Open Pairs and they match the feat of Huw Carpenter and Layton Brooks four years ago in winning the double.

For Ryan it completes a fantastic season, with a hat-trick of singles and doubles titles having also won his first Cardiff Open title and a successful Welsh ranking season

Ryan Rowlands is 2014 Cardiff champion

The Cardiff Open reached a thrilling conclusion at Taff’s Well, ultimately seeing Ryan Rowlands crowned the new champion after the closest of finishes against Huw Carpenter.

Huw made a good start to the 7 frame clash, with a run of 25, and when Ryan responded with 24, the omens looked very promising for a very well balanced match. Huw edged the opening frame on the pink, looking the slightly better player, but then had to watch as Ryan’s scoring power showed. Three frames in quite quick succession went his way, with runs of 42 and 59.

Huw had the presence of mind to see that his area of strength was in the safety play, and from 1-3 down, he noted also that his potting was not as strong as he might have liked,so took a more careful approach. Tougher frames, with fewer heavy scores, followed, and at 3-3, Huw looked to have ridden out the storm, expecially when he built a good lead in the final frame. A snooker laid by Ryan behind a spotted pink, with 2 reds remaining, was called miss, but, in the good spirit in which the whole event was played, Ryan opted to go for the clearance. It went sweetly until he was slightly the wrong side of the brown. The blue was then dispatched, trickily, to a corner pocket, and the pink off its spot with the rest, leaving the white on the top cushion, behind the black, a slow roll to the middle the only real potting option. The clearance of 35 made the younger player the new Cardiff Open champion.

Thanks to Taff’s Well, who provided a venue and part of the audience, to Tom Cross for sharing the refereeing duties, and to all CDSA members who attended what was a

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Thomas and Rowlands complete first leg of double doubles attempt

In a topsy-turvy final, Sam Thomas and Ryan Rowlands of the Savoy were crowned Cardiff Pairs champions last week with a 3-2 win over team-mates Lee Greening and Mark Bennett. After winning the first frame, Sam and Ryan found themselves 2-1 and facing defeat, but made a comeback of their own to win 3-2 with a couple of 30 and 40odd breaks. Sam and Ryan will now face Kevin Brown and Tom Cross in the Handicap Pairs final to attempt to complete a double tournament win.

Huw Carpenter is Cardiff Handicap champion and Rumney BL win the cup

Well done to Huw Carpenter of the Mack Thursday side who won the Cardiff Handicap title for the second time last week with a 3-1 win in the final over Savoy’s Graham Bailey.

On the same night Rumney British Legion secured the inter-divisional knockout cup with a 3-0 win over Wellington Rileys