AGM & Presentation Night

That’s it for the 2018-19 CDSA season, which has once again been an enjoyable year full of exciting matches and some exceptional performances.

Many thanks to all players and captains for contributing to a competitive season, whilst ensuring the game has always been played in the right spirit.

The standard has once again been very high and the league has been very competitive this year, with centuries and lots of high breaks, as well as a range of winners across the different tournaments.

The Cardiff and District Snooker Association Committee would like to thank everyone involved in the league for their support over the past year, and look forward to seeing you at our Annual General Meeting and Presentation Night on Friday 28th June 7.30pm at Fairwater Conservative Club.

Prize Money for 2018-19 season –

Premier League Winners – £100

Cardiff Open Singles Winner – £100
Cardiff Open Singles Runner-up – £50

Cardiff Handicap Singles Winner – £70
Cardiff Handicap Singles Runner-up – £30

Cardiff Open Pairs Winners – £50
Cardiff Open Pairs Runners-up – £25

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Winners – £50
Cardiff Handicap Pairs Runners-up – £25

Roll of Honour 2018-19

Premier League Winners – Savoy
Premier League Runners-Up – Mackintosh
Division One Winners – Canton Libs B
Division One Runners-Up – Trecenydd Snooker
Player of the Year – Jason Hewitt (Mackintosh) 21/23

Malcolm Keenor Trophy Winners – Savoy
Malcolm Keenor Trophy Runners-Up – Taff’s Well B
Handicap Plate – Senghenydd

Cardiff Open Singles Winner – Rhys Carpenter (Taff’s Well B)
Cardiff Open Singles Runner-Up – Ryan Rowlands (Savoy)

Cardiff Open Pairs Winners – Dan Bridle & Alan Morgan (Senghenydd/Savoy)
Cardiff Open Pairs Runners-Up – Tom Cross & Kevin Brown (Taff’s Well B)

Cardiff Handicap Singles Winner – Chris Garwood (Trecenydd Snooker)
Cardiff Handicap Singles Runner-Up – Steffan Davies (Taff’s Well A)

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Winners – Ronnie Allen & Alan Hurley (Mackintosh)
Cardiff Handicap Pairs Runners-Up – Dan Bridle & Alan Morgan (Senghenydd/Savoy)

Premier League Highest Break – Alan Hurley 103 (Mackintosh)
Competition Highest Break – Sam Thomas 125 (Savoy)

Rhys Carpenter wins Cardiff Open Singles

Cardiff Open Singles Final

Ryan Rowlands 2 v 4 Rhys Carpenter

Breaks
Ryan Rowlands 45

Rhys Carpenter is the 2018-19 Cardiff Open Singles champion after a 4-2 victory over Ryan Rowlands at Taff’s Well Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Playing in his fifth final, Rowlands started assuredly and took an early lead in the first, but Carpenter hit back with solid potting and shot selection to take the frame to the colours. It eventually went to the black, with a misjudged safety from Carpenter giving Rowlands the opportunity to seal the frame and take a 1-0 lead.

Carpenter started strongly in the next and established an early lead, before a couple of good breaks from Rowlands again took the frame to the colours, but Carpenter maintained his advantage to leave Rowlands needing a snooker on the blue. A couple of attempts went very close before an outstanding safety checked perfectly off the top cushion to land behind the black, leaving Carpenter with a tough escape with pink and black in the open. He judged the two-cushion escape well and Rowlands was unable to land another before Carpenter sank the blue to level things up at 1-1.

It was a big moment in the match as Carpenter seemed to take confidence from drawing level and he dominated the next frame, with Rowlands unable to capitalise when presented with chances and the missed pots coupled with very solid matchplay from Carpenter put him 2-1 ahead. The momentum had now switched and Carpenter built on this in the next with very good long-range potting and tight safety play keeping Rowlands at bay to establish a healthy lead with a handful of reds left. He seized the opportunity on the last red to seal the frame and Rowlands’ concession came on the brown.

So first-time finalist Carpenter

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Allen & Hurley win Handicap Pairs

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Final

Dan Bridle & Alan Morgan 0 v 3 Ronnie Allen & Alan Hurley

Breaks

Alan Hurley 74, 30, 59

Ronnie Allen and Alan Hurley are the Cardiff Handicap Pairs winners after defeating Dan Bridle and Alan Morgan 3-0 in the final.

The first frame was tight at the start with both pairs making small contributions before Hurley got in and made the most of the chance with an outstanding 74 clearance to take the opener.

Hurley got in first at the start of the second frame making a well-constructed 30 break, and some solid matchplay ensured that last year’s beaten finalists pulled away to comfortably win it and go 2-0 up.

Bridle and Morgan hadn’t had many opportunities in the first two frames, but started the third strongly and went 20 points ahead, but were unable to make a substantial break. It was left to Hurley again who made a superb 59 with some tremendous positional play to lead by 36 with two reds left. Bridle and Morgan were unable to come back though and it was left to Allen to finish things off and win the match 3-0.

Highest Breaks 2018-19

It’s been another strong year of break-building in the CDSA, with the top 10 highest breaks of the year in both team and individual competitions as follows –

Sam Thomas 125
Ryan Rowlands 104
Alan Hurley 103
Ryan Rowlands 83
Sam Thomas 81
Dylan Emery 76
Mark Bennett 75
Steffan Davies 75
Alan Hurley 74
Ryan Rowlands 74
Tom Cross 71
Sam Thomas 71

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