For the first time ever this year the league will be split during the season.
We have had 15 teams register for the new season, which is a difficult number as it would mean a 30 week season leaving no room for cups. Therefore, the first half of the season will see every team playing each other, with the league then splitting into two divisions for the second half of the season. All points will be carried over and the top 8 sides will form a Premier League and play each other once to decide a champion, whereas the bottom 7 teams will form a Division 1, again with a trophy for the team that comes out on top. This will mean a 22 week season, which leaves enough room for a whole league handicap cup throughout the season, and a divisional cup when the league has finished.
After a flurry of activity last week it has been confirmed that 14 teams have registered for the new season including a return for South Wales Snooker. The league will start on Sept 18th and is likely to be one division.
The teams are: Aber & Senghenydd, Cathays Cons, Canton Libs A, Canton Libs B, Canton Libs Z, County Cons, Mackintosh Sports, Park Club, Rumney British Legion, Savoy, South Wales Snooker A, South Wales Snooker B, Taffs Well, Trec Bandits
The league leaders coming into week 3, County Cons, have a bye so this round of fixtures is an opportunity for the chasing pack to catch up. In the battle of the league champions, Savoy walked away with maximum points with a 5 – 0 win against Canton Libs B and thus jumped up the table a few places to joint second place with Penarth Road ‘B’ who, as of a couple of weeks ago, were not expecting to be playing a derby game this season. They were the home team and played host to, well, their hosts, Penarth Road ‘A’. Captain Huw Thomas got the B team to the best start possible with a win over Anthony Davies, making a 36 break on the way. The match went to a final frame decider which was won by the former Fairwater Cons. Mack Sports triumphed in another final frame decider away at Canton Libs A while Mack Thursday lost 4-1 to Trec A which is only the 2nd time the former Div 1 champions have lost more than 3 frames in a league match. County hang on to top spot by a point without even playing a match but are also only 3 points ahead of three teams at equal 5th place.
Cuesaders extended their lead by just a little bit with a 5 – 0 victory away against the kids of Trec Bandits. It may be another loss for the kids but team captain Andrew Bridle is very pleased with the improvement his players are showing every week and despite the convincing score line, a couple of frames went down to the wire. Taffs Well climb the table with a 4 – 1 win against Wellington Rileys, only missing out on the whitewash in the last frame of the
The Cardiff & District Snooker League 2013-14 season has kicked off with some thrilling results. Premier Division Champions, Savoy, were whitewashed 5-0 at home by the team who have been so close in past seasons, County Cons. Savoy had their usual line up but looked even stronger with the addition of Sam Thomas, formerly of Penarth Road Snooker Centre. However, County Cons showed why they are such a solid and difficult team to beat as they battled their way to the maximum 6 points. The remaining three matches in the Premier Division were close 3-2 scores. Canton Libs A lost to newly named Penarth Road B, formerly Fairwater Cons, on a deciding frame. Promoted Division 1 Champions, Canton Libs Z travelled to former Div 1 Champions, Mackintosh Thursday, losing on the final black of the 5th frame. Penarth Road A rounds off the Prem Div fixtures for Week 1 with a win over Trecenydd A.
Newcomers Cuesaders started their first campaign with a 5-0 win over Canton Libs B. Park Club were comfortable 4-1 home winners against Senghenydd. Wellington Rileys were final frame winners away to the always improving young team Trec Bandits. League Cup Champions, Cathays Cons, fought back from 2-0 at Taffs Well to win 3-2 in a dramatic turn around.
So the first week of the season starts win both of last year’s divisional champions and highest ranked players (that played) losing, nine 30+ breaks, newcomers on 100% and four final frame deciders. Let’s hope there will more action in the weeks to come.
Just days before the new seasons starts sees a late change of venue for Fairwater Cons. The team will now be playing home matches at Penarth Road Snooker Centre and with the resulting name change to Penarth Road ‘B’. The fixtures will remain unchanged other than the venue of their home matches.