THE fourth Christmas shootout night in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League saw new winners all round on the honours board with players from Bolehill Institute No 1, Edgefold No 2 and Jaxx Q Club of Belper all playing prominent roles.
The turnout of 18 matched the best yet of a couple of seasons ago and made for a competitive evening of light hearted yet keenly contested quickfire snooker with the six red formats.
The Alan Hopkinson Memorial Trophy (6 reds individual handicap) went to Edgefold’s Sean Dobney, who with breaks of 31 in the semi final against team mate Jodie McLarkey and 24 in the final against Jaxx’s Ben Turner, triumphed on his Christmas competition debut.
Martyn Taylor made the evening’s top break of 39 in the second round to see off last season’s champion Ian Peacock.
Turner also went close in the George Mills Trophy competition (6 reds scotch doubles handicap) as he and partner Wayne Shooter of Strutt No 1 fell at the final hurdle, this time to Andrew Brough (Bolehill 1) and Shaun Smith (Jaxx).
Yellow, green and brown put the latter pair 19 in front with 18 on and that was enough to see them home after Brough’s fluke on the black had earlier put out Kevin Holmes and Chris Drabble in their opening match, also culminating in a 22 clearance.
Simon Zoppi (Bolehill 1) lifted the Eddie Lomas Speed Snooker Challenge Trophy (fastest to clear the colours), as a switch of tables seemed to de-rail final opponent Martyn Taylor, having had to come from well adrift in the semi final to see off Jodie McLarkey whose attempts to toy with his team-mate backfired in spectacular style at the end!
Zoppi had a very quick eye for a shot all evening, having earlier seen off Shak Mirza, Chris Drabble and Wayne Shooter en route to success.
The leading scotch doubles break for the Presidents Cup remains in the hands of the Alfreton father of son pairing of Jamie and Ken Rowland (26) with now just the semi finals and final left in the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup for it to be overhauled.