Closest season in living memory of Torbay and District Billiards and Snooker League brought to abrupt halt

Snooker Premier Division Champions for the past two seasons, Dawlish RBL B (from left) Andy Hill, Ri

Snooker Premier Division Champions for the past two seasons, Dawlish RBL B (from left) Andy Hill, Ritchie Blackmore and Matt Phillips (not in picture team captain Rob Nicholls) - Credit: Archant

The closest season in Torbay and District Billiards and Snooker League in recent memory was brought to an abrupt halt by the coronavirus lockdown, leaving the Match Room-sponsored Torbay Snooker League winter season hanging in the balance with only one week of fixtures remaining to be played.

Trophies ordered, presentation evening all set to take place on April 3 and a new summer league format were put in place, yet it's mid-May and we're no closer to concluding the winter season.

The league, believed to have been formed in 1927 but some believe as early as 1912, now includes 43 teams, split into four divisions and comprises 243 registered players ranging in age from 14 to 70 plus and also a range of abilities.

Following Government guidelines, the decisive final week's fixtures have had to be put on hold, which is not only very frustrating for the players but could also have very serious financial impacts on many of our member clubs.

Of the four divisions, only Paignton Cons A had won their division with all other titles depending on the last round of fixtures, while the league also has seven winter knockout competitions made up of team, singles and pairs competitions, all named after long-serving current and former members of the league.

These are free to enter for all registered members, unfortunately, up until lockdown, only one of these has been completed, while to of the finals are scheduled to be played at the league's end-ofseason presentation evening.

Our sponsors for the past four years have been The Match Room Sports Bar in Paignton, who have six teams entered in the winter league and host the league's presentation evenings, while teams from all around Torbay, plus Newton Abbot, Dawlish and Teignmouth also take part, with the league keen to accept new teams upon its resumption.

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It remains the league's intention to finish the winter season, no matter how long it takes to beat the virus, and get back to normal as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the committee continue to promote snooker in Torbay and, most importantly, look forward to welcoming back all our member clubs and players to cue up and restart the game they love.