Prizes given out – amid more Hyde success

HYDE played host to the Stalybridge Snooker League’s presentation night after double success for a team from the town.And the honours did not stop there as Rick Mason of Hyde Snooker Club walked away with the snooker killer tournament that opened up proceedings.

Almost 40 members turned up to the Manchester Road venue on Saturday, August 31 as the prizes for the season were given out.

And many of them did not have far to travel as this year’s most successful team was Hyde Snooker, who collected 10 trophies, both individual and team.

The next most successful team was St Peter’s who received seven trophies including the league’s long service award.

The most successful individual was Hyde captain Mark Neale, who collected the 6 Reds and Individual Billiards trophies as well as team honours for the league and Berry Cup.

Dan Tipping, also of Hyde, was the most successful over the league season, sharing the Players League and man of the match awards with clubmate Ryan Lewis and Phil Vidler of St Peter’s.

The standard in the league this year has been very high with Chris Edwards of Mossley ‘B’ getting the highest billiards break of 48 and Jet Solanki of Stalybridge Labour getting the highest snooker break of 43.

The annual Sportsmanship Award, voted for by the teams and not revealed until presentation night, went to Ryan, who made it a personal double.

The league also awarded the prestigious Long Service Award to current league secretary Ian Hopton for his 33 years with the league as team captain, league secretary and handicap secretary.

The 109th League annual meeting was expected to welcome new members to the fold but it has lost Staly Vegas after a short period in the league, although it is hoped they may return.

However, possible new members should mean the league membership should not reduce and as a spokesman said: “It is a big improvement on where we were a few years ago.”

Action resumes on September 26, when Hyde Snooker play Mossley ‘A’ in the George Fletcher Trophy and St Peter’s plays Mossley ‘A’ in the Gordon Clay Trophy.

The league matches start on Thursday October 5, and a handicap meeting will review players’ handicaps for the new season.

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