Two-times English billiards champion Phillip Welham (West Acre) has just qualified as a level 2 world snooker coach, following a two-day course held at the South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester.
The course was led by ex-world snooker champions Terry Griffiths and Steve Davis, and administered by the WPBSA.
Welham, who currently has 32 players in his coaching group, is now welcoming snooker players of all standards looking to improve their game.
Lynn’s Steve Tuck qualified for the main competition of this year’s Short Format World Championships which this year are being held at Leeds Northern Snooker Centre.
Tuck’s group in the main competition was composed of Englishmen Ian Williamson and Jonathon Marwood, Indian Druv Sitwala and Austria’s Felix Knoll. Tuck competed strongly against much more experienced opposition, narrowly failing to reach the last 32 stage. India’s Pankaj Advani won the world title.
Norfolk Team Billiards Championship 2014
Lynn won this event for the first time since 1981 when beating Norwich.
John Heyhoe, Mark Tims and Steve Tuck played consistently all day at Thetford Snooker Centre. Narbeck Boys finished fifth but had a good day.
Rochy Woods (16) recorded a personal best competitive break of 32. Captain Jack Easter had strong wins over Gary Towers (Norwich) and Alex Ward (West Norfolk).
The next Norfolk Association event will be the 101-up Matchplay at Broadland Snooker Centre, Norwich, NR6 5NX. Entry is £6 per player.
Swaffham Veterans League
Champions for the last two years Thetford Cons lead from Holme Hale, who defeated Swaffham Cons 2-1 away.
Phill Welham won for Swaffham recording breaks of 135, 111, 95 and 78 for a one hour total of 609.
West Acre A lead after a convincing 5-1 win over newcomers West Acre C.
National u16s champion Jack Easter recorded a total of 209 in his 30 minute game when defeating Deacan Bensley on his league debut.
This is the league’s second-highest score, and only the fifth time a player has scored 200-plus points. Billy Blake pulled a point back for the C team, before Jack Pinner scored a great total of 104.
Mark Still (12) recorded a new ‘pb’ score of 109 in 30 minutes when winning for Narborough B playing Narborough C. Still also recorded breaks of 16, 20 and 12, and is very much a future national champion in the making.
Teammate Dillon Walker (10) lost 171-172 to newcomer Liam Exley (10), but upped his best score to 51, Exley scoring a creditable 47 on his debut.
Debutant Adam Taylor (10) lost narrowly to the B’s Hannah Greeno (9), with Adam scoring a very good total of 51.
Narborough A completed the fixtures with a 4-2 win over newcomers West Acre D. Ryan Jackson recorded a good score of 134, with breaks of 26 and 24 to defeat Daniel Drew for Acre D.