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Snooker makes welcome return from Covid hiatus

Acting Bermuda Snooker Association president Paul Fedden (File photograph)

Paul Fedden, the acting Bermuda Snooker Association president, has hailed this week’s season opener as a success.

Warwick Workmen’s Club and Spanish Point Boat Club hosted matches consisting of three singles frames and a doubles frame on Wednesday.

It was the first time the association held matches since 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic brought the league to a grinding halt.

“It was great to finally get back out playing snooker again,” Fedden told The Royal Gazette.

“The players had a great time, the action was good and we are looking forward to more games as we move on through the schedule.”

Getting their campaigns off to perfect starts were Spanish Point Boat Club 2 and Watford Sports Club respectively.

Hosts Spanish Point Boat Club 2 edged Warwick Workmen’s Club 1 3-2 on their home table in a match that went right down to the wire.

Chance McLean jumped out to an early lead for Spanish Point after taking the first of two frames against Warwick’s Richard Burton, 50-32.

However, Burton immediately bounced back by taking the next frame 54-32 to level the match.

The see-saw battle continued as Spanish Point’s Tyler Moniz beat rival Gary Bascome 46-34 to put the hosts back in front.

But again the visitors refused to go down without a fight with Damon Hanley prevailing over Bermuda Open champion John Orr 46-34 to bring the teams level again.

The match was ultimately decided in the doubles frame with the team of Moniz and Orr overpowering Bascome and Hanley 68-21 to seal the deal.

Watford Sports Club were also pushed hard by hosts Warwick Workmen’s Club 2 having come from behind to secure a 3-2 victory in another match that went the distance.

Scott Barnes put Warwick in the driver’s seat after taking the first of two frames against Watford’s Keino Zuill 61-42.

However, Zuill hit back in the second frame which he won 60-33 to even the match.

The visitors surged ahead after Aaron Bean beat Warwick’s Lorenzo Tucker 50-10.

But Steven Bremar brought the teams level again with a comfortable 65-35 win over Watford’s Winslow Smith to set up a winner-takes-all scenario heading into the doubles frame.

With the match hanging in the balance, Watford ultimately came out on top after the team of Bean and Kidd Mouchette beat Bremar and Tucker 44-32.

Meanwhile, the match between Spanish Point Boat Club 1 and Royal Artillery Association was postponed while Sandys Boat Club had a bye.

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Published October 15, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated October 15, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Snooker makes welcome return from Covid hiatus

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