Competitions News n Views

News n Views by David Smith and other Cues n Views contributors on current and past competitions.

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Paul Hunter Classic

Pro Cueist – Dominic Dale – David Smith, Cues n Views talks about the cue in the hands of a Snooker professional, Dominic Dale. Includes a clip of century plus break, thanks to EuroSport

UK Seniors 2019

The U.K. Seniors 2019, the Bonus Arena, Hull – At The Bonus Arena, Hull UK Seniors Snooker Tournament 2019 David Smith interviews competition founder Jason Francis.

UK Championships 2017

Cues n Views Pundit – Rachel Stringer, EuroSport TV was covering the event and presented a tribute to Jimmy White who won this competition 25 years ago.

Top Spot Six Red Competition 2010

Top Spot Six Red Competition 2010 – Video; Top Spot Snooker Club, Huddersfield Six Red Snooker competition, 13 February 2010.

English Amateur Billiards Championships Final 2006

Billiards Championships 2006 by Mark Wildman – On Sunday March 19th 2006 Mark Wildman watched the final of one of the oldest individual national sporting contests anywhere in the world! The English Amateur Billiards Championships held at the Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale, Derbyshire.

Preston 2004

Preston 2004 – I spent a great day at the Grand Prix Snooker on Saturday 2nd October 2004 as a guest of my friend Dominic Dale.

U.K. Professional 2003

UK Professional Snooker championships 2003 – Visiting the UK Championships in York this week has been a very great pleasure, not only did my friend Dominic Dale win his first match but I also saw a number of good players in action.

Billiards Competition 2003 – Great Horton

Causier and Effect – The field was made up of some of today’s premier Billiard players, Mike Russell, Chris Shutt, Mark Hirst, Paul Bennett, Gary Rogers and David Causier.

Powerhouse U.K. 2002

Powerhouse UK Professional Snooker championships 2002 – On a visit to the qualifying competition for the Powerhouse United Kingdom Professional Snooker championships 2002 in York I was struck by the situation that the top and former top players find themselves competing in.

Benson & Hedges 2002

Benson & Hedges 2002, The Towers, Mansfield – A friend and I ventured down the M1 motorway to support Kuldesh Johal in his bid to make an impression in the game of professional Snooker in the Benson & Hedges Masters.

Billiards Exhibition 2002 – Queensbury

Russelling up a great night out in Queensbury – On the 3rd of August 2002 a display of Billiards was seen in Queensbury Conservative Club that would have graced any venue in the world.

Embassy World Championships 2002

Ebdon Shoulders Above the Rest – Peter Ebdon a player, who was accused earlier in the season, of being “a banger, with no idea of where the cue ball would finish”. By one of his fellow professionals, has won the ultimate prize in snooker.

Friday at The Crucible – I write this report two days after returning from a visit to the Crucible theatre in Sheffield for the opening session of the match between Ken Doherty and Mark King.

Can Mr Hendry Make it Eight? – There are some records in sport that will never be broken, one of them is the four-minute mile, or so they believed. Another is that in the modern world of Professional Snooker that no one could beat the records of both Steve Davis and Ray Reardon in the World Professional Snooker Championships.

Scottish Masters – Recently an interesting aspect to the Scottish Masters struck me, the last four men in the tournament were all English. Peter Ebdon, David Gray, Nigel Bond and the eventual winner, Stephen Lee.

Preview – Here we are virtually on the eve of the 2002 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield England.

Top Spot Handicap 2001

The Club Handicap – Last night was an interesting night for me as after our weekly league match, the team decided to hold an impromptu £5 a man handicap competition.

Huddersield Snooker League 2001

Snooker Night – I am looking forward to the start of the new Snooker season in my local league. I wonder whether those who have as yet not played in the professional ranks can be as optimistic as they yet again put their hard earned reputations on the line in front of millions of television viewers around the world?

World Snooker Championships 2001

Casting the first stone – I was somewhat surprised to learn that Stephen Lee feels sufficiently aggrieved at Peter Ebdon to ask for a public apology some four months after an incident in the World Snooker Championships 2001 in Sheffield. An incident that I suspect most people considered long gone?

LG Cup 2001

LG Electronics Cup 2001 – Having watched the recent LG Cup from the guildhall in Preston I was greatly encouraged by the quality of sportsmanship displayed by Quinten Hann.

Harry Young Boys Billiards Championship 1951

A Photo – I came across an old photograph recently which you may find interesting. It was taken during the Harry Young Boys Billiards championship of 1951 at Burroughes and Watts Hall.

World Championship Snooker 1927 – 1977

Farewell Leicester Square – The story of snooker’s early days with Paddy Feeny -aAudio book images and information.