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It was a dull cheerless day, with a force 4 wafting leaden, drizzle-bearing clouds over Mumbles Head. In the Billiard Room of the Bristol Channel Yacht Club, however, lights were ablaze. The previous day Paul Nicholson had defeated Peter Harrison to reach the Grand Final of the BCYC Snooker Tournament, and now, crouched over the table, Eiddon Davies and Lawrence Griffiths were locked in snooker strife.
The match swung this way and that. First LG did well to eliminate the handicap and go a few points ahead. Then Eiddon got into his potting stride, and roared ahead by 50 points to 25. But his lead was gradually whittled down and the match finally turned on the last two colours. After a spell of safety play LG was presented with an opportunity, and succeeded in potting pink and black to win. That was yesterday morning.
The Final was played that afternoon between LG and Paul. First frame I won reasonably comfortably. Second frame was much tighter and finished on the black. I was presented with a thin cut into a middle pocket, and I know that I am quite good at that type of shot. So I played it. Unhappily I failed to cut the black thinly or at all and missed it completely !! One all.
The final frame also went down to the black. I was presented with another thin cut into a middle pocket, but this time I not only hit the black but potted it to win the match, which could have gone either way as we each had previous chances.
So I was duly presented with the Snooker Trophy by the Commodore at the subsequent dinner. It has in many ways been an extraordinary Tournament this year, with many unexpected twists and turns both on and off the table. I was fortunate in surviving until so many of the better players had either been knocked out or self-destructed ! For them, and for all of us, there's always next year !!
Our Commodore, Philip Watkins, presenting Lawrence with the BCYC Snooker trophy
2015 Snooker Champion - Lawrence Griffiths