A snooker carnival for Rio
RIO SMITH won his first Portsmouth & District tournament by picking up the under-30 crown when he beat ex-teammate Jamie Wilson in the final.
In the semi-finals, Smith had to play Chloe White and both players made it a great match.
Their potting was excellent and White’s safety saw her making it tough for her rival.
Smith snatched the first frame on the pink.
He then went on to win the second frame on the blue.
White required two snookers and got them but then went in off and conceded.
Wilson played Dan Compton in the second semi-final.
Compton had played well to beat Mark Lloyd in the last eight.
But Wilson started like a train and didn’t look back as he won both frames with ease to book his place in the final.
In the final Smith went 1-0 up thanks to some good potting.
But back came Wilson in the second frame to level it at 1-1.
Smith won a close third frame to edge in front 2-1.
In the fourth frame, Wilson showed his class as he notched up the highest break of the day with a 55 break to level it at 2-2.
In the decider, both players showed nerves but it was Smith with a 23-break who got over the winning line to take the title.
Meanwhile, Mike Talmondt continued his excellent form to win the Portchester Cup scratch singles title.
In the semi finals, defending champion Pascal Richard played Ian Carter and this turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Richard ran out victorious 3-0 after making a good 42 break.
In the other semi-final, Talmondt beat Steve Cole 3-1 despite the latter making a good break of 53 to win frame three.
In the final, Talmondt showed his class for a 4-0 win as Richard could not stop his charge.
Meanwhile, the new billiards season is set to start again with Craneswater A and Copnor A to do battle.
Andy Boulton will be hoping the defending champions, Craneswater, can keep the trophy.
He will look to Cole for back-up while Copnor duo Steve Toms and Scott Compton hope to re-establish their side.
World champion Emma Bonney is on the Craneswater Z list and her handicap rating is far higher than everyone, while Ian Carter leads the side and his second star is Nigel Ward.
Copnor Chinos have some able cueists in former champions Steve Kearn and Dave Lawrence.
Phil Ledington has returned to the local leagues in fine style, taking the Scratch Championship last season.
The most experienced players turn out for Copnor B.
However, the system seems unfair to some of them.
The average age of the team is well over 70 but John Oldfield is a hard man to beat.
Division two is wide open with a field of six.
Craneswater’s Andy Carter carries the biggest handicap of 156.
The top two in the Cowplain line-up are Gary Curtis and Will Garrett who keeps improving.
Gary Green and Gary Wilton will spearhead the challenge from Copnor F.
Mark Raynor and Pete Ferguson will be in action for Leigh Park, while Pompey Royals return.
Dave Gowing, Tony Horten and Andy Chambers head the Copnor Xcels line-up.
For more reports from the Portsmouth snooker competitions see The News next Friday.