Singles & Doubles Plate
Automatic Entry communication
As we approach the closing date for the completion of the 1st
round proper of the singles & doubles comps, now is a good time to
remind people of the plate competition guidelines.
clarify, you will AUTOMATICALLY be entered into the plate
competition if you have lost YOUR first match in the competition,
whether that be in the prelim round or 1st round. That said, can
we ask that if you do NOT want to enter the plate comps having
lost your first match in the main comps, please could you let
Steve Challis know ASAP (and by 30th November at the latest). We
don't want to run these plate comps only for a large number of
players to forefit their games as they don't want to enter as this
will devalue the comps and is not fair on the remaining competing
As always, any queries on any of this, please
give Steve Challis a shout to discuss.
Week 10 headlines.....19th November
Basildon A take over at top of table
Division 2 top 3 separated by just 2 points
With Romford A postponing their match against Starr tonight and
Pockets A not scheduled for a game, Basildon A stormed to the top
of the 1st division table with an impreesive 8-4 victory over
Chelmsford that saw 2 wins and 4 draws for the new towners. In the
second match played tonght, Rayleigh Lanes T secured a decent 9-3
win at Romford B with Dave Watts impressing with a 48 in his 2-0
Division 2 has seen the top 3 sides separated by just
2 points after tonight's results. St Marys lead the way following
a great 9-3 win against Basildon B. Rayleigh Lanes slipped to 2nd
despite an 8-4 win over Springhouse. Pockets B kept up the
pressure after an 8-4 win over Romford C to stay in touch with the
Week 9 headlines.....12th November
Pockets A return to top after 9-3 win
Division 2's top 4 separated by just 4 points
Pockets A put last week's heavy defeat behind them to return to
the top of the table after a 9-3 win over Romford B. Elsewhere,
Basildon A moved up to 2nd and continued their good run with a
decent 8-4 win at Rayleigh Lanes T. Chelmsford gained revenge on
Starr for their ealier season defeat and recorded an 8-4 win.
Division 2 saw Rayleigh maintain their narrow lead at the top
with a close 7-5 win at Basildon B. St Marys kept up the pressure
with an 8-4 win over Q Ball A to go a point behind with a match in
hand. A decent 8-4 win for Pockets B over Springhouse saw them
climb to 3rd in the table.
A close and tight vote saw Romford's James Kelly edge out John
Parkin to take the award this month.
James secured 3
wins and a draw from his 4 games played in the period to take the
honours from John who had an identical record. James's results
have seen him move up to 2nd place in the division 1 averages at
this stage of the season.
Player of the Month winners -
Congratulations to the second two
winners of this season's Player of the Month awards, Romford's
James Kelly and St Marys Simon George
Based on their individual results this month, both winners
were chosen after some heavy competition and much debate.
Congratulations to both James and Simon who we'll see in the end of season play offs.
A welcome return to form for Simon George from St Marys. After a
few years of some poor form (I'm sure Simon won't mind this being
said!), it's good to see him getting some decent results again
which sees him move up to 2nd in the division 2 player averages at
this stage of the season. In this period, Simon won all 3 of his
matches, defeating some strong players along the way to get the
vote this month.
Week 8 headlines.....5th November
Basildon inflict heavy defeat on league
leaders Pockets A
The result of the night saw Basildon A inflict a 9-3 defeat on
league leaders Pockets A. Matt Glasby picked up the sole win for
Pockets with Nigel Howe securing a draw whilst defeats for Dean
Galbally, John Golding, Simon Hughes and Andy Hughes saw Pockets
fall heavily to defeat. Elsewhere, Romford A took advantage of
Pockets defeat with a good 9-3 win over Chelmsford to go top of
the table, Paul Parkin suffering his first defeat of the season in
the process. The final game saw Rayleigh Lanes T edge out Starr
Division 2 can't be updated as at 12.20am as you've
guessed it, not all the results have been sent in. Rayleigh Lanes
A and Q Ball A being the guilty parties! The 2 results that have
been sent in saw Basildon B secure an impressive 8-4 win at
Pockets B whilst Springhouse overcame Romford C 7-5.
Rearranged fixture result
Chelmsford edge out Rayleigh Lanes T
in rearranged fixture
Last night saw the rearranged fixture between Rayleigh Lanes T and
Chelmsford played. A tight affair saw Chelmsford run out 7-5
winners with some classic match reporting provided by the ever
poular Ross Druitt on the Match Reports section of the site, well
worth a read!
Cup week headlines.....29th October
Pockets A secure big win in tie of the round
The tie of the round saw Pockets A secure
a comfortable win over Rayleigh Lanes T by 155 points in the end.
Rayleigh Lanes A secured a win over 1st division side Basildon A
to cause a slight surprise here. Elsewhere, St Marys overcame
Springhouse by 57 points whilst Romford A won by a huge 293 points
to set up a mouthwatering tie against Chelmsford in the quarters.
The final match saw Romford C edge out Basildon B in an all 2nd
League Singles & Doubles Comps
Reminder of preliminary round closing
Just a gentle reminder that the closing dates for all preliminary
round matches to be played in these competitions is 31st October.
It is down to both players to ensure that the game is arranged
otherwise this could count against you in the event that the match
is not played. We don't want any situations where we have to scrub
players from the competitions so please ensure that you arrange
and play your games by the due date.
Any problems with this,
please contact Steve Challis or Paul Parkin to discuss.
Week 7 headlines.....22nd October
secure heavy wins in 1st division to show their class
St Marys edge past Rayleigh Lanes A in
the battle of top 2 in second division
The big 2 sides in division 1 showed their
true class tonight with hammerings of Rayleigh Lanes T and Starr
respectively. Pockets A maintained their lead at the top with
superb 11-1 win at Starr, Dean Galbally securing the top break of
the night with a 47. Romford A stayed close behind with an equally
superb result in beating Rayleigh Lanes T 10-2, John Parkin
knocking in breaks of 44 and 37 to lead the way here. Elsewhere,
Basildon A secured a close 7-5 victory over Romford B in a match
that saw 5 draws and just the one win, this coming from Richard
In the battle of the top 2 in the second division,
St Marys went to Rayleigh Lanes A and came away with a 7-5 win to
maintain their narrow lead at the top. Elsewhere, Basildon B went
to Romford C and recorded a 7-5 win whilst Pockets B secured a
good 9-3 win over Q Ball A.
Website update plea!!
Process for submitting match
Please please please, can we just give a
gentle reminder about the process to get your match results in to
the league. A lot of work goes into the updating of the site, the
stats, the organising etc, all for the benefit of all the VHSL
members and players. We will update the site with match results,
league tables and latest news on the Monday night if everyone can
just help out just a little. So, to make our lives a whole lot
easier, please can you ensure that the following is done;
1) Message Steve Challis with the result of your match as soon
as the game is over on the Monday, not at 12.30am or Tuesday
(ideally a picture message of the draw sheet with results/breaks
etc so we can add a little bit here to the latest news page on the
Monday night but at the minimum, the actual match score).
2) Submit your full match result with all the individual
scores/breaks etc via the normal method of the website form ASAP
but absolutely no later than Wednesday midday. If you are unable
to use the website form, then please send an email to Gerry
Barclay with the full details.
The quicker we get all the
results in, the quicker the website gets fully updated. Hopefully
this is not too much to ask for the benefit of everyone.
Result finally in......
Pockets A 5-7 Romford A
Last night's result from the battle of the top 2 sides has finally
come in, some 24 hours late but it's here now! A close fought
match saw defending champions Romford edge out Pockets 7-5 to
continue their march up the table.
The division 1 table now
shows the top 4 sides seperated by just 3 points!
Week 6 headlines.....15th October
St Marys storm to top of 2nd
No result submitted by either of the big 2 in division
St Marys continued their fine run of form this evening with an 8-4
victory over 3rd placed Pockets B to go top of the 2nd division
opening up a 2 point lead over Rayleigh Lanes A. Next week sees
the top 2 meeting at St Marys to battle it out for top spot!
Elsewhere, Q Ball A secured their first win of the season with a
7-5 victory over Romford C to move off the foot of the table
whilst Basildon B defeated bottom placed Springhouse 7-5.
Division 1 saw the big 2 from recent years, Pockets and Romford A,
meet at Pockets but despite reminders, no result has been sent
thru from either side. Slightly disappointing show lads!
Elsewhere, Romford B secured their first win of the season with an
8-4 win over Starr with Jamie Weedon knocking in breaks of 39 and
Division 1's table has not been updated due to the Pockets
A v Romford result not being submitted.
Rayleigh Lanes T v Chelmsford postponed
This coming Monday's game between Rayleigh Lanes T and
Chelmsford has been postponed. In line with VHSL rules, this match
will need to be rearranged and played within 30 days of the
original fixture date, Monday 15th October.
Paul Parkin played 4 matches, winning 3 of these including a great
win over one of, if not the best player in the league, John
Parkin. No brotherly love there!
Paul dropped just the one
frame in a 1-1 draw against an in form Steve Challis but came back
in the second frame with a 47 to show his class. A great start to
the season for Parkin with his new Chelmsford side.
Player of the Month winners -
Congratulations to the first two
winners of this season's Player of the Month awards, Chelmsford's
Paul Parkin and Rayleigh Lanes A, Chris McCarthy.
Based on their individual results this month, both winners
were unanimously chosen where they both top the averages tables at
this early stage of the season.
Congratulations to both
Paul and Chris who we'll see in the end of season play offs.
Great to see the big man, Chris McCarthy finding his form again.
An old stager now with years of pedigree, Chris played 5 matches,
winning 4 and drawing 1 to leave him alone at the top of the 2nd
division averages table.
Chris was closely run by St
Mary's Steve Gowlett who won 3 out of his 4 matches with 1 draw
but given the added match played, it's Chris who's prevailed in
this first month.
5 headlines.....8th October
Starr to move into 2nd place, Pockets secure close win at
Pockets B inflict Rayleigh Lanes A first defeat of
season in 2nd division
Basildon A secured the result
of the week with an impressive 10-2 victory at Starr tonight to
move into 2nd place in the table. Sean Ward made the difficult
tables look easy with breaks of 40 and a 64 clearance in the first
frame in a comfortable win. Two of the league's heavyweights met
at Chelmsford where Pockets A showed their class with an
impressive 7-5 win to maintain their 100% start to the season
although Nigel Howe suffered his first defeat of the season at the
hands of Colin Pudney. The all Romford affair saw the A team run
out 7-5 winners over the B team to move up the table.
Division 2 saw Rayleigh Lanes A lose their 100% start to the
season with an 8-4 defeat at Pockets B. St Marys continued their
form with an 8-4 win over Romford C to move into 2nd place whilst
Spinghouse secured their first win of the season with a 7-5 win
over Q Ball with the classy Paul Bennett knocking in breaks of 32
Parker powers to U21 title
Congratulations to Romford's very own VHSL star, Emma Parker, who
today captured the Under 21 European Masters championship. Despite
losing in the main competition in the quarter finals, Emma powered
to victory in the Under 21 competition to lift the title.
From all at the VHSL, congratulations Emma!
Love is in the air.....
Congratulations to our own Paul
Parkin & Rachel
Despite the ever popular rumours of Paul being scary, bad
tempered, heartless and many other unprintable things, Paul
managed to throw all those viscious rumours out the window this
A massive congratulations to Paul in proposing to
Rachel during a romantic weekend away in Venice. Amazingly, Rachel
From all your family and friends of the VHSL,
congratulations to the pair of you and we all look forward to the
Singles & Doubles draw amendment
Following the live Facebook draw made on Thursday, we have been
made aware of a slight error in the Rayleigh Lanes A entries after
completing the draw.
In the singles competition, Bill
Bridges, Steve Sammons and Steve Davies should not have been
included but Rhys Piper and Lee Smith should have been included
instead. In the doubles competion, the entries for Bill Bridges &
Steve Davies plus Chris McCarthy & Steve Sammons should not have
included but Rhys Piper & Clive Lainchbury plus Lee Smith & Gary
Adams should have been included.
Given that this is a case of 3
straight entries being removed and 2 straight entries being
included, the correct players have been placed into the draw as a
straight replacement and the draw sheet updated to reflect this.
VHSL League Singles & Doubles draw
Draws completed and on Competitions
The live Facebook draws for VHSL singles and doubles competitions
for both divisions took place last night at the Chez Parkin
residence in Colchester. After a very well cooked meal by the
host, Paul Parkin, the business of completing the draws took
place. The draws for the second division singles and doubles went
smoothly, as did the first division doubles, however, as was
pointed out by a couple of people, there was an issue with the
first division singles after this had been completed. As a result,
this meant a redraw of this competition was necessary but was
actioned fully live on the official VHSL Facebook page.
Full details of the draws can be found on the League Competitions
page here together with dates of which the games need to be played
by. We would also draw your attention to the added section within
the league doubles competition rules guidelines section where the
new Scotch Doubles guidelines are documented.
Good luck to
all those competing!
VHSL League Singles & Doubles draw
The big countdown is on.........
The eagerly awaited draw for this season's VHSL singles and
doubles competitions for both divisions will take place tomorrow
evening, Thursday 4th October, live on Facebook.
At present, we
have had a great response to these competitions with 44 entries in
the 1st division singles and 35 in the 2nd division singles. The
doubles has attracted 18 pairs for the 1st division competition
and 16 for the second division. Last minute entries not already
submitted must be made by tonight.
All being well, the
draws themselves will be made between 7.00 and 7.30 and a 10
minute advance warning status will be posted on Facebook so keep
an eye on Facebook for this.
Week 4 Headlines.....1st October
Big 3 guns all secure 8-4 wins in
division 1 whilst St Marys hammer Springhouse 11-1 in second
Current champions Romford continued their
winning streak with an 8-4 victory over Basildon A, helped by Zak
Surety's 59 break against Steve Challis in a 2-0 win. Pockets A
maintained their 100% start to the season with an 8-4 home win
over Rayleigh Lanes T with Nigel Howe keeping up his 100% record.
Romford B suffered their 3rd successive 8-4 defeat with Chelmsford
being the beneficiaries, Paul Parkin chipping in with the top
break in that match of 42 in a comfortable 2-0 win over Emma
Division 2 saw St Marys hammer Springhouse 11-1
with Paul Bennett securing the solitary frame for Springhouse.
Leaders Rayleigh Lanes A maintained their perfect start to the
season with a good 9-3 win against Romford C to consolidate top
spot in the division. A marathon match involving Q Ball A hosting
Basildon B finished at nearly midnight with Basildon running out
Team Knockout draw
Tonight's live Facebook draw saw the headline game of Rayleigh
Lanes T hosting Pockets A. The remaining games saw Springhouse v
St Marys, Basildon A v Rayleigh Lanes A, Romford C v Basildon B
and Romford A v Pockets B.
Chelmsford, Romford B and Starr
received byes into the quarter finals.
First round matches to
be played Monday 29th October.
Full details of the draw and
match dates can be found in the League Competitions page of the
Week 3 headlines.....24th Sept
Chelmsford go top with narrow
victory over Basildon A. Rayleigh Lanes A increase lead at top of
division 2 with thumping win at Springhouse.
boys Chelmsford went top of the league last night with a close 7-5
win over Basildon A which could've gone either way. The match saw
the current top 2 in the early players stats table, Steve Challis
and Paul Parkin, play out a decent 1-1 draw to maintain their
unbeaten starts. Elsewhere, Rayleigh Lanes T put last week's heavy
defeat at Basildon A behind them to record an 8-4 win over Romford
B, Eddie Warr showing some form with breaks of 52 and 40. Current
champions, Romford A, got back to winning ways with an 8-4 win
over Starr to move off the foot of the table.
leaders, Rayleigh Lanes A, continued their impressive start with a
10-2 hammering of Springhouse to open up a 4 point lead at the
top. Pockets B maintained second spot with a decent 8-4 win at
Romford C whilst Basildon B secured a surprise 8-4 win over pre
season title favourites St Marys to consolidate third spot in the
Singles & Doubles comps
All team captains are being sent the entry forms in the next few
days for the VHSL Singles & Doubles comps this season. Please
ensure that if you want to enter, you all liaise with your captain
to ensure your entry is completed. We'll have a couple of weeks
entry time to get these forms returned so if you want to enter,
please make sure you get your name and entry fee paid to your
captain ASAP. Entry fees this season are £5 for the singles and £5
per player (£10 per entry) for the doubles. Full details of competition rules are on the "League
Competitions" pages of the site and details of the draw will be
published there in due course.
Week 2 headlines.....17th Sept
Pockets A move to top of table
whilst Starr pull off surprise win over Chelmsford. Rayleigh Lanes
A make it 2 from 2 to go top of 2nd division
A moved to the top of the table after an 8-4 win at division 1 new
boys Romford B. A big shout out to Emma Parker who beat current
division 1 champion Matt Glasby 2-0! Elsewhere, a great result for
Basildon A in beating Rayleigh Lanes T 10-2 saw them move up to
second in the table. Chelmsford made the long journey to Starr and
a surprise 7-5 win for the Canvey lads will see Paul Parkin's
Chelmsford side go home with sore heads.
Division 2 saw
Rayleigh Lanes A record a decent 8-4 win against Basildon B to go
top of the table with 2 wins from their opening 2 games. St Marys
beat Q Ball 9-3 in their 1st match of the season whilst Pockets B
beat Springhouse 7-5.
night's results.....10th September
Chelmsford shock defending
champions Romford A in division 1 whilst new boys Romford C open
with big win over Springhouse in division 2
The VHSL got under way tonight with league new boys Chelmford
beating defending champions Romford A 9-3 at Chelmsford. The draw
saw the battle of the Parkin brothers and a turn up saw Paul
secure a 2-0 win over John.
Last season's division 2 champions
Starr found life a bit tougher in going down 9-3 against Rayleigh
Lanes T with a decent match report from Ross Druitt compiled in
the Match Reports section of the site well worth a read!
season's runners up, Pockets A, opened up with a decent 8-4
victory over a strong Basildon A side with Matt Glasby oozing
class with breaks of 78 and two 46's.
Division 2 saw new
boys Romford C open up with a 9-3 victory over Springhouse to top
the table. Can they maintain this form during the season, time
Rayleigh Lanes opened up with a close 7-5 win at Q
Ball A and will be hoping to secure a return to the top flight.
A battle of Basildon and Pockets B teams saw honours even in a 6-6
VHSL Match Reports
We're looking for some match reports to be compiled this
season from the teams competing. It would be great to have a
report from each of the games played every Monday and considering
there's 6 players per team, we're hoping that one of you per
team will be able to compile some words about the game.
Any match report received here by the league will be uploaded to
the website within 24 hours as we're keen to ensure the site is as
up to date as is possble. Please see Match Reports page of the
site to see any reports that have been sent in.
email any reports directly to Steve Challis at
League Tee Shirts
Due to the unprecedented demand in
the last few weeks for league tee shirts, we have not been able to
supply all new players with the required tee shirt. We have placed
a further order with the league's suppliers which should be with
us shortly. As a result, there will be a 2 week grace period for
any new player without an official VHSL tee shirt to still be able
to play. Please note, from week 3 (24th September), all VHSL
competing players will be expected to conform to the official
dress code and failure to do so will mean you will be unable to
In order to obtain your tee shirt, please contact
Glen Sullivan-Bissett (contact details in the Committee Members
page) to arrange.
Website updates thru the season
If all captains can send
thru a text message to Steve Challis (07806 948001) as soon as their
match has finished each Monday with the result of that nights
match, the league website can be updated that night with results
and up to date league tables. An ideal action would be to send a
picture message through with the match lines ups that are
completed with the scores at the end of the night.
ask that the normal method of submitting the results via the
website form is still completed in due course as per normal but a
quick text message as soon as your match has finished on a Monday
night will mean your website can be updated that evening.
Hopefully you'll all see this as a big improvement but it needs
all captains to assist in sending one message.
VHSL Finals Day - Season 2018/19
With the success of last season's
finals day format held at Rayleigh Lanes, the VHSL can confirm
this season's finals day will be held on Sunday 28th April 2019 at
Romford Snooker Club. The finals to be played on this date will be
the league singles, doubles and plate finals for both divisions.
Please be aware of this date when considering entering for these
competitions as the finals will not be changed to another date.
The league are
proud to confirm that we have again secured substantial
sponsorship funding for these competitions. Del Smith from his
company, Snookerstuff.com has sponsored to the tune of £200 whilst
Romford Snooker Club have agreed a £500 deal with the league. Our
thanks goes to both companies for their fantastic support here.
VHSL AGM & Presentation Night - Season
The league can
confirm that this season's league AGM and Presentation Night will
take place on Saturday 20th July 2019 at Q Ball Sportsbar. As
always, there must be a minimum of 3 registered players from this
season in attendance in order to receive any pence per point funds
League Presentation Night
Congratulations to all
those who collected awards and prize money at the league's
annual presentation night held on 18th August. A good turnout
seen on the night with the main awards being picked up by the
Division 1 league winners;
Division 1 league runners up;
Division 2 league winners; Starr
Division 2 league runners up; Romford B
Division 1 league singles winner;
Division 1 league singles runner up;
Division 2 league singles winner;
Division 2 league singles runner up;
Division 1 league doubles winners;
John Parkin & Paul Parkin
Division 1 league
doubles runners up; Steve Challis & Richard
Division 2 league doubles winners;
Rob Gatfield & Adam Gatfield
Division 2 league
doubles runners up; Paul Bennett & John Hicks
6 man team winners;
6 man team runners up; Romford