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Week 15 headlines.....14th January

No change in division 1 as all games finish 6-6
Division 2 sees the top 4 now separated by just 3 points

Last night saw all 3 matches in division 1 end in 6-6 draws so no change in the table. The matches saw the top 4 sides battle out against each other so no surprise to see the games finish all square with the closeness of the league evidencing this. Performance of the night came from Basildon A's Sean Ward in his 2-0 win over Jon Golding, aided by a superb 90 break in rolling back the years!

Division 2 now sees the top 4 separated by just 3 points. With leaders St Marys not playing, Basildon B made a bold statement with an impressive 8-4 win over Pockets B to move up to 3rd place. Meanwhile, Rayleigh Lanes A secured a 9-3 victory over Q Ball to move up to 2nd spot, level on points with leaders St Marys having played a game more. The final game saw Romford C defeat Springhouse 9-3.

VHSL Knockout Cup Finals Day - Season 2018/19

The VHSL can confirm this season's finals day will be held on Sunday 12th May at Rayleigh Lanes Snooker Club with a 7.00pm start. The finals to be played on this date will be the knockout cup team comps for both the main comp and the plate comps. These dates have been confirmed and booked for both finals so please ensure your teams are aware of this now and make plans for this in your diaries.


Open to all players
VHSL handicaps will apply
Last registration 10.30
Play to start at 11.00
Limited to 64 entries
10 entry fee
Best of 5 frames
Preliminary rounds best of 3
Free tables


Vic Harris Memorial Trophy

Saturday 30th March 2019
Rayleigh Lanes Snooker Club - 10.30am


Given these details and great gesture from the club to provide free tables, it would be great to see a huge turnout for this in honour of legend that was Vic Harris.

For any further info, please contact James Baylis directly on 07880 731596 or Colin Baylis on 07775 513568.


Division 1

A fairly straight forward decision to award this month's Player of the Month to Romford's John Parkin.

4 wins from 4 matches, breaks of 40, 41, 44, 45, 50, 59 and a superb 110 made the decision fairly easy for the Romford captain.

A well deserved winner!

Player of the Month winners - period 4

Congratulations to the fourth two winners of this season's Player of the Month awards, Romford's John Parkin in division 1 and St Marys Pri Kataria in division 2


Based on their individual results this month, both winners were chosen on a unanimous basis.

Congratulations to both John and Pri who we'll see in the end of season play offs.

Division 2

A well deserved winner in Pri Kataria from St Marys.

7 frames won out of the 8 played, 3 over 30 breaks as well saw Pri earn the award this month. Looking like the last season of Pri playing in division 2 with his St Marys side clear at the top of the 2nd division table at the half way stage.

Well done Pri!

Mid Season VHSL Report

As we reach the half way stage of the season, we invited the superb Ross Druitt to provide a mid season report......enjoy at your leisure!


“Christmas time, Paul Parkin drinking wine,
Chris Thatcher singing Christian rhyme,
with our cues on the fire,
And chalks on the tree,
A time to rejoice in the snooker we’ve seen”


Half time is upon us and we now break for the festive period. A time for pigs in blankets, brussel sprouts and more chocolate than you can shake your cue at.


With one of the closest leagues in years, I’ll make a brief summary of what I’ve seen and heard so far!

Paul Parkin had to move to Colchester to find anyone that wanted to be in the same vicinity as him, residents hadn’t been this unhappy since Hitler moved into Poland. Paul and John got drawn against each other first game of the season, a beating hadn’t been given out so badly since Paul lost 102-74 to Jennifer Bett on countdown back in 2009 but this time there was no conundrum and Paul took the victory in the battle of the womb.

I think it would be amiss of me to not mention the strongest man in the league John Bond who single handedly is holding everyone up in the league averages, must be something they put in the water in Canvey. Just as well he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll meet because this seasons snooker certainly won’t win him any prizes!

Pri leading the way in the averages in league 2 is no surprise, the guy really is the post man, first class and always delivers unlike most beaten man Simon Barber who is more like a Hermes driver, returned to sender!

The miss rule always seems to come up in the weekly write ups and a common theme seems to arise and it’s clear for every one to see, Glen doesn’t understand the miss rule at all. Hope you find a rule book under your tree come Christmas morning!

I’d like to mention the Starr club for worst tables, there’s rumours of Paul having to play a shot with a cocktail stick but the cctv footage seems to have gone missing. Also feel it’s only right to mention the Rayleigh lanes buffet, never has a meal been less looked forward to than when Irv spent time in prison. Not saying it’s not fresh but I used a piece of bread to jack my car up the other day when changing a tyre.

Some other mentions of a more serious note, Johns 110 on Monday against my boys shows the class this guy has and long may it continue, just not against us again please. Emma Parker’s rise to fame in the female game is fantastic to see and she is a great addition to our league, we all wish you the very best of luck going forward. Lastly, my boy Ed Warr, all grown up and not wearing waistcoats to play in no more, is to be a dad this coming year. One of the best players in the league and truly one of the nicest guys, I’m sure the rest of the VH community will join me in wishing you and Kirsty good luck in your new venture into parenthood.


So what will the second half of the season bring? Will Chris “Maggie” Thatcher continue on his quest of the worst ball run known to man?, will Paul ever experience cooked chicken on another holiday?, will my captain find the remaining fingers of his glove? Will Dave find the bottom half of his polo?, will Glen finally let go that Basildon aren’t genuine title contenders? Will Nigel’s hairline recede quicker than my ability to play the game? Who knows, we wait to see. I wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and new year.


Over and out from 2018, bring on 2019. x

Week 14 headlines.....17th December

Parkin hits 110 break
Romford B stun Basildon A with shock win to dent title hopes
No change in division 2 with 2 draws and a 7-5 result

A superb 110 break from Romford's John Parkin last night saw the league's first century of the season. A massive congratulations to the Romford captain!

Elsewhere, Romford B secured a great 9-3 victory over title contenders Basildon A last night to put a heavy dent in the title contenders from Basildon. Leaders Pockets A overcame basement side, Starr, 8-4 but will feel disappointed to have conceded 4 frames against the Islanders. Title favourites Romford A slipped up in a 6-6 draw against Rayleigh Lanes T. The results show that all teams are capable of getting decent results on their day in what is proving to be the best season in years in the top division.

Division 2 saw leaders St Marys battle out a 6-6 against 3rd placed Rayleigh Lanes A to maintain their gap over the Rayleigh club. Second placed Pockets B secured a narrow 7-5 victory over Q Ball A to close the gap on St Marys to 7 points at the half way stage. Elsewhere, Basildon B played out a 6-6 draw at home to Basildon B to leave the top 4 seperated by just 10 points.

Shootout Comp - December 23rd

Romford Snooker Club to host snooker shootout comp

You've seen it on the TV, the 1 frame shootout, 10 minutes, 15 seconds per shot for first 5 mins of frame and then 10 seconds for last 5 minutes.......well, this is coming to Romford Snooker Club to be hosted by John Parkin.

This event is open to all VHSL players with half the official handicaps being in place. The event will start at 10.00 on Sunday 23rd December and will be a great event to see.

Anyone interested in this, please contact John Parkin directly on 07446 100330.

Week 13 headlines.....10th December

Romford A win the battle of the big guns in divison 1
Top 2 share the spoils in division 2

The battle of the big guns in division 1 saw Romford secure an 8-4 victory over Pockets A. The result sees Romford climb to 2nd in the table, just 1 point behind Pockets with a game in hand and looking good to top the table come the halfway stage. In the night's other games, Chelmsford and Rayleigh Lanes T fought out a 6-6 draw to the disappointment of home captain Paul Parkin. The battle of the bottom 2 sides saw Romford B edge out Starr to open up an 11 point lead over the Islanders having played a game more.

The battle of the top 2 sides in division 2 saw a 6-6 draw between Pockets B and St Marys, a result that leaves St Marys with an 8 point lead over Pockets and with a game in hand, looking good for Pri and the lads coming to the halfway stage. The battle for 2nd place is hotting up after Basildon B's 9-3 win over Springhouse with 2nd, 3rd and 4th spots being separated by just 2 points point, all on level games played. Elsewhere, Romford C made it a Romford treble on the night with an emphatic 10-2 win over Q Ball A.

Knockout Plate comp draw

Draw completed for all stages of knockout plate comp

The draw for all remaining ties in the knockout plate competition was made last night which saw all first round losing teams enter. With 5 teams in the hat, it saw 3 teams through to the semi finals and 1 quarter final match. Full details of the draw and dates can be found in the "League Competitions" page of the website


VHSL League Singles & Doubles draw

Draws completed and on Competitions page

The live Facebook draws for VHSL singles and doubles competitions for both divisions took place tonight. The draws also took place for the plate competitions for both the division 1 and division 2 singles. Due to the lack of numbers in the doubles competitions and the number of forefitted games, there won't be any plate comps for the doubles comps.

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. Please ensure you take note of these dates which are clearly noted and try not to leave it until the last minute.

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!

Week 12 headlines.....3rd December

Basildon A spurn chance to increase lead at top of table
Top 2 in 2nd division both suffer defeats

Basildon A spurned the chance to increase their lead at the top of the table after a 6-6 draw at home to basement side Starr, despite coming back from 5-1 down on the night. Two of the big guns met at Pockets which saw a draw between Pockets A and Chelmsford, meanwhile Romford A came out on top in the derby match with their B team with Zak Surety finding his form with breaks of 66 and 52 in his win.

In division 2, Pockets B secured an impressive 8-4 victory at Rayleigh Lanes A and much to the shock of Steve Challis, Paul Gardiner managed to at last text their result in before 12.30am, well done Paul!!
Elsewhere, Romford C caused a shock with a 7-5 win at league leaders St Marys.
The final match of the evening saw Q Ball entertain Springhouse in a match that finished at 11.45, eventually seeing Q Ball run out 9-3 winners.


Division 1

A really tight decision on this period's Player of the Month eventually saw Basildon's Richard Emery edge out Matt Glasby from Pockets.

Despite Matt winning all 3 of his matches, the award has gone to Richard based on his 7 out of 8 frames won and the opponents faced. During this period, Richard saw off Ed Warr, Paul Thorne and Zak Surety and only lost one frame to Nigel Howe who had a 55 in the process. Richard also knocked in breaks of 53 and 47 in winning his matches.

A well deserved winner!

Player of the Month winners - period 3

Congratulations to the third two winners of this season's Player of the Month awards, a Basildon clean sweep for Richard Emery in division 1 and Sean Clarke in division 2


Based on their individual results this month, both winners were chosen after some heavy competition and much debate.

Congratulations to both Richard and Sean who we'll see in the end of season play offs.

Division 2

A thoroughly deserved win for Basildon B's new skipper, Sean Clarke.

In his first season doing the job, Sean has shown some cracking form and in this period, has won all 4 of his matches played and knocked in a 50 break along the way. This great run of form has seen Sean rise up to 3rd in the current player stats table with 7 wins from his 9 games played with just 1 draw and 1 defeat and only behind the great pairing of Pri Kataria and Lee Smith.

A well deserved award for Sean!

Week 11 headlines.....26th November

Romford A edge out Basildon A in division 1's top match

Tonight's pick of the matches saw current league champions secure a narraw 7-5 win over Basildon A in a tight match that saw 3 black ball games all go the way of Romford. Pockets A kept up the pressure with a good 8-4 win at Rayleigh Lanes T. Chelmsford got back to winning ways with an 8-4 victory over Romford B.

In division 2, leaders St Marys secured a 9-3 victory at Springhouse. Result of the day came at Basildon where the B team recorded a great 10-2 victory over Q Ball A. Rayleigh Lanes A completed the evening's results with a narrow 7-5 win at Romford C.

Singles & Doubles Plate Competitions

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.

To 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 players.

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 win.

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 top two.

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.


Division 1

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 - period 2

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.

Division 2

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.

Logo 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 7-5.

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 division tie.

League Singles & Doubles Comps

Reminder of preliminary round closing date.....31st October

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

Big 2 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 Emery.

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 results

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.

Many thanks!!

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 division
No result submitted by either of the big 2 in division 1

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 54.
Division 1's table has not been updated due to the Pockets A v Romford result not being submitted.

Logo 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.

Division 1

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 - period 1

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.

Division 2

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.


Week 5 headlines.....8th October

Basildon thump Starr to move into 2nd place, Pockets secure close win at Chelmsford.
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 and 40.


Emma Parker  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 weekend!
A massive congratulations to Paul in proposing to Rachel during a romantic weekend away in Venice. Amazingly, Rachel said yes!!

From all your family and friends of the VHSL, congratulations to the pair of you and we all look forward to the wedding!
Paul engagement 1
Paul engagement 2  Paul engagement 3

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 page

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 division

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 Parker.

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 7-5 winners.


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 site.

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.

New 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.

Division 2 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 table.

Balls League 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

Pockets 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.

Opening 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!
Last 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 will tell!
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 draw.

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.

Please email any reports directly to Steve Challis at


Tee shirts
VHSL 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 play.

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.
We would 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, 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 2018/19

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 due.




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 following;


Division 1 league winners; Romford A
Division 1 league runners up; Pockets A


Division 2 league winners; Starr

Division 2 league runners up; Romford B


Division 1 league singles winner; Matt Glasby
Division 1 league singles runner up; Dean Galbally


Division 2 league singles winner; Pri Kataria

Division 2 league singles runner up; Danny Taylor


Division 1 league doubles winners; John Parkin & Paul Parkin
Division 1 league doubles runners up; Steve Challis & Richard Emery


Division 2 league doubles winners; Rob Gatfield & Adam Gatfield
Division 2 league doubles runners up; Paul Bennett & John Hicks


6 man team winners; Pockets A

6 man team runners up; Romford A




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