Another large number of players assembled at Vauxhall Holiday Park for the 2014 Golden Cue 3 Man Team event.
318 teams had booked in but one or two were not in a fit state to play Saturday Morning. In the preliminary round Lyndale Pool & Snooker just edged out The County A (East Yorks) thanks to Daz Tomlinson winning the final frame. Emley Moor WMC went 2-0 up against the Globe A but found themselves 4-2 down before winning the last three frames for a 5-4 win. Another deciding frame win went to Compasses A (Beds) over Pheonix on Fire (Notts) where Mark Price won the decider.
Moor Pool & Snooker won the final two frames to see off Sportsman Elite (Lincs), United Sports Bar another 5-4 winner over Smokies A. It was noted there were several very good teams in the competition this year and Paul Balston secured a 5-4 win for Plaza Snooker & Pool from Devon against Hinckley Snooker Club
Into round one, Fife Street WMC won the last two frames to beat Bailiffs Sergeant (Kent). Tem Dixon, Gavin Lomax and Dave Wileman from Top Spot (Leicester) beat Mark Woodward, Andrew Tobin and Jake Newlove from Riley's Underdogs (Hull) 5-3. Hammersmith Club A found themselves 4-1 down to Hillingdon British Legion before taking the final four frames to progress to round two. Scott Jordan, Daniel Reynolds and Ashley Sagnella from Three Tun Monkeys saw off a very strong Jordans A (Kent) with Ian Hubbard, Willie Anderson and Jamie Swayland 5-4. Riley's Wreckheads (Norwich) beat Triple J's (Wiltshire) 5-1. Club 147 X the winners for the last two years beat Cannock Social B 5-3. Riley's Rugby B went 4-2 ahead before losing the final three frames to Riley's Rocks (Norfolk). Normans Snooker (Lancs) won the last two frames to beat The Willow B (Leics) 5-4. Crown Inn (Sussex) were 4-1 down before taking the last four to edge through 5-4. Blues Bar A (Middlesex) won the final three frames to win 5-4 against Corn Exchange A (Derby).
Mick Gormley, Nick Gray and Rich Gormley from Spot on Poppies whitewashed Coopers LJB (Northants), as did Michael Hope, Tom Kennedy and Rob McGowan Frames (Surrey) against Lady Jane A (Leics). Terry Billingham won the final frame for Wooton WMC (Northants) against Queen Charlotte QCC's. Riley's XL (Worcester) lost the first three frames but fought back to win 5-4 against Legends Players (Essex). Riley's (Scunthorpe) also won 5-4 against Riley's (Nottingham). A very strong Mexborough Athletic Club with Gavin Preskey, Lee Smith, and Martin Hazell beat RAFA Club X (Cambs) 5-1. Legends O (Essex) were 4-1 down but won the next four to go through 5-4. Sam Jeffrey had to win the final frame for Riley's (Ipswich) to beat Woadmans Arms (Wisbech). Spots & Stripes 2 won the last two frames to beat Arms Leftovers (Hampshire). Ian Ali, Rob Southey, and Neil Toms from Rat Pack A (Herts) had a comfortable win against the Sportsman (Lincs) 5-1. The Eagle Hockham B whitewashed Riley's A (Worcs) as did Pewter Pot A (S.Yorks) over Cue & Brew Sambuca.
Steve Petty, Jack Smithers and Steve Chambers from Surbiton Sports (Surrey) beat Glen McKay, Vince Ley and Terry Stevenson, Saxon Hotel (S. Yorks) 5-1. Paul Armstrong, Elm Road WMC (Durham) won the decider against United Sports Bar and Cannock Social A had to win the final two frames to beat Moor Pool & Snooker 5-4. Keith Brewer won the decider for Merley Social Club to beat Pot Black A (Suffolk). Sam Boome, Jamie Stokes and Ben Bushby, Court Whiz Kids (Cambs) beat Rodney's Head (Kent) 5-1.
Into Round two, The Romany A (Northants) beat Prince of Wales Potters 5-3. Darren Sadler won the decider for Mr Pools A (Essex) to beat The Windmill (Norwich). Hinckley Snooker B beat Riley's Wreckheads 5-0. Riley's (Wigan) saw off GMT Legends (Essex) 5-3. Liam White, Darren Lightfoot and Lee Kendall of Players Pool Lounge beat Darren Pateman, Darren Henton and Anthony Tedds 5-2. Tom Cousins, Garry Mehmet and Nigel James of King Chance (Norfolk) lost 5-4 to Three Tun Monkeys. The Herald (Bucks) edged through 5-4 against Crawley Rugby B.
Top spot (Leics) lost 5-4 to Royal Exchange A. Last years champions needed to win the final two frames against The Black Bull (Essex). Mavericks A (Kent) beat Fife St WMC 5-4and their B team beat Folkstone Potters 5-3. Gary and Alex Matthews and Dave Biseker of Romany B (Northants) beat Regency Club (Lincs) 5-1. Drum & Monkey Dodds edged out Crawley Rugby 5-4. Jason Bates, Carl Rowe and Jules Goodyear whitewashed Dunstable Snooker Q.
Pete Wright, John Strange and Steven Simpson of Pheonix Z (Notts) beat Clay Pigeon (Essex) 5-1 and Frames (Surrey) beat AMC Leisure (Sussex) by the same score. Queen Charlotte pulled back from 4-1 down to win the final four against Volunteer A (Northants). Craig Bousefield, Mick Ruane and Jamie Pegg of Cueball (Derby) beat Stow Snooker 5-3. Joe Flaherty, Aiden Finch and Jon Runghen of Q Ball Sports (Essex) beat Avon Mill A 5-2.
Dan Baker won the decider for Spots & Stripes 2 against Boot & Shoe (Leics). Kevin Ellis, Wayne Sheridan and Aaron Howard of Riley's Devils beat the Black Bull 5-2. Rob Hill, Darren Price and Jed Thompson of Legends O (Essex) beat Wykin S.C. B 5-1. Daz Cheetham, Lee Denman, and Mark Berriman of Pewter Pot A beat Wooton WMC 5-2.
Frying Pan (West Mids) beat Shades A (Herts) 5-1. Andy Matless and Steve Barber won the last two frames to see Temple Bar through against Emley Moor WMC. Pheonix Reds won 5-2 and Pheonix One won 5-1 to progress to round three. Coopers WGW (Northants) beat First Break Snooker 5-3. Richie Foxall, Shaun Eaton-Lees and Kev Cresswell of The County A (Willenhall) whitewashed Wykin Social Club.
Michael O'Boyle, Simon Rivers, and Paul Stelmazsuk Cambridge Snooker Centre beat Crown Old Hill (West Mids) 5-1. Surbiton Sports beat Pewter Pot B 5-4. Glen Hannibal, Stuart McPherson and James Griffin RAFA A (Cambs) beat Frames X (Surrey) 5-3. Sovereign Snooker beat Spot on Notts A 5-1. John Roe, Lloyd Robinson and Darren Hope of Court P&S Club B beat Mavericks B (Kent) 5-3 and Riley's XL whitewashed Temple Bar. Drum & Monkey Dodds edged out Hinckley Snooker B 5-4 and the Romany A beat Deano's Dishers by the same score. Another 5-4 saw Mr Pools A beat Sporting Club (GMC). Rat Pack A beat Pheonix Reds 5-2. Chris Kinsella, Mick Ferguson and Charlie Farley of Blues Bar A beat Manor House Hotel B 5-4. Players Pool lounge won the last three frames to beat Riley's (Wigan) 5-4. Gaz Davies won the deciding frame for Locomotive Bashers against Three Tun Monkeys.
Riley's Rocks won 5-2 against Pellon Social Club (West Yorks). Racks C (Berks) beat Riley's Rugby A 5-3. Newark Cue Club beat Pheonix Z 5-4. Les Dodd Snooker C beat Frames (Surrey) 5-1. Ben Flack, Greg Gamlin and Shane Thompson of Three Crowns (Bristol) beat Cambridge Snooker Centre 5-3. Legends O (Essex) beat Court Whiz Kids 5-1.
In the last 32, Three Crowns beat Merley Social 5-3. Richard Twomey, Karl Sutton and Sam Jeffrey beat Legends O 5-2. The County A (Willenhall) beat Coopers WGW 5-1. Dave Biseker won the final frame for Romany B to beat RAFA A 5-4. Monument B beat Blues Bar A 5-3. O'Donoghues (London) beat The Herald 5-2. Plaza Snooker & Pool beat Queen Charlotte 5-3. Riley's XL beat Frying Pan 5-3. Club 147 X won 5-1 against Racks C. Players Pool Lounge beat Dog Inn 5-3. Spots & Stripes 2 won the last two frames to beat Riley's Devils 5-4. Locomotive Bashers beat Riley's Rocks 5-3. Court P & S B won 5-2 against Drum & Monkey Dodds. Mr Pools A saw off Romany a 5-3 and Newark Cue Club beat Les Dodd C 5-2. Rat Pack beat Sovereign Snooker by the same score.
In the last Sixteen, Riley's Ipswich were too good for the Rat Pack winning 5-3. O'Donoghues had an easy 5-1 victory over Romany B, and Players Pool Lounge beat Monument B by the same score. John Roe won the final frame for a 5-4 win over Mr Pools A. Club 147 X eased through 5-2 against Locomotive Bashers and Plaza Snooler had a comfortable 5-1 win over Newark Cue Club. Riley's XL beat Spots & Stripes 5-2 and The County A (Willenhall) beat the Three Crowns 5-3.
Quarter Finals - Riley's XL won four in a row to beat Plaza Snooker & Pool. The County A beat Riley's (Ipswich) 5-3. Court P & S B had a comfortable 5-1 win over O'Donoghues and Club 147 X beat Players by the same score.
In the semis, Riley's, through Andy Jones, Scott Surridge, and Chris McGee went 3-0 up, and although The County A won three of the next four, could not prevent Riley's winning 5-3. The other semi saw the Court go 4-1 ahead, but Club 147 fought back by winning the next three but Lloyd Robinson held his nerve to knock out the champions 5-4.
The Final - Andy Jones put Riley's 1-0 up, but Darren Hope levelled, Scott Surridge won the next for Riley's but again John Roe levelled. Surridge won the next only for Lloyd Robinson to level. On came Jones to put Riley's in front again and then Surridge came on to win his third frame, and the title for Riley's XL (Worcester).
In the Golden Cue Singles there was a bumper entry, and it was Ian Kettel from (Chatham) who lifted the title when he beat Martyn Curston (Norwich) 5-0 in the final. Curston had beaten Ben Clark (Braintree) in the semi's, and Kettel had beaten Dave Belcher (Chelmsford).