Review of the Year: 2021
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that came with it, the year saw no competitive action until September when the Challange Ladder returned for a second season.
The Ladder ran throughout the four months from September to December with an incredible 213 matches being played. The feedback I have received about the Ladder has been overwhelmingly positive and it has been a welcome addition to the Nottingham Snooker calendar.
In October we saw the return of the Phyllis Bell Trophy using a new 8 player, two-day format with all matches being played at Gotham Match Room. The tournament was won by Wayne Martin who took home a trophy and £110 cash.
November saw a return to action for our two County teams and an announcement that Nottingham Snooker would be sponsoring the new Notts & Amber Valley team. The Notts A team got off to a very strong start but Notts & Amber Valley didn’t do quite so well. Nevertheless, I am sure both teams will do well in 2022.
Also in November the Hucknall Open one-day tournament made a welcome return. Antony Moore beat Vinnie Dennis in a cracking final. Antony received a trophy, £60 cash and a ticket to a Ronnie O’Sullivan exhibition.
During December we witnessed Nav Hussain lift the Masters trophy, winning £100 cash. This was the second of three 8 player two-day tournaments that will be played during the 2021/22 season.
The final tournament of the year was the Bulwell Open, another one-day tournament that returned to the calendar after a 9-year absence. This one was won by Wayne Martin who has had a fantastic year. He won a trophy, £50 cash and a ticket to a Hendry/White exhibition.
The Home League continued steadily throughout the year and it is hoped that the winner of the inaugural season will be crowned before the season ends in April 2022.
Number of competitors: 76
Number of competitions: 6
Total prize money distributed: £585
Biggest cash prize: £100 (Phyllis Bell & Masters)
Largest field: 57 players (Challenge Ladder)
Highest break: 108 by Wayne Martin
Most successful player: Wayne Martin (£190)
List of Winners
Phyllis Bell Trophy: Wayne Martin
Hucknall Open 9: Antony Moore
The Masters: Nav Hussain
Bulwell Open 10: Wayne Martin
Accounts for year ending 31 December 2021
Note: £250 balance consists of Home League entry fees which will be utilised for trophies and prize money when the league concludes.