New name on Bradford snooker handicap trophy

Gareth Green, with the Eric Hodgkinson Bradford Snooker Handicap Trophy which he won last year

THE Bradford Snooker Handicap final takes place at Great Horton Conservative Club on Saturday (8pm).

It sees Andy Boswell (Girlington Conservative Club) taking on Joe Hollings (Eccleshill Victoria Conservative Club) for the Eric Hodgkinson Trophy.

Boswell defeated Paul Davey (Undercliffe Cricket Club) 3-0, while Hollings edged past Michael Sharp (Cullingworth Conservative Club) 3-1.

There will be another new name on the trophy, named after Telegraph & Argus billiards and snooker correspondent Hodgkinson, who ran cue sports in the district for over 25 years until his death in 2014.

Adam Tipper won the inaugural competition that year, with Gareth Green taking the title last year.

*CUE Gardens at Odsal will host the Yorkshire Snooker Handicap on Sunday, with registration required by 9.30am. The entry fee is £10 and matches will be the best-of-five frames throughout.

Dress code does apply and players are reminded not to wear jeans, trainers or collarless t-shirts, preferably shoes, trousers and a polo shirt or shirt.

Contact tournament director Richard Bakes (07940-651850) with any queries.

*IN THE Bradford Snooker Championships, Chris Tolson (Cue Gardens) is the latest player to make it through to the next round of the singles after a 4-1 victory over Stuart Harker (Clayton Liberals).

Last season’s beaten semi-finalists John and Chris Wellham came through a hard-fought match in the pairs to win 3-2 against Alan Austin and Hollings.

The deadline for both competitions is Sunday, December 18.

 THE Hey’s Trophy starts tonight with one preliminary round as Wibsey Liberal Club A host Owlett Hall Social Club in their first leg, with the return fixture next Thursday.

The first-round proper is next month, with the competition running at regular intervals up to the final in May.

Teams that lose their first match will be eligible for the E Rosse Hopkinson Plate, to run parallel with the Hey’s from February onwards.

Any queries regarding these two competitions, contact Eddie Ratcliffe (07790-379832).

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