The Comet Cup is back

PUBLISHED: 11:04 04 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:06 06 May 2010

Some of the participants in the Comet Cup

Some of the participants in the Comet Cup

The Comet Cup has been relaunched for 2006 at Hitchin Snooker Club. The Sunday competition had 21 entrants and produced some really good snooker. Lee Hair potted his way to a 93 break before being beaten two frames to one by Gary Pyper. The competition wa

The Comet Cup has been relaunched for 2006 at Hitchin Snooker Club.

The Sunday competition had 21 entrants and produced some really good snooker.

Lee Hair potted his way to a 93 break before being beaten two frames to one by Gary Pyper.

The competition was played over five rounds, with the first three rounds being over three frames, the quarter-finals being first to five frames and the semis and final being seven frames.

The four semi-finalists were Pyper, Ray Lloyd, Lee Gibbs of Hitchin and Gary Banks, a 16-year-old from Letchworth GC.

Gary is one of the club's younger players who is showing real promise and he was beaten by the competition's eventual winner Lloyd.

The prize money for this competition totalled £420 - winner Lloyd won £230, runner-up Gibbs £110 and the beaten semi-finalists £40 apiece.

The competition is a handicap where each player is awarded a handicap appropriate to their skill level.

Each player earns an extra point each week they take part unless they reach the quarter-final where points are deducted depending on the player's final position.

Handicaps varied between minus seven and plus 80 on Sunday.

Damian Doolan, who played off minus seven, is the club's most improved player over the past year, reducing his handicap from 13 while hitting several 60 plus breaks in that period.

The Comet Cup is played on the last Sunday of every month and costs £20 to enter. A large buffet is provided for all entrants.

The competition is open to all and anyone requiring information should call Michael Norgan on 07814 002916 or email enquiries@hitchinsnookerclub.co.uk

Although The Comet Cup is a monthly competition, an identical tournament takes place at the club every Sunday.

It starts at 5pm and the total prize money this year is £2915 including the money for The Comet Cup.


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