Red Ball Snooker Tournament

Family frame: Winner of the Red Ball Snooker Tournament in Wingham, Dean Saunders (left) with runner-up Roo Saunders following the presentation. The father and son duo fought a battle to the end in the competition.

Family frame: Winner of the Red Ball Snooker Tournament in Wingham, Dean Saunders (left) with runner-up Roo Saunders following the presentation. The father and son duo fought a battle to the end in the competition.

On Saturday and Sunday of the June long weekend, a game of a different kind took place at Wingham Services Club.

The handicap Red Ball Snooker Tournament, not your run-of-the-mill competition, has been likened to 20/20 cricket.

Having only one red ball plus colours in play, plenty of points were given away due to foul shots. Time limits also applied, so the pace was fast and furious.  Altogether 133 matches were held which totalled 420 frames over the two days.

The ages of the 21 competitors, including one female, covered a broad spectrum and a big thank you to those who took the time to mark games.

The best of seven frames for the final was a battle to the end for father and son contenders, Roo and Dean Saunders.  With three frames each won, the seventh was an exciting finale for fellow competitors and spectators.

Roo was unlucky to foul on the black ball at the end of the frame, which meant that Dean reigned supreme, winning four from seven frames. 

Both were well rewarded.