April 4, 2016

Classy Craigie is Classic King

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:11 pm
Sam with the trophy presented by referee Nick Harry.

Sam with the trophy presented by referee Nick Harry.

Sunday saw the conclusion of this season’s Snookerbacker Classic and we crowned our youngest ever champion in the shape of Sam Craigie from the North East who beat Yorkshire’s Jamie Bodle in the final to nab the £3000 first prize.

It was a great day’s snooker and I think most people watching, as well as the players, would agree that Sam was a very worthy winner, having produced the best snooker of the day as well as also grabbing a further £500 in the form of the highest break prize, which he took with a spectacular 142 total clearance to close out his match against Brian Robertson earlier in the day.

His final opponent Jamie is preparing for another big final next week as he attempts to capture the English Amateur title and he himself produced a biggie in the live streamed final when in frame 5 he knocked in a faultless 130.

The day itself was a lovely occasion and reminded me why I do it all in the first place. There was disappointment again for Jamie Clarke who was beaten in the semi-finals by Bodle and it was great to see a Scottish player, Gary Thomson do so well and reach the semi finals too.

One of the main additions this year was the live stream, which worked a treat and drew in a number of viewers from around the globe. My eternal gratitude for making this happen goes to Andy Guest, the genius behind My Snooker Stats as well as his team of Stevie, Dom and Adam who worked so hard all day to make this happen.

You can watch the final again on You Tube by clicking here.

I have so many people to thank for making this the biggest and best year since we began back in 2012, from those who have helped out financially, to the hard working referees in particular yesterday’s crew of Nick Harry, Eirian Williams, Mark Seaman, Ian Wagstaff and Alan Collis; the clubs that continue to support the SB Classic, the spectators that come along to watch, the players who continue to support the tournament in their droves and just those who have encouraged Mrs SB and I to keep plugging away. The sense of occasion is now there for all to see and despite the happy aire yesterday, a few players left extremely disappointed, which is of course a sign that winning this means so much to them.

The day however belonged to Sam Craigie and he’s a fantastic player and prospect for the future who still has two chances to make it onto the professional circuit before the season is out, I am convinced that if he does we will be seeing a lot more of him at the top level. I have already been contacted by a possible sponsor for him on the back of his performance yesterday and if the Classic helps him with that it would be a lovely way to mark the fifth anniversary.

As for me, it’s time to take stock and think about where we go from here. This year will be very hard to top, we’ll see.

To see all the results from yesterday click here and to look at a few pictures from the day click here.

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