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ANDY Naysmith (16) was crowned the East of Scotland Youth Snooker Champion at the World of Snooker in Chesser, where he beat his young Borrnyrigg Snooker Club colleague, Michael Leslie (13) by four frames to two in the first youth final to be played on the magnificent match table at this superb venue. The final was marked by a terrific turnout of fans, many of them schoolmates of  young Leslie at Lasswade High School. After four frames, the young challenger matched his older clubmate shot for shot and they were still locked at two frames apiece. The fifth frame of the night was also the best and it was then than Naysmith showed the better composure to take the frame 59-32. Leslie was frustrated in the final two frames by several balls rattling in the mouth of the pockets and Naysmith was given the chance to wrap up the final frame of the night - and the title - 49-9. The legendary 82-year-old Bert Demarco presented the prizes and he was also praised for giving the East of Scotland Snooker Association the use of the match table at his vast sports complex at Chesser. EoS secretary, Kenny Baird, said: "We are fortunate to have Bert Demarco with us tonight and it is a chance to say how much we all appreciate his support and help given to us for many years!" Bert had some words of comfort for the loser and also praise for the winner. Naysmith was clearly the better player on the night, but surely the young Michael Leslie's time will come. This was his second appearance in the final of the youth event and also the second time he has finished runner-up, not bad going for a 13-year-old boy!

Bert Demarco is seen with new East of Scotland Youth champion, Andy Naysmith, along with match referee, John Leitch (second right) and EoSSA secretary, Kenny Baird following the presentation of the shield to the winner.

ANDY Naysmith (16) was crowned the East of Scotland Youth Snooker Champion


Scottish Youths Snooker Association's Glasgow Open took place at the Q Club in Glasgow on Saturday 25 November in a strong 35 player field, it was 12 year old Scott Donaldson from Perth who went on to lift the title beating Midlothian's Scott Roarty also 12 years of age in the final by 4 frames to 2 in this under 16s ranking event.
Scott Donaldson defeated 14 year old Scottish Internationalist Jamie Stewart in the semi-finals 3-1.And Scott Roarty beat 15 year old Scottish Internationalist Robert Carlisle who is currently the number 1 ranked player this year so far. The trophies were presented by Scottish Professional Stephen Maguire who was very impressed by the standard that both 12 year olds produced.
The next event on the tour is the "Dumfries and Galloway open" which takes place on Saturday the 9th of December. For details contact Mike Leslie on 0795 875 9444. 
Prelimary round:-
 Graeme Allan (Midlothian) 3 - Fraser Neave (Midlothian) 0, Ross Allan (Midlothian) 3 - C.Chisolm (Glasgow) 1, Jamie Stewart (Dumfries) 3 - Ross Muir (Musselburgh) 0
Last 32:-
Robert Carlisle (Edinburgh) 3 - Graeme Allan (Midlothian) 0, Ross Mclean (Dunfermline) 3 - Hollie Riddell (Midlothian) 2, Lee Mein (Edinburgh) 3 - R.Gray (Dumfries) 1, S.Rae (Glasgow) 3 - Mark Riddell (Midlothian) 2, Darren Mcaulay (Kelso) 3 - Corey Nicholson (Dumfries) 1, Axl Menlove (Dumfries) 3 - Scott Handley (Dumfries) 0, L.Curruthers (Dumfries) 2 - Connor Cook (Dumfries) 3, Dean Kerr (Midlothian) 0 - Scott Roarty (Midlothian) 3, Michael Leslie (Midlothian) 3 - Ben Dempster (Dumfries) 0, Scott Donaldson (Perth) 3 - Blaine Hendry (Perth) 0, Kris Mcaulay(Kelso) 3 - Keiran Murray (Dumfries) 1, Stuart Fraser (Midlothian) 0 - Greg Ritchie (Musselburgh) 3, Ross Burton(Midlothian) 3 - Jamie Coupland (Dumfries) 0, Jamie Mcloud  (Glasgow) 3 - D. Clarke (Edinburgh) 1, Rory Jackson (Dumfries) 0 , A.Bain (Glasgow) 3, Ross Allan (Midlothian) 0 - Jamie Stewart (Dumfries) 3.
Last 16:-
R.Carlisle (Edinburgh) 3 - R.Mclean (Dunfermline) 0, L.Mein (Edinburgh) 3 - S.Rae (Glasgow) 1, D.Mcaulay (Kelso) 0 - A.Menlove (Dumfries) 3, C.Cook (Dumfries) 0 - S.Roarty (Midlothian) 3, M.Leslie (Midlothian) 2 - S.Donaldson (Perth) 3, K.Mcaulay(Kelso) 1 - G.Ritchie (Musselburgh) 3, R.Burton (Midlothian) 1 - J.Mcloud (Glasgow) 3, A.Bain (Glasgow) 1 - J.Stewart (Dumfries) 3,
Quarter Finals:-
R.Carlisle 3 - L.Mein 0, A.Menlove 0 - S.Roarty 3, S.Donaldson 3 - G.Ritchie 1, J.Mcloud 0 - J.Stewart 3
Semi Finals:-
R.Carlisle 2 - S.Roarty 3, S.Donaldson 3 - J.Stewart 1
S.Roarty (Midlothian) 2 - S.Donaldson (Perth) 4
Scottish Youths Snooker Assossiation Glasgow Open 2006 Champion :- Scott Donaldson (Perth)



results from the first tournament of the Scottish Youth Snooker Associations new season. The Stirling Open, played at Spencers Snooker Club on saturday 21st october. Michael Leslie from Bonnyrigg, the holder of the Stirling Open title is safely through to the quarter finals which takes place on saturday the 4th november. RESULTS, LAST 32,MICHAEL LESLIE(MIDLOTHIAN) 3 AIDEN MCWILLIAMS(DUMFRIES) 0,LEE MEIN(EDINBURGH)1 SCOTT DONALDSON(PERTH) 3, ROBERT CARLISLE(EDINBURGH) 3 KIERAN MURRAY(DUMFRIES) 0,BEN DEMPSTER(DUMRIES)0 ROSS MCLEAN(DUNFERMLINE) 3, BLAINE HENDRY(PERTHSHIRE) 1 AXL MENLOVE(DUMFRIES) 3, SCOTT ROARTY (MIDLOTHIAN) 3 RORY JACKSON (DUMFRIES) 0, ROSS ALLAN (MIDLOTHIAN) 2 GRAEME ALLAN (MIDLOTHIAN) 3, CONNOR COOK (DUMFRIES) 2 ROSS MUIR (MUSSELBURGH) 3, MARK RIDDLE (MIDLOTHIAN) 1 DARREN MCAULAY (KELSO) 3, KRIS MCAULAY (KELSO) 0 JAMIE STEWART (DUMFRIES) 3,




BUDDING super-star in the snooker world,  Ross Vallance, confirmed his status as favourite when winning the Scottish Youth Snooker Association's Under-19 Open event at the lovely facilities in Shandon Snooker Club in Slateford. The 18-year-old former Craigmount High School pupil, who represents Corstorphine Snooker Club, used all his experience to get the better of 13-year-old Michael Leslie in the final, which he won 3-0. The beaten finalist, from Bonnyrigg Snooker Club, has already made his mark on the game at an early age and he is the current Scottish under-14 champion as well as being holder of the Midlothian singles trophy. But the more experienced Vallance is another potential star in this sport and he is a true champion of the green baize, with his latest success coming in a well-organised event sponsored by Foremost Leisure. The frame scores in the final were 73-1, 54-27 and 88-45. While Vallance had breaks of 41, 65 and 40 on his way to picking up the trophy, young Leslie chalked up breaks of 45, 59, 35 and 48 during the tournament.

Results: last 16- Scott Roarty (12), Bonnyrigg, beat Ross Fernie (16), Bonnyrigg, 3-2; Ross Vallance (18), Corstorphine, beat Michael Gilluley (18), Bonnyrigg, 3-0; Ross Dickson (16), Bonnyrigg, beat Darren McAulay (12), Kelso, 3-1; Tommy Noble (18), Edinburgh, beat Frankie McDougal, Leith, 3-1; Darren Grimley (17), Bonnyrigg, beat Kris McAulay (13), Kelso, 3-0; Michael Leslie (13), Bonnyrigg, beat Kevin Wilson (16), 3-1; Graeme Allan (15), Bonnyrigg, beat Hollie Riddell (15), Bonnyrigg, 3-1; Robert Carlisle (15), Edinburgh, walk over. Quarter-finals - Vallance beat Roarty 3-0; Noble beat Dickson 3-1; Leslie beat Grimley 3-0; Carlisle beat Allan 3-1. Semi-finals - Vallance beat Noble 3-1; Leslie beat Carlisle 3-2. Final - Vallance beat Leslie 3-0.


A trio of young snooker players from Bonnyrigg are representing Scotland in the British under-16 championships in Prestatyn in Wales,

with Robert Carlyle (Leith State) also in the eight-strong Scottish squad. Although the players and their parents will be staying in Pontins Holiday camp until next Friday, August 15, the young Scots can forget about lounging at the side of the swimming pool as they face a daunting task against the best from England, Ireland and Wales. Andrew Naismith, Ross Dickson and Ross Fernie, looked immaculate in their Scottish Snooker jackets, black trousers, white shirts and bow ties to match the brilliant blue of the jackets prior to setting off from their Bonnyrigg base. Fernie was in the Scottish side at last year's event and he said: "You have to win all your games if you want to be in action every day. The standard is high, but you have to  keep winning to gain points and keep playing each day. We (Scotland) did not do too well last year, but we are hoping to play better this time." For Naismith and Dickson, it will a step in to unknown territory but they, too, are thrilled to be representing their country at this level. This is the time for all the young Scots to reap the benefit of their dedication and practising in this very difficult sport that requires total concentration when playing at the top level. They will need all that and a good run of the balls to compete against the other top young players from the other three home countries in Wales. Naismith, when complimented on his appearance, added: "It (the outfit) cost us 100 each to buy. The cost of the trip is another 300+ for each of us, too." With that outlay, the Scottish boys will be looking for a good payback, with the ultimate aim of winning the title to justify the expenditure. All three players represent Bonnyrigg Snooker Club in the Midlothian Leagues, which are due to start in the next few weeks. A meeting is being held on Wednesday and once all the teams have registered, games will then get underway again at the start of a new season.  

Pictures of three young snooker players from the Bonnyrigg Club who are in the eight-strong Scottish team for the British under-16 championship in Prestatyn in Wales. From left, Ross Fernie, Ross Dickson and Andrew Naismith. The players motored down to stay at the Pontins Holiday Centre in Prestatyn and they will be there for seven days.


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