The John Zorz Trophy competition has now officially finished when the top eight contenders for the Regal Trophy played off last week. Ian Bulkeley who was originally in the eight could not attend and so the first reserve Robert Farnsworth Junior got a gig.
After some good games, it came down to David Adams and Robert Farnsworth Junior in the final and it was Farnsworth who became the worthy 2018 John Zorz Trophy Regal Trophy champion for 2018.
Tonight, December 4 at The Workies the Roley Casey is being held which is the last competition for 2018.
The Roley Casey is the top 16 players who accrue points over the competition rounds of both the Terry Longdon Memorial Trophy and John Zorz Trophy competitions.
A player also has had to play both competitions to be eligible. Everyone is welcome to attend and watch some good and bad snooker.
Contenders in seeded order: Justin Nelson, Jeff Stait, RW Farnsworth, Shannon Baer, Shane Eagle, Trent Lewis, Ian Bulkeley, Steve Hewitt, John Lyons, Kyle Lewis, Maurie Smith, Michael McCosker, David Adams, Tom Gaynor, Garry Nolan, Logan Spice.
Reserves: Robert Farnsworth, Frank Wawn, Dillan McBey, Ian Miles, Allan Piggott, Matt Tattersall
Game 1: Justin Nelson (-36) versus Trent Lewis (+18): As sometimes it happens in these individual comps and being a blind draw team mates regularly play against each other. These two play for Jiggers and Lewis had a massive 54 start and if he fired Nelson may find it hard.
Nelson was on song early potting some small breaks that included blues, pinks and blacks and was pulling back the deficit. Lewis did not play well missing a lot and the indentations he was making was on the balls he was hitting them that hard they were quivering when it was his shot. Nelson took the lead on the colours and with just three left it was a terrible game. Nelson won easily 91 – 74.
Game 2: Dillan McBey (+15) versus David Adams (+27): Both have had a good comp though Adams is just coming off three semi-final games of which he won all. McBey lost his game in the Grand Final easily last week and needed to be confident from the start. Adams had 12 start and he was straight into scoring mode as he was potting small breaks and playing safe.
Once he settled down McBey started to play well and was catching Adams. McBey lost his way at the back end of the game as he fouled on the blue Adams sent him back in for a shot then in a brain snap McBey had a shot on the pink fouling again. Adams was just too consistent as surged to a 60 – 34 win.
Game 3: Robert Farnsworth (-8) versus Steve Hewitt (+28): This has been Farnsworth’s best comp in a long time finishing in number one position in the Regal standings. Hewitt has been the quiet achiever just been chipping away every week and since his team ran last, he has done very well. Farnsworth was chasing 36 points from the break and was soon clear his form was very scratchy.
Hewitt on the other hand was solidly potting at will and what helped him was Farnsworth jawed a few shots leaving them over the pockets. Farnsworth tried very hard but it was Hewitt who played the better game to win 84 – 31.
Game 4: Alan Piggott (+15) versus RW Farnsworth (-18): This has been Piggott’s best season for a long time and he has been enjoying the snooker. Farnsworth was lucky to be playing as he was called up due to someone pulling out but he has been the form player over the year in whole. Piggott had a 33 start and he was doing enough to keep the scoreboard ticking over maintaining that lead.
Farnsworth early in the game did not have a lot of opportunities though about halfway through the game the pack opened up and Farnsworth went on a scoring spree with a 32 break. Piggott was not playing badly as he got out of a few snookers though once Farnsworth hit the lead he was not going to be denied as he won 76 - 51.
Semi Final 1
Justin Nelson (-36) versus David Adams (+27): Nelson was up against another team mate in Adams and this time had to give a whopping 63 start and Adams was playing a lot better than Lewis who Nelson played last. Nelson was doing very well at first as he was slowly accumulating points trying to catch the big lead that Adams had. Adams was playing a lot of safety putting further pressure on Nelson and on odd occasion Adams jagged a few shots. Nelson could just not get the snookers he needed and with Adams playing safe he put Nelson into the ‘100 club 101 – 73.
Semi Final 2
Steve Hewitt (+28) versus RW Farnsworth (-18): Hewitt had a 46 start and if he kept up his form Farnsworth might even struggle. Very close to start as both kept the pack of reds fairly intact and with only with a couple of reds loose Farnsworth managed a 24 break halving the lead. Hewitt did manage a few shots keeping the scoreboard ticking over making Farnsworth work for the points. Farnsworth scored a 26 break and took the lead and was not headed after that to win 84 – 66.
David Adams (+27) versus RW Farnsworth (-18): Contrasting styles of players with Farnsworth playing an open attacking style and over the last few months his snookering ability has improved out of site. Adams likes a slow game and plays a lot of safety and at times gives away points from setting his opponent up. Adams had a 45 start and he broke the pack and Farnsworth’s first time to the table scored a 23 break. Adams could only pot four reds out of the whole pack of 15 as Farnsworth potted the rest which included breaks seven, four, four, eight and 12. Adams potted the yellow then fouled twice on the green and was having no luck. Farnsworth was controlling the cue ball and the game with precision as he potted the following green, brown, blue and pink to easily win. Adams was nowhere the player he was leading up to this game scoring six points in total as Farnsworth was at the peak of his form and was a deserved and popular 84 – 51 winner and 2018 Regal Trophy champion.