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Gareth Hibbott compiles 2x 147 Maximum breaks, BACK-2-BACK...!!

News comes through to me that Fleetwood Hesketh's very own snooker legend Gareth Hibbott has added another chapter to his ever growing portfolio of achievements when he compiled his first ever 147 maximum break when playing a little money match against a John Roberts who plays in one of the local Merseyside District leagues. Not only did he manage the feat of gaining his first 'Maxi', he then proceeded to knock in his second maximum break in the very next frame...!!

These magical breaks happened at Fleetwood Hesketh, this past Tuesday night, when having a bit of a session with John Roberts, where at one stage Gareth was 4-1 down to his Liverpool opponent. After a quick change of the match balls, (Gareth thought the white was playing a little light), he rattled off breaks of 122 & 76 in the next couple of frames building up to the double delight of back-to-back maximums. Very surreal indeed. (See kids, light whites are the thing of the Devil...!!) There were a few on hand to watch this brilliant accomplishment happen, something that I'm sure they will not forget in a rush, let alone Gareth who's heart must have been pumping like mad. And to have front row seats on something that very few players in their lifetime will do, even for professional snooker players, will take some beating and stay with them for a very long time.

As well all know, Gareth isn't shy of knocking in the big breaks, he is currently sat on 48 hundred breaks within the Southport League, with several other breaks over the magical 100 mark in other leagues as well, but to hit the Holy Grail of breaks, the 15 red, 15 blacks plus all the colours in that one visit is indeed something very special. In fact Gareth has come close to achieving this feat before, both a few years ago mind, the first being back in 2003 when he potted all 15 reds with blacks to fall short when missing a tricky yellow when not in ideal position. The second came when playing in the semi-final of the Rickerby Cup at Churchtown Cons in 2014 when he broke down on 104, missing the 14th red with his potential first maximum break within his sights. It is no surprise then that the Mean Machine from Marshside has gone on to gain the highest accolade going when making a break in snooker, it's just comes with the added fact that he did it once again in the very next frame... Unbelievable Jeff...!!!

I'm sure that all of the members & players in the Southport league would like to congratulate Gareth on gaining his very own piece of snooker history, and to a very remarkable effort of not one but two maximum efforts in the same sitting...!!

Thank you to all of the players who have entered this years Individual cup competitions, more this year than the previous two seasons. The Pre-lim rounds of a few of the competitions will be put up on to the web page soon, with the other competitions being entered later on in the year. Good luck to you all in your endeavour to get your name in the book next year...!!

Firstly, I have to remind everyone about the changes made to the Rickerby Cup and Frank Lodge Cup matches after it was voted on at this years AGM.

Rickerby Cup - There is no need to toss up to see which team it asked to nominate their first name as we have done away with that. Now it is the HOME CAPTAIN who nominates the first name, to which the Away Captain then matches up and then puts down the second name as before. This is then repeated for the remaining four matches, alternating between the two teams until the card is complete.


Frank Lodge Cup - The format for this team cup is that pairings are now done blindly without the knowledge of who plays who until after the names have been put down on the card. So, the Home Captain puts down his initial first 2 players names down on the card with the Away Captain matching up without any knowledge of who is playing who. The Home captain must then show the card to the Away captain who agrees to the order he placed and the match will start. Once the opening frames have been played out the Home captain names his next 2 players and the process is repeated once again for the remining matches.


Chris Gill

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