Lancaster Dominate Snooker at Roses 2022


Lancaster University dominated the snooker at Roses, winning all five matches without dropping a single frame.

The snooker tournament consisted of five matches, each best of three, split between two tables. First on table one were Lancaster’s David Rippengal and York’s Jammy Clark. After some great safety play, Rippengal claimed the first frame, clinched the second, and then the match, on a re-potted black. 

Over on table two were Lancaster’s Luis de Burray and York’s Laurence Barden. The first frame was a cagey affair, with neither player able to put together a break over twenty. However, de Burray’s fantastic long potting proved to be the difference between the two players, as he claimed two frames on the bounce, giving Lancaster an overall two-nil lead with three games to go. 

The second match on the first table would prove to be an entertaining one, as Lancaster’s Josh Patterson faced off against York’s Daniel Knaggs. Patterson displayed some great long pots, before sealing the first frame with a wonderful double on the yellow. The second frame was much closer, with Patterson seemingly down and out by the time the pair were on the colours.

A snooker was required for Patterson to win the match, and dramatically, he managed to get it before eventually clearing up after several attempts. Patterson won the match by two frames to nil and Lancaster took an unassailable three-nil lead overall. 

The penultimate match on table two was between Lancaster’s Joe Wall and York’s Team President, Adam Horspool. It was another tight match with neither player able to scrape much of a break together, but it would be Wall who came through both frames to cement a disappointing day for York. 

Finally, Lancaster’s star player Aimee Benn played off against Joe Dixon, as Lancaster hoped to put the final nail in the York’s coffin. The first frame was very tight, with Benn taking her time to get up to her usual standard. Dixon managed to take the frame all the way to the black, but he ultimately lost.

By then Benn had finally gotten into her stride and the second frame wasn’t close in the slightest. Benn claimed the second frame, and the match, sealing a five-nil redwash victory over York; the white rose embarrassingly unable to take a single frame.

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