The Bermuda Snooker Association sent a team of three players to represent Bermuda at the ISL tournament held at The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill in Toronto last month.
Warwick’s Steven Bremar, Sandys’ Paul Fedden and the Royal Artillery Association’s Kyle Williams competed in the team event, singles handicap, Don Thomas handicap, doubles handicap and singles scratch competitions.
The first day of play involved the team event, with Bremar putting in a devastating performance as he beat all four of his opponents in a clean sweep, while Fedden took two of his four frames.
Williams took three out of his four frames in an outstanding debut appearance, leaving Bermuda securely in the semi-finals. It was not to be, though, as despite a 40 break from Fedden and strong performances from Bremar and Williams, the team were defeated by Canada, the eventual team event winners.
In the singles handicap competition, Fedden was outgunned by Canada’s Nick Macos when they met in the first round, Macos taking the win and sending Fedden into a separate tournament, the Don Thomas handicap, for players who exited in the first round.
Williams continued to represent Bermuda well with his first-round win over Canadian legend Kenny Shea, arguably one of the best players never to have turned professional.
Williams was unable to build on his success against Shea, however, when he was defeated by Chris Purslow, playing for the New York Knights in the second round.
Bremar fared rather better, however, beating Michelle Magazine and Canada’s Mike Cooper before being defeated by Canada’s Ayo Abraham in the third round. Ireland’s Tommy Doherty lifted the trophy when he dispatched Abraham in the final.
In the doubles, Williams and Fedden were randomly drawn to play together as a team and started well, fending off Canada’s Rick Mackenzie and Don Mullholland to go through to the second round. However, Purslow and John Carswell put paid to any further progress when they defeated Fedden and Williams convincingly in the second round.
Bremar was randomly partnered with Magazine in the first round, but suffered a swift elimination at the hands of Doug Fox and Bob Boate.
The title was won by the pairing of Fergus Condon, of Ireland, and Dave Carbanaro, of Canada.
In the singles scratch, Fedden was methodically eliminated by Canada’s Shea in the first round. Despite a good break off shot from Fedden, Shea produced a 39 break at his first visit to the table and continued strongly, cinching the match to go through.
Williams came up against Fox in round one. Fox, one of the top players in the competition, was too strong for Williams, however, beating him to go through.
For Bremar it was a rather different story, as he beat Larry Macdonald, Condon, and Mike Mangov to meet Fox in the final.
Bremar fought hard against the Canadian, but lost by three frames to one. Bremar took home the singles scratch runner-up trophy, a great achievement in such a strong field of players.
In the Don Thomas handicap, Fedden found some form, beating Condon, Connor Maguire and David Carbonaro to reach the final, only to lose to Boate on the black. Fedden took home the runner-up trophy.