ALL SUSSEX HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

It’s time for the ALL SUSSEX HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP 2017!

SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY, 10AM START!!

As well as an scratch tournament we are hosting a handicapped event to give everyone a chance at being a County Champion.

The entry requirements are that you:

– Live in East or West Sussex

– and/or are registered as a member of a snooker club in East or West Sussex

– and/or play in a league in East or West Sussex

– and have not played another county’s event in the last 12 months

There are a maximum of 64 entries so please make sure you enter beforehand to avoid disappointment, also PLEASE DO NOT SAY YOU ARE GOING ON FACEBOOK IF YOU ARE NOT!! You can also enter in person at the Club or by phone on 01273382246. Payment can be made on the day or when entering beforehand.

There will be spaces available on the day providing that it is not full!

IF YOU DO NOT ALREADY HAVE A CASTLE CLUB HANDICAP PLEASE CALL THE CLUB BEFOREHAND TO SAVE US SOME TIME ON THE DAY!

ENTRY FEE: £20

ALL ENTRY MONEY GOES INTO THE PRIZE POT AND AS LONG AS WE GET A MINIMUM OF 30 ENTRIES THE WINNER WILL RECIEVE £500 WITH THE RUNNER UP GETTING £100.

THERE IS ALSO NO FEE FOR THE TABLE LIGHT.

PLEASE INVITE ANYONE YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hi,

First of all, everyone at the Castle would like to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and say a big thank you for your support and custom over the last 12  months!

It has been a great year for us at the Club, since we took over in 2014 the Club has gone from strength to strength. We have continued to make improvements this year with the addition of Sky Sports and a really cool MASSIVE screen as well as giving areas of the Club a bit of a makeover.

As the only place left in Brighton with such as significant amount of pool and snooker tables we feel it very important that we keep the game growing in the area and are pleased to say that this is definitely the case as we are seeing new faces in the club every day!

As for next year, there are many further improvements that we wish to make at the Club such as adding more screens upstairs as well as giving both bar areas a revamp! Sadly, the improvements that we wish to make have meant that we have had to increase cost of membership to £15 per year. We understand that this is quite an increase however we promise that this money will be used to invest in the Club and will mean that your experience of being here is even better as well as getting access to table booking as well as entry into any of our competitions!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Happy new year from everyone at the Castle!!!

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS!!!

We will be open normal hours except for the following days:

Christmas Eve – 11am until 8pm

Christmas Day – CLOSED

Boxing Day – CLOSED

New Years Eve – 10am until 6pm

New Years Day – CLOSED

CASTLE CHRISTMAS FUN DAY!

To celebrate Christmas, on Wednesday 21st December we are having some festive fun at the Castle!

There will be free mulled wine and mince pies for everyone as well as half price snooker and pool all day!!!

From 7pm onwards we will also be holding a variety of fun competitions such as how quick can you clear the colours, as well as games of killer and a single frame shootout tournament!

We hope to see you all down here!

NEW MENU AT THE CASTLE!!!!!!

Tasty treats supplied daily from Canham’s Delicatessen.

Angus Steak Pie £3.50

Steak, Guinness and Mushroom Pies £3.50

Roast Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pie £3.50

Cottage Pie £3.00

Prawn and Salmon Quiche £2.50

Quiche Lorraine £2.50

Beef and Stilton Pasties £2.50

Large Chilli Scotch Eggs £2.25

Large Chocolate Brownies £1.75

Summer Refurbishments!

While many of you have been out enjoying the lovely weather, we have been busy working away this summer to get the Castle ready for the new season! On top of getting new cloths on the downstairs snooker tables we have also redecorated upstairs, the stairway and the bar area downstairs so why not take a break from the sun and come and check it out!!! We would like to thank Brett and Matt for doing a great job redecorating and also to Gary at 147sport for doing the tables!

There is lots to look forward to in the new season with the Castle Club now having 10 teams competing in the Brighton and Hove Snooker League! We also have the return of the Order of Merit Handicap series (details and calendar coming very soon!).

Thanks!

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PREMIER DIVISION PROPOSAL

Here is an updated proposal for a new format for what is currently Division One in the Brighton and Hove Snooker League. There are various reasons that this would benefit the league however the main ones are:

  • It would allow for my more participation from League members as currently there are members who are not getting to play as much as they would like due to oversubscribed teams.

  • The potential for more frames per person would greatly increase the quality and enjoyment of league snooker (This was implemented in the Lewes Snooker Summer League and results suggest that this would definitely be the case).

  • The rebranding of Division One into the Premier Division would help to invigorate the league as well as give the division extra prestige which would encourage people from lower leagues and outside the league to aspire to be in it.

The Format

  • Each team must be comprised of a minimum of 5 players (to guarantee participation in the Endeavour Cup) and a maximum of 6 players. However, a single player may not play 2 frames for every week of the league season, the permitted number of frames shall not exceed 3/4s of the maximum number of frames available in a league season.

    • The reason for a maximum of 6 players is that it fits with our purpose of not having players registered that rarely get a game.

    • The fact that no player can play more than ¾ of the permitted frames is also to make sure that all registered players get to play a decent amount of frames. This however does not mean that a player can not play every week, simply that they would not be able to play 2 frames every week. It is important to note that under this system each player would still have the chance to play more frames than under the current system. If this rule is broken then any ineligible frames will be forfeited and points awarded to the opposing team.

  • Each match will be 6 frames long with 1 point being awarded for each frame and 1 extra point being awarded for a win.

  • Each team must have between 3 and 6 present for each match, with each player being able to play a maximum of 2 frames although not consecutively unless agreed by the teams Captains. The reasons for this are:

    • It helps to prevent teams with fewer players having an advantage over those with more as someone who has just had a frame and are ‘warmed up’ will not face a player straight away who has not yet played.

    • It also prevents people from spending limited time in the Club they are playing in (i.e. turn up, play and leave). This in turn supports the Clubs by increasing business as people are there for longer.

Trophies

  • There would be new trophies for the Premier Division (winners, runner up)

    • At least for the 1st year we would up the cost of registration to £12 to cover the cost of new trophies (this would include a new Premier Division Trophy).

  • We also propose that there are individual awards for players as this would reward players for good play and encourage competition. These would be:

    • Best player award: This would be decided by the committee but would be based on information such as: most wins, best win ratio, highest break and most breaks.

    • Player’s player award: This would be voted for by the Captains of each team (they can not vote for players from their own team)

  • This would mean that all player records must be be kept track of throughout the season. The best medium for this is the website and making sure that all match details are uploaded each week.

EXCITING SUMMER AHEAD AT THE CASTLE!!!

As always we are constantly making improvements to make the Castle a great place to hang out! Here’s a heads up about what’s happening at the Castle this summer.

Firstly we have some great news with regards to our kitchen! We are pleased to announce that the Castle will soon have an all new Caribbean menu thanks to the guys from Lickle More! Those of you who have had the food from their place near George Street in Hove know how good it is! Exciting!

Secondly….. WE NOW HAVE SKY SPORTS!!!!!! To celebrate this great news we thought we would treat ourselves (and you guys!) to a 10 foot HD projector! Nice! And with a certain football tournament around the corner we thought it would be cool to celebrate by offering all pints at £3 during all the Home Nations (and Republic of Ireland’s) games! We will also be giving away a FREE SHOT every time England score!

So make sure that you come down and enjoy the summer with us!

Thanks.

Summer League returns!!!

The Summer Singles League returns this year! We know that during the summer many of you miss the competitive action provided by the league and our Sunday tournaments! Well worry not, for this provides an opportunity to keep yourself sharp and also win some money!

TO ADD SOME FUN TO THIS YEAR’S SUMMER LEAGUE EACH ENTRANT WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE CASTLE POLO SHIRT WITH THEIR NICKNAME ON TO WEAR DURING THEIR MATCHES!

TWO DIVISIONS

  • Division One will be for players whose handicaps don’t exceed 21.
  • Division Two will be for players whose handicaps are above 21.
  • Each Division will be comprised of 12 players.
  • This may change depending on entries.

FIXTURES

  • A weekly fixture list will be drawn and matches will be played every Tuesday for Div. 1 and Wednesday for Div. 2 at 7pm. If matches can’t be played then they must be arranged on another day.
  • The 1st Round of fixtures will be on Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June and will run for the subsequent 11 weeks.

FORMAT

  • Each match will be 5 frames WITH A POINT BEING AWARDED FOR EACH FRAME AND ALSO A BONUS POINT FOR THE WIN!

  • Players will split the cost of table light for each match!

  • PRIZE MONEY WILL BE PAID UP TO 6TH PLACE WITH THE WINNER GETTING £200.

The league will run throughout June, July and August and will cost £40 to enter with all of the money going into the prize pot for each division which will be as follows: 1st place – £200, 2nd – £100, 3rd – £60, 4th – £50, 5th – £40, 6th £30.

Places are limited so call 01273 382246 to book your place or for more information. When calling please give us your T-Shirt size and nickname or we will make one up for you which is a bit more fun as we have some great names lined up!!