Awards night, February 3rd, 2011


Photos courtesy of Roland Herrera and his assistant

Dave Pym took a dog leg between Ipswich and Swindon to join the festivities at the BCSC, principally in order to pick up the biggest prize of his career to date -- the Bristol Premier League championship trophyDave Pym, Premier League champion
Blaine Buchanan and John Sprague put together a new sponsorship, filling a major gap (how did we manage without this before?). The inaugural Bristol Backgammon Sportsperson of the Year is Stuart Mann, seen here holding his liquid prizeStuart Mann, Sports Person of the Year
Winner of the tenth Bristol Masters tournament was Neil Young, pictured on the rightNeil Young, 2010 Bristol Masters champion
The Paul Gilbertson sponsored Rookie of the Year 2010 was Jamie Nevill, who beat off stiff competition from Sean Hopson and James Lintell-Smith for the honour.
Winner of the Gaz Owen sponsored Most Improved Player award, Miles Farren was away on a cruise and sadly missed the presentations
Jamie Nevill, 2010 Bristol Backgammon Rookie of the Year
There were two instances of 1000 to 1 awards during the year. The award which recognises the achievement of winning ten or more successive matches in selected competitions is sponsored by Roland Herrera. Ed Turner, absent on the evening, won an 8000-1 award for thirteen Premier Two wins in a row, but 2000-1 winner Simon Hughes is seen here with his prize, which commemorated eleven wins in various competitions over a 22 day periodSimon Hughes, 2000 to 1 award winner
Derek Clew was unfortunate not to win promotion in 2009, but made no mistake with the Premier Two championship in 2010. He convincingly won the Blue Division, before defeating Red Division champion Blaine Buchanan 11-4 in the play-off matchDerek Clew, 2010 Premier Two champion
Steffen Nowak, Stuart Mann and 2009 champion Simonetta Herrera finished second third and fourth respectively in the 2010 Premier LeagueSteffen Nowak, 2010 Premier League runner-upStuart Mann, 2010 Premier League third placeSimonetta Herrera, 2010 Premier League fourth place
Blaine Buchanan and Tim Line were first and second in Premier Two RedBlaine Buchanan, 2010 Premier Two Red championTim Line, 2010 Premier Two Red runner-up
The top three in the Conference all gained promotion to the Premier League. Jamie Nevill was champion, James Lintell-Smith was runner-up. Richard Biddle, in third place, whose determination to reach the top flight was reflected by his 200 mile round trips to compete, was understandably absent from proceedingsJamie Nevill, 2010 Conference championJames Lintell-Smith, 2010 Conference runner-up
Roland Herrera scooped the OGP title for the second time in three years, with Tim Line the runner-upRoland Herrera, 2010 Open Grand Prix championTim Line, 2010 OGP runner-up
Champion Sean Hopson and runner-up James Lintell-Smith were comfortably ahead of the rest of the IGP fieldSean Hopson, 2010 Intermediate Grand Prix championJames Lintell-Smith, 2010 IGP runner-up
Jamie Nevill aligned himself with top partners (Roland Herrera, Michihito Kageyamaand Phillip Hill ;) ) to finish top of the pile in the Consulting Doubles Grand Prix. Also pictured are Ian Preston and Simon Temme (joint second), and Chas Perry who was joint fourth with the absent on the night Tony WaltersJamie Nevill, 2010 Consulting Doubles Grand Prix championIan Preston and Simon Temme, 2010 Consulting Doubles GP joint runners-upChas Perry, joint fourth in the 2010 Consulting Doubles GP
The Clock Tournament Grand Prix once again saw the Herreras take the top two prizes. In 2009 Roland was the winner with Simonetta second, but in 2010 the roles were reversedSimonetta Herrera, 2010 Clock Tournament Grand Prix championRoland Herrera, 2010 Clock Tournament GP runner-up
The Ed Turner sponsored Handicap Trophy saw Ian Preston just pipping Shadow Hamilton for the title by winning the final tournament. Shadow will continue to be a threat in this series if she doesn't improve on her 3 handicapIan Preston, 2010 Handicap Trophy championShadow Hamilton, 2010 Handicap Trophy runner-up
One of two new series in the Bristol Backgammon calendar, the Clock Blitz Grand Prix proved a popular format, with never a dull moment. Ian Tarr was the inaugural winner, while unrefined tie breaks saw second place shared between Tim Line and Simonetta HerreraIan Tarr, 2010 Clock Blitz Grand Prix championTim Line and Simonetta Herrera, joint second in the 2010 Clock Blitz GP
The other new arrival was the Nackgammon Grand Prix. Simonetta Herrera took the title despite missing the final event, while Tim Line and Roland Herrera shared second placeSimonetta Herrera, 2010 Nackgammon Grand Prix championTim Line and Roland Herrera, joint runners-up in the 2010 Nackgammon GP
Other one-off awards included Sean Hopson, who became the ninth winner of the Intermediates Trophy knock-out, Tim Line whose victory in the March GP tournament landed him the Sam Mead Memorial Shield, and Dave Pym, who became the fourth Premier League centurion during his league title season. Sadly the photo of Year End Rankings leader Gaz Owen is unusable because it was out of focus -- the complete opposite to the way he plays!Sean Hopson, 2010 Intermediate Trophy winnerTim Line, 2010 Sam Mead Memorial Shield winnerDave Pym, the fourth player to win a century of career Premier League matches
Monday's short format tournaments have their own devoted following, and the three four-monthly grand prix competitions saw some fun competition, with elements of education thrown in. Roland Herrera won the Spring GP and Autumn GP, while Ian Preston took the Summer GP prizeRoland Herrera, winner of two of the three Monday Club grand prix competitionsIan Preston, Monday Club Summer Grand Prix winner
The top intermediate prizes for the three Monday Club competitions went to Jamie Nevill (Summer and Autumn GPs), and Sean Hopson (Spring GP)Jamie Nevill, top intermediate in the Monday Club Summer and Autumn GPsSean Hopson, top intermediate in the Spring GP
Some of the awards evening attendees during the Director's delivery of his Review of 2010

Photos courtesy of Roland Herrera and his assistant



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