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THE Sunderland Snooker League’s annual meeting at The Avenue brought a good turnout of club representatives, with opportunities for members to voice their views.

Chairman Michael Monaghan thanked the teams for attempting to play their matches as printed on the fixtures with very few cancellations during the season, and those that were were soon arranged to be played.

He congratulated the winners of both divisions of the league, and winners of the individual knockout competitions, and appreciation was given to all of the players who contributed.

A major disappointment was that players are not supporting the presentation evening, with the lowest attendance since the league’s inception a big setback after all the work entailed by the committee to put the night on. The chairman’s personal view was that the future of the presentation evening should be discussed and possibly discontinued.

Secretary Vince Flynn’s balance sheet was accepted as a true report by the representatives, with the increase in the trophy expense explained by the necessity to replace some of the annual awards for the presentation.

Fixture secretary Sid Bate reported that score cards are still not being forwarded in good time to arrive on Saturday morning, with teams asked to look at their methods of supplying match details in good time.

Lumley have been accepted into the Winter League, but both Farringdon and Hylton expect to field only one team instead of two, due to players’ work commitments.

Cheema’s C withdrew, but their players will play as Washington Snooker A, with last year’s three Cheema’s teams amalgamating into two due to a shortage of players.

Woodside’s teams could be moving to a new club opened by one of their players, as difficulties have surfaced at their present venue.

The committee were re-elected en bloc, with no new applications received.

Fixtures for the Winter League are expected to be available to the club representatives at the next monthly meeting at Avenue on Thursday, September 6.

Summer League quarter-final draw: Mill View B v Seaham Knack (at Mill View, tonight), Seaham Cons v Woodside A (at Seaham Cons, tonight), Steels A v Green Baize (at Steels, tomorrow), Pennywell Comrades A v Steels B (at Pennywell, tomorrow).

Semi-finals: Seaham Cons or Woodside A v Pennywell Comrades A or Steels B, Steels A or Green Baize v Mill View or Seaham Knack (neutral venues to be arranged depending on results).