Review: An Evening with Steve Davis, Thursday 12th February

Review: An Evening with Steve Davis, Thursday 12th February

Just under one hundred people; Members, their guests and Club guests from West Byfleet and East India Club turned out on Thursday evening as Roehampton Club played host to one of Snookers greatest ever players, Steve Davis

A snooker table was built upstairs and the Roehampton Room was transformed into a Snooker Hall for one night only.

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The evening started with drinks, sponsored by Fullers, before everyone was invited to take their place around the table. The Snooker Chairman, Alan Patten, welcomed our guests and briefly described the remarkable progress that the Snooker Section has made since snooker was reintroduced to the Club in 2010. The London Club's Knockout Cup, won by Roehampton Club in 2014, was then presented to the Captain, David Cowpe, and his winning team.

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The snooker display began with Steve Davis playing three frames against our friendly professional Martin O'Donnell, refereed by star referee Michaela Tabb. The atmosphere was light-hearted with plenty of banter and fighting talk from Steve and Martin, but there was some smart snooker and Steve made brilliant breaks of fifty and sixty to win the final frame and remind everyone why he is a six time World Champion.

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After an excellent supper Steve demonstrated some trick shots, with a helping hand from his youthful assistant from the audience James, aged 10, who clearly knew his way around a snooker table. In between the snooker Steve shared humorous stories from his time on the snooker circuit, a few particularly memorable ones about ex professional snooker player 'Big Bill' Werbeniuk.  This was followed by a Question and Answer session, hosted by Michaela. Steve and Michaela answered every question thrown at them and everyone their enjoyed an insight into the sport of snooker at its highest level. Both Steve and Michaela were great fun and generous with their time, not leaving until nearly midnight and being photographed and chatting with everyone who asked.

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