TODAY we are proud to launch the 2006-7 Observer Snooker Cup with a whopping £1,000 prize money.
The competition was a great success last year, when it was revived after a lapse of three years, as players battled to get their hands on the famous old trophy.
This year we are hoping to get even more entrants from amateur snooker players in the area.
A new sponsor, BPJ Building Services, has joined the Observer and the North Lancs Training Group in putting up the prizes.
And ex-champion Chris Henry will again donate a fabulous cue, case and extension for the player achieving the highest break.
This year's final will be held in the Brooks Club, Accrington, on the evening of Saturday 14 April during a fabulous weekend festival of snooker organised by NLTG.
The winner will receive a cash prize of £400 - one of the highest amounts ever paid in East Lancashire - while the runner-up will receive £200, the semi-finalists £50 each and the quarter-finalists £25 each.
The competition is open to all amateur players who are members of a recognised club within a seven-mile radius of Accrington Town Hall and the entry fee is £5.
The first round draw will be made shortly after the closing date of Monday 20 November and will be printed in the Observer the following Friday.
So get your entries in as soon as possible... who knows, you could follow in the footsteps of last year's winner Colin Morton.
- FOR an entry form and full rules and conditions please see this week's Observer.