I have very much enjoyed watching the Olympics over the last two weeks, including the very exciting BMX Freestyle finals, but it does raise the age-old question – how come snooker is not included in the Olympics yet? I know you are all thinking it.

When we are not inside watching the telly, some of us are inside knocking balls around a table. We have yet to reinstate the leagues, but knockouts continue to attract a great number of competitors.

Congratulations first to Sally Gesua, who beat Libby Dand in the final to win the Roberta Luxton Trophy. The Ladies’ knockout could not be played last year, so I am delighted to be able to put a name on the board again. Sally also organises the Ladies Section, so if you would like to get involved, please email me at and I will put you in touch.

Alex Rose has won yet another title, this time the James Selby winter handicap knockout. He beat Scott Stanley in the final and managed a break of 41 in the first frame. He continues to dominate the ‘Best Breaks’ board. Can he win back the Atherton Collins scratch knockout from Pradip Patel this year? He is first into the semi-final stage so he is the man to beat at the moment.

I will shortly send out invitations for this year’s Roehampton Club Shield; our summer handicap knockout. That will bring us back on schedule despite the obvious problems over the last few months. Thank you to everyone for playing matches promptly.

Finally, I would like to thank Craig de Silva who has stepped down as Captain after many years in office. Craig has been a strong member of the squad since he joined in 2013, and played a large part in our campaign to victory as London Clubs champions in 2014. He forged good relations with a number of clubs including RAC and Royal Mid Surrey, and always made sure our fixtures were friendly, fun and competitive. I hope he will continue to play for the Club if he can drag himself away from the Padel courts. I will organise fixtures when they return until a new Captain emerges. Let me know if you are interested! The London Clubs competitions are back on so look out for emails from me or the organisers at the East India Club.

My last report signed off with advice to hide from the burning sun over a game of snooker, but this time I think it might be the rain that drives you in. Happy potting.

Andy Nowell, Snooker Chairman