BY her own admission, Spalding and District Snooker and Billiards League match secretary Susan Lefley is rarely left speechless.
But after being honoured with a special ‘dedicated service award’ by the league at its annual presentation evening on Saturday, the improbable happened.
Having first played in the league back in 1974 – when, incredibly, female players were frowned upon by some clubs – Susan has been secretary of the snooker league since 1994 and also the billiards division since 1997.
Still a fine player, she also won the ladies’ snooker individual handicap back in 1988, while a 45 break was the best of any woman in the 2001/02 season.
With that in mind, all of the league’s club chipped in to fund the special award, which came as a complete shock to one of the most likeable people in the South Holland sporting scene.
“I was actually lost for words,” admitted Susan, who plays for Long Sutton C in Division Four. “Along with my family, the league means absolutely everything to me.
“It’s a honour to be involved and getting this award was a wonderful surprise. I can’t thank the clubs enough for what they’ve done.”
It was all about silverware at Springfields Events Centre, with gongs galore dished out to all of the season’s trophy winners.
Top of the bill was a fitting ‘highest achievement award’ for league legend Rob Childs.
The Crowland cue ace was handed the Brian Kendall trophy to pay homage to a stellar career in the league, which has seen him win top individual accolades in both snooker and billiards.
Susan added: “Rob has won so much in snooker and billiards. He’s also one of the nicest people in the league. He’s a very deserving winner of the award.”
Snooker Division One winners Pyramid F, for who Alfonso Palumbo’s 100 was the best break of the season, collected the league’s top team prize.
They’ll be challenged next season by Long Sutton D, who made it back-to-back titles by lifting the Division Two crown. They dedicate their success to late team-mate Bill Stamp.