League has new title sponsor

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THE Brighouse and District Snooker League, one of the strongest in Yorkshire, has a new sponsor.

MAC Financial Services of Bridge End, Brighouse, have taken over the reins of the Individial Open fromthe Brighouse Echo.

Andrew Joyce and his partner Michael Griffin set up MAC Financial Services Ltd in 2005 as independent financial advisers. They give advice in the pension, investment, mortgages and protection areas.

Andrew Joyce says: “We are both big sports fans, mainly Leeds United supporters and I was a season ticketholder in the late eighties, through the nineties and used to go to the matches with Rastrickians Graeme Noble and Mark Edley.

“I will be pleased once Ken Bates is out of the picture which will be imminent, fingers crossed.

“I played football with Top Club for 15 fantastic years and also played snooker there for a similar number of years on a Wednesday night but gave up due to work/family commitments.

“For two years I coached at Rastrick Juniors Football Club, that was five years ago for the U8s when my daughter Lauren was playing,

“Michael played for Brighouse Rangers in the mid- eighties and is an avid Huddersfield Giants fan. Our interest in sport is endless and we like to get to the races and have a game of golf whenever possible.

“One date in the calendar in the year for us is the annual Cheltenham Gold Cup day at Top Club which has seen the attendance rise rapidly over the past two years thanks to steward Harry Redman’s efforts and his tipping competition. It’s arguably louder in there than Cheltenham itself going over the last fence when the actual Gold Cup is on.

“My father, Colin, still plays snooker up at Top Club as well as bowling down at the Rastrick Bowling and Social Club where he has had plenty of practice especially this year, now that he has retired.

“It was only last Sunday that I took him to the Huddersfield Irish Centre to watch his beloved Galway take on Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling replay which sadly Galway lost but the Guinness went down well!”

Andrew, who is married to Carolyne. has a second daughter, Alicia.

He continued: ”At Rastrick Juniors, Lauren had to finish early due to girls no longer being allowed to play in a mixed league. It was at this time her teacher Paul Mashinter at Carr Green Junior and Infants encouraged her to go for trials at West Riding FA Girls Centre of Excellence.

“Lauren (13) is currently goalkeeper at Sheffield Utd Girls Centre of Excellence and is in her second season having previously been at Bradford City.

“She attended an England training camp at The Cliff in Manchester back in July where she received positive feedback from the FA coaches.

“She attends Crossley Heath in Halifax whilst her sister - Alicia (11) has just started at Rastrick High in September.”