English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1998

THE ENGLISH GRAND MASTERS

OVER-50’s CHAMPIONSHIPS

All matches 2 hrs duration

The Grand Masters (over 50) Championship attracted 41
entrants who contested regional qualification matches to
determine which 8 players would report to The Reardon in
Stoke for the latter stages.

Bern French came through the Eastern grouping after a walk
over and a victory over Tony Henke. Peter Shelley made the
tournament highest break of 188 when coming through the
Midlands group with some ease winning his matches with 400
and 500 point margins after some prolific break making.

Chris Ross and Bill Andress made progress in the Southern
section, Bill eliminated the defending champion Brian Harvey
en route.

Jerry Conba was a mere 3 point victor before losing to Ross in
a well contested game.

The largest qualifying group saw four players move forward
from the North. John Sinclair had a 125 break in his opener, but
was subsequently well beaten by Branson Hoole who had
earlier beaten Ronnie Haigh.

Norman Routledge accounted for last year’s finalist Dennis
Mart then Richard Lodge. Alf Nolan eliminated Tony Fielding
and Steven Whiteley while Paul Devitt benefited from a
withdrawal before beating Tony James.

Bern French ended Paul’s run in the quarter final stage and
then went on to beat Chris Ross who beat Norman Routledge
by only 2 points. Alf Nolan proved too strong for Bill Andress
but was then eliminated by Peter Shelley who had earlier seen
off Branson Hoole.

Peter’s domination of the event continued and he won the
event by a margin of 401 after runs of 79,108 and 85 to average
a healthy 25.4 points per visit.

QUALIFICATION STAGES

Eastern Area (5 players to provide 1 qualifier)

Robert Shanks

480 Colin Summers

403 
Tony Henke

555 Robert Shanks

333 
Bern French

w/o Dennis McGuigan

scr 
Bem French

434 Tony Henke

57
409 

Midlands Area (4 players to provide 1 qualifier)

Peter Shelley

142, 188, 79, 79, 75, 54
777 Jim McCann

372 
David Rees

w/o Tony Keeling

scr 
Peter Shelley

71, 55, 70, 89, 56, 85, 95, 63unf
831 David Rees

61
319 

Southern Area – 11 players to provide 2 qualifiers

Chris Ross

103, 57
647 Ivan Stevenage

276 
Jerry Conba

405 Ron Miller

402 
Brian Harvey beat

  John Howell

w/o 
Bill Andress

55, 96, 50, 54, 84
769 Martin Phillips

404 
Chris Ross

91
505 Jerry Conba

65
461 
Bill Andress

59, 61, 50
733 Brian Harvey

53, 62, 54
496 
  • Ivan Stevenage beat Jock McGregor
  • Jerry Conba beat Albert Beard
  • Brian Harvey beat Charlie Gay

Northern Area (16 players to provide 4 qualifiers)

Richard Lodge

436 Steve Crosland

368 
Norman Routledge

452 Dennis Marr

351 
John Sinclair

125
549 Brian Watson

223 
Branson Hoole

82
479 Ronnie Haigh

406 
Paul Devitt

w/o Mick Andrews

scr 
Tony James

56, 60, 51
634 Rodney Simms

305 
even Whiteley

52, 58
539 Lawrence Torn

328 
Alf Nolan

51
439 Tony Fielding

280 
Norman Routledge

484 Richard Lodge

37 
Branson Hoole

67, 88
632 John Sinclair

352 
Paul Devitt

371 Tony James

327 
Alf Nolan

58
454 Steven Whiteley

333 
QUARTER-FINALS
Played at The Reardon, Stoke on 30th May 98
Alf Nolan

71, 52
604 Bill Andress

72
356 
Peter Shelley

715 Branson Hoole

65
453 
Chris Ross

63
413 Norman Routledge

65
411 
Bem French

462 Paul Devitt

57
334 
SEMI-FINAL
Peter Shelley

95, 166, 50
662 Alf Nolan

71
415 
Bem French

94
526 Chris Ross

105
469 
FINAL
Peter Shelley

79, 108, 85
781(25.4)Bem French

380(12.2)

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