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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : November 1999

The Amateur Billiard Player : November 1999


North Sydney Anzac Club, Sydney, Australia (10th-13th August 1999)

The WPBSA multi-cuesport tournament was
again staged in Australia during August,
keeping the title of “Lindrum Masters” which had
been acquired last year when it was held as part of
the Walter Lindrum centenary celebrations.
The unique format involved each player competing
in games of billiards, snooker, 8-ball pool and 9-
ball pool. Each discipline was 100 up, which for
billiards at least, was quite straightforward.

For Snooker the scores were aggregated over as
many frames as were necessary. If 100 points was
not reached in the first frame, a new game was
started with the player who had potted the black
in the previous frame making the break. The pool
games counted 25 points each, which effectively
made them “a race to four”. The scores from all
the disciplines where added together to find the
winner of a match.

A late change to the line-up saw John Higgins drop out, and last
year´s champion Quinten Hann take his place. Ostensibly, the
event was to gather together four exponents from each of the cue sports
disciplines. In practice however, more weight appeared to have been
given to the inclusion of “personalities” who may be more recognisable
to the public, particularly amongst the nominated “pool players”.
The event commenced on Tuesday 10th August amidst a small army
of television crew from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation who
were recording proceedings for later transmission.

Each group played a round-robin contest to find which of them would
progress to the semi-finals. Each game was worth £200 to the winner
and £100 to the loser, with the event winner receiving an additional
£10,000 and the runner-up £6,000.

The referees had been instructed to offer advice on the rules of the
games outside a player´s specialist discipline. In this respect the pool
games in particular proved unfamiliar to a lot of the players.

Group A: The Billiard Players
Roxton Chapman (England)
277 Geet Sethi (India)
Roxton Chapman (England)
333 Peter Gilchrist (England)
Roxton Chapman (England)
400 Mike Russell (England)
Geet Sethi (India)
325 Peter Gilchrist (England)
Geet Sethi (India)
313 Mike Russell (England)
Mike Russell (England)
375 Peter Gilchrist (England)

All the competitors in the billiards group had arrived from India just
days after taking part in the World Championships. Roxton Chapman
had reportedly been putting in some intense practise at nine-ball in the
weeks leading up to the event and he looked by far the best of the
group in the pool disciplines.

Chapman won all his matches to take the group, including a “maximum”
400 points against Mike Russell. The billiard players seemed generally
to be the least informed regarding the rules of the pool games, and
their inexperience may have explained to lack of spectators for some
of their matches.

Chapman and Russell began their eight-ball match with just 10 people
in the audience. Chapman broke and sent the cue ball off the table.
Russell, with cue ball in hand, eyed a ball just inside the baulk line,
which, as with billiards, could not be struck with a direct shot. Russell
asked the referee what he was allowed to do. “Play forward from baulk”
was the reply. Russell lined up a pot on the ball into the top pocket, and
still unsure, asked again what he was entitled to do. He received the
same advice. Russell potted the ball and the referee immediately called
a foul. Five of the spectators left the room.

Group B: The Snooker Players
Quinten Hann (Australia)
283 Jimmy White (England)
Quinten Hann (Australia)
400 Stuart Lawler (Australia)
Quinten Hann (Australia)
310 Dene O’Kane (New Zealand)
Jimmy White (England)
302 Dene O’Kane (New Zealand)
Jimmy White (England)
337 Stuart Lawler (Australia)
Stuart Lawler (Australia)
350 Dene O’Kane (New Zealand)

Quinten Hann was the only player other than Chapman to score 400
points in a match, winning all sections against Stuart Lawler. He went
on to top the group with additional wins against Jimmy White and
Dene O´Kane.

In his snooker game against Jimmy White, Hann produced a break of
134, being allowed to continue after the target 100 points had been

reached. This was one of the few occasions where only one frame of
snooker was required to determine the winner.

Group C: The Eight-ball Players
Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
375 Mike Massey (USA)
Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
374 Eddie Charlton (Australia)
Jim Rempe (USA)
288 Eddie Charlton (Australia)
Jim Rempe (USA)
293 Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
Mike Massey (USA)
300 Jim Rempe (USA)
Eddie Charlton (Australia)
300 Mike Massey (USA)

Big wins by Ortmann over Mike Massey and Eddy Charlton were
enough to put him top of the group on aggregate count-back.
Eddie Charlton is now in his 70th year and had obviously not been
playing billiards for some time. When faced with a double baulk in his
match against Mike Massey, he felt the need to ask the referee if he had
to hit the balls !

“King James” Rempe is now 52 years-old and at the end of a glittering
career in American Pool, which has been recognised by his election to
the Billiards Congress of America Hall of Fame. However, his chances
of victory in this tournament vanished when he was defeated by fellow-
countryman Mike Massey. This left him needing a 286 point victory
over Ortmann in his last match to proceed to the semi-finals. Although
he managed to win, the margin proved to be insufficient.

Group D: The Nine-ball Players
Steve Davis (England)
350 Joe Johnson (England)
Steve Davis (England)
320 Cliff Thorburn (Canada)
Steve Davis (England)
387 Willie Thorne (England)
Joe Johnson (England)
350 Willie Thorne (England)
Joe Johnson (England)
282 Cliff Thorburn (Canada)
Cliff Thorburn (Canada)
325 Willie Thorne (England)

The star performer of the nine-ball players was undoubtedly Steve
Davis, who comprehensively defeated all the others in the group to
progress to the semi-finals.

Cliff Thorburn opened his eight-ball match against Joe Johnson by
sinking a ball from the break and then proceeded to run out. Johnson,
relaxing in his chair remarked, “This is a good game”. Thorburn also
took the second and third games from the break. “I´m not playing well
today” quipped Johnson, who had not yet been called upon to leave
his seat. However, he played sufficiently better in the other sections to
win the match, although with both players having already lost to Davis
the result proved to be academic.

Quinten Hann
300 Roxton Chapman
Oliver Ortmann
276 Steve Davis

Chapman and Hann began their semi-final with snooker, played in
front of 70 spectators. Hann—wearing a white suit reminiscent of Kirk
Stevens—took the game 100-4 with breaks of 40 and 29.

The billiards didn´t last long. Hann played the standard opening break.
Chapman made eight in reply, then potted the yellow and double
baulked. Hann attempted to disturb the balls via the top cushion but
missed and Chapman ran to game on the next visit. There was just one
anxious moment when Chapman´s break had reached 85. The balls
were in top-of-the-table position and he was attempting a cannon with
the rest when an announcement was made over the club’s public address

system. Chapman paused, re-addressed the cue-ball and almost missed
the cannon.

This result put Chapman ahead in the match 104-100, but Hann came
back to win the eight-ball section 4-1. Hann took the first three frames,
with Chapman securing the fourth before Hann took the fifth to establish
an overall advantage of 200-129. Chapman, who now needed to win
the nine-ball 4-1, started well by taking the first game. But that was his
last success as Hann won the next four to take the match 300-154.

In the other semi-final, Davis found himself trailing Ortmann 75-200
after the opening pool disciplines and faced an uphill struggle to recover
ground in the snooker and billiards. A 100-44 result at snooker really
wasn´t enough as it left Ortmann needing to score just 32 points at
billiards for a place in the final. He opened with a break of 19 which
contained two flukes, causing him to comment “I don´t know this game,
but I love it !” He wrapped up the match shorty afterwards by reaching
his required 32 points and an overall winning score of 276-207.

Quinten Hann
352 Oliver Ortmann

There was some discussion regarding to order of play for the events
in the final, which was only resolved shortly before the start. It was
decided to begin with snooker, followed by the pool games and
finishing with billiards. As the pool and billiard tables were set up
in different rooms, this meant that spectators would be required to
relocate twice during the match.

Hann began the snooker well, and was leading 88-26 after the first
frame. Continuing with the second frame, Ortmann made a red from a
four ball plant and went on to complete a break of 74, taking the game

The Australian television producer failed to anticipate the start of the
eight-ball, and the players were required to repeat their string for break,
this time with the camera’s rolling. With the match underway, Ortmann
went three games up, but Hann came back to level it before Ortmann
took the decider, giving him a 100-75 result. Hann won the nine-ball
4-2 and an interval was taken with the Australian leading 263-250.
Hann, with his greater skill at billiards entered this event as favourite,
requiring 88 points to win the match. An opening strategy of pot-white
double-baulk eventually left an opening which allowed Hann to run to
his required points with a break of 53 unfinished.

The presentation was made by Joy Lindrum, widow of the late Horace
Lindrum, who additionally gave each of the finalists a copy of a small
limited edition book chronicling the history of the Lindrum family
over the last 150 years. The event is planned to be shown on Australian
television in 27 weekly episodes, starting in September.

Source : Philip Sharp

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