English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2000


More changes at the WPBSA

At a meeting on 30th November the WPBSA board accepted the
resignation of it’s President Lord Archer and it´s Vice-chairman Ray
Reardon. The Association lost no time in announcing that it’s new
President would be golfer Ian Woosnam. In accepting the appointment
Woosnam said “This is a great honour for me. I love Snooker and I
have some very good friends in the game. I am looking forward to
playing my part in Snooker’s new dawn.” It is assumed that billiards
will also be included in his remit.

Mark Wildman´s appointment as Chairman of the WPBSA was
confirmed at elections held during their AGM at the Strathallan Hotel,
Birmingham on 23rd December. He will now serve for a further two
years in this position. Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor and Terry Griffiths
were also re-elected as directors. Under a “30 day rule” Ray Reardon´s
resignation had not become effective at the time of the meeting, so
nobody was elected to take his place. With Reardon´s absence the Board
is currently down to six people, and there is speculation that they may
decide to co-opt another member in the New Year.

World Matchplay

The World Matchplay tournament,
the last of the season for the billiard
professionals, will be held at the
Centurion Hotel, Midsomer
Norton, Radstock, from 29th
February to 3rd March.

Ranking Race

With Mike Russell and Geet Sethi
still ranked way out in the front of
the rest of the professionals at No.1
and 2, the latest provisional list
shows a great battle developing for
the important No.3 and 4 places.

Following the recent events at
Harrogate and Middlesbrough,
David Causier currently occupies
the No.3 slot with 94 points, but
Peter Gilchrist is just two points
behind him on 92, and Chris Shutt
a further three points in arrears.
Clearly the last event of the season
will be an important one for all
these players.

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