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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2001

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2001

TRI-NATION BILLIARDS

25th-26th November 2000

Classic SC; Glen Gormley, Belfast

Northern Ireland were the hosts for the latest Tri-Nation challenge
with teams from England and the Republic of Ireland travelling to
compete against the home team over the week-end of 25th-26th
November.

The Irish Republic had their share of problems in raising a squad,
drafting three new names into their line-up. These were Brendan Devlin,
who doubled as the new Team Manager, snooker star Joe Canny, and
Dara Martin, whose brother Phil Martin is a more regular member of
the team.

England also had a change forced upon them by the absence of English
No.1, Lee Lagan. He was unable to make the trip for financial reasons
and was replaced by Tony James.

Playing the usual mixture of two hour (3 point) and 150-up (1 point)
games, England were immediately in action against Northern Ireland
which saw them take a 7-5 advantage at the end of the first round of
short-format games. By the end of the first day England held a three
point advantage over Northern Ireland with the Republic trailing a
further 12 points behind. The highlight of the day had been an impressive
performance by Phil Welham who had won both his 150-up games
with breaks of 87 and 56 respectively. He then racked up 974 points in
his two hour match against Dara Martin making three centuries and five
others over 50.

The second day saw England open up a significant lead when they took
all but one of the twelve points available in the short-format games
against the Irish Republic. Joe Canny was responsible for this solitary
success which was largely due to some impressive red ball potting.
Less impressive was his knowledge of billiards rules as he was twice
fouled for exceeding the 15 hazard limit!

Northern Ireland entered the final round against England needing a
comprehensive victory, but instead suffered a 12-6 defeat. This included
a fine victory by English newcomer Tony James over the NI Champion,
Paddy Donnelly. England therefore achieved a hat-trick of wins and
returned home with the Amateur Billiards International Trophy.

Day 1

Northern Ireland v England (2 x 150-up)
D. Pogue 150, 150, G. Rogers 120, 119; E. Rogan 74, 70, P. Welham 150 (87), 150 (56); P. Donnelly
150, 150 (79unf), R. Lodge 48, 105; F. Cahoon 107, 117, D. Nichols 150, 150 (77unf); T. Murphy
150 (60), 53, S. Crosland 16, 150 (57unf); T. Buttimer 150 (74unf), 150, P. Shelley 136, 77.
Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland (2 x 150-up)
P. Donnelly 150, 150, D. Martin 43, 98; J. McIntyre 91, 150, P. Martin 150, 126; T. Murphy 150,
141, A. Murray 142, 150; T. Buttimer 150, 150, P. Arnold 36, 95; J. V. McLaughlin 150, 150, J.
Canny 127, 93; D. Pogue 150, 150, B. Devlin 62, 87.
England v Republic of Ireland (2 hrs)
P. Welham (128, 116, 102, 80, 71, 61, 58, 51) 974, D. Martin 217; R. Lodge (71, 61, 56) 645, P.
Arnold 194; S. Crosland (116, 79, 55) 740, J. Canny (55) 574; T. James 366, A. Murray 423; D.
Nichols (126, 59, 58, 52) 854, B. Devlin 247; D. Rees (68) 426, P. Martin (52) 364.
Day 1: England 20, N. Ireland 17, Rep Ireland 5.

Day 2

England v Republic of Ireland (2 x 150-up)
T. James 150, 150, B. Devlin 84, 54; G. Rogers 150, 96, J. Canny 96, 150; D. Rees 150, 150 (53),
D. Martin 45, 35; P. Welham 150 (77), 150 (65), P. Martin 45, 9; P. Shelley 150 (65), 150, P. Arnold
38, 88; D. Nichols 150, 150 (60), A. Murray 94, 116.
Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland (2 hrs)
E. Rogan 329, A. Murray (65) 423; T. Buttimer (80, 57) 726, D. Martin 310; J. McIntyre 488, J. Canny
(99) 565; D. Elliott (93, 79, 68) 716, B. Devlin 227; F. Cahoon 468, P. Arnold 330; J. McLaughlin
403, P. Martin 572.
Northern Ireland v England (2 hrs)
T. Buttimer (112, 85) 650, D. Rees 358; T. Murphy 303, P. Welham (59, 56, 50) 539; J. V. McLaughlin
(55) 418, R. Lodge (66, 64) 490; P. Donnelly (64) 433, T. James (122, 65, 53) 455; D. Elliott (69,
64, 53, 51) 564, D. Nichols (51) 416; D. Pogue 389, P. Shelley 488.
Day 2: England 23, N. Ireland 15, Rep Ireland 10.
Total: England 43, N. Ireland 32, Rep Ireland 15.

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