English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2002

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Wessex Billiards Championship

Justin Cole, Phil Davis, Brian Harvey and Mike Allen will make up the
semi-finals of the Wessex Individual Billiards Championship after the
qualifying stages which had involved four groups of five players. The
biggest surprise of the day was the elimination of last year’s Champion,
Michael White, who was crucially defeated by just five points in his
group match against Mike Allen. Mike went on to secure his semi-final
place by defeating Keith Tozer in his last match by a single point! Justin
Cole won all 4 of his games including a victory over Roy Foster who
ousted Brian Harvey last year. Phil Davis topped his group, winning a
deciding game against Vince Hardwell who was returning to the
Championship after several years absence through back problems. Brian
Harvey also won all four of his matches, but was made to struggle by
Dick Watts who led for 25 minutes before Brian produced a break of 159
to secure his win.

Sandford Orcas & District Billiards League

The current season got away to a good start for our rivals the Black Puds
from the Dove Valley League when on 22nd September at Mayfield
near Ashbourne, they pulled off their best win ever against Sandford
Orcas League Scrumpys. This was our 11th meeting and it proved to be
just as light-hearted and friendly as the previous ten. We look forward to
the next set-to at Wincanton in April 2002.

Report: Colin White
Results (Dove Valley names first)
(1 hr games)
D Feeley
271 C Walters
164 
B Hayes
239 M Woolmington
122 
M Feeley
119 R. Coffin
114 
R Plant
143 J Masters
163 
G Coe
154 D Mitchem
124 
R Ratcliffe
161 C White
156 

Saturday 29th September saw Sandford hosting Bath & District at
Bradford Abbas and Sherborne Clubs, with Sandford this time coming
out winners by 6 games to 3.

Results (Sandford names first)
(75 & 90 minute games)
C. White
47
143 K. Tozer
300 
M. Woolmington
222 W. Todd
168 
R. Foster
325 D. Lord
227 
G. Warren
236 A. Bastin
211 
J. Stringfellow
194 R. Lydiard
226 
J. Masters
44
313 D. Smith
232 
D. Holt
238 K. Brain
171 
M. Gillham
190 C. Coles
50
335 

Sandford’s spirits were again lifted on 20th October when they were
guest players at venues in the West Wilts League area. The hosts did a
little better than in the two previous meetings but still lost 7-3 to a mean
Sandford team. West Wilts do deserve credit however for raising a team
of 10 players in these days of conflicting interests.

Results (Sandford names first)
(90 minute games)
C. White
46
225 D. White
158 
J. Stringfellow
191 G. Hares
200 
J. Masters
41
292 H. Winstanley
159 
D. Holt
254 R. Millard
146 
M. Woolmington
168 M. Binns
239 
C. Walters
292 A. Kettlety
145 
J. Gillham
194 M. Dew
207 
M. Gillham
275 (54) M.
  
G. Warren
  Sen 327
  
G. Warren
  Jun 298
  

Referees Seminar

Billiards and snooker players from the region were invited to attend a
seminar at the Prince of Wales Club, Mere, Wilts given by Tutor/Examiner
referee David Smith of Bristol. The small but interested audience (10
male and 1 female) were entertained and instructed of many aspects of
refereeing, they were posed questions and situations in both games by
David who was in turn asked many questions relating to improbable but
possible situations which could or actually had arisen in the course of
club matches. The session lasted over 3 hours and could have gone on
much longer but for a call by for last orders and a finish by 11.00 pm.
Altogether an enjoyable and instructive evening.


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