English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2002


Eight teams of four players comprise the Worcester Billiards League,
with individual games being of one hundred up plus handicaps
ranging from Owe 125 to Receive 35. Since the number of teams in the
league has fallen to eight, the sides have played each other four times
during the season, and perhaps again in the team knockout cup, so there
is no shortage of billiards being played.

The runaway Champions of last season, St. John’s “B”, are finding
things a little tougher this time around but still lie jointly top of the
table with Callow End at the mid-way point. However the handicappers
appear to have got things pretty much right, as a mere five points
separate the top six teams, while the bottom side are only a further four
points adrift.

A young player, Jason Watts (GWR), has the best record with eleven
wins out of twelve, chased hard by veteran Ivor Palmer (Callow End),
who has been successful ten times in twelve outings, while the highest
break to date is an effort of 76 from Darren Painter (St. Stephen’s “A”).
Prior to the start of the current season, a coaching evening was arranged
at St. John’s Working Mens Club, and an exhibition match followed
two weeks later between local man John Smith and Peter Shelley.

Shelley brought the house down with a century, constructed in his own
inimitable style, at his final visit, and he stayed on talking to club
members and demonstrating various strokes until late evening. The
two presentations have certainly revived local interest in billiards and
surely point a way forward towards how the game could be helped at
grass roots level. Already John Smith has a coaching evening arranged
at another league club, and these initiatives have without doubt made
the future of billiards in Worcester just a little more secure—Report:
John Smith.

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