NTH. IRELAND VS. ENGLAND
Bangor Men’s Reading Rooms
Saturday 26th-27th January 2002
On Friday 25th January a party of no less than 37 players, relatives, referees and supporters travelled across the Irish Sea and assembled
in The Royal Hotel, Bangor, Co Down for the annual fixture between
Northern Ireland and England. During the afternoon an official party
were invited to Bangor Castle where they were welcomed and entertained
by The Lord Mayor. Others, due to the inclement weather, were left
with no alternative but to adjourn to the bar and sample a drop of the
Competition started on the Saturday morning at Bangor Men’s Reading
Rooms with the opening ceremony and photo calls. When play
commenced, Peter Shelley opened with a break of 137 on his first visit
to the table. This set the tone for what was to be a fine game of
Billiardsa break of 152 from John McIntyre was followed next visit
with a reply of 99 from Peter who went on to secure a 500-313 win.
England’s Brian Harvey won the other 500 up game in this session with
a 500-353 win over Trevor Shields. Tony Buttimer showed why he has
climbed the Irish rankings with an excellent 2-1 victory over Darren
Kell in the 150 up games. Debutante Colin Mylchreest made breaks of
58 and 102 during his 150 up games with Jim McCannunfortunately
for Colin neither earned him a point as breaks of 67 & 88 secured a 3-0
victory for Jim.
The afternoon session saw England pull clear, securing a further ten of
the twelve points available in the four matches of 3×150 up. In the best
of these games, England’s Phil Welham defeated Tommy Murphy 2-1
with the aid of 80 unfinished in the first set, but Tommy made a
beautiful 111 unfinished to secure the third set. Steve Crosland beat
Paddy Donnelly 2-1 including a break of 128 in the second set. Bill
Andress and Paul Dunning enjoyed 3-0 wins over Sammy Currie and
Roy Lattimer respectively.
This left the overnight score at Northern Ireland 4, England 20a
grossly unfair reflection on the match as of the five centuries made
during the days play, no less than three had been made by Irish players!
The Saturday evening brought an official function at the hotelthe
beautiful meal was followed by speeches from the respective mangers
and the usual stories and wisecracks from Messrs McIntyre & Townend.
Derick Townend presented Ann McIntyre with flowers in appreciation
of all the work she had undertaken in connection with the weekend.
Various groups then dispersed to enjoy different forms of entertainment
some enjoyed disco and karaoke while others retired to the bar where
they were later joined by Tommy Murphy’s brother and entertained
by his guitar play and wide range of music. Hidden talents were
displayed by Steve Crosland singing a folk ballad while playing the
guitaris there no end to this man’s attributes?
Play recommenced on the Sunday morning with several players nursing
heads from the previous nights excesses. Paddy Donnelly enjoyed a
500-317 victory over Darren Kell while Colin Mylchreest gained some
deserved recompense for his previous days disappointment with a
500-424 win over Paul Dunning, including a 92 break. The session
however was shared with 3-0 wins for England by Peter Shelley over
Freddie Cahoon and Brian Harvey over John McIntyre including a
century and two 50+ breaks.
The final session saw a monumental battle between Tony Buttimer and
Steve Crosland with Tony emerging victorious 500-488. It was though
the only Irish success of the session with English victories coming for
Bill Andress over Tommy Murphy, Phil Welham over Jimmy
McLaughlin and Jim McCann over Roy Lattimer.
With the final match score standing at Northern Ireland 13 England 35,
the Friendly Cup was presented to England Team Manager Mr Derick
Results (Irish names first)
|Trevor Shields||353||Brian Harvey|
57, 82, 51
|Tony Buttimer||500||Steve Crosland|
|Tommy Murphy||427||Bill Andress|
81, 57, 51, 50
|Paddy Donnelly||74,45,150||Steve Crosland|
|Sammy Currie||71,71,||32 Bill|
|Roy Lattimer||82,85,120||Paul Dunning|
52, 54, 76
|Freddie Cahoon||46,31,91||Peter Shelley|
|John McIntyre||102,113,126||Brian Harvey|