WPBSA gain Members
Following the expulsion of the former World Billiards Champion Rex
Williams in December last year, the Board of the WPBSA reversed that
decision just four months later when they voted unanimously to reinstate
both Williams and Ray Reardon as full members with honorary status.
WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We are very sorry about the
distress and upset that this incident has caused”.
WPBSA lose Chairman
Jason Ferguson failed to retain his position as Chairman of the WPBSA
at the election of officers held just after the World Snooker
Championships. The position was left vacant in the expectation that
an outside appointment may be made later in the year. Ferguson
subsequently resigned from the Board of Directors.
EASB cast adrift
As part of the restructuring and cost-cutting within the WPBSA group,
the English Association for Snooker and Billiards (EASB) has been
floated as an independent organisation. The move became effective on
1st July 2002. The company, EASB Ltd, which has been a name
registered and owned by WPBSA for some time, will now become
fully operational. Five new Directors have been appointed to oversee
the establishment of the new company which, like the WPBSA, will be
owned by its subscribing members. The EASB Directors are Malcolm
Holland, Dan Lewis, Simon Smith, Jon Hearn and David Joyce.
Professional Billiards secure
The WBA have been assured that despite the financial problems being
experienced by the Governing Body, their budget for next season will
remain unaffected. The total allocation of funds for 2002-03 will amount
to £150,000 although not all of this will go in prize-money, with payment
of a Tournament Director and various set-up costs to be deducted from
The IBSF are trying to arrange their Billiards Championship to be held
at the Mount Pritchard club in Sydney, Australia, from 18th-26th
November. It is understood that it is proposed to use the time-limit
format with games of four hours duration in the initial Group stages.
The dates and venue have still to be officially confirmed.
The Pritchard club is a big supporter of cue sports, and will be host for
the Australian Open Snooker Championships immediately prior to the
IBSF event. However, the club is situated right next door to Cabramatta,
known locally as the “heroin capital of Australia” an area to be avoided
by unsuspecting tourists, especially at night.
Peter Gilchrist has been appointed by the Qatar Billiards & Snooker
Association as their National coach to take charge of the squads who
will represent that country when they host the Asian Games in 2006.
Initially a 12 month contract, Gilchrist will be based in Doha, but will
retain his Chairmanship of the WBA Billiards Committee and has
arranged for leave of absence to compete on the professional circuit
next season. The post was initially advertised with the WPBSA who
circulated details to all their qualified coaches, with Gilchrist, who has
similar experience of coaching in Thailand, emerging the successful
applicant. Peter is expected to take up his duties some time in July.
Russell on the move
Mike Russell is currently negotiating a tour of New Zealand which is
hoped to be scheduled for October. Before this, Russell is to travel to
Thailand where he has been engaged to coach their National squad in
advance of the Asian Games in September.
The Springwood Bowling Club, Huddersfield, was the venue for Lee
Lagan’s first billiards exhibition as a professional. On Friday 5th July a
packed house watched as Lagan took on four Juniors at 150-up,
(conceding 50 start), then a game of 60 minutes duration against
Huddersfield’s star player, Matthew Peaker, and the show was
concluded with another game of 30 minutes against Tony Clegg. In
coming through all these tests undefeated, Lagan made three breaks
over the century, with a best of 217.