English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Autumn 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Autumn 2002


Riley’s Stockton, Teesside
(Sunday 6th October, 2002)

Robin Wilson, whose debut in the professional ranks was imminent,
took the time to sweep all before him in the opening Junior
tournament of the season at Riley’s (Stockton) in October. His early
position at the top of the rankings will soon to become meaningless
when he rules himself ineligible for English Amateur duty by virtue of
his professional status.

Of the twenty-six entries, only two braved the journey from the southern
areas, emphasising the reluctance to travel which had resulted in the
circuit being split into North and South last season. Early evidence is
that this particular problem has still to be overcome.

In the tournament Wilson cut a swathe through the field with one-hour
aggregates of 553, 523 and 519 in his first three rounds, including
breaks of 152 and 149. The latter run was made against Michael Donnelly
in the quarter-final, who himself managed a fine break of 90, but was
simply out-gunned by a player who has developed into a very polished
performer. Donnelly was the only other player to pass the 500 aggregate
when he knocked in a total of 542 in his opening match.

The final hurdle for Wilson came in the form of Dominic Mulhall, who
is another Teesside player, like Donnelly, who is beginning to realise
his early promise. However, a break of 116 by Wilson was sufficient to
win the match with little more difficulty than he had the previous
rounds. Other good showings came from John Hall, who had a break of
85 on his way to winning the Plate, and Trevor Snaith whose continued
improvement was reflected by him reaching the semi-finals of the main

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