English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2003

The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2003


Great Horton Conservative Club, Bradford. Sunday 23rd February 2003

In a new initiative to bring professional billiards back to Bradford,
Brian Watson invited six players to the Great Horton Conservative
Club for a one-day tournament. Those taking part were the World
Champion, Mike Russell; the Teesside trio of Dave Causier, Chris
Shutt and Paul Bennett; York’s Gary Rogers and local professional,
Mark Hirst.

An initial round-robin involving all players in 50 minute games was
played on the club’s two billiard tables, with the top pair from this
group contesting a one-hour “final”.

Mike Russell secured his place in the deciding match by winning four of
his five games, the single loss being against Chris Shutt, who was
making his first appearance with a plaster-cast on his left hand following
an accident the previous week. David Causier, having lost to both
Russell and Shutt, only secured his place in the final on aggregate
difference having tied on games won with both Shutt and Bennett.

Russell, who had made the highest break of the competition (267) in
defeating Causier in the Group stages, soon found himself under pressure
as Causier opened the final explosively, with a break of 110 at his first
visit. He followed this with another contribution of 116 two visits later
and the scoreboard soon read 231-0, a huge handicap even for the World
Champion. Russell did open his account with a run of 121, but needed
more, and when this was not forthcoming, it was Causier who secured
the winner’s prize of £125. Russell received £75 and an additional £50
for his high break, but if there were any doubts that it had not been
Russell’s day, it was later discovered that his car had been broken into
and the radio stolen.

Apart from this sour note, organiser Brian Watson, was delighted with
the way the event had been received and plans are already being made
for a repeat tournament next year. In addition, Brian intends to promote
a series of Pro-Am tournaments during the Summer months, the first of
which will be at Odsall Top, Bradford on Sunday 18th May. Others
will follow at Cambridge and the North-East.

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