English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : January 1997

The Amateur Billiard Player : January 1997

NORTHERN IRELAND NEWS

from DAVY POGUE

Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland suffered a rare defeat when the Republic of Ireland beat them in the
Billiards International played at Cellbridge, County Kildare. In the opening 3 games, Northern
Ireland got off to a good start with Sammy Clarke beating Larry Drennan and Davy Pogue
beating Dick Brennan. The Republic hit back with Phil beating debut boy Norman Whallett.

Northern Ireland’s 1 & 2 Donnelly and Elliott were shocked by Victor O’Gorman and
Aiden Murray, Donnelly going down 2-1 and Elliott crashing 3-0 in the 150 games. Junior
player for Northern Ireland Stephen Brown had a 131 unf. break in his win over Robert
Murphy. This game doesn’t count in the International. 500 games earn 3 points for a win
while 1 point is awarded for each 150 game won. Overnight, the score was 8-7 in favour of
the Republic of Ireland with ail 5 games starting at the same time.

On Sunday it proved to be a real tense struggle. The performance of the day was by
Davy Elliott who played great billiards to swamp Victor O’Gorman with runs of 103. 105 and
97 unf.

The last game to finish was the deciding factor. Paddy Donnelly, after trailing by 300,
fought back to take the lead going into the home stretch, but a timely 57 by Aiden Murray and
some careless shots by Donnelly saw Murray win the game and match for the Republic.

In the after dinner speeches Davy Pogue, the manager of Northern Ireland, invited
the Republic of Ireland to Belfast next year for the annual match. Republic of Ireland team
manager Tommy Martin presented mementoes to players and officials.

Saturday’s Play

Seniors
Republic of IrelandNorthern Ireland
L. Drennan

302 S. Clarke

500 
D. Brennan

360 D. Pogue

500 
P. Martin

500 N. Whaley

362 
V. O’Gorman

38 P. Donnelly

150 
V. O’Gorman

150 P. Donnelly

36 
V. O’Gorman

150 P. Donnelly

113 
A. Murray

150 D. Elliott

122 
A. Murray

150 D. Elliott

64 
A. Murray

150 D. Elliott

122 
Juniors
Republic of IrelandNorthern Ireland
R. Murphy

84 S. Brown

150 
R. Murphy

0 S. Brown

150 
R. Murphy

150 S. Brown

133 

Sunday’s Play

Seniors
Republic of IrelandNorthern Ireland
V. O’Gorman

20 
2 
P. Martin

150 S. Clarke

76 
P. Martin

120 S. Clarke

150 
P. Martin

150 S. Clarke

60 
L. Drennan

150 D. Pogue

85 
L. Drennan

150 D. Pogue

92 
L. Drennan

150 D. Pogue

61 
D. Brennan

131 N. Whaley

150 
D. Brennan

150 N. Whaley

143 
D. Brennan

101 N. Whaley

150 
A. Murray

500 P. Donnelly

480 
Juniors
Republic of IrelandNorthern Ireland
R. Murphy

500 S. Brown

362 
Republic of Ireland: 17, Northern Ireland: 13

P.T.S. Reading Rooms Billiards Classic

Final Over 600
P. Donnelly

600 D. Elliott

417 

The first points ranking event of the new season was a repeat of last year’s final
between number 1 and 2 ranked players in Northern Ireland.

Before a packed house, Paddy Donnelly played steady billiards throughout the match to get
revenge for last year’s defeat, thus defeating Elliott, 600 points to 417. Paddy had runs of
102 (first visit), 41, 43, 59, 90 and 96. Davy’s best breaks were 54, 61 and 92.

The prizes and cheques were presented by Reading Rooms Secretary and Life
President of the Billiards Association Stanley Kingsman, which leads me to a rather sad note.

Unfortunately this was to be Stanley’s last role of service to the Reading Rooms and
Association as he passed away suddenly 2 days later whilst having a game of his beloved
billiards in the Reading Rooms, where he was ever present. Stanley was 81, and travelled
everywhere to watch the game of billiards. Indeed myself, Davy Elliott and John McIntyre had
the pleasure of Stanley’s company for dinner after the final in the Reading Rooms, when he
was in great spirits. Stanley will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Billiards fraternity.

The Windsor Billiards Classic

The Windsor Billiards Classic, sponsored by the home club, has thrown up some
interesting results with all the games being played over 3 x 150 up to the semi-final and final
when the 5 x 150 are introduced. This is the first time this format has been used in a ranking
event by the Billiards Association.

The last 16 produced a few shocks, with the number 4 seed, Sam Clarke, being
ousted by home-based player Trevor Shields, Trevor running out with a 65 in the deciding
frame. Jimmy Mclaughlin was another player to bite the dust, being beaten 2-1 by
Dunmurry’s Tommy McCansland. Number 1 seed Paddy Donnelly was given a fright by Colin
Mylchreest before he went through to the quarter finals by the odd game in three. The AH
Windsor clash of Davy Pogue and Freddie Cahoon saw Pogue come back from one down to
go through, aided by runs of 51, 59 and 43 unf. Freddie’s best was a 55. Number 2 seed
Davy Elliott eased through at the expense of Bobby Kerr.


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