English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : July 1997

The Amateur Billiard Player : July 1997

ENGLISH AMATEUR BILLIARDS ASSOCIATION REPORT TO EASB EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR 1st JULY 1997 MEETING

1996/97 FUNDING

£2,000 plus £500 retrospective funding was
provided to the E.A.B.A by the E.A.S.B
Executive. This sum was reduced by some £800
plus as sponsorship of Chris Shutt to the 1996
World Open Championship.

Chris, by agreement, refunded £160 being 20%
of prize money received from the event.

The E.A.B.A contends that the agreement to
fund the sponsorship was made by the E.A.S.B
prior to the agreement on ’96/97 funding and
should therefore be the responsibility of the
E.A.S.B.

We respectfully request that the monies
allocated from the E. A.B. A budget be refunded.

WORLD OPEN BILLIARD 1996

Thanks are extended to Chris Shutt who proved
to be a fine ambassador for the E.A.B.A with
exemplary conduct and representation. Chris
reached the quarter finals before being defeated
by Geet Sethi.

JUNIOR COACHING INITIATIVE

Regrettably the approach to the Leeds branch of
the CIU has not been responded to, therefore no
progress has been forthcoming towards
introducing a junior/youth scheme in that target
area.

Thankfully the Eastern Counties have provided
a worthwhile initiative thanks largely to the
efforts of Philip Welham. Whilst relatively
small numbers are involved it has made a
significant interest factor in the region towards
the expansion of the game and the development
of future useful players.

We will continue to seek an expansion of the
principle of development of billiards amongst
juniors where ever the opportunity arises.

WPBSA/EASB COACHING SCHEME

We raise concern that billiards coaching facility
within the scheme is virtually non-existent.

Questions raised on the matter have brought no
worthwhile response other than Robby Foldvari
is amongst the number of national coaches.

We would request that a greater emphasis be
considered within the coaching scheme towards
Billiards.

JUNIOR RANKING SERIES

Five tournaments were staged and sponsored by
the EABA in different locations. Forty-seven
different players took part in the events.

Participation was available to players aged 21
and under.

Paul Bennett won all 5 of the events staged. It is
the intention to continue and possibly extend the
series next season.

AMATEUR BILLIARDS CIRCUIT

Seven tournaments were staged by Derrick and
Peggy Townend at various locations. The events
were totally self financed from entrants..

Entry to the event averaged over 50 per
tournament New players were introduced to the
tournament scene at all venues.

Paul Bennett was the number one ranked player
with fellow Teessider Darren Kell in second
place.

The tournaments continue to provide an
excellent opportunity of competition and
communication with EABA officers and
enhance the flow of information on billiards
related matters.

BOYS AND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries to both events were poor. Regional
qualifications took place in Teesside and the
Eastern Counties.

The final stages (last 8) of both tournaments
were held in Middlesbrough at the Erimus Quoit
and Rifle Club. Trophies and prize money was
presented by professional Chris Shutt.

Robin Wilson aged 13 years 4 months
established new records by being the youngest
ever under 19 champion and also being the only
player to have won both championships on the
same day.

ENGLISH GRAND MASTERS (over 50) CHAMPIONSHIP

The event was well supported with a large entry.
Regional qualification took place in the 6 areas.
The final stages were held at the Atack Snooker
Centre at Nuneaton.

Brian Harvey (Bridgwater) defeated Dennis
Marr (Liverpool) in the final.

ENGLISH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Because of the tournament commitments the
events has been deferred till Septembers start of
the new season.

ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Entry for this event was less than in previous
seasons. Regional qualifications was scheduled
in 9 areas to determine the final last 32 players.

South Humberside with 4 players was the
smallest qualifying group, it was set to produce
1 qualifier.

The allocated organiser in addition to his own
regional qualification duties, failed to organise
the event and failed to advise of the omission.

After enquiry from 2 of the competitors we
became aware of the problem. When attempt
was made, at a late stage, to organise the group
other problems like family weddings and pigeon
racing caused competitors to be unavailable.

The group was ultimately cancelled, entry fees
returned and letters of apology despatched along
with an explanation of events to the EASB. A
bye was awarded in the 32 man draw.

Play from the last 32 was held at the Atack
Snooker Centre at Nuneaton in excellent playing
facilities with referees and markers at every
game.

Strachan of Stroud kindly provided a cloth for
the final table.

Event boards acknowledged the EASB
assistance to the EABA were displayed.

Paul Bennett defeated Terry Ward in the final.

ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

We sought to have the event staged in line with
our agreement with the EASB which requires
co-operation with our professional counterparts.
Regrettably our approaches were not furthered.

We hope to have the event staged in the early
part of the new season.

BILLIARD PLAYER MAGAZINE

Continues to be produced on a quarterly basis
with contributions from professional and
amateur enthusiasts in addition to Officers and
Editorial contributions.

The standard of the production is improving as
is the rate of subscriptions.

WORLD OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – MALTA ’97

Paul Bennett will be sponsored to compete in the
September/October event.

JUNIOR BIG BREAK

Robin Wilson and Chris Gladwin (Teesside
Billiard players) have been involved in the
programme for future transmission.


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