English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1998

1997 Liverpool Victoria UK Billiards Championship

Guildhall, Preston

15th-23rd November 1997
All 2 hour matches

The billiards band-wagon moved over to Preston with Rex
Williams and Ashok Shandilya added to the entry list—
although Shandilya failed to appear.

The wisdom of playing on snooker conditions must be
questioned as the Billiards Committee saved on venue costs
to run the tournament in parallel with the Liverpool Victoria
Snooker Tournament.

Early indications and averages appeared to say the billiard
players didn’t enjoy the table covering and pocket size, but
Roxton Chapman and David Causier dispelled those ideas by
scoring 1,004 and 1,207 points respectively.

David’s victory was all the sweeter because of the extent of
demolition over Chris Shutt, his fellow Teessider. Foldvari beat
Eugene Hughes for the second time in a week.

Williams having beaten Peter Sheehan then fell to Ian
Williamson by 23 points. Foldvari beat Bob Close.

The quarter-finals saw Russell and Chapman comfortably
through, Russell making a 362 break and Chapman making the
tournament highest of 466. Geet Sethi accounted for David
Causier while Peter Gilchrist made only 89 points in two hours
against Foldvari.

Despite a 259 break, Russell lost to Chapman, while breaks of
210 and 115 could not take Foldvari past Sethi.

The final was expected to provide a worthwhile spectator
interest, but it failed to work, as reportedly only 30 spectators
were present—including the players previously eliminated!

Geet Sethi took his first title on English soil and the £7,000
winner’s prize, while Chapman took £4,000 as runner-up.

Television coverage of the final was promised—it resulted in
an 8 minute slot five days later, in an unscheduled snooker
interval. Actual play shown on the box was meagre, and the
TV link-man mis-pronounced “Geet” and called Roxton by
another name! Ah well, at least they got billiards on the box.

Thankfully, Scotsman Alan McManus spoke very well of
billiards, the game, the skills required and the players involved.

Thank-you Alan, it does you and our game some credit.

First Round
M. Wildman

66
416(8.3)M. Spoormans

74
397(7.8)
Nalin Patel

110, 94
786(23.8)Dave Sneddon

313(13.6)
A. Agrawal

82
661(16.5)Devendra Joshi

114
458(11.7)
I. Williamson

177, 99
453(23.8)Manoj Kothari

99
383(21.2)
Rex Williams

117, 85, 77unf
629(17.9)Peter Sheehan

53
415(11.8)
Agrawal

114
825(17.9)Ashot Potikyan

316(6.8)
R. Chapman

294, 195, 187, 85
1,004(41.8)Dinkar Akolkar

150(6.5)
Peter Gilchrist

131, 99, 99, 98
575(26.1)Steve Naisby

121
390(17.7)
Mike Ferreira

94
640(11.4)Brian Dix

284(5.0)
R. Foldvari

132
406(13.1)Eugene Hughes

227(7.0)
Bob Close

85
388(10.8)Clive Everton

72
348(9.4)
D. Causier

192, 98, 96, 89, 86, 85
1,207(28.1)Chris Shutt

89
383(8.9)
M. Rehani

w/o A. Shandilya

scr 
Alok Kumar

86, 75, 71
814(20.9)S. Hardcastle

61
426(10.9)
Second Round
Mike Russell

173, 140, 87, 75
759(25.3)Mark Wildman

60
412(13.7)
Nalin Patel

144, 113, 97
750(24.2)Arun Agrawal

67
282(9.1)
I. Williamson

75
342(17.1)Rex Williams

102
319(16.0)
R. Chapman

289, 213, 72
783(28.0)S. Agrawal

130
405(14.0)
Peter Gilchrist

237, 226, 95
950(29.7)Mike Ferreira

268(8.1)
R. Foldvari

126
430(21.5)Bob Close

84, 82
328(16.4)
Dave Causier

89
960(20.4)Mukesh Rehani

403(8.6)
Geet Sethi

138, 100, 95, 85, 81
819(28.2)Alok Kumar

181
431(14.9)
Third Round
Mike Russell

362, 128, 91, 88, 75, 71unf
946(52.5)Nalin Patel

107, 103, 55
388(20.4)
R. Chapman

466, 145, 130, 80
894(74.5)Ian Williamson

94
229(20.8)
R. Foldvari

94, 369unf
580(44.6)Peter Gilchrist

89(6.3)
Geet Sethi

116, 111, 93, 85, 74
734(25.3)Dave Causier

190, 73
572(19.7)
Semi-finals
R. Chapman

157, 96, 94, 181unf
695(49.6)Mike Russell

259
507(33.8)
Geet Sethi

107, 106, 100, 74
521(32.5)Robby Foldvari

210, 115
389(25.9)
Final
Geet Sethi

124, 105, 102, 129unf
698(38.8)R. Chapman

87
293(16.3)

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