Northern Ireland News
The N.I. billiards fraternity were shocked to learn of the
death of one of there former starlets, Maurice Gill, who
sadly passed away recently. Maurice in fact had played in the
West Classic, and was looking forward to playing in
forthcoming events in the billiards calendar. Maurice was a
top class cueist and a N.I. Snooker Champion on three
occasions, also beaten finalist in the billiards event on a number
of occasions. As a lifelong friend of Maurice, I and the N.I.
Billiards Association, pass on our sincere regrets to his family
A meeting between Northern Ireland, England and the Republic
of Ireland is to be arranged shortly with a view to holding an
event between the three countries. This will not in any way
affect the present games between Northern Ireland and England
and the Republic of Ireland and England, but hopefully will
add another event to our billiards calendar.
Windsor Billiards Classic
Davy Elliot clinched the Windsor Classic by defeating his old
rival Paddy Donnelly, by three games to one in the best of five
(150 up) final, watched by a good crowd. Davy was in sparkling
form, having runs of 66,51 unf; 44,56,96 and a brilliant 144 in
the last game, Davy breaking down on a simple cannon when
he looked as if he would run it out. Paddy was also in good
form, putting together runs of 43,51,67,52unf and 86.
In the semi-finals Davy defeated Tony Buttimer 3-1, while
Paddy had it all his own way in beating Eugene Rogan 3-0.
Davy took the top break prize for his effort of 144. Prizes were
handed over by association secretary, Davy Pogue on behalf
of the Windsor Club, who sponsored the event.
West Belfast Classic
The action moved to the West Belfast Club, following a break
to accommodate the Billiards International between Northern
Ireland and England in Bangor, which again was a big success.
The quarter-finals which were played over 500 up, brought
together two West Club players in Paddy Donnelly and Fra
Ward. Paddy was in great form having runs of 130,110 and 105
in a runaway victory. Tony Buttimer edged out Eugene Rogan
to set up a semi-final clash with Donnelly. Freddie Cahoon
beat Jimmy McLaughlin in a tight match to move into the
semi’s against Davy Elliot, who easily overcame Paul Lindsey.
The two favourites, Donnelly and Elliot, were made to fight all
the way against Buttimer and Cahoon before breaking clear in
the final stretch. The final between the No.l and No.2 seeds,
played over the longer 600 up game, was watched by a large
crowd, as expected in this hotbed of billiard fanatics. Both
players started slowly before Donnelly broke clear with runs
of 104 and 61 and he lead 300-140 at the mid-way break. The
game re-started with Davy having runs of 55,45 and 31 to get
within striking distance of Paddy, but a timely 85 again put
Paddy in the driving seat. A couple of 50’s and 40’s edged
Donnelly towards another title, Davy replying with a couple
of 40’s and a 79. Donnelly secured the title wit a 33 unfinished
break to win 600-443. Davy Pogue handed over cheques to
West Club Chairman Eamon McGonagle, who presented the
prizes on behalf of the West Club who had kindly sponsored
the event. The night was completed by a cabaret, again
sponsored by the host club. P. A. Morgan received a cheque
from the N.I. Billiards Association towards the Referee’s
Association funds. Top break of the competition came from
Paddy Donnelly with 130.