English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : May 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : May 1998

Views from a Billiard Fanatic

By Tony Keeling

On Thursday 12th March, I travelled by train and taxi to
Liverpool to watch the opening day’s play in the Strachan
World Matchplay Billiards Championships. Conditions were first
class and I was made very welcome at Liverpool Billiards and
Snooker Club.

The format was the best of seven games, each being 100 up. The
audience was quite sparse, probably due to the format, or the
fact that the higher seeded players, in the main, came into the
competition at a later stage.

A lot of matches finished early, leaving plenty of time to fill in.
Having never seen the Indians play before, I took the opportunity
of watching Geet Sethi and co. on the practise tables. It was an
education and experience for me to watch them, but the highlight
of all was their frankness and open manner. Freely discussing all
aspects of the game with just an onlooker, made the day for me.

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