English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : April, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : April, 1911

Billiards Control Club

Gray and the Championship

At a meeting of the Council of the Billiards Control Club
held on April 5 a letter from John Roberts, on
behalf of George Gray, in which he intimated that Gray
wished to compete for the Championship of England in 1912,
was considered. The application was thought to be premature,
and the secretary was requested to reply to the
effect that after the match for the Championship of the
present year, which is to be played at the Caxton Hall,
April 17-29, the Council would fix dates between which
entries for 1912 might be received, when it was hoped
Roberts would again apply on Gray’s behalf.

That Gray should enter for the Championship was welcomed
by the Council, but there is a possibility that some
of the conditions which govern the Championship of
English Billiards may be modified, and till that is settled it
is clearly inadvisable to accept entries. There are questions
pending respecting the division of the gate-money, as
the present Rule 7 bears rather heavily on the loser; and
there is also a question whether the Billiards Control Club,
which is at considerable trouble in the matter and put to
incidental expense, should not have a small percentage of
the gate-money. These matters will be considered by those
chiefly concerned, including the professional players, and no
doubt a reasonable arrangement will be made.

There can be little doubt that Gray’s prodigious breaks
of losing hazards off the red ball will also have to be considered
with great care. They affect the game, and people
fear they will affect the”gate”injuriously; in fact, the
same arguments as were urged against the spot stroke will
be used. As the points mentioned have not come before the
Council comment will be deferred; but there are obvious
objections to legislating against any fair stroke simply
because one man by skill and practice has brought it to
such perfection that his antagonists have no chance.

A Billiard Centenarian

Mr. Robert Crichton, of Caterham, who has just entered
(or, according to some accounts, completed) his hundredth
year, played billiards practically every day in his later life
until he was 97, and he only gave up his favourite indoor
game when failing sight caused him to lose his skill. His
interest in the game is, however, unabated, and he follows
the records of the prowess of present-day players with considerable
interest. Until he was well past 90 he used to
come to town to witness the matches in which Roberts took
part, and he can recall the great games played by Cook and
Bennett and Roberts for the championship.

The Professional Championship

Inman, having beaten Reece, in the qualifying match at
the Billiards Control Club (9,000 to 8,640), will meet
Stevenson during the ensuing fortnight, at Caxton Hall,
for the professional championship.

A correspondent of The Times suggests that, to avoid
monotony, all losers should count two, whether off the red
or the white, and that all cannons should count three.

Billiards trains the hand and eye, exercises the brain as
well as the body, teaches a man to control his temper, and
success is only to be won by perseverance and clean-living.

Modern Man

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