English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Billiard Monthly : September, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : September, 1911

Amateur Billiards in Australia

July 5 saw the start of the preliminary rounds for the
Victorian amateur championship, the opening game being
between C. Von der Luft and C. J. Lane. The final scores
were: Von der Luft, 500; Lane, 436. The winner’s average
was 6, and his best breaks 30, 32, 35, 56, and 42, Lane’s
being 30, 26, 35, 32, and 31. In the evening B. Kortlang,
the inter-state cricketer, a new entrant, played Dr. Edgar
Barrett. His average was just under 8, and he had breaks
of 67, 37, 22, 25, 27, and 26, Barrett’s best being only 28
and 31. The final scores were—Kortlang, 500; Barrett, 289.

J. C. Dillon played H. B. Appleton, but the latter only
got 291. Dillon had runs of 30, 20, 44, and 42, and Appleton
one of 22. Dillon averaged 6.

The game between C. M. Cock and W. J. Austin provided
a good match, the scores being called “253 all.” the newcomer
is a good all-round losing hazard striker of the older
school. Cock’s best breaks were 26, 39, 50, 51, 39, 33, 26,
35, 26, and 29, and Austin’s 23, 43, and 29, the final scores
being—Cock, 500; Austin, 364.

On July 7, there was another new entrant. L. Lane, a
son of C. J. Lane, who has been associated with these
games for many years, met a seasoned veteran in J. C.
Dillon. Young Lane at 222 caught and passed Dillon with
a 30 break. Dillon replied at once with a 36, and after that
forged ahead, eventually reaching 500 while Lane was 381.

The breaks were—Dillon, 30, 44, 49, 36, 28, 26, 34; Lane.
31, 28, 30, 20.

In the game between C. J. Lane and W. J. Austin only
once did Lane get away with a nicely-compiled 67, and
then only momentarily, the scores being called “even” at
300, 331, 482, and 496, Austin eventually losing at 496—500.

Lane’s best efforts were 27, 22, 29, 20 22, 29, 24, 67; and
Austin’s 23, 38, 25, 29, 30.

On July 10 two old rivals in C. M. Cock and C. Von der
Luft met. Cock was 80 points ahead when the 200 was
reached. Von der Luft then, with runs of 41, 99, and 55,
brought the scores to 341—285 in his favour. Cock made
what he could of his opportunity with a 33 and 47 in succession,
but was beaten by 99, the board showing Von der
Luft 501, Cock 402. The 500 was played in less than two
hours, and Von der Luft had 41 visits for an average of
12. Cock’s average was 9. The breaks were:—Von der
Luft, 24, 99, 58, 41, 22, 21, 73; Cock, 46, 34, 24, 35, 47.

N. B. Appleton was retired from the contest by B. Kortlang’s
victory over him by 186 points after a rather disappointing
game, the chief interest of which was the number
of difficult gallery shots Kortlang made. His best breaks
were 53, 27, 22, 22, 22, 20; Appleton, 21, 34, 21. The final
scores were Kortlang, 501; Appleton, 315.

Next day, playing against E. Barrett, Von der Luft ran
to his points in the capital time of an hour and a half, with
the average of 15 for the game. Von der Luft’s breaks
were 22, 37, 27, 60, 63, 23, 47, 49, 31, and 26. Barrett had
only runs of 23, 27, 25, and 23, and this being his second
defeat, he retired from the contest. The final scores were:
Von der Luft, 500; Barrett, 250.

J. C. Dillon met and was defeated by Kortlang in the
evening, but made some nice breaks, including a 79.

Kortlang eventually ran out a winner by 102 points. The
trouble with Kortlang is that there are few positions on
the table in which he may be regarded as “safe.” he had
a good run of small contributions, namely, 31, 29, 20, 22, 37,
23, 21, 24, 36, 23, 31, and 20, Dillon’s best being 22, 20,
79, 41, 28, and 23. The final scores were Kortlang, 500;
Dillon, 398.

C. J. Lane and J. C. Dillon had a close go all through.

The final scores were:—Lane, 500, Dillon, 439. Lane had
breaks of 39, 26, 43, 24, 25, 37, 31, 30, 31, and Dillon 23,
28, 31, 29.

Leonard Lane against C. M. Cock acquitted himself well,
and at 250 was leading. From a fluke Cock got 41, and
followed his good fortune up with 58 and 57. In spite of
this depressing accident of fortune, young Lane played on
as if nothing had gone against him, and thoroughly deserved
the congratulations the room offered him when the final
score was called—Cock, 500; Lane, 430. Cock’s breaks
were 20, 20, 45, 41, 28, 58, 57; Lane, 31, 37, 60, 27, 23.

C. M. Cock, C. Von der Luft, C. J. Lane, and B. Kortlang
being now left in, a fresh draw was made, so that each
might meet the other in games of 1,000 up in two sessions,
the player winning the greatest number of matches to be
declared champion, in case of an equality the tie to be played
off.On July 13 the final round began, Von der Luft being down
to meet Kortlang. At the afternoon session three successive
cues yielded the former 98, 70, and 86, all nice, easy strokes,
as the result of capable head-work and very accurate striking.

At the interval Von der Luft had 192 in hand, his
breaks being 27, 98, 70, 86, 20, 29, 22; and Kortlang’s 27,
43,55, 33, and 28.

In the evening about the same ratio of scoring was maintained,
Von der Luft eventually winning by 398 points, with
a capital average of 12 for the whole game. His best breaks
were 60, 21, 54, 27, 25, 50 (45 off the red), 46, and 31; while
Kortlang had 37, 38, and 42. The final scores were: Von
der Luft, 1,000; Kortlang, 602.

Tricks decided not to defend his title of amateur champion
this year.


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