The Friendly Cup – England Retain Trophy
Newark Conservative Club, Newark, 21/22 January 2017
England hosted the Friendly Cup against Northern Ireland at Newark Conservative Club over the weekend of 21/22 January. At the half way stage, England led 20-8, with Gary Norman and Rob Hall leading the way, Norman having a 75 and 91 unfinished break in an hour up game, Hall a 57, 90 and 123 breaks to remain unbeaten. For Northern Ireland Kenny Campbell made a 90 break to level up his game but was beaten at the death. Paddy Donnelly made a 66 to take the scalp of barber Darren Kell. On day 2, Christian Kirk with a 73unfinished break took a frame off English champion Rob Hall who responded in kind in frame 2, but a 6-2 session win gave the Irish hope. From then on though it was all England, Craig Fitzpatrick had an 82 unfinished, Darren Kell a 57 and 88 in the same frame, followed by a 94 run-out, then hitting 107,81 and 95 breaks in his hour game. Rob Hall showed his class with 98,90,112 and 109 unfinished breaks for an hour score of 555 to lead England to Sunday score of 20-8 and a win by 40-16.
Many thanks to David Jobling for the excellent tables, and club official Richard Hill for presenting the friendly cup to England captain Steve Crosland. Again, thanks to all staff at Newark Cons club for their hospitality and hard work, not forgetting Rob Hall for his efforts in organising the event. Tournament director Clive Scott did his usual sterling job, and was aided and abetted by his merry band of referees – messrs Bob Slee, Chris Ellis (thanks for the taxi duties), Dave Smith, Phil Brooke, Martin O’Reilly, ‘Cuz’ Joe Graham and international tournament debutant Michael Miles.
Results are Here
All at the EABA would like to wish billiards enthusiast and regular ABC competitor Mark Hill the best of luck with his operation and look forward to seeing you back fit and well soon.
2016/17 Rankings Updated
Plate results are in burgundy, and the score that will be omitted in final rankings is in grey highlight.
English Amateur Grand Masters Championship – Regional Qualifiers
Regional Venues, 27th November, 2016
South: Terry Azor, Martin Phillips
South East: Phil Welham, Gary Norman, Greg English, Jamie Wayman, Mick Johnson, Mick Cooper
South West: Dave White
North West: Robert Marshall, Peter Shelley, Eddie Fielding
North: Steven Kershaw, Tony Clegg, David Rees, Ron Bickerdike
Results are Here
EABA 2016 Christmas Draw – Tinker Taylor Gets Lucky
EABA Christmas Draw Result, Drawn at Clay Cross, Derbyshire
Chris Taylor – £150
Ian Williamson – £100
Dave Smith (Junior) – £50
ABC #5 – Hall Resumes Normal Service
Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 8th January 2017
After missing the previous ABC event due to an event in India, Rob Hall took his fourth ABC of the season, with a fine top break of 335 in addition to a 113, 123 and 142 breaks to cap his day. Mark Hatton made the final (hitting a 102 break in an early round) after beating Phil Mumford (who had earlier 122 and 126 breaks) but was powerless to stop Hall who beat Chris Taylor in the other semi-final. Hall also made breaks of 229 and 178 in the final. Brian Harvey hit a 103 break in the first round but lost the game to Chris Mitchell.
This seasons three time plate finalist Steve Crosland had 2 century breaks in the plate on the way to the final but lost out to this seasons now two time plate winner, Gary Norman, by only 6 points. Peter Shelley hit 113 and 116 breaks in the same game against Norman in the first round.
Results are Here
ABC #4 – Mullane’s Festive Winn
Fareham Snooker Club, Hants, 10th December 2016
Arthur Winn made his first ABC final but lost out to John Mullane. Winn made a 75 break and with ten minutes left of the hours game held a small lead. Mullane made a 55 in response though to take the match 243(55) to 189 (75).
In the first round, world ladies champion Emma Bonney went out to Jamie Wayman who was then defeated by Jason Goodwin by 1 point. Goodwin then triumphed by 2 points in his next game but lost out to Winn in the semi-final. In the other half of the draw Mullane was untroubled, including making the days highest break of 113.
Emma Bonneys consolation was a plate final, narrowly losing by 7 points to Gary Norman in the final. Bonney had a good win over Peter Shelley in the semi, Joe Graham making the other semi final.
All at the EABA extend seasons greetings and best wishes for a healthy, happy new year.
Obituary – DERICK TOWNEND, President of the EABA
Derick passed away peacefully in hospital on Thursday 10th November 2016 after being taken ill earlier that day.
Three days later the Leeds ABC was held at the N.S.C. and an entry of over 40 players was a fitting tribute to Derick. The first such event in 1991 was the beginning of a circuit which has prevailed for 25 years and is now run by the EABA following Derick’s retirement after a mammoth effort.
On the weekend of the 19th/20th November the 4-Nations Billiards International in the Republic of Ireland was another fitting tribute to Derick who was a driving force behind its inception in 1998.
Appropriate words of respect and gratitude were shared by those present.
On the weekend of 21st/22nd January 2017 the ‘Friendly Cup’ between England and Ireland will take place for the 22nd time and England will be hosts. It was first held in 1996 in Belfast and Davy Pogue from Belfast and Derick were the driving forces behind this initiative.
These three events so close to Derick’s passing give a timely reminder of some of his many contributions.
Throughout life we meet those with much to say and all too often it turns out to be hot air without substance. Derick certainly had plenty to say but his words were backed up by action, energy, innovation and bright ideas. There is much truth in the proverb: ‘If you want something doing then ask a busy person’. Requests for help and advice were frequently asked of Derick and I can’t recall him ever refusing despite his onerous workload.
When the previous administration (the B.&S.C.C.) folded during the 1991/92 season and the Amateur Billiards Championship was left stranded a group of four, including Derick, rescued the event. They agreed billiards needed an association not viewed as an inferior relative to snooker but a separate entity catering for billiards enthusiasts. This vision appears to have born fruit. During the 1992/93 season the EABA was formed. In the early days the committee was referred to as the ‘Yorkshire Mafia’ an analogy which Derick viewed as a complement. Two years later I became a committee member and there was no doubt who the Godfather was. Meetings were sometimes heated and confrontational. Derick could be combative and aggressive but the democratic process always prevailed. He mellowed with time but still had his moments.
Derick’s cv in the context of Billiards and Snooker is impressive.
During the 1970’s he toured as an official with the Barry Hearn Matchroom Circuit, a tour which included such players as Steve Davies, Jimmy White, Tony Meo and Terry Griffiths.
Derick was a grade 1 referee for billiards and snooker.
He was involved with Harrogate Billiards and Snooker as a player and refereeing advisor.
He was secretary/treasurer of the Yorkshire B&SA for many years and became Life President.
He was secretary and spokesman for the EABA for many years and became President.
He was well known far and wide as an administrator and player. His travels took him to Ireland, Jersey, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand and of course the length and breadth of England.
Derick’s playing skills are unknown to many but in his prime he was a good cueist before the workload and ageing process took its toll. I played in the same team as him for several years and witnessed many fine performances including century breaks. He also had a competitive snooker century to his name. He was a winner of the Harrogate Billiards Championship and reached the quarter-final stage of the English Amateur Championship.
I find it hard to conceive of any one person ever making such an impact as Derick has made to the game of billiards. His knowledge of the game and its players past and present was detailed and extensive.
To me he was a colleague and good friend and has left many happy memories of playing the game and socialising afterwards. Talking, laughing and joking until the early hours. Listening to his after-meal speeches and his never to be forgotten monologues. At heart he was a showman and enjoyed being centre stage. His positive attitude has been an inspiration. Derick’s glass was always half full even when facing serious illness.
To return briefly to the ABC circuit, it is a fact that players when eliminated tend to make their way home, understandable when faced with a long journey. Derick was frequently accompanied by his lovely wife Peg who was a great help in running the events and was much appreciated by all the players. They did not have the option of leaving before the end and were often faced with a long journey home after a hard day’s work. On behalf of hundreds of players who have been given hundreds of opportunities to play the game of billiards over many years I extend a deep debt of gratitude to them both.
S. Crosland, 8 December 2016
The Four Nations Billiards International – England Brexit
Saturday/Sunday 19th/20th November 2016, Ivy Rooms, Carlow, ROI
A misfiring England team lost out to Northern Ireland in a dramatic finale in one of the most tight fought Four Nations tournaments in Carlow. Going into the last session there were just five points between the two Irish teams and holders England, the gap closing in the last session but Northern Ireland are the worthy winners with 46 points, ahead of England’s 43, the Republic having 40 and Austria 15.
The England team were led by the unbeaten Rob Hall, who had an excellent top break of 333 with teammate Darren Kells top break 100unf. Good breaks were made by Northern Ireland’s Kenny Campbell (111), Richie Comiskey (176), Darren Dornan (123) and Christian Kirk (93unf).
Prior to the days events, a minutes silence was held in honour of EABA president, Derick Townend who founded this tournament over 20 years ago.
The full draw is available at http://RIBSA.IE and tables 2,7,10 and 12 will have live streaming of games at http://ribsa.mycuesport.com/
EABA President – Derick Townend
Thursday 10th November 2016
The EABA is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Derick Townend, the Associations President.
Derick passed away in hospital on Thursday 10th November after suffering two heart attacks.
Our sympathy and kindest thoughts reach out to Peg, Louise and Jonathan.
ABC #3 – Hat Trick Hall Leeds the Way
Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, 13th November
On a day of sad reflection, Rob Hall won his third consecutive ABC final from a strong turnout at Leeds. He survived a scare against Jon Marwood, winning by only 2 points, with fellow finalist Mark Hatton surviving a similar scare against Tony Cooke who played well. Hall beat Rob Marshall in the semi, who had the consolation of the days highest break (173) with Hatton bringing fellow Teessider Darren Kells run to an end in the other semi.
Other century breaks were made by Jason Goodwin (141), Hall (149,105,117,133), Jon Marwood (131), Marshall (156) and Kell (128).
In an all Yorkshire Plate semi final line up, Mark Graham (Yarm is in North Yorkshire) beat Ian Williamson and then Gary Rogers to take the final, Brian Prichard being Rogers semi-final victim.
Thanks to all at the Northern Snooker centre, tournament director Clive Scott and his team of referees, messrs Slee, Hughes, Squires, Gowland.
Results are Here
Up to date Rankings Here.
2016/17 English Amateur Billiards – Team County Championship
Atack Snooker Club, Nuneaton, Sunday 6th November 2016
In the three man team County Championship, holders Cornwall lost their title in their first game, losing to Lincolnshire in a tight match: Lincs 712 (2) – Cornwall-A 656 (1).
Lincolnshire went on to take the title, Rob Hall, Dean Manders and Mick Johnson beating the Derbyshire team of Peter Shelley, David Rees and Dennis Dawson by 987 (3) – 387 (0).
In the plate final The Yorkshire team of Gary Rogers, Jon Bagley and Steve Crosland beat the Cornwall-A team of Chris Mitchell, Steve Downing and Dave White by 771 (2) – 585 (1).
Sterling work was done by tournament director Clive Scott and his glamorous assistant Bob Slee and fellow referees.
Many thanks to Sonia and Ian of the Atack club for helping with sponsorship, Sonia presenting the trophy to the winning team.
Results are Here
2016/17 English Amateur Championship – Regional Qualifying Results
Regional Venues, Sunday 30th October 2016
The full results for the first games in the 2016/17 English Amateur are accessible Here
While the usual suspects were making big breaks (Hall:343,231, Mumford:172 Welham:262, Goodwill:164u, Marshall:162, Kell:138, Taylor:124) on the day the clocks changed, there were a number of tales of date/time mix ups, narrow wins, late withdrawals due to illness and a number of new qualifiers ousting several old hands who didn’t make it through.
The EABA extends its condolences to the two members whose late withdrawals were due to family bereavements.
North: Mark Hatton, Darren Kell, Adam Clarke, Jon Marwood, Matthew Peaker, Stephane Crosling, Gary Rogers, Mark Graham
South East: Phil Mumford, Mick White, Phil Welham, Greg English, Chris Taylor, Dean Manders, Rob Hall, Arthur Winn
South West: Dave White, Chris Coumbe, Steve Brookshaw, Bill Andress
South: Martin Goodwill, John Mullane, Terry Azor, John Hoad, Jason Goodwin, Mick White
North West: Geoff Brassington, Steve Stokes, Steve Bradshaw, Chris Achilles, Peter Shelley, Eddie Duggan
The UK Seniors (50+) Championship – Marshall Law Rules
Cue Ball Club, Derby, 24th/25th September 2016
Two times English amateur champion Phil Welham was beaten in the final by ex snooker professional Rob Marshall in the recent UK seniors final. In 1.5 hours play Marshall hit breaks of 55,69,72,105 and 74 to total 519 to Phil’s 322 total (breaks of 71, 59). Marshall, playing in his first seniors tournament, beat last years winner, Scotsman Dave Sneddon in the semi final, hitting a century break. Eddie Fielding was Welham’s victim in the other semi final.
In the plate, an all Northern Irish final saw John McIntyre beat his international team mate Norman Whaley.
Thanks to tournament director Clive Scott and referees Peter Cooper, Bob Slee, Phil Brooke, John Squires and staff at the Cue Ball Club.
Results are Here
Provisional 2016/17 Rankings
First rankings Here.
– Final checks are needed to confirm placings
– Plate Points are in burgundy
ABC #2 – Hall Graduates with First at Cambridge
Cambridge Snooker Centre, 9th October 2016
Rob Hall showed the degree of control he has over the ABC circuit with another imperious win at Cambridge. Untroubled throughout, and with eight big century breaks, including a top of 334, Hall scored almost 600 points in the one hour final.
Simon Snee, playing in his first ABC for some time, knocked in two centuries in his run to the final with a new cue that seems very much to his liking. Jason Goodwin had a good day, reaching the semi and Chris Achilles continued his good season as the other semi finalist. Gary Norman made a 116 break.
In the plate, Peter Shelley made some strong scores and a 126 semi-final break in taking the trophy, Steve Crosland the unlucky finalist.
The EABA would like to put on record thanks to all at the host venue (Tony and staff) for their hard work, support and hospitality.
North West Billiard Championship 2016
The north west open billiards championship was held on Sunday 2nd October 2016 at the Eastham Home Guard Club, Park Road on the Wirral. This annual event is also known at the Strachan Challenge Cup was limited to 16 players due to limited tables.
The event was won by Geoff Brassington a regular EABA player who from his first match where he had breaks of 117 and 49 was the player on form. In runner up spot in his first north west final was our own Peter Stanyer. The final was a one way affair with Geoffs first visit of 91 setting the tone. He ran in 5 other breaks of 40+ to make it an easy victory.
Thanks go to our referee John Squires and Eddie Fielding who acted as tournament director/organiser.
|Brendan Carrol||132||167||Richard Whitle|
|Eddie Fielding||151||141||Eddie Duggan|
|Dennis Marr||249||127||Terry McAdam|
|Geoff Brassington(117)||258||136||Steve Bradshaw|
|Steve Stokes||164||160||Phil Wooland|
|Peter Stanyer||154||132||Tony Cooke|
|Ian Taylor||117||209||Tony Burns|
|Lennie Agnew||273||152||Mal Hughes|
|Richard Whittle||219||179||Eddie Fielding|
|Geoff Brassington||265||127||Dennis Marr|
|Peter Stanyer||243||127||Steve Stokes|
|Tony Burns||197||181||Lennie Agnew|
|G Brassington(90,50)||280||116||Richard Whittle|
|Peter Stanyer||255||154||Tony Burns|
|G Brassington (91)||379||113||Peter Stanyer|
Whitworth Masters – Magic Mitchell is the Master
Darley Dale, Derbyshire, 17/18th September 2016
The absence through billiard commitments of 5 time consecutive winner Rob Hall opened the field for the annual Whitworth event in Darley Dale – Chris Mitchell came through in his first Whitworth Final. Chris Taylor made a century in making his 3rd Masters final, but Mitchell was consistent throughout in deserving the title win, beating Taylor in the group stages and the final.
Brian Harvey played well in the group stages but Taylors century proved decisive in the semi final and debutant Craig Fitzpatrick was edged out in his semi by Mitchell.
The EABA would like to put on record thanks to all at the host venue for their hard work, support and hospitality.
Thanks go to tournament director Clive Scott and his team of officials, Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Chris Ellis, Jim McCann and a special mention to Joe ‘Cuz’ Graham for his stint of six consecutive games without a break.
Steve Crosland 153 v 292 Jamie Wayman (59)
Mark Graham 139 v 256 Chris Taylor (92)
(92) Chris Mitchell 225 v 205 Chris Taylor (51)
(53) Brian Harvey 207 v Craig Fitzpatrick 206
Mark Graham 248 v 172 Arthur Winn (79)
Jamie Wayman 159 v 279 Craig Fitzpatrick (55)
(50, 53) Chris Mitchell 239 v 218 Arthur Winn
Mark Graham 133 v 262 Chris Mitchell
(62) Steve Crosland 176 v 248 Craig Fitzpatrick
(57) Jamie Wayman 185 v 312 Brian Harvey (75)
Arthur Winn 107 v 341 Chris Taylor (53)
(57) Chris Mitchell 336 v 289 Craig Fitzpatrick
(106, 56) Chris Taylor v 257 Brian Harvey (53)
Final: (50) Chris Mitchell 424 v 364 Chris Taylor
Hall Makes It A Happy Birthday
Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 11th September 2016
Birthday boy Rob Hall won the first ABC event at Clay Cross, hitting peak form when it mattered in the semis (beating Chris Taylor) and then the final. Gary Norman had a great run to make the final but Hall added to his breaks in the semi (146, 97,137) with another onslaught (192, 135, 84,64). Hall and Norman are now on a Billiards tour of Singapore and Australia so both have had a fine week.
Steve Crosland took the plate prize beating Paul Devitt. Graham Guest was Devitts’ victim in the semi-final, with Chris Mitchell losing out to Crosland.
2016/2017 Amateur Billiards Circuit (ABC) Calendar
Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 11th September 2016
The 2016/17 ABC event calendar has been released, with the first ABC being at Clay Cross, as above.
The calendar can be opened here as a PDF or can be viewed on the main Calendar menu item.
Jock McGregor Memorial – Wayman beats Achilles
Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 15th May 2016
Jock McGregor was a great supporter of English billiards and his name lives on as the first event of the 2016/17 season is named in his honour. This is now a ranking event, with handicaps based on previous performances. This levels the playing field somewhat and some new names had good runs in the tournament.
Jamie Wayman took the title, knocking in some good breaks including a 119 from Chris Achilles who similarly had some good breaks with a highest of 96. Adam Clarke and Eddie Fielding were the losing semi-finalists.
In the plate, Peter Shelley beat Tony Clegg Steve Crosland and Denis Dawson the semi-finalists.
Chris Taylor had a 109 break, Rob Hall’s 162 was the days highest.
Full Results Here.
English National Junior Finals – Woods, Boughen & Easter Triumph
Kings Lynn, 22nd May 2016
Nathan Boughen won the English Under 16 final by beating Merlin Knight in the final at Kings Lynn. In the under 19’s, Jack Easter got past Boughen, playing in his second final, to win. In the girls final, Rochy Woods overcame Hannah Green.
|SF 1||Merlin Knight||90||Tyler Whittred||68|
|SF 2||Nathan Boughren||129||Callum Wilson-West||69|
|Final||Nathan Boughren||130||Merlin Knight||88|
|SF 1||Jack Easter||181||James Freestone||102|
|SF 2||Nathan Boughren||113||Rochy Woods||108|
|Final||Jack Easter||238||Nathan Boughren||120|
|Girls Final||Rochy Woods||beat||Hannah Green|
Final 2015/16 Rankings Confirmed
Final rankings Here.
Final Senior rankings Here.
– Tied positions separated by English Amateur and MatchPlay results
– Substitutions in the English Amateur/ earn points up until initial knock-out
Annual General Meeting 2016
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the EABA will take place at ‘The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, S45 9AG, on Saturday 14th May at 2.00pm. All members are invited to attend including junior members, although junior members are not eligible to vote.
Propositions Must be proposed and seconded within the terms of the Constitution and be received by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM.
The position of Secretary is due for re-election, and Mr Godolphin has indicated that he is willing to stand for a further three year term.
Election of Officers must be proposed and seconded within the terms of the Constitution and be received by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM.
All non officer members of the Committee are due for election – each for one year.
The position of Head of Junior Section is currently vacant.
The ‘Jock McGregor Handicap’ will be held on Sunday 15th May 2016 at ‘The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre’. This will be the first ranking event for the 2016/2017 season. Play will commence at 11.00am. The entry fee is £15, junior entry fee £10, and there will be a plate competition for first round losers, and all prize monies will be dependent on number of entries. If you intend to enter please inform Stephen Crosland on Tel. 01943 863883 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event.
Tim Godolphin – Secretary
ABC CHANGES FOR 2016/2017
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PLAYERS
At the EABA committee meeting held on the 5 January 2016 a package of measures aimed at promoting the prospects of grass roots players was discussed and approved. These measures will take effect for the 2016/17 season.
A. The Jock McGregor handicap will carry ranking points in line with all ABC’s and the short format matchplay.
B. Points for plate matches will be enhanced.
C. In the early rounds players will be allocated refereeing duties as part of the draw.
A. In theory a handicap event gives all players an equal chance. The committee feels that one such event out of seven is acceptable especially as a player’s worst result can still be shed. The E.A. and the matchplay will remain compulsory points for the main rankings and the G.M. and the matchplay for the senior rankings.
Due to the enhanced importance of the Jock McGregor an objective handicapping system needs to be employed. This will be done by calculating a benchmark based on the average score from all hourly games played on the ABC circuit from the previous season. Likewise an individual player’s average will be calculated and then compared with the benchmark. Obviously new players or those with a limited results sample will have to be assessed more subjectively.
THE JOCK McGREGOR HANDICAP ON MAY 15 (the day after the AGM) WILL BE THE FIRST RANKING EVENT OF THE 2016/2017 SEASON.
B. Currently in the plate events points are awarded only for winner, runner-up and semi-finalists.
The committee have decided to award points for wins as in the main competition.
Current system Main: winner 30, r/u 25, s/f’s 20, Q/F’s 15, last 16/32 (ie. 1 win) 10,
Plate: winner 15, r/u 13, s/f’s 10
All the above include 5 points for entering which all players receive.
New system Main: remains the same
Plate: winner 15, r/u 13 s/f’s 11, q/f’s 9, 1 win 7
A low entry or some opting out of the plate could mean the 7pts. category unused.
C. Number of referees is decreasing and number of players willing to lend a hand varies. Referees at ABC’s understandably tend to select ‘attractive games’ hence a significant number of entrants often get no help whatsoever. The EABA believes all members are equals and deserve equal consideration hence the allocation of referees for the earlier rounds; initially prelims. and first round. This has been tried before with some success. It has to be the earlier rounds because on elimination a player may decide to go home. Obviously because the draw is random the allocation of referees is also random so the workload should eventually even out. Hopefully it might also lead to a greater awareness of players to help each other. The system will be monitored for a season and then re-evaluated.
During the last season too many errors occurred due to incorrect completion of the scorecards and the knock-on effect means that rankings could also also be wrong. Can all players please ensure that the details presented to Clive are accurate.
2016 English Amateur Final – Hall Hits Hat Trick
3rd April 2016 – Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale
Rob Hall retained his English amateur billiards crown for the 3rd consecutive year to crown a great season. Hall is the undisputed number one in the rankings and has had some great tournament wins and top breaks over the season.
Twice former winner Phil Welham was unable to get over the final hurdle but can be pleased with his performances in making the final again.
|Referee: John Squires
Marker: Bob Slee
Scorer: Peter Cooper
Tournament Director: Clive Scott
|Session 1||Session 2||Total|
|Rob Hall||720 (132,147,125,146
|Phil Welham||345 (104,74)
2016 English Amateur Finalists – Welham v Hall
2nd April 2016 – Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale
Three times and reigning champion Rob Hall put on a blistering second session performance, scoring over 900 points and putting on board this years competition high break (by a single point) of 280 in qualifying for the final. The first session of both games were tight with no centuries made, Hatton’s 99 being highest in the other semi. This game ebbed and flowed and looked set to produce a tight finish with only around 40 points difference with 5 minutes left. Twice winner Phil Welham showed his experience in playing some crucial shots at the death to win through to Sundays final. John Mullane scored well in his limited opportunities but couldn’t match Halls second session points haul to set up the final with Welham.
|Session 1||Session 2||Total|
|Mark Hatton v Phil Welham
Referee: Bob Slee
Scorer: Peter Cooper
|Hatton 486 (99)
Welham 375 (76)
|Hatton 419 (53,60,77)
Welham 609 (85,52,64,76)
|John Mullane v Rob Hall
Referee: Martin O’Reilly
Scorer: John Squires
Hall 528 (89,95,97)
|Mullane 362 (50,63,93)
Hall 912 (280,111,179,84,72,63)
| Hall 1440
Pictured L->R are referee Peter Cooper, John Mullane, referee Martin O’Reilly, Phil Welham, referee Bob Slee, defending champion Rob Hall, Mark Hatton, referee John Squires, tournament director Clive Scott.
Senior Billiard International – England beat Northern Ireland
19th/20th March 2016 – Cue Ball Club, Derby
England won the over 50 senior international against Northern Ireland by 40 points to 24 in Derby. After the first days play the lead was 24-8, highlights being Brian Harvey’s good win (344-192) over Tony Buttimer, with breaks of 92,57,55. Steve Crosland had a 108 break in his win over evergreen John McIntyre.
Sunday was a better day for the Irish, taking the 3rd session 10-6, led by Tommy Hunters good wins (breaks of 73,75,64) over Brian Harvey and (breaks of 71,53,64) Chris Mitchell. The last session went Englands way for a tie on the day at 16 each and an overall English win.
Jock McGregor Memorial Open
15th May 2016 – Clay Cross
EABA members are reminded that the above handicap event will carry ranking points and be the first event of the 2016/17 season. The EABA annual general meeting takes place in the same location the day previously, 14th May.
ABC MatchPlay – Hall is top of the Pops Again
13th March 2016 – Atak Club, Nuneaton.
Rob Hall took the MatchPlay title again at Nuneaton, losing only one hundred up leg to semi finalist Mark Hatton who finishes in second place in the rankings to confirmed leader Hall. Jamie Wayman played well and made his first final, as did Mick White who was beaten by Mark Graham in the plate final. Chris Mitchell timed his run into the top eight in the rankings to perfection with a semi-final, holding off Gary Norman who played well until bumping into Hall. Ron Bickerdike had a notable win over Robert Marshall. Earlier rounds saw some tight finishes, with several players scraping through by as little as a single point.
Final 2015/16 Rankings Confirmed
Final rankings Here.
– Tied positions separated by English amateur and MatchPlay results
– Substitutions in the English Amateur earn points up until initial knock-out
English Amateur Grand Masters Billiards Championships
28th February 2016 – Atack Snooker Club, Nuneaton.
Steve Crosland took the grand masters title for the first time since his last win six years ago.
The last 16 played in round robin groups with Mick White beating Crosland narrowly but then losing to him in the semi final. Jack McLaughlin made the final, including a good win over twice English amateur champion Phil Welham (who is again in the semi’s this year). Jack was 80 behind came back to win 255-211.
The last 8 were drawn to the final where Crosland started with a 63 break which proved decisive in taking the title.
Peter Shelley’s 120 was the highest break of the competition.
Results to follow.
English Amateur Championship – Last 16 to 8 to Semi Finalists
20th/21st February 2016 – Clay Cross, Derbyshire.
The last 16 involved in the English Amateur Billiards Championship gathered at Clay Cross for a random draw to play 4 hour games (2 times 2 hour sessions) on Saturday and then again on Sunday 21st to decide the last 4 to go on to play through to the winner at the Whitworth Institute to decide the 2016 English Amateur Champion.
Full Results Here.
Last 4 (To be played 2/3rd April – Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale):
Mark Hatton v Phil Welham
John Mullane v Rob Hall
(Playing Sessions are 11:00-13:00 and 14:15-16:15)
6th 2015/16 ABC – Hall and Mumford in Valentines Day Massacre
14th February 2016 – Atak Club, Nuneaton.
Phil Mumford took the last ABC prize of the season at Nuneaton and Hall the plate prize after the two clashed in the first round. Mumford got stronger as the semi (beating Chris Mitchell) and final approached, hitting a number of centuries, including the days highest of 154 in both semi and final. Dave Nichols had some good wins on the way to the final, including over evergreen Jim McCann in the semi.
Hall had two massive wins with triple centuries in the plate, a 339 unfinished and 310 unfinished. David Rees was the beaten plate finalist.
Updated rankings Here.
English Amateur Qualifiers – Buster-Mullane Blast Into Last 16
7th February 2016, North, Cambridge and Southern Qualifiers.
Mark ‘Buster’ Hatton had his highest match break of 273, with a 157 for good measure in qualifying from the northern region. Fellow Teessider Darren Kell qualified unbeaten with a 101 and a top break of 174, along with Steve Crosland, Geoff Brassington (105 bk), Jack McLaughlin (102 bk) and Jon Marwood. Peter Shelley had a 102 break but failed to make it through.
Southern qualifiers are Steve Brookshaw (128 bk), Jason Goodwin (who hit two century breaks), S Downing and John Mullane who had a 116, 158 and 228 break to confirm membership of the double century elite.
Qualifiers from Cambridge are Rob Hall, Matt Sutton, Phil Welham, Nathan Mann, Dave Nichols and Phil Mumford.
The Friendly Cup – England have a lovely time in Bangor
23rd/24th January 2016 – Bangor, Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland v England).
England, led by talisman Rob Hall who was unbeaten throughout along with Mark Graham, turned an overnight lead of 21-11 into a final score of 46-18 to retain the friendly cup against Northern Ireland in Bangor.
As is usual, the scores alone hide the real stories of close games, playing conditions, tricky tables, travel problems, sickness bugs, etc. but above all the friendly rivalry was paramount. Rob Hall (143,100unf) and Chris Taylor (113,99) topped the breaks list. Northern Irelands team has more youngsters coming through that are ever improving and gaining experience. The hospitality was excellent and Clive Scott and his team of referees (Frank Trainor, Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Joe Graham, Chris Ellis, Ray Dowle) flawless.
EBSS Cambridge Open – Tinker Taylor, Gilchrist Failure.
16th/17th January 2016 – Cambridge Snooker Centre.
Chris ‘Tinker’ Taylor beat multiple world champion Peter Gilchrist to send Facebook into meltdown to take the 1st EBSS, the Cambridge Open, sponsored by White Roofing Service.
The final over 1.5 hours started with Peter hitting a great 239 break, Taylor having runs of 75 and 65 but then with 25 minutes to go Taylor made a 161 break. This put him 60 ahead, and he held on to take the match.
Earlier, Gilchrist made over 1000 in two of his matches en route to the final, hitting the days highest break of 352 and Taylor hit his highest competitive break of 248.
The plate final was taken by Nigel Hackett over Peter Johnson.
The players and officials enjoyed a great meal at the club and many thanks to Tony Carr of the Cambridge Snooker Centre and sponsor White Roofing Service for a great weekend.
5th 2015/16 ABC – Hall Robs Mumford
10th January 2016 – Clay Cross, Derbyshire.
Rob Hall got back to ABC winning ways with a victory over Phil Mumford at Clay Cross, final refereed by Chris Ellis. Both players warmed up for the final with strong wins in the semis; Hall scored heavily to defeat Mark Graham and Mumford having a double century break against Chris Taylor. Hall led the century breaks list (107,154,110,153,120), Mumford having the highest of the day of 240 and 129unf, with Darren Kell (100) and Chris Taylor (109) also hitting tons. Jon Marwood was close with a 95.
In the plate final, this seasons plate specialists clashed, Eddie Fielding losing out to Gary Norman, Peter Cooper officiating.
Updated rankings Here.
UK Senior Billiards Championship – Sneddon beats Duggan
5th/6th December 2015 – Cueball Club, Derby.
In a final refereed by John Squires, Dave Sneddon took the title, holding off Mersey-sider Eddie Duggan in the final. Earlier, Duggan had a great win over Phil Welham who had a 103 break in an earlier round, Dave Rees just missing a ton with a 99. Jim McCann took the plate from Arthur Winn, Peter Cooper officiating.
English Amateur Championship – Last 32 Draw.
To be played 7th February 2016 – Southampton, Cambridge & Bradford venues.
The English draw has thrown up a few proverbial ‘groups of death’ with some very tough looking draws.
Players are reminded of the dress code and punctuality rules.
5th 2015/16 Grand Masters Qualifiers
Congratulations to the following qualifiers:
South West: Chris Mitchell
South East: Phil Welham, Eva Palmius, Kevin Payne, Mick Johnson, Mick White
North & Midlands: Steve Crosland, David Rees, Jim McCann, Brian Cousen
North West: Jack McLaughlin, Eddie Fielding, Dennis Marr
South: Trevor Thorn, Jack Hedley, Martin Phillips
Full Results Here.
4th 2015/16 ABC – Fareham. Xmas Top Hatton
13th December 2015 – Fareham, Hants.
Mark Hatton made the long journey from Teesside worthwhile by winning his second consecutive ABC, again beating Rob Hall in the semis to ensure both are tied at the top of the rankings Here.
Newcomer Ryan Mears was the beaten finalist, beating some experienced ABC players on the way, including Peter Shelley in the semi, knocking in a personal best break of 135 on the way which proved the highest in the main competition. Unusually this was topped in the plate, John Mullane hitting a 157 in winning the plate (and a 109), triumphing over Steve Crosland.
In challenging playing conditions, the only other centuries were scored by Dave Nicholls (110,125).
2015 Four Nations Internationals – Kell leads England to Trophy
21/22 November 2015 – Glengormley, Northern Ireland.
An unbeaten Darren Kell lead the way for England to retain the four nations trophy for the 12th successive year in Belfast. After a hard fought day one of the four nations, the overall scores were: England:30, Northern Ireland: 20, Republic of Ireland:20, Austria:6.
Final scores: England:59, Northern Ireland: 38, Republic of Ireland:29, Austria:18
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