Next Event: 2nd 2015/16 ABC
Cambridge, October 11th, 2015
CANADA v YORKSHIRE – Winnipeg
Winnipeg, September 2015
An England senior representative side played an invitational Canadian team in Winnipeg. Led by an unbeaten Steve Crossland, the England side consisted of 4 Yorkshire natives and 2 adopted Yorkies, the Canadians a select group of enthusiasts whose game is clearly developing very well – Canada taking the competitive games by 19 to 17.
Mark Graham had a century and Crossland a string of breaks, Fraser Durham had a series of good runs, topped by Guy Smiths 97 break, a century prevented by hitting the 15 hazard limit.
Many thanks to Fraser and his fellow team for their organisation and splendid hospitality and good luck in Leeds in October from all at the EABA.
WHITWORTH MASTERS – Déjà Vu at Darley Dale
Darley Dale, 19/20th September 2015
Rob Hall won his fifth successive Masters in a repeat of last years final at the Whitworth Institute.
In the group stages he was undefeated group A victor, hitting century breaks in every game. Graham recovered from a first game thumping at the hands of Hall to defeat Steve Crossland and Brian Harvey to qualify.
In group B Jamie Wayman, playing in his first Whitworth event did well to win the group with Chris Taylor also qualifying, meaning Chris Mitchell and Eddie Duggan missed out.
The first semi final between old pals Hall and Taylor was a high class affair that was in doubt until almost the final bell, Hall having a decisive 62 break in the last few minutes to add to his earlier breaks of 115 and 62. Taylor set off extremely well with excellent breaks of 115 and 81.
Waymans good run to the semi final came to an end at the hands of Graham who started well and stayed in front to the end.
In the final of 2 times 1 hour sessions, Hall showed his class by turning a half time score of 319 (80 and 109 breaks) to 146 into a final score of 615 to 339 adding a 50 and 168 breaks to Grahams 56, final averages of 20.5 to 11.3.
The final was expertly officiated by Bob Slee, with Martin O’Reilly and the evergreen Peter Cooper assisting.
In his winning speech, Rob thanked the organiser Jim McCann and the team at the Whitworth for their hospitality, tournament director Clive Scott and his team of referees and echoed the sentiments of the players who hugely enjoyed the event.
l-r: Jamie Wayman, Mark Graham, Steve Crossland, Peter Cooper, Eddie Duggan, Bob Slee, Joe Graham, Clive Scott, Chris Mitchell, Martin O’Reilly, Chris Taylor, Rob Hall, Brian Harvey
Change to 2015/16 Events Calendar
The date for the UK Seniors is incorrect.
The 3/4 October was on the provisional calendar but a change was made because of a clash with another billiards event in the South East.
This change was not made on the final calendar or the entry form itself. The new date for this event is the weekend of the 5/6 December.
All other information is the same, including the venue. The original closing date is obviously invalid but there is now plenty of time to enter.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
The full Calendar maybe viewed or downloaded Here
BIG BREAK BREAKTHROUGH
Rob Hall, the English Amateur Championship, has recently recorded his first thousand break. A fantastic break of 1123 and although compiled during a practice session it is indicative of the rapid progress he is making within the game.
Congratulations from the EABA membership.
Crossland & McCann Roll Back the Years at Clay Cross
Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 13th September 2015.
Steve Crossland came through to add another ABC victory to his long list beating fellow veteran Jim McCann. Crossland came through relatively untroubled apart from a narrow semi final win by 5 points over Teessider Mark Hatton. McCann had a great semi-final win over last years runaway rankings leader Rob Hall, who had the consolation of the days highest break of 262 with 7 other centuries, including four in one game (117,143,111,117) against Geoff Brassington (527 – 72). Chris Taylor had the days other century break.
Darren Kell had a century break in an early round in winning the plate, beating Eddie Duggan in the final.
Full results here.
The first 2015/16 rankings are here.
Tournament Director Clive Scott presents
prizes and trophies
to finalist Jim McCann (left) and winner
Steve Crossland (right).
Many thanks to Chris Taylor for giving the winners & plate trophies for all 6 EABA competitions for the 2015/2016 season.
2015/16 ABC Dates & Venues Announced
13 September 2015 N.E. Derbyshire Snooker Club, Derby Road, Clay Cross S45 9AG
11 October 2015 Cambridge Snooker Centre, Coldhams Road, Camb CB1 3EW
8 November 2015 Northern Snooker Centre, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS10 1LT
13 December 2015 Fareham Snooker Club, Broadcut, Wallington, Fareham PO16 8ST
10 January 2016 N.E. Derbyshire Snooker Club, Derby Road, Clay Cross S45 9AG
14th February 2016 Atack Snooker Club, Regent Street, Nuneaton CV11 4BL
13th March 2016 EABA Matchplay (short Format) Atack Snooker Club, Regent Street, Nuneaton CV11 4BL
Calendar has been updated.
Policy Changes for 2015/2016 Season
Following the recent AGM a few changes have been made to certain rules and policies these are outlined as follows:
At the request of the website manager(s) asking for half points to be dispensed with the following has been decided:
From 2015/16 all ranking points will avoid using 1/2 or 0.5. All such awards will be raised to the next whole number.
For example: English Amateur & Grand Masters Q/F’s: 22.5pts. will become 23pts.
and: All ABC and English Amateur Match play plate competition runners-up: 12.5 pts. will become 13pts.
The committee also decided on the following:
If the full ranking list or the senior ranking list shows a tie for crucial positions such as 1st. or 8th. then points gained from the ‘compulsory points’ tournaments will be considered. That is: Full rankings – English Amateur and the Match play. Senior rankings: Grand Masters and the Match play.
The EABA recognises this is an emotive issue, nevertheless the aim is to avoid byes, sustain playing time and hence maximise value for money. The policy is only applicable after the round – robin format with the relevant tournaments being the English Amateur and the Grand Masters.
THE ENGLISH AMATEUR
The policy can be implemented between:
(A) regional and intermediate stage and
(B) intermediate stage and the last 16 (the K.O.stage)
(A) A replacement will be someone from the same region (not just the same group), with 2 wins from 3 in a group of 4 or 1 win from 2 in a group of 3. If there is more than one such candidate the points difference will be considered. The EABA recognises that it is mathematical possible but unlikely for all candidates from groups of 4 to have 1 win. If this occurs the best points difference will prevail. If the number of regional entries is such that unequal group sizes are unavoidable then points difference will decide between 1:2 and 2:3 ratios.
(B) The intermediate stage (32 players) will be 8 groups of 4 and any replacement will be found by considering the full sample using the above criteria for groups of 4.
THE GRAND MASTERS
The policy will be used between regionals and finals day as in the English Amateur section (A).
Notes: Absenteeism on the day is already covered in tournament rules.
The policy will be implemented when a qualifier has to withdraw and gives sufficient time for the Association to react.
The EABA will apply the policy in a fair way bearing in mind that differing circumstances and the unforeseen can and do occur.
The EABA is deeply saddened to learn about the sudden passing away of John Smith.
John passed away at home peacefully but suddenly on Saturday 18th July 2015, shortly after his 72nd birthday.
He was a long standing member of the EABA and served a short spell on its committee. It is true to say that he was well liked by everybody in billiards being a kind, friendly and generous supporter of the game.
John owned the Pockets Snooker Club in Kidderminster as well as one in Worcester and visitors always received a friendly welcome. He also put a great deal back in to the game and organised and ran the Midlands Counties Billiards League for 22 years almost single handed. Such a contribution will be difficult to emulate.
In his prime John was a fine amateur billiards player who displayed an orthodox and uncomplicated game which led to numerous century breaks and international honours in the England Amateur Team.
He will be sadly missed by the billiards fraternity and the EABA sends its sympathy and kindest thoughts to his family and friends.
JOHN SMITH 1943 to 2015
John’s funeral service will be held at the Church of St. Martin, Holt, Worcester. WR6 6NJ on Wednesday 5 August at 2 pm.
The EABA is deeply saddened to announce the death of Mr. John Richmond. He passed away on Sunday 17 May 2015 after a short illness at the age of 77 years.
John was a devoted supporter of the game of billiards. He played in his local league representing his club in Pateley Bridge where both he and his father before him had served numerous years as club officials. He really enjoyed watching billiards, especially the world class players of the modern era.
His involvement with the EABA goes almost back to its beginning. He served as secretary, he was a grade1 referee and also a well organised Tournament Director. He was a life member of our Association and a generous supporter, particularly towards the junior game.
John was liked by everyone. He had a lovely dry sense of humour often accompanied by a cheeky smile: a true gentle man without malice or aggression who will be sadly missed by us all.
The funeral service is at Stonewall Crematorium, Wetherby Road,
Harrogate on Friday 29 May at 13:40
EABA Junior Finals Day – Rochy Woods, Matt Lyon & Reggie Edwards star…
21st March 2015, Grantham Snooker Centre.
Reggie Edwards won the under 16’s, Matt Lyon the under 19’s and Rochy Woods the girls final beating Jack Easter, Tony Hackett and Hannah Green respectively.
Results to follow.
Matchplay – Rob Hall is Top of the Pops
15th March 2015, Atack, Nuneaton.
Rob Hall sealed top place in the 2014/15 rankings by winning d in winning the matchplay event at Nuneaton, defeating Teessider Mark Hatton in the final, with unfinished breaks in all 3 final legs. Hall prevented an all Teesside final by taking his semi-final against the consistent Darren Kell, who in turn sealed second place in the rankings with just the English Amateur finals to play. Dave Nichols showed some form to make the semi’s and Chris Mitchell defeated Mick White in the plate final, sealing it with an unfinished run of 81.
Century breaks were hit by Rob Hall (102,100), Chris Taylor (100,103), Mark Hatton (100).
The rankings are up to date here.
Friendly Cup International – England Retain Trophy
Boston – 24th/25th January 2015
England retained the Friendly Cup by 50-14 in a great weekend of billiards in Boston. Darren Kell led the way, being unbeaten throughout. Rob Hall had 4 centuries, Chris Taylor a 117, Brian Harvey, Chris Mitchell, Arthur Winn, Steve Crossland and Eddie Duggan all contributing to the points haul. For the Irish there were notable wins by Kenny Campbell and Christian Kirk had some good breaks and a notable win in tying a high quality match with Rob Hall 1-1.
We have just receive the sad news that Irish International player Timmy Murphy has passed away. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.
DVDs for Sale
We have DVD’s available of the Semi Finals and Final of the EABA Finals at Darley Dale. All these are available in one Boxed set. These can be purchased from Clive Scott at ABC events and also can ordered directly from Colin Lewis.
He can be contacted on the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Also available are videos of Chris Shutt, taken at various tournaments including Cambridge and Leeds, part of which show Chris making 421 at the Northern Snooker Centre in 2008 and, Roxton making 315, also at the same venue in the 2006 UK Championship which he ultimately won. A proportion of the proceeds from the sale of the English Amateur DVDs will go to support E.A.B.A. once the cost of producing them has been achieved. these are available at £7.50. The ones of Chris Shutt and Roxton Chapman are available at £3.00.
There are many more pieces of footage of billiard players such as Geet Sethi, Advani, Mike Russell, Norman Dagley, Robbie Foldvari and Peter Gilchrist as well as various English Amateur Finals involving Martin Goodwill, Rob Hall, Matthew Sutton, Phil Mumford and Billy Bousfield.
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