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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.
Results:-
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)
Semi Finals:
(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.
Results and rankings update to follow.


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.

 Under 19
 SF 1  Merlin Knight  90  Tyler Whittred  68
 SF 2  Nathan Boughren  129 Callum Wilson-West  69
 Final  Nathan Boughren  130  Merlin Knight  88
 Under 16
 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.
Please Note:
– 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:   sxland1@yahoo.co.uk 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.

NOTES
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.

Rob Hall - 2016 English Amateur Billiards Champion

Rob Hall – 2016 English Amateur Billiards Champion receives his trophy from his childhood mentor Roger Clark.

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
ave 31.3
760 (71,122,211)
ave 23.75
1480
ave 26.42
Phil Welham 345 (104,74)
ave 15.0
468 (62,83,63,55)
ave 13.76
813
ave 14.01
PhilWelham-EnglishAmateurFinalist2016

Phil Welham – English Amateur Finalist 2016


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)
Hatton 905
Welham 984
John Mullane v Rob Hall
Referee: Martin O’Reilly
Scorer: John Squires

Mullane 415
Hall 528 (89,95,97)
Mullane 362 (50,63,93)
Hall 912 (280,111,179,84,72,63)
 Hall 1440
Mullane 777
English Amateur Semi Final 2016

English Amateur Semi Final 2016

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.

Results Here.


Final 2015/16 Rankings Confirmed

Final rankings Here.
Please Note:
– 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.
Results Here.
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.
Results Here.


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.
Results Here.


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.
Results Here.
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.
Results Here.


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.
Draw Here


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).

Results Here


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

Highlights:
– First century by