Mid Counties Billiards Championships – Peter Shelley Wins Again

Stourbridge Institute Social Club

Peter Shelley beat Dean Powell in the final, overcoming Powell’s 61 break to come back and win 388-337.

Earlier, Shelley overpowered John Smith 546-251.

Thanks to officials Clive Scott and Peter Cooper.

The Jock McGregor Senior Billiards International

Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd March 2015, Reading Rooms, Bangor, Northern Ireland.

England overcame a first day deficit of 16-20 to win the senior international 40-32. Back after a few years out were Sammy Clarke and Tony Buttimer who played well with 121 & 78 breaks in beating Brian Harvey and Norman Whaley had a noteable win over Jim McCann. The second day saw the result go to the last 6 matches with Dave Rees finding form to beat Tony Buttimer, Bill Andress taking a point and Eddie Fielding winning to set up the victory. Results to follow.

Tournament director Clive Scott ran a tight ship, ably assisted by Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Tim Godolphin and Joe Graham.

Jock McGregor Open Billiards Handicap – Gaye Jones Wins

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 3rd May 2015.

Gaye Jones is the first ladies champion after beating the holder, Eddie Fielding, 388 points to 220 over the hours play.

Eddie Duggan beat Mark Hill in the plate final.

A good number of games went down to the wire with winning scores of 1 and 2 points in a number of games and a drawn game needing an extra ten minutes play.

2014/15 Grand Masters – Hedley Triumphs

Jack Hedley came out on top in the Grand Masters tournament, overcoming Peter Shelley in the semi-final and Brian Harvey in the final, Harvey earlier defeating Jim McCann in the other semi.

Grand Masters Winner

Winner Jack Hedley (2nd left), pictured with officials and defeated finalist Peter Shelley

Full report and rankings update pending. Last 16 qualifers: South: J Hedley, T Azor, J Hoad North: J McCann, J McLaughlin, D Rees, B French, T Clegg North West: D Marr, P Shelley South East:  M Johnson, A Winn, S Springham, S Tuck, J Wayman South West: B Harvey Played at Atack Snooker Centre, Nuneaton, Sunday 1st March Full qualifying results  Here

Rob Hall retains English Amateur Championship

11th/12th April 2015, Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale.

Congratulations to Rob Hall who defeated Phil Mumford to retain his English Amateur title at Darley Dale.

In the semi’s Hall defeated merseysider Geoff Brassington playing in his first semi-final and Mumford won over the experienced Teessider Darren Kell.

English Amateur – Quarter Finals

Played 22nd February, Clay Cross, Derbyshire. Congratulations to Rob Hall, Darren Kell, Phil Mumford and Geoff Brassington on qualifying for the semis. Scores from Clay Cross:

Session 1 Breaks (50+) Total Session 1 Breaks (50+) Total
Rob Hall 644  78,56,68,78,159,93,231,211,102,160,133,199 1817 Chris Taylor 207  58,57 331
Darren Kell 532  61,76,73 1044 Phil Welham 276  68,78,52 704
Phil Mumford 417  53,87,202,152,87 1288 John Mullane 373  115,59 773
Geoff Brassington 417 85,67,72,166,57 963 Jonathon Marwood 230  122 563

English Amateur – Last 16 – Former Winners Go Out

Former winners Sutton and Goodwill exit at last 16 stage, along with messrs Crossland, Winn, Goodwin, Duggan, Mitchell & Azor. Results are as shown below from Darley on Saturday 21st February 2014.

Rob Hall  102,52,200,103,156,117,61,102,258 1655 Chris Mitchell 521
Darren Kell  50,80,52,63,73,109,99  1014 Jason Goodwin  92,75  600
Chris Taylor  82,81,57,64,57,71,54,75unf  942 Terry Azor  53,51,53  667
Geoff Brassington  169,91,56  801 Martin Goodwill  105,89,67,53,94  719
Phil Mumford  101,196,119,110,74,76  899 Matt Sutton  50,74,92,89,82,107  890
Phil Welham 59,54,67,80,83  1020 Steve Crossland  61,62,60,61,70,104  978
Jonathon Marwood  52,66  839 Arthur Winn  90  762
John Mullane  78,71,88,108,71,78  1112 Eddie Duggan  113,127  888

English Amateur Championship – Last 16 to 8 to 4

The qualifers for the last 16 of the English amateur championship are as follows: South: Martin Goodwill, Chris Mitchell, Jason Goodwin, John Mullane North: Rob Hall, Jon Marwood, Geoff Brassington, Darren Kell, Eddie Duggan, Steve Crossland South East:  Chris Taylor, Matt Sutton, Phil Mumford, Phil Welham, Arthur Winn, Dave Nichols (*). (*) Dave Nichols has since withdrawn and will be replaced by Terry Azor (please see EABA policy on substitutions here) To be played: Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd February 2015, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

English Amateur Championship – Intermediate Stage Draw

Group Draws are Here, formal dress code applies. To be played: Sunday 1st February 2015.

6th ABC – Nuneaton, 8th Feb 2015 – Rob Hall brings home the bacon

2015 Nuneaton ABC Winner

Winner Rob Hall pictured with tournament director Clive Scott

Chris Taylor pictured with Clive Scott

Chris Taylor pictured with Clive Scott

Rob Hall beat Martin Goodwill to take first prize in the final ABC ranking event at Nuneaton. Goodwill made it 2 finals in 2 appearances this season, narrowly making it through by 3 points in his quarter final against the unlucky Mark Hatton. Goodwill got past Chris Mitchell in his semi, with Hall beating Darren Kell. Brian Harvey had a good ton in losing to Kell, debutant Chris Wakelin played well until coming across Goodwill (scoring 539 in the hour) but Hall continued his dominance of procedures with a big win in the final, a score of 574 in an earlier round, 2 double centuries including the days highest and further increasing his rankings lead. Chris Taylor recovered from a first round defeat to the ever improving Adam Clarke to take the plate, beating Eddie Fielding in the final. Taylor squeezed past the unlucky Jim McCann in the quarters, making a 79unf to win by 7… Centuries were made by Brian Harvey (125), Rob Hall (163,208,100,208),  Mark Hatton (107), Martin Goodwill (162,165), and Darren Kell (157). An honorary mention for the hospitality from the host Atack club, especially the historic bacon buns!

Results Here, the rankings are up to date and not much changed, the Hall/Taylor top two looks assured.

Next ABC ranking event: Matchplay – Nuneaton, Sunday 15th March 2015.

5th ABC – Clay Cross, 11th Jan 2015 – Taylor made up to win again

Chris Taylor took a dramatic final to win his second ABC at Clay Cross. Untroubled in his run to the final, with a string of breaks on the way, he made a fine 159 break at his first visit in the final. Darren Kell dug in and with a century of his own made it a nail biter, Chris triumphing by 16 points. Dave Rees made the semi-final, as did Jack McLaughlin with a good win against John Mullane that included a century break. Mullane had earlier looked ominous, scoring freely, with the days highest break of 204. Mark Hatton had a notable win against runaway rankings leader Rob Hall. Mark Graham was pipped in his first round match at the death by 2 points but won his second Clay Cross plate of the season against Jim McCann, who ran out of time in his first match to lose by 9 points to Rob Hall whilst on a 65 unfinished break. Centuries were made by Alan Scott (154), Rob Hall (106), John Mullane (107, 204), Chris Taylor (159,131,102), Jack McLaughlin (105) and Darren Kell (105).

Full results are Here and the rankings are up to date.

Next ABC: Nuneaton, Sunday 8th February 2015.

EABA – President

The EABA committee is pleased to announce the election of Derick Townend to the position of President of the Association. Derick’s contribution to amateur billiards over numerous years is immeasurable and the decision to instate him was unanimous.
Derick’s response: ” I am proud and honoured to be elected and will do all I can to help the EABA”.

2014 Members Draw

At the ABC before Christmas we had the members’ draw. The outcome was as follows:
1st prize   £150  no. 237  D. Bentinck
2nd prize £100  no.   72   T. Keeling
3rd prize  £50   no.  231  M. White

4th ABC – Fareham, 14th Dec 2014 – Rob Hall shows no xmas Goodwill

Rob Hall took yet another ABC on the south coast at Fareham, spoilling Marting Goodwills return by beating him in the final.Chris Taylor and Steve Crossland were semi-finalists. The days highest break, by Rob Hall, was a stupendous effort of 348 and another great effort of 282! Terry Azor won his second plate final of the season with a century in the semi final. Dale Schofield was beaten by a girl! Not just any girl, local lady Emma Bonney is a multi World Ladies Billiards champion making a welcome appearance in the ABC series making the plate final. Full results are Here and the rankings are up to date. Next ABC: Clay Cross, Derbyshire, Sunday 11th January 2015.