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OBITUARY – David Lambert Rees 10th August 1941- 13th June 2019

David was dedicated to the game of billiards for most of his life but as a young man he played both amateur cricket and football and was a lifelong supporter of his local team Derby County. He is one of a group of cueists now in their seventies or early eighties who could be viewed as the early back bone of the current amateur billiards fraternity.

Before the advent of the EABA and the ABC’s a pro-am circuit had been established and was well supported David was ever present at these and succeeded in winning one, a rare occurrence for an amateur but an indication of how good he was in his prime. He turned professional for a short spell but then reverted back to the amateur game.

Davis won the Derbyshire Billiards Championships thirteen times and was ever present in the Derbyshire County Team. This team some years ago, included both Jim McCann and Herbert Beetham and they were a formidable trio.

International status at both full and senior level was achieved on a regular basis and all Davids opponents knew they were in for a tough game. His knowledge and skill, added to a careful and deliberate style, often tested the patience of those he played, David didn’t worry about this, his aim was to play well and win, and rightly so.

Playing the game is one thing but helping is another and he served his time on the EABA committee and was a generous sponsor. All sports can bring out the best in people but sometimes the worst. David was always the perfect gentleman on and off the table. No tantrums, no complaints, but a calm and non-aggressive acceptance of the outcome. After a day’s play in the hotel bar and during the evening his personality blossomed with an infectious laugh and a lovely dry sense of humor. He will be sadly  missed by his friends and teammates.

 


2019 EABA Annual General Meeting & 2019/20 first Event

Saturday 11th May 2019

Please see the attached file for details of the next AGM. Please take particular note of the requirements for the procedure and timing of any proposals for the meeting.
AGM Details here.
The Jock MacGregor Handicap ranking event will take place at The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre – Clay Cross on Sun 12th May. This will be the first ranking event for the 2019/20 season.


Audrey Wah Obituary

March 2019

The EABA is saddened to hear of the passing of Audrey Wah, the wife of Harry.
Harry is a life member of the EABA after serving a spell as the Association’s secretary.
Audrey has been fighting illness for some years and on behalf of all EABA members the committee sends its sympathy and kindest thoughts to Harry and his family and friends.


English Amateur Finals – Deja Vu at Darley Dale

Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th March 2019, Whitworth Institute

Unbeaten English amateur champion for the previous 5 years and six times winner Rob Hall won another title with a repeat showing of last years final against Darren Kell to staged on Sunday 24th March. In a fascinating and tight semi-final game against Matt Sutton a hard fought match was in doubt up until the last couple of minutes, Hall edging it by around 40 points. Kell came through a north-east semi-final derby against Craig Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick having a 97 break that was immediately responded to by Kell with a faultless 201 break being the turning point. Semi-Final scores:
Session 1: Rob Hall (58,99) [273+57unf] v [353] Matt Sutton (161)
Session 2: Rob Hall (160,117,112) [494] v [368] Matt Sutton (83,115)
Total: Rob Hall 767 v 721 Matt Sutton
Session 1: Craig Fitzpatrick (97,72) [213+38unf] v [414] Darren Kell (201,71,54)
Session 2: Craig Fitzpatrick (56,76,57) [337] v [519] Darren Kell (78,62,71,65)
Total: Craig Fitzpatrick 570 v 953 Darren Kell

In the final, having survived a tight semi-final things again were looking tricky for Hall with Kell taking a lead at half way. As true champions do, Hall produced when it mattered, a dominant second session performance ensuring he comfortably retained the trophy. Final Scores:
Session 1: Hall (79,57,72) [332] v [423] Kell (97,54,128)
Session 2: Hall (201,147,158,84) [842] v [243] Kell (88,92)
Total: Hall 1174 v 666 Kell

Toot and Ploot

A word of thanks to tournament director Clive Scott, referees John Squires, Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly and Chris Ellis who had the double honour of refereeing the final and the Masters final earlier in the season.


EABA Matchplay – Hall Warms up for English Defence

Sunday 17th March 2019, Atack Club, Nuneaton

Rob Hall beat Mark Hirst in the final EABA ranking tournament of 2018/19, the matchplay, played over a maximum of 3*100 up frames( or a maximum of 75 minutes). Hall retained this title, having a 100 unfinished break in his semi final win over Nathan Mann, Hirst winning a high quality semi over Mark Hatton, having an unfinished century break in the previous round.
Jim McCann had a flashback with a 59 break topped by an unfinished century, Ron Bickerdike having also having an unfinished century in the plate. Craig Fitzpatrick took the plate from Gary Norman, their semi final victims being Mark Graham and Mick Johnson respectively.
Six times winner Hall and Fitzpatrick go from this short format into 4 hour games in the English amateur semi finals. Many thanks to Ian and Sonia from the Atack club for their continuing support for the billiards fraternity.


Seniors International – England Turn It Around

Saturday/Sunday 9/10th March 2019, Bangor, Ireland

England turned an overnight 19-13 deficit into a 34-30 win in Bangor to retain the seniors cup. The team of Richard Whittle, Chris Achilles, Chris Mitchell, Steve Crosland, Arthur Winn, Gary Norman, Ron Bickerdike and Brian Harvey all made solid contributions, with some hard fought games meaning the result could easily have gone the other way.


EABA Over 60’s Tournament, Sponsored by Jim McCann

Sunday 28th April 2019–11am, Northeast Derbyshire Snooker Centre–Clay Cross, S45 9AG

Entries on the day – £10 – prize money dependent on entries.
Format similar to the UK Seniors Championship.
For prior entry or other information contact Steve Crosland Tel: 01943 863883


2018/19 Grand Masters Finals – Simon Sneeks It

Sun 24th February 2019, Atack Club, Nuneaton

Simon Snee is the 2018/19 Grand Masters champion, not so much sneaking it as smashing it, an 83 break in the final turning the game decisively against Geoff Barrett, appearing in his first masters final. Snee beat Lancashire’s Chris Achilles in the semi, Barrett having a decisive 120 break -the tournaments highest – in his semi against Mark Graham. Gary Norman had a 103 break.
As always, thanks to tournament director Clive Scott and his team of referees.
Results here.


2018/19 5th ABC Tournament – Harvey Misses Out

Sun 10th February 2019, Atack Club, Nuneaton

Rob Hall took the 5th EABA tournament of the season from veteran Brian Harvey who played well all tournament, Hall’s 194 and 128 breaks in the final proving too much. Harvey beat Adam Clarke in the first semi, Hall’s unfinished 49 proving decisive against Simon Snee in the other semi. Hall had a 195 in an earlier round that was the days top, Mark Hirst had a 144, Craig Fitzpatrick a 103 and Mark Hatton a 107.
Plate master John Hughes took his second consecutive plate prize from Eddie Fielding, beating Richard Whittle and Eddie Duggan respectively in the semi finals.
A mention for new players Graham Stevens, Darren Fox and Matt Spade – good to see new players at Eaba events.
Results here.


2018/19 EABA Member Cash Draw Results

Congratulations to the following:

#58 – Peter Cooper (£100)
#43 – Peter Johnson (£75)
#158 – Renee Cooper (£50)


2018/19 English Amateur Last 4 – Hall V Sutton, Kell v Fitzpatrick

Sat/Sun 16/17th February, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Sunday saw Darren Kell see off Adam Clarke to reach the semi’s where he will play fellow Teessider Craig Fitzpatrick, making his first semi final with a win over Richard Whittle. The other semi see’s holder Rob Hall playing Matt Sutton, Hall earlier beating Phil Welham (and taking this seasons highest break to 306) and Sutton beating Martin Goodwill.
In the last 16, Welham beat Matt Peaker (top break of 119) by 7 points with a 49 unfinished break. Kell beat Chris Mitchell with the aid of 2 century breaks, Fitzpatrick having a top break of 141 in getting past Geoff Barrett. Matt Sutton eased past Darren Clarke and Richard Whittle overcame Terry McAdam. Terry Azor had a nice 112 break but it wasn’t enough to get past Goodwill who had a top break of 124, Hall topped out with a 196 in a one sided game with Mick Cooper. Mark Hatton had a decent half way lead but Adam Clarke overtook in the second period to win by a mere 28 points over the 4 hours.
Results here.


2018/19 English Amateur Last 32 Groups – Dazza’s Double is Topped

Sun 3rd February, North and South Groups.

In the northern qualifiers, Darren Kell topped his personal best break for the second time in 2 weeks, taking it to 278 (with a 109 for good measure). Last years runner up was topped by reigning champion Rob Hall who made a 281 break. Hall had further breaks of 116, 219 and 131, Other Southern qualifers being Matt Sutton (213,121 and 132 breaks), Phil Welham (131) and Mick Cooper. Joining Kell in the last 16 from the North were Mark Hatton (111 break), Darren Clarke (107), Simon Snee, Craig Fitzpatrick, Matthew Peaker, Adam Clarke and Richard Whittle. John Hughes made a 103 break but failed to qualify. Southern group 2 saw no century breaks, qualifiers are Martin Goodwill, Chris Mitchell, Terry Azor and Geoff Barrett.
Results here.


2018/19 24th Annual Friendly Cup – Dazza ‘Duzza’ Double

Sat/Sun 19/20th January 2019, Newark Conservative club, Notts.

At half time in the 24th annual Friendly cup, England’s Darren ‘Dazza’ Kell led the way with an immaculate personal best break of 237 unfinished. Kell added another ton break on day two to be unbeaten throughout, along with England’s captain Rob Hall and Mark Hatton.
England took the Sunday session 28-4 to retain the trophy in style with a final score of 50-14. ictured are the England team (L->R): Chris Achilles, Mark Graham, Adam Clarke, Darren Kell, Mark Hatton, Rob Hall, Nathan Mann, Craig Fitzpatrick.
The EABA would like to thank the host club for the good playing conditions and the excellent hospitality extended.
Apologies for the headline to Dazza’s fellow Teessider Glen “Duzza” Durrrant – and congratulations on your 3rd BDO title.
Referees in attendance: Chris Ellis, Martin O’Reilly, Bob Slee, John Squires, Phillip Brooke
Tournament Director: Clive Scott
Results here.

2019 England Friendly Cup Winning Team


2018/19 4th ABC Tournament – Hirst is First

Sun 13th January 2019, Clay Cross Derbyshire

Mark Hirst consolidated his position at the top of the ABC rankings with a hard fought victory at Clay Cross, taking the day’s highest break of 144 for good measure. He was pushed all the way by Craig Fitzpatrick in the final, a 49 unfinished break enabling Fitzpatrick to draw dead level at the bell. In the extra 10 minutes that followed, Hirst got in first and took the game. Fitzpatrick beat Gary Norman in the semi, Hirst beating English Amateur champion Rob Hall with aid of a 79 unfinished break. John Hughes took his first plate prize, beating Jim McCann in the final and having a century break along the way.
Results here.

Rankings are up to date! here.


2018/19 Grand Masters – Regional Qualifiers

Sun 12th December 2018, North West, North, South East and South West Groups

Phil Welham had a ton in each of his games to lead the qualifiers for finals day in 2019.
The confirmed qualifiers from the regional groups are as follows:
North West: Chris Achilles, Richard Whittle
North: Simon Snee, Jim McCann, Mark Graham
South East: Phil Welham, Mick White, Ian Dennis
South West: tba
Century breaks so far: Welham (111,135,127), Norman (123).


2018/19 Four Nations Internationals – Yorkie’s take the Biscuit

Sat/Sun 24th/25th November 2018, CueBall Club, Derby.

Saturday saw England off to an almost perfect start in defence of the four nations trophy, dropping only 3 points and picking up 31. Close behind were Northern Ireland on 25, with the Republic on 12 and Austria on 4. Sunday saw the trophy retained with the overall scores being England 59, NI on 45, ROI on 28 and Austria 12. Unbeaten England captain Rob Hall picked up the trophy and paid tribute to the good conditions (thank you Cueball Club), the standard of refereeing (thank you messrs O’Reilly, Slee, Brookes, Lowe, Ellis, Cooper, Smith, McCrum, McNally, Steiner), the excellent organisation (thanks to TD Clive Scott and assistant, evergreen Mr. Devlin) and the great spirit of competition and love of the game. Yorkshire’s Adam Clarke also went unbeaten, fellow Yorkie’s Darren Kell, Mark Hatton, Mark Graham and Craig Fitzpatrick with debutant Nathan Mann and Chris Achilles picking up a total of 59 out of 72 points available to keep the trophy on home soil. Centuries made were by England’s Hall (226,115,159,123,181,131) Hatton (113, 101, 107), Kell (105,118) and NI’s Kirk (106).
Results Here


2018/19 3rd ABC Tournament – Arthur Winns’ One

Sun 11th November 2018, Regional Venues.

On armistices day billiards players paid their respects to the fallen in battle prior to proceedings, but also to those sadly lost to the game in recent times. Billiards stalwart Arthur Winn went one better than his previous ABC final and joined the elite list of ABC winners, beating Teessider Simon Snee in a tense final. Snee played well throughout, taking the highest break and beating Adam Clarke in his semi, Winn beating previous ABC winner Mark Hirst in the other. Youngster F Brown did well to draw with Eva Palmius, who finally triumphed in extra time.
In the plate final, Nathan Mann beat Mark Graham at the death having been behind most of the game. Veteran Ron Agnew was beaten by the winner in the semi, Mick White having a great quarter final win against Mark Hatton but failing to get past Graham.


2017/18 English Amateur Championship – Brooke Referees Final

An apology and congratulations to stalwart referee Philip Brooke, who undoubtedly had a career highlight in immaculately refereeing the 2018 English amateur billiards final. Philip did not get credited previously with this honour (due to editorial ineptitude) so many apologies for this oversight.

2018 English Amateur Final Referee – Philip Brooke


Norman Routledge

We sadly report the recent death of Norman Routledge, a long standing member of EABA, and international player who had topped the rankings in the past. Our thoughts go out to Jean his wife and her family at this sad time.
The funeral took place at 12 noon on Thurs. 8th Nov. at St Peter’s church, Gawsworth, Macclesfield.


2018/19 English Amateur Championships – Regional Qualifiers

Sun 4th November 2018, Regional Venues.

The list of qualifiers from the regional groups are:
Rob Hall, Matthew Peaker, Simon Snee, Craig Fitzpatrick, John Hughes, Chris Achilles, Darren Clarke, Richard Whittle, Paul Devitt, Adam Clarke, Mark Hatton, Darren Kell, Matt Sutton, Gary Norman, Nathan Mann, Phil Welham, Chris Taylor, Mick Cooper, Geoff Barrett, Brian Harvey, Mick Kunzi, Korbin Lowe, Chris Mitchell, Michael White, Terry Azor, Martin Goodwill, David Peaker, Terry McAdam, Ron Bickerdike, Dean Manders, Steve Wilman.
Century plus breaks: Goodwill (119, 108), Norman (111), M Johnson (102), Barrett (123), Hall (123, 124,189,119) Hughes (116), Kell (123,105,108)


2018/19 2nd ABC Tournament – Top Marks for Hirst

Sun 7th October 2018, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

In an all Yorkshire final Mark Hirst narrowly beat Mark Hatton who had the consolation of taking the days highest break with a fine 142. Nathan Mann kept up his good form before falling to Hirst, who had a 101 break in an earlier round, Hatton beating travelling companion Ron Bickerdike in the other semi. Youngster Harley Dyson played in his first ABC and Korbin Lowe beat a few good players including Craig Fitzpatrick who recovered to knock in a stream of breaks in the plate final to overcame Richard Whittle, their semi final opponents being Eddie Fielding and Chris Achilles. A big shout to Arthur Winn who knocked in a 104 break in the plate. Thanks, as always to the club at Clay Cross for hosting the billiards community. Resultshere.


2018/19 Jock McGregor Memorial – Nathan’s One Mann Show

Sun 30th October 2018, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Nathan Mann received the Jock McGregor memorial trophy and a celebratory bottle of wine to celebrate his win and toast the memory of a great fan of billiards. Mann was solid throughout, in the final beating master cue maker and cue doctor Craig Fitzpatrick who earlier accounted for Rob Hall and in doing so they became locked together as joint rankings leaders. Jim McCann and Mark Graham made the semi final, losing to Mann and Fitzpatrick respectively. Hall made two centuries and a superb 350 break with a brand new cue.
In the plate, a late 80 break by Mat Jackson earned him the honours, accounting for York’s Jon Marwood, Eddie Duggan and Chris Mitchell being their respective semi final victims. This event was handicapped, the handicap being calculated according to previous ABC scoring performance. Results (some to follow) here.


2018/19 UK Seniors Championship – Phil Outfoxes the Silver Fox

Sun 23rd September 2018,

Norfolk’s twice former English Amateur Champion Phil Welham added another UK Seniors title to his collection with a win over the Cornwall silver fox, Chris Mitchell. Reigning champion Welham beat evergreen Brian Harvey in the first semi, having earlier had the same result against Harvey by a single point, Arthur Winn not living up to his surname against Mitchell in the second semi. A strong plate field included previous winner Dave Sneddon and Tommy Hunter, the latter of whom won the plate, taking out Merseyside’s Welsh dragon Eddie Duggan in the final and Steve Kershaw in the semi. Results here.


2018/19 Whitworth Masters – All White on the Day

Sat/Sun 15th/16th September 2018, Whitworth Institute – Darley Dale

Dave White followed an excellent semi final win over Rob Hall with victory in the final to add the Whitworth Masters trophy to the Grand Masters trophy won earlier in the year. Five times winner and holder Rob Hall was beaten by White’s solid match play in the semi-final meaning first time finalist Craig Fitzpatrick (from Stockton, Teesside) and last years beaten finalist White (Bude, Cornwall) guaranteed a new name on the trophy. The two clashed in the group stages with Fitzpatrick winning that one, White winning comfortably over the 2 hour final. Fitzpatrick played well and can be pleased with his tournament.
Hall had looked in ominous form in earlier games, with breaks of 264, 125 and 248 unfinished, Mark Graham being Fitzpatrick’s semi final victim. Results here.
Many thanks to local hero Jim McCann, Tournament director Clive Scott and referees Martin O’Reilly, Chris Ellis, Bob Slee and Peter Cooper.


EABA Tournaments – Clarifications

1. Prize Money
For clarity, around two thirds of ABC entry fees are paid in cash prizes on the day, with the broad intention of sharing the prizes as much as possible. Of the remaining third, the tournament director and referees are given a small stipend as a contribution towards travelling and subsistence costs. This normally means around 20 per cent of fees on the day remain which go the EABA. Anyone who wishes to inspect the audited accounts can do so by attending the EABA annual general meeting.
2. EABA Ranking Points
The system for working out the ranking points is explained on this page, or see the “Rankings” menu item above.


2018/19 Senior Rankings – White Wins Grand Masters

Atack Snooker Centre, Nuneaton

Dave White from Bude in Cornwall won this years grand masters title, beating Phil Welham in the final. White had a century break in the final to win by 17 points and breaks of 145unf and 124 in earlier rounds. Welham had a century in beating Chris Achilles in the semi final, Steve Crosland was the other semi finalist.
To qualify in the senior rankings, players must play in the Grand Masters. The 2017/18 senior rankings are now decided, with the top 8 players being: Chris Achilles, Steve Crosland, Chris Mitchell, Arthur Winn, Ron Bickerdike, Gary Norman, Richard Whittle and Brian Harvey.
The top 20 ranked players are shown here.


2018/19 1st EABA Tournament – Ten Times Table Topper Topples Teessiders

Sun 9th September 2018, North East Snooker Center – Clay Cross, S45 9AG.

The first EABA ranking event for the 2018/2019 season was business as usual with Rob Hall, the rankings leader for the last consecutive ten years presented with that trophy, along with winning this event and taking the high break prize.
On the way Hall beat Teessiders Ron Bickerdike, Mark Hatton, Simon Snee in the semi final and last years English Amateur finalist Darren Kell in the clash of the first round. Snee’s defeat and Craig Fitzpatricks semi final defeat to finalist Mark Hirst meant an all Teesside final will have to wait for another day. Hirst put up a good fight in the final, an early 91 break putting him in the driving seat but Hall hit back with a century and a 60 to Hirst’s 85 and won by around 40 points.
Kell had the consolation of winning the plate, beating Arthur Winn in the final.
Clay Cross is an excellent venue, a favourite of many, and thanks go to the management for their support.

Obituaries

Prior to proceedings, tournament director Clive Scott held an immaculately observed minutes silence in memory of a number of billiards friends sadly recently lost to the game:
Victor O’Gorman
Jack Hedley
Graham Guest
Steve Whitely
Robert Crosland
Peter Shelley
Deepest sympathies from all at the EABA to friends and family


Peter Shelley – Obituary

Peter George Shelley (1941 – 2018)

Peter Shelley did not discover Billiards – he was born into it quite literally. Born at Stafford Constitutional Club, home of his Grandparents where his Grandfather was the Club Steward and a decent player to boot. Peter’s father, a farmer was also a useful player and enjoyed a game of Billiards twice a week well into his eighties.
In Peter’s schooldays he lived with his Grandparents during the week and used to practice on the club tables two hours each morning before school and another hour in the evening. The practice paid off and he became the youngest ever British Boys Snooker Champion at the age of 13 and two years later won both British Boys Snooker & Billiards titles.
Although better known for his Billiards prowess he was no mean Snooker player, I personally watched him compile a break of 141 in a Pro-Am at the Ladbrook Club in Chester and he achieved a maximum 147 break in practice. He ceased playing Snooker competitively in 1988 to concentrate on his Billiards.
Peter’s chosen profession was Hotel Management & Catering, he held managerial positions at several Hotels and Golf Clubs before latterly becoming General Manager at The Reardon, Stoke-on-Trent a position he held for many years. An absolute workaholic, Peter was the first one on the premises in the morning and the last one to leave each night – this happened day after day after day and the only time he relaxed was when he was away from the Club altogether. The ABC at The Reardon became an annual event on the EABA Calendar not just for the quality of the playing conditions but also for the sumptuous Sunday Roasts served up by Peter and his team. I recall on one occasion when Peter needed to win the final ABC of the season to secure his place in the England Team for the following season, he not only blew the field away on the table but still managed to serve up about eighty Sunday Lunches in between!
In 2000 Peter was a founder member of a group of Billiard enthusiasts who were christened the “Loose Cannons” for a tour of New Zealand. They promoted the game of English Billiards on both North and South Island to young and old alike and became tremendous ambassadors for our Sport headed as always by Peter keen to impart his knowledge and experience. These tours continued for several years and even when the Loose Cannons were no longer, Peter enjoyed his annual pilgrimage to NZ and on retirement used to split his time between the UK and New Zealand.
A stickler for the history and tradition of our game Peter was always impeccably dressed both on and off the table. He was Chairman of the EABA for many years and was a fierce campaigner for the Amateur game while having total appreciation for the skills and achievements of the Professionals.
He loved his grandchildren and I was delighted to hear that his cue has been left to his Grandson George who I am sure will cherish that it has been bestowed by his Grandpa. Peter “tried” (Helen’s words not mine) to teach his daughter to play and she has promised she will be taking George to Stafford Constitutional Club where it all began to maintain the family tradition.
His career CV is outstanding:-
  • 1955 British Boys Snooker Champion
  • 1957 British Boys Snooker & Billiards Champion
  • 1967 West Midlands Snooker & Billiards Champion
  • Midland Counties Snooker & Billiards Champion at Junior & Senior level
  • 4 times English Amateur Billiards Runner-Up
  • 3 times National CIU Billiards Championship Runner-Up
  • 4 times British Grand Masters Billiards Champion
  • 5 times New Zealand Open Billiards Champion
  • 11 times winner of New Zealand Open Billiards tournaments
  • Winner of many County, Regional & ABC Billiards events
  • numerous times England International
  • Highest Break – 589 made in an Exhibition with a Grade 1 referee followed by a 385 break very next visit.
 
Personally, I am grateful to Peter for inviting me to join the Loose Cannons in 2001, for the opportunity to visit and play Billiards in the most spectacular country on the planet. I am indebted for the knowledge and expertise he imparted to me on our beautiful game but above everything I am honoured to have called him a close friend.
 
God Bless Peter, may you Rest in Peace.
 
Paul Dunning