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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 (almost) Confirmed

Final rankings Here.
Please Note:
– Last 4 of English amateur points to be added – semi finalists marked in red
– Tied positions separated by English amateur and MatchPlay results
– Still being worked on and places are still changing as scores are double checked (top 50 are mostly correct so far) – be patient!
– 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 Austrias Werner Rieschl of 110
– Patrick Stegmeier (Austria) 77 unfinished break to steal a 150 frame
– A break of 104 by Englands Rob Hall in under 4 minutes!
– Debuts for Terry Azor (Eng), Willie Lowes (NI) and Markus Bauer (Aus)
– Other century Breaks: Hatton (173,110), Taylor (109), Hall (202,194,100,177,140unf), Kell (100, 110)

Results Here


2015 County Championship – Tinmen Strike Gold

15th November 2015 – Atak Snooker Centre, Nuneaton.

Cornwall A’s team of Downing, White and Mitchell took the county championship for the third time in the last five years, beating Lincolnshire B’s squad of Manders, Schofield and Payne by 2-1 in the final.
Cambridgeshire A’s team of Hall, Johnson and Ellis took the plate from Lincolnshires A team of Chambers, Norman and Mann, again by a 2-1 margin.


2016 English Billiards Social Series Events added to Calendar

16th/17th January 2016 – The Cambridge Open.
5th/6th March 2016 – The Rochdale Open.
9th/10th April – The Southampton Open.
5th/8th May 2016 – The Jersey Open.


3rd 2015/16 ABC – Teesside Duo Clash in Final.

8th November 2015 – Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

Mark Hatton won the 3rd Amateur Billiard Competition of the season, hitting centuries in every round and holding the table with 70 unfinished in his semi final win over rankings topper Rob Hall. Travelling companion Darren Kell sneaked through his quarter final before a good semi final performance set up the game with Hatton which was predictably tight with a winning margin of 26 points. Peter Cooper expertly officiated.
Hall had the days highest break of 279, along with 155, 106, 188, 159 and 165. Mark Hirst had a 186, Hatton a 118, 106, 143 and 100 and Kell a 110.

201516ABC3LeedsFinalists

L->R: Referee:Peter Cooper, Winner: Mark Hatton, TD: Clive Scott, Finalist: Darren Kell

Youngster Ryan Davis gained some valuable match experience after kindly being sponsored by Gary Norman.
Chris Achilles and Gary Norman both hit breaks and scored well in their runs to the plate final, Achilles winning largely due to a late all round  play break of 65.

Hatton is now 2nd in the rankings, Hall stays top and  Kell is up to 7th in the rankings here.

Results Here


2015/16 Grand Masters Championship – Regional Draw

29th November 2015 – various regional UK venues

 North West Group 1<%