English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2000

Northern Ireland

New Association Fails

The much troubled government of billiards and snooker in Northern
Ireland appears to be having problems once again. An attempt to bring
together the two rival organisations under the chairmanship of the
Northern Ireland Sports Council appeared to be operating successfully,
resulting in the formation of a new body entitled the Northern Ireland
Billiards & Snooker Association. However, in November, the Sports
Council withdrew its support stating that they “were not able to sustain
internal unity”. Although the board of the NIB&SA remains intact, it
appears that without the mediation of the Sports Council it is no longer
a viable organisation. Already, moves are in hand to re-establish the
original competing bodies, each claiming to govern the game in the
province.

The endorsement of the Sports Council is an important requirement
for IBSF recognition and until a single organisation emerges which
earns this recognition, billiards and snooker in Northern Ireland appear
doomed to exclusion from IBSF Championships.

Windsor Billiards Classic

Davy Pogue took his first victory in a ranking tournament as he emerged
undefeated from the Windsor Billiards Classic. Playing best of five
150 up games, Pogue won the final 3-1 against Freddie Cahoon, with
all games being closely contested. In the semi-final Pogue had defeated
Trevor Shields 3-0, whilst Cahoon had prevailed against Tony Buttimer
3-2.


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