Results for Canterbury Billiard Championships
The Canterbury Billiard Championship was played over the weekend of the 22-23rd April at the Woolston Club.
8 entries were divided into two sections of 4 with games over 2 hours throughout section play and post section play.
The initial draw had a withdrawal of Peri Lilii due to ill health with Paul Wereta slotting directly into his slot in the draw. This made section two wide open with 4 good players vying for two qualifying semi-final spaces….
Section 1 saw Gary Oliver dominate winning all his games comfortably with a dog fight between Lyndon Bradford and peter Gormley for the other qualifying spot. Their match as it turned out was the last section play game and was a great fight out both trying to get that semi spot. The lead changed hands throughout the match and it was only ever going to be who was in front when the bell went that decided the match, as it turned Gormley was successful by 7 points.
Section 2 as I said was the tough one as it had similar quality throughout it. Wereta straight away caused an upset beating Peter de Groot… then accounted for Geoff Lilly… Maurice Lancaster got beaten by both Lilly and de Groot which meant the last section play game here too was a head to head for qualification between de Groot and Lilly. De Groot got out of the blocks early and managed to dictate terms over Lilly who was chasing points. De Groot lived off mistakes and although breaks were not big he was consistent.
Semi-finals therefore were Oliver v de Groot and Wereta v Gormley
And Plate semis were Lilly v McCaughan and Bradford v Lancaster
Plate semi went with the seeded players Lilly and Bradford winning, consistent scoring by both was the difference. Plate final was an intriguing affair with both players scoring breaks around 15 -25 consistently. Bradford managed a 43 near the finish and this proved to be telling as it was enough to pinch the match by 8 points 399-391
The main semis were both one sided affairs but totally different in relation to each other. Wereta and Gormley play was slow and deliberate with low scoring, Wereta prevailing over Gormley by 356-162
Oliver scored consistently over de Groot but could never quite push his breaks through into the century mark, he made 64, 92, 79, 61 and should have turned at least one of them into a ton. De Groot had openings but could not punish Oliver enough to put the pressure on him that was needed to stop his free flowing scoring. Final score was 674-297 to Oliver
So the final was repeat of last years with Oliver v Wereta…. Could Wereta’s resilience last? Neither player played well in the final, both looked out of sorts with the table… Oliver made bigger breaks that was all but still appeared frustrated with his play in the final. Two breaks over 50 a 79 & 63 was all there was to show by both players. Final score of 491-243 to Oliver looks dominant but both have a lot of work to do 11 weeks out from the Nationals if they want to make an impression in July.
This was Oliver’s 16th Canterbury Billiard championships. High break over the weekend was 128 by Oliver…
Many thanks to the Woolston Club for the facilities, (looking forward to the tables being done up for the nationals), thanks also to Bill Earle for his sponsorship towards highest Break given to Bradford of those who had not had a century in competition before… also to the CBSA for their contribution towards the tournament prize money