Results and report on 2017 South Island Billiard Championship
The South Island Billiards Championship was played on the weekend of 27th-28th May at Woolston Club, Christchurch
Ten entries was divided into 2 sections of 5 with a couple of players who had not played for a number of years participating for the 1st time for many years… we welcomed back John Fitzgerald and Rob Evans… both who have been playing interclub in Christchurch but not tournament play. Rob played with distinction over the weekend… Section play was over 1.5 hours
Section 1 saw Gary Oliver win all his games and Rob Evans play very well winning the remainder of his. A good win over Geoff Lilly ensured progression to post section play for him. Should be noted here also a good win for Peter Gormley who also beat Geoff Lilly for the 1st time in tournament play.
Section 2 had Peter de Groot winning all his matches… Lyndon Bradford and Peri Lilii getting through to a last section play match decider for the 2nd qualifier. Bradford proving to be the more consistent player and coming out on top. In this section also was Dennis McCaughan from Dunedin who travelled up to play, a member of the CBSA because there is no association in Dunedin, Dennis has travelled up and played in quite a few tournaments in Christchurch and always a pleasure to see him.
So the draw for post section saw Semi-finals of Oliver v Bradford and de Groot v Evans.
Plate quarters ( 1 hour matches) were Lilly prevailing over McCaughan 310-69 and Gormley beating Lancaster 150-137
Plate semi’s (1 hour) the evergreen Peri Lilii played Geoff Lilly with the Lilly (with a Y) getting up by 270-146 and Gormley beating Fitzgerald 142-111
Plate final (2 hours) was a classic encounter with the lead switching many times between Gormley and Lilly. A 45 break right towards the finish gave the victory to Lilly but it could have gone either way right up to then.
Main semi’s saw Oliver with the aid of breaks of 50, 51, 59, 57 in the 1st hour build a good advantage over Bradford, not to be outdone Bradford outscored Oliver in the 2nd hour of the semi but the differential was too much and the final score of 602-404 probably flattered Oliver.
2nd semi saw de Groot playing Evans. Unfortunately for de Groot early on in this match he broke the ferrule on his cue and lost his touch… a change of cue did not help and Evans was able to play comfortably throughout the match knowing that de Groot could not hold the table and break build as he normally does. Evans winning 577-228
The final looked to be like being a good one, Evans having beaten Oliver in Interclub this year and playing well. Oliver just starting to hit his straps a few weeks out from the nationals. Oliver got in 1st with a break of 79 and several breaks around 30-40 mark. Halfway mark was reached with Oliver leading by 250 points. Oliver then made a 40 break followed by a 116 break and proceeded to double baulk Evans. Oliver made another break of 70 later on and cruised to the bell with the final score of 701-261
The high break of the weekend was 140 by Oliver and this was his 18th South Island Billiards title equalling the record set by Dave Meredith.
A massive thank to the Woolston Club for the hospitality, CBSA and Bill Earle for the sponsorship towards prize money and the referees (Rob Merrychurch, John Fitzgerald and Chris Anderson) who turned up and made some old players (me for one) very happy to get a break from those duties along with playing. Thank you also to the players who entered, see you guys at the Nationals in July…