The Canterbury Open Billiards Championship was played over the weekend of 11/12th March at the Woolston Club
10 initial entries dropped to 8 and was decided amongst the entries to play 1 section of 8 so everyone present got to play each other at least once. Section play was therefore over 1 hour games with the Semi’s and Finals of the Main draw and Plate both over 2 hours.
There was some interesting results which ensued. Maurice Lancaster beat Peter de Groot, Bill Earle beating several players higher ranked than himself ( not that he can’t play, he is afterall NZ B Grade champion)
Biggest result thou was Darren Taylor beating NZ Champion Gary Oliver in the last Game of the day….. as Taylor has lost to de Groot, seedings for semi’s ended up being Oliver(1) v Earle (4) and de Groot (3) v Taylor (2)
Plate semis saw Peri Lilii play Maurice Lancaster with Lancaster prevailing 382-312…
Lyndon Bradford played Geoff Lilly and won 404-377… both close fought contests to the wire
Bradford prevailed in the Plate final over Lancaster by 385-346 in another contest which could have gone either way
The main draw semi’s saw Oliver dominating against Earle with breaks of 88 and 109 to win 773-338 Earle not to be outdone constructed a good break of his own of 68 highest of the tournament
2nd semi saw Taylor with the aid of a century break of his own (neat 100) beat de Groot by 559-398 Taylor was looking ominous leading into the final and confident after beating both Oliver and de Groot for the 1st time in tournament play
Final saw Taylor raced out of the blocks with Oliver struggling for any form at all. With a couple of breaks in the 40,s Taylor was cruising along 100 odd points in front, Oliver finally replied with breaks 63 and 79 to get his nose in front by 2 points. Lead was tied twice more in the 2 hour period at 412-412 and 443-443 Oliver managing to grab the table with 3 minutes to go and compiling a break of 25 before missing and Taylor didn’t have time to reply. Oliver winning by 468-449
Oliver conceding in his speech afterwards that the better player had not won and that it was only his experience in finals that was the difference. Taylor will learn from this and be better for it. Also acknowledged Darren’s century break in Semi. Oliver made 4 in the tournament with highest break being 111
This is Oliver 15th Canterbury Open Billiards title
Massive thank you to all the players who entered, Darren for travelling from Hamilton to play, CBSA for their financial support to the tournament and Woolston Club for the excellent facilities and hospitality.
Great weekend had by all