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Profiles

Damian Wilcox


Class 2 billiards referee (awaiting WPBSA approval).

 

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Henry Chetcuti


Class 1 billiards referee and a member of many successful billiards teams (awaiting WPBSA approval).

 

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Gary Oliver

Gary qualified as a WPBSA World Billiards Coach and Examiner in September 2017 (awaiting WPBSA approval).

He took up billiards at the age of 18 but had periods away from the sport of 6 & 7 years and has only played seriously since 1998. Gary has won multiple New Zealand Billiard Championships, well over 70 ranking titles within NZ and has over 500 century+ breaks in competition.

Gary has been to 6 World Championships making the last 16 three times.

Although now getting to the end of his playing days, his passion for the game means he is still trying to improve his play and wants to implant his knowledge to others within the sport. Gary has held Billiard Academies within NZ to try to lift the standard of players and promotes the game as much as possible despite the perception of it being a dying sport. As we all know youth is the answer – us oldies can’t keep playing forever!

Achievements

Highest break 494

NZ Billiards Champion 2003-13, 2015.

Oceania Billiards finalist

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Jason Colebrook

Jason qualified as a WPBSA Billiards coach and examiner in September 2017 (awaiting WPBSA approval).

I first picked up a cue at Monash University in 1971 (and barely attended a lecture for the next three years). Billiards hooked me from my first game – there’s something artistic and creative about it that I love.

Over the years I have had the great privilege of spending many hours with the likes of Tom Cleary, Jim Long, Robby Foldvari, David Collins, Danik Lucas, Matthew Bolton and Peter Gilchrist; and have picked up ideas, shots and suggestions from all of them. Billiards players never, ever stop learning. I regard the key to my billiards knowledge is that, from early on, I was always able to realise when I had just seen a shot for the first time, and was always prepared to approach that player after the match and ask him about it. Billiard players love to share their knowledge!

I do not claim to be a great technician or cueist, but my billiards knowledge has helped me set a Ballarat interclub record break of 228, and to have reached the semi-finals of several World Ranking Events and the Oceania Championships.

I particularly enjoy working with students who already have some basic knowledge of the game and who wish to improve their break building strategies by learning sequences of shots (including top-of-the-table play, and how to get there with minimal risk).

One-off lessons, just to get a few tips, are ok – but I prefer to work with a student, over a period of time, who will practice the shots and strategies we discuss.

If you are a competent cueist, then with my billiards knowledge we may just make a great team! If I feel that your technique is holding you back, I will likely refer you to another coach to work on that part of your game before we work on your billiards knowledge.

I will coach in Ballarat or Melbourne.

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Paul Leo Harris

I have played billiards, snooker and pool at club level for over 20 years, captaining some local teams.

After taking a break from competition for a few years due to work commitments I am back to rekindle my love of the three ball game !

I use a Peradon cue with a large tip.

Other than cue sports I am a history and politics graduate as well as a part time science fiction author. Now working on my first graphic novel.

Paul Leo Harris

Paul Leo Harris

 

Staines Snooker Handicap Competitions

Mastershots Mini League team – Newtown

Newtown League Pool Team Captain (4 years)

Comp break – 43
Practice break – 196


Dean Bavister

Dean Bavister

Dean Bavister

“I’m originally from Northamptonshire, and since December ’09 live in North Norfolk, near Fakenham. In 1991, aged 10, I went on a holiday to Hunstanton (now just up the road!) and that’s where I first picked up a cue, playing pool with my dad in the arcade, then later in the same holiday visiting a snooker club there. I lived in Rushden, and the Embassy Snooker Club was often frequented by the special young talent that was Shaun Murphy. He’d often play in the club’s Sunday tournaments, as the only youngster, and usually win! It is almost certainly this Murphy link that took me to the snooker club in Raunds (Cabreas Leisure at it was then known) as that was where Shaun regularly practised. A few years later, in October ’93, Mark Wildman took over the club (which became Raunds Cuesports), and introduced me to his beloved game of English Billiards (as well as carom!) which I’ve played ever since. In 1996 I won the National Under 16s Billiards Championship, which was held in Middlesbrough. Speaking live on the local radio almost immediately afterwards was probably more nerve-wracking! Throughout my junior years I played regularly in ABCs, national junior ranking events (winning some of those tournaments) and for England against N. Ireland three times between 1998 & 2000. Around this time I made 16 centuries in practise, best being a 143, and a highest of 96 in a match. I played too little between 2007-09, but after moving to Norfolk I started to increase my practise time as well as playing in the West Norfolk billiards league. 2016 has seen the strongest effort so far with much increased practise time, and 10 more century breaks, including a new best of 155, and my first century in a game, 100. I also scored my highest in red-ball in-off practise, 102 (34 hazards), three times. ‘Running the red’ has perhaps been the strongest part of my game since I started, and by a little coincidence, my current cue is an old fascimile of George Gray’s, the great red-ball player. It was given to me by the late Jock McGregor. I had it tapered so the tip-end was 9mm, more to my liking, though I would probably prefer 8.5 or 8mm. That work was carried out by the brilliant late cue-maker from Rushden, Mac Chambers, who made my snooker cue in 1993 which I used until my gift from Jock in about 2002. So I guess the basis of much of my play has been the red-ball, and I’m working hard to add in the top-of-the-table game in matches, which has also improved in 2016. Away from the table I play piano (mostly Chopin & Keane!) and compose piano music. I’ve also played in a local chess league for Fakenham 2011-15. My favourite sport on TV is Formula 1 and snooker. I love a nice sunny walk and enjoy a good cycle ride.”


John Inverarity

John Inverarity

John Inverarity

John qualified as a WPBSA World Billiards Coach in September 2016 and can be contacted here

As a snooker player for forty years John took up Billiards in 2013 and is proactive in promoting the game. He is Captain and Secretary of his local club and also Secretary to the Billiards section of the Chelmsford and District Pretyman Snooker League (the oldest league in England).

He is also interested in the technical side of the game and recently developed and produced a ‘half-ball aiming device’.


Colin Humphries

Colin Humphries

Colin Humphries

Colin qualified as a WPBSA World Billiards Coach in September 2016 and can be contacted here.

He has played Billiards for 20 years and is also a Class 1 Billiards Referee.


Steve Standere

Steve Standere

Steve Standere

Steve qualified as a WPBSA World Billiards Coach in September 2016 and can be contacted here.

He managed to revive the Ipswich Billiards League after a lapse of 35 years! He is passionate about Billiards and hopes to further the interest of Billiards in his local area and to encourage juniors to take up the game.

 


Katie Martyn

Katie Martyn

Katie Martyn

Katie qualified as a WPBSA World Billiards Coach in September 2016 and can be contacted here.

She played on the ladies snooker tour for 13 years and also has a Del Hill Snooker teaching qualification along with a World Snooker teaching qualification.

Katie has been the resident Coach at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, London, for the last 13 years.