The Jim Watts Memorial Handicap Billiards Doubles Championship 2018-19

Park Gate's Chris Christodoulou and Steve Boterhoek make SDBSA history in retaining the Jim Watts Memorial Billiards Doubles Handicap Trophy

Semi Final & Final

The Jim Watts Memorial Handicap Billiards Doubles Championship 2018-2019 Final

The Jim Watts Memorial Billiards Doubles semi-finals and final were played on the same night at Sarisbury Social Club, between reigning champions Park Gate’s Chris Christodoulou and Steve Boterhoek, Curdridge’s RBL’s Gwen Gamblin and Clive Gamblin, Curdridge’s Derek Fry and Brian Bull and St Denys Cons' Mark Emm and Derek King.

The first to 200 points format is played with both individuals handicaps being added together and averaged out to give a pairs handicap. The first pairing was Fry and Bull playing off of an averaged handicap of +65, playing Emm and King, who saw themselves cueing off of +45. Fry and Bull tried their hardest to compile some breaks, but Emm and King prevailed by 200-161, helped by a couple of high twenty plus breaks to reach their first SDBSA doubles final.

The other table had holders Christodoulou and Boterhoek start off of +70 against husband and wife pairing Gamblin and Gamblin, playing off of +70 as well. Both pairs struggled somewhat with the ‘alien’ conditions of the right hand table of two, compared to their own home club tables. But current champions Christodoulou and Boterhoek prevailed by 200-142, to give themselves the chance of back-to-back cup victories.

The choice was given to the coin-toss winner, to choose the playing table for the final. Christodoulou and Boterhoek had no hesitation in choosing the table they had just played on after guessing correctly. Well it proved decisive, in that Emm and King struggled to find the consistency they had in the first game, as league President, Sid Hunt refereed and presided over his first final for a while witnessed.

Christodoulou had not told anyone about it being his 50th birthday the day after the final, but a great early birthday present was not to be denied, as he completed consecutive doubles titles with his friend and playing partner Boterhoek by 200-124. Happy birthday and well done Chris and Steve!


Final

Steve Boterhoek / Chris Christodoulou (Park Gate RBL) 200
V
Mark Emm / Derek King (St Denys Cons) 124


Semi-Finals

Mark Emm / Derek King (St Denys Cons) 200
V
Derek Fry / Brian Bull (Curdridge RBL) 161


Steve Boterhoek / Chris Christodoulou (Park Gate RBL) 200
V
Gwen Gamblin / Clive Gamblin (Curdridge RBL) 142

Quarter Finals

The Jim Watts Memorial Handicap Billiards Doubles Championship 2018-2019. quarter-finals results

Draw performed by Graham Garside & Tony Aldridge, with Andy Carter in attendance.
 

Mark Emm / Derek King (St Denys Cons) 200
V
Ian Finch / Chris Pullen (Park Gate RBL) 198


Korbin Lowe / Dean Turner (Chandlers Ford Central) 190
V
Steve Boterhoek / Chris Christodoulou (Park Gate RBL) 200


Gwen Gamblin / Clive Gamblin (Curdridge RBL) 200
V
Will Mildenhall / Nick Wood (Hamble Social) 128


Derek Fry / Brian Bull (Curdridge RBL) 200
V
Paul Lawrence / Paul Tavender (Park Gate RBL) 167
 

First Round

Mick Kunzi / Steve Allen (Totton Rec) 177

V

Steve Boterhoek / Chris Christodoulou (Park Gate RBL) 200



Mark Emm / Derek King (St Denys Cons) 200

V

Tony Aldridge / Lee Fitzpatrick (Totton Rec) 174