English Billiards - 2017 World Billiards Championships
20th October - 1st November 2017 / Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England
2017 WORLD BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIPS - HAT-TRICK CAUSIER
David Causier won the Long Format World Billiards Championship for the second time in his career following a comprehensive defeat of multiple champion Peter Gilchrist in the final. It meant Causier completed a clean sweep of event wins at the Northern Snooker Centre.
Players from as far as India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand travelled to compete in the 12 day festival of English Billiards which once again was generously being sponsored by partners LITEtask.
The main event, though, was the Long Format Championship which is steeped in history and was first contested for in 1870.
Englishman Causier began his campaign by qualifying from Group C with 4 victories out of 4. He continued his dominance in the Knock-Out stages with comfortable successes over Steve Brookshaw, Nalin Patel and Robert Hall in the Last 32, 16 and 8 respectively.
However, his Semi-Final meeting with India's Rupesh Shah would be his toughest assignment on route. In a thrilling finish that almost went right down to the wire, Causier squeezed through 1250-1203.
His opponent in the championship match would be 1994, 2001 & 2013 victor Gilchrist, who now represents Singapore due to his time spent there coaching the national team. He too advanced from his Round Robin with a 100% record and then eliminated Gary Norman and David Nichols to make the Quarter-Finals.
There he dethroned defending, and 12-time, champion Mike Russell (1000-317) before denying recent Asian Indoor Games Gold Medalist Sourav Kothari (India) 1250-432 in the Last 4.
The final was set to be a re-run of 2015 when Causier lifted the famous trophy for the first time; it would be the same outcome again.
The damage was done by Causier in the first session when he opened up an enormous advantage of over 900 points helped by breaks of 168, 140 and 495. The latter effort would be the highest of the tournament, thus banking him 'a pound a point'.
On the resumption Gilchrist, who came to Leeds as the World Number 1, reduced his arrears and made the scoreline respectable with a 205 and 378, but the deficit was too much as Causier ran out a 1500-779 winner.
It was a similar fate he was inflicted to last year when he lost the title to Russell in the final.
Amazingly, given the world class starting entry, this was the third leg of a trio of titles Causier won during his visit to Leeds.
He captured the festival opening Jim Williamson Memorial World Open after again halting Gilchrist 502-387 in the final, and then defended the Short Format World Championship with a 8-4 win over Kothari.
In terms of the Short Format, this was the third year in a row Causier came out on top, and the fourth time overall in the last five editions of the event.
Emma Bonney won her 12th World Ladies Championship courtesy of a 295-185 success over Eva Palmius in the final.
To view all the results, please visit World Billiards' results page here.
Picture above is courtesy of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 2nd November 2017