• Short Summary

    France, Germany, Belgium and Holland were represented in the Musis Sacrum building, at Arnhem on Sunday, March 4th., when eight of Europe's master billiard players met for the finals of the European Billiards Championship for 71/2 frames.

  • Description

    France, Germany, Belgium and Holland were represented in the Musis Sacrum building, at Arnhem on Sunday, March 4th., when eight of Europe's master billiard players met for the finals of the European Billiards Championship for 71/2 frames.

    In an atmosphere of gripping suspense and thick cigarette smoke, one by one the players were eliminated from the tournament. The Dutchman, de Kleine and van de Pol, the German, Rudolph, two of the Belgians, van Hasselt and Vervest, and the Frenchman, Grivand, went down, leaving Lutgehetmann, a German Player, and Wafflard, one of the Belgian trio, to fight for the title.

    The climax of the final match was as exciting as would be expected of a game between the cream of Europe's billiard players. Lutgehetmann played first and scored 86 cannons before making a mistake. Wafflard, with intense concentration, peering through the smoky haze, made a tremendous opening of 270 cannons, requiring only 30 more to win.

    The German, having less than a third of Wafflard's score, gallantly, but in vain, ended with a total of 257 cannons after his second break. His opponent then made a further 30 frames and won the Championship, being the first of the two players to each a total of 300 cannons.

    Amid the applause of the spectators, Wafflard received the Prince Bernhard medal from the president of the Royal Dutch Billiard League and the other -finalist, Lutgehetmann, was awarded a consolation prize.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAL3XBKNCH422P6LWRKE28Z5FQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAL3XBKNCH422P6LWRKE28Z5FQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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