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.
GV. The Music Sacrum at Arnheim.
Angle V. Posters.
T.GV. The Billiard Hall.
SLV. The Dutchman DE KLEINE Practising cannons.
STV. The Frenchman GRIVAUD practising.
SCU. The Belgian VAN HASSELT practising.
SCU. The German RUDOLPH. practising.
SCU. The start of the match between LUTGENETMANN (Germany) and on the left WAFFLARD (Belgium)
SCU. WAFFLARD scoring a cannon.
Bk.V. LUTGEHETMANN scoring a cannon.
SCU. LUTGEHETMANN scoring two cannons.
SCU. WAFFLARD 7 LUTGEHETMANN shaking hands.
SV. WAFFLARD being presented with the Winner's Medal.
CU. The medal (given by Prince Bernhard)
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Background: 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.