Bar billiards game rises from the ashes

Bar billiards game rises from the ashes

The Phoenix and Golden Ball bar billiards teams

Bar billiards being played in The Phoenix

Bar billiards being played in The Phoenix

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PUB-GOERS have helped revive a classic bar game in York - and say it is becoming ever-more popular.

Regulars at The Phoenix in George Street, The Golden Ball in Cromwell Road and The Fulford Arms in Fulford Road have been competing in a bar billiards league this season, trying to spark new interest in the table-top game.

Until recently, The Golden Ball had the only table in York but the other pubs have also added their own.

The Phoenix won the championship with a 4-3 victory on the final ball of the final game, and a second season is now to be held.

A five-team tournament was also being held last night in the Fulford Arms, including the three regular pubs, a team from The Knavesmire pub and a team from the University of York.

The league has proved popular and matches at The Phoenix are even filmed and broadcast live on the pub's big screen.

Ben Thorpe, from The Phoenix team, said: "Progress so far since we've started seriously pushing has been as we hoped."

For match reports, more details and fixture dates, visit www.yorkbarbilliards.com


Fact file

Bar Billiards is believed to have started in Kent in the 1930s, after a man called David Gill was inspired by similar games in Europe.

He commissioned the first table at the Rose and Crown in Elham, and other pubs followed suit.

The game is played on a table with nine holes, each with a score ranging from 10 to 200 and players must knock one ball on to another and down a hole to score.

There are also three pegs on the table, and players incur penalties for knocking them over. Balls are returned to be re-used for a set time, but once the time runs out the game ends once all balls have been potted.

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12:18pm Sat 10 May 14

RingoStarr says...

What a lit of balls!
What a lit of balls! RingoStarr
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Sat 10 May 14

eeoodares says...

Amazing what a community can do when they get together.
Amazing what a community can do when they get together. eeoodares
  • Score: 21

7:00am Sun 11 May 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -44

10:01am Sun 11 May 14

Woody G Mellor says...

So pleased that I really get to you, silly little vote adjuster. lmao!
So pleased that I really get to you, silly little vote adjuster. lmao! Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -29

12:53pm Sun 11 May 14

eeoodares says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.[/p][/quote]So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it. eeoodares
  • Score: 19

1:06pm Sun 11 May 14

Woody G Mellor says...

eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.
Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes.

Your total score is...half a point.

Choose another subject dear.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.[/p][/quote]So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes. Your total score is...half a point. Choose another subject dear. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -43

1:18pm Sun 11 May 14

eeoodares says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.
Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes.

Your total score is...half a point.

Choose another subject dear.
I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three.

I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll.

You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.[/p][/quote]So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes. Your total score is...half a point. Choose another subject dear.[/p][/quote]I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three. I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll. You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on. eeoodares
  • Score: 20

1:56pm Sun 11 May 14

Woody G Mellor says...

eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.
Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes.

Your total score is...half a point.

Choose another subject dear.
I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three.

I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll.

You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.
Wooo, I have got your back up somewhere in the past haven't I! Well, you carry on wallowing in your angry little twisted world, you over-sensitive, angry little pointless person.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.[/p][/quote]So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes. Your total score is...half a point. Choose another subject dear.[/p][/quote]I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three. I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll. You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.[/p][/quote]Wooo, I have got your back up somewhere in the past haven't I! Well, you carry on wallowing in your angry little twisted world, you over-sensitive, angry little pointless person. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -45

10:31pm Sun 11 May 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.
Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes.

Your total score is...half a point.

Choose another subject dear.
I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three.

I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll.

You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.
Wooo, I have got your back up somewhere in the past haven't I! Well, you carry on wallowing in your angry little twisted world, you over-sensitive, angry little pointless person.
Thanks score adjuster. So pleased that I obviously get to you too!! :o))
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.[/p][/quote]So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes. Your total score is...half a point. Choose another subject dear.[/p][/quote]I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three. I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll. You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.[/p][/quote]Wooo, I have got your back up somewhere in the past haven't I! Well, you carry on wallowing in your angry little twisted world, you over-sensitive, angry little pointless person.[/p][/quote]Thanks score adjuster. So pleased that I obviously get to you too!! :o)) Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -22

9:38am Mon 12 May 14

notmyrealname says...

Moderator please delete the previous comments. Not relevant to the story. These comments should not be used for individuals childish petty bickering
Moderator please delete the previous comments. Not relevant to the story. These comments should not be used for individuals childish petty bickering notmyrealname
  • Score: 0

9:40am Mon 12 May 14

notmyrealname says...

Moderator please remove the previous irrelevant comments. These columns should not be used for childish petty bickering between individuals
Moderator please remove the previous irrelevant comments. These columns should not be used for childish petty bickering between individuals notmyrealname
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Mon 12 May 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
eeoodares wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.
So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.
Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes.

Your total score is...half a point.

Choose another subject dear.
I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three.

I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll.

You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.
Wooo, I have got your back up somewhere in the past haven't I! Well, you carry on wallowing in your angry little twisted world, you over-sensitive, angry little pointless person.
Thanks score adjuster. So pleased that I obviously get to you too!! :o))
Its a long old past too eh Littleted :-)
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Golden Ball community pub? More like a community centre with all the tree-huggers kids running riot all over the place.[/p][/quote]So you do not like racegoers, you do not like tree-huggers, you do not like kids, what do you like or do you just moan for the sake of it.[/p][/quote]Ha haa haa.. Well, I go to the races, so you are wrong there. I don't mind tree-huggers in the slightest. In fact, a few years back it would of been fair to call me a tree-hugger. So, once again you are wrong. Kids, I don't mind kids, so, yet again, you are wrong. As for kids running around in pubs, no, I don't like that. Do I like to moan for the sake of it? Sometimes, yes. Your total score is...half a point. Choose another subject dear.[/p][/quote]I can quote your comments on Racegoers, you have made vociferous complaints about them and their 'orange faced women'. Your comments regarding the clientele of the Golden Ball sounded at best derogatory. So on all points you are either thick, forgetful or a liar! Perhaps all three. I now realise that you post spiteful comments to illicit a response, you are what is known as a troll. You are a sorry excuse for a man! Please do not choose another subject to moan on.[/p][/quote]Wooo, I have got your back up somewhere in the past haven't I! Well, you carry on wallowing in your angry little twisted world, you over-sensitive, angry little pointless person.[/p][/quote]Thanks score adjuster. So pleased that I obviously get to you too!! :o))[/p][/quote]Its a long old past too eh Littleted :-) TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 0

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