In searching out the roots of both english
Billiards and Snooker it would be remiss of me not to include a little
something about the womens or as it used to be known in gentler times,
"The ladies game.
I am lucky enough to own a video with a little
footage of both Thelma Carpenter and Ruth Harrison on it, this video was taken
from Newsreel films originally taken a number of years ago.
When I think of ladies Snooker and Billiards I
always think of the following names; Joyce Gardner, Thelma Carpenter, Ruth
Harrison, Vera Selby, Allison Fisher, and Kelly Fisher.
On closer inspection there are other names from
years gone by that I feel bear closer investigation from someone more in the
know than I, such as Vera Seals, Helen Futo, Agnes Morris and Maureen Bennett.
I wonder what stories exist about this group of pioneer women and their
achievements, they must have been determined characters to succeed at a game
that at the time offered so little opportunity for them to progress within
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Vera
Selby, twice world ladies Snooker champion and nine times world Billiards
champion and was impressed with her friendly and confident manner. I wished
that I`d had more time to talk with her about her career and the people that
she had met. Ms Selby was on official business refereeing a Billiards match and
so could only spare a moment or two.
Not so long ago a friend of mine named Kim, an
excellent long potter on the Snooker table, was drawn at an away venue in a
knockout match. The secretary of the club where the match was to be played
seemed more worried that Kim might damage the cloth on the Billiard table with
her nails than with her performance throughout the match. It just shows that
attitudes can be slow to change in the quieter corners where Snooker is
If you are a lady player with a story or two to
tell, even if you prefer to remain anonymous, please e-mail them to me and I
will reproduce them on Cues n Views. Maybe it is time that this section was
expanded beyond my previous reference to the two Clark McConachy cues presented
to Joyce Gardner elsewhere on the site.