Le Maitre finds 'old self' to claim inaugural title

AFTER a break of nearly two decades from the sport, Ian Le Maitre continued his cueing comeback in style by winning the inaugural Guernsey Open Billiards Championship.

Steve Le Poidevin in action in the inaugural Guernsey Open Billiards Championship, played off handicap. He went on to reach the semi-finals, losing only to eventual champion Ian Le Maitre. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1304743)
Steve Le Poidevin in action in the inaugural Guernsey Open Billiards Championship, played off handicap. He went on to reach the semi-finals, losing only to eventual champion Ian Le Maitre. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1304743)

AFTER a break of nearly two decades from the sport, Ian Le Maitre continued his cueing comeback in style by winning the inaugural Guernsey Open Billiards Championship.

Played over a day-long straight knockout format at the North British Legion Club on a handicap basis, Le Maitre won the trophy by beating Miles Plumley decisively in the final 300-210.

The impressive victory comes just less than a year after the 59-year-old started playing billiards seriously again, having given up ‘19 or 20 years ago’.

‘The handicap I was given was 130 points, which was quite generous because they weren’t sure how good I would be after not playing for so long,’ said Le Maitre.