Maarten Oldenburg, former head referee of the BWA, has passed away on February 14th. 2024 at the age of 85.
He will be remembered as an outstanding referee and one of the driving forces behind the BWA.
In the picture Maarten is standing at the left side of Junichi Komori.
Champion 2023 Dutch Masters 3C, Dick Jaspers
After a period of two years Dick Jaspers has once again become Dutch national Master in three cushion. Facing the same opponent as last year this time tables are turned and Dick won his 21st Masters title (his 22nd in total). Noticing that these Masters started back in 1987 means that Dick has won 21 out of 34 editions, a stunning 62% win average.
Picture Ton Smilde
World Games 2022 win for Dick Jaspers
BIRMINGHAM - At the podium of the 11th World Games in Birmingham, USA, Dick Jaspers won the world gold again this Sunday. The Dutch world champion sealed victory in the final against Colombian Jose Juan Garcia 40-18 in 13 innings, in front of a crowd of orange athletes and fans in the stands.
For Jaspers, it was his second gold medal at the World Games after the victory in Taiwan, 2009. The podium was completed by Jose Juan Garcia and Eddy Merckx.
Text: Kozoom Frits Bakker / Picture WCBS
Las Vegas: 27th World Cup win for Dick Jaspers
April 2nd 2022 ended up with the 27th World Cup win for Dick Jaspers. The location for this event: Las Vegas.
After winning his group (A) matches with a GA of 1.764 Dick went into the last 16 facing Murat Naci Coklu, another win followed (50-36). Next stop quarter finals against Marco Zanetti, result 50-16 in 17 innings.
The Semifinal match against Haeng Jik Kim ended up in a clear win: 50-31 in 26 innings.
Sameh Sidon, who played a great tournament, was the opponent in the final.
A difficult start (same as in some other matches) resulted in Sidom taking the lead, it took till inning 12 to even the score. From then on the match was pretty close. At the end it was Dick who could raise his arm, 50-43 in 30 innings. General average 1.666. Sameh Sidhom proved to be a tougher opponent than most expected him to be.
A mistake made undone
Years ago international referees Maarten Oldenburg and Jack Westerveld received decorations for their achievements. Shortly after their transfer to the BWA these decorations have been taken away.
After 27 years they finally get them back, it's never to late to undo a mistake
5th World title
December 11th 2021, Sharm-El-Sheikh
Dick Jaspers wins his 5th world title at three cushion after a thriller like final against Murat Naci Çoklu from Turkey. According to his own words Dick has not shown his best form. And however the fact that had to get back from being behind in score most of the time he still managed a 1.8+ overall average. For sure that most of all peope never will reach such an average.
Congratulations Dick on this well deserved win.
Trophy of the Legends
From the 16th until the 24th of June 2018 there will a great event featuring the three cushion players (over 65 years of age) from the golden age of billiards.
Town: Eeklo / country: Belgium
Preliminaries starting on June 16th
Wildcards reserved for the following players:
- Raymond Ceulemans
- Ludo Dielis
- Nobuaki Kobayashi
- Richard Bitalis
- Rini van Bracht
- José Maria Quetglas
- Hans Jurgen Kuhl
- Poul Bjerring
World Cup Billiards back for three years to the Netherlands
Outstanding news, the World Cup 3 Cushion will return to the Netherlands for a period of three years.
Location for 2022, 2023 and 2024 will be "Noordkade" Veghel.
According to the organization, there will a venue that has over 600 places.
A truly great achievement by "Stichting Biljartevementen Nederland"
Coming up.....The McCreerey 3-cushion tournament
August 05 till 11 2018 the most lucrative 3-cushion tournament ever.
Winner takes $ 150.000
Let's hope this will be a regular event.
Dutch 3 Cushion Masters 2019
Tournament held from January 10th until January 13th in Berlicum in The Netherlands
After a (difficult) but well played tournament Dick Jaspers managed to win his 20th !! Masters title in 3 Cushion
Tournament average of exactly 2.00
Good to hear he's hungry for more title's so there will be more to look forward to in the coming future from the best 3 Cushion player The Netherlands has and most likely ever will have.
Sunday 21st January 2018, a truly memorable day in Three Cushion.
This day Dick Jaspers pulverized the old world record and set a new magical record of 40 points in only 4 innings. A stunning average of 10,00
When and who will ever beat this one as the old record was set in 2006 and kept standing for 12 years.
World Cup 3C Blankenberge Belgium won by Dick Jaspers
In a very exciting final, Dick Jaspers has won the World Cup 3C tournament in Blankenberge Belgium beating Semih Sayginer from Turkey.
Sayginer on the way back after some years of absence in tournaments like these played great during this tournament.
Only being stopped by Dick Jaspers in the final who reached a great 2.353 average and 2.061 in general.
After an according to himself lesser period this win really did good and moved him back in the UMB top 5.
After a week of great matches Dick Jaspers won his 4th World title in 3 Cushion in Cairo.
He played an exceptional tournament, won all of his 7 matches, played a world record average of 2.353 and had a high run of 12.
A magnificent result by an exceptional player.