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WALTER LINDRUM TO RETIRE

'NO MONEY IN- ? BILLIARDS' WOMEN PLAYERS

After holding the world's pro !essional championship for eight /ears Walter Lindrum intends to -etfre from competitive billiards.

probably at the end ot tne present 3eason. He will enter business as i manufacturer and wholesale dis tributor of billiard tables and ac cessories. When he made this announcement last night Lindrum added that he would still be available for exhibition matches, and if English or other over seas players visited Australia he would be prepared to meet them. 'There is no money in professional billiards after the expenses of long voyages are met,' he added, 'and I am anxious to embark on the trade side of the game.' Now 38 years of age, Lindrum com menced his professional career in Syd ney at the age of 14, and for the last 22 years he has been almost constantly engaged in competitive , matches. Al though he had previously played against many men of world champion ship class, not until eight years ago was he able to go to England to com pete for the title. He was successful, and he brought back to Australia the championship clip which England had held for 63 years. He retained his title against Davies, in Australia, in 1933. 'My retirement from competitions will mean handing back the cup, I sup pose,' he said last night, 'but I am tired of travelling. I have been going from one country to another to catch the billiards season, and I cannot be said to have enjoyed a summer fov about 15 years.' ' ' Outlining his plans for the future, Lindrum said that on his last visit to the United States he had obtained from the American Billiards Corpora tion the rights to the manufacture in Australia of a new chromium-framed home billiards table. He would, estab lish factories probably in both Sydney and Melbourne, with distributing centres in Brisbane and Adelaide. BILLIARDS FOR WOMEN He was anxious to foster an in terest in billiards amongst women, and, with that object In view, was negotiat ing with two women professionals, Misses Ruth Harrison (England) and Ruth Mclnnis (America) for a visit to Australia next winter. While he ad mitted that Australian women at present took very little interest in the game, he believed that such would not be the case if they had readv access to tables. Lindrum will play several exhibition matches during his stay in Brisbane. To-night he will play at the Sea View Hotel, Sandgate, and to-morrow night at Ipswich.

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