Perrie Mans

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Perrie Mans
Born (1940-10-14) 14 October 1940 (age 80)
Cape Town, South Africa
Sport countryFlag of South Africa (1982-1994).svg  South Africa
Professional1961–1987
Highest ranking 2 (1978/79)
Career winnings£44,892
Best ranking finishFinal (1978 World Championship)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking23

Pierre "Perrie" Mans (born 14 October 1940) is a retired professional snooker player from South Africa, who first won the South African Professional Championship in 1965, and won the event 20 times. Mans won the Benson & Hedges Masters in 1979 and reached the final of the World Championship in 1978.

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Background

Mans' father, Peter Mans, who died in 1975, was also a professional snooker player, [1] making the quarter-finals of the 1950 World Snooker Championship.

Snooker career

Mans won the South African Amateur Championship in 1960, the only occasion in which he competed in the event. He then turned professional and took the South African Professional Championship from Fred Van Rensburg in 1965. [2]

Mans first entered the World Snooker Championship in 1970. His first victory in the Championship came in the 1973 event when he defeated Ron Gross 9–2 before losing 8–16 to Eddie Charlton. [3] However, in 1974 he pulled off a major surprise by defeating John Spencer 15–13 in the second round, before being soundly defeated by Rex Williams in the quarter-final 4–15. [4] In the 1976 event he defeated Graham Miles 15–10 and Jim Meadowcroft 15–8 to reach the semi-final where he lost 10–20 to defending champion Ray Reardon. [5]

In 1977 he was invited to take part in BBC TV's Pot Black programme which he duly won at his first attempt beating Fred Davis, Ray Reardon and Willie Thorne (over single frames) before defeating Doug Mountjoy 90 points to 21 in the final. During the final he also took the highest break prize with an effort of 59. [6]

His career peaked in 1978, when he reached the final of the world championships, losing 18–25 to Ray Reardon. During that championship he defeated reigning Champion John Spencer 13–8, before achieving wins over Graham Miles (13–7) and Fred Davis (18–16). In the final, he never led Reardon, but held him to 17–18, before Reardon pulled away. [7] He reached number two in the world rankings as a result; at that time rankings were based purely on the world championships of the three previous seasons. [8]

1978 also saw Mans win the Heidelberg 100 event, defeating Silvino Francisco 9–3 in the final. This same year brought him greater company in the South African professional ranks when Silvino Francisco, Mannie Francisco, Jimmy van Rensberg, Derek Mienie and Roy Amdor all turned professional. [9]

Mans' most notable tournament success was the Benson and Hedges Masters in 1979, beating Cliff Thorburn 5–4, Ray Reardon 5–3 and, in the final, Alex Higgins 8–4, winning the competition with a top break of just 48. [10]

In January 1980, Mans defeated Bill Werbeniuk 3–0 and John Spencer 3–2 before losing 2–4 to Alex Higgins in the final of the Padmore/Super Crystalate International event held at the Gala Baths, West Bromwich. [11]

In January 1981, he pulled off the shock of the season by defeating strong favourite Steve Davis 5–3 in the first round of the 1981 Masters event, compiling a highest break of just 36. Mans lost 4–5 to Cliff Thorburn in the quarter-final. [12]

In the 1982 World Championship, Mans ended the interest of the last surviving Barry Hearn managed professional, Tony Meo in the first round. Meo led 3–0, but Mans overtook him to lead 9–8. This looked likely to become 9–9 when Mans trailed 54 points to 0 in the penultimate frame. However, Mans then completed a total clearance of 62 to win frame and match. He went on to lose 6–13 in the next round to Jimmy White. [13]

Mans' last victory at the Crucible Theatre came in 1983 when he defeated Scottish debutant Ian Black 10–3, compiling breaks of 57, 65 and 69. However, an in-form Kirk Stevens defeated Mans 13–3 in the second round, a defeat which put Mans outside the top 16 in the world rankings. [14]

Mans last played in the World Championship in 1986. He defeated Les Dodd 10–7 in the final qualifying round [15] but despite holding Doug Mountjoy to 3–4, he lost his first round match 3–10. [16] Earlier in the season he had partnered Australian John Campbell to the quarter-final of the Hofmeister World Doubles, where they lost just 4–5 to Ray Reardon and Tony Jones. [17]

Mans played in only two ranking events the following season (and the world doubles), failing to win any matches he slumped to fiftieth in the world rankings. He announced his retirement from professional snooker in July 1987 at the age of 46. [18] In terms of World Ranking and performances in the World Championship, Mans remains far and away the most successful South African snooker player.

In 1997, Mans returned briefly to the UK snooker scene after a twelve-year hiatus, participating in the "Seniors" Pot Black special on BBC2 timed to coincide with the 1997 World Championship, which marked the 20th anniversary of the tournament being held at the Crucible Theatre. At 57, Mans lost to eventual winner Joe Johnson. Mans returned again to play in the seniors event in the autumn of 2000, losing his first match 82 points to 13 to Canadian Jim Wych. [19]

Playing style

A left-hander, [20] Mans was particularly famous for his long powerful pots, as well as his fashionable waistcoats.

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 1970/
71
1971/
72
1972/
73
1973/
74
1974/
75
1975/
76
1976/
77
1977/
78
1978/
79
1979/
80
1980/
81
1981/
82
1982/
83
1983/
84
1984/
85
1985/
86
1986/
87
1987/
88
1988/
89
Ranking [21] No ranking system 7 10 2 7 7 15 11 17 24 30 36 [nb 1] [nb 1]
Ranking tournaments
International Open [nb 2] Tournament Not HeldNR 2R LQLQ 1R WDAA
Grand Prix [nb 3] Tournament Not Held 2R A 1R 1R WDAA
UK Championship Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventLQ 1R WDAA
Classic Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventAA 2R LQAA
British Open [nb 4] Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventA 2R LQAA
World Championship Non-Ranking QF 1R SF 1R F 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R LQA 1R AAA
Non-ranking tournaments
South African Professional Championship WWWWWWWWW SF WWWWAA QF SF W
The Masters Tournament Not HeldAA QF A W QF QF AAAAAAAA
Pontins Professional Not HeldAAA RR RR RR QF AAAAAAAAA
Former non-ranking tournaments
World Championship RR A 2R Ranking Event
World Masters Tournament Not Held RR Tournament Not Held
World Matchplay Championship Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Holsten Lager International Tournament Not Held 1R Tournament Not Held
Limosin International Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Kronenbrau 1308 Classic Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
Padmore Super Crystalate Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held
Pot Black AAAAAA W A SF RR AAAAAANot Held
International Open [nb 5] Tournament Not Held 2R Ranking Event
Performance Table Legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi-finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DNQdid not qualify for the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournamentWDwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
  1. 1 2 He was an amateur.
  2. The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  3. The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/93–1983/1984)
  4. The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  5. The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)

Career finals

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
World Championship (0–1)
Other (0–0)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 1978 World Snooker Championship Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ray Reardon 18–25

Non-ranking finals: 26 (23 titles, 3 runners-up)

Legend
The Masters (1–0)
Other (22–3)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1–13.1965–1977 South African Professional Championship (1–13) Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Various challengersN/A
Winner14. 1977 Pot Black Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Doug Mountjoy 1–0
Winner15.1978 South African Professional Championship (14) Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Silvino Francisco 9–5
Winner16.1978Heidelberg 100 Tournament Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Silvino Francisco 9–3
Runner-up1.1979 Australian Masters Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ian Anderson Aggregate Score
Winner17.1979 The Masters Ulster Banner.svg Alex Higgins 8–4
Runner-up2. 1980 Padmore Super Crystalate International Ulster Banner.svg Alex Higgins 2–4
Winner18–22.1980–1984 South African Professional Championship (15–19) Flag of South Africa (1982-1994).svg Various challengersN/A
Runner-up3.1984 South African Professional Championship Flag of South Africa (1982-1994).svg Jimmy van Rensberg 7–10
Winner23. 1989 South African Professional Championship (20) Flag of South Africa (1982-1994).svg Robbie Grace8–5

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1.1960 South African Amateur Championship Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg

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