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UK Championship History

Below is a list of UK Championship winners from 1934 to present.

YEARWINNER
1934Joe Davis
1935Joe Davis
1936Joe Davis
1937Joe Davis
1938Joe Davis
1939Joe Davis
1940-45No Contest
1946John Barrie
1947Joe Davis
1948Sidney Smith
1949No Contest
1950John Barrie
1951Fred Davis
1952-78No Contest
1979Rex Williams
1980Jack Karnham
1981Rex Williams
1982Fred Davis
1983Mark Wildman
1984-86No Contest
1987Norman Dagley
1988Ian Williamson
1989Mike Russell
1990Mike Russell
1991Mike Russell
1992Robby Foldvari
1993Robby Foldvari
1994Mike Russell
1995Subhash Agarwal
1996Mike Russell
1997Mike Russell
1997Geet Sethi
1998Mike Russell
1999Roxton Chapman
2000David Causier
2001David Causier
2002-2014No Contest
2015Roxton Chapman

2016            Rob Hall

Please note that the above list may not be 100% accurate as it has been compiled from various sources, some of which give conflicting information. Years 1979 – 2000 are engraved on the trophy, but the pre 1979 and early 2000 winners are a subject for debate. If anyone has information to back up these records (or otherwise) we would be interested in hearing from you.

 


Calendars

Please click the links below to see all WBL Calendars:

Season #1 | 2011/12

Season #2 | 2012/13

Season #3 | 2013/14

Season #4 | 2014/15

Season #5 | 2015/16

 

To see the full list of tournaments over the past 5 years click here.


NSC Open Accommodation

HIE Leeds

HIE Leeds

The Holiday Inn Express next to the Northern Snooker Centre have a permanent special discount rate set up for anyone playing at the Northern Snooker Centre.

This is accessible by clicking here. The prices are a 20% discount on Best Flexible Rates, but are not permanent static prices so the earlier you book the better the deal.

 

 

To book you can also use the following options:

  1. Call the hotel direct +44(0)113 242 6200¬†and quote ‘Northern Snooker Centre”.
  2. Email the hotel at reservations@expressleeds.co.uk

The hotel are not holding rooms for us so it is first come first served.

We have experienced some confusion when players phone to book rooms so it is often better to book online if possible.

 


World Ladies Billiards Champions

Professional

YearAssocWinnerRunner UpScore
1931WBSAJoyce Gardner
1932WBSAJoyce Gardner
1933WBSAJoyce Gardner
1934WBSARuth Harrison
1935WBSAJoyce Gardner
1936WBSAJoyce Gardner
1937WBSAJoyce Gardner
1938WBSAJoyce Gardner
1939WBSARuth Harrison
1940WBSAThelma Carpenter
1941-48[No Contest]
1949WBSAThelma Carpenter
1950WBSAThelma Carpenter

 

Amateur

YearAssocWinnerRunner-UpScore
1931WBSARuth Harrison
1932WBSAThelma Carpenter
1933WBSAThelma Carpenter
1934WBSAThelma Carpenter
1935WBSAVera Seals
1936WBSAVera Seals
1937WBSAGrace Phillips
1938WBSAV McDougall
1939WBSAV McDougall
1940[No Contest]
1941[No Contest]
1942[No Contest]
1943[No Contest]
1944[No Contest]
1945[No Contest]
1946[No Contest]
1947WBSASadie Isaacs
1948WBSAE Morland Smith
1949WBSAM Keeton
1950WBSAHelen Futo
1951[No Contest]
1952WBSAE Morland Smith
1953WBSAE Morland Smith
1954WBSAHelen Futo
1955WBSAMaureen Barrett
1956WBSAMaureen Barrett
1957[No Contest]
1958[No Contest]
1959WBSAMuriel Hazeldine
1960WBSAMaureen Barrett
1961[No Contest]
1962WBSADorothea Hindmarch
1963WBSASadie Isaacs
1964WBSAMaureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1965WBSAVera Youle
1966WBSAMaureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1967WBSADorothea Hindmarch
1968WBSAMaureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1969WBSADorothea Hindmarch
1970WBSAVera Selby
1971WBSAVera Selby
1972WBSAVera Selby
1973WBSAVera Selby
1974WBSAVera Selby
1975[No Contest]
1976WBSAVera Selby
1977WBSAVera Selby
1978WBSAVera Selby
1979WBSAMaureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1980[No Contest]
1981[No Contest]
1982[No Contest]
1983[No Contest]
1984[No Contest]
1985[No Contest]
1986[No Contest]
1987[No Contest]
1988[No Contest]
1989[No Contest]
1990[No Contest]
1991[No Contest]
1992[No Contest]
1993[No Contest]
1994[No Contest]
1995[No Contest]
1996[No Contest]
1997[No Contest]
1998WLBSAKaren CorrEmma Bonney403-219
1999WLBSAKaren CorrKelly Fisher354-276
2000WLBSAEmma BonneyCaroline Walch218-50
2001WLBSAKelly FisherEmma Bonney290-219
2002WLBSAEmma BonneyKelly Fisher227-196
2003WLBSAKelly FisherEmma Bonney299-155
2004[No Contest]
2005WLBSAAnuja ThakurLynette Horsburgh243-136
2006WLBSAChitra MagimairajEmma Bonney193-164
2007WLBSAChitra MagimairajEmma Bonney187-148
2008WLBSAEmma BonneyEva Palmius216-119
2009WLBSAEmma BonneyChitra Magimairaj272-118
2010WLBSAEmma BonneyChitra Magimairaj269-220
2011WLBSAEmma BonneyTina Owen-Sevilton202-181
2012WLBSARevanna UmadeviEmma Bonney201-143
2013WLBSAEmma BonneyEva Palmius329-207
2014AprWLBSAEmma BonneyRevanna Umadevi226-209
2014OctWLBSAEmma BonneyRevanna Umadevi237-191
2015WLBSAEmma BonneyRochy Woods334-119
2016WLBSEmma BonneyRevanna Umadevi239-169
2017WLBSEmma BonneyEva Palmius295-185

Notes
In the 1937 World Professional Championship, Ruth Harrison recorded a break of 197, a competitive world record for ladies billiards which still stands today.

 


English Open Accommodation

Unfortunately we haven’t been able to secure a group booking deal with any of the hotels local to this event. However, below are some options:

There are two hotels next to each other which are a 5 minute walk from the venue: they are a Travelodge and a Premier Inn and are both in Newmarket Road. You can find details of these hotels here and here.

About 1.5 miles from the venue is the Holiday Inn Express, see here.

There are a number of Travelodges in and around Cambridge; the cheapest seem to be Swavesey (3 miles from venue), Orchard Park (3 miles), Lolworth (7.5 miles) and Fourwentways (8 miles).

There are also numerous Bed & Breakfasts in and around Cambridge. One which is walking distance from the venue is Parkview Guesthouse in Vinery Road. Many others can be found on www.cambridgebedandbreakfasts.com, www.cambridge.co.uk and www.visitcambridge.org.


2014 Bradford Open

 

Congratulations to David Causier who defeated Martin Goodwill 836 – 331 in the final of the Bradford Open today, making the highest break of 731 in the process.

“As I was entering Dave’s breaks for the Last 16 (63, 124,123, 135, 121, 215, 94, 85) he was looking over my shoulder. I complained to him about my data entry task, lots of piddly breaks separated by commas. I asked if he couldn’t be a bit more considerate and just score one big one. What did he do in the Final ?”
Jim

The Plate competition was won by David Nichols, who put in an ominous performance on his return to competitive play after an absence of 7 years. He compiled the highest break of the event (156) in his 475 Р75 defeat of Peter Johnson in the one hour final.  His other breaks were 88 unf, 84, 72 unf, and 57. 

Cue Gardens

Cue Gardens, Bradford

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Click here to see the full results.

This event was organised in conjunction with The English Association of Snooker and Billiards.


2013 East Midlands Open

 

The first event of the new 2013/14 season took place at the Q-Club in Boston on 14th & 15th September. The East Midlands Open was won by Rob Hall who defeated Martin Goodwill in the final 497-192, reversing the result from the last time this event took place in Raunds in 2010.

For all results click here.

The Plate Competition was won by local player Eamonn Taylor who beat Tony French in the final 200-148. For Plate results see here.

Our thanks must go to Chris Taylor and his team at the Q-Club for their hospitality and for the fantastic conditions they provided for us at the club.


The Americas’ Cup

 

The Americas’ Cup occurred at the Manitoba Club in Winnipeg, Canada, between 24th & 29th August 2013.

Mike Russell defeated Martin Goodwill 1250-587 in the final of the first Americas’ Cup Billiards Championship held in Winnipeg, Canada. Mike also recorded the highest break of the event with 397 in the final.

Final result here.
Semi Final results here.
Quarter Final results here.
Last 16 results here.
For the final Group positions, click here.

Rob Hall defeated Phil Mumford 439-238 in the final of the Vimy Ridge Classic. Results here.

Report [Day 1] (VEBL Vimy Ridge Classic Group Stage)
Report [Day 2] (VEBL Vimy Ridge Classic KO Stage)
Report [Day 3] (Americas’ Cup Group Stage)
Report [Day 4] (Americas’ Cup Group Stage)
Report [Day 5] (Americas’ Cup Last 16 & Quarter Finals)
Report [Day 6]¬†(Americas’ Cup Semi Finals & Final)

Read the pre tournament PRESS RELEASE from the Canadian Tournament Committee.

For local press coverage of the event see the Winnipeg Free Press and Canstar News.

! For the Manitoba Club newsletter with a feature on the events click here.

PLAYING FORMAT
There were two events, the first of which was a two day weekend EBOS event called The VEBL Vimy Ridge Classic, played under the standard format, with Timed matches and a Plate competition. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in France by Canadian troops in World War 1. When those troops returned to Canada they were instrumental in forming the Winnipeg Veterans English Billiards League, and the naming of this tournament is a tribute to those events.

This served as a warm up to the main event, The Americas’ Cup which used the single game Long Up format and was played over the remaining four days.

HISTORY
The seeds for an event in Canada were sowed as far back as 2006 when we first made contact with the Winnipeg Veterans English Billiards League; www.wvebl.com. This league was established in 1921 and currently consists of around 90 players playing in teams of 8 players. For various reasons it has taken the intervening 7 years to turn the original idea in to a reality. Our thanks must go to the team of enthusiasts in Winnipeg for their hard work in bringing this event to fruition.

 

 


‚ÄúThe Americas Cup‚ÄĚ

We‚Äôve had the first ‚ÄúContinental Challenge‚ÄĚ
Played over the format of ‚Äėlong up‚Äô
Promoted and run by ‚ÄúWorld Billiards Limited‚ÄĚ
It was called ‚ÄúThe Americas Cup‚ÄĚ.

Hosted by the ‚ÄúWinnipeg Veterans League‚ÄĚ
The ‚ÄúManitoba Club‚ÄĚ holding the event
With players from numerous countries
From the 4 corners to Canada they went.

With Mike Russell the eventual champion
Recording a 397, the highest break
Beating Martin Goodwill in the final
The ‚ÄúChallenge Cup‚ÄĚ title to take.

Preceded by ‚ÄúThe Vimy Ridge Open‚ÄĚ
Played over the timed format
With Rob Hall winning the main event
And two Canadians contesting the Plate.

We look forward to their second Challenge event
In spring of two thousand and fifteen
So make a date in your Billiards event diaries
And in Manitoba you’ll all be seen.

Dee-Em Kayell                              October 2013

 


Canada [Day 6]

 

DAY 6

Semi Finals
Another increase in match length to 1000up allowed the players to stretch their wings a bit more than had been possible in the previous rounds. Winner of the Vimy Ridge Classic Rob Hall was unable to capitalise however, several 50+ breaks were no match for the scoring power of the 16 time world champion Mike Russell who simply overpowered Hall with breaks of 181,191 & 205 in winning 1000-498.

In the other semi final, the last remaining Indian Devendra Joshi put up a stiffer challenge to Martin Goodwill, but he too couldn’t manage a century; 92 being his best effort. Goodwill combined consistent break building (125,97,97,72) with his vast experience to carve out a 1000-707 victory and set up a final against Mike Russell, the player he had beaten quite comfortably in the quarter final of the Vimy Ridge Classic 4 days earlier.

Final
Following the shock result in their match in the previous event there was certainly an air of expectation for the rematch, and some obvious needle between the two players all added to the anticipation. Martin was going to need a good start to be in with a chance of holding the ex world champion over the longer distance but Mike had other ideas. Following an initial break of 97 he crafted the highest break of the whole 6 days with a run of 397 to put a lot of fresh air between the two players on the scoreboard. Martin continued to battle by trying to dictate the pace of the match and closed the gap with breaks of 122 & 85, but the damage was done in the first session. Following a few smaller breaks Russell closed out the match with an unfinished break of 190; final score 1250-587.

After the final Mike Russell thanked the organisers in Canada and also apologised for not performing to his usual high standard this week. Whilst he certainly wasn’t scaling the heights of some of his previous performances in terms of breaks made, Mike treated the Winnipeg billiards fraternity to some skills the like of which they have not seen before, and it will have not gone unnoticed by those familiar with his play that he is cueing as well as he has ever done. Despite not being the current World Champion it will be a brave person who would bet against him regaining that title in 7 weeks time in Leeds.

PRIZE MONEY
Winner£2,600.00?$4,247.52Mike Russell
Runner-Up£1,300.00?$2,123.76Martin Goodwill
Semi Finalists£650.00?$1,061.88Devendra Joshi / Rob Hall
Quarter Finalists£325.00?$530.94Dhruv Sitwala / Phil Mumford / Nalin Patel / Chris Taylor
Last 16£175.00?$285.89Grant Thiessen / Guy Heys / Steve Jones / Fraser Durham
Daniel Scullion / Warren Dyer / Rick Kendall / Garry Marshall
High Break£100.00?$163.37Mike Russell (397)
TOTAL£8,000.00?$13,069.31

Canada [Day 5]

 

Day 5

The penultimate day of the Americas’ Cup began with the last 16 matches, all played as a single game of 500up.
Mike Russell exited the group stage as number 1 performer, and wasted little time in backing up that position with a 500-59 win over local player Grant Thiessen, including breaks of 109,106 & 123.
Number 2 group performer Phil Mumford encountered stiff resistance from Garry Marshall, who scored a respectable 237 points, but aided by a 118 break Mumford eventually ran out a comfortable winner.
Winnipeggers Rick Kendall and Warren Dyer made a game of it against fancied players Devendra Joshi and Chris Taylor respectively. The evergreen Kendall continued fighting until the end against former Asian Champion Joshi, scoring 289 points before succumbing. Warren Dyer also made Chris Taylor work for his 500-292 victory.
An in form Dhruv Sitwala made short work of Canadian Steve Jones; helped by a break of 164 Sitwala restricted his opponent to a mere 80 points.
There were also wins for Nalin Patel, Rob Hall and Martin Goodwill over Guy Heys, Fraser Durham and Daniel Scullion respectively.

The match length increased to 750up for the quarter finals. The match between Rob Hall and Dhruv Sitwala looked like going to the wire when the players were about level on 350 points each. However for the last 60 minutes of the match a dejected Sitwala could only manage a further 20 points, with Hall winning at a canter 750-370.
Devendra Joshi reversed the defeat he suffered to Phil Mumford in the Vimy Ridge with a 750-543 win, aided by his first century of the competition.
Tournament favourite Mike Russell continued his march to the final with a regulation 750-143 win over Nalin Patel which included breaks of 280 and 198.
Martin Goodwill had a tougher time of it however; a long match against the ever improving Chris Taylor was the order of the day, and it was only a late flurry of three 60+ breaks which saw the former English Amateur Champion home in the end.

Semi Final line up:

Mike Russell v Rob Hall
Martin Goodwill v Devendra Joshi