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Order of Merit as of 1-Feb-2019

1David Causier31625
2Peter Gilchrist26811
3Robert Hall23952
4Sourav Kothari20968
5Martin Goodwill19160
6Mark Hirst14635
7Jason Colebrook13738
8Wayne Carey12569
9Steve Brookshaw12241
10Ryan Mears11715
11Jonathan Marwood11571
12Gary Norman11504
13Darren Clark11164
14Dhvaj Haria10900
15Mike Russell10300
16Shrikrishna Suri10084
17Alok Kumar9516
18Phil Davis9399
19Eddie Duggan8939
20Rupesh Shah8691
21Siddharth Parikh8624
22Steve Mifsud8409
23Arthur Winn8325
24Nalin Patel7868
25Dhruv Sitwala7831
26Chris Mitchell7808
27Chris Coumbe7604
28Alan Shepherd6715
29Devendra Joshi6591
30Barry Russell6489
31Adam Clarke6488
32Paul McGowan6318
33Nathan Mann6278
34Ben Judge6231
35Don Richter6168
36Terry Azor6111
37Geet Sethi5865
38Craig Fitzpatrick5765
39Joe Minici4787
40Peter Tankard4746
41Jamie Jenkins4675
42Brian Pritchard4418
43Stephen Kershaw4405
44Eddie Fielding4282
45Mick White4274
46Ron Bickerdike4258
47Jack McLaughlin4223
48Martin Schmidt4168
49David Stone4034
50Gary Oliver3954
51Michael Pearson3868
52Raja Subramanian3700
53Roxton Chapman3680
54Paul Mather3563
55Alex Donne3357
56Roger Farebrother3270
57Aidan Murray3148
58Jason Goodwin3126
59Peter Atkinson3125
60Carl Walter Steiner3087
61Geoffrey Lingard3065
62Korbin Lowe2955
63Phil Mumford2905
64George Chammas2856

7 Mar 2019

International Call for Referees

2019 WORLD MATCHPLAY BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

To: National Governing Bodies, Regional Federations and Billiards Referees.

The above event will take place at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England from Friday 19th until Friday 26th April.
This includes a Qualifying Competition (19th), the UK Open (20-21) and of course the World Matchplay Championship (22-26).

We are looking for a total of 20 officials, from which a tournament committee of four plus 16 referees will be selected. All referees must be certificated by, and current members of their respective NGB and will be required to wear their full NGB uniform at all times; additional logos will be at the discretion of World Billiards.

Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis with breakfast and one other meal per day. The hotel is adjacent to the venue.

Requests for upgrades and Class 3 exams will be scheduled at appropriate times. All such requests must be approved by the candidate’s NGB; private arrangements are not permissible.

All expressions of interest should be sent to:

Dan Lewis (Referees Coordinator) – dmkl@hotmail.co.uk
Brendan Devlin – brendandevlin4@eircom.net
Steve Lock (WBL Director of Tournaments) – stephenml10@hotmail.com

World Billiards Ltd.

World Billiards

12 Jan 2019

Event Hosting Opportunities

Bids for hosting WBL World and Regional (Major) events are invited from NGB’s and Regional Federations.

These events are as follows:

EVENTYEARSREGIONNOTES
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
World Championship2020 & beyondAny
World Matchplay2020 & beyondAny
World Cup (Team)2019 & beyondAnyInaugurated Glasgow, Scotland 2014
World Under 21’s2019 & beyondAnyNew event
World Seniors (over 60’s)2019 & beyondAnyNew event
MAJORS
Asian Grand Prix2019 & beyondAsia2018 in Singapore
Americas’ Cup2020 & beyondAmerica2019 in Winnipeg, Canada
European Open2020 & beyondEurope2019 in Carlow, Ireland
Pacific International2020 & beyondOceania2019 in Yarraville, Australia

Events can be combined; for example, a Major event could be combined with a World event, or two World events together. Combinations will be considered if proposed.

For more information please contact Phil Mumford via the Contact Us page..


World Matchplay Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the 2019 World Matchplay Billiards Championship will be as follows;

AAll former World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL) (‚ȧ19)
BAmerica (1)
COceania (1)
DAsia (1)
EEurope (1)
 FAfrica (1)
GWDBS Disability nomination (1)
H‚ȧ8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player (‚ȧ10 ea)
IWLBS¬†World Women’s Champion¬†(1)
JTop-up players from the final 2018/19 WBL Order of Merit as of 01/02/19 (tbc*)
KFour Qualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament (4)

Notes:

  • Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, i.e. the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would be offered to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • Regional championships are used to determine spots where they exist (Asia & Oceania). Where they do not exist (Europe, America & Africa) we use our own open major event or a direct Regional Federation nomination instead. In these cases only players who are citizens of their respective region are eligible to receive these nominations.
  • The players from the 2018/19 WBL Order of Merit (J) will be players who have not already qualified from A-I.
  • *The number of players taken from the Order of Merit will depend on the number required to make the total entry number up to 60 (including four qualifiers) giving 12 groups of 5 players.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2018/19 WBL Order of Merit¬†(ie have played in a WBL tournament in the current season) and players who are members of their NGB.
  • Players declining a direct place in the World Matchplay will not be eligible for entry to the Qualifying Tournament.
  • Four players will progress from the Qualification Tournament to the main World Matchplay Championship.
  • The defending champion will be seeded number 1; subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL¬†Ranking List¬†as of 01/04/19.

 


Mobile Site

We have rolled out a mobile friendly version of the “Results Site”. It is at the usual address – click here. This makes it much better to use from a mobile or tablet.

However, we haven’t dispensed with the old version. I’ll keep it for a while as it is better on a laptop or desktop. The address of this is simple – just substitute “www” by “staging4”, for example :-

http://www.staging4.wbeventsonline.com/

 


International Call for Referees

2018 WORLD BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

To: National Governing Bodies, Regional Federations and Billiards Referees.

The above event will take place at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England from Friday 19th until Friday 26th October.
This includes a¬†Qualifying Competition, the¬†World Open (Jim Williamson Memorial),¬†the¬†World Women’s¬†Championship¬†and of course the¬†World Championship.

We are looking for a total of 20 officials, from which a tournament committee of four plus 16 referees will be selected. All referees must be certificated by, and current members of their respective NGB and will be required to wear their full NGB uniform at all times; additional logos will be at the discretion of World Billiards.

Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis with breakfast and one other meal per day. The hotel is adjacent to the venue.

Requests for upgrades and Class 3 exams will be scheduled at appropriate times. All such requests must be approved by the candidate’s NGB; private arrangements are not permissible.

All expressions of interest should be sent to:

Dan Lewis (Referees Coordinator) dmkl@hotmail.co.uk
Steve Cowie (Tournament Controller) stevecowie@illawarrasnooker.com
Steve Lock (WBL Director of Tournaments) stephenml10@hotmail.com

World Billiards Ltd.

World Billiards

 

 

 

Officials confirmed so far:

1Steve CowieAustralia(Tournament Controller)
2Brendan DevlinIreland
3Colin WhitelawScotland
4Dan LewisEngland
5John WildeEngland
6Kevin ChristieIreland
7John KehoeIreland
8Suryanarayanan NagarajanIndia
9Wictoria JedruszekPoland
10CW SteinerAustria
11John SquiresEngland
12Derek BuddeEngland
13Philip BrookeEngland
14Martin O’ReillyEngland
15Walter KunzAustria
16Desi StinsonN. Ireland
17Frank BradleyEngland
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Vic HartleyEngland(Tutor/Examiner)

Accommodation (World Champs)

HIE Leeds

HIE Express

As in previous years, the nominated partner hotel for all players and officials is the Holiday Inn Express, situated right next door to the venue.

We stress that is is mandatory that all players and officials who are staying use this hotel.

All competitors must book their own accommodation direct with the hotel rather than via their NGB or WBL.

 

Rooms are now available for you to book on a first come first served basis, so best to book NOW.

Here are the details:

  • The accommodation deal is available from Thursday 18th¬†to Friday 26th¬†October incl.
  • ¬£69¬†per twin/double room per night, including breakfast* & free WiFi.
    (Please note this rate is NOT available for 1 night stays for just a Saturday or other peak nights)
  • You have to¬†reserve with a credit/debit card, however it will not be charged until you arrive.
  • You can cancel¬†without charge¬†provided you give them sufficient notice.

* Express start breakfast (Continental style breakfast with cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, croissants, toast, muffins, tea/coffee and hot choice of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and baked beans).
Car Parking is no longer free at the hotel. Each car will be charged £4.00 per car per night. 

Three ways to book:

  1. Book online by clicking here.
  2. Call the Hotel direct on 0113 242 6200 and quote¬†‚ÄúWorld Billiards‚ÄĚ.
  3. Email hotel at reservations@expressleeds.co.uk

In the past a few people have experienced difficulty getting the rate when phoning the hotel. The hotel manager has advised us to either use the online booking system, or to email her on the email address above if experiencing any problems.

 


World Championship Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the October 2018 World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

AAll former & defending World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
BAmerica [Fraser Durham]
COceania [Jason Colebrook]
DAsia [Dhvaj Haria]
EEurope [Rob Hall]
 FAfrica
GWDBS Disability nomination
H8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player
IWLBS¬†World Women’s Champion [Emma Bonney]
J32 players from the final 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit
KQualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament

Notes

  • Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, ie the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would be offered to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • Regional championships are used to determine spots where they exist (Asia & Oceania). Where they do not exist (Europe, America & Africa) we use our own open major event or a direct Regional Federation nomination instead. In these cases only players who are citizens of their respective region are eligible to receive these nominations.
  • The 32 players from the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit (J) will be players who have not already qualified from A-I (see list below*).
  • The number of players taken from the Qualification Tournament will depend on the number required to make all groups in the main events equal.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • The defending champion will be seeded number 1; subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL¬†Ranking List¬†as at 31st August 2018.

 

*WBL Top 32
Below is a list of who will be nominated as part of the WBL allocation of players. The qualification route is stated next to the player where it is known.

This list will evolve as players are nominated by their NGBs or decline their invitation and the WBL nominations will then go further down the list accordingly.

Players below in BOLD have either entered or indicated that they are going to. For a list of who has actually entered and paid see here.

 

COUNTRYPLAYERQUALIFICATION ROUTE
SingaporePeter GilchristWorld Champion
EnglandDavid CausierWorld Champion
EnglandRobert HallEurope
EnglandJonathan MarwoodENG
AustraliaJason ColebrookOceania
IndiaDhvaj HariaASIA
EnglandSteve BrookshawWBL 1
IndiaSourav KothariIND
EnglandDarren ClarkWBL 2
EnglandRyan MearsWBL 3
EnglandMartin GoodwillWBL 4
IndiaRaja SubramanianIND
IndiaDhruv SitwalaIND
EnglandGary NormanWBL 5
EnglandChris CoumbeWBL 6
IndiaRupesh ShahWorld Champion
EnglandPhil DavisWBL 7
EnglandNathan MannWBL 8
IndiaAlok KumarIND
EnglandMike RussellWorld Champion
ScotlandPaul McGowanSCO
IndiaSiddharth ParikhIND
EnglandMark HirstWBL 9
EnglandNalin PatelWBL 10
New ZealandWayne CareyNZ
EnglandBarry RussellWBL 11
IndiaDevendra JoshiIND
AustraliaPeter TankardAUS
EnglandBrian HarveyWBL 12
EnglandChris MitchellWBL 13
EnglandAdam ClarkeWBL 14
ScotlandJamie JenkinsSCO
ScotlandAlan ShepherdSCO
EnglandArthur WinnWBL 15
Rep. of IrelandAidan MurrayIRE
IndiaSushrut PandiaWBL 16
EnglandCraig FitzpatrickWBL 17
EnglandStephen KershawWBL 18
AustriaMartin SchmidtAUT
EnglandBrian PritchardWBL 19
WalesEddie DugganWAL
EnglandPeter AtkinsonWBL 20
EnglandSam WalkerWBL 21
EnglandJason DevanneyWBL 22
EnglandTerry McAdamWBL 23
EnglandKevin PayneWBL 24
AustriaMarkus BauerAUT
EnglandGeoffrey LingardWBL 25
EnglandStephen StokesWBL 26
EnglandRon BickerdikeWBL 27
EnglandChris BishopWBL 28
EnglandMark HillWBL 29
EnglandRoy DensonWBL 30
EnglandMick WhiteWBL 31
EnglandPeter JohnsonWBL 32
IndiaGeet SethiWorld Champion
IndiaShrikrishna SuriIND
FranceAkhilesh MohanFRA
ScotlandPaul WhelanSCO
ScotlandCalum HossackSCO
ScotlandDavid StoneSCO
IndiaJai Ganesh MarudanayagamIND
EnglandEmma BonneyWorld Women’s Champion
Northern IrelandJack McLaughlinNI
CanadaFraser DurhamAmerica
Northern IrelandKorbin LoweNI
WalesPeter StanyerWAL
WalesElvet SmithWAL
 

2019 World Matchplay Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2019 World Matchplay Billiards Championship will be as follows:

..   x       =
WINNER£3,200.00   1£3,200.00
RUNNER UP£1,600.00   1£1,600.00
SEMIS£800.00   2£1,600.00
QUARTERS£400.00   4£1,600.00
LAST 16£200.00   8£1,600.00
LAST 32£100.00  16£1,600.00
HIGH BREAK£1 Per Point   1£100.00
TOTAL£11,300

 


Event Entries

World Billiards would like to clarify a number of issues regarding entering events:

ENTERING
We have experienced a number of instances recently with players trying to register for events by emailing or calling asking us to put them in to the tournament. We would like to make it clear that we cannot accept entries for any reason without completion of the relevant on-line entry form and payment of the entry fee before the closing date. Payment at the event or after the closing date is not an option.

There are numerous ways for players to enter events, including by PayPal, credit or debit card, bank transfer and via the Smartphone App. The onus really is on the player to find a way of using one of the entry methods available. If you think you may have problems with any of these five options, please don’t leave it to the last day to enter, as we may not be on hand to resolve the problem before entries close. Unfortunately we are not able to accept credit or debit card payments over the phone.

We cannot accept entries after the closing date and time under any circumstances. This is published on the website well in advance.

Please be aware that your name will only appear on the entry list once it has been approved by admin. This is a manual process and may take up to a few days depending on how you pay and when we are in front of a PC to actually approve it. Entries are not approved before the entry fee reaches us. Please don’t email us asking where your name is unless it has been more than three days since you entered.¬†

CLOSING DATES
Our closing date has in the past usually been on the Sunday evening prior to the event taking place. This has now been brought forward to the Saturday afternoon, just less than one week from the start of the event. This is to allow our Tournament Director Steve Lock time to draw and schedule the events over a weekend rather than during the week when he is working in his full time job. This process begins the second the entries close.

Please note that closing dates and times may vary slightly depending on circumstances, so please keep an eye on the website for each event. 

REFUNDS
Please be aware that we do not issue refunds of entry fees for players withdrawing from events after the entries have closed and entry fees are non-transferable. 

RESERVE LIST
We do operate a reserve list for events in case a player does withdraw leaving a gap in the draw and schedule. If you have missed the closing date and would like to be placed on the reserve list please contact Tournament Director Steve Lock via the ‘Contact Us’ page. However, please be aware that players who would have been seeded had they entered before the closing date may not be able to come in as a replacement for an unseeded player.
Reserve players will be required to pay the applicable entry fee. 

CHEQUES & CASH
Please note that as of September 1st 2016 we will no longer be accepting entry fees for tournaments by cheque or cash. If anyone feels they are unable to complete an online entry fee payment please contact us for assistance.

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