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Announcements

Resignation of Jim Burke

It is with regret that I have resigned from the board of World Billiards Ltd.  I tendered it in Oct-2016 and completed this in Oct-2017.

My reasons for leaving are centred around the current running of the company. Since this is unlikely to change I feel that I am unable to contribute any more.

I wish to emphasis that I am leaving on good terms. I wish the new board – Phil, Steve, Jim and Jason the very best. They are well experienced and qualified to do an excellent job in progressing this great game.

Note that regarding the two WBL websites, I have agreed an SLA (Service Level Agreement) to continue to maintain them, therefore there will be little change there.

Jim Burke


2017 LITEtask World Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows:

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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
HIGH BREAK £1 Per Point    1 £TBC

The prize money listed above will apply to each of the two World Championship events. Estimating a total of £800 for the highest break (over both events) there is a total of £20,000 prize money available.


2017 World Championship Entry Criteria

 

The entry criteria for the 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

A All former & defending World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
B Champion (Oceania) [Matthew Bolton]
C Runner-Up (Asia) [Sourav Kothari]
D Semi-Finalist (Europe) [Nalin Patel]
E Runner-Up (America) [Rob Hall]
F Disability nomination [Raja Subramanian]
G 8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player
H Women’s Nomination
I 32 players from the final 2016/17 WBL Order of Merit
J A minimum of 4 Qualifiers 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) we use our own open major events instead.
  • The 32 players from the 2016/17 WBL Order of Merit (I) will be players who have not already qualified from A-H (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, however a minimum of 4 players will qualify.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2016/17 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • Defending champions will be seeded number 1 in each competition, subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL Ranking List as at 31st August 2017.

 

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 in BOLD below have entered.

No COUNTRY PLAYER QUALIFICATION ROUTE
1 Singapore Peter Gilchrist World Champion
2 England Mike Russell World Champion
3 England David Causier World Champion
4 England Robert Hall Regional Nomination (America)
5 England Martin Goodwill WBL 1
6 India Dhruv Sitwala WBL 2
7 England Robert Marshall WBL 3
8 Australia Matthew Bolton Declined
9 England Ryan Mears NGB [EASB]
10 India Dhvaj Haria WBL 4
11 England Jonathan Marwood WBL 5
12 England Phil Mumford NGB [EASB]
13 England Nalin Patel Regional Nomination (Europe)
14 England Steve Brookshaw WBL 6
15 England Darren Clark WBL 7
16 England Phil Davis WBL 8
17 England Robin Wilson WBL 9
18 England Roxton Chapman Declined
19 India Devendra Joshi WBL 10
20 India Siddharth Parikh WBL 11
21 England Mark Hirst WBL 12
22 England Chris Coumbe WBL 13
23 England Ian Williamson WBL 14
24 India Rupesh Shah World Champion
25 England Brian Harvey WBL 15
26 Australia Jason Colebrook WBL 16
27 Australia Michael Pearson Declined
28 England Peter Shelley Declined
29 Scotland Paul McGowan NGB [Scottish Snooker]
30 Scotland Alan Shepherd NGB [Scottish Snooker]
31 Australia Peter Tankard Declined
32 Singapore Glenn Yeo Declined
33 India Alok Kumar WBL 17
34 Australia Todd Hayward Declined
35 Scotland Jamie Jenkins NGB [Scottish Snooker]
36 Jersey David Nichols WBL 18
37 England Arthur Winn Declined
38 Ireland Wayne Doyle Declined
39 Canada Fraser Durham Declined
40 India Raja Subramanian Disability Nomination [WDBS]
41 England Gary Norman WBL 19
42 England Eddie Fielding Declined
43 India Hitesh Kotwani WBL 20
44 Australia George Chammas Declined
45 Australia Ben Judge Declined
46 India Sourav Kothari Regional Nomination (Asia)
47 Australia David Collins Declined
48 England Adam Clarke WBL 21
49 England Nathan Mann WBL 22
50 England Eddie Duggan WBL 23
51 Scotland Calum Hossack  NGB [Scottish Snooker]
52 Australia Graeme Wright Declined
53 Austria Carl Walter Steiner Declined
54 India Sushrut Pandia WBL 24
55 Australia Steve Mifsud Declined
56 Canada Rick Kendall Declined
57 Canada Dave Blacklaw Declined
58 England Chris Mitchell WBL 25
59 England Emma Bonney Declined
60 Australia Joe Minici Declined
61 Canada Guy Smith Declined
62 Australia Rod Nelson Declined
63 Australia Don Richter Declined
64 England Stephen Kershaw WBL 26
65 England Gary Rogers Declined
66 Canada Garry Marshall Declined
67 Canada Steve Jones Declined
68 Canada Stephen Kingyens Declined
69 India Shekhar Surve NGB [BSFI]
70 New Zealand Wayne Carey NGB [NZBSA]
71 Australia Hassan Kerde Declined
72 New Zealand Peter DeGroot Declined
73 Malaysia Adwin Teh Declined
74 Australia David Pitt Declined
75 Australia Frank Humphreys Declined
76 Canada Kevin Augusta Declined
77 Canada Rick Hutcheon Declined
78 Vietnam Kien Nguyen Trung Declined
79 Australia Danik Lucas Declined
80 Canada Alan Senkiw Declined
81 England Stephen Stokes WBL 27
82 England Peter Johnson Declined
83 Australia Charlie Lowe Declined
84 Scotland Dave Sneddon Declined
85 Wales Peter Stanyer Declined
86 England Paul Devitt WBL 28

 

OTHERS
New Zealand Russell Delahunty NGB [NZBSA]
India Aditya Agrawal NGB [BSFI]
India Rovin Dsouza NGB [BSFI]
India Jagadesh Bhuvaneswaran NGB [BSFI]
Austria Markus Bauer NGB [ÖSBV]
Austria Martin Schmidt NGB [ÖSBV]
India Kaavya Bharath NGB [BSFI]

International Call for Referees

2017 LITEtask 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 20th October until Wednesday 1st November.
This includes a Qualifying Competition, the World Open (Jim Williamson Memorial), the World Women’s Championship and of course the dual format 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 Liaison) dmkl@hotmail.co.uk
Cc:
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:

1 Al Thede Canada
2 Brendan Devlin Ireland
3 Colin Whitelaw Scotland
4 CW Steiner Austria
5 Dan Lewis England
6 Derek Budde England
7 John Kehoe Ireland
8 John Squires England
9 John Wilde England
10 Kevin Christie Ireland
11 Martin O’Reilly England
12 Paul Cosgriff Australia
13 Philip N Brooke England
14 Randy Morningstar Canada
15 Steve Cowie Australia (Tournament Controller)
16 Vic Hartley England
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New IDC Appointment

We are delighted to welcome Mike Peachey on to the International Development Committee representing the Oceania region.

Mike Peachey

 

As most of you will know, Jason Colebrook held this position for a number of years and with his recent appointment to the Board of Directors the Oceania place on the IDC has become vacant.

Many of you will know Mike from his many past administrative roles which are too numerous to list here. Suffice to say he has served on everything from his local state association in Western Australia right through to the World Confederation of Billiards Sports.

Mike is well respected within the cue sports world and we know he will bring his vast experience and knowledge to the table for the benefit of billiards.

We are excited to welcome Mike to the team, and look forward to working with him.

 


New Board Appointment

Jason Colebrook

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World Billiards Ltd has today appointed Jason Colebrook from Australia on to the board of directors.

As many of you will know, Jason has served on our International Development Committee for some time and has been working tirelessly for the sport in his home region of Oceania. This has paved the way for him to take up a full board position.

Jason has been instrumental in securing the recent Pacific International in Melbourne which is our first major tournament in the Oceania region, as well as numerous other events on the World Billiards calendar. He is President of Billiards Australia, an organisation he recently helped set up, and billiards co-ordinator of his state association VBSA.
He also has the backing of his National Governing Body ABSC for this appointment.

We welcome Jason to the board and very much look forward to working with him on future projects.


10 Oct 2016

New Short Format Rules

Competition-Rule-Book

Current Rules

The forthcoming 100up World Billiards Championship will be played to the Official Rules of English Billiards as published by WPBSA in November 2014 with the following modifications:

Playing From In Hand 

Section 3, Rule 6 ‘Playing From In-Hand’
After (b) add:

If the striker comes to the table with their cue ball in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn, the striker can play directly on to a ball or balls in baulk for that shot only. At all other times the following will apply; (usual rules). 

What this means in practice is that if your opponent pockets your cue ball (or forces it off of the table), when you come to the table for your turn you have the option of playing into baulk from hand; effectively an open table. This will apply regardless of whether one or two balls are in baulk when coming to the table with ball in hand.

Several people have questioned how this rule would be applied following the initial break off shot. As the rule is worded, the second player wouldn’t be coming to the table ‘in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn‘ so therefore they wouldn’t be able to play in to baulk on their first shot. 


The Miss

Section 2, Rule 16 ‘Miss’
Section 3, Rule 16 ‘Action after a Miss’
Remove completely; all misses are fouls.

With the change of the ‘Playing From In Hand’ rule (above) the ‘miss’ would become largely redundant except when you do not leave a ball out of baulk yourself during your own visit. In this instance the striker must now hit a ball or it will be a foul and the usual penalties applied.


The Baulkline Rule

The Baulkline Crossing Rule will also be applied in this Championships.

Due to the nature of the 100-up format it is extremely important that the ‘Baulkline Warning’ is called at the correct time. In the unlikely event that the referee forgets to call ‘Baulkline Warning at 80’ (in a break), the onus is on the non-striker to highlight the error. If this is not corrected immediately it will be possible for the striker to win the frame with a 100 break without crossing the baulkline.

World Billiards

 

 

 

 


2016 World Championship Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

A All former World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
B Defending Champion(s) [David Causier]
C Ladies World Champion [Emma Bonney]
D Oceania Champion [Joe Minici]
E Asia Champion [Dhruv Sitwala]
F Europe Champion [Mike Russell]
G Disability nomination [Subramanian Venkateswaran]
H 8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Lady Player
I 32 players from the final 2015/16 WBL Order of Merit
J A minimum of 4 Qualifiers 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 go to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • The 32 players from the 2015/16 WBL Order of Merit (I) will be players who have not already qualified from A-H (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, however a minimum of 4 players will qualify.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2015/16 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • Defending champions will be seeded number 1 in each competition, subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL Ranking List as at 31st August 2016.

 

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.

Players in bold have entered.

No COUNTRY PLAYER QUALIFICATION ROUTE
1 England David Causier World Champion
2 Singapore Peter Gilchrist World Champion
3 England Robert Hall NGB [EASB]
4 England Mike Russell World Champion
5 England Phil Mumford NGB [EASB]
6 England Roxton Chapman WBL 1
7 England Steve Brookshaw WBL 2
8 England Jonathan Marwood WBL 3
9 England Chris Taylor Declined
10 England Nalin Patel Declined
11 England Robin Wilson WBL 4
12 England Martin Goodwill WBL 5
13 England Adam Clarke WBL 6
14 England Peter Shelley WBL 7
15 England Darren Clark NGB [EASB]
16 England Phil Davis WBL 8
17 England Gary Norman WBL 9
18 England Ryan Mears NGB [EASB]
19 Rep. of Ireland Wayne Doyle Declined
20 England Ian Williamson WBL 10
21 England Brian Harvey WBL 11
22 England Arthur Winn WBL 12
23 Rep. of Ireland Aidan Murray Declined
24 India Sushrut Pandia WBL 13
25 England Mark Hirst WBL 14
26 England Chris Coumbe WBL 15
27 England Eddie Fielding WBL 16
28 New Zealand Grant Hayward Declined
29 Scotland Alan Shepherd NGB [Scottish Snooker]
30 Canada Fraser Durham NGB [CBSA]
31 New Zealand Paul Stocker Declined
32 New Zealand Gary Oliver Declined
33 England Stephen Crosland (timed) WBL 17
34 England Stephen Kershaw WBL 18
35 England Robert Marshall WBL 19
36 New Zealand Darren Taylor Declined
37 Australia David Collins Declined
38 England Jamie Barker Declined
39 England Andrew Draper Declined
40 Austria Carl Walter Steiner NGB [ÖSBV]
41 Scotland Jamie Jenkins NGB [Scottish Snooker]
42 England Nathan Mann  –
43 England Brian Pritchard WBL 20
44 England Bernard French  –
45 England Trevor Smith Declined
46 Canada Dave Blacklaw Declined
47 Australia Brian Moulday Declined
48 England Stephen Bradshaw Declined
49 Australia Michael Pearson Declined
50 England David Nichols Declined
51 Australia Todd Hayward Declined
52 Scotland Thomas McFarlane Declined
53 New Zealand Zac Guya  –
54 Australia Charlie Lowe Declined
55 India Adesh Shekatkar Declined
56 Rep. of Ireland Joe Doheny Declined
57 England Craig Fitzpatrick  –
58 Rep. of Ireland Robert McCrum Declined
59 England Nigel Ward WBL 21
60 India Raja Subramanian WDBS Nomination
61 England Steve Stokes WBL 22
62 New Zealand Mark Taylor  –
63 England Chris Cator  –
64 New Zealand Wayne Carey Declined
65 Australia Danik Lucas Declined
66 Australia Jason Colebrook Declined
67 Rep. of Ireland Aonghus McAnally Declined
68 Scotland Dave Sneddon Declined
69 Austria Martin Schmidt (Timed) NGB [ÖSBV]
70 Northern Ireland John Mcintyre Declined
71 Australia Alex Kay Declined
72 Rep. of Ireland Ross Doyle Declined
73 Scotland Jim Burke Declined
74 Scotland Paul McGowan NGB [Scottish Snooker]
75 Australia David Pitt Declined
76 New Zealand Russ Delahunty Declined
77 Canada Rick Kendall Declined
78 England Roy Denson Declined
79 England Emma Bonney World Ladies Champion
80 England Greg English Declined
81 England Steve Lock Declined
82 England David Atkinson WBL 23
83 Australia Joe Minici Declined
84 England Peter Johnson Declined
85 Australia Darren Martin Declined
86 France Akhilesh Mohan NGB [FFB]
87 New Zealand Paul Wereta
88 England Finlay Laing  –
89 England Mick White  –
90 Rep. of Ireland Larry Drennan Declined
91 England Gaye Jones NGB [EASB] Ladies
92 Rep. of Ireland Lloyd Myers Declined
93 Northern Ireland Paddy Donnelly Declined
94 Rep. of Ireland John Kehoe Declined
95 Australia Vic Cravino
96 England Sean McAllister (100up) WBL 24
97 Australia George Chammas
98 Australia Vit Sacco
99 Australia Raj Das
100 Wales Peter Stanyer
101 Canada Alan Senkiw
102 England Dale Schofield
103 England Matthew Lyon
104 Scotland Stevie Angus
105 Australia Hassan Kerde
106 Australia Bob Natalenko
107 England Adam Sears
108 Australia Roger Farebrother
109 Rep. of Ireland Eugene Hughes
110 England Peter Atkinson
111 England Ian Belgin
112 Australia John Machen
113 England Sam Walker
114 New Zealand Arthur King
115 England Mark Hill
116 Australia Michael Hough
117 New Zealand Peter DeGroot
118 Australia Adrian Hinks
119 Australia Mick Boyne
120 Australia Brad Williams
121 Jersey Martyn le Gallais
122 New Zealand Ken Goebel
123 Scotland John Inverarity
124 England Gary Rogers Via Qualifier
125 England Matthew Peaker
126 Scotland Paul Whelan
127 Rep. of Ireland James Bateman
128 England Kevin Payne
129 Northern Ireland Oliver McGuigan
130 England Sidney Ash
131 Australia Dragan Skvaric
132 Australia Fred Minici
133 Australia Ricky Lo
134 Australia Daniel Jenkins
135 England Eddie Duggan
136 Scotland Calum Hossack
137 Australia Chris Neloski
138 Australia Gene Crossingham
139 Australia Michael Newman
140 Australia Danny Senko
141 Australia Graeme McNeil
142 Australia Peter Tankard
143 Australia Dirk Hellenbroich
144 New Zealand Neil Gyde
145 Australia Daniel Lawler
146 England Graham Guest Via Qualifier
147 Northern Ireland Norman Whaley
148 New Zealand Peri Lilli
149 England Jason Devanney
150 Scotland Kenny Baird
152 Australia Rod Hart
153 Australia Paul Davis
154 Malaysia Adwin Teh
155 England Carl De Pasquale
156 Australia Roger Carr
157 Australia Brice Hilliard
158 Australia Andrew Stoermer
159 Australia John Burns
160 Australia Raymond Farage
161 England David Bentinck
162 Jersey Richard de la Haye
163 Jersey Robert le Moel
164 Australia Neville Moore
165 Wales Liam Arnold
166 England Frank Bradley

Entries (not on Order of Merit)

India Rupesh Shah World Champion
India Dhruv Sitwala Asian Champion
India Sourav Kothari NGB [BSFI]
India Siddharth Parikh NGB [BSFI]
India Dhvaj Haria NGB [BSFI]
India Devendra Joshi NGB [BSFI]
India Alok Kumar NGB [BSFI]
India Shekhar Surve NGB [BSFI]
India Hitesh L. Kotwani NGB [BSFI]

31 Aug 2016

World Billiards Smartphone App

World Billiards now has an app for use on smartphones and tablets.

To get this app search for ‘Team App’ in your app store (Apple or Android devices only
at the moment) or click on the following buttons:

 

 

 

 

Download the Team App. When the app has installed successfully just open it, sign up
and search for ‘World Billiards’. Click on the World Billiards logo and then click ‘join’.

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If you do not have a compatible device you can still sign up and use the app as a web
version by clicking the button below:

Find us on Team App

 

A few hints which will help when using this app:

  • Remember to click to ‘join’ World Billiards. This will ensure that you can view all of the available content.
  • Set your notifications to ‘on’ and whenever a new event or news article is added you will be informed.
  • The app is optimised for use in the ‘portrait’ format rather than landscape.
  • If you sign up to the web version only your notifications will come in the form of an email.
  • The web version is mainly for people currently without a compatible device; if you have the choice it really is best when used as an app.
  • Your login details are the same for both the web version and the app.
  • You can set the World Billiards logo as an app icon on your home screen: from the World Billiards app click ‘Settings‘ then ‘Install To Home Screen‘. This will open up a browser window. From there click the little box with an arrow pointing up (usually top right of browser) and then ‘Add to Home Screen‘ (this works well using an Apple device and Safari browser but we haven’t been able to test on other devices as yet).

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2016 World Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship will be as follows:

 
         
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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
HIGH BREAK £1 Per Point    1 £TBC
         
         

With two events, and estimating a total of £800 for the highest break (over both events) there is a total of £20,000 prize money available.

In addition to the above, LITEtask have agreed to transfer their offer of £10,000 for a 1000 break made under the Baulkline Rule (which was initially earmarked for a Master event) over to the Timed World Championship as the Masters will not now take place until next year. 

Should this feat be achieved more than once the prize money will be split equally between the players concerned.

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