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4 Dec 2017

2017/18 Calendar of Events

See below for dates for the 2017/18 season:

  2017     Level Pts  Status
               
#1 SEP 01-03 IB&SA Illawarra Open Illawarra, Australia 3 x1  Results
               
#2 SEP 06-09 Cashmere Christchurch City Open Christchurch, NZ 2 x0.75  Results
               
#3 SEP 10-13 NZBSA New Zealand Open Christchurch, NZ 2 x0.75  Results
               
SEP 21 WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Course Yarraville, Australia n/a n/a  Details
               
OCT 20 World Championship Qualifier Leeds, England n/a n/a  Results
               
#4 OCT 21-22 JWM World Open Leeds, England 3 x1  Results
               
#5 OCT 23-27 LITEtask World Championship [S] Leeds, England 5 x2  Results
               
OCT 26 LITEtask World Women’s Championship Leeds, England n/a n/a  Results
               
#6 OCT 28-01 LITEtask World Championship [L] Leeds, England 5 x2  Results
               
#7 NOV 10-12 QBSA Queensland Open Brisbane, Australia 2 x0.75  Results
               
#8 DEC 02-03 LITEtask British Open Bradford, England 3 x1  Results
               
DEC 09-10 WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Course Leicester, England n/a n/a  Details
               
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#9 JAN 27-28 Scottish Open Kirkcaldy, Scotland 3 x1  Confirmed
               
#10 FEB 10-11 BSASA South Australian Open Adelaide, Australia 3 x1  Confirmed
               
#11 MAR 30-02 UK Open Leeds, England 4 x1.5  Confirmed
               
#12 APR 06-08 Sydney Open Sydney, Australia TBC TBC  TBC
               
#13 APR 28-29 English Open Cambridge, England 3 x1  Confirmed
               
#14 MAY 19-20 RIBSA Irish Open Carlow, Ireland 3 x1  Confirmed
               
#15 MAY 21-24 European Open Carlow, Ireland 5 x2  Confirmed
               
#16 MAY TBC Austrian Open Vienna, Austria TBC TBC  TBC
               
#17 JUN 01-07 Asian Grand Prix Singapore 5 x2  Confirmed
               
#18 JUN 12-15 Reventon Pacific International * Melbourne, Australia 5 x2  Confirmed
               
#19 AUG  18-19 HIBSF NSC Open Leeds, England 2 x0.75  Confirmed
               
      2018/19 Season        
AUG 31-02 IB&SA Illawarra Open Illawarra, Australia 3 x1  TBC
               
SEP 05-08 Christchurch Open Christchurch, NZ TBC TBC  TBC
               
SEP 09-12 NZBSA New Zealand Open Christchurch, NZ TBC TBC  TBC
               
  OCT 19-31 World Billiards Championship TBC 5 x2  TBC
               
  DEC  01-02 British Open Bradford, England  TBC TBC   TBC
               

* The Pacific International billiards event in Australia is part of a seven day billiards and snooker week. The billiards event is preceded by a three day Australian open snooker tournament, which anyone is able to enter.

 

Please note: only when dates are confirmed on this website are they fully confirmed. Please do not book travel or accommodation on the basis of having seen dates for events published elsewhere. If the event ‘STATUS’ column above is marked as ‘TBC’ then there is a reason.

Dates subject to change. Please check back for further details as they are confirmed.


4 Dec 2017

New UK Coaching Course

We are delighted to announce a new WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Course in the UK. This will take place over the weekend of 9th & 10th December 2017 at the Winchester Club in Leicester.

The course is aimed at people who wish to become WPBSA World Billiards Coaches and promote the game of English Billiards via coaching in their region. Following feedback from the first UK course we have now increased the duration to two full days.

Rob Hall

We have now confirmed Rob Hall as the latest member of the World Billiards coaching team. Rob is well known to the billiards fraternity as the most improved player of the past few years, racking up eight world ranking titles in the process. He has also been runner up in the World Championship on two occasions. Rob has recently launched his own website which incorporates a large amount of coaching content and we are sure that his appointment to the World Billiards coaching team will be mutually beneficial, and most importantly beneficial to the sport. View Rob’s website here.

Rob will be helping to deliver the coaching course in Leicester this coming weekend and will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various coaching techniques.

Peter Gilchrist

 

We are pleased to announce that multiple World Champion Peter Gilchrist will be in Leicester helping to deliver this latest course.

Peter’s playing record is well known to most, but his coaching credentials are equally as impressive; his most recent coaching appointment was national coach for the cue-sports association in his adoptive country of Singapore.

We are delighted to welcome Peter to the coaching team and look forward to adding his knowledge of the art of coaching to the course.

 

 

The course includes:WPBSA Coach

  • DBS check
  • Child protection/safeguarding training
  • Billiards coaching techniques
  • How to market yourself & set up coaching programmes
  • Practical & written examinations
  • Refreshments
  • WPBSA Rules of Billiards & Snooker handbook
  • World Billiards Coach polo shirt*
  • Coaching certificate*
  • WPBSA/World Billiards coaching ID card*
  • Free access to future WPBSA coaching seminars*

* Successful candidates only.

 

For more details please contact Martin Goodwill via the Contact Us page.

The fee for this course is £199; click here to submit your application.

See here to see course applicants.

The recommended hotel for this course is the Ramada Leicester Stage Hotel which is 5 minutes drive from the club. See www.stagehotel.co.uk for details.

 

 

See links below for further information:

Introduction to the WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Scheme

List of current WPBSA World Billiards Coaches

September 2016 course (UK)

September 2017 course (Australia)

Find a coach (map)

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15 Nov 2017

2017 LITEtask British Open

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BRITISH OPEN

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Dave Causier today won the LITEtask British Open at Q Gardens in Bradford with a 1240-114 demolition of Peter Gilchrist in the 90 minute final.

Bradford has proved to be good hunting ground for Causier, this being his eighth consecutive title at the venue.

Earlier in the tournament Causier compiled the SIX top breaks of tournament, including the highest of 572. See here for the tournament high break board.

For all results please see here.

 


13 Nov 2017

2018 Scottish Open

The 2018 Scottish Open

For the Elden Cup

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January

The 2018 Scottish Open will take place at Styx, Kirkcaldy on Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th January.

This is a fantastic new venue for us and I’m sure everyone will be impressed with the facilities on offer.

This will be a level 3 World Ranking tournament with £2000+ prize money.

 

Hugh Elden

Hugh Elden

 

The Scottish Open trophy is named the Elden Cup in memory of Hugh Elden who represented Scotland in the 2013 World Team Championship and won the 2014 Scottish Championship. Hugh sadly passed away in 2015.

For more information about Hugh see here.

 

The entry fee is £40 and you can enter here.

To see who has entered so far see here.

For important information regarding entering events see here.

 

Accommodation Details

Victoria Hotel
28 Victoria Road
Kirkcaldy
Fife
KY1 1DS
(next door to the venue)

Room details at special discounted rates, assuming full occupancy, rates are per room B&B

Travel

Main form of travel would be the East Coast train line on a direct train to Aberdeen and alight at Kirkcaldy (5 mins walk from train station).
If flying to Edinburgh, get tram to Princess Street and get to Waverley Station to get any train to Kirkcaldy.
Alternatively from the Airport take the 747 bus to Halbeath Park & Ride and a pick-up will be arranged (Friday only).

Please contact Alan Shepherd for more details of travel options and possible pick-up points.

 


6 Nov 2017

Coaching Workshop

A World Billiards Coaching Workshop was held at Cambridge Snooker Centre on Saturday 11th November.

The coaching team of John Inverarity, Phillip Welham & Trevor Thorn

 

This was lead by WPBSA World Billiards coach Phillip Welham who was assisted by John Inverarity and Trevor Thorn.

The coaching group

 

Eight students were coached the basics of the game plus some top of the table routines.

 

 

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For details of how to become a qualified WPBSA World Billiards coach see here.

 


1 Nov 2017

The 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship

THE 2017

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In Association with Northern Snooker Centre

 

The 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship has finished at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds with Dave Causier doing the treble for the second time in three years.

Dave Causier with the 147 year old John Roberts Trophy

 

Causier won the World Open, the Short Format World Championship and the Long Format World Championship, repeating the feat he achieved in 2015. No other player has ever achieved this treble.

In the World Open he defeated Peter Gilchrist 502-387 in the 90 minute final, followed by an 8-4 win over India’s Sourav Kothari in the final of the short ‘frames’ format World Championship and finally another win over Peter Gilchrist in the long ‘up’ format World final.

Causier was in devastating form in the first session of the long format final today, the highest break of the tournament (495) helping him to an almost unassailable lead of 1061-126 over Gilchrist in one of the most one sided sessions we have seen in recent finals. Peter Gilchrist made a huge effort to get back in to the match in session two, but even with breaks of 205 & 378 couldn’t reduce his arrears enough to put Causier under any real pressure, the final score being 1500-779.

 

Dave Causier has now won six World Championship titles in various formats, and is now third on the all time list of champions in the WPBSA era; Mike Russell (12) and Rex Williams (7) being the only players to have won more.

Click here for live streaming of the quarter, semi and final of the long format.

See here for the long format results.

See here for the short format results.

Press reports:
CueView
WPBSA

 

See the following links for further information:

Qualification Tournament

World Open (Jim Williamson)

Entry Criteria

World Women’s Championship

World Championship Prize Money

New Short-Format Rules

Draw Explanation

 

This is the 6th time the Northern Snooker Centre have hosted the World Championship under the auspices of World Billiards Ltd. We are grateful for their continued support and to LITEtask for their generous and ongoing sponsorship.

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31 Oct 2017

Live Streaming

There was some high quality professional live streaming of the 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championships. 

Available matches:

31/10/17 | Quarter Final | David Causier 1000 v 524 Rob Hall | Watch here.

31/10/17 | Semi Final | Peter Gilchrist 1250 v 432 Sourav Kothari | Watch here.

01/11/17 | Final | David Causier 1500 v 779 Peter Gilchrist | Watch here.

Clive Everton

 

We were fortunate to have renowned commentator and Snooker Scene editor Clive Everton providing commentary for the quarter, semi and final of the long format World Championship.

Most of you will know Clive from his many years commentating on professional snooker. He is also a billiards aficionado and a former player of repute having won the Welsh billiards championship on a number of occasions.

In 2017 he was inducted in to the World Snooker Hall of Fame for his services to billiards and snooker.

 

 

 


To get access to all World Billiards content please subscribe (free) to the World Billiards YouTube channel by clicking the image below:

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Once subscribed to the channel you can choose to get notified when matches go live. 

 


To view matches from the 2016 LITEtask World Championship see the following links:


The matches streamed in the 100-up Championship were:

20/10/16 | Quarter Final | Rupesh Shah 6 v 1 Siddharth Parikh | Watch here

20/10/16 | Semi Final | Dave Causier 7 v 5 Mike Russell | Watch here

21/10/16 | Final | Dave Causier 8 v 6 Dhruv Sitwala | Watch here


The matches streamed in the Timed Championship were:

25/10/16 | Quarter Final | Mike Russell 1523 v 450 Alok Kumar | Watch here

25/10/16 | Semi Final | Dave Causier 2183 v 674 Roxton Chapman | Watch here

26/10/16 | Final | Mike Russell 2224 v 1115 Dave Causier| Watch here

The Timed Championship semi final and final had live commentary provided by Clive Everton.

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22 Oct 2017

2017 LITEtask World Women’s Championship


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The 2017 LITEtask World Women’s Billiards Championship took place on Thursday 26th October at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Emma Bonney claimed her 12th World title with a 295 – 185 win over Eva Palmius in the final.

Bonney was actually beaten in one of her group matches by 2015 finalist Rochy Woods, meaning the group went to aggregate points to decide who went through, Woods losing out by 113 points.

 

Emma Bonney and Eva Palmius with sponsor Mark Pears from LITEtask

 

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This was the 20th staging of this championship; previous winners can be viewed here.


19 Oct 2017

2017 World Open

THE 2017 WORLD OPEN

for the Jim Williamson Memorial Trophy

Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd October 2017

 

Dave Causier took the 2017 World Open title which acts as a curtain raiser for the LITEtask World Championship with a 502-387 victory over Peter Gilchrist in the final. See here for all results.

See here for a preview of the World Championship on the CueView website.

 

 

Sponsored by:

 

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18 Oct 2017

World Championship Qualifier

The World Championship Qualifying Tournament took place on on Friday 20th October.

See the results here.

The four qualifiers were:
Sam Walker
David Atkinson
Jason Devanney
Gaye Jones