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3 Jul 2017

2017 NSC Open



The 2017 Northern Snooker Centre Open takes place at, you guessed it, the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th August immediately following the billiards part of the Home Internationals festival.

This tournament is organised in association with HIBSF who will be officiating the event.

Prize money will be £1500+.

The entry fee is £30 and you can enter here. To see who’s entered, click here.

See here for important information regarding entering events.

Click here for accommodation details.



Entries close in:

at 13:00 UTC on Saturday 12th August.

28 Jun 2017

New Board Appointment

Jason Colebrook

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.

7 Jun 2017

2017 Oceania Tour Events


As you may have seen from the Calendar of Events we have a number of tournaments taking place during 2017 in Australia and New Zealand.

Details are as follows:



SnookerSA-Logo-large2… The South Australian OpenSA Billiards

4th & 5th February 2017

The Venue
57 Milner Road, Richmond, SA 5033, Australia

Level 3 (x1)

Prize Money: $3600AUD (£2000+).

Matthew Bolton pips Peter Gilchrist in an exciting final. Results here.

This tournament was preceded by a Friday Flyer played under the short format with modified rules.



BSANSW        The Sydney OpenHornsby RSL

21st – 23rd April 2017

Hornsby RSL
4 High Street, Hornsby, NSW 2077, Australia

Level 4 (x1.5)

Prize Money: $5400AUD (£3000+)

Entry Fee: $80AUD

A new tournament on both the World and Australian domestic calendar.

Gilchrist exacts his revenge on Matthew Bolton. Results here.



…   .The 2017 Australian OpenYarraville Club2ABSC

13th – 16th June 2017

Yarraville Club
135 Stephen St, Yarraville, Victoria 3013, Australia

Level 5 (x2) Major World Ranking Event

Prize Money: $12500AUD (£7000)

For latest results, click here.  The final will be streamed LIVE on Cueball TV.

The Australian Open is the regional major event for Oceania. It joins the European Open and Americas Cup as our biggest events outside of the World Championship.

This tournament will be preceded by the Lance Pannell Snooker Classic on 10th – 12th June which is an Australian snooker ranking tournament and is open to anyone to enter. It is expected that this event will also have significant prize money available. Obviously anyone travelling to the Pacific International who also plays snooker could play in this event. Keep an eye here for further details, and see here for results from last years event.

Following the Australian Open is the Australian National Billiards Championship which as the name suggests is a closed event, open to Australian citizens only.


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Illawarra BSA        The Illawarra Open

1st – 3rd September 2017

Venue: TBC

Level: TBC

Prize Money: TBC

Entry Fee: TBC

Entry Pack: TBC


This tournament was inaugurated in 2016; to see these results click here.



cbsa        The Cashmere Christchurch City Open

6th – 9th September 2017MikePero

Venue: TBC,
Christchurch, New Zealand

Level: TBC

Prize Money: TBC

Entry Fee: TBC

Entry Pack: TBC


A World Ranking event since 2015, the Christchurch City Open is a long standing tournament on the New Zealand billiards calendar.


NZBSA          The New Zealand Open

10th – 13th September 2017

Venue: TBC, New Zealand

Level: TBC

Prize Money: TBC

Entry Fee: TBC

Entry Pack: TBC


The New Zealand Open has a history dating back several decades; it has been a World Ranking event since 2014.


QBSA..   The Queensland OpenTattersall's Brisbane

10th – 12th November 2017

Tattersall’s Club
215 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

Level: TBC

Prize Money: TBC

Entry Fee: TBC

Entry Pack: TBC


The Queensland Open is a long standing event on the Australian calendar and will now carry World Ranking points for the first time.



Billiards Australia


These events have been made possible largely due to the efforts of our Oceania representative on the International Development Committee and Billiards Australia, President Jason Colebrook from Australia and Wayne Carey from New Zealand, both of whom have worked tirelessly over the last few years to bring these events to fruition.

Although Wayne has now retired from active involvement in running the New Zealand events, the ground work he put in over recent years was invaluable in securing world ranking status for these tournaments.

Our thanks to both Jason and Wayne for their hard work, and also to their respective NGBs: ABSC and NZBSA for their cooperation and support in making these events possible.

22 May 2017

2017 LITEtask Irish & European Open

The 2017 LITEtask Irish Open occurred on Saturday & Sunday 20th & 21st May.
Click here to see the results and here for the Plate.

The 2017 LITEtask European Open occurred between Sunday 21st* & Wednesday 24th May.
Click here for the latest results.

Both events will take place at the Ivy Rooms in Carlow Ireland.

6 Apr 2017

2017 LITEtask UK Open



In Association with Northern Snooker Centre

Litetask logo


The LITEtask UK Open took place over Easter weekend: Friday 14th – Monday 17th April at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Mike Russell defeated Dave Causier 946 – 916 in a nailbiting final. He defeated Peter Gilchrist in the semifinal 651 – 624. For a full writeup click here.

For full results, click here.

Click here for the prize money breakdown.





5 Apr 2017

Course Information

October is the projected date for the next Coaching Course with the June course being postponed.

The next Coaching Course is planned for October 2017, at the end of the World Championships, with a venue yet to be announced. The Course is aimed at coaches who wish to become a WPBSA approved World Billiards Coach and promote the game of English Billiards by coaching in their region. Successful candidates will have free access to future WPBSA coaching seminars. The Course duration has now been increased to 2 full days with the Course fee being £225.

The Course includes:

  • 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 WPBSA coaching seminars*

* Successful candidates only.

For further information on this course please contact Martin Goodwill via the Contact Us page.

Click here to see a list of qualified coaches so far.

We are also planning ‘Young Player Of Distinction‘ scholarships in conjunction with the Coaching Scheme, details of which will be announced as soon as they are finalised.

Coaching Course 18 Sep 2016

Coaching Course 18 Sep 2016


The first Coaching Course was held at The Winchester Club in Leicester in September 2016. Coaches had already successfully passed an online examination (about the basics of coaching billiards and the rules of the game) and participated in various events including teaching the basics, group discussions, video analysis and a practical examination.


Start of the Course

Start of the Course

The course was delivered by Martin Goodwill (Head of Coaching), Phil Welham (Head Coach) and Roxton Chapman (President of World Billiards). It was very well supported by the WPBSA and attended by Alan Chamberlain (WPBSA Board Member and World Billiards Chairman), Chris Motley (WPBSA DBS and Child Protection Officer), Lisa Bray (WPBSA Secretary) and Matt Huart (WPBSA Press and Media Officer).

Group discussions

Group discussions





Franz Meszaros from Austria

Franz Meszaros from Austria


Franz Meszaros travelled from Austria to make the Course and said:“Still feeling privileged having attended this WPBSA Billiards Coaching Course, I want to thank everybody concerned for their work in organizing it.”

Fan Kian Sang Zensen from Singapore

Fan Kian Sang Zensen from Singapore

Fan Zensen travelled all of the way from Singapore to make the Course and said: “Great course by great trainers! All three humble trainers were not there just to certify but to impart their vast knowledge in the game and skills in coaching students to play good billiards. This course helps to set the foundation to propel English Billiards popularity and thereby raise the appreciation level of the beautiful game. I am really glad to have made the trip and been accepted into your purpose driven group to promote the game. Thank you WPBSA!”

1 Apr 2017

2017 Vimy Ridge Classic / Americas’ Billiards Cup

The 2017 Vimy Ridge Classic and 2017 Americas’ Billiards Cup were held at the Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 club in Winnipeg, Canada between Saturday 27th May & Friday 2nd June. Some early matches were played at a nearby legion club.

Americas Cup

Americas’ Billiards Cup

The Vimy Ridge Classic is a Level 3 World Ranking event with £2000+ prize money and full ranking points. It is played in the timed format and acts as a warm-up event for the main Americas’ Cup which is a Level 5 Major World Ranking event with £8000 prize money and double ranking points.

As last time, the Americas’ Billiards Cup is played on the single game, long-up format, replicating how the local players play in the Winnipeg Veterans English Billiards League.


Vimy Ridge Classic


Entries are now open !

To see results of the Vimy Ridge Classic click here.

To see results of the Americas’ Cup click here.

For more information please visit www.amcup-canada.com.

To learn more about the battle of Vimy Ridge see the Vimy Foundation website.

Here are the full results from last year :-
Vimy Ridge Classic
Americas’ Billiards Cup

31 Mar 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 will take place between Friday 20th October and Wednesday 1st November 2017 at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

This will be 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.

Further details will be available here as they are confirmed. It is expected that arrangements will remain very similar to those of previous years.




30 Mar 2017

2016/17 Calendar of Events

See below for dates for the 2016/17 season:

* Please note a date change for the NSC Open in August. The Home Internationals have moved back one week due to the student accommodation they use being closed for refurbishment and consequently we have moved the NSC Open dates accordingly.


2016/17 Season
#1 SEP 15-18 Cashmere Christchurch City Open Christchurch, New Zealand 1 x0.5 Results
#2 SEP 20-22 Loan Broker Auckland Open Auckland, New Zealand 1 x0.5 Results
#3 SEP 23-26 NZBSA New Zealand Open Auckland, New Zealand 3 x1 Results
#4 OCT 15-16 NSC Jim Williamson Memorial Leeds, England 3 x1 Results
#5 OCT 17-21 LITEtask World Championship (S) Leeds, England 5 x2 Results
#6 OCT 22-26 LITEtask World Championship (L) Leeds, England 5 x2 Results
OCT 25 WLBS World Ladies Championship Leeds, England n/a n/a Results
#7 DEC 03-04 LITEtask British Open Bradford, England 3 x1 Results
#8 DEC 17-18 LITEtask Borders Open Carlisle, England 1 x0.5 Results
#9 JAN 28-29 LITEtask Scottish Open Edinburgh, Scotland 3 x1 Results
#10 FEB 04-05 BSASA South Australian Open Adelaide, Australia 3 x1 Results
#11 MAR 25-26 White Roofing English Open Cambridge, England 3 x1 Results
#12 APR 14-17 LITEtask UK Open Leeds, England 4 x1.5 Results
#13 APR 21-23 BSANSW Sydney Open Sydney, Australia 4 x1.5 Results
#14 MAY 20-21 LITEtask Irish Open Carlow, Ireland 3 x1 Confirmed
#15 MAY 21-24 LITEtask European Open Carlow, Ireland 5 x2 Confirmed
#16 MAY 27-28 WVEBL Vimy Ridge Classic Winnipeg, Canada 3 x1 Confirmed
#17 MAY 29-02 Americas’ Cup Winnipeg, Canada 5 x2 Confirmed
#18 JUN 13-16 ABSC Pacific International Melbourne, Australia 5 x2 Confirmed
#19 AUG 19-20 HIBSF NSC Open Leeds, England 2 x0.75 Confirmed
2017/18 Season
SEP 01-03 IB&SA Illawarra Open Illawarra, Australia TBC TBC Confirmed
SEP 06-09 Cashmere Christchurch City Open Christchurch, New Zealand TBC TBC Confirmed
SEP 10-13 NZBSA New Zealand Open Christchurch, New Zealand TBC TBC Confirmed
OCT 20-01 LITEtask World Billiards Championship Leeds, England 5 x2 Confirmed
NOV 10-12 QBSA Queensland Open Brisbane, Australia TBC TBC Confirmed
DEC 02-03 British Open Bradford, England 3 x1 TBC
JAN 27-28 Scottish Open Styx, Kirkcaldy 3 x1 Confirmed
MAR 30-02 UK Open Leeds, England 4 x1.5 Confirmed
APR 28-29 English Open Cambridge, England 3 x1 Confirmed
APR- MAY TBC Asian Open Singapore 5 x2 TBC
MAY TBC European Open Vienna, Austria TBC TBC TBC

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.

25 Mar 2017

2017 White Roofing English Open




The 2017 White Roofing English Open took place on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March at Cambridge Snooker Centre.

Peter Gilchrist won a tight fought final over Martin Goodwill to win his 2nd English Open title, and the first since 2008 when he also defeated Martin Goodwill in the final.

Dave Causier had the highest break of the tournament and a personal best of 807 in his last 16 match against Phil Davis, a kick denying him the chance to go for the elusive 1000.

Click here for a summary of all results.

The Challenge Cup (formerly known as the Plate) was won by Hitesh Kotwani who beat Peter Stanyer in the final and also had the high break of 94 in an earlier round.

See here for Challenge Cup results.

This was a level 3 World Ranking event with £2260 total prize money.

See here for the history of the English Open.