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4 Oct 2017

2017 Queensland Open

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2017 Queensland Open

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November 2017

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1 Irene Street, Redcliffe, QLD, Australia

 

The Queensland Open is a long standing event dating back to 1990. This year it has been adopted as a world ranking tournament for the first time. Former Oceania and Australian billiards champion Danik Lucas is undefeated in this tournament since 2001 and will be going for his 17th consecutive Queensland Open title.

For an entry pack click here.

For more details about the event click here.

To enter click here.

To see last year’s results see here.

 

 


16 Sep 2017

Coaching Down Under

 

September 2017 saw World Billiards successfully stage their first ever coaching course outside the UK, at the Yarraville Club in Australia.

Approved and supported by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the course was developed and delivered by Head of Coaching Martin Goodwill (England), Jason Colebrook (Australia) and Gary Oliver (New Zealand). Jason and Gary underwent training in the days prior to the event in order to deliver the course and qualify as WPBSA approved Billiards Examiners for their respective countries.

 

The course was very well supported with 12 players from various states across Australia and included the 2002 World Amateur Snooker Champion, Steve Mifsud.

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Australian & NZ Coaches

Our new World Billiards coaches from Australia & New Zealand

 

Prior to the course each candidate had to complete an online examination and on the day activities included learning how to teach some of the key shots and techniques in billiards as well as discussing pre-recorded video scenarios. In addition, each coach had to complete three practical examinations, teaching various aspects of the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All players successfully completed the course and after various governance procedures have been completed will be presented with a certificate and will receive a WPBSA/World Billiards coaching ID card.

 

 

 

 

 

Some quotes from the day:

Had a wonderful day at the Reventon academy attending the World Billiards coaches course. I found the course very professionally run and very enjoyable. Martin Goodwill’s presentation was excellent and his advice on coaching techniques invaluable. I’d recommend anyone interested in the game of English Billiards to take this course.
Steve Mifsud (2002 World Amateur Snooker Champion)

Excellent course – comprehensive, entertaining, and very professionally delivered. Set a benchmark as to how to deliver a coaching accreditation course, with great group participation evident. I left the course inspired to pass on the knowledge acquired, as well as encouraged to greater personal practise and development.
Tad Babiak (head of coaching in the state of South Australia)

It was great to have Martin Goodwill in Australia to deliver this course to the prospective coach examiners and coaches. By the end of the course all the candidates where enthused about the sport and felt ready to help introduce new players into the sport, courtesy of a sound knowledge of teaching the basics.
Jason Colebrook (President of Billiards Australia and WBL board member)
 

10 Aug 2017

2017 NSC Open

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The 2017 Northern Snooker Centre Open has been won by Rob Hall who defeated Dave Causier in the final.

For all results see here.

For a full report on the Cue View website see here
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7 Jun 2017

2017 Oceania Tour Events

2017 OCEANIA TOUR

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:

 


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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.

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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

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THE 2017 LITEtask UK OPEN

In Association with Northern Snooker Centre

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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


9 Dec 2016

2016 LITEtask Borders Open

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the Finalists

WBL proudly held an additional tournament for this season; the LITEtask Borders Open. This was in Carlisle at the Portland Club on 17/18-Dec-2016. This the first time we have staged a tournament in this area.

Peter Gilchrist triumphed in style over Rob Marshall with several high breaks including one of 416.

All players commented on the high standard of tables. The staff were very helpful. All in all, it is likely that WBL will be back next season !

Our sponsors LITEtask enabled us to upgrade this tournament to level 2 with £1500+ prize money and 0.75 ranking points. 

For all match scores click here.

See here for a report from www.thecueview.com.


1 Dec 2016

2016 LITEtask British Open

The 2016 LITEtask British Open took place on Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th December at Q Gardens in Bradford.

Dave Causier once again took the honours in Bradford but didn’t have it all his own way in the final with Rob Wilson leading for much of the match; the final score was 577-512. Dave also took the high break prize with 619 against Bem French in the last 16.

To see the full results click here.

The Plate event was won by Gary Rogers who defeated Paul Devitt 200-53 in the final. Gary also took the high break with 97 in probably the match of the tournament after his opponent Paul McGowan had just made a 95.

For Plate results see here.

 

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26 Oct 2016

The 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship

THE 2016

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WORLD BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

In Association with Northern Snooker Centre

 

Mike Russell defeated defending champion Dave Causier 2224 – 1115 in the five hour final of the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds today.

This is Russell’s first World Championship title since 2011 and is his 12th WPBSA title in total. In the final he fired in breaks of 133, 216, 183, 50, 60, 82, 196, 291, 585 & 158 to outscore his opponent by almost 2 to 1. Causier was still in touch during the first session, trailing by just 201 at the interval, but Russell’s scoring power overwhelmed the defending champion in the second half, Russell winning the session 1342 – 434 including the highest break of the event; 585.

To watch the final see our YouTube Channel here.

To see the match details see here.

To see a summary of all results see here.

For high breaks see here.


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Dave Causier: 2016 LITEtask World Champion (100-up)

Dave Causier today won his fourth World Billiards Championship with a dramatic 8-6 victory over Dhruv Sitwala in the final of the 100-up event.

At 7-4 in front and needing one more frame, Dave came to the table with two points on the scoreboard and proceeded to compile a break of 95, just needing three more points for the title. With the red over the middle pocket the match looked all over. However in potting the red he also scored a cannon taking the break to 100, but he hadn’t crossed the baulkline (which is required between 80 & 100 in every break) meaning the ‘winning’ shot became a foul. After some discussion the match continued with Dhruv coming to the table 2-97 behind, producing a cool 98 unfinished to keep the match alive.

It was a similar story in the next frame as Dave stalled within four points of the title and Dhruv again ran out with 94 unfinished under extreme pressure.

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Runner Up Dhruv Sitwala

 

Dave wasn’t to be denied his fourth World Championship win however, and made his own contribution of 81 unfinished to become the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Champion (Short Format).

To watch the final see our YouTube Channel here.

To see the match details see here.

To see a summary of all results see here.

For high breaks see here.

The 100-up event was played with modified rules; see here.

 

 


General links:
LIVE STREAMING YouTube CHANNEL
Prize Money
Jim Williamson Memorial ‘World Open’
World Ladies Championship

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