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1 Nov 2017

The 2017 LITEtask World Billiards Championship

THE 2017

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WORLD BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

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


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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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.

 


 

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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.

 


 

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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.