Bradford Open

6 Dec 2014to7 Dec 2014


Congratulations to Dave Causier who overwhelmed everyone in the field to take his umpteenth Bradford Open title at Cue Gardens in Bradford today. The score in the final against Mark Hirst was 1448 – 65, and Dave recorded breaks of 489,158,605 and 149. Mark was not the only one to suffer at the hands of Dave’s incredible scoring power however, in fact his lowest score over the two days was 733, and the lowest high break he recorded in a match was 201. The highest break of the event was 709, also by Dave in his quarter final match against Peter Gilchrist.


Mark Hirst, Phil Brookes and Dave Causier [pic courtesy of CW Steiner]

For a full list of breaks see here.

Click here for the full results.

The Plate Flyer was won by Jonathan Marwood, who beat Dale Schofield 200 – 163 in the final.

For Plate results see here.






2014 World Billiards Championship

17 Oct 2014to29 Oct 2014


Northern Snooker Centre

Northern Snooker Centre


The 2014 World Championship is occurred at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Click here to see the results for the 150up event and here for the timed event.

King of the World

King of the World




Pankaj Advani defeats Rob Hall in the final to complete the clean sweep of 150-up and timed formats !

Read - and watch – the report in the Leeds Evening Post here.


You view draw, results & schedules here – 150-up and timed.

Rob Hall

Rob Hall








World Ladies Championship

28 Oct 2014


Emma Bonney wins her 9th World Ladies Billiards Championship with a 237-191 victory over Revanna Umadevi in the final.




For results summary click here.

For a list of previous ladies champions click here.



2015 Americas’ Cup

29 May 2015to6 Jun 2015


We are close to finalising the dates for the 2015 Vimy Ridge Classic and Americas’ Cup to be held in Winnipeg, Canada. The provisional dates are 29th May through to 6th June 2015 and we hope to have these confirmed within the next few days. Those of you who attended the inaugural event there in 2013 will know what a great event the Canadians organised for us, and it has become the yardstick by which our other events are measured.

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


2014 Jim Williamson Memorial

18 Oct 2014to19 Oct 2014


The Jim Williamson Memorial World Open took place at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on 18th & 19th October and was won by defending champion Matthew Bolton who defeated Rupesh Shah 603 (156,249) v 306 (164,125) in the 90 minute final. Matthew also took the high break prize with an unfinished 527 in his group match against Gary Rogers. The Plate Flyer was won by Raja Subramanian, defeating Jamie Barker in the final. The trophy was presented by Northern Snooker Centre owner and Jim Williamson’s son Chris following the final.

Jim Williamson

Jim Williamson with Pankaj Advani following the 2009 World Championship











For full results see here.


2014 World Championship Qualifier

17 Oct 2014


The World Championship Qualifying Tournament took place on Friday 17th October, with the following players progressing through to both World Championship events:

Robin Wilson
Mark Hirst
Peter Atkinson
Bernard French
Brian Harvey
Sushrut Pandia

In addition, the following players qualified for the 150up event only:

Darren Clark
Steve Tuck
Stephen Kershaw

Extra players may also qualify in the event of any late withdrawals.





2014 New Zealand Open

23 Sep 2014to28 Sep 2014
Finalists in NZ Open

Finalists in NZ Open


The New Zealand Billiards & Snooker Association held two back-to-back World Ranking events in New Zealand during September. The Hamilton Open preceded the New Zealand Open, both of which carried WBL (Level 1) World Ranking Points.
The New Zealand Open is a long established event and we are delighted to be adopting this in to the world ranking circuit.
The Hamilton Open took place between Tuesday 23rd & Thursday 25th September, immediately followed by the New Zealand Open between Friday 26th & Sunday 28th September.

Both events took place at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, Claudelands Road, Hamilton, Waikato. Table 4 is the table on which Peter Gilchrist achieved his World Record break of 1346 in 2007.

Click here for all results for the Hamilton Open, and here for all results for the New Zealand Open.

Grant Hayward defeated Bryce Good in an all New Zealand final of the Hamilton Open.

Grant Hayward does it again in the NZ Open !  From our NZ correspondent (Wayne) :

In an International field for the NZ Open Billiards,  Hayward had some close shaves with the Australians  when in the quarters beating first Australian’s Jason Colebrook (Melbourne)  344 – 342,  and then `hurting’ another one of their reps in the semi’s  George Chammas (Sydney)  445-421.

In the  3 hour final,  Paul Stocker (NZ),  could not withstand the onslaught that Hayward threw at him winning 727-521.  Stocker (Hawkes Bay) who was defending his Title,  just couldn’t get the balls to run for him.

Hayward,  who is a pretty handy golfer,  has represented NZ in all forms of CueSport around the World -Snooker, Billiards,  8ball & 9Ball,  has commented that of all sports he has played,  Billiards is the most challenging.

Press and Media
Twitter: #NZOpenBilliards | @WorldBilliards

Waikato Times article
SkySport in New Zealand are filming the semi finals and final of the New Zealand Open to broadcast as a 55 minute highlights package later in the year.


…and there’s more!
Excitingly for September 2015 & 2017 the NZBSA are planning to have 4 World Ranking tournaments over 15 days, with events in Christchurch, Auckland and two in Hamilton, including the regional Major (Level 5) event for the Oceania region; perfect timing for players to get match practice before the Worlds at Leeds in October 2015.

More details as they are confirmed.


2014/15 Calendar of Events

1 Sep 2014to31 Aug 2015


Below are the dates for the 2014/15 season. Please check back here for further developments as they are confirmed. Details are subject to change.

14/15 SEP 23-25   Hamilton Open Hamilton, NZ EBOS 1 x0.5 Results
SEP 26-28   New Zealand Open Hamilton, NZ EBOS 1 x0.5 Results 
  OCT 17   2014 World Championship (Qual) Northern SC, Leeds - - - Results
  OCT 18-19   Jim Williamson Memorial Northern SC, Leeds EBOS 3 x1 Results
  OCT 20-24   2014 World Championship (150up) Northern SC, Leeds MAJOR 5 x2 Details 
  OCT 25-29   2014 World Championship (Timed) Northern SC, Leeds MAJOR 5 x2 Details
  OCT 28   World Ladies Championship Northern SC, Leeds - - - Details 
  DEC 06-07   Bradford Open Cue Gardens EBOS tbc tbc Confirmed
  FEB 14-15   Scottish Open tbc EBOS tbc tbc tbc
  MAR 28-29   UK Open tbc PREMIER 4 x1.5 tbc
  APR 25-26   English Open Cambridge SC EBOS 3 x1 Confirmed
  MAY 16-17   Irish Open Ivy Rooms, Carlow EBOS 3 x1 Confirmed
  MAY 18-21   tbc Ivy Rooms, Carlow tbc tbc tbc tbc
  MAY     Vimy Ridge Classic Winnipeg, Canada EBOS 3 x1 tbc
    JUN       Americas’ Cup Winnipeg, Canada MAJOR 5 x2 tbc
  JUN 17-20   Australian Open tbc tbc tbc tbc tbc
  AUG 15-16   NSC Open Northern SC, Leeds EBOS 2 x0.75 tbc
  tbc     Asian Grand Prix tbc MAJOR 5 x2 tbc
  tbc     European Open tbc MAJOR 5 x2 tbc
15/16 SEP     Christchurch Open Christchurch, NZ tbc   tbc tbc tbc
  SEP     Auckland Open Auckland, NZ tbc  tbc tbc tbc
  SEP     New Zealand Open Hamilton, NZ tbc  tbc tbc tbc
  SEP     Pacific International Hamilton, NZ MAJOR 5 x2 tbc
  OCT 16-28   2015 World Championship Northern SC, Leeds MAJOR 5 x2 tbc

2014 Northern Snooker Centre Open

23 Aug 2014to24 Aug 2014



The 2014 Northern Snooker Centre Open took place over the weekend with Peter Gilchrist defeating Rob Hall in the final. Peter had breaks of 120, 152, 200 & 304 unfinished (the highest of the event) in the final, which he won 728 – 164. The two semi finalists were both from Ireland, with Wayne Doyle and John Kehoe eventually losing out to Gilchrist and Hall respectively.

The Plate Flyer was won by Adam Clarke (who during the Home Internationals on Friday had beaten his highest match break twice in the same match) narrowly defeating Steve Tuck 125 – 108 in the final.

Our thanks must go to the Home International Billiards & Snooker Federation and particularly Eugene O’Connor and his team for officiating this event. Thanks also to the Northern Snooker Centre for hosting and sponsoring the tournament and for providing the first class facilities we have become accustomed to at the club. Lastly, thanks to Chris Taylor for organising the ‘random’ draw and for making it such an event!

This was the final tournament of the 2013/14 playing season.

Click here for a summary of the results.



2013/14 Calendar of Events

1 Sep 2013to31 Aug 2014


Here are the dates for the 2013/14 season.

13/14 SEP 14 – 15  
The East Midlands Open Q Club, Boston EBOS 2 (x0.75) Complete
  OCT 19 – 20   Jim Williamson Memorial Northern SC, Leeds EBOS 3 (x1) Complete
  OCT 21 – 25   World Championship (150 up) Northern SC, Leeds Level 5 ‘Major’ (x2) Complete
  OCT 26 – 30  
World Championship (Long up) Northern SC, Leeds Level 5 ‘Major’ (x2) Complete
  DEC 14 – 15   English Open Cambridge SC EBOS 3 (x1) Complete
  JAN 25 – 26   Scottish Open Ball Room, Glasgow EBOS 1 (x0.5) Complete
  FEB 15 – 16   Irish Open Ivy Rooms, Carlow EBOS 3 (x1) Complete
  MAR 29 – 30    Bradford Open Cue Gardens, Bradford EBOS 1 (x0.5) Complete
  APR 23   World Ladies Championship Northern SC, Leeds n/a Complete
  MAY 17 – 18   English Open Cambridge SC EBOS 3 (x1) Complete
  JUN 17 – 21   Australian Open Yarraville Club, VIC Level 4 (x 1.5) Complete
  AUG  9 – 10   Glasgow Open Ball Room, Glasgow Level 1 (x0.5) Complete
  AUG 11 – 14  
World Team Championship Ball Room, Glasgow n/a Complete
  AUG 23 – 24   Northern SC Open Northern SC, Leeds EBOS 2 (x 0.75) Complete

Click here for the 2012/13 Calendar of Events.