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30 Jan 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.

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      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 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 [Short] Leeds, England 5 x2 Results
               
#6 OCT 22-26 LITEtask World Championship [Long] 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
               
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#9 JAN 28-29 LITEtask Scottish Open Edinburgh, Scotland 3 x1 Results
               
#10 FEB 04-05 BSASA South Australian Open Adelaide, Australia 3 x1 Confirmed
               
#11 MAR 25-26 White Roofing English Open Cambridge, England 3 x1 Confirmed
               
#12 APR 14-17 UK Open Leeds, England 4 x1.5 Confirmed
               
#13 APR 21-23 BSANSW Sydney Open Sydney, Australia 4 x1.5 Confirmed
               
#14 MAY 20-21 RIBSA Irish Open Carlow, Ireland 3 x1 Confirmed
               
#15 MAY 21-24 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 World Championship TBC 5 x2 TBC
               
  NOV 10-12 QBSA Queensland Open Brisbane, Australia TBC  TBC Confirmed
               
  DEC 02-03 British Open Bradford, England 3 x1 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.


17 Jan 2017

2017 LITEtask Scottish Open

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The 2017 LITEtask Scottish Open occurred on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

Peter Gilchrist defeated Dave Causier 566 – 462 in the final to win the Elden Cup in memory of former Scottish Champion Hugh Elden.

See here for a tournament report on thecueview.com, and here for the Edinburgh News.

Full results are available here.

After missing out on reaching the KO stage of the main competition by a single aggregate point, Phil Davis won the Plate with a 145 – 130 victory over Arthur Winn in the final.

Plate results are available here.

Our thanks go to sponsors LITEtask for their continuing generosity, the Corn Exchange for the venue, Kenny Baird for recovering two tables for us, the Elden family and Martin Dyche from LITEtask for presenting the trophies, Scottish Snooker and the Scottish Billiards & Snooker Referees Association for endorsing the event, and last but not least our Scottish-Australian guest Tournament Controller Steve Cowie and the team of officials who did a first class job ensuring everything ran like clockwork over the weekend.

The LITEtask Scottish Open was organised in association with:

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30 Dec 2016

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

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57 Milner Road, Richmond, SA 5033, Australia

Level 3 (x1)

Prize Money: $3600AUD (£2000+),  entry Fee: $80AUD

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

Entry Pack: Click here

Entries will open shortly

 

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

 


 

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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)

Entry Fee: TBC

Entry Pack: Click here

 

The Pacific International 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 Pacific International 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.


27 Dec 2016

2017 White Roofing English Open

 

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

This is a level 3 World Ranking event with £2000+ total prize money.

 

The entry fee is £40 and entries are now open:

See here for important information regarding entering events.

To enter click here.

To see who’s playing click here.

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Entries will close in:

on Saturday 18th March at 13:00UTC


9 Dec 2016

2016 LITEtask Borders Open

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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

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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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25 Oct 2016

Live Streaming

There was some high quality professional live streaming of both LITEtask World Billiards Championships this year.

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To get all World Billiards content please subscribe (free) to the World Billiards YouTube channel by clicking the image above.


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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16 Oct 2016

2016 LITEtask World Ladies Billiards Championship

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Emma Bonney (England) claimed her 11th World Ladies Championship title with a 239 – 169 victory over Revanna Umadevi (India) in the final.

Click here for all results.

 

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This is the 19th staging of this championship and previous winners can be viewed here.


15 Oct 2016

2016 Jim Williamson Memorial

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The 2016 Jim Williamson Memorial World Open has taken place at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds and resulted in another win for Rob Hall to add to his ever expanding list of titles.

In the final he defeated a resurgent Devendra Joshi who had previously taken care of Martin Goodwill, Mike Russell and Roxton Chapman en route to the final.

The highest break was 379 by Mike Russell.

Results Summary

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This was a level 3 world ranking tournament with £2000+ prize money and full ranking points.


Please note, the draw for this competition was based on the 2015/16 Ranking List, which affected the starting positions of 9 of the 22 top two seeds. This was done to ensure no player played any other player across the three events in Leeds starting this weekend. Players in the Timed World Championship event draw are closest to their ranking position on the 2015/16 Ranking List with minor adjustments made to ensure the different nations are separated in the groups. The 100up draw was made with as few minor adjustments to the Timed event draw as possible to ensure players were not in the same group as anyone in the Timed event. Finally, the Jim Williamson Memorial World Open draw was made with as few movements to the 100up draw as possible to ensure no player played any other in more than one event. We hope you understand the challenges presented by this process and accept that the choices we made were in the interests of all players in all competitions.