WELCOME IRELAND

The EBA are delighted to welcome on board our newest member, the Blackball Federation of Ireland. 

We look forward to seeing them grow and will soon be meeting players and officials at their first International event, the 2023 EBA Nations Cup of Pool in Bridlington, England starting 26th March.

Welcome on board Ireland.

Click here to visit the Blackball Federation of Ireland Facebook Page

2023 EBA EUROPEAN BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

For hotel bookings and other related enquiries, please contact the Malta Blackball Federation's Travel Agent, details below.

Name  ~  Hermina Bonsfield



2023 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The EBA European Championships will be held in Malta in 2023 for the very first time. The venue is the Dolmen Hotel, Qawra from 1st - 8th November. Information on hotel bookings in due course.

REIGNING EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS AS FOLLOWS -

MENS  ~  Wales
LADIES  ~  England
SENIORS  ~  Scotland
MASTERS  ~  England
UNDER 23  ~  Scotland
UNDER 18  ~  France
UNDER 15  ~  France
LDs  ~  Scotland

MENS  ~  Scott Gillespie (Scotland)
LADIES  ~  Emma Cunningham (Northern Ireland)
SENIORS  ~  Kevin Seaman (England)
MASTERS  ~  Rob Tait (Wales)
UNDER 23  ~  Cole Bedford (Wales)
UNDER 18  ~  Alexis Klinka (France)
UNDER 15  ~  Geo Edgar (Scotland)
LDs  ~  Jonathan Adams (Scotland)



STATEMENT FROM OUR CHAIRMAN 29TH OCTOBER 2022

Dear Members of the EBA,

On August 2nd 2022 the EBA committee and Nation Reps met and found that the Ireland Blackball Association (IBA) was in breach of Article 7, Paragraph 3 of the EBA Constitution 3 which states 
“All members must recognise the EBA as the only controlling body for the game of Blackball on the continent and must prohibit their players taking part in any national, continental or international competition that has been identified by the EBA as being detrimental to the interests of the Association in performing this task or to the unity of the game of Blackball. In no case will players compete in representation of their countries in events that have not been sanctioned by the EBA.” They breached this because they had announced that they were sending players to a BI Blackball tournament in Morocco which was at the same time as the World Championships held in Albi and this was detrimental to the EBA, who had democratically left BI. The EBA at this point suspended the IBA as EBA members and requested the IBA to retract their attendance to the Blackball event in Morocco within 7 days of receiving the letter, and if they did not do that we would invoke Article 8 (Disciplinary of Members and Expulsion), Section 8.2, Subsection iii giving the EBA the power to expulse the IBA. the Article 8, Section 8.2, Subsection iii states Refusal to comply with the provisions of the constitution and its associated regulations

On the August 10th 2022 the IBA responded saying that the EBA had no authority in sanctioning the IBA in attending the event in Morocco and that the event was not detrimental to the EBA. 
The EBA then responded back on August 21st explaining why the event in Morocco was detrimental to the EBA World Championships in Albi, and how we did have the right to sanction Ireland under our constitution. At this point the EBA invoked “Article 8, Section 8.2, Subsection iii” and expulsed the IBA giving them 2 months to fix the situation and not attend the event in Morocco. We stated that if they attended Morocco we would have no choice but to make their expulsion permanent. There has been no response to date to this letter and as we all know Ireland did attend Morocco and have had the blessing from the IBA.

So it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that, Ireland Blackball Association (IBA) is no longer a member of the EBA.

Yours in sport

Sean Rumbado, 
EBA Chairman

The European Blackball Association
Secretary: Gillian Rolston
EBA email: europeanbb@outlook.com web site: http://www.eba-pool.org

2023 EBA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The EBA are delighted to announce that the Malta Blackball Federation have been successful in their bid to host the 2023 European Championships in November. Dates and more information in due course.

Due to the Covid Pandemic our last European Championship took place in 2019 and our reigning Champions are as follows -


Mens Team  ~  Wales
Mens Individual  ~  Scott Gillespie (Scotland)

Ladies Team  ~  England
Ladies Individual  ~  Emma Cunningham (Northern Ireland)

Seniors Team  ~  Scotland
Seniors Individual  ~  Kevin Seaman (England)

Masters Team  ~  England
Masters Individual  ~  Rob Tait (Wales)

Under 23 Team  ~  Scotland
Under 23 Individual  ~  Cole Bedford (Wales)

Under 18 Team  ~  France
Under 18 Individual  ~  Alexis Klinka (France)

Under 15 Team  ~  France
Under 15 Individual  ~  Geo Edgar (Scotland)

Learning Difficulties  ~  Scotland
Learning Difficulties Individual  ~  Jonathan Adams (Scotland)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDE

What a fantastic World Championship the FFB (French Federation of Billiards) put on in Albi, France. 18 Nations from across the globe competed tooth and nail on the baize for all the various titles on offer. See below the final Medals table. 

Next up for the EBA is the 2023 Singles Events in Blackpool in February followed by the 2023 Nations Cup in Bridlington. 



UNDERWAY IN ALBI

We are well underway in Albi, France at the 2022 World Blackball Championships. And what a show the FFB have put on so far. A fantastic opening ceremony, an incredible arena with tiered seating, 2 free streaming tables, and an extra 38 pay per view streaming tables costing only 10 euros. Near on 600 players, 18 Nations (many from the EBA), are giving it their best vying for all the titles on offer.

Live streaming at ~ https://tv.kozoom.com/en/event/35301

Fixtures, Frame by frame updates, Group tables and stats on the "LEAGUE APP LIVE" app. Download from Play or App Stores, enter "Eba" and everything is there to view




STATEMENT FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

  Dear EBA Members/Pool fraternity

I would like to apologise for not having come out with an official statement, prior to this time. However your National Associations have been kept aware of all proceedings at all times, in fact all the major decisions were made after online meetings with representatives from all EBA members who voted on how to move forward.

First let me try to reconstruct a timeline of what has transpired over the last months regarding EBA, BI and the World Championships. These World Championships were awarded to the FFB/France by BI in early 2021.

In the time between that awarding of the World’s and March/April 2022 there was a tremendous turmoil in the BI Board following many strange and unconstitutional decisions and actions by said board. This finally escalated to the point where board member Ross McInness was unconstitutionally removed from the BI board.

It was at this time around March/April 2022 that the EBA, following much discussion and communication between its executive committee and representatives from all EBA member nations, decided to (hopefully temporarily) resign its membership from BI. This resignation was very swiftly followed by an announcement from Mark Cottingham that the “official” World Championships would now be held in Morocco on the exact same dates as the actual World Championships in Albi hosted by the FFB.

Shortly after this announcement Mark and Samantha Cottingham decided to resign their positions as chairman and treasurer of BI. This by default left Kevin Byrne as acting president, Annette Grigg as secretary and Mycherif Zine El Abidine as the only board member of BI. At the request of Kevin Byrne the EBA decided to meet with the BI board once again and hear them out. At this meeting and later in writing both Kevin Byrne and Mycherif assured the EBA that there would be no event in Morocco and this was all coming from Mark Cottingham who had now resigned.

We took everything onboard and after further discussions with all the EBA member nations it was decided that the BI board did not want to satisfy our wishes to remove all destructive elements within BI and it was decided to stand by our decision to leave BI.

Kevin Byrne resigned his position within BI shortly after, leaving by default Mycherif as the acting President of BI, Annette resigned too shortly after and the Australian Blackball International Federation (ABIF) departed BI aswell. That left only Africa and Mycherif who became the acting president, acting secretary and acting treasurer at that point on the board. Any reasonable thinking person would consider THE ONLY course of action for BI to hold an extraordinary AGM as soon as possible to work towards filling all the available seats on the board.

But instead, lo and behold here we are with Morocco holding an event at the same time that the FFB are hosting the sanctioned World Championships. If that is not being counter productive and trying to undermine blackball and doing what is clearly NOT best for the players we don’t know what is.

So, for reasons beyond us a decision was made by the remains of an organisation with no elected board members to host a tournament in direct conflict with the World Championship the FFB is organising. One would think that by now that BI would have been lost and the WPA would have been asking questions. But no its seems this is ok, and its ok to bring in new members without holding an AGM/EGM like the newly formed Australian body who claim to be the Oceania Body as did the ABIF under the reign of Mark & Samantha Cottingham.

Enough on that, we hope that it would be clear to anyone that EBA could no longer be expected to stay a member of or consider re-joining BI with the entire board falling apart multiple times and yet no AGM to re-fill said board.

Back to the current situation with the Irish Blackball Association, the IBA.

The IBA, like all the EBA members was supposed to only send teams to The World Championships in Albi as this was the decision made by the EBA members. Recently however the IBA have said to the

EBA that they have to send teams to Morocco because the government forces them to attend official tournaments (we requested proof of this which we have yet to see).

IBA have made a point in saying that the Official World Championships was always running from 8th – 15th of October, which is correct and when the EBA left BI and all of the things I have mentioned above happened there was no longer a BI body and all of its former members were attending the World Championships in Albi. But because the AAPA were not invited to the Albi event (as they are deemed by the EBA of not being democratic and are a disruptive force in the promotion of BB under their current leadership) the event in Morocco was put on and the dates were set on purpose the same as Albi in an attempt to undermine the EBA and FFB, the AAPA could have put on any other dates but they chose conflict instead.

So in response to the IBA’s statement, the real reason why the EBA has temporarily expelled the IBA from its ranks is for contravening the EBA constitution, for attempting to undermine the EBA and going against the vote to leave BI by attending the Morocco event. They have under the constitution 2 months as from the 22nd of August 2022 to rectify this situation at which time the EBA will review the situation and either stand by its decision or revoke the expulsion, in accordance to the EBA constitution.

I know not all of the IBA members stand by the decision of their committee and it is a sad situation we are in currently. The EBA has always been a family and like all families we have our disputes and I believe this is one of them. I hope that there will be more members of the IBA asking questions now of their committee and they will do the right thing to rectify this situation so we can have a family reunion soon and be united as we were before and always have been in promoting Blackball and showing the world that we are a strong family.

Yours in Sport

Sean Rumbado

EBA Chairman

ALBI COUNTDOWN

At time of posting only 28 days to go to the 2022 World Blackball Championships when 18 Nations will converge in Albi, France. The excitement is building !!!

Early programme details are now out. Go to https://www.wbc2022.org/agenda to view.



THE 2023 EBA NATIONS CUP OF POOL

Please note dates changes for the 2023 Nations Cup of Blackball Pool in Bridlington. Really looking forward to returning to the fantastic Spa Arena, hard to believe last time we were there was in 2019.





2022 WORLD BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fantastic Programme of Events to look forward to, watch this space for the upcoming day to day detailed schedule.



COUNTDOWN !!!!

@ 19TH JULY 2022

Only 79 days to go before the EBA head off to Albi for the 2022 World Blackball Championships in France. We can't wait !!!!




2022 WORLD BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE BIGGEST AND BEST YET

Already 15 nations participating in this years Blackball World Championships in France in October. And it ain't over yet....!! Still more to come. Who will be next ? watch this space !! 



ALL ROADS LEAD TO ALBI FOR THE BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OCTOBER

Following the publication of the EBA and the situation which opposes it to the BI, the French Billiard Federation wishes to affirm its will to conduct its international event scheduled from October 8th to 15th, 2022 in Albi.

The French Billiard Federation confirms its membership of the EBA and will conduct this event with the members of the EBA, regardless of the outcome of the current international situation of Blackball.

Yours in sport,

Jean-Paul SINANIAN
FFB President
Fédération Française de Billard
CS 42202 

CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE LINKS
(To translate into English or South African, please click on the appropriate flag)

CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION HOME PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org
CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY OF ALBIhttps://www.wbc2022.org/la-ville-d-albi/
CHAMPIONSHIPS VENUE PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/le-parc-expo/
CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TRAVEL PAGE ~ https://www.wbc2022.org/hebergements-acces/
CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE STREAMINGhttps://www.wbc2022.org/medias/

Accommodation to be booked via your Governing Body




EBA RESIGNS FROM BI

LETTER SENT TO BLACKBALL INTERNATIONAL FROM THE EBA


Dear members,

The EBA Committee (all nations) has had to make the very hard decision of leaving BlackBall International (BI) which will be as effective immediately at midnight 6th February, for the reasons listed below:

1. We believe that in our interpretation of the constitution BI have acted unconstitutionally and have been informed of this.

2. We have requested an EGM back in September/October 2021 calling a vote of no confidence in the President of BI which fell on deaf ears. We have written a complaint and advised that we would have to review our position within BI to which they responded with arranging a meeting for 2 weeks later, even though it was clear of how detrimental the outcome of this meeting could be to the World Championships.

3. When requested by the EBA to speed up the meetings still more delaying tactics followed from BI.

4. We have no confidence in the President of BI who has demonstrated through his actions in BI that if you do not agree with him he makes sure to get rid of you.

5. We have noted that Malaysia, who was voted in to represent Asia in an EGM that was unconstitutional, has now recognised this and has written to BI rescinding its membership too. Which just reinforces our decision

What we request is that the BI Board be dissolved and the BI Council meet and rewrite the constitution as it is very ambiguous and once we have the constitution rewritten and agreed upon at an AGM with Council members, then and only then can we proceed in electing a board and moving forward.

Once the Board has been dissolved EBA would consider returning so it may input in the rewriting of the constitution and re-election of the Board.

Yours in Sport

Sean Rumbado

EBA Chairman

On Behalf of the EBA Committee


The European Blackball Association

Secretary: David Duncan

31 Blake Street, Dunfermline FIFE KY11 4PW SCOTLAND

Mobile: 07803 264780 e-mail: dduncan65@hotmail.co.uk

EBA email: europeanbb@outlook.com web site: http://www.eba-pool.org

BRIDLINGTON CANCELLED

Dear Members
Today the EBA has made the very difficult decision to inform its members that the Nations Cup planned for Bridlington during April 2022 has been cancelled.
Considering the current UK Government guidance and the high degree of uncertainty around what the potential travel restrictions may be in April, along with guidance on events, it is not appropriate to allow our members to be making plans. This coupled with the uncertainty of attending Nations and the recent withdrawal of Gibraltar and Wales informed part of the decision making process.
That being said, the health and well-being of our members must come first.
The Executive Committee
European Blackball Association
Note: the proposed dates for 2023 are:
Week 1: 26 - 29 March – Youths & LD’s
Week 2: 31 Mar - 5 Apr – Adults
Change over day: 30 March
Any problems please indicate asap

Anyone who has booked accommodation and paid deposit for 2022 might be able to transfer to 2023, worth asking. 

THE EBA 2022 NATIONS CUP OF POOL

The European Blackball Association are delighted to confirm the dates and venue for the 2022 Nations Cup of Pool. It's just great to be putting an International event back on after a long enforced break due to Covid 19. We can't wait to see faces, old and new, back in Bridlington in April.



2022 BI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE

A new dedicated website for the Championships has been set up and news and updates will go live from 1st November 2021

8th - 15th October 2022 ~ Albi, France

https://www.wbc2022.org/



  

FRANCE TO HOST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to France who have won the right to hold the 2022 Blackball International World Championships. The event will run from 8-15th October and will be held in Albi in the South of France.

More exciting details to follow soon on what is a fantastic bid from France.