Partnership with Chalk Talk & Micro Brew Radio

We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership between the European Blackball Association (EBA), the International Blackball Federation (IBF), and Chalk Talk, in collaboration with Micro Brew Radio. This alliance marks a significant step forward in promoting the sport of Blackball pool globally and providing a platform for players to share their stories and experiences.

As part of this partnership, a player from each member nation will be featured in weekly interviews on Chalk Talk's immensely popular podcast and YouTube channel. From May leading up to the eagerly anticipated B Team Festival of Pool in association with the EBA  event in Coleraine this October and the prestigious World Championships in Malta this November, audiences worldwide will have the opportunity to hear directly from the players themselves.

Moreover, we are excited to announce that these captivating interviews will be uploaded to Mixcloud and Spotify, ensuring that fans can access them conveniently and enjoy them on their preferred platforms.

At the core of this initiative is the celebration of players and their invaluable contributions to the sport. We believe that every player has a unique story to tell, and through these interviews, we aim to showcase the diversity and talent within the Blackball pool community. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a rising star, this platform is for you to share what representing your country means and to provide insights into your journey in the world of Blackball pool.

We are immensely excited about the possibilities this partnership holds and the impact it will have on the Blackball pool community. Together, we will elevate the sport to new heights, inspire the next generation of players, and create unforgettable moments leading up to the pinnacle events later this year.

Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to be inspired by the stories of passion, dedication, and excellence from the world's top Blackball pool players.

Let's make history together!

Dave Goldsmith/Gillian Rolston/Sean Rumbado







REFEREES BLACKBALL EXAM

The EBA will be staging a sitting of the Referees exam in Bridlington. Anyone who is interested please register with EBA Secretary Gillian Rolston

Date - Saturday 16th March
Time - 4.00pm
Where - Boardroom, Spa Arena
Cost - €25 per person

Payable in advance to -

Bank Details
European Blackball Association
BIC: IPBSIE2D
IBAN: IE14IPBS99064229361782

2024 'B' TEAM EVENT CONFIRMED

 












Fantastic news as the 2024 'B' Team Event in association with the EBA is announced for October.

Playing days are 15th to 20th October 2024

We are heading to Coleraine on the beautiful north coast of Northern Ireland, the Lodge Hotel playing host in what will be another great event. We were last there in 2016, see below for the winners from that year, recognise any names ?

More details on eligibility, accommodation, travel etc to follow in due course.

MEN'S - Wales
LADIES - England
SENIORS - Scotland
MASTERS - Northern Ireland
U23 - England
U18 - England
U15 - Wales
MEN'S - Drew Sloan (Northern Ireland)
LADIES - Claire Peaty (England)
SENIORS - John Hartley (England)
MASTERS - Kevin McIlroy (England)
U23 - Jake Dylan Newlove (England)
U18 - Callum Coleman (England)
U15 - Kian Monaghan (England)

JUST 10 WEEKS TO GO

In exactly 10 weeks time today teams will have arrived in East Yorkshire for the 2024 EBA Nations Cup of Pool. And what a sight awaits, new players especially, as they enter the fantastic Spa Arena in Bridlington one of the greatest if not the greatest arenas in the World for Pool.







WELCOME PORTUGAL

A massive welcome into the EBA Pool family to our latest member, Portugal. Really looking forward to seeing the guys both on and off the table at their first event. We now have 15 members definitely growing and definitely stronger together.

# Portuguese Blackball Association
# PBA
# European Blackball Association
# Stronger Together
# Welcome

NEXT STOP - BRIDLINGTON !!!

With the Euros in Malta now just a fantastic memory the EBA now concentrate the 2024 Nations Cup of Pool in the best playing arena in the world, the Bridlington Spa.

Playing days are as follows -

Sunday 17th March to Friday 22nd March
Mens, Ladies, Seniors, Masters, Grandmasters 

Sunday 24th March to Wednesday 27th March  
Under 15s, Under 18s, Under 23s & Learning Disabilities  -  

Wheelchair TBC

THE NATIONS WHERE ALL THE TROPHIES ENDED UP

After an incredible and memorable week of Pool in Malta here are the Nations who took home the Winners trophies in each category

'A' TEAM EVENT WINNERS
 
MENS  -  England
LADIES  -  France
SENIORS  -  England
MASTERS -  Wales
GRANDMASTERS  -  England
UNDER 23  -  France
UNDER 18  -  Malta
UNDER 15  - Scotland
LEARNING DISABILITIES - Wales
 
'B' TEAM EVENT WINNERS
 
MENS  -  England
LADIES  -  England
SENIORS  -  Scotland
MASTERS  -  Scotland
UNDER 15  -  England 

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
 
MENS  -  Craig Marsh (Wales)
LADIES  -  Chucky Preston (Northern Ireland)
SENIORS  -  Andy Lucas (England)
MASTERS -  Derek Smyth (Ireland)
GRANDMASTERS  -  Keith Brewer (England)
UNDER 23  -  Kyle Cope (England)
UNDER 18  -  Steven Muscat (Malta)
UNDER 15  -  Jake Castaldi (Malta)
LEARNING DISABILITIES - Thomas Heal (Wales)
WHEELCHAIR  -  Roy Kimberley (England)

ALL THE SCORES AND STATS FROM MALTA

For all the Frame x Frame live scoring download the LeagueAppLive App and enter the name EBA. You can also view all the fixtures, League tables, Stats and Individual draws from all the various sections.



COUNTDOWN TO MALTA ~ ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO

 

NEW EBA MERCHANDISE PARTNER & STORE

INTRODUCING THE NEW OFFICIAL EBA MERCHANDISE COLLECTION FROM ONBOARD  !!!

Are you ready to take your support for the EBA to the next level ? The brand new EBA Store has just launched with an amazing line up of merchandise that will have you looking like a Pro on and off the table.

Jerseys ~ We've got not one, but four uniquely designed jerseys that will make you stand out in the crowd. 
Midlayers ~ Keep warm and stylish with our all new EBA midlayers, designed to provide maximum comfort and show your unwavering support for the EBA.
Add your name ~ Personalise your purchase by adding your surname on the back of either jersey or midlayer.

Visit our Official EBA store today and grab your favourite top


#ebamerch  #investinyourperformance  #getonboard



 

2024 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HEAD TO MALTA !!!

The International Blackball Federation Executive Committee is delighted to announce our first ever World Championships will be held in Malta from November 2nd to November 10th, 2024.

We are looking forward to working with Malta to make sure we offer our players the best experience and everything a World Championships should be. We feel that the passion and commitment Malta have towards our sport make them an ideal partner for us to work with.
In a statement, Malta's President Philip Gatt said: "It is an honour and a privilege for Malta to be hosting the biggest event in Blackball, the World Blackball Championships. We intend to showcase how important this game is for our nation and hope to see all the nations around the world unite together in Malta in 2024."
Stronger together !!




2023 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS ACCOMMODATION

For hotel bookings and other related enquiries, please contact the Malta Blackball Federation's Travel Agent, details below. Players must stay in the Dolmen Hotel, Qawra.

Name  ~  Hermina Bonsfield

DOLMEN HOTEL RATES

IN QUAD ROOM  (4x PEOPLE)  =  €45.00 PPPN
IN TRIPLE ROOM  (3x PEOPLE)  =  €47.25 PPPN
IN TWIN ROOM  (2x PEOPLE)  =  €51.50 PPPN
IN TWIN ROOM (1x PERSON)  =  €89.00 PPPN

The above rates are inclusive of daily breakfast and VAT

The price excludes an eco tax of €0.50 per person per night (with a maximum of €5.00) per stay

25% deposit required on booking confirmation. Full balance by 20th September 2023.



THE NATIONS TO WHERE ALL THE TITLES WENT


'A TEAM WINNERS

Mens  -  England
Ladies  -  England
Seniors  -  England
Masters  -  England
Grandmasters  -  Scotland
Under 23 -  Scotland
Under 18 -  England
Under 15 -  Northern Ireland
Learning Disabilities -  Wales

'B' TEAM WINNERS

Mens   Scotland
Ladies  -  England
Seniors  -  Scotland
Masters  -  England
Under 23 - Scotland
Under 18 -  England
Under 15 -  England
Learning Disabilities -  England

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

Mens  -  Scotland (Liam Dunster)
Ladies  -  England (Kerry Griffiths)
Seniors  -  Scotland (Scott Dunbar)
Masters  -  England (Jason Twist)
Wheelchair  -  England (Aslam Abubaker)
Grandmasters  -  England (Harris Ali)
Under 23 -  Wales (Zak Walters)
Under 18 -  England (Riley Fisher)
Under 15 -  England (Charlie Earnshaw)
Learning Disabilities -  Wales (Thomas Heal)

DOUBLES WINNERS

Wheelchair  -  England (Rodney Brown & Roy Kimberley)
Under 23 -  England (Kyle Cope & Charlie Begley)
Under 18 -  England (Keane Norcup & Rosie Kenrick)
Under 15 -  England (Charlie Earnshaw & Jack Watson)
Learning Disabilities -  England (Lee Ryan & Lance Richardson)

2023 UNDERS & LDs NATIONS CUP OF POOL UNDERWAY !!!

It's just great to back in The Spa, Bridlington, one of, if not the best playing arena in the World for Pool. Good luck to all participating Under 15, Under 18, Under 23 and Learning Disabilities players. All the links as follows -

LIVE FRAME x FRAME SCORING & STATS
1/ Download LeagueAppLive from either the PLAY STORE or the APP STORE
2/ Select EBA, then click on the Podium for all the options 

LIVE STREAMING
Search TYPLive in either YOU TUBE or FACEBOOK and watch for free (2x selected matches)

INDIVIDUAL DRAWS
All Sections draws are hosted on the Northern Ireland Cuescore Webpage at https://cuescore.com/northernirelandpoolassociation










FREE LIVE STREAMING FROM BRIDLINGTON

Great news !!  The EBA will have FREE live streaming from Bridlington during the 2023 Nations Cup. Our partner is TYPLive. Certain tables will be available to watch alongside an Arena Camera that will be up to watch each day.

You will be able to catch the action on Facebook, You Tube and TYPPlayer. More info to follow. 

TYPLive / TYPPlayer


For Live Frame x Frame scoring, fixtures, results, group tables, Knock Out stages etc, download LeagueAppLive and select EBA, then click on the Podium.


 EUROPEAN BLACKBALL
     ASSOCIATION 2023
 NATIONS CUP OF POOL

BRIDLINGTON SPA ARENA
 
 

WELCOME ORKNEY

The EBA Committee would like to welcome Orkney as our newest member of the EBA family. Hope to meet and greet you all very soon guys.

INTERNATIONAL BLACKBALL FEDERATION LAUNCHES

The newly formed International Blackball Federation (IBF) has launched and is growing rapidly.

Members to date are the EBA Members of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Malta, Gibraltar, Belgium, Netherlands, Cyprus, Catalonia, Shetland and
Sweden. These European Nations are joined by Australia, South Africa and Mexico with more to come.

Acting Chairperson - Gillian Rolston (Northern Ireland)
Acting Vice Chairperson - Sylvia Nolan (South Africa)
Treasurer - Phil Hoskins (Wales)
Secretary - Annette Grigg (Australia)


Contact by email - ibfsecretary.2023@gmail.com

Watch this space !!

2023 EBA UK SINGLE TITLES

MENS FINAL
JACK WHELAN (England)  8-2  KHARIM ROBLES LOPEZ (Gibraltar)

LADIES FINAL
EMMA CUNNINGHAM (Northern Ireland)  8-4  JENNY RUMBADO (Gibraltar)

SENIORS FINAL
GERARD HEANEY (Northern Ireland)  8-3  GRAHAM DUNBAR (Scotland)

MASTERS FINAL
MARTIN FISHER (Scotland)  8-6  MARTY GOUDIE (Northern Ireland)

GRANDMASTERS FINAL
ROSS MCINNES (Scotland)  8-7  STEVE WOODIER (England)



 

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