The 2017 IPA World Championships



The end of January is nearly upon us and that means the best cueists in the World of Pool will descend on Yorkshire for the IPA World Pool Championships from the Bradford Hotel in Hall Ings at the end of January and in to early February.

For those unfamiliar with the tournament, the IPA play to the IOC recognised Blackball rule set, the more attack minded fast flowing version that really encourages aggressive play from the break onwards, and makes for a more entertaining spectacle for the spectators both in the venue (free entry all week) and those watching on the HD live stream www.ipapool.com which is also free to air.
 
Leading bookmaker Coral continue to support the IPA and will be betting on the event as time allows with an overall market to be formed as soon as final entries are made (I am willing to bet that Marc Farnsworth pictured top right heads the opening market), and they also hope to bet on individual matches that appear on the livestream on a daily basis, depending on their other sporting commitments.  With a record entry of 176 for the Open and counting, as well as 36 for the Ladies and players from as far afield as Belgium, Norway, France, Hungary and even Iraq it truly is a genuine World Championship worthy of the name and if you can find the winners they seem sure to start at a rewarding price.

Back to the Pool and last year the ever-reliable Gareth Hibbott (white shirt) took the title for the first time, and will be one of the favourites now despite the added pressure of attempting to retain his crown. Naturally, there will be a long list of very serious rivals including rankings leader Marc Farnsworth, 2015 Champion Jack Whelan, Seniors Champion Jason Twist (who will also be defending his Seniors title) Welsh Wizards Craig Marsh and Simon Ward, Clint I’Anson, Ronan McCarthy, Dan Davy, – the list of top players is endless, and Pool fans are in for a rare treat over the six days of intense competition.

With Pool becoming ever more popular week on week (just witness the number of new tables appearing in a pub or club near you) there is sure to be a massive livestream audience once again in 2017, but the action doesn’t end there.

As well as the all-important singles (and the £10,000 first prize), there is a doubles tournament (£2500), Seniors (£1200), Ladies (£1,000) and Mixed Doubles (£400), so something for everybody, but perhaps equally importantly, a gathering of the best players in the biggest (and most important) tournament of the year.

For those unfamiliar with the sport I like to describe it as easy to play but impossible to master (well, for me at least).  In simple terms, it’s the game we have all played at some time or another, with reds and yellows (it used to be spots and stripes years ago) and a black, with the object to pot all of your colours and then the black in that order. Tactics can ensue with the odd snooker needed on occasion but at this level it’s a potting feast, and a single frame rarely lasts more than a few minutes, though with the singles carrying a best of 5 sets (each a best of seven frames), the luck factor is all but eliminated and the players get a lot of pool for their entry fee.  

In conclusion pool is a rapidly growing sport that anyone can play, and the IPA are at the pinnacle, so why not join in, or at least have a look in on the live stream – you will be made most welcome!

The IPA can be contacted via their website www.ipapool.com, on Facebook (faceboook.com/IPA) via Twitter (@ipa), and on Snapchat, Instagram and via their YouTube channel.     

European Championships


With the conclusion of the BBI World Championships and the EBA Nations Cup, a fantastic two weeks of Blackball Pool for EBA member Nations is over and we now look forward to the 2017 European Championships in the unique Spa Arena, Bridlington, England. Dates are as follows -

Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd April -- Unders & Learning Difficulties

Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th April -- Adults

Just a reminder to all Nations that Mens 'B' Teams have been reduced to seven person teams with each Nation being permitted to enter three teams.

2016 Nations Cup, all the winners

TITLE - WINNERS



UNDER 23 TEAM WINNERS - England 1
UNDER 23 INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Jake Newlove (England)
UNDER 23 DOUBLES WINNERS - J.Newlove & A.Rambert (England)



UNDER 18 TEAM WINNERS - England 2
UNDER 18 INDIVIDUAL WINNER -     Callum Coleman (England)
UNDER 18 DOUBLES WINNERS - K.Hofgson & T.Wardle (England)



UNDER 15 TEAM WINNERS - Wales
UNDER 15 INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Kian Monaghan (England)
UNDER 15 DOUBLES WINNERS - H.Sirnicki & K.Cope (England)



MENS TEAM WINNERS - Wales 2
MENS INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Drew Sloan (Northern Ireland)
MENS DOUBLES WINNERS - C.Jones & B.Rodgers (England)



LADIES TEAM WINNERS - England 2
LADIES INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Clare Peaty (England)
LADIES DOUBLES WINNERS - S.Merola & K.Denton (England)



SENIORS TEAM WINNERS - Scotland 1
SENIORS INDIVIDUAL WINNER - John Hartley (England)
SENIORS DOUBLES WINNERS - N.Adams & D.Turner (Scotland)



MASTERS TEAM WINNERS - Northern Ireland 1
MASTERS INDIVIDUAL WINNER - Kevin McIlroy (England)
MASTERS DOUBLES WINNERS - M.Cowan & J.McMeekin (Scotland)



2016 Championships draw to an end

The 2016 Blackball International World Championship in Killarney, Ireland have ended. We now look forward to the next Championships in 2018, the official venue hasn't been confirmed just yet, but it looks odds on that it will be heading down under to Australia. Team and Individual medal winners below as we say goodbye to a wonderful week in the beautiful County of Kerry.



GOLD SILVER BRONZE




MENS TEAM FRANCE WALES MALTA
LADIES TEAM SOUTH AFRICA FRANCE NORTHERN IRELAND
SENIORS TEAM SCOTLAND ENGLAND WALES
MASTERS TEAM IRELAND ENGLAND NORTHERN IRELAND
UNDER 23 TEAM SOUTH AFRICA MALTA FRANCE
UNDER 18 TEAM FRANCE ENGLAND WALES
UNDER 15 TEAM ENGLAND SCOTLAND IRELAND
SPECIALS TEAM NORTHERN IRELAND SCOTLAND ENGLAND




MENS                    INDIVIDUAL L. DUNSTER           SCOTLAND J. MCALLISTER        ENGLAND J. WHELAN               ENGLAND
LADIES                   INDIVIDUAL S. BRUNET                   FRANCE S. EVANS                    IRELAND V. CHAMONAZ            FRANCE
SENIORS               INDIVIDUAL B. SNADDON         SCOTLAND P. COLDRICK               FRANCE C. PILLAY                       SOUTH AFRICA
MASTERS              INDIVIDUAL D. DRYSDALE        NORTHERN IRELAND B. SNELL                   ENGLAND R. STOCKMAN      NORTHERN IRELAND
UNDER 23            INDIVIDUAL D. MCNAMARA       ENGLAND L. AFYON                     FRANCE D. WINFIELD           ENGLAND
UNDER 18            INDIVIDUAL B. ROWLAND           ENGLAND O. WALLACE         NORTHERN IRELAND B. WEBSTER            ENGLAND
UNDER 15            INDIVIDUAL O. ELLIS                          WALES K. QADIR                 SCOTLAND J. COVENTRY         SCOTLAND
SPECIALS                 INDIVIDUAL A.REYNOLDS JR      SCOTLAND P.BRANCHE             SCOTLAND L.WALKER               SCOTLAND
WHEELCHAIR       INDIVIDUAL F. DINSMORE            IRELAND P. HENDRICKSEN         WALES D. LUTON                 ENGLAND




MENS                         DOUBLES LAMBERT/DUMORTIER FRANCE SHAIK/BAILEY               SOUTH AFRICA CRENN/WOLFF             NORWAY
LADIES                       DOUBLES BUCKTON/SOLOMONS SOUTH AFRICA CRUZ/NIOLLET               FRANCE BOOYERS/OLIVER          SOUTH AFRICA
SENIORS                     DOUBLES SEAMAN/DOYLE      ENGLAND JONES/MCDONNELL    ENGLAND PRICE/LAYLAND            WALES
MASTERS                   DOUBLES JOHNSTON/DRYSDALE NORTHERN IRELAND SNELL/PARTRIDGE      ENGLAND GRACE/BROUDIE         SOUTH AFRICA
UNDER 23                  DOUBLES MARTIN/MCMACKIN NORTHERN IRELAND JOSEPH/ELIE                 SOUTH AFRICA AFYON/REBIER           FRANCE
UNDER 18                 DOUBLES COVENTRY/CUMMING SCOTLAND SANDS/ANDERSON    SCOTLAND HEAL/JONES                 WALES
UNDER 15                   DOUBLES BEAR/MCALEER   GIB/IRE ELMHIRST/PATEL       ENGLAND COVENTRY/QUADIR  SCOTLAND
SPECIALS                    DOUBLES LLOYD/DOGRA        ENGLAND JOHNSTON/BELL NORTHERN IRELAND REID/HEALY          NORTHERN IRELAND
WHEELCHAIR              DOUBLES SOUTHERN/DINSMORE ENGLAND/IRELAND HENDRICKSEN/CASEY WALES/IRELAND PROPOPIEV/BARRY RUSSIA/IRELAND

World Championship updates

 
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2016 Blackball International World Championships

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2017 EBA Nations Cup

Congratulations to the Malta Eight Ball Federation on being successful in their bid to host the 2017 EBA Nations Cup of Pool. The event is for both 'A' and 'B' Teams and will be played in early November.

More details to follow as soon as we get them

2016 EBA Nations Cup Fixtures

Click on the links on the left hand side to view the fixtures for all Sections in the upcoming 2016 Nations Cup in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.




World Championship entries

2016 Blackball International World Championship entries to date as follows -



MENS - (16) LADIES - (10) SENIORS - (11) MASTERS - (10)




Australia Australia Australia Australia
Catalonia England Catalonia Catalonia
Cyprus France England England
England Gibraltar France France
France Ireland Gibraltar Gibraltar
Gibraltar N. Ireland Ireland Ireland
Ireland S. Africa N. Ireland N. Ireland
Malta Scotland Norway S. Africa
Morocco Uganda S. Africa Scotland
N.Ireland Wales Scotland Wales
Netherlands
Wales
Norway


S. Africa


Scotland


Uganda


Wales






UNDER 23 - (9) UNDER 18 - (8) UNDER 15 - (7) WH'CHAIR - (10)




Australia England England Australia x1
Catalonia France Gibraltar England x2
England Ireland Ireland 1 Ireland x5
France Malta Ireland 2 N. Ireland x1
Ireland N. Ireland Scotland 1 Russia x1
Malta S. Africa Scotland 2
N. Ireland Scotland Wales
S. Africa Wales

Scotland






MENS LDs - (6) LADIES LDs - (2)





England Ireland

Ireland S.Africa

N. Ireland


S. Africa


Scotland


Wales


EBA Nations Cup entries

The following teams have entered the upcoming 2016 EBA Nations Cup of Pool which will take place in Coleraine, Northern Ireland starting the Thursday 20th October

Fixtures to follow soon


MENS  LADIES  SENIORS  MASTERS 




N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1
N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2
Scotland B1 Scotland B1 Scotland B1 Scotland B1
Scotland B2 Scotland B2 Scotland B2 Scotland B2
Wales B1 Wales B1 Wales B1 Wales B1
Wales B2 England B1 Wales B2 S. Ireland B1
S. Ireland B1 England B2 S. Ireland B1 S. Ireland B2
S. Ireland B2
S. Ireland B2 England B1
England B1
England B1 England B2
England B2
England B2




UNDER 23  UNDER 18  UNDER 15 




N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1 N. Ireland B1
N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2 N. Ireland B2
Scotland B1 Wales B1 Scotland B1
Scotland B2 England B1 Wales B1
Wales B1 England B2 England B1
England B1
England B2
England B2


IPA 2017 Calendar

Dates for the IPA 2017 calendar have been confirmed as follows. Check out the UK Open venue in June !! --

IPA World Championships
31 Jan -5 Feb
Bradford Hotel

IPA Welsh Open
24 -26 February
Mercure Holland House
Cardiff

IPA English Open
12 -14 May
Bradford Hotel

IPA UK Open
23 -25 June
Newcastle United FC
St James Park
Newcastle

IPA European Open
11 -13 August
Hilton Coventry

IPA British Open
20 -22 October
Hilton Brighton

Tyrone Cues

The EBA are delighted to announce a new partnership with TYRONE CUES

This will see Tyrone Cues become the EBA's official cue manufacturer with full EBA endorsement and each cue purchased through the partnership will come with the EBA logo on it.

The beneficiary of the partnership will be the EBA Youths and Juniors Section and a set amount will be given to the section for each cue sold.

We would like to thank Martin Daly owner of Tyrone Cues for all his help and we look forward to a successful partnership

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'B' TEAM NATIONS CUP Entry forms

Team entry forms for the 2016 'B' Teams Nations Cup have been sent out to each EBA member nation. If anyone has not received their email please contact Tournament Secretary Robert Hawkins at robert.hawkins@zen.co.uk

2016 European Adult Individual Champions --- sponsored by CUE & CASE



From left to right

MASTERS - John Hardy (Wales)
SENIORS - Steve Webster (England)
LADIES - Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland)
MENS - Liam Dunster (Scotland)

2016 Europeans - The Winners


Mens 'A' Team - Wales
Mens 'B' Team - Wales B1
Mens Individual Champion - Liam Dunster (Scotland)



Ladies 'A' Team - Scotland
Ladies 'B' Team - England B1
Ladies Individual Champion - Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland)



Seniors 'A' Team - England
Seniors 'B' Team - England B1
Seniors Individual Champion - Steve Webster (England)



Masters 'A' Team - Scotland
Masters 'B' Team - Scotland B1
Masters Individual Champion - John Hardy (Wales)



Under 23 'A' Team - Wales
Under 23 'B' Team - Scotland B2
Under 23 Individual Champion - Brad Williams (England)
Under 23 Doubles - Stuart Weeks & Lee Bell (Scotland)



Under 18 'A' Team - England
Under 18 'B' Team - England B1
Under 18 Individual Champion - Tristan Horton (Wales)
Under 18 Doubles - Scott Coventry & Brian Cumming (Scotland)



Under 15 'A' Team - England
Under 15 'B' Team - England B1
Under 15 Individual Champion - Liam Roberts (Wales)
Under 15 Doubles - Owain Ellis & Levi Matthews (Wales)



LDs 'A' Team - Scotland
LDs 'B' Team - Northern Ireland B1
LDs Individual Champion - Alan Reynolds (Scotland)
LDs Doubles - Andy Fleming & Paul Duncan (Scotland)