Not long to go now until a record 126 different teams converge on the magnificent Spa Arena, Bridlington for the 2018 European Championships. Competing teams are as follows -

MENS 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Catalonia, Shetland, Belguim, Cyprus, Netherlands
MENS 'B' - England x3, Scotland x3, Wales x3, Northern Ireland x2, Ireland x3, Malta, Catalonia, Gibraltar, Netherlands

SENIORS 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Belguim, Shetland
SENIORS 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x2, Northern Ireland x2, Ireland x2

LADIES 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Gibraltar, France
LADIES 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x1, Northern Ireland x1

MASTERS 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Gibraltar
MASTERS 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x2, Ireland x2, Gibraltar x1

UNDER 15 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Gibraltar
UNDER 15 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x1, Ireland x2

UNDER 18'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France
UNDER 18 'B' - England x2, Scotland x1, Wales x2

UNDER 23 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Malta, France
UNDER 23 'B' - England x2, Scotland x2, Wales x2, Malta

LDs 'A' - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Gibraltar
LDs 'B' - England x2, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland x2


Information regarding the promised introduction of drug testing by the European Blackball Association which will start at the upcoming 2018 Euros in Bridlington.

""The EBA wish to inform all members that in accordance with the decision made at the 2017 Annual General Meeting drug testing will be introduced at the 2018 European Championships.

Attached to this notification is a copy of the EBA Drugs Policy which outlines the procedure for testing along with all other useful information""


2018 IPA World Championships

Ben Davies (Wales)

Michelle Roonay (Northern Ireland)

Andy Lucas (England)

Mark Boyle and Liam Dunster (Scotland)

Rab Fee and Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland)

IPA 2018 World Blackball Championships

6-11th February, Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, England

Tune in to see some of the best cueists in the world of Blackball Pool vie for the various titles on offer. Dont forget the IPA will be broadcasting LIVE ON TV through FREESPORTS TV from Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th February

Thursday 8th - Live coverage on Freesports TV from 11.00am (UK time)
Friday 9th - Live coverage on Freesports TV from 4.00pm (UK time)
Saturday 10th - Live coverage on Freesports TV from 11.00am and 6.00pm (UK time)





Huge boost for Blackball, as IPA goes ""LIVE"" on Freesports TV

The IPA is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached and signed, for the IPA Professional World Championships to be televised LIVE on the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air sports channel Freesports.

Three days of coverage from the 8th - 10th February will culminate in the Open and Ladies Finals showcased LIVE in up to 18 million homes. This unprecedented LIVE coverage is a major development for the IPA, the Professional players, and pool in general and will allow millions of people to enjoy the World’s best players in action as Craig Marsh (Wales) and Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland) look to defend their respective titles.

And in addition to this, we can also announce a brand new event to the IPA calendar - the IPA Freesports Champions Cup. This weekly event will be televised LIVE for 21 consecutive weeks, and will feature all the IPA Professionals doing battle over a series of group stages. The 16 group winners will then feature in the knockout rounds until we discover our new Champion. All matches in the Champions cup will be televised LIVE.

FreeSports is the UK’s newest sports channel and the only dedicated free-to-air sports network. It currently operates on Freeview (95), Sky (424), TalkTalk and BT Vision (95). The channel carries a wide range of sports including Rugby, Ice Hockey, Football, Motorsport, Cricket, basketball and MMA.

IPA Chairman Kevin Barton said “We are delighted to be able to showcase the talents of the IPA players to a whole new audience through our partnership with Freesports for the biggest event of the pool year - the IPA World Championships. The new Freesports Cup will also deliver regular LIVE coverage to sports fan across the UK and beyond in what is a ground-breaking event, and demonstrates that the IPA continues to be the driving force of blackball pool. More people than ever before will now be able to watch with amazement as the skills of the IPA Professionals are showcased live and free and there is no doubt they are in for absolute treat”.
Richard Webb, Channel Manager at FreeSports commented, “This is great news to be able to announce over 23 hours of live coverage from Bradford of the World Championships. We are also delighted to be partnering with IPA to bring live pool to UK homes every Monday night as we find Britain’s best 8 ball player over the course of 21 weeks.”

For more information on FreeSports visit

EBA endorses "The Racker"

The EBA is delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with The Racker, the deal will mean that The Racker Triangles will be used at all EBA events for the next 3 years.

We would like to thank Gareth Aries and Joshua Yates from the Racker team for putting this deal on the table and for helping to push it forward.

The custom colour scheme is only for EBA events and is not available for sale from the EBA or The Racker  during the 3 year sponsorship deal.

EBA endorses Strachan 861

The EBA is delighted to announce a partnership with Strachan Cloth that will result in the EBA using the Strachan 861 Powder Blue cloth (by Simonis) for all its events, the European Championships and the Nations Cup, for the next three years (2018 till 2020). This cloth, with its superb playability and its modern look and feel, will also give the sport its own unique identity.

From a player’s perspective the cloth is more responsive which means a wider range of shots can be played compared to a traditional cloth. Being nap free also ensures no roll offs (from finger marks) and it plays at a higher, consistent level for longer.

It’s ideal for club owners also, with its spill resistant coating to help those accidents that sometimes happen, it requires no ironing (just brushing) and lasts at least as long as its napped counterpart.

EBA Chairman Kevin Byrne said :  ""We are absolutely delighted that we are able to formally announce this new partnership with Strachan after having recently signed a new 3-years deal with Aramith securing the best possible ball material for our players. The Strachan 861 cloth by Simonis offers us the right speed, consistency and control that all players require and deserve in order to perform at the very highest levels""

Group Commercial Director Bernard Bollette said :  ""To set the scene, the Iwan Simonis Group is the home of the 3 leading billiard manufactures and brands""
-        Iwan Simonis, the manufacturer of SimonisTM premium quality worsted billiard cloth.
-        Home of Saluc, the manufacturer of AramithTM balls and global leader in billiard balls.
-        Since early 2016 the home of WSP Textiles Ltd, the leading manufacturer of premium quality woollen cloth and the brand reference for Blackball Pool and Snooker with its Strachan signature.

We are extremely excited to have this cloth as the official cloth material to all EBA events.̎ 

All the Winners from Malta

MENS 'A' TEAM - Scotland
MENS 'B' TEAM - Scotland 'B'
MENS INDIVIDUAL - Steve Thompson (England) 

LADIES 'A' TEAM - Northern Ireland
LADIES 'B' TEAM - England 'B' 
LADIES INDIVIDUAL - Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland)

SENIORS 'A' TEAM - England
SENIORS 'B' TEAM - Scotland 'B'
SENIORS INDIVIDUAL - Wayne Jones (Wales)

MASTERS 'A' TEAM - England
MASTERS 'B' TEAM - England 'B'
MASTERS INDIVIDUAL - Adrian Jones (Wales)

UNDER 23 'A' TEAM - France
UNDER 23 'B' TEAM - Malta 'B' 
UNDER 23 INDIVIDUAL - Cole Bedford (Wales)
UNDER 23 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS - Darren Azzopardi & Clint Zammit (Malta)

UNDER 18 'A' TEAM - Northern Ireland
UNDER 18 'B' TEAM - Wales 'B
UNDER 18 INDIVIDUAL - Pere Alcazar (Catalonia) 
UNDER 18 DOUBLES CHAMPIONS - Aaron Rolston & Adam Freeburn (Northern Ireland)

UNDER 15 INDIVIDUAL - Kian Davies (Wales)

Finals Day Streaming Schedule

Match times are Central European Time (One hour ahead of the UK & Ireland)

Northern Ireland v France
Malta v Cyprus

Jack Whelan (England) v Steve Thompson (England)
Adrian Jones (Wales) v Mark Donnan (Scotland)

Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland) v Michelle Roonay (Northern Ireland)
Jules Goodyear (England) v Wayne Jones (Wales)


Subject to change

Individual Titles at the Nations Cup

Today, Saturday sees the start off the Individual Competitions.. Follow the link below for the draws and results, select Ladies, Seniors, Masters, Under 15, 18 or 23 from the drop down menu. Then select the relevant Round.


Match Times in Malta for tuning in to live scoring on the App

For the four UK Nations and Ireland matches will start one hour earlier than the stated programme scheduled time.

GMT is 1 hour behind Malta [CET]

For Australia which has five different time zones please check your appropriate one against CET [Central European Time]

2017 Nations Cup of Pool Fixtures

Competing teams as follows -

Australia, Catalonia, Cyprus, England, France, Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Shetland
Australia B, Australia B1, Catalonia B, England B, England B1, England B2, Gibraltar B, Ireland B, Malta B, Malta B1, Malta B2, Northern Ireland B, Scotland B
Australia, England, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Australia B, England B, England B1, Northern Ireland B, Scotland B, Wales B
Australia, Catalonia, England, Gibraltar, Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Wales
Australia B, England B, England B1, Malta B, Scotland B, Wales B, Wales B1
Australia, Catalonia, England, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
England B, England B1, Ireland B, Malta B, Scotland B, Scotland B1, Wales
Australia A, Catalonia A, England A, France A, Ireland A, Malta A, Wales A, Malta B, Wales B, Wales B1
England A, Ireland A, Malta A, Northern Ireland A, Wales A, Malta B, Malta B1, Wales B, Wales B1

2017 IPA British Open Winners

Professional Event Winner
Clint l'Anson

Open Event Winner
Ronan McCarthy
(Northern Ireland)
Amateur Event Winner
Michael Rhodes

IPA British Open - Tour Event 5

Tune in this weekend from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October to watch the action and get score updates from the Heston Hyde Hotel (close to Heathrow Airport) as over 200 players vie for the three titles on offer in the Professional Event, Open Event and Amateur Event. It is the last IPA Tour Event of 2017, sure to be another cracking spectacle of Blackball Pool at its' best.


Tour 5 Draws -

IPA Website

Live Streaming -

Accommodation for Malta

Anyone wishing to book accommodation for the 2017 EBA Nations Cup in Malta please send an email to Hermina Bonsfield at the following reservations address

Arrive - Wednesday 1st November
Play - 2nd - 8th November
Depart - Thursday 9th November

All players must book into the Dolmen Hotel via this email address and all players must stay in the Dolmen Resort Hotel to be eligible to play in the competition.

Quad/Triple Rooms - €28.60 pppns B&B
Twin Rooms - €34.75 pppns B&B
Single Room - €60.00 pppn B&B

Half board supplement (if required) €14.00 pppn

Eco tax - €0.50 pppn (maximum €5.00)

Return airport transfer €15.00

EBA endorses Strachan 861 cloth

The EBA have confirmed that they will be using Strachan 861 (formerly Simonis 861) powder blue cloth for a three year period starting with the 2018 European Championships in April in Bridlington.

The cloth has been in regular use in recent IPA Events and has received superb reviews all round.

The EBA will be forwarding on details of retail suppliers in each Member Nations country shortly.

From Blackball Blogger
"" The cloth, which has the obvious major change of colour, creating a fresh and modern look which is ideal for blackball. It also helps to build a unique identity for the game, and stops it looking like a small snooker table. Of course the change of colour could have been achieved using the same cloth as before, so the play-ability needed to be improved as well. And it has. We have found that the cloth is a lovely pace, a fraction quicker, but very controllable. They are more reactive, with quicker spin, allowing players to move the white around the table with greater ease. The cushions play a little differently, with pace and spin having more of affect on the angles. But overall we are seeing the players having more shots available to them ""

EBA UK Individual Finals

Results from the EBA UK Individual Finals held in Carlise as follows -

Mark Boyle (Scotland) 10-9 Clint l'Anson (England)

Emma Cunningham (Northern Ireland) 10-8 Yvonne Ewing (Scotland)

Jamie Burnett (Scotland) 9-1 Robert Sim (England)

Ross McInnes (Scotland) 9-3 Billy Stirling (Scotland)

EBA UK Individual Championships

The 2017 EBA UK Individual Pool Championships take place in the Hilltop Hotel Carlisle from Friday 8th until Sunday the 10th September.

The event has 4 Sections - Open, Ladies, Seniors [ Over 40s ] & Masters [Over 50s ] and will carry the official titles of UK Individual Blackball Champions for 2017.

Played on 16 Supreme tables using Hainsworth Match Cloth and Aramith Pro Cup balls the weekend of Blackball Pool will have a qualified referee there at all times.

Each event will be played to Double Elimination.

For live results in each section download the PoolAppLive App from either the Play Store or the App Store, enter Site Name eba and then select the Live option.

Live streaming by Terry Higginson from RhinoTV.

UK OPEN (Last 64)
1 Keith McDougall v Chris Young [senior]
2 Lewis McHoul v Mark Cullimore
3 Andy McKinnon v Jamie Simpson
4 Gary McLeish v James Ramsay [senior]
5 Ross Fernie v Kelvin Walton
6 Liam McPherson v Niven Adams [senior]
7 Rab Fee v Anton Riley
8 Lee Killen v Ivan Thompson
9 Callum Menzies v Eric Wilson
10 Liam Dunster v Jim Stephens [senior]
11 Liam Foley v Billy Snaddon [senior]
12 Chris Ferrier v James Peoples
13 Ben Davies v Scott Ross
14 Mark Boyle v Graham Sillars
15 Wes Fox v Lee Wrigglesworth
16 Paul Harkness v Jordan Park
17 Shaun Stebbings v Scott Dunbar [senior]
18 Gareth Hibbott v Jamie Burnett [senior]
19 Ryan Fleming v Davy Forrest [senior]
20 Robert Hoey v Jordan Shepherd
21 Keith Keldie v Aldo McLeod [senior]
22 Declan Maley v Shuan Spence
23 Clint I'Anson v Ray Stuart [master]
24 Paul McCann v Paul Bushnell
25 Ronan McCarthy v Gary Hannah
26 Mike Beckett v Daniel Wylie
27 Andy Croasdale v Shaun Wishart
28 Scott Gillespie v Martin Fisher [senior]
29 James Johnston v Stuart Weeks [senior]
30 Stuart McCulloch v Keith Robertson [senior]
31 Craig Marsh v Ross McInnes [master]
32 Chris Corcoran v Mark Bowen

UK SENIORS (Last 32)
1 Davy Forrest v Jim Dunlop
2 Mark Bowen v Jamie Burnett
3 James Ramsay v Andy Bell
4 Jim Stephens v Kevin Dooley
5 Scott Dunbar v Aldo McLeod
6 John Reid v JJ Kirkpatrick
7 Chris Young v Chick McCaig
8 Alan Maxwell v Eddie McVee
9 Brian York v Les Donaldson
10 Niven Adams v Antz Morrison
11 Stuart Weeks v Terry Higginson
12 Ian MacColme v Tam O' Ware
13 Ian Middlemas v Paul Cochrane
14 Billy Snaddon v Gary Johnson
15 Keith Robertson v Martin Jones
16 Martin Fisher v Mark McDonough

UK MASTERS (Last 16)
1 Pat O Kane v George Fagan
2 Billy Stirling v Stephen Johnston
3 Carl Tombs v Mark Donnan
4 Ross McInnes v Ray Stuart
5 George Sutherland v Charlie Shaw
6 Tam Newall v Darren Smith
7 Brian McNair v Pete Bate
8 Jim McMeekin v David Drysdale

UK LADIES (Last 16)
1 Amber Curren v Yvonne Saunders
2 Harriet Haynes v ----------
3 Claire Stewart v Hayley Argent
4 Maria Lewis v Jenny Leavens
5 Yvonne Ewing v Charlie McDonaugh
6 Jacky Williamson v Jenny Lawson
7 Emma Cunningham v Lauren Williams
8 Viv Roscoe v Melissa Abbott

2018 IPA Tour & World Championship dates released

The dates have been confirmed for the 2018 IPA World Championships and 2018 Tour. Visit the IPA website to view all the details at