Results below from all the Finals at Week 1 of the 2017 European Championships in Bridlington
UNDER 15 SECTION FINALS
'A' TEAM - England 8-4 Scotland
'B' TEAM - England B2 8-5 England B1
DOUBLES - Owen Dodd/Kian Monaghan (ENG) 5-2 Suraj Rai/Leighton McDonnell (ENG)
INDIVIDUAL - Suraj Rai (ENG) 6-2 Kieran Quadir (SCO)
UNDER 18 SECTION FINALS
'A' TEAM - Wales 13-10 Northern Ireland
'B' TEAM - England B2 13-11 England B1
DOUBLES - Billy Webster/Jordan Cunningham (ENG) 5-4 Oisin Wallace/Galvin McDermott (NI)
INDIVIDUAL - Scott Coventry (SCO) 6-3 Ieuan Richards (WAL)
UNDER 23 SECTION FINALS
'A' TEAM - England 13-11 Wales
'B' TEAM - England B1 13-4 Wales B1
DOUBLES - Ryan Fisher/John McDermid (SCO) 5-2 Ben Schembri/Lee Darmanin (MAL)
INDIVIDUAL - Jordan Evett (ENG) 6-4 John Price (WAL)
LEARNING DISABILITIES SECTION FINALS
'A' TEAM - Scotland 13-6 Northern Ireland
'B' TEAM - Scotland 11-5 Northern Ireland
DOUBLES - Martin Peters/Kyle Power (WAL) 3-2 Alan Reynolds/Peter Blanche (SCO)
INDIVIDUAL - Alan Reynolds (SCO) 4-2 Liam Walker (SCO)
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A big welcome to Belgium who will be competing in their first EBA event at the 2017 European Championships in Bridlington. Belgium will be represnted with teams in the Mens and Seniors section. Good luck lads.
|MENS A||MENS B||LADIES A||LADIES B||SENIORS A||SENIORS B|
|England||England B||England||England B1||England||England B1|
|Scotland||Scotland B||Scotland||Scotland B1||Scotland||Scotland B1|
|Wales||Wales B||Wales||Wales B1||Wales||Wales B1|
|N Ireland||N Ireland B||N Ireland||N Ireland B1||N Ireland||N Ireland B1|
|Ireland||Ireland B||Gibraltar||England B2||Ireland||Ireland B1|
|Cyprus||Catalonia B||France||Scotland B2||Gibraltar||England B2|
|Malta||Gibraltar B||Shetland||France||Scotland B2|
|Catalonia||Netherlands B||Shetland||Wales B2|
|Gibraltar||England B1||Belgium||N Ireland B2|
|Shetland||Scotland B1||Ireland B2|
|Netherlands||N Ireland B1|
|MASTERS A||MASTERS B||LD A||LD B||U 23 A||U 23 B|
|England||England B1||England||England B1||England||England B1|
|Scotland||Scotland B1||Scotland||Scotland B1||Scotland||Scotland B1|
|Wales||Wales B1||Wales||Wales B1||Wales||Wales B1|
|N Ireland||N Ireland B1||N Ireland||N Ireland B1||Ireland||England B2|
|Ireland||Ireland B1||Ireland||England B2||Malta||Scotland B2|
|Gibraltar||England B2||Gibraltar||N Ireland B2||Gibraltar||Wales B2|
|U 18 A||U 18 B||U 15 A||U 15 B|
|England||England B1||England||England B1|
|Scotland||Wales B1||Scotland||Scotland B1|
|Wales||N Ireland B1||Wales||Wales B1|
|N Ireland||England B2||Ireland||England B2|
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.
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.
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.
|LADIES TEAM||SOUTH AFRICA||FRANCE||NORTHERN IRELAND|
|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|
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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
More details to follow as soon as we get them
2016 Blackball International World Championship entries to date as follows -
|MENS - (16)||LADIES - (10)||SENIORS - (11)||MASTERS - (10)|
|Ireland||S. Africa||N. Ireland||N. Ireland|
|UNDER 23 - (9)||UNDER 18 - (8)||UNDER 15 - (7)||WH'CHAIR - (10)|
|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|
|MENS LDs - (6)||LADIES LDs - (2)|