Kimberley Wins The 2022 Simonis Grand Prix

Roy Kimberley

The BWPPA tour visited a new venue on the weekend of 2-3 July 2022 at Riley’s Leicester.

Current no.1 ranked player Fred Dinsmore (Ire) won the previous event in Birmingham.

There was a good field of 10 players competing for the 1st prize of £250, and we had a few absentees due to illness.

First round action saw Wales’s Phil Hendrickson beat Frankie ‘Hot Wheels’ Gillen 7/3, whilst Gary Swift edged his friend John Greensmith in hill-hill battle.

Other action in the early stages through up some good matches, but the top 4 seeds, Fred Dinsmore, Roy Kimberley, Dave Beaumont and Tony Southern, all made it through to the winner’s qualification round for the 2nd event in a row, with wins over Hendrickson, Swift, Danny Luton and Geoff Bland respectively.

Other action on the loser’s side saw Swift beat Gillen 6/3 and Hendrickson beat Greensmith 6/3. 

In the winner’s qualifiers, Southern beat an under the weather Dinsmore 7/4, whilst Beaumont hammered Kimberley beat Beaumont 7/1.

In the losers’ side later stages, Dinsmore beat Luton 6/4 and Kimberley whitewashed Hendrickson 6/0, to both reach the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, Dinsmore lost out on yet another final with a 7/5 loss to Beaumont, and in the other semi-final, Southern lost to Kimberley 7/4.

It was to be a Kimberley v Beaumont final.

The first 8 racks were all close and shared at 4/4, but then Kimberley took the 

last 3 racks to win title.

A video of the main event final is available to watch here.

The BWPPA rankings can be found here.

Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.

The BWPPA would like to thank all our sponsors:

We Are All Making A DIfference (formally Gentlemen’s Night Out), Predator Cues, Simonis Cloth, Aramith Billiard Balls, Kamui, Cuescore, The Trophy Parlour, Birmingham Bierkeller Sports Bar, Rileys, Tiger Cues of Warrington and our patron Dynamite Darren Appleton, and Fred Dinsmore Billiards.

We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from for his great support including providing our event posters.

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page, or contact the BWPPA chairman at, 

You can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on and for further information. In addition to our national tour stops there is also the possibility of representing Great Britain in international tournaments such as the EPBF European Championship and WPA World 9-ball Championship for wheelchair players.

From 10-11 September 2022, the tour will be back at, Riley’s Leicester for Event 3.

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