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Dinsmore Wins GB-10 Ball Championship

Fred Dinsmore

BWPPA greeted 2 new players in Rick Holder and Darren Brook, as a strong field arrived at the Escape Pool Club in Bransley for the 2019 Tiger Cues Warrington GB 10-Ball Championships. 
 
This event saw the 3rd running of the triple elimination format, which guarantees all players at least 3 matches for their entry fee, and also the chance to play for a guaranteed prize pot of £700.
 
The early stages through up some excellent matches.  A close encounter between Frankie ‘Hot Wheels’ Gillen and Adam Pearson, which saw Gillen take a hill-hill 7-6 win, then Gillen fell in a close match 5-7 to Roy Kimberley.
 
Other early action saw Dan Lee beat Darren Taylor 7-6, after Taylor had beaten Ifakhar Hussain 7-3, Tony Southern beat Danny Luton 7-3, after they had both come through 7-1 against newcomers Holder and Brook respectively, and Fred Dinsmore beat Gary Swift 7-2, after Swift enjoyed a 7-1 win over the returning Matthew Lester.
 
Among the heavyweights in the winners qualifiers “the Sandman” Kimberley went down 7-2 v Dinsmore, and Lee overcome Southern, in a closer encounter, 7-5.
 
In the losers’ side later stages, Swift beat Gillen 6-1, but lost 6-5 to Southern after missing match ball at 5-3 up, Luton beat Taylor 6-4, but was then beaten 6-2 by Kimberley.
 
In the 5th/6th playoff, Luton beat Swift 6-5 in a reverse of the same stage in the previous event.
 
In the 3rd loss side (Challenge event) final, Taylor beat Gillen 5-2, in a rematch of the previous event.
 
The semi-final draw for the main event took place early the next morning, and we were back underway. Kimberley reached his 4th final in a row by inflicting a heavy 7-3 defeat on Lee, and in the other semi-final, it went all the way to the last rack, as Dinsmore overcame Southern 7-6.
 
It was to be a Dinsmore v Kimberley final.
 
The match started out even, and was level at 5-5, before Kimberley went 6-5 ahead, and spurned a great chance to take the match 7-5, by unluckily scratching on the penultimate ball. Dinsmore took his chance to level the match, and also won the final rack to prevail 7-6, and pointed to the heavens to say thanks to his best friend and best man John, and Mick his uncle who both recently passed away.
Reaching yet another final put Kimberley back to the top of the rankings (for now!), but his 100 points from E4 in 2018 come off at the last event of this season, so it will be a 3 way battle for top spot between Kimberley, Lee and Dinsmore at the final event of the season.
 
If Lee makes the final, irrespective of who wins, he takes the top spot.
For Kimberley to top the rankings he has to win the last event, and hope Lee does not make the final, and the same applies for Dinsmore.
 
The top of the challenge rankings is a straight fight between Gillen and Taylor.
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here
A video of the main event final is available to watch here
Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.
 
We look forward to seeing you all the final event of the season, the Predator Cues GB 9-Ball Championships, at the Escape Club Barnsley from 2-3 November 2019.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
 
We are all making a difference (formally Gentlemen’s Night Out), World Pool Series, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.

Lee at the Double in Barnsley

Roy Kimberley & Daniel Lee

9 players arrived at the Escape Pool Club in Barnsley for the 2019 Simonis Grand Prix.
 
This event saw the 2nd running of our new triple elimination format, which guarantees all players at least 3 matches for their entry fee, and also to play for a guaranteed prize pot of £700.
 
The early stages through up some good clashes. A close encounter between Tony Southern and Danny Luton, which saw Southern take a 7-5 victory. 
Other early action saw Roy Kimberley beat Darren Taylor 7-1, after Taylor had beaten Jon Bates 7-1, Dave Beaumont beat Frankie Gillen 7-2, and Dan Lee beat Gary Swift 7-4.
 
Among the heavyweights in the winners qualifiers “the Sandman” Kimberley went to hill-hill v Southern, Kimberley coming through 7-6. Daniel Lee beat Dave Beaumont 7-4.
 
On the losers’ side, later stages, Swift beat Gillen 6-2, but lost 6-3 to Southern, Luton beat Taylor 6-5, but was then beaten 6-3 by Beaumont.
 
In the 5th/6th playoff, Swift beat Luton 6-5 in a close game.
 
In the 3rd loss side (Challenge event) final, Gillen beat Taylor 5-3.
 
The semi-final draw for the main event took place early the next morning, and we were back underway.  Lee inflicted a heavy 7-3 defeat on Southern and Kimberley did similar to Beaumont 7-2.
 
It was to be Lee and Kimberley who would again meet in the final.
 
The match started out even, and was level at 3-3, before with Lee went up a gear to win 7-3. This win put Lee back to the top of the rankings.
 
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.
 
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
 
We are all making a difference (formally Gentlemen’s Night Out), World Pool Series, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 

Kimberley Rolls back the Years to become British 9-ball Champion

Roy Kimberley

It was to be an exciting conclusion to the 2018 BWPPA tour at the Predator Cues British 9-ball Championship. Before the first ball was struck, four players could claim the top spot by the end of the weekend.
 
A wintery Aylesbury was the setting for the final stop of the season as 14 players embarked on the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy. Among them local lad Will Smee made his first appearance on the tour. The big guns of the tour all enjoyed excellent performances in their opening matches. In the early stages we saw a classic, between Roy Kimberley and Danny Luton, with Luton following up his 7-2 win over Adam Pearson, with a dramatic 7-5 win over Kimberley. 
 
Elsewhere Daniel Lee began his campaign with a 7-3 win over Tony Southern, Lee then followed that with an impressive 7-1 win over wheelchair 8-ball World Champion Dave Beaumont. Ireland’s wheelchair World 9-ball Champion began his quest for the no.1 spot with wins over Matthew Lester, Darren Taylor and Danny Luton.
 
In the one loss side of the draw there was some intriguing matches. Birmingham’s Adam Pearson, beat local wheelchair cuesport veteran Chris Brown 6-3, Matthew Lester was 3-0 down against Frankie Gillen. Gillen came through a 6-4 winner, taking the last two racks of the match. Meanwhile Tony Southern and Roy Kimberley progressed into the losers’ qualifier with 6-0 and 6-1 wins over the South Yorkshire duo Gary Swift and Darren Taylor respectively.
 
Kimberley was to face Beaumont, who despite his heavy defeat to Daniel Lee has enjoyed arguably his best run of form since joining the BWPPA tour. In the end it was Kimberley who progressed with a 6-3 win.
 
On the opposite side of the draw Southern was to face Danny Luton. The match went all the way down to the deciding rack, with Luton clinching a 6-5 win.
 
The semi-finals were filled with excitement, as the race for the no.1 spot was hotting up. Daniel Lee knew that he had to win the championship, and hope Roy Kimberley beat Dinsmore if he was to retain his position as no.1. The atmosphere was made even tenser with the matches being played on adjacent tables.
 
The second semi-final between Kimberley and Dinsmore was to conclude first, with “the Sandman” rolling back the years to claim a 7-5 victory. By this time the other semi-final between Lee and Danny Luton was approaching a deciding rack. It was Luton who was to pot the winning 9-ball. Meaning that Fred Dinsmore would end the season as the BWPPA no.1 despite not making the final.
 
The final between Kimberley and Luton showed why both players have remained at the top of wheelchair cuesports over the last three decades. Roy Kimberley was to celebrate his first main event win for a number of years, with a 7-4 win.
 
In the Challenge Cup sponsored by the World Pool Series, there was a three horse race for top spot. In the opening round Gary Swift’s 5-2 win over Matthew Lester (+2) and Frankie Gillen’s (+2) 5-2 win over Chris Brown (+2). Meant that only Keith Hance could deny Gillen Challenge Cup top spot in his returning season.
 
Following a dramatic 5-4 victory over Tony Southern, Hance (+1) set up a semi-final with Gillen to decide who would take the Poison cue and top spot. It was to be Gillen (+2) who would take it with a 5-3 win over Hance (+1).
 
In the final Gillen was to come up against Dave Beaumont who had defeated Gary Swift and Darren Taylor. Beaumont took his second successive Challenge Cup with a 5-3 win over Gillen (+2).
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
For information on the 2019 BWPPA tour please follow us on Twitter @BWPPA and join the British Wheelchair Pool Players Association group on Facebook
 
BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
Gentlemen’s Night Out World Pool Series, Simonis, Aramith, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on www.bwppa.comand www.pro9.co.ukfor 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.

Dinsmore is the British 10-ball Champion

Dave Beaumont and Fred Dinsmore

Once again Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley played host to the Tiger Cues Warrington British Wheelchair 10-ball Championship. Now in it’s eighth year, for the first time in BWPPA history this event was the penultimate of the season. At this stage of the season, it is always interesting as players begin to jostle for position in the end of season rankings.
 
In the early stages there were no real surprises. As the tournament progressed however there was some outstanding performances. “Hot Wheels” Frankie Gillen played some terrific pool to win two hill-hill matches back to back. The first a 6-5 win over Gary Swift and, in what could be considered as the shock of the tournament a 6-5 win over Tony Southern.
 
Elsewhere, BWPPA no.1 Daniel Lee began strongly with a 7-4 win over Danny Luton, and another 7-4 win over the English 8-ball World Champion Dave Beaumont. Roy Kimberley felt the full force of the talent on this tour. “The Sandman’s” first match was a 7-4 victory over Tony Southern, waiting for him next was World 9-ball Champion Fred Dinsmore, fresh from his 7-3 win over Swift. Kimberley took the match 7-3, to progress to the semi-finals. 
 
Into the second day, Beaumont progressed into the semi-finals with a 6-0 win over Gillen. On the opposite side of the draw Dinsmore beat Danny Luton 6-4, to advance to the semi-finals to face Lee. Kimberley came up Beaumont in the semi-finals. This time it was to be the English 8-ball World Champion Beaumont who came through a 7-4 winner, to advance to his second Main Event final of the season. In the other semi-final, it was the World 9-ball Champion Dinsmore who took the hill-hill battle with Daniel Lee 7-6.
 
After a weekend of excellent pool, the final came down to a battle of the World Champions and a repeat of the last event in Barnsley. Ireland’s Fred Dinsmore, who won the World 9-ball title last November in Finland, and Dave Beaumont, the 2018 English 8-ball World Champion. A title he won, just 3 months ago in Blackpool. The match went all the way to a deciding 13th rack. In the end it was Dinsmore who cleared up to take the title. 
 
Going into the Predator Cues British 9-ball Championship at Aylesbury, in November there are at least four players who could end the season as the UK no.1 wheelchair player, and claim the beautiful Ikon cue from our great sponsors Predator cues.
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery. 
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
In the final of the Challenge Cup, sponsored by the World Pool Series, Tony Southern beat Danny Luton 5-3. With just one event left, there are at least three players who could end the season as the Challenge Cup no.1. 
 
Our last event of the year is the Predator Cues British Wheelchair 9-ball Championship on 3-4th November at the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy, Stoke Mandeville Stadium Aylesbury.
 
BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
Gentlemen’s Night Out World Pool Series, Simonis, Aramith, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, A.B. Wallace Trophies and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on www.bwppa.com and www.pro9.co.uk 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.

Inaugural Open Disability 9-ball Championship is a huge success

Daniel Lee

Over the weekend of 11-12 August 2018, the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy opened it’s doors to cuesport players of all disabilities for the inaugural Kamui Open Disability 9-ball Championship. It was the first event of it’s kind, hosted by the British Wheelchair Pool Players Association. 
 
Before matches got underway, everyone who was in attendance observed a minute’s applause for Mick Langley, who sadly passed away shortly before the event took place. Langley was the gold medalist in the wheelchair snooker event at the Seoul Paralympic Games in 1988. The last time cue sports were included in the Paralympics. 
 
In addition to the BWPPA tour players who entered the event, there was also two regulars from the WDBS snooker tour, Blake Munton and Josh Morrison who both impressed, joining them was the Irish Wheelchair (English) 8-ball player Liam Casey, as well as ambulant player Dave Lango.
 
Casey had a tough introduction to the larger table game. He came through a hill-hill opening match against Frankie Gillen (7-6) before facing BWPPA no.1 Daniel Lee, who had earlier beaten Lango 7-2 in his first match. Lee’s experience told as he beat Casey 7-1. Grimsby’s Munton started his weekend well, with impressive performances over BWPPA tour regulars Matthew Lester (7-3) and Chris Brown (7-3). Elsewhere in the early stages recently crowned wheelchair English 8-ball Champion Dave Beaumont returned to 9-ball with a 7-3 loss to Roy Kimberley
 
Tony Southern came through a tense opener, with a 7-5 win over Danny Luton. Southern followed up with an impressive 7-0 win over Morrison. 
 
It was a 9.30am start on the Sunday morning to decide who would progress from the double elimination stage of the main event. Southern and Luton were to meet again, but this time the Bristolian Luton won 7-5 to progress into the semi-finals. In the losers side of the draw Darren Taylor continued his impressive run of form beating Munton 7-2.
 
In the semis Lee and Kimberley demonstrated why they have been two of the most prolific winners on the BWPPA tour over the last 15 years, as Lee beat Luton 7-1 and Kimberley beat Taylor 7-2.
 
In the final it was the BWPPA no.1 Lee who took the title with a 7-2 win over “the Sandman” this rivalry will surely grow as we reach the business end of the BWPPA season, and into next.
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery. 
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
 
In the Challenge Cup Casey had showed promise as he beat Brown 5-2. Elsewhere Lester beat Morrison, also 5-2. While Beaumont beat Lango 5-0, before an impressive 5-1 win over Casey in the semi-finals.
 
Munton continued to impress, with a 5-4 win over Lester in the semi-finals. In the final it was Beaumont’s experience that told in the end, as he beat Munton 5-1.
 
The BWPPA tour continues with the Tiger Cues Warrington British 10-ball Championship, at Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley 15-16th September. 
 
BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
 
Gentlemen’s Night Out World Pool Series, Simonis, Aramith, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, A.B. Wallace Trophies and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.

Dinsmore Delight on BWPPA

The BWPPA tour returned to Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley over the sunny weekend of 12-13 May, as 15 players did battle for the Simonis Grand Prix title. The tour welcomed Great Britain shooter Jonathan Bates, who was making his BWPPA debut in his hometown.
 
The first round threw up some thrilling matchups including two dramatic hill-hill battles. Fred Dinsmore had to use all of the experience that helped him win the wheelchair World 9-ball title last November, as he pipped Craig Welsh 7-6. Elsewhere having lead 3-0, Adam Pearson survived a hill-hill encounter with Matthew Lester to take the match 7-6. Stoke’s Dave Beaumont beat Frankie Gillen 7-4, which sent ”Hotwheels” into the one-loss bracket. Gillen was to fall victim to another hill-hill drama, this time at the hands of Darren Taylor who came through a 6-5 victor.
 
Daniel Lee began his campaign with a 7-3 win over Danny Luton to keep his hopes of a fifth consecutive BWPPA title alive. Dinsmore continued to progress, this time by a much more comfortable scoreline as he beat Adam Pearson 7-2. 
 
One of the highlights from the tournament was a terrific clash between Beaumont and Roy Kimberley. Beaumont who has recently had a table installed at his home beat “the Sandman” 7-5. That defeat sent Kimberley over to the losers side of the draw where he beat “the Spokesman” Keith Hance 6-0. Earlier in the day Hance had recorded his maiden win on the BWPPA tour with a 6-4 win over Ifty Hussain.
 
Also in the one-loss side Jonathan Bates beat Pearson 6-3, after an earlier 7-3 defeat to Danny “Lucky” Luton. Unfortunately for the debutant this set up a clash with Kimberley who beat Bates 6-1. Bates is without doubt a prospect, many of the tours top players talked of the potential in him.
 
As the event moved into the qualification rounds for the semi-finals Lee beat Tony Southern 7-2 and Dinsmore beat Beaumont 7-4. 
 
In the qualification round on the losers side of the draw, Beaumont beat Welsh 7-3 and Kimberley beat Southern by the same scoreline. 
 
The semi-finals were jam packed with stories. The first semi-final saw Beaumont achieve arguably his biggest win on the tour to date as he defeated Lee 7-3 for a place in the main event final.
 
In the second semi- final Dinsmore beat Roy Kimberley 7-0. 
 
 
 
The Final
 
Dinsmore took the first 2 racks. In the third Beaumont attempted a 4-9 combination, unfortunately for him the 9 stayed in the jaws of the pocket, which enabled Dinsmore to play a simple billiard to stretch his lead to three racks.
 
Beaumont came back to narrow his deficit to two racks at 5-3. At the beginning of the 9th rack the cueball got kicked into the corner pocket from Beaumont’s break. That was the catalyst to Dinsmore closing out the match beating Beaumont 7-3. This was the Irishman’s first title since being crowned as the wheelchair World Champion last November.
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here
 
Full results of the main event can be found on our new tour sponsors cuescore’s site here.
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
The WPS Challenge Cup saw 9 entrants. The largest field for a number of years. The event began with a preliminary match between 2 heavyweights of the Challenge Cup, which saw Gillen (+2) defeat Lester (+2) 5-3.
 
In the quarter-finals Darren Taylor kept his good run of form going as he beat Southern 5-1 after receiving a +2 start. Bates (+1) came through a hill-hill decider with Luton to win 5-4.
 
Both semi-finals saw experienced BWPPA tour players pit against newcomers to the tour. Experience came through in both matches as Welsh beat Bates 5-3, and Gary Swift edged Taylor 5-4 in a South Yorkshire derby.
 
It was the Sheffielder Swift who was to take the title with a 5-3 win over Newport’s Welsh.
 
Full results of the challenge cup event can be found on the cuescore site here.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
Gentlemen’s Night Out World Pool Series, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, A.B. Wallace Trophies and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
In August we will be hosting a new event for all disabilities.
 
KAMUI 9-BALL OPEN DISABILITY EVENT
 
11-12 August 2018
 
Wheelchair Pool Academy, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville
Buckinghamshire
HP21 9PP
 
You can find more information about this event here.

Lee makes it Four in a Row on BWPPA

17 players arrived at Aylesbury for the 2018 GNO Players Championship. Among them were a number of players returning from a few years away from the BWPPA tour, and Fred Dinsmore. Competing in his first tournament since being crowned the wheelchair World 9-ball Champion.
 
The early stages through up some great clashes. A dramatic encounter between local cue man Chris Brown and Adam Pearson, which saw Pearson clinch the decider for a 7-6 victory. Frankie Gillen returned to the tour after 3 years as a recipient of the BWPPA’s new sponsorship scheme. His campaign got off to a dream start with a 7-0 win over Lee Woodward.
 
Among the heavyweights “the Sandman” Roy Kimberley survived an early scare against Gloucester potter Darren Staddon, Kimberley came through 7-5. UK no.1 Daniel Lee started the season with a 7-0 win over Iffy Hussain, while Dinsmore beat South Yorkshire’s Darren Taylor 7-2.
 
In the winners qualification round Danny Luton beat Dinsmore 7-5. In the losers side there were a few surprises. Taylor beat Gillen 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals on his return to the BWPPA tour. In a result that sent ripples around the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy the potter from the Potteries Dave Beaumont beat Dinsmore 6-3 to knock the World Champion out of the main event.
 
The quarter-final draw for the main event took place early the next morning, and we were back underway. No doubt boosted by his exploits the day before Beaumont came through a hill-hill thriller against Luton for a place in the semi-finals of the main event for the first time. The South Yorkshire duo of Gary Swift and Taylor faced tough opponents in Tony Southern and Roy Kimberley respectfully. With Southern and Kimberley heading into the semis. Lee continued his dominance with a 7-1 win over Craig Welsh, to keep his hopes of a fourth straight BWPPA title alive.
 
It was to be Lee and Kimberley who would meet in the final, for the second successive time after both recording comprehensive wins over Beaumont and Southern respectively.  As expected the match was a dramatic encounter between 2 of the greatest wheelchair pool players ever in the UK, which eventually saw Daniel Lee win 7-5 for his fourth BWPPA tour victory on the spin.
 
A partial video of the main event final is available to watch here (first 10 racks only due to technical issues). Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.
 
Full results of the main event can be found on our new tour sponsors cuescore’s site here.
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
The Challenge Cup sponsored by the World Pool Series was open to all players who didn’t reach the quarter-finals of the main event. Players also receive handicaps based on their playing ability and disability. Dinsmore who had been suffering from a migraine beat Gloucester’s Staddon 5-3 to meet Gillen in the semi-finals. Staddon who hadn’t played on the BWPPA tour for many years before the GNO Players Championship really impressed, as a recipient of the new BWPPA sponsorship scheme, he could be one to watch.
 
Another recipient of the sponsorship scheme Keith Hance faced last years Challenge no.1 Matthew Lester. In the end it was Lester’s experience that saw him through to the final. Hance who mainly plays UK 8-ball is another player with a lot of potential. Former BWPPA Challenge no.1 Gillen lost 5-3 to Dinsmore in the other semi-final.
 
The Irishman went on to take the Challenge Cup with a 5-3 victory over Lester. 
 
Full results of the challenge cup event can be found on the cuescore site here.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
Gentlemen’s Night Out World Pool Series, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, A.B. Wallace Trophies and Fred Dinsmore Billiards
 
We would also like to thank long time BWPPA supporter Mike Murphy from www.easycue.info for his support and great donation of 3 rests, and to Big Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.
 
See you all at the 2nd event of the year ‘Simonis 9-Ball Grand Prix’ at the Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley from 12-13 May 2018.
 

Lee completes hat-trick of BWPPA Titles

Roy Kimberley and Dan Lee

There was a tinge of sadness in the air at the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy in Aylesbury, for the BWPPA Predator British 9-ball Championship. A few weeks before the event everyone involved with the British Wheelchair Pool Players Association heard of BWPPA stalwart Nick Oliver’s passing. As the first scheduled matches lagged for break there was a clear sense that there was an atmosphere in the air that it was appropriately the end of another season on the worlds largest wheelchair pool tour.
 
The action got underway following the observation of 30 seconds of applause in memory of Nick, nicknamed “The Great N.O”. Daniel Lee had a tough opening match, he was pushed all the way by his Great Britain Nation Continental Cup team-mate Dave Beaumont before Lee came through a 7-6 winner. In his previous match Beaumont beat Ifty Hussain 7-2, Hussain from Birmingham was returning to wheelchair cuesports for the first time in a number of years. 
 
BWPPA veterans Danny Luton, Roy Kimberley and Tony Southern all had solid performances in their opening matches of the weekend. For Kimberley, Southern and Lee it was significant as a few days after this event they travel to Finland for the wheelchair World 9-ball Championship in Tampere. Chris Brown, the oldest player on the BWPPA tour returned for his second event of the season, following defeats to Matthew Lester and Beaumont, Brown would be back to compete in the Challenge Cup the following day.
 
As we approached the close of the first days play, on the losers’ side of the draw there was a tense encounter between Newport’s Craig Welsh and Luton. It looked like it was going all the way to a decider, but Luton, who was sent to the losers side following a 7-3 defeat to Lee sunk the 9 in the penultimate rack to take it 7-5. As if that wasn’t enough the drama was cranked up a notch in the other losers’ qualifier. Beaumont taking the hill-hill decider against Southern 7-6, from 4-6 down, after Southern had lost 7-3 to Kimberley.
 
In the semi-finals Lee booked his place in yet another final with a classy 7-1 win over Beaumont. In the 2nd semi-final between old rivals Kimberley and Luton, it was Kimberley who came through a 7-4 winner. 
 
The final lived up to all expectations. The match went all the way to a tense hill-hill finish. Kimberley missed a combination on the 9, which allowed Lee off the hook; he cleared the table to complete a hat-trick of main event titles.
 
In the Challenge event Brown (+3) beat Lester (+2) 5-4 to book his place in a BWPPA event final for the first time. Brown met Southern, who came through a hill-hill semi-final with Welsh 5-4. It was Southern. In the final, with Brown receiving 3 racks start. There was yet another decider in this drama filled weekend, with Southern taking it 5-4.
 
Lester was confirmed as the no.1 in the Challenge rankings following Beaumont’s 7-6 win over Southern in the main event, thus making him ineligible for the Challenge Cup. 
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.  
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
All the players were given goody bags from our tour sponsors Kamui. Daniel Lee collected the beautiful Predator 8k3 cue as the no.1 player in the main event rankings. Matthew Lester collected a Poison Strychnine Cue as the no.1 in the challenge cup rankings. 
 
Further prizes of a Predator Roadline cue, Predator BK3 break cue, Predator Sport cue case and a Predator Blak cue case were won by players who ended the season in the top 6 in the main event rankings. 
 
Daniel Lee and Matthew Lester would both like to dedicate their performances to Nick Oliver.
 
Everyone at the BWPPA would like to congratulate Daniel Lee, Roy Kimberley, Tony Southern and Matt Duffy on their performances at the recent wheelchair World 9-ball Championship in Tampere, Finland. All four players demonstrated the quality of the tour, and did us all proud. Especially Roy and Dan who collected bronze medals as semi-finalists.
 
The BWPPA would also like to extend our congratulations to former BWPPA no.1, Ireland’s Fred Dinsmore. 2017 wheelchair World 9-ball Champion, beating Kurt Deklerck 9-4 in the final.
 
Results and videos of the matches can be found here.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
World Pool Series, Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Talisman Billiards, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, Cheqio, Ultimate Team Gear, A.B Wallace Trophies, Gosport Pool Arena and Fred Dinsmore Billiards 
 
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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.  
 
We hope to see you all on the BWPPA tour in 2018. Event details will be announced in due course. All of the BWPPA players and committee would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Lee and Luton win British wheelchair 10-ball titles

Dan Lee

The BWPPA season approached the midway point as the players arrived at the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury. It was to be an action packed weekend of pool, as in addition to the Talisman Billiards British 10-ball Championship (tour stop 3 of the regular season) there was the small matter of who would win the qualifier to be the last man onto the Great Britain Nation-Continental Cup team.
 
Before that could be decided the main event of the Talisman British 10-ball Championship got underway. The tour welcomed back Chris Brown who returned to the BWPPA tour for the first time since 2015. Ireland’s Fred Dinsmore also returned to the tour after missing the first 2 tour stops of 2017, as did Aslam Abubaker fresh from winning the WEPF English 8-ball pool World Championship for wheelchair players in Blackpool.
 
Abubaker who won the Simonis Grand Prix main event in May got off to a flyer with a 7-0 win over Birmingham’s Adam Pearson. He followed that up with a 7-4 win over Daniel Lee. That defeat sent the defending British 10-ball Champion and UK no.1 into the losers bracket. Elsewhere in the first round tie between Fred Dinsmore and Craig Welsh, Dinsmore came through in the end 7-4. Dinsmore was then involved in a tense hill-hill battle with Danny Luton, which he came through 7-6. He followed that with an impressive 7-1 win over Abubaker.
 
Into the one-loss side of the draw, in the top half it was Abubaker who advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-4 win over Dave Beaumont. In the bottom half Lee did it the hard way with a 6-3 win over Nick Oliver. Before a 6-2 win over Luton, and then a 6-4 win over Tony Southern to join Abubaker in the semi-finals.
 
As expected both semi-finals were close affairs with Lee beating Dinsmore 7-5 in a repeat of last years final. In the second semi-final Abubaker defeated old rival Roy Kimberley 7-5.
 
In the final, a missed 7-ball from Abubaker allowed Lee to step in and take the opening rack. In the next Abubaker returned the favour by pouncing on a missed 6-ball from Lee to level the scores. The high standard continued, and in the end it was Lee who was crowned Talisman British wheelchair 10-ball Champion with a 7-5 win over Abubaker.
 
In the Challenge Cup sponsored by the World Pool Series Danny Luton overhauled a 3 rack start to defeat Matt Lester 5-3.
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.  
 
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
 
The BWPPA tour now looks forward to a double header at Escape Pool Bar, Barnsley from 15-17th September as we have the Nation-Continental Cup. A team contest styled on the famous Mosconi Cup, but this time it’s team Great Britain taking on Team EUROPE. Dave Beaumont won the qualifier for the last spot on the Great Britain team. He will join Daniel Lee, Tony Southern, Roy Kimberley and Aslam Abubaker. The Europeans are the favourites on paper with a strong team consisting of Sweden’s Henrik Larsson, Finland’s Jouni Tahti, Ireland’s Fred Dinsmore, Belguim’s Kurt Deklerck and Poland’s Emil Malanowski.
 
The Nation-Continental Cup will be held over the same weekend as tour stop 4 of the BWPPA tour, the Kamui 9-ball Shootout. Where we are expecting our largest field for a number of years.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
World Pool Series, Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Talisman Billiards, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, Cheqio, Ultimate Team Gear, A.B Wallace Trophies, Gosport Pool Arena and Fred Dinsmore Billiards 
 
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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.  

Aslam Abubaker – Simonis Grand Prix Champion

Aslam Abubaker and Daniel Lee

The BWPPA tour descended on Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley once again for tour stop 2 of the campaign, the Simonis Grand Prix. This event saw the largest field for a BWPPA tour weekend in a number of years. Among the entrants were 2 debutants Lee Woodward from Birmingham, and Graham Brown from London. We were also delighted to welcome back to the tour Sheffield’s Gary Swift and Birmingham’s Adam Pearson.
 
Graham Brown couldn’t have had a tougher welcome to the BWPPA tour losing 7-1 to former BWPPA #1 Aslam Abubaker. Abubaker followed that up by winning two tough matches, he beat current #1 and man of the moment Daniel Lee 7-5 before coming through a hill-hill encounter with Gary Swift 7-6.
 
Elsewhere in the draw Lee Woodward showed some signs of promise, only just being edged out 7-6 by fellow Brummie Adam Pearson. BWPPA stalwart Danny Luton had a came through a tough match, beating Dave Beaumont 7-5 in a clash of English 8-ball World Champions. Roy Kimberley was next for Luton, Kimberley came through a 7-3 victor and followed that up by beating Tony Southern 7-5.
 
Over in the one-loss bracket Danny Luton put in a strong performance to beat Adam Pearson 7-1, and followed that with a 7-4 win over Gary Swift, to force a rematch with “the Sandman” Roy Kimberley in the semi-finals. In the semi it was Luton who turned the tables, beating Kimberley 7-4. In the other semi-final it was a carbon copy of an earlier match with Aslam Abubaker once again beating Daniel Lee 7-5.
 
In the final Luton took a scrappy first rack, he then doubled his advantage when Abubaker missed a 9-ball down the rail. Abubaker took the next to cut his deficit to 1, but then a missed 9-ball from Luton in the 4th rack enabled the Leicester cueman to level at 2-2. The next 2 racks were shared including a high quality run out from Abubaker following a miss on the 1-ball from Luton. It soon became 4-4, before Abubaker took the next 2 racks, and missed an 8-ball in the 11th rack, Luton stepped in, Abubaker’s lead was cut down to one at 6-5. Luton was faced with a tricky cut on the 9 to take the match to a decider. Abubaker duly stepped in and made a shot which under the circumstances was missable, but he took his first title of what could well be his last year on the BWPPA tour.
 
In the Challenge Cup sponsored by the World Pool Series there was a revised version of the handicapping system for this event with the players who previously received a 1 rack start now receiving a 2 racks start and players who received a 2 racks start receiving a 3 racks start. Matthew Lester received a walkover into the semi-finals, while debutant Lee Woodward received a 2 racks start from the Players Championship Main event winner Tony Southern. Southern took the match advancing to the semi-finals where he faced Dave Beaumont, who beat Gary Swift in the quarters 5-0.
 
It was a dramatic semi-final between Beaumont and Southern going all the way to a hill-hill decider which Beaumont took 5-4. 
 
In the other semi-final Matthew Lester narrowly avoided a scare beating Craig Welsh 5-3 after receiving a 3 racks start. In the final Lester once again had a 3 racks start against Dave Beaumont, the first 2 racks were shared and Beaumont took the next 2 racks to trail by 1. Lester held his nerve to win his first BWPPA Challenge event in his home club, after previously winning 2 Challenge events at the Wheelchair Cuesports Academy in Aylesbury.
 
A video of the main event final is available here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.  
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
World Pool Series, Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Talisman Billiards, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, Cheqio, Ultimate Team Gear, A.B Wallace Trophies, Gosport Pool Arena and Fred Dinsmore Billiards 
 
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.
 
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk 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.  See you all at the 3rd event of the year, the Talisman British Wheelchair 10 Ball Championships 2017 at the BWPPA/BWCSA Wheelchair CueSport Academy from 15-16 July 2017.