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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 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, or contact the BWPPA chairman at tonysouthern@bwppa.com, 

You 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.

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

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Dinsmore Wins The 2022 W.A.A.M.A.D 9-Ball Players Championship as BWPPA Returns

Fred Dinsmore and Roy Kimberley

The BWPPA tour made a welcome return at the Shooters Sports Bar in Birmingham from 7-8 May 2022.

Current no.1 ranked player Daniel Lee was unable to attend.

There was a strong field of 13 players competing for the 1st prize of £250, this included 2 new players Ben Norfolk and Geoffrey Bland, who both performed well on their debuts.  Phil Hendrickson and John Greensmith both returned to the tour after many years away, and in a 1st round clash, Greensmith won 7/6.

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.

Other early action saw newcomer Bland have a great win 7/1 over BWPPA stalwart Frankie ‘hot-wheels’ Gillen, and Gary Swift had a good 7/2 win over Aslam Abubaker. 

We would all like to thank Aslam Abubaker for sourcing a new trophy sponsor, The Trophy Parlour in Leicester.

In the winner’s qualifiers, Southern missed a difficult 9b at hill-hill and lost 7/6 to Dinsmore, and Kimberley beat Beaumont 7/3.

In the losers’ side later stages, Southern beat Hendrickson 6/5, and Beaumont beat Abubaker 6/3.

In the semi-finals, Dinsmore reached yet another final with a 7/0 whitewash over Beaumont, and in the other semi-final, Southern again missed match ball to lose to Kimberley 7/6.

It was to be a Kimberley v Dinsmore final.

The first 2 racks went to Dinsmore, who then missed a tough 9b down the rail to lead 3/0.  Kimberley fought back well to level at 3/3, and the old foes traded frames to go 5/5.
Dinsmore was then snookered in rack 11, but played a great kick shot combo to pot the 9b to go 6/5 up, and then he broke and ran the last rack to win title and return to the top of the BWPPA 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 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 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, or contact the BWPPA chairman at tonysouthern@bwppa.com.

You 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.

From 2-3 July 2022, the tour will visit a new venue, Riley’s in Leicester for Event 2.

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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.
 

Lee Starts The Year With a Bang

Roy Kimberley and Daniel Lee

12 players arrived at Aylesbury for the 2019 W.A.A.M.A.D (formally GNO) Players Championship.  We had a few regulars missing, including chairman Tony Southern due to injury, and Press Officer Matt Lester due to another engagement.
 
This event saw the first 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 great clashes. A dramatic encounter between Craig Welsh and Frankie ‘Hot-wheels’, which saw Welsh take a 7-5 victory. 
Other first round action saw Darren Taylor beat Ifakhar Hussain 7-2, Dan Luton beat Adam Pearson by the same score, and Gary Swift beat the spokesman Keith Hance 7-3.
 
Among the heavyweights “the Sandman” Roy Kimberley survived an early scare against Welsh, Kimberley coming through 7-6. Daniel Lee started the season with a 7-2 win over Swift, while No 1 ranked, Dinsmore beat South Yorkshire’s Taylor 7-4.
 
In the winners qualification round Dinsmore beat Dave Beaumont 7-2,and Kimberley whitewashed Lee 7-0.
 
In the losers side, later stages, Luton beat Gillen 6-2, but lost 6-1 to Lee, Welsh beat Swift 6-4, but was then whitewashed 6-0 by Beaumont.
 
In the 5th/6th playoff, Luton beat Welsh 6-4 in a close game.
 
In the 3rd loss side (Challenger event) semi finals, Gillen has a walkover v Adam Pearson and Swift, swiftly despatched Taylor 5-1, and then won the final 5-2 against his old pal Gillen.
 
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 Dinsmore and Kimberley won a close encounter with Beaumont 7-5.
 
It was to be Lee and Kimberley who would again meet in the final, with Lee desperate to avenge his earlier whitewash.
 
The match turned out to be almost a reverse of the earlier game, with Lee dominating to win 7-2.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Roy Kimberley, Tony Southern and Fred Dinsmore will be representing BWPPA at the upcoming European Championships in Italy. You can follow their progress here from Monday 29th April.
 
See you all at the 2nd event of the year ‘Simonis 9-Ball Grand Prix’ at the Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley from 18-19 May 2019.
 

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.

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.
 

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.