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Dinsmore Wins The 2021 Predator GB-9 Ball Championship As BWPPA Returns

Fred Dinsmore

The BWPPA tour made a welcome return at the Escape Pool bar in Barnsley from the 10-11 October 2021, after a period of 21 months due the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The restrictions and other family issues impacted the entry as half a dozen regulars, including the no. 1 ranked player Daniel Lee were unable to attend.

There was still a strong field of 9 players competing for the biggest ever prize in GB wheelchair pool, £500 from a prize pot of over £1000, in this non-ranking tester event. For many of the players without their own table, it was the first time playing in a long while.

The early stages through up some good matches, but the top 4 seeds, Fred Dinsmore, Roy Kimberley, Defending Champion Dave Beaumont and Tony Southern, all made it through.

Other early action saw Jimmy Ifty have a good win 5/3 over close friend Adam Pearson, and Darren Taylor had a great 6/2 win over Danny Luton, who will be the sole GB wheelchair player at the European Championships in Turkey from 1-11 November, hoping to add to this array of medals. 

In the winner’s qualifiers, Southern had to forfeit early on v Dinsmore due to an arm issue, and Kimberley fought back from being down and almost out v Beaumont to win 7/6.

In the losers’ side later stages, the rested Southern beat Darren Brook 6/1, and Beaumont beat Taylor 6/2, despite this lose, Taylor’s performance over the weekend resulting in him being awarded free entry to the first event of 2022, courtesy of one of our sponsors, Fred Dinsmore Billiards. 

The semi-final draw for the main event took place late on the Sunday Morning.

Dinsmore reached yet another final with a hard fought 7-3 win over Beaumont, and in the other semi-final, Southern overcame Kimberley 7-3.

It was to be a Southern v Dinsmore v final.

The first 2 racks went to Southern, who then missed a tough cut on the black to lead 3-0.  At 3-1 to Southern, Dinsmore went on a 6-rack winning streak to storm to the title 7/3, with Southern spurning many chances to make it much closer.

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 tour is in talks to return to Riley’s Clubs, meaning we are unable as yet to publish dates for 2022, Details will follow in due course, we would welcome any player feedback on this by email to tonysouthern@bwppa.com or via our Facebook Group.

The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:

We are all making a difference (formally Gentlemen’s Night Out), Predator Cues, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, and our patron Dynamite Darren Appleton, 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. 

For next season we are seeking a new trophy sponsor, if you or a company would be interested please 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 10-13 February 2022, the Malmo Open returns, this is a 8 and 9 ball event with great prize money and it’s a great event, further details can be found by clicking the link above or contacting:
Henrik Larsson – henrik.larsson@fifh.com

From 2-12 March 2022, the European Championships will be held in Lasko/Slovenia, contact tonysouthern@bwppa.com for more information.

Beaumont Wins Maiden Title At The Predator GB-9 Ball Championship and Lee Takes Top Spot

Dave Beaumont

3 players in the strong field arrived at the Escape Pool Club in Barnsley for the 2019 Predator Cue GB 9-Ball Championships, with a chance of taking the end of season no.1 ranking position and the Predator £1,000+ Ikon 3-2 cue that came with it.
 
They were in order of ranking coming into the event, (1) Roy Kimberley, (2) Dan Lee and (3) Fred Dinsmore. Kimberley was top based on his win at the same event this time last year, but he knew that those 100 points would be dropping off his total at the end of the event.
 
If Lee made the final, irrespective of who wins the event, he would take the top spot on countback.  For Kimberley to top the rankings he had to win the event, and hope Lee does not make the final, and the same applied for Dinsmore.
 
This event saw the final running of the triple elimination format for this season, 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.
 
We welcomed Koji Nagasaki who had made the 14-hour flight from Japan to attend the event, and he had a very good event, with some impressive performances.
 
The early stages through up some good matches.  Adam Pearson beat Nagasaki 7-4, before recording a career best win over a strangely out of sorts Kimberley by the closest possible margin 7/6.
 
Other early action saw Dinsmore beat Darren Taylor 7-6, after Taylor had beaten Matt Lester 7-2, Tony Southern lost heavily to a resurgent Dave Beaumont (complete with new Cuesports glasses and fresh from practicing on his newly installed table at home) 7-2, after they had both had 1st round byes, and Lee beat Frankie Gillen 7-2, after Gillen enjoyed a 7-2 win over Ifakhar Hussain.
 
In the winner’s qualifiers for the 1st time, Pearson was whitewashed 7-0 by Beaumont, and Dinsmore took out Lee, in a closer encounter, 7-5, from 4-1 behind.
 
In the losers’ side later stages, Pearson qualified for his first ever semi-final and Kimberley went out with what we think is his first ever 2 straight losses 6-1 to Southern, who then went on to eliminate Lee from the event with a 6-5 win, the no.1 spot was now in Dinsmore’s own hands.
The semi-final draw for the main event took place late on the Saturday evening. 
Dinsmore reached yet another final with a hard fought 7-4 win over Pearson, who was delighted with his highest ever finish, and in the other semi-final, Beaumont overcame Southern for the 2nd time in the event, this time 7-5.
 
It was to be a Beaumont v Dinsmore v final.
 
The first 2 racks were shared, as the match started out fairly even before Beaumont went on a 4-rack winning streak to storm 5-1 into the lead. Dinsmore pulled one back, and then Beaumont reached the hill at 6-2, and maybe saw the winning line as he spurned a great chance to take the match 7-2, by missing a makeable 7 ball.  This was the chance that an out of sorts Dinsmore was waiting for, and he pounced and took 4 straight games to be just one behind at 5-6, which included a brilliant back double on the 8 ball at 2-6 down, and 2 combos to pot the 9 ball at 4-6 and 5-6 down respectively.
 
Beaumont showed his tactical awareness by taking a time out at this point to refocus.  In the final rack Dinsmore had the early edge when he missed a long 4 ball, however, he had the good fortune to hook Beaumont right behind the 5 ball.  Beaumont escaped from the snooker but had his own slice of luck as the cue ball hit the middle jaw and hooked Dinsmore, who escaped with a great hit.  After a bout of safety, Beaumont was faced with a difficult pot, but made it and cleared the table for his maiden win, he was obviously delighted having lost in several previous finals. 
 
Dinsmore’s loss put Lee back to the top of the rankings, and with it the beautiful £1,000 Ikon 3-2 from our fantastic sponsors Predator Cues. 2nd Place for Dinsmore earned him a £550 Predator BK3, and a £500 Predator Sneaky Pete cue was the reward for Kimberley finishing 3rd.
 
As well as the £250 1st prize for the event, Beaumont took home a beautiful Predator Urbain Case, as did Southern for finishing 5th.
 
In the 3rd loss side (Challenge event) final, Taylor beat Gillen 5-2, in a rematch of the previous event. In the semi-finals Taylor whitewashed Matt Lester 5-0, whilst Gillen scored one of the wins of his career with a 5-4 win over Kimberley, completed with a fluked bank on the 9-ball and a very vocal ‘Come on !!’ from the victor.
 
This enabled Taylor to pip Gillen to the top spot of the challenge rankings on countback and with it the Predator Poison Cue worth £400.
 
During the event all players were presented with a pack contacting (Chalks/tips/burnishers etc) worth over £150 each from our good friends at Kamui.
 
A video of the main event final is available to watch here
 
The final 2019 BWPPA ranking lists can be found here
 
Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.
 
The uncertainty over the future of the Cue Sports Academy at Stoke Mandeville and also the Escape club in Barnsley, mean we are unable as yet to publish dates for 2020, however we are in talks to return to Riley’s Clubs and maybe hold 3 American Pool events and 2 English Pool (blackball) events next year.  
 
Details will follow in due course, we would welcome any player feedback on this by email to tonysouthern@bwppa.com or via our Facebook Group.
 
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
 
We are all making a difference (formally Gentlemen’s Night Out), Predator Cues, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Cuescore, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, World Pool Series and our patron Dynamite Darren Appleton, 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. 
 
For next season we are seeking a new trophy sponsor, if you or a company would be interested please 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.
 
In 2020, the Malmo Open returns, this is a 8 and 9 ball event with great prize money and it’s a great event, further details can be found by clicking the link above or contacting: henrik.larsson@fifh.com
 

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.
 

9-Ball Titles Awarded At The Final Day Of The European Championships

Ouschan, Tahti, Gorst and Labutis

The last day of the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 saw the finals in the 9-ball individuals in all four divisions. The titles were grabbed by Fedor Gorst (RUS), Jasmin Ouschan (AUT), Pijus Labutis (LTU) and Jouni Tahti (FIN).
 
Fedor Gorst had a thriller against Joshua Filler (GER) in the men’s 9-ball division. Both player performed tremendously well throughout the event and deserved their spot in the final match. Gorst was always ahead of Filler whose break let him down big time in the match. But the German  struck back whenever he could and kept the match open for a long time. Then Gorst got some momentum and went on the hill, taking a nice 8:4 lead over Filler. But one of „Killer Filler’s“ most important talents is that he keeps his nerves together and plays rock solid even when under fire. Filler took some racks off Gorst since the Russian himself had some problems with his break shot in the latter part of the match. Filler even got to the hill and created an 8:8 situation. The heat was on for both players with Gorst having the break shot. He had 2 balls down and an open layout. From there, Filler never got back to the table and Gorst sneaked past the winning line, taking the match with 9:8 over brave Filler.
 
Top 8 9-ball Men
1. Fedor Gorst RUS
2. Joshua Filler GER
3. Tomasz Kaplan POL
    Kim Laaksonen FIN
5. Edmond Zaja ALB
    Ruslan Chinakhov RUS
    Zoran Svilar SRB
    Mario He AUT
 
The women’s final match between Jasmin Ouschan and Nataliya Seroshtan (RUS) turned into a demolition for the Russian. Ouschan determined the match from the start to her liking and Seroshtan could not get a foot on the floor. Having in mind that Ouschan was far below her expectations during this championship, she played up to her standard in the final match and handed a whitewash to Seroshtan with 7:0.
 
Top 8 9-ball Women
1. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
2. Nataliya Seroshtan RUS
3. Vivien Schade GER
    Ana Gradisnik SLO
5. Elise Qiu NED
    Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
    Oliwia Czuprynska POL
    Kristina Zlateva BUL
 
In the Under 23 division, Pijus Labutis was the favoured player over Oliver Szolnoki since he had already taken a title in 8-ball earlier this week. Though Szolnoki performed quite convincing, Labutis was a bit ahead of him because of his focus being set on another title. 9:7 was the final result that brought the second title for Labutis for this week.
 
Top 8 9-ball Under 23
1. Pijus Labutis LTU
2. Oliver Szolnoki HUN
3. Casper Matikainen FIN
    Aleksa Pecelj SRB
5. Vitaliy Patsura UKR
    Osman Sanlisoy TNC
    Samet Degirmanci TUR
    Jan Van Lierop NED
 
In the wheelchair division, all-time favoured Jouni Tahti wasted no time with his opponent Fred Dinsmore. He simply outplayed the Irish and took the match pretty easy with 7:1.
 
Top 8 9-ball Wheelchair
1. Jouni Tahti FIN
2. Fred Dinsmore IRL
3. Matej Brajkovic SLO
    Tony Southern GBR
5. Kurt Deklerck BEL
    Henrik Larsson SWE
    Leszek Blumczynski POL
    Roy Kimberley GBR
 
The final medal table displays Russia as the winner of the event, having won 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals. Runner-Up is Poland with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals with Finland coming in third with 2 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and 3 Bronze medals.
 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. RUS 3 2 2 7
2. POL 2 1 4 7
3. FIN 2 1 3 6
4. LTU 2     2
5. AUT 1 2 2 5
6. POR 1   1 2
  SUI 1   1 2
  SWE 1   1 2
9. ALB 1     1
  ESP 1     1
11. GER   3 3 6
12. GBR   1 3 4
13. IRL   1 1 2
  NED   1 1 2
15. HUN   1   1
  LAT   1   1
  UKR   1   1
18. BLR     2 2
  SLO     2 2
20. BIH     1 1
  BUL     1 1
  FRA     1 1
  SRB     1 1
 
That concludes the coverage of the 2019 Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women, Under 23 and Wheelchair Athletes from Treviso, Italy. We will be back tomorrow with more news from the upcoming Euro-Tour events for Men and Women.
 
The Championships were played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

8-Ball Titles Awarded at The Dynamic Billard European Championships

Eklent Kaci, Jouni Tahti, Kristina Tkach and Pijus Labutis

The 8-ball competition at this year’s Dynamic Billard European Championships have been decided. The matches in the different divisions contained everything from expectations to drama and highly thrilling matches.
 
The final match in the men’s division was played between Eklent Kaci (ALB) and Ralf Souquet (GER). This match was not only the encounter of two high profile athletes but also a clash of two generations. While „The Kaiser“ Ralf Souquet has already won an unbelievable number of 22 Gold Medals at European Championships, Kaci was still waiting on his first one. Souquet has achieved almost everything that a pool billiard player can achieve while Kaci is still on the start of his career. On the other hand, Kaci has won some prestigious events throughout last year and can considered to be „on fire“ currently while Souquet is on his regular level. This constellation was the interesting starting position of the match. Tonight, Kaci had the better day and after seven racks, he was already leading 6:1 over Souquet. Needing only two more points, it would be hard for just anyone to stop Kaci. But Souquet still tried and managed to get some excitement back into a match which seemed to be long time decided. He fought back and pulled some racks back from Kaci to get to 4:6 and 6:7. When Kaci was on the hill at 7:6, he made no more mistakes and pocketed the final 8-ball which made him a European 8-Ball Champion for the first time in his life.
 
Top 8 Men’s 8-ball
1. Eklent Kaci ALB
2. Ralf Souquet GER
3. Fabio Rizzi FRA
    Sanjin Pehlivanovic BIH
5. Mats Schjetne NOR
    Fedor Gorst RUS
    Joao Grilo POR
    Niels Feijen NED
 
The women’s final quickly turned into a nightmare for Kristina Tkach (RUS) in the beginning. She was up against Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) and could not get a foot on the floor. She actually had the better break but could not turn that into points. Tkach even committed a foul using too much time for her shot since the match was on shot-clock and she simply exceeded the time permitted for her shot. On the other hand, Ouschan started out as focussed and composed as usual. Even though the break did not work for Ouschan, she managed to snatch the points from Tkach one by one. It took until rack five was played before Tkach got on the board, reducing the gap to 1:4. When opening rack six, Tkach scratched and again gave ball in hand to Ouschan. This time, Ouschan could not clear the table and allowed Tkach back into the table, missing the 6-ball. Tkach pocketed all balls of her group and made the 8-ball to get to 2:4 with Ouschan’s break shot coming up. Jasmin had two balls down on the break shot but again was not able to finish the rack, leaving another point on the table for Tkach to pick it up. However, both players committed several mistakes during this rack which is a clear indication for the pressure that was on both of them. Tkach managed to win the rack, getting to 3:4. In the next rack, Tkach had the chance to level the match but she miscued and once more gave ball in hand to Jasmin Ouschan with a wide open table. Ouschan played up to her abilities and finished the rack, getting on the hill with 5:3. In the next rack, Ouschan had her first good break shot of the match with balls down and a nice and comfortable layout in front of her. That was a huge chance for Ouschan to finish the match win the title. But to her and the audiences surprise she missed her first shot. What an unusual performance by Ouschan in this final. Tkach now used her chance and ran the table, getting to 4:5 in this match. The next rack, Tkach broke and ran out to make the match a 5:5 hill-hill thriller with Jasmin Ouschan’s break shot coming up. One more time Ouschan did not make a ball on the break and handed an open table to Tkach. The unbelievable happened in that rack. After having trailed 1:4, Kristina Tkach won another rack and took the match and the title 6:5 over Jasmin Ouschan.
 
Top 8 Women’s 8-ball
1. Kristina Tkach RUS
2. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
3. Yana Shut BLR
    Kristina Zlateva BUL
5. Veronika Hubrtova CZE
    Vania Franco POR
    Sara Rocha POR
    Oliwia Czuprynska POL
 
In the wheelchair division, the match between Jouni Tahti (FIN) and Roy Kimberley (GBR) went according to the expectations. Tahti dominated Southern from start to the end and lead 3:0 and 4:1. The exceptional player from Finland never gave a chance to Southern who simply could not find any way to prevent Tahti from winning racks. When Tahti pocketed the final 8-ball, the scoreboard displayed a 5:2 final score in his favour. Tonight Jouni Tahti won his 25th Gold Medal on European level.
 
Top 8 Wheelchair 8-ball
1. Jouni Tahti FIN
2. Roy Kimberley GBR
3. Henrik Larsson SWE
    Tony Southern GBR
5. Matej Brajkovic SLO
    Maksim Suchanov LTU
    Leszek Blumczynski POL
    Kaspars Turks LAT
 
In the Under 23 division, Pijus Labutis (LTU) met Vitaliy Patsura (UKR). Patsura had already taken a Gold Medal in Men’s 8-ball, Junior’s 10-ball and last year in Under 23 9-ball. He was definitely favoured in this match. Labutis on the other hand has won two silver and one bronze medal but no title yet. That was one fact that the young Lithuanian wanted to change tonight. He quickly got to a 3:1 lead and he always kept Patsura at a 2-rack distance away from him. When leading 5:3, Labutis won a key rack in the match and got to 7:3. The pressure with Labutis being on the hill was too much for Patsura. He won another rack but then Labutis sealed the deal for tonight, winning the match and his first title ever with 8:4.
 
Top 8 Under 23 8-ball
1. Pijus Labutis LTU
2. Vitaliy Patsura UKR
3. Casper Matikainen FIN
    Luca Menn GER
5. Johannes Schmitt GER
    Daniel Resch AUT
    Jan Van Lierop NED
    Aleks Pecelj SRB
 
The medal table after 3 of 5 events displays Poland still on top with 2 Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal with Russia right up their neck, only one Bronze Medal short. Finland is currently ranked third with one medal of each colour.
 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. POL 2 1 1 4
2. RUS 2 1   3
3. FIN 1 1 1 3
4. SUI 1   1 2
  SWE 1   1 2
6. ALB 1     1
  LTU 1     1
8. AUT   1 2 3
  GBR   1 2 3
  GER   1 2 3
11. NED   1 1 2
12. LAT   1   1
  UKR   1   1
14. BLR     2 2
15. BIH     1 1
  BUL     1 1
  FRA     1 1
  IRL     1 1
  POR     1 1
 
Earlier today, the first team matches have been played. The women’s team matches did not come up with big surprises. The two closest matches were Sweden defeated The Netherlands 2:1 while Russia remained the upper hand over Belarus 2:1. In the men’s team competition, some close and exciting matches already happened in this early stage of the tournament. Team Russia overcame defending Champion Team Poland in a heartbreaker with 2:1 (Gorst v Fortunski 6:8, Stepanov v Skowerski 8:7, Lutsker v Juszczyszyn 9:8) while Team Germany had a tough time in taking down Team Albania with 2:1 (Hohmann v Kaci 5:8, Souquet v Zaja 8:7, Filler v Spahiu 9:5). Probably the biggest surprise was Team Denmark winning over Team the Netherlands with 2:1 (Krause v Saris 8:3, Lotfy v van den Berg 6:7, Lentz v Bijsterbosch 9:5).
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 for men, women, U23 and wheelchair athletes will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 9-ball individuals competition Women and Under 23s.
 
The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Fortunski, Feldmann and Larsson Win Gold in 10-ball

Feldmann, Larsson and Fortunski won the 10-ball titles

The 10-ball discipline at the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 is over and the medals have been awarded.
 
In the men’s division, Mieszko Fortunski (POL) won the title after a fierce fight with Casper Matikainen (FIN) in the final match. Matikainen had the better start and stormed off with a 3:0 lead over Fortunski. The Finish played pretty confident and displayed no weakness until that stage in the match. Then suddenly he started committing mistakes. Fortunski capitalized from them and gained strength from his opponent’s errors. Then, Matikainen was also very unlucky with his break. While it worked pretty well in the beginning, it did let him down during the match. He scratched three times in a row on his own break shot and it could be witnessed how his confidence left him and he had no trust in himself anymore. Fortunski got stronger and stronger and in the end succeeded in sealing the deal with a comfortable 8:4 victory over Matikainen.
 
Top 8 Men
 
1. Mieszko Fortunski POL
2. Casper Matikainen FIN
3. Thorsten Hohmann GER
    Joao Grilo POR
5. Pijus Labutis LTU
    Fabio Rizzi FRA
    Tomasz Kaplan POL
    Mariusz Skoneczny POL
 
In the women’s division, Christine Feldmann (SUI) surprisingly took the title against highly favoured Kristina Tkach (SUI) with 6:3. Feldmann had performed outstandingly throughout the discipline so far and rightfully booked her seat in the final match, winning 6:3 over Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED) in the semi-final. Tkach ousted Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) 6:5 in the same round in a monster clash. Tkach was highly favoured for the title but Feldmann simply played better and kept her nerves together. The final match was not even close with Feldmann dominating it throughout the whole course of the match. In the end, Feldmann won her third European title after winning 1993 in the girl’s 9-ball division and 2005 in the women’s 8-ball.
 
 
Top 8 Women
1. Christine Feldmann SUI
2. Kristina Tkach RUS
3. Jasmin Ouschan AUT
    Tamara Peeters-Rademakers NED
5. Jessika Nilsson SWE
    Veronika Ivanovskaia GER
    Marharyta Fefilava BLR
    Kristina Zlateva BUL
 
In the wheelchair division, there was one new face in the final match. Kaspars Turks (LAT) had to play against multiple Champion Henrik Larsson (SWE). Being in the final was already a huge achievement for Turks. He ousted favoured Fred Dinsmore (IRL) in the semi-final match and wass ready for more against Larsson. But the Swede is very experienced with many titles underneath his belt already. After having defeated his biggest rival, defending Champion Jouni Tahti (FIN) in the quarter-final already, Larsson did not want to allow anyone to take that medal away from him anymore. So the match turned pretty much into a one-man-show from Henrik Larsson. The Swede pulled rack after rack from Turks and managed to win the title with a clear 6:1 result over Turks.
 
Top 8 Wheelchair
1. Henrik Larsson SWE
2. Kaspars Turks LAT
3. Tony Southern GBR
    Fred Dinsmore IRL
5. Jouni Tahti FIN
    Roy Kimberley GBR
    Emil Malanowski POL
    Kim-Ronny Nygard NOR
 
The medal table displays a clear lead for Poland, having won both Gold Medals in the men’s division so far.
 
RANK Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. POL 2 1 1 4
2 RUS 1 1   2
3 SUI 1   1 2
4 SWE 1     1
5 NED   1 1 2
6 FIN   1   1
  LAT   1   1
8 AUT     2 2
9 BLR     1 1
  GBR     1 1
  GER     1 1
  IRL     1 1
  POR     1 1
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 for men, women, U23 and wheelchair athletes will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 8-ball individuals competition Men and Under 23.
 
The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

Matikainen Eliminates Kaplan In Men’s 10-Ball

Matikainen, Feldmann and Dinsmore

In the quarter-final round of the men’s 10-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 in Treviso, Italy, Casper Matikainen (FIN) eliminated Tomasz Kaplan (POL) with 8:7.
 
It was the third tough match for Matikainen today already. In the 15:30 round, he defeated Eklent Kaci (ALB) with 8:6. Then, in the next round he went ahead and ousted Daniele Corrieri (ITA) 8:7. These close results prove that Matikainen has to be a good fighter. He was already trailing 4:7 against Kaplan and things did not look at all promising for him. When Kaplan had the chance to finish the match, he snookered himself and ran out of position with the cue ball, hiding it behind the 9-ball when the 8-ball was still on the table. That situation gave second life to Matikainen who hung in there and kept his nerves under control. He made shot after shot and forced Kaplan into a hill-hill match at 7:7. With Kaplan’s break shot coming up, the Polish again had the better odds. He pocketed a ball on his break shot but could not really use the position he found for the 1-ball. He attempted to play a push-out but the result was very poor. Matikainen accepted the table, ran it and advance into the semi-finals tomorrow where he will face Joao Grilo (POR) who won 8:5 over Mariusz Skoneczny (POL).
 
One round earlier, Thorsten Hohmann (GER) eliminated the defending Champion Joshua „Killer“ Filler (GER) from the field, winning with 8:7 over the newly crowned US Open Champion.
 
In the women’s division, one semi-final will be the clash between the  two most dominating athletes in European women’s pool, Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) versus Kristina Tkach (RUS). Both of them won their quarter-final matches but Tkach took the straight way into the semi-final while Ouschan had lost one match and needed to come back over the loser’s side. The other semi-final will take place between Christine Feldmann (SUI) and Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED) who already took a silver medal in straight pool on Sunday.
 
In the wheelchair division, Henrik Larsson managed to overcome his long-time rival, defending Champion Jouni Tahti (FIN) with 6:5 to proceed into the semi-final of the wheelchair division. The other semi-final will be played between unheralded Kaspars Turks (LAT) and favoured Fred Dinsmore (IRL).
 
The semi-final matches in all disciplines will be played at 18:00 CET with the final matches to follow at 20:00 CET.
 
Men:
Thorsten Hohmann GER v Mieszko Fortunski POL
Casper Matikainen FIN v Joao Grilo POR
 
Women:
Christine Feldmann SUI v Tamara Peeters-Rademakers NED
Jasmin Ouschan AUT v Kristina Tkach RUS
Wheelchair:
 
Henrik Larsson SWE v Tony Southern GBR
Kaspars Turks LAT v Fred Dinsmore IRL
 
The Dynamic Billard European Championships 2019 for men, women, U23 and wheelchair athletes will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 8-ball individuals competition women and Under 23.
 
The Championships are played on 24 tables which are all streamed LIVE throughout the whole event. In order to be able to follow all the action LIVE, premium membership can be obtained at www.kozoom.com. Once a premium membership is held, all events for the respective period of time can be viewed LIVE. Additionally, a huge video gallery is contained in the website.
 
The event is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website www.epconline.eu or visit us on Facebook for regular news clips or contact our press office press@epbf.com.

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.