Category: General News

Parris Cues Champion of Champions 2018: Live Stream

Watch our live stream from the Parris Cues Champions of Champions 2018 at the South West Snooker Academy below:

Streaming schedule:

Saturday 20th October

  • Dan Harwood v Leroy Williams (G6)
  • William Thomson v Daniel Blunn (G3)
  • Nick Neale v Mike Gillespie (G7)

Sunday 21st October

  • TBC
  • FINAL TBC

Parris Cues Champion of Champions 2018: Tournament Information

The full match schedule for the Parris Cues Champion of Champions 2018 is now available.

As always, the latest results and group standings will be published throughout the weekend at MySnookerStats via the following links:

As previously announced, the winners of each group competition will also be invited to play at the 2019 WSF Championships in Dubai.

Read more about the event here.

Humber Fish Co. to Sponsor Hull Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is pleased to announce that next month’s Hull Open will be sponsored for the first time by Humber Fish Co.

Returning to the Tradewell Snooker Club for the third time on 16-18 November 2018, the Hull Open will again feature two-day tournaments for deaf and visually impaired players, won last year by Blake Munton and Nick Neale respectively.

The event will begin with a Friday Open Day at which people with all disabilities are encouraged to come along and play snooker, whether they have experience or are picking up a cue for the first time. The day will be supported by WPBSA World Snooker coaches who will provide a mix of fun activities, one to one coaching and group sessions on a particular topic at the Go Green Energy Coaching Zone.

Opened in July 2018 by James Stockdale and Paula Howarth, the Humber Fish Co. provides relaxed informal dining specialising in locally sourced seafood and crustacea. Currently three weeks in advance for weekend bookings, the restaurant is in high demand and recently launched a fantastic new menu, with a five-course tasting menu with live music on offer for the New Year.

With the support of Humber Fish Co. and further sponsors to be announced in due course, WDBS can confirm that prize money will once again be offered at the event. There will also be a special bonus prize on offer to each of the finalists at the Group 7 and 8 competitions courtesy of the Tradewell Snooker Club.

Entries for the event remain open until 9 November 2018. Please click HERE for more information and to download the full entry form.

Learn more about Humber Fish Co. at its website:

www.humberfishco.co.uk

Field Confirmed for Parris Cues Champion of Champions

Later this month World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will host the Parris Cues Champion of Champions for the first time and we can today reveal the 24 players who will be competing in the event.

To be held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on the weekend of 20-21 October 2018, the event will comprise six tournaments with the most successful four players from each of the regular WDBS classification groups between November 2015 – May 2018 invited to participate.

Each of the tournaments will begin with a round-robin group stage, with the top two players at the end of the group to contest a title match to decide the Champion of Champions for each classification.

The players who will be competing are:

Groups 1-2

Graham Bonnell, Craig Welsh, Daniel Lee, Tony Southern

Group 3

Daniel Blunn, Nigel Coton, William Thomson, Andrew Harper

Groups 4-5

Raja Subramanian, Andy Johnson, David Church, David Weller

Group 6

Daniel Harwood, Leroy Williams, Rich Yendle, Andrew Galley

Group 7

Paul Smith, Nick Neale, Mike Gillespie, David Baker

Group 8

Shabir Ahmed, Blake Munton, Lewis Knowles, Richard Gott

As previously announced, each of the six winners will receive an invitation to compete at next year’s WSF Championships in Dubai, with the costs of their travel and hotel to be sponsored by 360Fizz.

The winners will also receive the first prize and be presented with the Nick Oliver Trophy by John Parris, of the event sponsor Parris Cues. Each group winner will also receive their own trophy to take home and keep.

The Parris Cues Champion of Champions will become an annual event on the calendar, with the top performing players from each group over a two-year period qualifying for the event.

Spectators are encouraged to attend and support the players competing in the event.

Gloucester Winners to Qualify for WSF Championships

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is delighted to confirm that there will be an extra special incentive on offer for each of the six winners at this month’s inaugural Parris Cues Champion of Champions event in Gloucester.

The all-new invitational event will be played on 20-21 October 2018 and see the most successful four players from each of our six regular group events (1-2, 3, 4-5, 6, 7 and 8) dating back to 2015, compete to become the Champion of Champions in their classification group and be presented with the new Nick Oliver Trophy.

As first announced to the players at the recent Open Disability Snooker Championship, we can today confirm that courtesy of regular WDBS sponsor 360Fizz, our new champions will also be offered the incredible opportunity to compete at next year’s WSF Championships in the United Arab Emirates, organised by the World Snooker Federation (WSF).

First staged in Malta earlier this year, the WSF Championships is an international event which provides the world’s best amateur players the chance to compete for a place on the World Snooker Tour and places at other prestigious international events. Next year’s event will be played at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time from 28 March – 7 April 2019 and will also incorporate a Seniors event and the World Women’s Snooker Championship.

Following an agreement reached with the WSF and the support of 360Fizz, WDBS will fund the entry of each of the six winners in Gloucester, together with the reasonable cost of flights and hotels for the duration of the period that the players are competing in the event.

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer said: “I am thrilled to be able to make this announcement on what is a significant day in our journey. Since our formation in 2015 we have been committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to play snooker competitively, not only against each other but also in major able-bodied tournaments and through our membership of the WSF we are able to do just that.

“Already at this year’s WSF Championships in Malta we met players from Iceland and Israel who were competing with disabilities and today’s announcement is a fantastic incentive for each of our 24 players who will be competing in Gloucester this month to be able to join them in Dubai.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors 360Fizz who have been such strong supporters of disability snooker so far this season and we look forward to working with closely in the future.”

Jonny Welch of 360Fizz added: “I am proud to be able to play a part in helping these incredible players be able to compete at such an important international tournament as the WSF Championships. It has been a pleasure both for me personally and for 360Fizz to support WDBS so far this season and I would like to wish all of the players competing in Gloucester for these places in Gloucester the very best of luck!”

The Parris Cues Champion of Champions will take place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on 20-21 October 2018. Further information including confirmation of the 24 players who will be competing at the tournament will be released shortly.

Learn more about the WSF Championships: https://www.worldsnookerfederation.org/u-a-e-to-host-wsf-championships-2019/

Champions Crowned in Northampton

Last weekend saw the staging of the record-breaking Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship at Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton.

The third event of the 2018/19 season organised by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) boasted an incredible field of 79 competitors across the weekend, smashing the previous record of 55 set at the Welsh Open earlier this year. Players from all eight disability classification groups contested six individual titles, with a mix of new and former champions taking top honours.

Physical disabilities

In the Group 1-2 category for wheelchair players it was Aslam Abubaker who won his first WDBS title. A former runner-up at this event last year in Wolverhampton and July’s Welsh Open, it was to be third time lucky as he defeated Shahab Siddiqui 2-0 to secure victory.

“I am delighted to win,” said Abubaker. “It has been a marvellous snooker tournament and I’m really pleased to get over the line and get a win on the board.”

The Group 3 ambulant competition saw Scotland’s William Thomson complete a hat-trick of WDBS victories with a resounding 4-0 success against defending champion Daniel Blunn. Thomson, who has HMSN type 2, dropped just one frame throughout the event and also made the weekend-high break of 66 across all classifications on his way to the title.

It was a similar story in Group 4-5 as Preston’s Mickey Chambers made it two titles from two with a 3-1 success against 2017 champion David Church. Chambers, who is a lower leg amputee and also represents England’s amputee football team, progressed through to the final without the loss of a frame and was delighted to end the weekend on top again.

“I am very happy both to win and how I was playing all weekend,” said Chambers. “I’ve come up against some new players that I have never played before but I just tried to implement my game and scare my opponents really.

“It has been a long weekend but a fantastic one. I met some really good people and really great players from all different groups. It has been an honour to be involved and I want to thank the sponsors and everyone who came – literally the last frame there you can hear a pin drop and everyone was watching, everyone was involved.”

Groups 6-8

The remaining three events for players with learning and sensory disabilities each saw repeat victories for the trio of players who came out on top at February’s UK Open tournament also in Northampton.

Daniel Harwood completed the successful defence of his Fizz Open title with a dominant 4-0 victory against fellow Liverpudlian Leroy Williams in the final. With four breaks over 30 during the weekend, Harwood dropped just one frame on his way to a fourth WDBS title, the most for a Group 6 player so far.

It was a similar story for former professional Paul Smith who also claimed his fourth WDBS win with a 4-1 success against first-time finalist Ronnie Allen from Wales. Having come through a tight five-player round robin group, Smith defeated Robert Craft in the semi-finals before seeing off Allen in the decisive match to secure yet another title.

“I am very happy with the win and have enjoyed every bit of it,” said Smith. “It is a long day, but most enjoyable and, as always, expertly run. It is like one big family and a joy to be here. I really enjoyed meeting and playing with Ronnie in the final, he is a gracious and humble guy and a very good player too.”

Finally, there was also further glory for Shabir Ahmed who defeated Nikolas De Whytell 4-2 to secure victory. Ahmed did not drop a frame on his way to the final, before seeing off another first-time finalist in De Whytell to win his fourth WDBS crown and confirm his status as the most successful deaf player so far.

“There have been so many players and I have had to be really focused and determined,” said Ahmed. “The final was really difficult, it was a battle, but in the end, I won and I am very happy and pleased with myself. I just want to carry on and keep winning!”

Side-events

The mixed classification Challenge Cup for competitors who did not progress to the knockout rounds of the main tournament was won by Richard Gott and Richard Bradburn, who defeated David Grant and Danny Luton in the final.

It is a second doubles victory for Gott of 2018 after his previous triumph back in Cwmbran this summer.

There was also a win for John Fenwick in our first-ever WDBS billiards competition held on Friday after he defeated Daniel Blunn in a close final to secure victory.

Open day success

Once again, the weekend began with a successful Friday open day which saw visitors including international Paralympic broadcaster Rob Walker, professional stars Kyren Wilson and Harvey Chandler, as well as local MP Michael Ellis and Mayor of Northampton Cllr Tony Ansell stop by to support the event.

The event was also generously supported by FizzThinks360, with company founder Jonny ‘Fizz’ Welch and his team in attendance during the weekend.

WDBS Vice-Chairman Simon Berrisford said: “It has been a fantastic weekend with so many entries. It has been extremely busy but everyone seems happy, we have seen some really high-quality snooker and some good finals on the way.

“It has been great to see so many players travel from overseas and this is what we want to see moving forwards, more nationalities getting involved. The support from Belgium has been fantastic, we were there in March and now they are coming to our events. We’ve had Andy Lam from Hong Kong and the guys from Poland have really enjoyed their first event too.”

We would finally like to thank everybody at Barratts Snooker Club, for their support during the weekend once again. We are also delighted that during the weekend the venue became the latest venue to sign up to the 147 Club, the official club affiliation scheme of the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards.

View full tournament results from the main competition via MySnookerStats here.

View event photos at our Facebook page here.

View the updated WDBS Roll of Honour here.

Northampton Set For Fizz Open

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) heads to Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton next weekend for what is set to be its biggest disability snooker tournament yet.

The Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship will include competitive tournaments for players from all eight WDBS classification groups encompassing physical, learning and sensory disabilities. Over 80 players have confirmed their entry, smashing the previous record of 55 entries received at the Welsh Open earlier this year. The field includes players travelling from as far as Hong Kong, Poland and India.

As well as the serious competition, there will also be a free Friday Open Day for people with any disabilities to be able to come and pick up a cue under the guidance of accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches. Joining us on the day will be international Paralympic broadcaster and snooker Master of Ceremonies Rob Walker who became a WDBS Ambassador earlier this year, as well as local MP Michael Ellis and Mayor of Northampton Councillor Tony Ansell.

There will also be a special photo shoot held on Saturday with all WDBS players encouraged to participate at a convenient time between their matches.

The event will be sponsored once again by the fantastic FizzThinks360, following their sponsorship of the successful Welsh Open and Humber Classic events earlier this season. Supporting sponsorship will be provided by BB Scaffolding and Cashflow Express.

All of the action will take place at Barratts Snooker Club, the home of two-time ranking event winner Kyren Wilson, the second WDBS event to take place at the venue this year following February’s UK Open. A venue of substantial size, the snooker area boasts an impressive 22 snooker tables with food served all day.

Further information in respect of the playing schedule and event formats will be issued to players shortly.

Draws and results for the tournament will be updated from next Saturday at MySnookerStats.

 

Hull Open Finalists to Receive Bonus Prize

There will be a special bonus prize on offer for the finalists of both the Group 7 and 8 events at the WDBS Hull Open 2018 this November.

To be held at the Tradewell Snooker Club for a third successive year, the event will once again include a two-day tournament for deaf players and those with visual impairments.

Courtesy of our hosts at the club, the both the winners and runner-ups in both events will be invited to share a VIP table at an upcoming Jimmy White exhibition in Lincoln on Friday 11 January 2019. There will also be a BSL interpreter completing the table to ensure that both deaf finalists are able to enjoy the evening fully.

As an extra special incentive, the player of the four who has the highest break of the weekend at the WDBS Hull Open 2018 will also need to bring their cue as they will be selected to play a frame against Jimmy White on the evening!

Our thanks go to the owners at the Tradewell Snooker Club for generously donating this incredible prize to our players. We would also like to thank event organiser Nigel Coton who once again plans to donate surplus funds from the exhibition to World Disability Billiards and Snooker.

Further Sponsors Confirmed for Northampton

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has today announced two further sponsors for the upcoming Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship.

First held back in 2015, the event is one of our most prestigious titles and this year will welcome by far our largest field of competitors to date to the tournament.

The event will now be supported by BB Scaffolding and Cashflow Express, in addition to event title sponsor FizzThinks360.

BB Scaffolding is a Manchester-based company, offering a fast, reliable and safe scaffolding service to both the construction industry and private sector. Run by experienced scaffolders Bradley Wosahlo and Brett Downs, the company offers a wide-range of services and an emergency 24 hour call out service.

Cashflow Express is an independent, owner managed, specialist cash flow solution provider operating throughout the UK. The company offers services including factoring, invoice discounting, bad debt protection, asset based lending, trade finance, purchase order finance, stock finance and business recovery.

Entry for the event remains open until 21 September 2018. Please click HERE for more information and to enter online.

Learn more about BB Scaffolding and Cashflow Express at their websites:

www.bbscaffolding.co.uk

www.cashflow-express.co.uk

FizzThinks360 to Sponsor Open Disability Snooker Championship

We are today excited to announce that our next tournament at Barratts Snooker Club, Northampton will be sponsored by FizzThinks360.

The event, which will now be known as the Fizz Open Disability Snooker Championship, takes place on 28-30 September 2018 and is open to players of all eight disability classification groups including physical, learning and sensory disabilities.

This will be the third consecutive World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) to be sponsored by FizzThinks360, a successful talent management and promotion agency founded by the charismatic Jonny Welch who has attended recent events in Cwmbran and Hull.

The action will begin with our regular Friday Open Day on 28 September, prior to two days of competitive action with another record-breaking field of entrants expected.

Learn more about the weekend and the extra activities that will be hosted during the event here.

Enter now – limited availability

There has been extremely high demand for this event and at the time of writing there are just 20 places remaining in the competition. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are intending to play in the event but have not yet completed your entry, we therefore strongly recommend that you do not delay so as not to avoid potential disappointment.

You can enter online here, or download our paper application form here.