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Field Set for Parris Cues Champion of Champions 2019

There is less than one week to go until the second staging of the Parris Cues Champion of Champions by World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) and we can today confirm the 23-player field who will compete at the event this year.

As in 2018, six tournaments will be held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester from 12-13 October, with the most successful players from the previous two years invited to compete.

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

Aslam Abubaker, Shahab Siddiqui, Danny Luton

Groups 4-5

Daniel Blunn, William Thomson, Mickey Chambers, David Church

Group 6A

Faisal Butt, Mike Busst, Michael Farrell, Warren Ealy

Group 6B

Leroy Williams, Peter Geronimo, Christopher Goldsworthy*

Group 7

Gary Gallacher, Nick Neale, Ronnie Allen, Mike Gillespie

Group 8

Shabir Ahmed, Lewis Knowles, Blake Munton, Nicholas Cash

*only three players will contest Group 6B due to the non-entry of the remaining eligible players

As previously stated, this year’s event will not include tournaments for Groups 3 and 7A due to only one counting event having been played for each category following the changes to the WDBS Classification system made this year. Results from tournaments already played will however be carried forward to next year’s Champion of Champions event.

In addition to becoming champion of their respective groups, this year’s winners will each be presented with the perpetual Nick Oliver Trophy and will receive a keepsake trophy to take home and keep.

Further tournament information, including the prize money schedule and match schedule will be published in due course.

Blunn Conquers Cwmbran

Daniel Blunn claimed his third World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) title at the inaugural Welsh Open in Cwmbran last weekend.

Held at Redz Snooker Club, the tournament was the first open to players from all eight disability classification groups, including players with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. Over 48 players competed across 12 groups, with the best performing players progressing to the knockout stages and the remaining competitors paired in our first-ever mixed classification doubles competition on the final day.

The main competition reached a thrilling climax as Daniel Blunn defeated Andy Johnson 3-2 in a deciding frame to claim his third WDBS title.

The duo, both of whom have cerebral palsy, came into the final as previous WDBS champions, Blunn having taken the honours in Group 3 competitions in Gloucester (2015) and Manchester (2017), while Johnson claimed victory in the Group 4-5 competition in Manchester back in 2016. The final had all the hallmarks of being a tight affair and so it proved as they needed all five frames to determine a winner.

Ultimately however it was Sutton Coldfield’s Blunn who would prevail, dominating the final two frames to secure a hat-trick of titles.

Photo of doubles winners and referee

There was a remarkable story in the Mixed Classification Doubles event meanwhile as 88-year-old Albert Taylor paired with Danny Luton to claim the title. The pair defeated Group 8 duo Tony Davies and Lewis Knowles, the latter also a finalist at the recent Derby Open, 2-0 in the final to claim victory.

The highest break of the competition was 48, made by David Church on the opening day.

The weekend was supported by WDBS player Nigel Coton, who recently teamed up with Snooker Legends to organise an exhibition evening in Lincoln from which surplus monies raised from the evening were donated to the WDBS and added to funds provided by regular sponsors J&S Trading and Christine Cummings to form the overall prize fund for this event.

Nigel Coton said: “We have seen another fantastic weekend of snooker staged by the WDBS. The organisation is growing significantly and to see a record 48 entries to this event is brilliant – let’s try to get it up to 64. Everyone involved has really enjoyed it and had a great time. The event has been another real success.”

The event was also attended by current main tour professionals Michael White and Lee Walker, who kindly took time out from their schedules to meet the players and pose for photographs. The WDBS would like to thank both the players and also everyone at our hosts Redz Snooker Club for their support during the weekend.

You can view all of the results from the weekend’s main competition via MySnookerStats.

The next WDBS tournament will be the 2017 Open Disability Snooker Championship, running from 22-24 September 2017 at the Golden Cue, Bilston.

The weekend tournament will be open to players from Groups 1-5, but players from ALL eight groups are encouraged to visit our regular Friday open day.

View event photos from Cwmbran on the WDBS Facebook page at each of the following links: