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WDBS Returns to Manchester

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will return to Manchester in 2017 for the second WDBS Manchester Classic.

litetask-logoThe event will be staged from 10-12 March 2017 and as was the case earlier this year, will be held at Q’s Sports and Entertainment Bar, Manchester. The main two-day competition will again be open to players from WDBS classification groups 1-5 and will be supported by LITEtask, the UK’s largest independent commercial lighting designers and distributors. Prize money will be available at the event, with further information to be announced in due course.

As at previous events, the weekend will begin with a Friday open day, at which players with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and try snooker, with free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches available.

The Manchester Classic will be the first tournament staged by the WDBS in 2017 and the sixth overall since its formation in July 2015. There are two remaining events in 2016 with the Open Disability Snooker Championship to take place this coming weekend in Gloucester, before the second group 7-8 event, the Hull Open next month.

WDBS director and ambassador Jonathan Adams said: “Our return to Manchester will provide a fantastic opportunity off the back of a successful 2016 to provide a world class event in such a vibrant city. This year’s event was a real success story and so it will again be a welcome stop on the WDBS calendar.”

Further information, including the full entry pack and tournament format will be announced in due course.

Manchester Hosts Snooker Classic

World Disability Billiards and Snooker held its first event of 2016 at Q’s Sports and Entertainment Bar in Manchester last weekend.

Following the first event held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester last November, the tournament was the first to be staged in the north of England by the WDBS. The field included players who had competed in the previous event and newcomers who had learned of the success enjoyed in Gloucester.

Three main competitions were held across the weekend, incorporating five different disability classification groups. There was also a plate event held during the final day for players who had not qualified for the final stages.

Group 3 finalists William Thomson (left) and Daniel Blunn (right)

Group 3 finalists William Thomson (left) and Daniel Blunn (right)

The Group 3 event was won by 30-year-old William Thomson, who overcame Gloucester champion Daniel Blunn 3-1 in the group final to claim the title. From Scotland, Thomson has HMSN type 2 and was participating in a WDBS event for the first time.

“I am absolutely delighted,” said Thomson. “I decided to enter the event to try it, to make new friends and to see what the standard was like. I was very impressed with the tables and can’t thank the WDBS and the club enough.

“I came down from Scotland to try and prove a point to my little boy who is nearly three years old. I wanted to make him proud and see that no matter what is in front of you, you can still do things. It is inspirational to see the other players here and I have such admiration for them.”

Coached by 2006 world champion Graeme Dott, the event was a double success for Thomson as he took the overall high break prize with a run of 35 made during one of his group matches.

Newport’s Craig Welsh claimed victory in the Group 1/2 event. Welsh, who has paraplegia, defeated Glyn Lloyd, Albert Henshaw and Gavin Gormley during the course of the weekend to top a four player group stage ahead of Liverpool-born Henshaw.

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Group 1/2 winner Craig Welsh (left) is presented with his medal by WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer (right)

In the Group 4/5 event it was Andy Johnson from Lostock who took the honours, seeing off Steve Packer 3-0 in the overall final.

Packer had made it through to the final in dramatic circumstances on Saturday evening, defeating Zena Latcham in the last match of the day following a deciding frame to qualify.

In the final however it was Johnson, who had won both of his pool matches without the loss of a frame, who recorded his third whitewash of the weekend to take the title.

The plate event was won by Morecambe’s John Teasdale, who lost both his right leg and right arm following a road traffic accident in 1981. He defeated Ricky Chilton from St Ives in a closely contested one-frame final.

WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer said: “This is the second event that we have held and the support that we have had from the players and the people who come to support the players has been absolutely fantastic.

“We have completed an event now in Gloucester, we have done an event now in Manchester and our next event is in Woking, which will cater for people with different categories of disability to our first two events.

“We are now building this sport so that people with all types of disabilities are engaged, become involved and play.”

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WPBSA World Snooker coaches will be available again in Woking

On the opening day of the event players were able to enjoy extensive free practice at the venue, including the use of several recently refurbished match tables that were subsequently used during the tournament itself. Free coaching was also provided throughout the opening day by WPBSA World Snooker coaches Reg Davies and Rick Williams.

The next WDBS event will be the WDBS Woking Open, to be held from 20-22 May 2016 at the Woking Snooker Centre. This will be the first WDBS event open to players categorised under groups 6-8, which includes those who are partially sighted, have a hearing impairment or an intellectual impairment, although players with any disability are welcome to attend the open day prior to the main competition. Full entry details for this event will be announced shortly.

The next event open to players from groups 1-5 will be the 2016 Open Disability Snooker Championship, scheduled to be held at the South West Snooker Academy from 14-16 October 2016.

Prior to both events, this year’s World Professional Snooker Championship will incorporate a Disability day in Sheffield on 21st April 2016 with activities in progress throughout the day in the Cue Zone.

Further photographs from Manchester can be viewed at our official Facebook page and video footage of the medals presentation can be watched at the WPBSA YouTube channel.

Results

Group 1/2

Glyn Lloyd 2-1 Gavin Gormley

Craig Welsh 2-1 Albert Henshaw

Craig Welsh 3-0 Glyn Lloyd

Albert Henshaw 2-1 Gavin Gormley

Gavin Gormley 1-2 Craig Welsh

Glyn Lloyd 0-3 Albert Henshaw

Craig Welsh wins the group

Group 3 Final

William Thomson 3-1 Daniel Blunn

Group 4/5 Final

Andy Johnson 3-0 Steve Packer

Plate Final

John Teasdale 58-56 Ricky Chilton (single frame)

WDBS Heads North

This weekend will see the WDBS stage its second event, the 2016 Manchester Classic at Q`s Sports and Entertainment bar.

Following on from the inaugural Open Disability Snooker Championship held in Gloucester last November, the Manchester tournament marks the first event to be hosted in the north of England by the WDBS, but it is far from the first time that disability snooker has been played in the area.

The venue last hosted disability snooker in 2011 (Photo by Clive Brown)

The venue last hosted disability snooker in 2011 (Photo by Clive Brown)

In fact the same venue, in its old guise as the Belle Vue Rileys, previously hosted the DSE National Snooker Championships for the Disabled as recently as 2011 and so quickly presented itself as the ideal location for the second WDBS event.

“As a region of the UK where disability cue sports have been so well-established, we felt that this was the perfect location to launch our 2016 season,” said WDBS director and British Paralympian Jonathan Adams.

“We have seen how snooker is opening new possibilities and following our first event in Gloucester and the work by our partners we have seen a significant rise in interest for disability specific events going forwards,” continued Adams.

The three-day event begins with a free open day of coaching and practice, before the tournament itself gets underway on Saturday with play to start at 10:30am.

Spectators are welcome to come and watch, but for those unable to attend there will be updates throughout the day at our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Entries for the event are still being accepted, click here for more information.

Still time to enter Manchester Classic

With the start of the 2016 Manchester Classic just days away, it is still not too late to take part in the event for those who have not yet entered.

Although the official entry deadline for the entry fell last Friday, in order to maximise the field and encourage as much participation at the event as possible, the WDBS will accept any subsequent entries received.

The Manchester Classic 2016 will be the second event staged by the WDBS, following the inaugural Open Disability Snooker Championship held in Gloucester last November, at which Tony Pockett (pictured), made it through to the final despite having himself entered late having heard about the tournament just days before on the local radio.

The tournament in Manchester will run from 19-20 March 2016, with an open day for people of all disabilities to be held on 18 March.

Please click here to download the entry pack.