WPBSA Statement | Michael White

On 11th July 2024 Michael White was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment for assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm on his then partner. The WPBSA does not tolerate such behaviour by a Member and has taken immediate action to remove Michael White as a Member of the WPBSA.

The WPBSA had been monitoring the case and upon his sentence convened an emergency board meeting. A resolution was passed to cease Michael White’s Membership of the WPBSA with immediate effect.

Therefore, Michael White will now be removed from the world ranking list and World Snooker Tour.

Michael White has the right to appeal the decision of the Board within 21 days of the decision.

WPBSA Articles of Association extract

24.2      Provided always that the power is exercised bona fide for the benefit of the WPBSA as a whole and shall be capable of application without discrimination to all Members, it shall be lawful for the Board to pass a resolution at a meeting thereof (of which due notice including notice of the intention to propose such resolution shall have been given) that any Member shall cease to be a Member and if such resolution is passed by not less than two-thirds of the Directors present and voting, then such resolution shall take effect as from the conclusion of such meeting or from such later date as such resolution may prescribe for the purpose and the company secretary shall send notice to the Member so expelled immediately following conclusion of that meeting informing the relevant Member of the resolution of the Board.

24.3      Any Member expelled in accordance with the provisions of Article 24.2 may give a notice of appeal to the company secretary within 21 days of the passing of such resolution whereupon the company secretary shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, convene a general meeting at which the expelled Member’s appeal shall be considered and such expulsion shall be upheld only if approved by a Special Resolution of the Voting Members. Such expelled Member shall be entitled to attend and speak at the general meeting but shall not be entitled to vote. Save as aforesaid the expelled Member shall have no rights as a Member from the date on which the resolution under Article 24.2 takes effect unless his appeal is successful at a general meeting, in which case his rights as a Member will resume from the conclusion of such meeting.

24.5      Immediately upon cessation of membership of the WPBSA in accordance with this Article 24, such Member shall no longer be entitled to the privileges and benefits of membership of the WPBSA.

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WPBSA Q Tour Europe 2024/25 | Enter Now

The qualifying rounds of this season’s seven WPBSA Q Tour Europe events are now available to enter via WPBSA SnookerScores.

Open to all amateur players, the events will be held from August 2024 to February 2025.

A total of four World Snooker Tour cards will be on offer – with one awarded to the number one player in Q Tour Europe ranking list at the conclusion of the final event while a further three will be contested at the Q Tour Global play-offs.

The seven events are as follows:

  • 16-18 August 2024: Leeds, UK
  • 13-15 September 2024: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 4-6 October 2024: Stockholm, Sweden
  • 8-10 November 2024: Manchester, UK
  • 13-15 December 2024: Vienna, Austria
  • 10-12 January 2025: Zurich, Switzerland
  • 7-9 February 2025: Landywood, UK.

Each event is set to run across three days, with 16 successful qualifiers from the Friday qualifying rounds to join the 48 players who have already qualified for the weekend’s last 64 stage.

The 48 qualified players who have already accepted their place on Q Tour and have entered the tournaments are:

UK OOM: Dylan Emery, Simon Blackwell, Iulian Boiko, Josh Thomond, Paul Deaville, Daniel Womersley, Anton Kazakov, Joshua Cooper, Florian Nuessle, Mark Joyce, Lewis Ullah, Gerard Greene, Kayden Brierley, Umut Dikme, Sean O’Sullivan, Andres Petrov, Craig Steadman, Connor Benzey, Barry Pinches, Zachary Richardson, Josh Mulholland, James Cahill, Ryan Davies, Alfie Davies, Hamim Hussain, Steven Hallworth, Jenson Kendrick, Alex Clenshaw, Rory McLeod, Harvey Chandler, Fergal Quinn, Liam Highfield, Peter Lines, Simon Bedford, Brandon Hall, Aaron Busuttil, Halim Hussain, Sean McAllister, Hayden Staniland

Asia-Oceania OOM: Ehsan Heydari Nezhad – Topped up by seven players from the UK OOM above.

Juniors: Vladislav Gradinari, Shaun Liu, Riley Powell, Steven Wardropper, Adam Abbas, Edward Jones, Oliver Sykes, Aidan Gallagher

QUALIFIERS – HOW TO ENTER

The qualifying rounds of all seven tournaments are now available to enter via WPBSA SnookerScores.

To do so, please register an account on the website if you have not done so already, and select your chosen event from the WPBSA Organisation page.

Both your confirmed entry and payment of the event entry fee must be received by the relevant deadline for your entry to be accepted.

Event entry deadlines are as follows:

  • Q Tour 1 (Leeds) – 2 August 2024 – Entry Pack
  • Q Tour 2 (Sofia) – 30 August 2024 – Entry Pack
  • Q Tour 3 (Stockholm) – 20 September 2024 – Entry Pack
  • Q Tour 4 (Manchester) – 25 October 2024 – Entry Pack
  • Q Tour 5 (Vienna) – 29 November 2024 – Entry Pack
  • Q Tour 6 (Zurich) – 27 December 2024 – Entry Pack
  • Q Tour 7 (Landywood) – 24 January 2025 – Entry Pack

The entry fee for each tournament will be £75, with a minimum total prize fund of £14,300 per tournament to be won.

Learn more about WPBSA Q Tour.

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Success at WPBSA Level 2 Coaching Course in Leeds

The latest 1st4sport WPBSA Level 2 Coaching course saw 13 delegates receive training from expert WPBSA coaches at  the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Led by the WPBSA’s Head of Coaching and Training Development Chris Lovell alongside Level 3 Advanced coaches Andrew Highfield and Nigel Bond, the Level 2 course provides participants with the necessary training of how to safely plan, deliver, review, and improve the performance of both novice and intermediate snooker players.

The course involves both theoretical and practical training and has been developed in partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications.

After taking part in the session, one participant said: “The WPBSA Level 2 Coaching course equips a budding snooker coach with all the knowledge and tools they need to begin their coaching journey. It is delivered by professional, knowledgeable people who go out of their way to ensure that every participant is fully prepared to achieve their goals. If anyone is considering becoming a snooker coach, this is the course they need to enroll on.”

Another added: “For someone who has always loved learning the complexity of how to play snooker, attending The WPBSA Level 2 Coaching course and learning about how to coach what I believe is one of the most technically difficult sports in the world, has been one of the most enjoyable and educational experiences of my life!”

Chris Lovell said: “We are delighted to see the continued growth and success of the WPBSA Coaching Programme and it was a pleasure to help our latest delegates on their journey to achieving their Level 2 qualification.

“I would like to thank Andrew Highfield and Nigel Bond for their assistance with running the course and the Northern Snooker Centre for hosting us.”

Learn more about the WPBSA Coaching Programme.

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How To Watch The Shanghai Masters

Snooker returns to your TV screens from July 15-21 with the Shanghai Masters, featuring the world’s top 16 players.

Ronnie O’Sullivan defends the crown and will be aiming for five consecutive Shanghai Masters titles. The field of 24 players includes all of the top 16 plus the four next-best Chinese players and four amateur wild cards. Click here for the match schedule and here for ticket details.

If you are watching from home, these are the broadcasters:

Europe (including UK and Ireland)
Eurosport and discovery+

China

CCTV5
Huya.com
CBSA-WPBSA Academy WeChat
CBSA-WPBSA Academy Douyin

Hong Kong China
Now TV

Thailand
Truesport

Taiwan
Sportcast

All other territories
matchroom.live

Article by WST.

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Carter in a League of His Own

Ali Carter got his 2024/25 campaign off to the perfect start by beating Jackson Page 3-1 in the final of the season-opening the BetVictor Championship League in Leicester.

Carter, age 44, has shown excellent form over the past two seasons, winning the 2023 German Masters as well as reaching two other finals, and now takes his career tally of ranking titles to six, level with Ken Doherty, Stephen Maguire, Stuart Bingham and Kyren Wilson on the all-time list.

World number ten Carter banks £33,000 and earns a place in the Champion of Champions in November. It’s a fitting victory for the Essex cueman as he is the only player to have competed in all 23 editions of the Championship League since it was first staged in 2008, and he now holds the trophy for the first time.

Welshman Page was playing in his first final and the 22-year-old missed the chance to become the youngest ranking event winner since a 21-year-old Fan Zhengyi took the European Masters in 2022.

Page had first chance in the opening frame but made just 11 before missing a red to a top corner and Carter punished him with a break of 116. Back came Page with an 83 to level at 1-1, but Carter enjoyed a fluked red at the start of frame three to initiate a run of 96, and he then dominated frame four with a top break of 50 to seal the title.

Carter said: “I’m delighted, it’s a great start to the season. I felt very comfortable in the final and played well with a lot at stake. I have been working hard and I feel I am playing the best stuff of my career. I am trying to control my temperament, and getting better at it. Jackson is one of the young guns and has loads of potential.”

Carter dedicated his win to Mike Diggins, his friend and flying instructor who has had serious health problems.

Earlier in the group stage, Page opened with a 3-0 win over David Lilley, then drew 2-2 with Long Zehuang. In the last game of the group, he needed to avoid defeat against David Gilbert, and battled to a 2-2 draw to top the table.

In the other group, Carter came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Martin O’Donnell in his opening tie, making a break of 118 in the last frame, before beating Scott Donaldson 3-0. He still needed to beat Mark Williams in his last match, and fell 1-0 down but battled back for a 3-1 victory.

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Vinnie Calabrese Crowned Q Tour Asia-Pacific Event One Champion

Vinnie Calabrese defeated Ben Foster 5-4 in the final of the first WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific event of the season at the Pot Black Snooker Centre in North Perth, Australia.

A dominant performance from Calabrese saw the former World Snooker Tour (WST) professional reach the final without dropping a single frame before overcoming Foster in dramatic fashion by winning the last two frames of the final from 4-3 behind.

Victory in the first of five WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific events to be held during the 2024/25 campaign sees Calabrese take an early lead in the series ranking list and lift the third Q Tour title of his career overall.

A total of 44 cueists from the region headed to the Pot Black Snooker Centre for the three-day event known as the West Coast International.

Calabrese, who ended the previous season in top spot on the WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific ranking list, was in fine form as he made century breaks in each of his first two matches and whitewashed both John McDonnell and Australia’s top-ranked player on the World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Tour Jessica Woods to reach the quarter-finals.

Further back-to-back 4-0 wins against Steve Hanna and fellow former professional Ben Judge then saw the 36-year-old cueist book his place in the final where he would face Foster.

Foster had battled his way to the title match with consecutive deciding frame victories against Paul Norris and Cale Barrett and fought valiantly in the final against Calabrese as he moved into an early 2-1 lead with a half-century and later put himself just one frame away from victory at 4-3 with a break of 85.

Calabrese refused to be denied, however, and forced a decider before storming over the line with a superb break of 103 in the deciding frame after midnight to claim the first WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific title of the new season.

The WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific returns on 2-4 August with the Fred Osbourne Classic. Click to learn more about the newly-expanded series.

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WPBSA Q Tour Global Expanded for 2024/25

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Group of organisations (WPBSA) has today announced the continued expansion of WPBSA Q Tour Global, the series which provides an elite pathway for talented snooker players around the world to earn their place on the World Snooker Tour.

The announcement follows the biggest-ever Q Tour season to date which saw 551 players (individual players taken from all the Q Tour regional ranking lists) from 44 countries complete 1174 matches across four continents.

WPBSA Q Tour Global will continue to grow over the coming 12 months, with an increased number of regional series’ each set to provide players for the season-ending Global Playoff.

WPBSA Q Tour Europe

Topped last season by former Shoot Out champion Michael Holt, Q Tour Europe will return with seven events for the 2024/25 season.

For the first time, the series will include four tournaments in mainland Europe, with the remaining three to be staged within the UK. The circuit will once again see players compete to finish the season as the top ranked player and earn a place on the World Snooker Tour.

The next 16-ranked players (to include each event champion) will be guaranteed to qualify for the season-end Q Tour Global Playoff.

Following player feedback, the match lengths from the last 64 stage onwards has been increased with each match to be played over the best of seven frames (including the final), with the last 16 moved to Sunday morning to accommodate this change.

As in previous seasons, 48 players (see below) will be seeded through to Saturday’s last 64, to be joined by 16 qualifiers.

The Dates

The provisional dates for this season’s Q Tour Europe are:

  • Q Tour 1 – 16-18 August 2024 – Northern Snooker Centre, UK
  • Q Tour 2 – 13-15 September 2024 – Bulgarian Snooker Academy, BULGARIA
  • Q Tour 3 – 4-6 October 2024 – Snookerhallen, SWEDEN
  • Q Tour 4 – 8-10 November 2024 – Club 200, UK
  • Q Tour 5 – 13-15 December 2024 – Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Q Tour 6 – 10-12 January 2025 – Zurich, SWITZERLAND
  • Q Tour 7 – 7-9 February 2025 – Landywood Snooker Club, UK

All dates are provisional and subject to change.

All Q Tour Europe events in England will be held at official 147 Clubs recognised by the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards.

The Players

As was the case last season, each weekend tournament will be made up of 64 players comprising the following:

The top 32 eligible players from the 2024 UK Q School Order of Merit eligible to compete.

Dylan Emery, Simon Blackwell, Iulian Boiko, Joshua Thomond, Paul Deaville, Daniel Womersley, Anton Kazakov, Joshua Cooper, Florian Nuessle, Mark Joyce, Lewis Ullah, Gerard Greene, Kayden Brierley, Umut Dikme, Sean O’Sullivan, Andres Petrov, Craig Steadman, Connor Benzey, Barry Pinches, Zachary Richardson, Josh Mulholland, James Cahill, Ryan Davies, Lee Daegyu, Alfie Davies, Hamim Hussain, Steven Hallworth, Jenson Kendrick, Alex Clenshaw, Andy Hicks, Rory McLeod, Harvey Chandler

The top 8 from the 2024 Asia-Oceania Q School Order of Merit

Lan Yuhao, Ali Gharahgozlou, Ehsan Heydari Nezhad, Kwok Wai Fung, Xiao Long Liang, Yang Gao, Amin Sanjaei, Muhammed Naseem

The eight highest ranked junior players on the 2024 UK Q School Order of Merit, not already qualified.

Vladislav Gradinari, Shaun Liu, Riley Powell, Steven Wardropper, Adam Abbas, Edward Jones, Oliver Sykes, Aidan Gallagher

Event Entry

The 48 qualified players will be contacted directly by email with entry instructions after 1 July. Each player will be required to pay a block entry fee of £525 by 12:00pm on 5 July and will be guaranteed a place in the last 64 of each Q Tour Europe tournament.

Following this date, subject to the number of players who have accepted and paid for their Q Tour Europe place, we will contact top up players as required until we have 48 confirmed players for each event. These players will have until 12:00pm 10 July to claim their place.

Open entry for all Friday qualifying tournaments will be opened to all players from no later than 12 July. We aim to accommodate all players who wish to enter; however, we do reserve the right to limit entries for each qualifier or to extend events to Thursdays subject to the number of tables available at the club and time available.

All entries are to be made via WPBSA SnookerScores.

Q Tour Global

WPBSA Q Tour Global will continue to incorporate regional Q Tour Series’ staged around the world as part of the planned international expansion of Q Tour.

Following last season’s inaugural Middle East, Americas and Asia-Pacific Series, each of these series will be expanded for the 2024/25 season. They will be joined by the CBSA China Tour which becomes a recognised part of Q Tour for the first time.

As part of the WPBSA’s commitment to the international growth of our sport, the leading players from these Regional Q Tour events will qualify to compete at the Q Tour Global Playoff, alongside players from Q Tour Europe.

Players competing in Q Tour events outside of Europe, must be resident for a minimum six months to be eligible to play in these events.

Further information

The 48 players eligible to accept a seeded place on Q Tour Europe will be contacted from 1 July with instructions on how to accept their place.

Further information, including open entry details and full entry packs, will be published as soon as possible.

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WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific – Event 1 | How To Follow

The first event of the 2024/25 WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific series gets underway on Friday 28 June at Pot Black Snooker Centre in North Perth, Australia.

A total of 44 cueists from the region will compete in the event, known as the West Coast International, which is the first of five events making up the newly-expanded Asia-Pacific series.

Among those in the action will be former professional Vinnie Calabrese, who topped the WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific ranking list last season, as well as Australia’s highest ranked player on the World Women’s Snooker Tour Jessica Woods.

The top ranked player in the series’ ranking list at the conclusion of the fifth event will be invited to the WPBSA Q Tour Global play-offs, where three World Snooker Tour cards will be on offer.

Learn more about the WPBSA Q Tour Asia-Pacific series.

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Doherty Awarded Invitational Tour Card

Former world champion Ken Doherty has been awarded an Invitational Tour Card which will allow him to compete on the World Snooker Tour for the next two seasons.

Ireland’s Doherty has been ever-present on the tour since 1990. He would have been relegated at the end of last season having finished 79th in the world rankings, but has accepted the Invitational Tour Card which gives him the chance to enter events during the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “In view of Ken’s tremendous record as a player and a fantastic ambassador for snooker, we had no hesitation in offering him a tour card. He is a great asset to our sport and also remains very competitive as a player and no doubt fans will continue to enjoy watching him in action over the next two seasons.”

Stephen Hendry was also offered an Invitational Tour Card but has decided not to accept. The seven-time World Champion had held the card since 2020, but now feels that he is unable to commit to the tour due to other priorities including the growth of his CueTips YouTube Channel and brand, broadcast commitments and ambassadorial role in China.

Article by WST.

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Winners Crowned at Champion of Champions

The 2023/24 WDBS season reached its conclusion last weekend with the fourth staging of the Champion of Champions at the Landywood Snooker Club in England.

The unique tournament saw two leading players from each disability classification group qualify to contest long-format best of 11 frame finals across each of the eight main classification groups, encompassing physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities.

With six first-time winners presented with the Nick Oliver Trophy from eight finals, it was a weekend to remember for a number of players on the WDBS Tour.

Groups 1-5 (Physical)

The Group 1+2 final (wheelchair) was won for the first time by England’s Tony Southern, who saw off compatriot Gary Swift 6-4 in the Landywood final.

Runner-up in both 2018 and 2023, the top-ranked wheelchair player claimed two of the opening three frames and was never headed as he lifted the trophy for the first time in his WDBS career.

There was a repeat winner in Group 3 as Joe Hardstaff won an epic 12-hour contest with Kal Mattu 6-5 on the final pink to become of only two players to successfully defend the title that he won 12 months ago.

Victory looked unlikely for Hardstaff as he trailed 4-1 at the halfway point of the match, but the former Hull Open champion won the next three frames to draw level, before adding the final two to complete surely the best ever WDBS comeback to date.

In Group 4 there was a maiden title for number one ranked Carl Gibson who crowned a dominant season with a 6-4 win against David Church to become Champion of Champions for the first time.

A repeat of the Thailand final at the World Abilitysport Games last December saw Gibson take on 2018 Champion of Champions Church, who was a late call-up following the withdrawal of last season’s winner William Thomson earlier in the week.

Gibson hit the highest break of the weekend with a run of 82 in the fourth frame and looked set to complete a 6-3 win as he potted the final black, only to see the cue ball drop into the left-middle pocket. The Hull player was not to be denied, however, as he dominated the following frame to secure the title.

Dave Bolton continued his title streak in Group 5 as he toppled Dalton Lawrence 6-2 to win the Champion of Champions for the first time. From 2-2 at the mid-session interval, 48-year-old Bolton won four frames in a row to claim his seventh consecutive WDBS title, with his only loss coming at the World Abilitysport Games last December.

Group 6 (Intellectual)

Alan Reynolds completed the successful defence of his maiden Champion of Champions title in Group 6A with a 6-4 victory against Mohamed Faisal Butt.

Having scored a 6-0 whitewash against Butt a year ago, it looked as though Reynolds would ease to another comfortable win as he opened up a 5-1 lead and one frame from the title.

Three-time Champion of Champions finalist Butt was not beaten, however, as he hit back to win three frames and close to 5-4, before Reynolds won the next to get over the line and secure the title for a second time.

In Group 6B, there was an impressive 6-0 victory for Matthew Haslam who avenged his 6-4 defeat to Leroy Williams a year ago and lift the Champion of Champions title for the first time in his career.

With breaks of 42, 40, 43 and finally a match-clinching 64 in the last frame, it was a dominant performance from 19-year-old Haslam who has now won five WDBS titles during the past 18 months.

Groups 7-8 (Sensory)

The Group 7 (visual) group saw Ireland’s Dylan Rees end the title defence of Mike Gillespie with a 6-2 victory to become Champion of Champions for the first time in his career.

From 2-2 at the mid-session interval, it was Rees who won a series of close frames to seal his seventh WDBS title on his debut appearance in the competition.

Finally, Group 8 (deaf) saw another new winner crowned as Gary Taylor scored a resounding 6-0 success against two-time winner Lewis Knowles to complete a career-best season which has also seen him become number one for the first time.

Taylor top scored with a run of 60 in frame three as he lifted the Nick Oliver Trophy for the first time in his career.

World Disability Billiards and Snooker congratulates each of this year’s eight champions, as well as the runner-ups who qualified for the tournament on account of their achievements over the past two years on the Tour.

Thanks also go to Paul Lloyd and his team at the Landywood Snooker Club, for providing us with their facilities during the weekend.

The WDBS Tour will return with the German Open from 2-4 August 2024. Entry for the event is now open via WPBSA SnookerScores.

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