World Blackball Pool Championships: All You Need to Know

World Blackball Championship Venue

Sunday (26th October) saw the start of the 2014 World Blackball Pool Championships.

The event that normally runs every 2 years was last held back in 2011 in Blackpool, England, but after successfully tabling a winning bid pool legend Ross McInnes, and his company ISP Scotland Ltd, won the right to hold the 2014 event in Scotland.

Scotland have a lot of pedigree in this competition with the last men’s winner, Gavin Phillips, and the last ladies runner-up, Claire Dempster, both being Scottish nationals. In addition Scotland always have a strong showing in the junior singles and the team events as well.

Being held at the great looking Bells Sports Centre in Perth the event carries £20,000 in prize money across eight championship categories, bringing yet another major sporting event to Scotland.

What You Need to Know

Dates: Sunday 26th – Friday 31st October 2014

Venue: Bells Sports Centre, Perth, Scotland

Event Categories:

  • Ladies Singles
  • Ladies Team
  • Men’s Singles
  • Men’s Team
  • Wheelchair Singles
  • Learning Disabilities Team
  • Learning Disabilities Singles
  • Under 23 Singles
  • Under-23 Team
  • Under-18 Singles
  • Under-18 Team
  • Senior Singles
  • Senior Team
  • Masters Singles
  • Masters Team

Competing Nations:

Not all nations have representation in each category but in total there are over 700 players competing from the following list of nations:

  • Scotland
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Southern Ireland
  • France
  • Morocco
  • Malta
  • Cyprus
  • Gibraltar
  • Catalonia
  • Norway
  • Shetland Islands
  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Libya
  • Russia
  • Australia

Media Coverage

The main tournament website can be found here, WBCPerth, but it only contains very basic information. South Africa based website Cue Sport Fever will be providing the live scoring updates and you can also find the schedule of event here.

There is due to be Live TV coverage via Premier Sports on Sky in the UK or Setanta in Ireland plus live coverage on YouTube, details are sketchy on the YouTube coverage but this is what we have managed to pull up regarding live TV.

Premier Sports are showing from 16:00 – 23:00 live action from Perth on Thursday 3oth October and then on the 31st they are showing from 12:00 – 20:00 more live action from the final day.

That is quite a lot of live coverage for a pool tournament. I understand that the timing is the same on Setanta in Ireland. If I can get wind of the YouTube streaming I will update this listing.

UPDATE: Live streaming is available through UStream

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