European Blackball Championships

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The European Blackball Championships are currently held in the Spa, Bridlington, England.
The European Blackball Association (EBA) is the governing body for the sport to which the European blackball playing nations affiliate and that body is responsible for the organisation and running of the annual Championships.
Players and teams from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have competed in the European Championships since the inaugural event and can boast of considerable success within every category.
The competition categories include men, ladies, seniors, masters, under-23s, under-18s, under-15s and 'specials' for players with disabilities. Teams and individuals are further categorised as participating in either 'A' or 'B' Championship events.

The home nations of the United Kingdom have secured the bulk of the honours as this overview of past Champions shows. These lists include only teams and individuals categorised as 'A' event winners.

 EUROPEAN BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM WINNERS
 MEN
2016 - Wales
2015 - England
2014 - England
2013 - Scotland
2012 - Wales
2011 - England
2010 - no event
2009 - Scotland
2008 - England
 LADIES
2016 - Scotland
2015 - England
2014 - France
2013 - France
2012 - Scotland
2011 - Scotland
2010 - no event
2009 - Wales
2008 - England
 SENIORS
2016 - England
2015 - Scotland
2014 - Scotland
2013 - Scotland
2012 - Scotland
2011 - Scotland
2010 - no event
2009 - Northern Ireland
2008 - France
 MASTERS
2016 - Scotland
2015 - Scotland
2014 - England
2013 - Wales





 UNDER 23
2016 - Wales
2015 - England
2014 - England
2013 - England
2012 - Wales
2011 - France
2010 - no event
2009 - Wales (U-21)
2008 - Wales (U-21)
 UNDER 18
2016 - England
2015 - England
2014 - England
2013 - Scotland
2012 - England
2011 - France
2010 - no event
2009 - Wales
2008 - Scotland
 UNDER 15
2016 - England
2015 - Wales








 MEN SPECIALS
2016 - Scotland
2015 - Wales
2014 - Wales
2013 - Northern Ireland
2012 - Scotland
2011 - Northern Ireland
2010 - Northern Ireland
2009 - Northern Ireland
2008 - Northern Ireland

 LADIES SPECIALS
2013 - Northern Ireland
2012 - Northern Ireland
2011 - Northern Ireland
2010 - Northern Ireland
2009 - Northern Ireland
2008 - Northern Ireland






 EUROPEAN BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
 MEN
2016 - Liam Dunster (Scotland)
2015 - Scott Ross (Scotland)
2014 - David Rooney (Scotland)
2013 - Scott Ross (Scotland)
2012 - Andy Lucas (England)
2011 - Christophe Thebault (France)
2010 - no event
2009 - Andy Lucas (England)
2008 - Andrew Hughes (Wales)
 LADIES
2016 - Collette Henriksen (N.Ireland)
2015 - Brunet Sabrilla (France)
2014 - Brunet Sabrilla (France)
2013 - Brunet Sabrilla (France)
2012 - Laura Llewellyn (England)
2011 - Brunet Sabrilla (France)
2010 - no event
2009 - Laura Llewellyn (England)
2008 - Vanessa Chamonez (France)
 SENIORS
2016 - Steve Webster (England)
2015 - Brian Crilly (Northern Ireland)
2014 - Dave Kelly (Southern Ireland)
2013 - Kevin Seaman (England)
2012 - Pat Merrigan (Southern Ireland)
2011 - Pat Merrigan (Southern Ireland)
2010 - no event
2009 - Ross McInnes (Scotland)
2008 - David McGawn (Scotland)
 MASTERS
2016 - John Hardy (Wales)
2015 - Ross McInnes (Scotland)
2014 - John Hardy (Wales)
2013 - Ross McInnes (Scotland)
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 UNDER 15
2016 - Liam Roberts (Wales)

 UNDER 23
2016 - Brad Williams (England)
2015 - Liam Dunster (Scotland)
2014 - Kristi Caulfield (Southern Ireland)
2013 - Ashley Radford (England)
2012 - David Rooney (Scotland)
2011 - David Carrie (Southern Ireland)
2010 - no event
2009 - Steven Campbell (Scotland, U-21)
2008 - Andrew Hughes (Wales, U-21)
 UNDER 18
2016 - Tristan Horton (Wales)
2015 - Leon Azzopardi (Malta)
2014 - Josh Harrison (England)
2013 - Stuart McCullough (Scotland)
2012 - John McAlister (England)
2011 - Kieran Hawkins (England)
2010 - no event
2009 - Shane Virgin (Wales)
2008 - Connor Treacy (England)
 MEN SPECIALS
2016 - Alan Reynolds (Scotland)
2015 - MartinThomas (Wales)
2014 - Paddy Reid (Northern Ireland)
2013 - Alan Reynolds (Scotland)
2012 - Liam Walker (Scotland)
2011 - Paddy Reid (Northern Ireland)
2010 - Paddy Reid (Northern Ireland)
2009 - Alan Bell (Northern Ireland)
2008 - Paddy Reid (Northern Ireland)

 LADIES SPECIALS
2013 - Frances McCann (Northern Ireland)
2012 - Frances McCann (Northern Ireland)
2011 - Briege McFaul (Northern Ireland)
2010 - Valerie Taggart (Northern Ireland)
2009 - Briege McFaul (Northern Ireland)
2008 - Valerie Taggart (Northern Ireland)






In addition to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales the following 'nations' were represented at the 2016 Championships....
Catalonia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Shetland and Eire.
The four home nations of the United Kingdom have had considerable success in the European Blackball Championships.
In 2016 each nation provided a Championship Singles Winner.


The European Championships have been held in Bridlington since 2012. Previous venues were Selsey, England; Douglas, Isle of Man; Rhyl, Wales and Carlow, Southern Ireland.
The rules of blackball were sanctioned by the World Pool Association in 2005 and subsequently began to be adopted as official rules for the small-table pool game by governing bodies and pool leagues world-wide from 2006. It was from that time that international blackball competitions were introduced including the European and World Championships.

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