World Women's Billiards Championship

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World Women's Billiards Championship
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Established1931
Organisation(s) World Billiards Ltd.
Recent edition2019
Current champion(s) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Anna Lynch

The World Women's Billiards Championship is an English billiards tournament, first held in 1931 when organised by the cue sports company Burroughes and Watts then run from 1932 by the Women's Billiards Association (WBA). [1] It is currently run under the auspices of World Billiards Ltd (WBL), a subsidiary company of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

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It should not be confused with the Women's Professional Billiards Championship, which was also run by the WBA, or with the International Billiards and Snooker Federation World Women's Billiards Championship held in 2015.

The reigning champion is Anna Lynch. Emma Bonney has won the title a record 13 times.

History

A Women's Amateur Billiards Championship was organised by cue sports company Burroughes and Watts. 23 players entered, and the highest break made was 28. Ruth Harrison was the champion. [2] [1]

The Women's Billiards Association took over responsibility for the tournament in 1932, when there were 41 entries. Thelma Carpenter made the highest break, 45, on her way to winning the title. Capenter won in 1933 and 1934 to complete a hat-trick of victories, before turning professional and going on to compete in the Women's Professional Billiards Championship. Vera Seals, a receptionist from Chesterfield that had learnt the game from Joe Davis, [3] took the 1935 title, and set a new highest break record of 62. [4] The tournament was held regularly until 1940, but then put on hold until after World War II. From 1947 to 1980 the tournament was held most years, with Vera Selby winning eight titles, and Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) winning seven. Mrs Morland-Smith was another player to win multiple titles. In 1960, at the age of 75, she attempted to defend her title, but was unsuccessful. [5]

After a period of dormancy from 1980, the tournament was revived in 1998, when Karen Corr won the first of two titles. The dominant player since the 1998 revival has been Emma Bonney, who has won the title 13 times.

World Billiards Ltd (WBL), a subsidiary company of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, currently runs the competition. In June 2019, the International Billiards and Snooker Federation and World Billiards Ltd agreed that the World Billiards Championship would be held by the WBL in 2019 in Australia and by the IBSF in 2020 and to co-operate to avoid tournament dates clashing. [6]

Finals

Main sources: Billiards and Snooker Control Council Handbook and Rules (1978); [7] Guinness Snooker - The Records (1985); [8] World Billiards Ltd: World Ladies Billiards Champions [9]
Additional sources are cited within the table where used. In some cases the information in those differs from the main sources mentioned.

YearAssociationWinnerRunner-upFinal ScoreVenueRef.
1931 WBA Ruth Harrison Mrs. Eddowes1,000-581 Burroughes Hall, London [10]
1932 WBA Thelma Carpenter Ethel Brown1,000-730 Burroughes Hall, London [1] [11]
1933 WBA Thelma Carpenter Vera Seals1,000-552 Burroughes Hall, London [12] [13]
1934 WBA Thelma Carpenter Vera Seals1,200–915 Burroughes Hall, London [14] [15]
1935 WBA Vera SealsE Morland-Smith1,000-499 Burroughes Hall, London [4]
February 1936 WBA Vera SealsElla Morris1,000-528 Burroughes Hall, London [16] [17]
December 1936 WBA Grace PhillipsVera Seals1,000-968 Burroughes Hall, London [18]
1937 WBA Victoria McDougallE Morland-Smith1,000-991 Burroughes Hall, London [19] [20]
1938 WBA Victoria McDougallG M Saunders674–563 Burroughes Hall, London [21] [22]
1939 WBA Victoria McDougall
1940–46No tournament
1947 WBA Sadie IsaacsDoris Keene373–355Empire Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London [23]
1948 WBA E Morland-SmithGladys Burton537–399 [24]
1949 WBA Marie KeetonGladys Burton455–398 [25]
1950 WBA Helen FutoSadie Isaacs420–359 Burroughes Hall, London [26]
1951 WBA E Morland-SmithHelen Futo431–408 Burroughes Hall, London [27]
1952 WBA E Morland-Smith
1953 WBA E Morland-SmithHelen Futo411–388 [28]
1954 WBA Helen Futo Maureen Barrett 448–430 Burroughes Hall, London [29]
1955 WBA Maureen Barrett E Morland-Smith451–401 Burroughes Hall, London [30]
1956 WBA Maureen Barrett
1957 WBA Maureen Barrett E Morland-Smith553–334London [31]
1958No tournament
1959 WBA E. Morland-SmithMrs. Rae Craven330–328London [32]
1960 WBA Muriel Hazeldene [lower-alpha 1] Mrs Rae Craven339–324 Burroughes Hall, London [33]
1961No tournament
1962 WBA Thea Hindmarch Mrs Rae Craven438–385 Burroughes Hall, London [34]
1963 WBA Sadie IsaacsMrs Rae Craven485–315 Burroughes Hall, London [35]
1964 WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)Mrs Rae Craven649–336London [36]
1965 WBA Vera YouleMrs Rae Craven393–386 [37]
1966 WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)Vera Youle514–319 Burroughes Hall, London [38]
1967 WBA Thea Hindmarch Sally Bartley416–319 [39]
1968 WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)Mrs Rae Craven434–265Billiards and Snooker Centre, [lower-alpha 2] London [40]
1969 WBA Thea Hindmarch Vera Selby 452–409 [41]
1970 WBA Vera Selby
1971 WBA Vera Selby Mrs Rae Craven506–304 [42]
1972 WBA Vera Selby
1973 WBA Vera Selby
1974 WBA Vera Selby Thea Hindmarch [43]
1975No tournament
1976 WBA Vera Selby Mrs Rae Craven407–157 [43]
1977 WBA Vera Selby
1978 WBA Vera Selby Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)366–319 [43]
1979 WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) Vera Selby [44]
1980–97No tournament
1998 WLBSA Karen Corr Emma Bonney 403–219
1999 WLBSA Karen Corr Kelly Fisher 354–276
2000 WLBSA Emma Bonney Caroline Walch 218–50 [45]
2001 WLBSA Kelly Fisher Emma Bonney 290–219Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon [46]
2002 WLBSA Emma Bonney Kelly Fisher 227–196Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon [47]
2003 WLBSA Kelly Fisher Emma Bonney 299–155Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon [48]
2004No tournament
2005 WLBSA Anuja Thakur Lynette Horsburgh 243–136 Cambridge Snooker Centre [49]
2006 WLBSA Chitra Magimairaj Emma Bonney 193–164 Cambridge Snooker Centre [50]
2007 WLBSA Chitra Magimairaj Emma Bonney 187–148 Cambridge Snooker Centre [51]
2008 WLBSA Emma Bonney Eva Palmius216–119 [52]
2009 WLBSA Emma Bonney Chitra Magimairaj 272–118 Cambridge Snooker Centre [53]
2010 WLBSA Emma Bonney Chitra Magimairaj 269–220Stadium Snooker Club, Birmingham [54]
2011 WLBSA Emma Bonney Tina Owen-Sevilton202–181Pot Black Sports Bar, Bury St Edmunds
2012 WLBSA Revanna Umadevi Emma Bonney 201–143 Cambridge Snooker Centre [55]
2013 WLBSA Emma Bonney Eva Palmius329–207 Cambridge Snooker Centre [56]
April 2014 WLBSA Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 226–209Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [57]
October 14 WLBSA Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 237–191Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [58]
2015 WLBSA Emma Bonney Rochy Woods 334–119Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [59]
2016 WLBS Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 239–169Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [60]
2017 WLBS Emma Bonney Eva Palmius295–185Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [61]
2018 World Billiards Emma Bonney Rebecca Kenna 329–209Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds [62]
2019 World Billiards Anna Lynch Judy Dangerfield244–204Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Melbourne [63]

Wins by player

NameCountryWins
Emma Bonney Flag of England.svg England13
Vera Selby Flag of England.svg England8
Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) Flag of England.svg England7
E Morland-Smith Flag of England.svg England5
Thelma Carpenter Flag of England.svg England3
Victoria McDougall Flag of England.svg England3
Thea Hindmarch Flag of England.svg England3
Kelly Fisher Flag of England.svg England2
Sadie Isaacs Flag of England.svg England2
Chitra Magimairaj Flag of India.svg India2
Vera Seals Flag of England.svg England2
Helen Futo Flag of England.svg England2
Karen Corr Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland2
Anuja Thakur Flag of India.svg India1
Marie Keeton Flag of England.svg England1
Muriel Hazeldene 1 Flag of England.svg England1
Ruth Harrison Flag of England.svg England1
Vera Youle Flag of England.svg England1
Revanna Umadevi Flag of India.svg India1
Grace Phillips Flag of England.svg England1
Anna Lynch Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia1

Notes

  1. The spelling Hazeldine is also found in some sources for this player
  2. in Great Windmill Street

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