World Women's Billiards Championship

World Women's Billiards Championship
Tournament information
Established1931
Organisation(s)World Billiards Ltd.
Recent edition2019
Current champion(s)Australia 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.

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[edit]

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 clash.[6]

Finals[edit]

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.

Year Association Winner Runner-up Final Score Venue
1931[10] WBA Ruth Harrison Mrs. Eddowes 1,000-581 Burroughes Hall, London
1932[1][11] WBA Thelma Carpenter Ethel Brown 1,000-730 Burroughes Hall, London
1933[12][13] WBA Thelma Carpenter Vera Seals 1,000-552 Burroughes Hall, London
1934[14][15] WBA Thelma Carpenter Vera Seals 1,200–915 Burroughes Hall, London
1935[4] WBA Vera Seals E Morland-Smith 1,000-499 Burroughes Hall, London
February 1936[16][17] WBA Vera Seals Ella Morris 1,000-528 Burroughes Hall, London
December 1936[18] WBA Grace Phillips Vera Seals 1,000-968 Burroughes Hall, London
1937[19][20] WBA Victoria McDougall E Morland-Smith 1,000-991 Burroughes Hall, London
1938[21][22] WBA Victoria McDougall G M Saunders 674–563 Burroughes Hall, London
1939 WBA Victoria McDougall
1940–46 No tournament
1947[23] WBA Sadie Isaacs Doris Keene 373–355 Empire Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
1948[24] WBA E Morland-Smith Gladys Burton 537–399
1949[25] WBA Marie Keeton Gladys Burton 455–398
1950[26] WBA Helen Futo Sadie Isaacs 420–359 Burroughes Hall, London
1951[27] WBA E Morland-Smith Helen Futo 431–408 Burroughes Hall, London
1952 WBA E Morland-Smith
1953[28] WBA E Morland-Smith Helen Futo 411–388
1954[29] WBA Helen Futo Maureen Barrett 448–430 Burroughes Hall, London
1955[30] WBA Maureen Barrett E Morland-Smith 451–401 Burroughes Hall, London
1956 WBA Maureen Barrett
1957[31] WBA Maureen Barrett E Morland-Smith 553–334 London
1958 No tournament
1959[32] WBA E. Morland-Smith Mrs. Rae Craven 330–328 London
1960[33] WBA Muriel Hazeldene[a] Mrs Rae Craven 339–324 Burroughes Hall, London
1961 No tournament
1962[34] WBA Thea Hindmarch Mrs Rae Craven 438–385 Burroughes Hall, London
1963[35] WBA Sadie Isaacs Mrs Rae Craven 485–315 Burroughes Hall, London
1964[36] WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) Mrs Rae Craven 649–336 London
1965[37] WBA Vera Youle Mrs Rae Craven 393–386
1966[38] WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) Vera Youle 514–319 Burroughes Hall, London
1967[39] WBA Thea Hindmarch Sally Bartley 416–319
1968[40] WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) Mrs Rae Craven 434–265 Billiards and Snooker Centre,[b] London
1969[41] WBA Thea Hindmarch Vera Selby 452–409
1970 WBA Vera Selby
1971[42] WBA Vera Selby Mrs Rae Craven 506–304
1972 WBA Vera Selby
1973 WBA Vera Selby
1974 WBA Vera Selby
1975 No tournament
1976 WBA Vera Selby
1977 WBA Vera Selby
1978 WBA Vera Selby
1979[43] WBA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) Vera Selby
1980–97 No 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
2001[44] WLBSA Kelly Fisher Emma Bonney 290–219 Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon
2002[45] WLBSA Emma Bonney Kelly Fisher 227–196 Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon
2003[46] WLBSA Kelly Fisher Emma Bonney 299–155 Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon
2004 No tournament
2005[47] WLBSA Anuja Thakur Lynette Horsburgh 243–136 Cambridge Snooker Centre
2006[48] WLBSA Chitra Magimairaj Emma Bonney 193–164 Cambridge Snooker Centre
2007[49] WLBSA Chitra Magimairaj Emma Bonney 187–148 Cambridge Snooker Centre
2008[50] WLBSA Emma Bonney Eva Palmius 216–119
2009[51] WLBSA Emma Bonney Chitra Magimairaj 272–118 Cambridge Snooker Centre
2010[52] WLBSA Emma Bonney Chitra Magimairaj 269–220 Stadium Snooker Club, Birmingham
2011 WLBSA Emma Bonney Tina Owen-Sevilton 202–181 Pot Black Sports Bar, Bury St Edmunds
2012[53] WLBSA Revanna Umadevi Emma Bonney 201–143 Cambridge Snooker Centre
2013[54] WLBSA Emma Bonney Eva Palmius 329–207 Cambridge Snooker Centre
Apr-14[55] WLBSA Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 226–209 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds
Oct-14[56] WLBSA Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 237–191 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds
2015[57] WLBSA Emma Bonney Rochy Woods 334–119 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds
2016[58] WLBS Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 239–169 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds
2017[59] WLBS Emma Bonney Eva Palmius 295–185 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds
2018[60] World Billiards Emma Bonney Rebecca Kenna 329–209 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds
2019[61] World Billiards Anna Lynch Judy Dangerfield 244–204 Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Melbourne

Wins by player[edit]

Name Country Wins Picture of player (External links)
Emma Bonney England England 13 Emma Bonney (World Billiards)
Vera Selby England England 8 Vera Selby (Northern Echo)
Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett) England England 7 Maureen Baynton (Shutterstock)
E Morland-Smith England England 5 E Morland-Smith (Shutterstock)
Thelma Carpenter England England 3 Thelma Carpenter (Shutterstock)
Victoria McDougall England England 3 Victoria McDougall (Getty Images)
Thea Hindmarch England England 3
Kelly Fisher England England 2 Kelly Fisher (BBC News)
Sadie Isaacs England England 2 Sadie Isaacs (Getty Images)
Chitra Magimairaj India India 2 Chitra Magimairaj (Deccan Chronicle)
Vera Seals England England 2
Helen Futo England England 2 Helen Futo (Shutterstock)
Karen Corr Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 Karen Corr, Kelly Fisher, Lynette Horsburgh and Emma Bonney (Shutterstock)
Anuja Thakur India India 1 Anuja Thakur (Getty Images)
Marie Keeton England England 1
Muriel Hazeldene1 England England 1
Ruth Harrison England England 1 Ruth Harrison (Getty Images)
Vera Youle England England 1
Revanna Umadevi India India 1 Revanna Umadevi (YouTube video)
Grace Phillips England England 1
Anna Lynch Australia Australia 1

Notes[edit]

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

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External links[edit]

Pictures of Players