CHAMPIONS CONFIRMED AT WDBS BELGIAN OPEN
Kurt Deklerck and Daniel Blunn were the champions of their respective events at the inaugural World Disability Billiards and Snooker 888lcd.co.uk Belgian Open this weekend.
In just a matter of a few years the WDBS has impressively grown in terms of participation, competitions staged and profile. This was the first tournament the organisation has held outside of the UK, another landmark as they continue their quest to get snooker rightfully back into the Paralympics.
Groups 1&2 and 3&4 were in action this weekend at the Trickshot, a fully assessable Snooker Club near Brugges. Both events began with Round Robin qualifiers before the Finals were contested on Sunday afternoon.
Host nation player Deklerck went undefeated as he qualified top of the 1&2 Round Robin. In the final he faced England's Tony Southern, Runner-Up at last month's Northern Classic in Preston. Southern had to win his last group game against Shahab Siddiqui to make the showpiece, and he duly did.
However, Southern was unable to produce his best game as the Belgian claimed the final 3-1 to secure his first WDBS title on his maiden outing - and at his home venue.
Certainly no strangers to picking up medals on the WDBS circuit are Daniel Blunn and David Church, two of the most consistent competitors around. The pair reached the final of the Group 3&4 event, although both were initially placed in Pool B where Blunn topped the section (ousting Church in a decider) with a 100% record.
Blunn defeated Peter Hull (England) 2-0 in the Semi-Finals, whilst Church had the same result over Pool A winner Olivier Biernaux (Belgium).
The final would be their second meeting of the weekend, but the victor would be the same as Blunn recorded a 3-0 success to claim his fourth WDBS title.
Belgian Professional referee Olivier Marteel, who has reffed the finals of the UK, Masters and World Championship during his career, was at the club throughout the weekend to support and officiate.
Next up for the busy 2018 WDBS calendar is the Paul Hunter Disability Classic at the Cueball in Derby between the 18th-20th May. This competition is open to players from Groups 6, 7 and 8.
To learn more about World Disability Billiards and Snooker, you can visit their official website here.
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 25th March 2018