Southern takes first title of new season!

The 2017 British Wheelchair Pool Players Association (BWPPA) tour got underway over weekend of 8/9 April 2017, with the Gentlemen’s Night Out (GNO) Players Championship. The tournament was held at the fabulous Wheelchair Cuesports Academy, which is based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury. This event boasted record prize money for the BWPPA tour of £850 and reduced entry fees.

This was mainly due to £1000 support from BWPPA patron Darren Appleton’s World Pool Series to be spread over the 2017 season.

We were delighted to welcome back Alexander Prokopiev who travelled all the way from Russia, now competing in his fourth year on the BWPPA tour and Stoke on Trent’s Dave Beaumont after a yearlong break from the tour.

Daniel Lee began the new season as Britain’s #1 wheelchair player following his victory in the BWPPA Predator British 9-ball Championship last November. Lee began strongly with a 7-4 win over Beaumont and a 7-4 win over Newport’s Craig Welsh for a place in the semi-finals.

Elsewhere in the draw new British Pool Federation President Tony Southern defeated South Yorkshire potter Darren Taylor 7-2, before taking an epic hill-hill victory over Roy Kimberley for a place in the semi-finals. Taylor had an excellent event finishing 5th.

Into the semi-finals, and Southern had to come through another hill-hill fight, this time over Welsh, who had battled back through the losers side with some impressive performances over the weekend, and Southern was lucky to take the match at the end.

In the other semi-final Lee came through a 7-4 winner over Danny Luton, who had also battled through the losers side following an early defeat by Welsh, beating Matt Lester, Beaumont and old rival Kimberley en-route.

Lee and Southern then contested the final for the first trophy of the season, which Southern edged 7-5 in what was a nip and tuck affair with Southern taking several frames when Lee missed game ball. Southern said afterwards, he definitely had the run of the ball in both the semi and the final, but maybe it made up in part for an injury ravaged recent European Championship he endured.

In the World Pool Series (WPS) Challenge Cup event Prokopiev defeated Taylor 5-2, before defeat at the hands of Beaumont in the semi-finals 5-2. In the opposite side of the draw Kimberley beat Lester 5-3, and Nick Oliver 5-4 to reach the final where Beaumont beat Kimberley 5-2 to take a record challenge cup 1st prize sponsored by the World Pool Series.

A video of the main event final is available here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.

Latest Ranking list.

The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:

World Pool Series, Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Talisman Billiards, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, Cheqio, Ultimate Team Gear, A.B Wallace Trophies, Gosport Pool Arena and Fred Dinsmore Billiards

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page.

You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk for further information. In addition to our national tour stops there is also the possibility of representing Great Britain in international tournaments such as the EPBF European Championship and WPA World 9-ball Championship for wheelchair players. See you all at the 2nd event of the year at the Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley from 20-21 May 2017.

THE BWPPA EVENT NO.1 (2017) THE GNO PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

THE MAIN TOURNAMENT

THE SEMI FINALS

Craig Welsh

6 : 7

Tony Southern

Daniel Lee

7 : 4

Danny Luton

THE FINAL

Daniel Lee

5 : 7

Tony Southern

 

THE WORLD POOL SERIES CHALLENGE CUP TOURNAMENT

THE FINAL

Roy Kimberley

2 : 5

Dave Beaumont

 

 

2017 Sponsor News

The 2017 British Wheelchair Pool Players Association (BWPPA) can announce that all its major sponsors have renewed their support for the new season, and we have some new ones onboard for this year.

The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors who have renewed their support

Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis cloth, Kamui, Predator Cues and A.B Wallace Trophies.

In addition Darren Appleton’s World Pool Series have sponsored the tour for £1,000 for the season, and the challenge events will be know as the WPS Challenge Cup series.

Ultimate Team Gear are now the official shirt sponsor of the tour, and provided the team at the recent European Championships with a shirt each, and have discounted shirts for all players.

Cheqio supported the European Championship Team with their brilliant product.

Fred Dinsmore Billiards sponsored the entry fee for the first event for Nicky Oliver as most improved player of 2016.

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page.

Yours in Sport

BWPPA

2016 SEASON REVIEW

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Congratulations to Daniel Lee for taking the no.1 ranking in 2016 in only his 2nd full year on tour, and winning 3 ranking events (events 2, 3 and 5), and to Fred Dinsmore and Roy Kimberley who each won a ranking event (events 1 and 4 respectively).

Congratulations also to Nicky Oliver and Matt Lester who both finished in the top 8 in the rankings.

Nicky Oliver won the overall challenge rankings battle but was pushed hard by Matt Lester.

We have had some new players this year, and although numbers have been lower than last season, we are confident in bringing players back by introducing a new format, and revised prize structure in 2017.

We would also like to add our congratulations to the players who won medals at the European Championships.

Tony Southern won a silver (8 ball), Daniel Lee won 2 bronze (8 & 10 ball) and a bronze for Fred Dinsmore in 9 ball.

Congratulations also to Fred Dinsmore for winning the singles event at the World Blackball Championships in Ireland, and becoming the first ever player to have won world titles in American Pool, Snooker and a version of English Pool.  And also to Tony Southern for teaming up with Fred Dinsmore and winning the World Blackball Doubles title.

Also to Aslam Abubaker who won the WEPF 8Ball World Championships in Blackpool

In the gallery section for event 5 you can see the players receiving their end of season prizes (based on rankings) from Predator cues and Talisman, many thanks to them both.

  1. Daniel Lee took home a Predator Ikon 8 cue.
  2. Fred Dinsmore a Predator cue.
  3. Roy Kimberley a Predator cue.
  4. Tony Southern chose the Predator hard case.
  5. Craig Welsh had the Predator soft case.
  6. Danny Luton the Poison Case.
  7. Nicky Oliver won a Poison playing cue for finishing no.1 in the challenge rankings.

The players also all took home a Predator Cue Towel.

We would also like to thanks all our main sponsors, and in particular:

  • Gentlemen’s Night Out Charity for supporting the tour with funding to enable it to run.
  • Predator Cues; not only for providing the above prizes, but also for providing extra equipment for use in the academy.
  • Simonis Cloths; for enabling us to recover our tables on a regular basis.
  • Aramith Balls
  • Tiger Cues of Warrington for providing table lighting.
  • Kamui Tips for providing sets of tips, chalk and accessories for all players.
  • AB Wallace trophies for their trophies.
  • George Vetters and the team at the Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley for hosting 2 events a season and their excellent support.
  • Big Dave Night from Pro9 for all his support with marketing and publicity of our tour throughout the year.

In addition we would like to thank our supporters around the world for helping us raise thousands of pounds during the year, and in particular we would like to thank our patron ‘Dynamite’ Darren Appleton for his fundraising efforts, raising the profile of the tour and inviting Daniel Lee and Fred Dinsmore to his World Series Event in 2017 to compete with the top professional players from around the world.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone, and we all look forward to the 2017 season.

Provisional dates for 2017 when SM available (confirmation will be published in Early January)

  1. 08-09 April Stoke Mandeville
  2. 20-21 May Escape Pool Bar Barnsley
  3. 15-16 July Stoke Mandeville
  4. 16-17 Sept Escape Pool Bar Barnsley
  5. 04-05 Nov Stoke Mandeville

Daniel Lee is the Predator Cues British wheelchair 9-ball Champion and takes top spot

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12 months on from claiming his first main event title on the BWPPA tour Daniel Lee became the British 9-ball champion again, but this time the win came with added significance as Lee ends the season as the UK’s number 1 wheelchair pool player.

The Wheelchair Cuesports Academy at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury was once again the setting for the final tour stop of the season. Before the first ball was struck it was a three horse race for the top spot, with Fred Dinsmore and Roy Kimberley also in the running, but Lee knew if he progressed further than Dinsmore or Kimberley, then he would be assured of his place at the summit of the worlds largest wheelchair pool tour.

Lee began his campaign beating Danny Luton 7-2, before a much closer encounter edging past Tony Southern 7-5. He was then assured of his place at the top of the pile when he beat “the Sandman” Kimberley 7-5 in the semi-final. Elsewhere in the tournament Darren Taylor returned to the tour after appearing in his second BWPPA event for 10 years. Having started his campaign off with a 7-0 loss at the hands of Kimberley, Taylor then beat Matt Lester 7-3, before bowing out of the main event losing 7-4 to Craig Welsh.

Meanwhile Ireland’s Dinsmore was doing all he could to hold onto the top spot. Dinsmore began with a 7-2 win over Welsh; he then beat Kimberley and Southern 7-5 to reach the final.
Unfortunately this wasn’t enough and by the time Lee and Dinsmore met in the final. Lee was the new number 1. It certainly showed how confident Lee was, as he raced into a 4-0 lead. It was always going to be tough from there, even for a player of Dinsmore’s quality. Lee took the match 7-4, and with it his third main event title this season. Along with the trophy, Lee collected a brand new Predator 8K3 cue from the title sponsors.

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In the challenge event, the equation was simpler. As long as Nick Oliver was in the draw, he would take top spot in the challenge event rankings. Unfortunately for the Great N.O he was unable to complete a hat-trick of Challenge titles after he lost 5-3 to Luton in the semi-finals. Welsh took the challenge title with a 5-4 win over Luton.

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Challenge number 1 ranked player Oliver picked up a brand new Poison Anthrax 3 cue from our tour sponsors Poison Cues. As well as Lee and Oliver, the players ranked 2-6 picked up wonderful prizes from tour sponsors Predator Cues and Talisman Cases.

A video of the main event final is available here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.

Latest Ranking list.

Yet again we’ve witnessed some top class pool from very talented players this season. We would like to thank all of the players, and the tour sponsors The Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis Cloths, Predator/Poison Cues, Talisman Billiards, Kamui tips, Aramith Balls, Cheqio, Gosport Pool Arena, Magic Racks, Escape Pool Bar, TigerCues and AB Wallace Trophies.

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page.

You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on www.bwppa.com and www.pro9.co.uk for further information. In addition to our national tour stops there is also the possibility of representing Great Britain in international tournaments such as the EPBF European Championship and WPA World 9-ball Championship for wheelchair players. See you all in 2017 and have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at BWPPA.

EVENT STATS

THE BWPPA EVENT NO.5 (2016)

THE MAIN TOURNAMENT

THE SEMI FINALS
Fred Dinsmore 7 : 5 Tony Southern
Daniel Lee 7 : 5 Roy Kimberley
THE FINAL
Daniel Lee 7 : 4 Fred Dinsmore
THE CHALLENGE CUP TOURNAMENT
THE FINAL

Craig Welsh

5 : 4

Danny Luton

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberley back to winning ways, as Oliver wins back-to-back Challenge titles!

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Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley was the venue for the penultimate BWPPA event of the season on 10/11 September 2016, the Kamui 9-ball Shootout.

Birmingham’s Roy Kimberley won his first main event on the tour in over 3 years beating Midlands rival Aslam Abubaker in the final.

Going into the event Daniel Lee and Fred Dinsmore seemed the only players still in realistic contention for the no.1 spot at the end of the season, which not only brings with it its own prestige but also a cue from our generous friends at Predator. Only some unusual results against the formbook could change that!

After a first round bye, Kimberley got his campaign off to a good start with a hard fought 7-4 win over Challenge Cup Rankings Leader Nicky Oliver, and then he went into battle with old foe Abubaker who beat him 7-4.

This sent Kimberley to the losers’ bracket where he had a 7-4 win over Danny Luton.

In the semi-final he faced Tony Southern, and in a closely fought match, he played the better safety of the 2 to take a 7-5 win for a place in the final.

In the other half of the draw, current no. 1 Lee won his first match 7-3 v Luton. He then lost to Southern 7-4 to go over to the loser’s side, where he became only the 2nd player in the tours history to deny Fred Dinsmore a place in the semi-finals.

In the semi-final he faced Abubaker, and it was Abubaker who benefited from a crucial fluke late on to advance to the final with a 7-5 win.

The final was a rather one-sided affair, with Abubaker not at his usual level, this combined with flawless positional play from Kimberley, enabled him to take it 7-3.

After the final Kimberley said of his win “I would like to thank George Vetters and all the staff at the Escape Pool Bar, we are always made welcome, and I’m delighted to back winning events.

This result puts the cat amongst the pigeons in the rankings going into the final event of the season in November, with Kimberley now in the mix, but the combinations are complex!!

For Lee the equation is simple make the final, or if not finish better in the event than both Dinsmore and Kimberley.

Dinsmore or Kimberley have to win the event and hope Lee does not make the final to take the top spot on count back, it will be certainly be an exciting climax to the season!

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The Challenge Cup final was won by Nicky Oliver who beat Darren Taylor 5-2. This was Oliver’s 2nd win a row and he is now odds-on to top the challenge rankings.

A video of the main event final is available here. Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.

Latest Ranking list.

The season concludes with the Predator British 9-ball Championships, which will be held at the BWSCA/BWPPA Pool Academy, on the weekend of 19th/20th November 2015. ‘Big’ Dave Knight from www.pro9.co.uk will also be in attendance with a selection of goods from his pro shop, and his lathe to do any re-tipping required, all at great rates.

In the run up to this event, we will also be emailing and posting a ‘BWPPA information pack’ out soon to many groups, organisations and individuals to spread the word about the tour, please pass on this information to all your friends and colleague with an interest in wheelchair pool. It will also be available on our website www.bwppa.com and on our Facebook page, and you can also follow the tour on Twitter at @BWPPA.

Some more great news for the tour

Next BWPPA fundraiser Euro Lotto draw will be 5 personalised signed photos of non other than Blackpool’s own Mosconi Cup & Sky Sports Glamour Walk On Girl Jade Slusarczyk

You can find full details here.

Jade has also kindly agreed to be a supporter of BWPPA and will help with raising our profile and with future fundraising.

You can connect with Jade on Facebook and also follow her career on twitter at @Miss_Poulton.

In what could be the biggest ever coup for the tour, the original lady ref, Michaela Tabb has agreed to take part in ‘Who’s Calling Christian’ on Absolute Radio from 26th September for 2 weeks, in which she could win £10k for the tour.

Full details of how to vote for Michaela and help the tour win the money are here, and voting begins on the 10th October. Good luck to Michaela.

Both Michaela and Jade and will shortly feature on a new celebrity supporters section on our website www.bwppa.com.

If you would like to be a part of worlds’ largest wheelchair pool tour, please keep checking on www.bwppa.com and www.pro9.co.uk. If you need any more encouragement to join the BWPPA, you could represent Great Britain in international tournaments.

All of the BWPPA would like to extend our gratitude to all of our sponsors:

The Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis Cloths, Predator/Poison Cues, Talisman Billiards, Kamui tips, Aramith Balls, Cheqio, Gosport Pool Arena, Magic Racks, Escape Pool Bar and AB Wallace Trophies.

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page.

EVENT STATS

THE BWPPA EVENT NO.4 (2016)

THE MAIN TOURNAMENT

THE SEMI FINALS

Roy Kimberley

7 : 5

Tony Southern

Daniel Lee

5 : 7

Aslam Abubaker

THE FINAL

Roy Kimberley

7 : 3

Aslam Abubaker

 

THE CHALLENGE CUP TOURNAMENT

THE FINAL

Nicky Oliver

5 : 2

Darren Taylor

       

Lee takes the British 10-Ball title and the top spot.

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The BWPPA held its 3rd event of the 2016 season on the 30th/31st July with the Talisman British 10-ball Championships held at the BWPPA/BWCSA Wheelchair Cue Sport Academy at Stoke Mandeville.

In conditions hotter than normal, the dress code had to be relaxed for the comfort of the players. Despite the heat, there was some excellent pool on show as usual.

Fred Dinsmore was keen to extend his lead at the top of the rankings, but he knew that any slip-up and Daniel Lee would be closing in on him in his bid to be no.1 in the rankings at the end of the season, and take with it the beautiful cue donated by tour sponsors Predator Cues.

As the final 10-ball of the weekend was potted it was Lee who took home the spoils with victory over Dinsmore.

Lee started off with a 6-2 win over Alexander Prokopiev who had again made the 11,000 Kilometer journey from Yakutsk in Russia, all of BWPPA thank Alexander for his efforts, which put some of the journeys the British players have to make into perspective.

Lee then followed this up with a 7-5 win over Tony Southern. This sent him into the semi-final.

In the other half of the draw, Dinsmore was in devastating form, beating Matt Lester and Danny Luton 6-0 to reach the semi-finals.

In the play-off round Craig Welsh played some of the best pool of his career to beat Southern 6-2, and Luton beat Nicky Oliver 6-0, but Oliver would have a better day on the Sunday.

The first semi-final saw Lee winning convincingly 6-0 over Luton. The second semi-final was much closer than the 6-3 score line in favour of Dinsmore suggests, and Welsh can be proud of his efforts over the weekend.

The Main event final between Dinsmore and Lee was high quality. The game turned on two missed 10-balls by Dinsmore, which he would get 99/100 times, which made the score 4-2 to Lee. In the end, it was Lee who won his 3rd event out of 4 with a 6-2 victory.

In the latest BWPPA Rankings, Lee has jumped 20 points ahead of Dinsmore at the top, and whilst it is now looking like a 2 man race, with the best 4 of the last 5 events counting, the next event should be a great one.

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The Challenge Cup final was won by Oliver who beat Prokopiev 5-4, to lead the challenge rankings with 2 events remaining.

A video of the main event final is available here. Pictures of the event will be are here in the BWPPA gallery.

The next event is the Kamui 9-ball Shootout, which will be held at the Escape Pool Bar, Barnsley on the weekend of 10th/11th September 2016. In a concerted effort from BWPPA to expand the tour, this will be a free entry event for all players, and there will be extra money added to the prize fund if 16 or more players attend.

We will also be emailing and posting a ‘BWPPA information pack’ out soon to many groups, organisations and individuals to spread the word about the tour, please pass on this information to all your friends and colleague with an interest in wheelchair pool. It will also be available on our website www.bwppa.com and on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/35595367148/, and you can also follow the tour on twitter at @bwppa.

If you would like to be a part of worlds’ largest wheelchair pool tour, please keep checking on www.bwppa.com and www.pro9.co.uk. If you need any more encouragement to join the BWPPA, you could represent Great Britain in international tournaments.

All of the BWPPA would like to extend our gratitude to all of our sponsors:

The Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis Cloths, Predator/Poison Cues, Talisman Billiards, Kamui tips, Aramith Balls, Cheqio, Gosport Pool Arena, Magic Racks, Escape Pool Bar and AB Wallace Trophies.

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page.

 

THE BWPPA EVENT NO.3 (2016)
THE MAIN TOURNAMENT
THE SEMI FINALS
Craig Welsh 3 : 6 Fred Dinsmore
Daniel Lee 6 : 0 Danny Luton
THE FINAL
Fred Dinsmore 2 : 6 Daniel Lee

 

THE CHALLENGE CUP TOURNAMENT

THE FINAL

Nicky Oliver 5 : 4

Alexander Prokopiev

Lee wins Simonis Northern 9-ball Open, and Southern takes the Challenge Cup Crown.

IMG_5528After a great start to the 2016 season at the ‘BWPPA/BWCSA Pool Academy’ at Stoke Mandeville, it was back to one of our favourite venues, as the Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley hosting the 2nd BWPPA event of the season on 14/15 May 2016.

Daniel Lee narrowed the gap at the top of the rankings to Fred Dinsmore, as he won his second event in the last three, with a convincing 7-3 win over Roy Kimberley.

As Dinsmore was the No. 1 seed, he received a first round bye, then had a solid 7-2 win over Danny Luton, to advance to the winners qualifying round where he had a 7-4 win over old rival Aslam Abubaker to reach the semi-finals, where he would face Kimberley.

Kimberley had come through a hard fought game with Tony Southern 7-5, then lost 7-5 to Lee, before coming back through the losers’ side. In an epic game that went this way and that, Kimberley was back to his best as some awesome clearances under pressure gave him the win by the smallest amount possible at 7-6 over a deflated and disappointed Dinsmore.

In the other half of the draw, London’s Lee (following a 1st round bye) had a 7-1 win over Matt Lester, Lee then beat Kimberley 7-2, to reach the semi finals.

In the other semi-final it was the Londoner who beat Abubaker with a 7-3 score line.

So to the final, and it was a repeat of the earlier encounter between Lee, and Birmingham’s Kimberley. Lee won convincingly 7-3.

Although Dinsmore is ahead in the rankings, as it’s a best 4 out of 5 ranking system, only this season’s results count at the end of the season and Lee is currently in a great position provisionally going into event 3.

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The Challenge Cup final was won by Southern who beat Nicky Oliver 5-3, Southern ended Matt Lester’s two event winning streak in the semi-final.

Throughout the weekend some of the action was streamed online via Facebook much to the enjoyment of pool fans around the world. We are looking into the possibility of continuing this in the future to give greater exposure of the tour and the high quality of our players. This will benefit not only pool fans worldwide, but also give greater exposure to our sponsors and tour partners.

A full video of the main event final is available here pictures of the event are here in the BWPPA gallery.

The next event is the Talisman British Wheelchair 10 Ball Championship Shootout, which will be held at the BWPPA/BWCSA ‘Pool Academy’ at Stoke Mandeville on the weekend of 30th/31st July 2016.

If you would like to be a part of Worlds’ largest wheelchair pool tour, please keep checking on www.bwppa.com and www.pro9.co.uk. If you need any more encouragement to join the BWPPA, you could represent Great Britain in international tournaments, plus all new BWPPA players enter their first event for free!

Entries have declined in recent event, so all who have played before are most welcome to return and tell your friends.

All of the BWPPA would like to extend our gratitude to all of our sponsors:

The Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis Cloths, Predator/Poison Cues, Talisman Billiards, Kamui tips, Aramith Balls, Cheqio, Gosport Pool Arena, Magic Racks, Escape Pool Bar and AB Wallace Trophies.

We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit

http://bwppa.com/contact-us-page/

THE BWPPA EVENT NO.2 (2016)
THE MAIN TOURNAMENT
THE SEMI FINALS
Roy Kimberley 7 : 6 Fred Dinsmore
Aslam Abubaker 2 : 7 Daniel Lee
THE FINAL
Daniel Lee 7 : 3 Roy Kimberley

 

THE CHALLENGE CUP
THE FINAL
Tony Southern 5 : 3 Nicky Oliver

Top 8 Rankings


1. Daniel Lee
2. Roy Kimberley
3. Tony Southern
4. Fred Dinsmore
5. Craig Welsh
6. Danny Luton
7. Nicky Oliver
8. Matt Lester

BWPPA Patron


“Dynamite”
Darren Appleton