PLYMOUTH’S leading billiards players Steve Brookshaw, Barry Russell and Chris Coumbe are getting ready for a return of the World Billiards circuit after the pandemic brought events to a halt for the last 18 months.
The opening event is the Jim Williamson Memorial Open being held at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds from August 14-15. The tournament, which carries full World ranking points, has already attracted some of the UK’s top players.
Brookshaw’s last competitive outing resulted in new silverware for the reigning Devon champion as he captured the English Billiards Social Series Southampton Open in February 2020. Only a week prior, he also lifted the West of England Open, beating Coumbe in the final.
At the last staging of the Jim Williamson Open in 2019, Russell was the winner of the Challenge Cup after narrowly missing out on qualification to the knockout stages of the main event.
The remainder of the year also sees further World Billiards scheduled including the English and Welsh Opens in Reading and Llanelli respectively.
The trio will be joined by Liskeard’s Chris Mitchell as they aim to strengthen their current position on the World Billiards rankings, with Brookshaw (8th) the highest of the West Country’s representatives.
Meanwhile, billiards is also set for a return locally as the Plymouth Billiards League gets underway in September.
The league has reverted to a new individual format of seven players, with matches split across three venues; Keyham Barton Conservative Club, Saltash Social Club and the Elburton Village Snooker Club.