BWPPA Tour Stop 1, March 2015 (Performance over Results)

I lost in the quarter-finals however my great form continued as I played very well.  Sometimes, particularly in 9Ball when losing it’s more important to focus on your performance rather than the result.  Whilst a QF loss is a poor result for me I have to focus on my game and in general I played well (see results below)

Dave Beaumont 7-6 Loss

Daniel Lee 7-2 Win

Danny Luton 7-6 Win

Aslam Abubaker 7-4 Loss

My next event is the European 8, 9 and 10Ball championships in Portugal from 13-23 April.  I always enjoy this event although in recent years I’ve not felt confident due to my poor run of form.  This year I’ve practiced hard and am playing at the top of my game so feel much more confidence about my chances of winning. 

European Pool Masters Champion, February 2015

This event saw 8 of the very best wheelchair players Europe have to offer with World and European champions in attendance.  The tournament was part of an annual event called the Malmo Games, which accommodates over 2000 competitors, competing in a wide range of sports.  For the first time this year Cue sports were added to the sporting schedule.  I performed strong in this event and went on to win the tournament  (see results below)

Jouni Tahti          7-6 Loss

Tony Southern    7-4 Win

Kurt Deklerck      7-3 Win

Fred Dinsmore    9-4 Win (Semi Final)

Henrik Larsson   9-6 Win (Final)

Mixed feeling going into 2015

Unfortunately I was made redundant in November 2014 due to austerity measures placed upon local councils and yes you guessed it I was one of them employees.  I worked at Birmingham City Council for over 19 years so it was really sad to leave and it’s only now I realise how great it was to have a job.

However in true Roy Kimberley style my glass is always half full and it was time to make the best of a bad situation.  So whilst looking for employment I have been practicing hard, raising my standard of play to a great level.

BWPPA Tour Stop 5, November 2014

It felt like the old Roy was back in this event as I played with real belief and confidence.  I won my first match beating Daniel Lee 7-1 and then I beat Mark Parsons 7-2, then Fred Dinsmore 7-3, securing me a place in the Semi-finals.  In the semis I played Daniel Lee again, Daniel is a new player to the tour with real ability and maybe just a lack of experience proved to be the difference as I won the match 9-3.

This left a final shootout with Fred Dinsmore and sadly the end of the road with regards to my winning streak as I lost the match 9-3.  I was a little disappointed with my performance as I took a 3-1 lead and was looking comfortable.  I just seemed to lose my focus and let Fred back into the match.

BWPPA Tour Stops 2,3,4

Hi Guys
First and foremost apologies for the lack of blogging I’ve been so busy with work over the past few months and have found it difficult to find time to blog, well that’s my excuse anyway lol.
Result updates.
BWPPA Tour Stop 2    18th – 19th May 2013
This was a successful weekend as I won the event beating Aslam AbuBaker in the final 7-6.  I played well throughout the tournament securing my No.1 Ranking in the UK.
BWPPA Tour Stop 3        20th–21st July 2013
This was again a very successful tournament for me, however I just missed on a second consecutive win, losing in the final to Aslam AbuBaker 7-3.
BWPPA Tour Stop 4     28th-29th September 2014 
Not such a good weekend for me this time around as I lost a challenge match on the Friday night 15-10 to Aslam, who is now becoming My biggest rival.  He also went on to beat me in the semi-final of the main event 7-6.  If that wasn’t hard enough to take he also took my No.1 spot on the ranking, this means war lol  I wasn’t in the best of health that weekend as was and still am suffering with a chesty cough and cold, however the better player won.
On a more positive note I have been selected to play in this years World Championships which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
I have come to the conclusion that my practice play needs to become much more structured and regular to develop my game to the level I am striving for.  I intend to practice at least 5 days a week from here on in and am going to put more emphasis on drill practice. 
I have one more event left on the BWPPA tour and I am focused on delivering a good performance before heading off to the World Championships.  I can regain my No.1 spot if Aslam only makes the Semi-Final and I go on to win. 
Once again thanks for the support
Roy “The Sandman” Kimberley