(6 August 2013): Aberdeen and District Pool League, one of the original World rules leagues in Scotland, have tonight voted to affiliate to the Scottish Pool Association and change to Blackball rules from the start of the new season. Several more expected to follow in the North East of Scotland.
More details to follow.
WEPF Release Investigation Panel Report
(31 July 2013): INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR - BRINGING THE SPORT INTO DISREPUTE
Directive received from the members of the WEPF resulting from an Ordinary General Meeting on 30 June 2013.
Panel of Pearse Sharratt Northern Ireland and Cheryl Congram Australia volunteered to be part of a Panel with Joe Fanto as Chairman to investigate.
1 Statement made by Wayne Smith Wales at the 2013 AGM asking Chairman in correspondence if Mr. George Harwood had reported to the Chairman of the WEPF that he, George Harwood had declined a sponsorship proposal of £100,000?
2 Contents of a letter written by Mike Mc Donald Scotland to the Secretary of the WEPF reporting a conversation he had with Wayne Smith Wales and Paul Penhale Wales in the presence of Derek Ahern Scotland, main points of content being. (a) Wayne Smith communication with Imperial Hotel (World Championship venue) to obtain financial information in relation to a potential darts tournament at the hotel, then asking questions of the EPA finances in relation to WC finance arrangements currently being obtained. (b) Our accounts show 6000pound charge for event rooms. (c) Where exactly and who pays the VAT. (d) Room rates charged at the Imperial to players, and reported margin made per person per night.
3 Review the way Paul Penhale and Wayne Smith do business on behalf of Pool Wales members in view of the fact 21 motions put to the WEPF 2013 AGM, 20 either not seconded or failed.
ACTION TAKEN The panel received and reviewed written evidence on the matters concerned, including Independent Audit Report for the EPA 2012 Financial Statements.
The panel also interviewed the following people. Wayne Smith Wales Paul Penhale Wales Derek Ahern Scotland Michael McDonald Scotland
On 1 July 2013 the Chairman requested George Harwood to be interviewed by the panel but he declined. He later answered one question related to the investigation, and assisted by providing reports explaining some of the financial aspects. The Motion put by the EPA at the WEPF Ordinary General Meeting on the 30 June 2013 to suspend Paul Penhale and Wayne Smith from membership of the WEPF was also considered.
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO POINTS FOR INVESTIGATION 1 The point that was really made was that a meeting did take place in relation to sponsorship, the President of the WEPF was not aware, there was no report on it in correspondence of the WEPF 2013 AGM, it became incidental about the content of the meeting as to how much, and if an offer was declined it was taken in good faith by all parties that it was done for good reason. No action recommended.
2(a) Not conclusive that Wayne Smith does not have an association with darts, furthermore the information being questioned was kept within the membership base of the WEPF, shared at interval during the AGM and when our Scottish delegate Michael McDonald stated that he would report the information from the conversation to the WEPF there was no resistance from the Wales delegates. Recommend that in future if the Wales delegate is to make use of WEPF/EPA contact that it would be good diplomacy to make the initial approach through the WEPF/EPA Also the related financial questions that followed should have been asked at the AGM.
2(b)(c)&(d) Financial questions being asked, the panel was satisfied by the explanations given, financial reports presented, and reliance placed on a clean Independent Audit Report for 2012 sighted. No action recommended.
3 Requested that Wales Pool Federation provide their Constitution to the WEPF, this is to be a point of reference to review the objectives of WPF and monitor the progress in it’s promotion of Eightball in Wales. We also request that minutes / evidence be provided by WPF to demonstrate that Paul and Wayne are bona fide representatives of WPF authorized to correspond and bring matters to the WEPF table on their behalf.
As President of the WEPF and Chairman of the Investigation Panel I trust that we can all move on from this and encourage that we all continue to work united for the promotion of Eightball Pool.
WEPF President Joe Fanto on behalf of the Investigation Panel.
(29 July 2013): At the recent EPA National committee meeting, EPA had requested George Harwood to be present to reply to a number of issues raised at the WEPF AGM in June by members of the Pool Federation of Wales.
EPA committee members were furnished with a set of accounts from the World Championships by George Harwood.
A full account was given by George Harwood of these accounts and also on EPA VAT accounting which was also in question. Please bear in mind the EPA accounts are audited by an independent company and approved by the EPA County Associations at an EPA AGM each year.
The National Committee fully support George Harwood and tournament officials who work at these championships.
EPA are requesting evidence regarding the VAT accounting allegations or an immediate apology. EPA will be writing a formal letter to persons concerned asking for their evidence concerning allegations made.
EPA National Committee - www.epa.org.uk
Pool Federation Of Wales Statement 2013
(29 July 2013): The Pool Federation Of Wales (PFW) have issued an official statement in regards to their current relationship with the World Eightball Pool Federation (WEPF) and English Pool Association (EPA).
(20 March 2013): On 6th November 2012 we published an article "Alderton Claims Set To Further Hurt CCI's Reputation" in which we stated that Cue Club International Webmaster Marvin Alderton had refused to disclose the reasons for his claims against former WEPF World Champion Carl Morris in relation to charity work carried out by Mr.Morris.
Mr.Alderton had said that he would give his reasons, in private, on request and we are happy to amend our article accordingly.
East London Celebrate County Success
(11 March 2013): East London A are the 2013 EBPF County Champions for the mens A section following victory in Selsey at the weekend.
The Londoners defeated Bristol A 14-8 after previously beating Derbyshire A 14-12 in a close Semi-Final. The team had won their qualifying group with 5 wins from matches to progress.
Derbyshire mens B are the B section Champions after they won a tense Final 14-13 over East London A. The Semi-Finals were no easier with Derbyshire B also winning that match 14-13 aganst Merseyside B. Qualification for the knockout stages had seen Derbyshire B top their group with 6 wins from 7 games.
Cheshire mens C beat all-comers to claim the C section title topping their group undefeated then eliminating Berkshire C 14-4 in the Semi-Finals before putting Derbyshire C to the sword 14-8.
Staffordshire A picked up the Ladies honours with an 11-9 win over Hampshire A in their Final. Having won all but one of their group matces to go through Staffordshire A reached the Final after defeating Bristol A 11-8.
Warwickshire A are the Youth Champions as victory over Oxfordshire A1, 13-7, saw them crowned Champions. Nottinghamshire A were despatched 13-7 in the Semi-Finals as Warwickshire A topped their group with 4 wins.
West Yorkshire edged through their group in the Seniors section then took advantage to first defeat Nottinghamshire 11-9 in the Semi-Finals and then beat Bristol A 11-5 in the Final.
A great effort by all competing teams as the EBPF's County Finals continue to grow year on year.
(3 January 2013): Following the decision of the IPA Tour to change it's rules to Blackball, any EPA ID cardholder found to be playing on the IPA Tour will be classed as playing/organising in an event in direct competition to the EPA.
The Cardholder may face a disciplinary hearing (as per constitution), at which appropriate action may be taken. Any Referees that officiate at these events will no longer be able to officiate at future EPA events and will be reported to the EPRA.
The EPA will recognise the top 64 players on the IPA Tour as Professionals.