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Fancy your chances playing pool for Lancashire

December 14, 2017 in Intercounty, Interleague, Juniors Intercounty, Ladies Intercounty, Ladies Interleague, Mens Intercounty, Mens Interleague, Seniors Intercounty by Martin West

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF PLAYING POOL AT A HIGHER LEVEL? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO TRY!

Lancashire County Pool Association is a member of the English Pool Association, we are looking for more local leagues and their players to affiliate to the association so that more people can benefit from the many competitions that EPA & LCPA hold. Read the rest of this entry →

Festival of Pool

February 17, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

 

£20,000 in prizes will be paid out at the ‘Festival of Pool’ over the Easter weekend, Friday 30th to Sunday 1st April 2018. The main tour event will commence at 1 p.m. on the Friday.

In addition to the UK Pool tour events of Main Tour, Challenge plus Men’s and Ladies Premier League, there will be a qualifier for the World Eightball Pool championships, where 16 players will go forward to the World Finals which are to be held at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool from 20th June 2018.

FESTIVAL OF POOL ENTRANTS

We changed the format for last year’s event to allow all Festival players into the Tour individual event with £9,800 prize monies plus Challenge event which has £ 4,800 prize monies, both events are paid down to the last 32.

Festival players will also receive entry to the World Championship Qualifier which is the gateway into the Worlds Final and £20,000 prize fund.  There will be 16 players going forward from the Tour Two qualifier with entry paid and for the top 8 players a further bonus of accommodation for 3 nights.

ENTRY TO THE UK TOUR

As an extra bonus anyone entering the Festival will be given preference for additional places we are introducing on UK Tour 3,4 and 5, plus they will be guaranteed first choice for entry into the 2018 UK Tour.

Festival entry fee is £180, which gets you into the Strachan Individual, plus the Supreme Challenge.  Entry fee also includes 2 nights’ accommodation (Bed & Breakfast/sharing twin-room) at the Four-Star Mercure Daventry Hotel on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March.

There is restricted entry with a closing date of 12th March 2018.

Entry forms can be downloaded here or you can contact George Harwood on 01706-642770.

£70,000 prize fund

February 17, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

 

Three great eightball pool events will take place over a 14 day period in June 2018 and all events will be open to members of the English Pool Association and the affiliated countries of the World Eightball Pool Federation.

UK Pool Tour 3

First off the mark will be tour 3 of the UK Pool Tour. This will have a £20,000 prize fund over the four events during the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June. The venue will be the fabulous Hilton Metropole at the NEC Birmingham. Entry details for non-tour players can be found by emailing gharwood.pool@gmail.com or using the Join Us link. All players at the World Pool Championships in Blackpool are welcome to compete in event 3 of the UKPT.

World Eightball Pool Championships

Played at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, the Worlds commence on Wednesday 20th June and finish on Friday 29th June. Here there are categories for Men, Ladies, U23, Juniors, Seniors and Wheelchair players. Individuals and team events will be held with players competing for World titles in 11 championships with a £27,000 prize fund.

This year there will be a change in the format of the championships which will reduce the accommodation required by up to 3 days for most players. We will commence with the Men's individual championship on Wednesday 20th and continue during Thursday 21st with the last 4 going into the finals stages in the following weeks programme.

The opening ceremony with be at 5pm on Sunday 24th followed by the team events, finalising on finals day and presentation on Friday 29th.

Players in the UK will have an opportunity to compete in the Worlds from several qualifiers that will be held during April/May. Details to follow shortly.

World Eightball Masters

Also played at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, this event will commence on Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th June. This allows those in the Worlds the opportunity to compete on the Wednesday/Thursday and then play in the Masters on the Friday.

The Senior Masters will be on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th whilst the Ladies Masters will be played on Sunday 24th.

The prize fund over the 3 events will be £23,000.

Members of each national federation of the WEPF are welcome to enter the World Masters, plus all UK Tour members and World Championship qualifiers. Details can be obtained from your national organisers or from gharwood.pool@gmail.com.

The new format allows World Rules players to compete for a slice of a huge prize fund of £70,000 over a period of 14 days in June!

 

Mens Interleague Fixtures announced

February 15, 2018 in Interleague, Mens Interleague by Martin West

The Men’s interleague fixtures are now available on the LeagueRepublic site  – Mens Division 1 here. and  Mens Division 2 here.

Please be aware that there is a game scheduled for 06/05/2018 which is a Bank Holiday weekend. You have been given plenty of notice if you wish to re-arrange.

Can I ask all teams to complete BOTH SIDES of the EPA RED Inter-League Team Form and return by post to the Interleague Secretary completed?

In addition, can I ask that all players are registered by utilising the EPA ID Form and sending, along with a cheque, to the ID Secretary at the address given? DO NOT send cash through the post.

Both forms must be completed by no later than the 17th March 2018.

So here are the games for 25th March

Division Home Team Away Team Venue
Mens – 1st Accrington Pals Potters Crew Warner Arms,  Accrington
Mens – 1st Chorley Clitheroe A Plough Hotel, Chorley
Mens – 1st Lancaster ‘A’ Preston The Melbourne Club, Lancaster
Mens – 2nd Clitheroe B Atherton Buck Inn, Clitheroe
Mens – 2nd Darwen ABH Pool Punch Hotel, Darwen
Mens – 2nd Kirkham Fleetwood Kirkham Cricket Club
Mens – 2nd Lancaster ‘B’ Garstang The Bowerham Hotel, Lancaster

 

Who let The Fox out?

February 6, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 1 - Blackpool

There's always a buzz around the place at the first event of the tour and this weekend was no disappointment. After the long Winter break, where not much pool is played, everyone is ready to get back to it and it was clear that this was the case.

The last event of the 2017 season saw Phil Harrison taking the tour title and Adam Davis topping the Premier League and no doubt both players would be looking to capitalise on this form and start 2018 with a bang! It was not to be, however, as both players had a good run to the semis but came up against two opponents who were in fine form and clearly up for the challenge.

The first semi final saw Lee 'The Fox' Kendall taking on Harrison. Kendall had a good year on the tour in 2017, finishing in the Premier League spots, but never really threatened a tour win. Here, however, he negotiated his way through a host of very good players including a convincing 7-0 win over Wigan's Kris Hampson and a close game against England team mate Ben Flack, which could have gone either way after a couple of unexpected last ball misses from Kendall gave Ben a chance to get back into the match. Bar this one close game Kendall had made short work of his opponents but Harrison is always likely to be a different story. The game was not without drama as no player could take a decisive lead and a deciding frame seemed inevitable. After 3 hours it was Kendall who dug deep and found a finish to take the final frame and the match 8-7.

On the other side of the draw Wigan's David Stock was having a fantastic return to the tour after a few years off. He started his campaign with a convincing 7-1 win over Morocco's Mohammed Adam and then took out the current World Masters Champion Josh Kane 7-5. After making his way to the semi he found himself up against one of the tours best, Adam Davis. This is never going to be an easy game and to beat Adam you have to be on top form and that is exactly the form Stock produced. A shaky start in the first frame looked ominous for Stock but once he got a frame on the board he never looked back and a thrilling game saw a host of fantastic clearances with Stock eventually running out an 8-5 winner.

Due to the first semi final overrunning the final was later than scheduled and the events of the day appeared to have taken their toll on Stock as he put in a lacklustre performance against a superb Lee Kendall who was giving very little away. Kendall's consistency in the final saw him run away with it, taking it 8-1, giving him another tour title to add to the collection along with £2400. Stock was a very worth runner-up and pocketed £1200 for his troubles along with a very important 12 points that put him well on the road to a Premier League spot for next season!

 

FINAL LEE KENDALL [8] DAVID STOCK [1]
SEMIS Phil Harrison [8-7] Adam Davis [8-5]
QUARTERS Steve Smart [7-2] Jed Thompson [7-4]
LAST 16 Lee Howitt [7-1] Yasser Amrani [7-5]
LAST 32 Ben Flack [7-5] Martin Wood [7-5]
LAST 64 Kris Hampson [7-0] Joshua Kane [7-5]
LAST 128 Gurvinder Gill [7-1] Mohammed Adam [7-1]

Ladies Interleague Fixtures 2018 announced

February 1, 2018 in Interleague, Ladies Interleague by Martin West

The Ladies interleague fixtures are now available on the LeagueRepublic site located here.

Can I ask all teams to complete BOTH SIDES of the EPA RED Inter-League Team Form and return by post to the Interleague Secretary completed.

In addition, can I ask that all players are registered by utilising the EPA ID Form and sending, along with a cheque, to the ID Secretary at the address given. DO NOT send cash through the post.

Both forms must be completed by no later than the 17th February 2018.

So here’s the games in the next 28 days.


Golden Cue – *** one week left to enter ***

January 20, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Closing date for entries for Golden Cue fast approaching. Closing date - 27 January

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2018 Seniors Southern Events

January 18, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Entries are now being taken for the 2018 Seniors Southern Events. Closing date for entries 7 March 2018. ...

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2018 Tour 1 Preview

January 17, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

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The 2018 UK Pool Tour is about to kick off at the home of 8 ball pool, the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool. This impressive hotel is about to play host to some of the finest pool playing talent on the planet and here we have a rundown of who is likely to feature in this weekend’s action, kicking off at 1pm on Friday 2nd February.

The start of the 2017 season saw Tom Cousins taking the spoils at each of the first 3 events, surely lightening can't strike twice but no doubt Tom will be looking to get off to a flying start in Blackpool at a venue where he has seen numerous victories including his two World Championship titles. He begins with a preliminary match against new player Fraser Allan, just about the toughest starter match for a new player on the tour!

Phil Harrison capped his 2018 season by taking the final tour of the season and making the final of the Premier League knockout. No doubt he won't be looking to leave it so late to pick up a title this season and will be looking to get off to a flying start against Paul Carr.

A number of tough first round games are on the cards including Matt Brierley vs Dom Cooney, Shaun Storry vs Neil Davey and Ryan Bodsworth vs Glenn Cahir, all of which could be too close to call.

 

As always entry is free so if you want to watch some top quality pool then get down to the Imperial Hotel. If you can't make it for any reason then catch some of the action on our stream. The link will be posted on this site and on Facebook in advance of the event starting.

The draws for the tour and the challenge events can be found below:

2018 Tour 1 Draw

2018 Challenge 1 Draw

2018 LCPA Membership and Registrations

December 29, 2017 in Committee, Competitions, Intercounty, Interleague, Juniors Intercounty, Ladies Intercounty, Ladies Interleague, Members Pages, Mens Intercounty, Mens Interleague, Rules, Seniors Intercounty by Martin West

As per our previous post, the Lancashire County Pool Association AGM is taking place on 14th January 2018 12noon at Hendry’s, Preston.

As part of the AGM, we are inviting leagues within Lancashire to attend and become members of the Association, along with membership to the English Pool Association. As part of this, your leagues will also be able to submit entries for the 2018 Lancashire Interleague competitions for both Men and Ladies. Read the rest of this entry →

2018 Seniors Tour – Now Full – Tour 1 Draw Available

December 23, 2017 in EPA News by English Pool Association

The main Seniors Tour is now full. Draw for the first Tour of 2018 due to take place 27/28 January at The Court, Peterborough ...

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