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2018 World Amateur Masters and World Championships

June 21, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

The 2018 World Amateur Masters and World Championships are currently underway. For full details, please go to the World Eighball Pool Federation website ...

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Sutton doubles down at tour 3!

June 18, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 3 - Birmingham

It was all about Karl Sutton on the third tour as the England player showed he’s clearly been putting the hours in ready for the forthcoming World Championships by not only taking the tour title but the challenge title as well! Sutton was in imperious form this weekend despatching of some of the game’s best players en route to what was, surprising as it may be for a player of his clear ability, his first ever UK Tour final. After numerous efforts Sutton must have been feeling like this moment would never come so when the opportunity presented itself he seized it with both hands by taking an astonishing 7-0 lead in the final. Sam Bircher, who had played some excellent pool to beat the likes of previous tour winner Ian Duffy and a World Championship seeded player, Neil Davey, to reach his first tour final, would no doubt have been sat in his chair ruing a couple of early missed chances and when Sutton faltered in the eight frame he was ready to take it and make the beginnings of a comeback. Bircher managed to take the next 3 before an unfortunate in-off on a very good break left Sutton with a finish that you would generally expect him to take but under the pressure of winning your first ever tour title would have felt like a mountain to climb. Having previously won a European singles title and numerous World titles with England, Sutton is clearly one to handle the pressure and he took out the finish in a calm and controlled manner to take the third tour of the 2018 season.

Sutton would have been forgiven for going out celebrating and forsaking his place in the last 32 of the challenge event on the following Sunday but he is clearly not one for resting on his laurels and instead set out to achieve a feat that only Phil Harrison before him, at tour 3 of 2014, has previously achieved, to win both the tour and the challenge event on the same weekend. Sutton was again in fantastic form and met Gurvinder Gill in the final with an opportunity to equal a master of the game. Gill had taken out some big names on his way to the final including Jack Pople and Josh Corkett, and was clearly in fine form, but meeting the previous night’s tour winner was a step too far on this occasion and Sutton ran out a convincing 6-2 victor to take the £1000 winner’s prize on top of his £2400 winner’s prize from the tour to make it a very profitable weekend and, most importantly no doubt for Sutton, achieve something that very few in the game will ever come close to, becoming a double champion!

 

TOUR RESULTS

FINAL

KARL SUTTON [8]

SAM BIRCHER [3]

SEMIS

Phil Harrison [8-6]

Neil Davey [8-6]

QUARTERS

Lee Howitt [7-6]

Mark Billingsley [7-3]

LAST 16

Darrell Whitworth [7-4]

Ian Duffy [7-3]

LAST 32

Gerry Canning [7-4]

Phil Marriott [7-2]

LAST 64

Steve Smart [7-5]

Steve Singh [7-3]

LAST 128

John Maugham [7-2]

John Lloyd [7-2]

 

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL

KARL SUTTON [6]

GURVINDER GILL [2]

SEMIS

Craig Wilson [5-2]

David Rothall [5-3]

QUARTERS

Shane Thompson [5-2]

Josh Corkett [5-3]

LAST 16

Josh Patel [5-3]

Jack Pople [5-3]

LAST 32

Daniel Garwood [5-0]

Carl Jones [5-2]

LAST 64

Avtar Singh [5-2]

Charles-Yves Le Pavec [5-1]

LAST 128

Jane Mitchell [4-0]

Phil Marriott [4-2]

 

2018 Tour 2 Final – Phil Harrison vs Ben Flack

Sutton doubles down at tour 3!

June 18, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 3 - Birmingham

It was all about Karl Sutton on the third tour as the England player showed he’s clearly been putting the hours in ready for the forthcoming World Championships by not only taking the tour title but the challenge title as well! Sutton was in imperious form this weekend despatching of some of the game’s best players en route to what was, surprising as it may be for a player of his clear ability, his first ever UK Tour final. After numerous efforts Sutton must have been feeling like this moment would never come so when the opportunity presented itself he seized it with both hands by taking an astonishing 7-0 lead in the final. Sam Bircher, who had played some excellent pool to beat the likes of previous tour winner Ian Duffy and a World Championship seeded player, Neil Davey, to reach his first tour final, would no doubt have been sat in his chair ruing a couple of early missed chances and when Sutton faltered in the eight frame he was ready to take it and make the beginnings of a comeback. Bircher managed to take the next 3 before an unfortunate in-off on a very good break left Sutton with a finish that you would generally expect him to take but under the pressure of winning your first ever tour title would have felt like a mountain to climb. Having previously won a European singles title and numerous World titles with England, Sutton is clearly one to handle the pressure and he took out the finish in a calm and controlled manner to take the third tour of the 2018 season.

Sutton would have been forgiven for going out celebrating and forsaking his place in the last 32 of the challenge event on the following Sunday but he is clearly not one for resting on his laurels and instead set out to achieve a feat that only Phil Harrison before him, at tour 3 of 2014, has previously achieved, to win both the tour and the challenge event on the same weekend. Sutton was again in fantastic form and met Gurvinder Gill in the final with an opportunity to equal a master of the game. Gill had taken out some big names on his way to the final including Jack Pople and Josh Corkett, and was clearly in fine form, but meeting the previous night’s tour winner was a step too far on this occasion and Sutton ran out a convincing 6-2 victor to take the £1000 winner’s prize on top of his £2400 winner’s prize from the tour to make it a very profitable weekend and, most importantly no doubt for Sutton, achieve something that very few in the game will ever come close to, becoming a double champion!

 

TOUR RESULTS

FINAL

KARL SUTTON [8]

SAM BIRCHER [3]

SEMIS

Phil Harrison [8-6]

Neil Davey [8-6]

QUARTERS

Lee Howitt [7-6]

Mark Billingsley [7-3]

LAST 16

Darrell Whitworth [7-4]

Ian Duffy [7-3]

LAST 32

Gerry Canning [7-4]

Phil Marriott [7-2]

LAST 64

Steve Smart [7-5]

Steve Singh [7-3]

LAST 128

John Maugham [7-2]

John Lloyd [7-2]

 

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL

KARL SUTTON [6]

GURVINDER GILL [2]

SEMIS

Craig Wilson [5-2]

David Rothall [5-3]

QUARTERS

Shane Thompson [5-2]

Josh Corkett [5-3]

LAST 16

Josh Patel [5-3]

Jack Pople [5-3]

LAST 32

Daniel Garwood [5-0]

Carl Jones [5-2]

LAST 64

Avtar Singh [5-2]

Charles-Yves Le Pavec [5-1]

LAST 128

Jane Mitchell [4-0]

Phil Marriott [4-2]

 

2018 Tour 2 Final – Phil Harrison vs Ben Flack

Champion of Champions – Online Entry

June 2, 2018 in Competitions, EPA News, Interleague, Ladies Interleague, Members Pages, Mens Interleague by Martin West

Please be aware that the Champion of Champions entry is now online here

This is definitely one of the hardest events any team or player can aspire to win. In order to enter you must first be your local league current champion(s) in one of three disciplines (Team, Individual, Ladies Individual). As if that wasn’t hard enough you must then take on other local league players who have achieved the same feat in their local league.

EPA Supported Charity – Help for Heroes

May 25, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

A big thank you for the generosity of the EPA members in their donations at the recent events at Great Yarmouth. A further £539 has been gratefully received by the Help for Heroes charity.

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Appleton is back!

May 23, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

The World Masters is one of the most prestigious events in the 8-ball pool world and it is about to be made even more so with the addition of one of the pool world's most recognisable and talented stars, Darren Appleton!

After conquering American Pool and becoming World Champion in multiple disciplines, Appleton is looking to stamp his authority back on the game of English 8-ball. He will be taking on the likes of Tom Cousins, Phil Harrison and Mick Hill amongst a host of other talented players to see who can be crowned World Masters Champion 2018 and there’s no doubt Appleton will be one to watch!

The UK Tour has a proud history with the World Masters tournament and runs it in conjunction with the EPA and the WEPF. Any player who has played one or more tour events this season is eligible to play in the masters and there are currently a handful of places left so if you wish to get involved then get your name in fast!

More details can be obtained by emailing George Harwood on gharwood.pool@gmail.com.

2018 Ladies Pool – 3 One Day Events – MIDLANDS EVENT (2 June) – CANCELLED

May 21, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Due to insufficient entries, the Midlands 1-day Ladies event has been cancelled.

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2018 Tour 3 Preview

May 20, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

UK POOL TOUR 3 - HILTON METROPOLE BIRMINGHAM

15th - 17th June

It seems an age since tour 2, the Festival of Pool, was played out and some fantastic pool was to be seen with Phil Harrison picking up his first tour title of the 2018 season with a superb 8-7 victory over Ben Flack. Flack was absolutely flying that weekend, despatching of some top players including Tour 1 winner Lee Kendal in the semi-final, but Harrison, who trailed for much of the match, was relentless at the end and proved just a fraction too much for Flack at the final hurdle. I've no doubt both players will feature in the business end of at least one of the tours before the season is out.

On to tour 3 and it all starts on Friday 15th June at the fantastic Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham and entry is free for those who would like to come along to spectate. There is sure to be some top quality pool played and this is enhanced even more so by the unusual addition of a number of the World Championship players who are making the most of the close timings of the two events and have decided to head to England a little earlier and pit their wits on the tour. At least 8 players from Australia and the same from France have added their names to the list in addition to our regular contingent from Morocco. All this is sure to make for a cracking weekend and this can be seen right from the outset with some big first round draws and a second half of the draw that is loaded with some of the biggest names in pool such as Tom Cousins, Adam Davis, Lee Kendal, Joshua Kane, Phil Harrison, Ben Flack, Karl Sutton, Yannick Beaufils, Giuseppe D'Imperio and last but certainly not least, current World Champion Mick Hill! Whoever makes it through that draw deserves the title!

For those who can't make it, you can catch the stream from 9am Saturday, the link will be available on this site and our Facebook page in due course. Apologies to those who wanted to watch the action live at tour 2. Technical difficulties prevented this and all matches have since been uploaded to our YouTube page. 

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

2018 Tour 3 Draw

2018 Challenge 3 Draw

 

2018 Inter-County Finals = Great Yarmouth

May 18, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Congratulations to Wiltshire winning the 2018 Senior Inter-County Finals For various YouTube videos from the event ...

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World Masters Qualifiers – Great Yarmouth 18 May 2018

May 18, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Congratulations to the following 16 men who qualify for the World Masters competition to be held at Blackpool: Joe Nulty, Darren Griffiths, Wayne Pellow, Sam Kevern Russell Moore, Tim George, Liam Stanley, Jordan Bradley Ryan Cleaves, Richard Holmes, Steve Maynard, Robin Cripps Carl Wilkinson, Stephen Whatley, David Casey, Scott Pope Also to the four Seniors: Andy Pond, Paul Willis, Darran Adams, Micky Mullins For results ...

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