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Can Sutton match Cousins?

October 13, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 5 - Telford

Normally the focus at the 5th, and final, tour of the season is all about where people end up in the rankings, specifically for the Premier League placings and who can top each list. On this occasion, however, all eyes are on Karl Sutton. The Norwich cueist has produced some fantastic performances in the past two tours and has been nigh on unstoppable as he's picked both tour titles, a challenge title and a challenge semi-final, narrowly losing out 5-4 to Eddie Barker. The question now is, can Karl Sutton match Tom Cousins' amazing achievement of the 2017 season and pick up 3 tour wins on the bounce? When Cousins managed this last year, it seemed a feat that no one else would manage to emulate, but Sutton is on the cusp of doing so and who would back against him as he is clearly still in devastating form, recently adding the National Amateur title to his collection and defeating the likes of Giuseppe D'Imperio and Shaun Chipperfield along the way.

The Ladies Premier League sees Sharon James sitting comfortably at the top and the first-place position guaranteed. James only has 1 game left to go, as opposed to 3 for her closest rivals, Leanne Cragg and Amy Beauchamp. Should James lose her remaining game and either Beauchamp or Cragg win all 3, which only one can do as they're playing each other, then they would finish tied on points. James, however, beat both players earlier in the season and as such would win on head-to-head. Congratulations, therefore, go to James on reclaiming the Premier League title that she previously held back in 2016!

Congratulations also go to Dylan Leary for topping the Men's Premier League. Leary was joint on points with Davis and Kane but topped it by virtue of a better frame difference, aided by resounding wins of 8-3 and 8-2 against Davis and Harrison, respectively, at the fourth tour. Topping the table in such an elite field is an amazing achievement and all credit goes to Leary who has worked hard to do so, but the Premier League is not yet over. The final tour sees the top 8 players from the Premier League, Leary, Davis, Kane, Whitworth, D'Imperio, Cousins, Harrison and Brierley, do battle for a £5000 prize fund, so all is yet to play for. The remaining four, Wharne, Flack, Ward and Kendall, drop out and instead attempt to ply their skills in the Challenge event. The draw for the first match in the Premier League Knockout is a follows:

GROUP A

DYLAN LEARY vs PHIL HARRISON
GIUSEPPE D'IMPERIO vs TOM COUSINS

GROUP B

ADAM DAVIS vs MATT BRIERLEY
JOSH KANE vs DARRELL WHITWORTH

 

The tour itself sees a number of people battling for the coveted top 10 spots as these guarantee entry to the Premier League for 2019. The top 4 of Sutton, Kendall, Harrison and Flack, seem fairly safe, but for the rest it's anyone's guess who will end up making the cut. The likes of Tom Cousins and Giuseppe D'Imperio, seemingly ever-present in the Premier League, will need to produce their A-games as they currently languish in joint 18th place. Darrell Whitworth currently sits in 11th position and will be looking to add to his tally to keep his place in the Premier League after fairing so well in it in his first season, finishing in 4th. Tour 1 finalist David Stock will be looking to put in a performance at the last event to match that at the first to book his place in the top 10 as he has struggled to pick up any points to add to his tour 1 haul. He currently sits in 12th place, one ahead of Matt Brierley, by virtue of two merit points, who will be looking to make it three years on the bounce in the Premier League. All it takes is one good run at the last event to catapult someone into the top 10, due to rankings based on a single year, as such it could easily be someone currently ranked in the 30s who manages to book their place; it's certainly all to play for at the final tour!

As always, the tour is open for all to come and watch and play starts at 1pm on Friday 19th October at the Park Inn Hotel in Telford. Streaming will begin at 9am on Saturday 20th October and the link will be available on this site and Facebook.

The draw for both the tour and the challenge can be found below:

2018 Tour 5 Draw

2018 Challenge 5 Draw

2019 Seniors Tour

October 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Seniors Tour. Closing Date: 31 December 2018 ...

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2019 Seniors Southern Events

October 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Seniors Southern Events. Closing Date: 19 January 2019 ...

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Mens National Amateur 2018

September 30, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Draw now available ...

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Men’s National Amateur Singles – closing date for entry extended

September 27, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Men's National Amateur Singles to be held at Vauxhall Holiday Park on 4-5 October 2018. Prize fund of £5,500. Restricted to 512 entries. Entries will close if this number is reached before the deadline date. Closing Date (extended): 3 October 2018

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Seniors/Mens Grand Prix 2018 – Results and Photos Available

September 18, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Congratulations to Nigel Olding (Wilts) winning the 2018 Seniors Grand Prix beating Surinder Singh (Warks) 5:4 in the final. Also to Aaron Davies (GMC) in the Mens Grand Prix beating Jack Smithers (Surrey) 5:1 in the final. Results and photos are available via the Grand Prix pages ...

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Interleague KO Cup 2018

September 15, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Draw Available...

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Fancy free entry to the UKPT?

September 8, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

Fancy free entry to the UKPT?

 

Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The UK Pool Tour is recognised as the place where the best players in the country pit their wits against each other and play out for a prize fund that has consistently paid out well above the level it generates from the players.  The prize money for 2018 will be in excess of £100,000 and as always, any winnings will be available to collect on the weekend.

If you want to be part of the best pool tour around and test your skills against some of the best players in the world then don't delay, get your entry in now as places are strictly limited.

 

FREE ENTRY PROMOTION*

For all NEW players to the tour, an offer is being extended to try it out for free at the last tour of the season in Telford on 19th-21st October. In order to be eligible for this deal, you must be a new player that signs up for the 2019 season and pay the first two deposits (£170 in total) before the end of September. When you send in your entry form and appropriate deposit, please mark it as EARLY BIRD PAYMENT to ensure that you're entered into tour 5. Please be aware that the usual hotel fees apply.

*Free entry is only applicable to 2018 UKPT5 for new players that have paid the applicable deposit. Remaining tour fees then apply with the next deposit due early January 2019. Hotel fees apply.

 

It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2019 tour of which around 120 will be from the existing members of the tour. This will give 40+ new entrants the opportunity to enter next years’ UK Pool Tour.

All details of the tour are, including an application form, can be found by clicking here. We are now accepting entries from suitable new entrants; please include the initial £50 deposit.

The tour consists of 5 weekends of pool played out at fantastic hotels across the UK. At each weekend there are at least two tournaments on offer. There is the tour itself, which is one of the most coveted titles in the pool world. Here you will be competing against the very best of players from around the UK and beyond. In addition to this there is the Challenge Event. This is only available to non-Premier League players and therefore levels the playing field a little.

For those who do exceptionally well there is the chance to play in the Premier League. This is where the elite do battle for a share of a substantial prize fund.

In addition to the 5 weekend event tours you will be able to enter into the World Qualifiers held at Tour Two, where the last 16 player go forward to the 2017 World Championship Finals.

All UK Tour Members can also enter directly into the World Masters (subject to entry fee), which has a prize fund of £18,000. This event is held during the World Championships.

The Ladies Premier League has been a great success and will be continued in the 2019 season.

If you require any further details please ring me on 07734-307135.

Tournament Director, George Harwood.

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2018 Champion of Champions Accommodation Booking Form

September 5, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Champion of Champions accommodation booking form now available. Form to be completed as soon as possible and in any event no later than 30 September 2018. ...

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Not so challenging for Thompson

September 4, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Challenge 4 - Daventry

 

The Challenge event is generally considered extremely tough to do consistently well in due to its shorter format compared to the tour and the high quality of opponent that you inevitably meet. Shane Thompson is currently single handedly debunking this myth by making the latter stages of all four Challenge events so far this season, such is the quality of the man! Thompson started with a last 16 placing in event 1, before making the final of event 2, he swiftly followed this up with a quarter final placing at event 3 and has now surpassed all of those by taking the title at event 4!

Thompson, a current England International and previous Challenge event winner on two occasions, is well known for his money match exploits, having taken on all comers for big stakes at his home venue of Spenny's Sports Bar in Bridgwater, but he is clearly intent on establishing himself on the tournament scene and with consistent results like this is clearly on course to do so. His run to the final pitted him against some tough opponents, a 5-0 win over tour 3 finalist Sam Bircher and 5-4 win against former England player Neil Davey being two of the highlights, but his toughest game came in the final against London’s Eddie Barker.

Barker, who was this years World Championship semi-finalist, had an equally tough run to the final which involved taking out back-to-back tour winner Karl Sutton in the semi-final. Sutton was on course to make history by becoming the first player to win the double-double, both the tour and the challenge on back to back events. His dream was to come to an end in the semis as Barker showed his class and composure to take the victory in a deciding frame. This set up a high standard final between two players who were both Premier League players in 2017. Thompson was to come out on top in a deciding frame and put himself second in the Challenge rankings, narrowly behind Karl Sutton, both of whom are a clear distance ahead of the crowd, so the top spot will be theirs to battle for at the final Challenge event of 2018 at Telford in October.

 

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL SHANE THOMPSON [6] EDDIE BARKER [5]
SEMIS Neil Davey [5-4] Karl Sutton [5-4]
QUARTERS Sam Bircher [5-0] Steve Singh [5-1]
LAST 16 Greg Gamlin [5-2] Lakesh Badhan [5-2]
LAST 32 Gurvinder Gill [5-3] Dale Greenwood [5-2]
LAST 64 Mark Ash [5-0] Chris Day [5-1]
LAST 128 Andrew Day [4-0] Richard John [4-1]