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2017 Entry Form

August 23, 2016 in Competitions by Tour Admin

Join the 2017 UK Pool Tour

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Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The introduction of live streaming in 2016 has been greatly received and this will be continued on the 2017 season. The new season will also see an increase in prize money to £120,000!

If you want to be part of the best pool tour around and compete against the likes of the current World and European Champions then get your entries in fast.

It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2017 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.

If all that isn’t enough then Tour Two also includes the Festival of Pool Team Classic. The 3 person Team Classic is open to tour members and the draw is random meaning that you could potentially be drawn in the same team as the World Champion.

The Ladies Premier League has been a continued success and will be continued in the 2017 season.

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

Tournament Director, George Harwood.

>>> UK Pool Tour Booking Form 2017 <<<

Champion of Champions 2016

August 22, 2016 in EPA News by English Pool Association

All 2016 Champion of Champion draws have been made and posted directly to the competitors. Team draws were posted second class August 21st, deadline for results September 23rd, deadline for accommodation forms September 30th. Ladies and Men’s singles draws posted out August 1st, deadline for results August 30th. There will be a second round in both singles events. Alan Benton Tournament Director

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2016 Tour 4 Preview

August 21, 2016 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2016 Tour 4 Preview

After a lengthy wait the 4th UK Pool Tour is now almost upon us. The tour takes place on the weekend of the 2nd – 4th September at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham and is sure to be another fantastic weekend of top quality action.

As with the previous two tours, the event will be live streamed on the Saturday with various tour and premier league matches on show, culminating with the tour final on Saturday night.

The third tour of the 2016 season was won by Stafford’s Adam Davis who produced a tremendous performance in the final to defeat Cambridge’s John Roe. Davis will no doubt want to add another tour title to his collection but will find it a difficult task as he has been drawn in the same section as Mick Hill, Jordan Church and Lee Kendal who will all be vying for the same coveted title.

Church versus Kendal is just one of the big first round draws, which also include 2015 tour champion Steve Petty versus England player Gavin Lomax, Rob Wharne versus Dylan Leary and Steve Martin versus Phil Harrison, a repeat of this year’s tour 2 final. So far this year we’ve had a different winner at each tour and with such big draws from the outset it seems like another new winner could be on the cards, highlighting the strength in depth of the UK Pool Tour.

Make your way to the Hilton Metropole to watch the action live, starting at 1pm on Friday 2nd September.

The draws for tour 4 can be found below:

Tour 4 Draw 2016

Challenge 4 Draw 2016

 

Region 2 Grand Prix Groups Announced

August 17, 2016 in Competitions by Martin West

Please find below the names and groups for the respective Regional GP’s 2016.

Please ensure all our members are aware of the venues and start times, best of luck to everyone.


Under 16’s Grand Prix

Group 1

David Jeffryes
Joe Williams
Jordan Thomas
Sam Cromwell
Rhys Kelly
Josh Traynor
Danny Hussain
Louis Kerrigan

Group 2

Oliver Ross
Kallum Pearson
Sam Wheatcroft
Anthony McQueen
Ali Khan
Ethan Lees
Lewis Walker
Elliott Brown

Under 23’s Grand Prix

Group 1

Chris Rae
Toby Stanley
Sam Howard
Luke Austin
Jake Wheeler

Group 2

Murad Iqbal
Jordan Glover
Danny McBrias
Jake O’Horo
Matty Amir

Ladies Grand Prix

Group 1

Sarah Morley
Diane Harker
Kate Howard
Sarah Ramsden
Kate Wringe
Kim Clarke
Louise Kearns

Group 2

Alison Walker
Anita Goodman
Kirsty Clugston
Lindsay Lloyd
Tracy Graham
Dawn Wright
Cath Jenkinson

Seniors Grand Prix

Group 1

Harris Ali
Phil Leary
Des Cobey
Harry Roberts
Dave Shand
Paul Henry
Paul Ruddick

Group 2

Yuk San Lee
Brian Kelly
Trevor Chippendale
Wayne Coreless
Pat O’Mahoney
Dave Robson
Colin Deacon

Group 3

Keith Range
Mark Knowles
Kevin Christian
Robert Sim
Les Oulton
Tony Youngs
Jeff McKrieth

Group 4

Ady Brown
Ged Patton
Chris Dean
Steve McDermott
K.P.Tandy
Trevor Waddup
John Martin

 

In Memoriam: Mark Ashton

August 15, 2016 in Intercounty, Interleague, Mens Interleague, Seniors Intercounty by Alison Parkes

Mark AshtonAs I’m sure you will all know by now Mark Ashton one of our Senior players lost his brave fight against cancer on Friday night.

Mark was a special friend. One of own who played League, Interleague and County and we’d be really surprised if there is anyone here who didn’t know him or hasn’t met him at some time.

Since Mark’s diagnosis with Bowel Cancer, Alison & Ian have been close to his unwelcome journey. It’s been a pretty tough ride, we’ve shed the odd tear along the way when he’s had bad news, but we also had a lot of laughs. Read the rest of this entry →

Harrison – A Master again

August 11, 2016 in Competitions by Tour Admin

World Masters Finalists 2016
World Masters Finalists 2016, Phil Harrison and Nick Bell

The World Amateur Masters is amongst the toughest tournaments of the pool calendar and arguably the second most prestigious tournament behind the World Championship. The line-up for 2016 consisted of the majority of players competing in the World Championships plus a host of top quality qualifiers making up a tournament with over 300 players who would battle it out for the coveted title and the winner’s prize of £5000.

Picking a winner in a line-up like this is always going to be tough but former Masters Champion Phil Harrison would no doubt have been amongst many people’s favourites for the tournament and he did not disappoint. Harrison had been in fine form all week and was already through to the semi-final of the World Championships. For some that would have been enough, Harrison on the other hand was clearly hungry to add another title to his impressive collection as he notched up convincing wins over Ray Caruana, Steven Mitchell and Neil Wren. Fraser Allan of Scotland ran him close in the last 64, with Phil eventually running out a 7-5 winner.

A unique aspect of the Masters is the random draw that is in place until the last 32. The matches are called out from the top table as they are drawn and no doubt Chris Day would have been hoping for anyone other than Phil Harrison to be called out after he heard his name. Phil ended up a 7-3 winner facing his toughest match of the tournament so far, Shaun Chipperfield, in the last 16. Chipperfield was in fine form, still in the World Championships and having a great Masters having beaten twice World Champion Tom Cousins in the last 32. This match was a potential warm-up for the World Final as both players were in opposite halves and Harrison took no prisoners taking the match 8 frames to 4.

The quarter final provided a match against one of the England team’s most solid players, Ben Flack. With his 100% focus on every shot, Flack is not an easy opponent for any player but Harrison showed his hunger for another World Master’s title to add to the collection, beating Flack 8-4 and setting up a meeting in the semi-final with Cardiff’s Steve Martin. Martin had already played Harrison this season in the final of tour 2 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Harrison was unplayable on that occasion, running out an 8-1 winner with a relentless potting display. Martin would have been hoping to make amends for that defeat. Whilst he ran Phil close this time, it was Harrison who would again come out on top with a 9-6 victory.

On the bottom half of the draw, former UK Tour player Nick Bell was in fine form. Having had a tough route through to the quarters, despatching of players such as Dave Fernandez and Eddie Barker, the 2014 Challenge Event winner then found himself taking on 2015 tour winner, Steve Petty, a man very much fancied amongst the favourites to win this event. Bell ran out a convincing 8-4 winner. The semis saw him taking on 2014 World Finalist this year’s U23s World Champion Giuseppe D’Imperio. Again Bell showed his class against a clearly in form D’Imperio, taking the match 9-7.

The final looked certain to be a close contest with both players in fine form and the early part of the match proved to be so but with the match tied at 6-6 Harrison found the extra gear that he so often clicks in to and ran out the last 4 frames to take the match 10-6. Another fantastic result for one of the best and most respected players in the game.

Election of England Team Managers

August 11, 2016 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Positions for the England Team Managers (Mens, Ladies, Under 23s, Juniors and Seniors) are up for election at the September EPA National Meeting (17/09/16). If you are interested in applying for any of the positions please send your letter of interest for the position together with your CV to the EPA National Secretary no later than seven days prior to the meeting. Please note that you will be required to attend the National Meeting to present your CV.

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Chipperfield is on top of the World!

August 7, 2016 in Competitions by Tour Admin

World Champion Shaun Chipperfield

Hundreds of players from around the world descended upon Blackpool for this year’s 8 Ball Pool World Championships. The standard was frighteningly high with numerous World Champions, past and present, including Mick Hill, Tom Cousins, Phil Harrison, Adam Davis and John Roe amongst a host of top players such as Australia’s Jake McCartney and James Delahunty, Ireland’s Karl O’Donoghue and England’s Karl Sutton and Lee Kendal to name but a few.

The pre-tournament favourites were UK tour champions Mick Hill and Phil Harrison but with a field this strong picking the winner was never going to be easy. Two early casualties were found in the form of Giuseppe D'Imperio and Tom Cousins, finalists in 2014 but dispatched in the last 64 of this year’s tournament, beaten by Shaun Chipperfield and Tom Church, respectively.

Next up it was former champion, and UK tour 4 winner, Adam Davis’ time to depart as he was clinically taken apart losing 8-1 to the 2015 U18 World Champion Aaron Davies in the last 32. Davies will no doubt be one to look out for in years to come.

The quarter-finals threw up some interesting match ups. On the top half of the draw the two pre-tournament favourites battled it out against England’s Karl Sutton and Ireland’s Stephen Dempsey. Dempsey will no doubt rue his missed opportunities to dispatch Harrison, letting a good lead slip away before ending up on the wrong side of a 9-8 score line. Sutton on the other hand showed why he is considered to be one of the England team’s strongest players with a fine 9-5 victory over reigning champion Mick Hill.

On the other side the draw had arguably opened up somewhat with past champions having been defeated it was a very open half and UK tour players Shaun Chipperfield and Richard King made the most of this with victories over Miguel Falzon and Michael Scerri, respectively.

The semi-finals found Karl Sutton vying for his first World final appearance but with his opponent being former champion Phil Harrison, who had only a day earlier been crowned as 2016 World Masters Champion, it was not going to be an easy ride. In a close fought game Sutton managed to hold his nerve and run out a 10-8 winner.

The other semi-final, a battle of the qualifiers, saw a few early mistakes from King being heavily punished by a confident Shaun Chipperfield who took an early 7-1 lead. King managed to claw back a couple before some more unforced errors left it open for Chipperfield to clear for an impressive 10-3 victory.

With a World Championship final being a new encounter for both players nerves were likely to play a part and whilst Sutton took out a finish from the break in the first frame it proved to be Chipperfield who would settle in quickest taking a 5-2 lead and continuing to play in the care free fashion that had seen him despatch of several top players. Sutton had the opportunity to reduce the lead to 2 but missed the black and this proved crucial as, after sharing the next two frames, Chipperfield took a 7-3 lead into the break. Sometimes the break can be a pivotal point in a game with the leading player dropping off but this was not to be the case as Chipperfield provided a relentless display of potting ability clearing up at every opportunity and running out an 11-4 victor, taking the hard earned and well deserved title of 2016 World 8-Ball Pool Champion!

Online Entry Forms Now Available

August 2, 2016 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Online entry forms are currently available for the following events... Ladies Singles K/O, Club 147, 25.09.2016 Mens National Amateur Singles, Vauxhall Holiday Park, 06.10.2016 to 07.10.2016 Seniors National Singles, Players Lounge, 29.10.2016 Ladies National Singles, Vauxhall Holiday Park, 10.11.2016 ...

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In Memorium: Tina Bennett, GMC Captain and Player

July 18, 2016 in Committee, Intercounty, Juniors Intercounty, Ladies Intercounty, Mens Intercounty, Seniors Intercounty by Martin West

It is of the greatest regret that Lancashire County Pool Association have to inform you of the loss of Tina Bennett.

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Tina was a popular and much loved Greater Manchester County Captain and player, and our thoughts are with Tina’s family and friends at this sad time. Our thoughts are also with the Greater Manchester Pool community and we stand together with them.

If you would like to make a donation to a charity of Tina’s family’s choosing we will make this facility available at our next County match.