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Festival of Pool

February 17, 2018 in Competitions

 

£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

 

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!

 

Who let The Fox out?

February 6, 2018 in Competitions

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]

2018 Tour 1 Preview

January 17, 2018 in Competitions

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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

Record entries for 2018!

November 19, 2017 in Competitions

2017 was a great year for the UK Tour! Tom Cousins’ feat of winning three successive titles was fantastic to witness and it could be some time before it is equalled or bettered. The new format Premier League was very well received; with money riding on every game the focus was high and the standard was superb. An ultra consistent Adam Davis took the league title whilst Steve Petty was the man to watch at the final tour taking the inaugural Premier League Knockout. Phil Harrison also reminded everyone of his talent with a great performance taking down the last tour of the season. Amy Beauchamp also rounded off a great year following up her World Championship win by taking the Ladies Premier League.

But already thoughts are turning to a new Tour series. With 11 weeks to go before the first tournament the signs are 2018 could be even more memorable.

Organisers are delighted by the response of players wanting to sign up for a chance to win some of the £115,000 prize fund and can now announce a record number of entrants.

“The most pleasing aspect for next season is that 34 of the 40 players in the final rankings from the 2017 season have again entered for 2018,” said Tour administrator, George Harwood.

“This is the highest number ever achieved since the Tour began and includes most of the sport’s world class performers.

“This is tribute to the esteem in which the UK Tour is held among the players.

“Only a handful of unallocated places remain but anyone thinking of joining the Tour now need to be quick off the mark.”

Ben Flack will be joining the Premier League cast of stars after gaining top spot in the Challenge event.

Joining Ben, will be Rob Wharne who cemented his place with a second final appearance of the season at Tour 5 and ended up finishing 5th on the Tour rankings. Rob was runner-up at Tour Four and also reached the fifth Challenge event final, losing to Shane Thompson.

All other places in the Premier League will be announced before the end of November but as always will include the cream of English 8-Ball Pool.

John Roe, World Champion in 2012, returns to the Tour alongside previous European title holder, Ryan Shaw.

Scotland will be well represented again while most of the top players from 2014 World team champions, Morocco are heading to the UK once more.

If you want be part of the action get in touch with George Harwood via http://ukpooltour.com

World Pool Magazine 2017

November 15, 2017 in Competitions

The latest edition of the World Pool Magazine is now available to view by clicking here.

Petty takes the inaugural Premier League KO

November 6, 2017 in Competitions

 

The inaugural Premier League knockout saw the top 8 players from the Premier League over the first 4 tours split into two groups, based on their final standing. The groups were as follows:

 

GROUP 1

 

GROUP 2

ADAM DAVIS

  STEVE PETTY

GIUSEPPE D’IMPERIO

  ALEX LEWIS

TOM COUSINS

  PHIL HARRISON

MATT BRIERLEY

  DAVE FERNANDEZ

 

Two players from each group would progress through to the semi-finals, where the money would start and a straight KO would decide the eventual winner. In order to progress to this stage each player would need to win two matches.

The first set of games was a tight affair with 3 matches ending 8-6 and a deciding frame win for Steve Petty over Alex Lewis.

The next set saw D’Imperio edge a long game against Cousins 8-6 to go through to the KO. In group 2 Petty ran out an impressive 8-3 winner against Harrison and two players departed the event, Matt Brierley who lost out 8-6 to Adam Davis and Dave Fernandez who was demolished by Alex Lewis 8-0.

This set up the final round of games to make the semi-final line-up. Cousins ran out an 8-3 winner against an under par Davis who had just come off a semi-final loss in the main tour. Harrison ran out the same score against Lewis to book his place.

The semi-finals on the Sunday morning was an unsurprisingly tight affair with such quality on show. Petty vs Cousins was the stream game and can be seen on our YouTube page (). A high quality match saw Petty run out an 8-6 victor. He had to wait for his final opponent as Harrison and D’Imperio were locked in a tense battle that eventually saw Harrison edge it 8-7. The final was again streamed and is available to be viewed on our YouTube channel. Here Steve Petty showed his class and ensured that he didn’t leave the 2017 season without a title to his name by running out an 8-3 winner against an admittedly below par Phil Harrison for the second time after having previously beat him to the same score line in the group stages. Petty’s efforts saw him pick up a cheque for £2000 with Harrison having the consolation of £1000 to add to his previous night’s tour winnings!

Beauchamp takes the Ladies Premier League in style

October 22, 2017 in Competitions

 

  

Amy Beauchamp, the current Ladies World Champion, added to her impressive list of titles this weekend by securing the Ladies Premier League title.

Beauchamp, who has been in fine form all season, took the title in style by continuing her undefeated streak and beating her closest competition and 2016 winner, Sharon James, 5-1 in the last game of the season.

James was still in with a shout of picking up the title should the results go her way at the final event but Beauchamp was in no mood to rest on her laurels and set out with a 5-0 win against Jeanette Baptist before following that up with a 5-1 win against Irene Wood. James therefore had to settle with second place whilst Tanisha Beckford notched up 3 wins against Wood, Holt and Mitchell to secure 3rd place.

 

Thompson takes the Challenge

October 22, 2017 in Competitions

 

  

Bristol’s Shane Thompson hasn’t had the best of seasons. He entered the final tour of the season placed 62nd and finished 9th in the Premier League, meaning that he missed out on the knockout and was instead placed in the Challenge event. This, however, proved to be a nice turn of events as he found form at just the right time, having a nice run on the tour, getting to the quarter finals before losing out 7-5 to Adam Davis and then going all the way in the Challenge event.

Thompson’s run to the final was not an easy one as he went to decider’s again both Champion of Champions winner Gerry Canning and England player Mike King. He next faced tough opposition, and a local derby, against Max Nosko, running out a 5-2 winner before dispatching of Brett Wild with relative ease 5-1.

On the other side, Wharne was having another great weekend. He followed up his tour 4 final appearance with another at tour 5 and then made the final of the Challenge event, no mean feat. Wharne appeared to make short work of some tough opposition, tour 2 finalist Dylan Leary and Morocco’s Yasser Amrani Hanchi amongst them.

The final was a close affair against the two England teammates and it was to be Thompson who would run out a 6-5 winner and pick up the cheque for £1000.

 

FINAL

SHANE THOMPSON [6]

ROB WHARNE [5]

SEMIS

Brett Wild [5-1]

Gavin Lomax [5-1]

QUARTERS

Max Nosko [5-2]

Pat Ward [5-3]

LAST 16

Mike King [5-4]

Reece Townsend [5-1]

LAST 32

Gerry Canning [5-4]

Mark Price [5-0]

LAST 64

Steve McCann [5-1]

Yasser Amrani Hanchi [5-2]

LAST 128

Luke Austin [4-0]

Dylan Leary [4-2]

Harrison ends season on a high

October 22, 2017 in Competitions

 

  

Phil Harrison capped what could have been considered, by his high standards, a poor season by hitting top gear, taking the final event of the season and also making the final of the inaugural Premier League knockout.

The Cambridgeshire cueist didn’t have it all his own way and got off to a shaky start. His first round game against Alex Lawrence could have easily been his last of the tournament as he saw a 4-1 lead evaporate before finding himself 6-5 down. But for one loose positional shot to get on black the game was up for Harrison. When his chance presented itself he did what he does best and closed out the match and from then on never looked back. With a long line of quality players ahead including Englands’ Mike King and Karl Sutton and inform player and tour newcomer Shaun Storry, Harrison made short work of his opposition and booked his place in the final.

On the other side of the draw, tour 4 finalist Rob Wharne was having another great tour. A tough match against 3x2017 tour winner Tom Cousins saw Wharne come out a 7-5 victor and this was his only close match until the semi-finals. Here he met fellow Staffordshire player Adam Davis, who comprehensively beat him in the previous final. Davis should have taken a 7-5 lead after potting two fantastic doubles to leave a straightforward black, however he appeared to have a mental block taking a long time on what should have been a drop in only to see it hit the jaws and stay up. This gave Wharne just the opportunity he needed to get back in the match, eventually taking it 8-7 and setting up his second final appearance in a row.

The final was a quality affair with Harrison hitting top gear from the off. He took a 4-0 lead and it looked like the writing could be on the wall until Wharne hit back with back to back clearances from the break. Harrison, with all his experience, was not fazed and as soon as the opportunity presented itself he got back on the scoreboard and never let up, running out an 8-2 victor.

 

FINAL

PHIL HARRISON [8]

ROB WHARNE [2]

SEMIS

Dylan Leary [8-4]

Adam Davis [8-7]

QUARTERS

Shaun Storry [7-0]

Pat Ward [7-2]

LAST 16

Karl Sutton [7-2]

Darrell Whitworth [7-4]

LAST 32

Richard King [7-5]

Tom Cousins [7-5]

LAST 64

Mike King [7-2]

Bye [7-0]

LAST 128

Alex Lawrence [7-6]

Avtar Singh [7-3]