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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]

 

2017 Tour 5 Preview

October 3, 2017 in Competitions

UK POOL TOUR 5 - THE PARK INN, TELFORD (20th - 22nd October)

The final tour of the 2017 season is almost upon us and there is all to play for in each event as the players attempt to cement their place on their respective leader boards! On the main tour, Tom Cousins is sure to keep his number one spot after picking up the first 3 tour titles of the season but second through to fifth is tight between Adam Davis, Steve Petty, Matt Brierley and Phil Harrison. Each of these players seems assured of a Premier League place for the 2018 season whilst a host of others will be aiming to do their best to secure the coveted spots. Details are still to be finalised but a top 12 finish seems a likely bet to be assured a place.

The top spot in the challenge rankings seems sure to be fought between current number one Ben Flack and Rob Wharne, who is currently trailing 10 points behind in second. Wharne will need a little luck on his side as he is on the opposite side of the draw to Flack so is unable to take him out early himself and also faces a tough battle against tour 2 finalist Dylan Leary in his opening match.

The ladies premier league is tight at the top with just one point separating current World Champion Amy Beauchamp and 2016 PL Champion Sharon James. Beauchamp has a game in hand in addition to the extra point so it seems that she is likely to take the title but as her last game is against James, a slip up in her two opening matches could result in a thrilling last match for the title!

The league stage of the Men's Premier League is now over and the line up for the inaugural Premier League KO title is confirmed as Adam Davis, Steve Petty, Phil Harrison, Tom Cousins, Dave Fernandez, Matt Brierley, Giuseppe D'Imperio and Alex Lewis. The players are split into two groups and need to win two matches to progress to the semi-finals, from which it is a straight knockout. The draw can be found below:

2017 Premier League KO Draw

With a record number of entrants on this final tour of the season it looks certain to be a great weekend and also bodes well for a full house next season so if you're looking to be a part of the 2018 season then get your entry form in quick!

Beard Productions will be streaming from Friday afternoon until close of play on Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to the the Park Inn at Telford, where entry to watch all the action is free, then make sure you catch the action on the stream. The link will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ukpooltour/

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

2017 Tour 5 Draw

2017 Challenge 5 Draw

Flack takes Challenge 4

September 3, 2017 in Competitions

Ben Flack takes the fourth Challenge title of the season with a 6-2 victory over Ryan Bodsworth. More details to follow...

Davis sends out a Wharne-ing

September 3, 2017 in Competitions

  

Adam Davis' resounding 8-1 victory over in form player Rob Wharne in the final of tour 4 has sent out a clear warning that the former World Champion is on fine form and one of the players to watch on the tour. Davis, who currently sits on top of the Premier League table, ended Tom Cousins' run of 3 successive tour wins by taking the fourth title at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. More details to follow... 

2017 Tour 4 Preview

August 16, 2017 in Competitions

UK POOL TOUR 4 - HILTON METROPOLE, BIRMINGHAM (1st - 3rd September)

The long Summer break between tours 3 and 4 has nearly passed and it’s almost time to see if Tom Cousins can continue his unprecedented winning streak and take down his fourth UK Tour title on the spin.

The gap between the two tours was filled by the most prestigious event of the year, the World Championships, held in Blackpool at the end of June. Here, Cousins was regarded by most as the favourite to take the title and he came very close to doing so, losing out in the semi-final 10-6 to eventual winner, and previous UK Tour competitor, Mick Hill.

The tour was, however, well represented in the Worlds and provided two of the main singles winners, Amy Beauchamp took the ladies singles title with an emphatic 8-1 defeat of Kerry Griffiths and added to this the ladies’ masters title with a 6-5 win against Lorraine Fivey. Up and coming talent Josh Kane added another title to his collection, picking up the Men’s Masters with an impressive display in the final, defeating England captain Lee Kendal 10-5.

All in all, it was a good event for UK Tour players as the England men’s team, consisting largely of UKPT players, took the title with a convincing performance against Ireland in the final, running out 8-4 victors.

Now on to the next event! The draw has been done and as always has thrown out some interesting early games. Scotland’s Matt Brannan will have to be at his best if he wants to make it past the first round as he is up against World Championship runner-up Phil Harrison. An all-out attack match looks likely with England’s Mike King taking on 2016 World semi-finalist Richard King and a local affair in Harjeet Singh against Josh Corkett is surely going to be a good one to watch.

Beard Productions will be streaming from Friday afternoon until close of play on Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to the fabulous Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, where entry to watch all the action is free, then make sure you catch the action on the stream. The link will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ukpooltour/

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

2017 Tour 4 Draw

2017 Challenge 4 Draw