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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.

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 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

 

Harrison takes tour 2

April 3, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 2 - Daventry

The first tour of the season saw Stoke’s Lee Kendall taking the title in emphatic fashion against Wigan’s David Stock. Both players would have been looking to capitalise on their early success and strengthen their placing at the top of the table. It was a contrasting tour for the two in this respect as Kendall continued his fine form with a great showing, making the semi finals before losing out to England teammate Ben Flack, whom he defeated in the last 32 of the first tour. Stock on the otherhand found himself in a tough first round match against England stalwart Jack Pople, a tough match for any player on the tour, who defeated him 7-2.

The first tour saw Phil Harrison narrowly losing out to Lee Kendall in the semi-final. For most people this would be a good showing but for Harrison, a regular tour winner, it was clearly a case of must try harder, and try he did! He produced not only a fantastic display of pool ability but also of bottle, overcoming two deciding frames, one in the quarters and the other in the final, with a clearance off his opponent’s break.

Harrison’s route to the final was by no means an easy one. A Premier League player, Darrell Whitworth, a high standard newcomer to the tour, Marvin Nestor, and a previous World finalist who is considered amongst the England team's best had to be overcome before meeting current European Champion Ben Flack in the final, a tough match for anyone.

Flack’s route to the final was certainly no easier; 3 Premier League players had to be overcome in his run up including habitual tour winner Tom Cousins and Tour 1 champion Lee Kendall. A number of close matches ensued, and Flack showed true grit and bottle to overcome each opponent with his relentless focus proving key to victory.

The final was a high standard affair as would be expected between two greats of the game and there was never more than a couple of frames to separate the two. In the end it was Harrison who would take it with a pin point clearance in the decider. This now leaves Kendall and Harrison tied for first place in the rankings as both have won a tour and made the semis, leaving each on 26 points.

 

FINAL

PHIL HARRISON [8]

BEN FLACK [7]

SEMIS

Karl Sutton [8-6]

Lee Kendall [8-5]

QUARTERS

Marvin Nestor [7-6]

Tom Cousins [7-5]

LAST 16

Darrell Whitworth [7-2]

Giuseppe D’Imperio [7-6]

LAST 32

Reece Townsend [7-2]

Martin Wood [7-4]

LAST 64

Glenn Cahir [7-3]

Lee Howitt [7-1]

LAST 128

John Strange [7-0]

Lee Pickard [7-3]

 

2018 Tour 2 Final – Phil Harrison vs Ben Flack

2018 Tour 2 Preview

March 19, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

UK POOL TOUR 2 - DAVENTRY COURT HOTEL

30th March - 1st April

The Festival of Pool is almost upon us and it's sure to be a fantastic weekend of pool! After Lee Kendall's fantastic effort at tour 1, can he emulate Tom Cousins from the 2017 season and win back to back titles? The England Captain will no doubt be giving it his all but there'll certainly be a host of players who'd like to stop him in his tracks.

Tour 1 finalist David Stock will also be looking to continue his great form and will have to overcome England player Jack Pople in the first round if he wants to add to his impressive points tally from the first event. Another couple of big first round ties are England's Robert Wharne vs Dom Cooney, Wharne had a fantastic 2017 taking a Challenge event and making the final of tours 4 and 5, and Premier League player Darrell Whitworth vs Max Nosko, which is sure to be a great standard.

The event starts on Friday 30th March at the Daventry Court Hotel and entry is free for those who would like to come along to spectate. Those who can't make it can catch the stream from 9am Saturday, the link will be available on this site and our Facebook page in due course.

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

2018 Tour 2 Draw

2018 Challenge 2 Draw 

2018 Tour 2 Preview

March 19, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

UK POOL TOUR 2 - DAVENTRY COURT HOTEL

30th March - 1st April

The Festival of Pool is almost upon us and it's sure to be a fantastic weekend of pool! After Lee Kendall's fantastic effort at tour 1, can he emulate Tom Cousins from the 2017 season and win back to back titles? The England Captain will no doubt be giving it his all but there'll certainly be a host of players who'd like to stop him in his tracks.

Tour 1 finalist David Stock will also be looking to continue his great form and will have to overcome England player Jack Pople in the first round if he wants to add to his impressive points tally from the first event. Another couple of big first round ties are England's Robert Wharne vs Dom Cooney, Wharne had a fantastic 2017 taking a Challenge event and making the final of tours 4 and 5, and Premier League player Darrell Whitworth vs Max Nosko, which is sure to be a great standard.

The event starts on Friday 30th March at the Daventry Court Hotel and entry is free for those who would like to come along to spectate. Those who can't make it can catch the stream from 9am Saturday, the link will be available on this site and our Facebook page in due course.

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

2018 Tour 2 Draw

2018 Challenge 2 Draw 

Festival of Pool

February 17, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

 

£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 by Tour Admin

 

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!