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Who let The Fox out?

February 6, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

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]

Ladies Interleague Fixtures 2018 announced

February 1, 2018 in Interleague, Ladies Interleague by Martin West

The Ladies interleague fixtures are now available on the LeagueRepublic site located here.

Can I ask all teams to complete BOTH SIDES of the EPA RED Inter-League Team Form and return by post to the Interleague Secretary completed.

In addition, can I ask that all players are registered by utilising the EPA ID Form and sending, along with a cheque, to the ID Secretary at the address given. DO NOT send cash through the post.

Both forms must be completed by no later than the 17th February 2018.

So here’s the games in the next 28 days.


Interleague Finals – Pay Your Entry

January 29, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

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EPA Junior England Trials 2018

January 28, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Club 147 Leicester - 27/28 January 2018. Congratulations to the following Junior players in qualifying for the England National Team... Mitchell Hooper from (Region 6) Harry Compton from (Region 7) Liam Ward from (Region 3) Calhoun Cronin from (Region 8) Harrison Wagstaffe from (Region 3) Harry Rogers from (Region 3) Jack Schofield from (Region 5) Max Lannie from (Region 3) Click for results ...

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Golden Cue – *** one week left to enter ***

January 20, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Closing date for entries for Golden Cue fast approaching. Closing date - 27 January

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2018 Seniors Southern Events

January 18, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Entries are now being taken for the 2018 Seniors Southern Events. Closing date for entries 7 March 2018. ...

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2018 Tour 1 Preview

January 17, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

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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

2018 LCPA Membership and Registrations

December 29, 2017 in Committee, Competitions, Intercounty, Interleague, Juniors Intercounty, Ladies Intercounty, Ladies Interleague, Members Pages, Mens Intercounty, Mens Interleague, Rules, Seniors Intercounty by Martin West

As per our previous post, the Lancashire County Pool Association AGM is taking place on 14th January 2018 12noon at Hendry’s, Preston.

As part of the AGM, we are inviting leagues within Lancashire to attend and become members of the Association, along with membership to the English Pool Association. As part of this, your leagues will also be able to submit entries for the 2018 Lancashire Interleague competitions for both Men and Ladies. Read the rest of this entry →

2018 Seniors Tour – Now Full – Tour 1 Draw Available

December 23, 2017 in EPA News by English Pool Association

The main Seniors Tour is now full. Draw for the first Tour of 2018 due to take place 27/28 January at The Court, Peterborough ...

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2018 Seniors Tour – Now Full

December 23, 2017 in EPA News by English Pool Association

The main Seniors Tour is now full.

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