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Men’s National Amateur Singles – closing date for entry extended

September 27, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Men's National Amateur Singles to be held at Vauxhall Holiday Park on 4-5 October 2018. Prize fund of £5,500. Restricted to 512 entries. Entries will close if this number is reached before the deadline date. Closing Date (extended): 3 October 2018

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Seniors/Mens Grand Prix 2018 – Results and Photos Available

September 18, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Congratulations to Nigel Olding (Wilts) winning the 2018 Seniors Grand Prix beating Surinder Singh (Warks) 5:4 in the final. Also to Aaron Davies (GMC) in the Mens Grand Prix beating Jack Smithers (Surrey) 5:1 in the final. Results and photos are available via the Grand Prix pages ...

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Interleague KO Cup 2018

September 15, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Draw Available...

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Fancy free entry to the UKPT?

September 8, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

Fancy free entry to the UKPT?

 

Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The UK Pool Tour is recognised as the place where the best players in the country pit their wits against each other and play out for a prize fund that has consistently paid out well above the level it generates from the players.  The prize money for 2018 will be in excess of £100,000 and as always, any winnings will be available to collect on the weekend.

If you want to be part of the best pool tour around and test your skills against some of the best players in the world then don't delay, get your entry in now as places are strictly limited.

 

FREE ENTRY PROMOTION*

For all NEW players to the tour, an offer is being extended to try it out for free at the last tour of the season in Telford on 19th-21st October. In order to be eligible for this deal, you must be a new player that signs up for the 2019 season and pay the first two deposits (£170 in total) before the end of September. When you send in your entry form and appropriate deposit, please mark it as EARLY BIRD PAYMENT to ensure that you're entered into tour 5. Please be aware that the usual hotel fees apply.

*Free entry is only applicable to 2018 UKPT5 for new players that have paid the applicable deposit. Remaining tour fees then apply with the next deposit due early January 2019. Hotel fees apply.

 

It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2019 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.

The Ladies Premier League has been a great success and will be continued in the 2019 season.

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

Tournament Director, George Harwood.

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2018 Champion of Champions Accommodation Booking Form

September 5, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Champion of Champions accommodation booking form now available. Form to be completed as soon as possible and in any event no later than 30 September 2018. ...

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Not so challenging for Thompson

September 4, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Challenge 4 - Daventry

 

The Challenge event is generally considered extremely tough to do consistently well in due to its shorter format compared to the tour and the high quality of opponent that you inevitably meet. Shane Thompson is currently single handedly debunking this myth by making the latter stages of all four Challenge events so far this season, such is the quality of the man! Thompson started with a last 16 placing in event 1, before making the final of event 2, he swiftly followed this up with a quarter final placing at event 3 and has now surpassed all of those by taking the title at event 4!

Thompson, a current England International and previous Challenge event winner on two occasions, is well known for his money match exploits, having taken on all comers for big stakes at his home venue of Spenny's Sports Bar in Bridgwater, but he is clearly intent on establishing himself on the tournament scene and with consistent results like this is clearly on course to do so. His run to the final pitted him against some tough opponents, a 5-0 win over tour 3 finalist Sam Bircher and 5-4 win against former England player Neil Davey being two of the highlights, but his toughest game came in the final against London’s Eddie Barker.

Barker, who was this years World Championship semi-finalist, had an equally tough run to the final which involved taking out back-to-back tour winner Karl Sutton in the semi-final. Sutton was on course to make history by becoming the first player to win the double-double, both the tour and the challenge on back to back events. His dream was to come to an end in the semis as Barker showed his class and composure to take the victory in a deciding frame. This set up a high standard final between two players who were both Premier League players in 2017. Thompson was to come out on top in a deciding frame and put himself second in the Challenge rankings, narrowly behind Karl Sutton, both of whom are a clear distance ahead of the crowd, so the top spot will be theirs to battle for at the final Challenge event of 2018 at Telford in October.

 

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL SHANE THOMPSON [6] EDDIE BARKER [5]
SEMIS Neil Davey [5-4] Karl Sutton [5-4]
QUARTERS Sam Bircher [5-0] Steve Singh [5-1]
LAST 16 Greg Gamlin [5-2] Lakesh Badhan [5-2]
LAST 32 Gurvinder Gill [5-3] Dale Greenwood [5-2]
LAST 64 Mark Ash [5-0] Chris Day [5-1]
LAST 128 Andrew Day [4-0] Richard John [4-1]

 

Sutton does the double!

September 3, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 4 - Daventry

Karl Sutton waited many years for his first tour win, but he didn’t need to do so for his second as he put on another majestic performance this weekend, picking up the title at the fourth tour in Daventry.

Sutton started his pursuit, as chance would have it, against the same first round opponent as tour 3, Royton’s John Maugham. Sutton put on a great potting display in this match, taking out some fantastic finishes and taking the match 7-1. He then faced former tour winner, Ian Duffy, someone who presents a tough task to any player. Sutton showed the form he’s in at the moment by taking this match 7-0! Howitt, Clack and Davis followed with no one managing to get close to Sutton. This set up a fantastic semi final against Shaun Storry. It was Storry’s first time in a tour semi final but the cueist from Ipswich is no newcomer to pressure situations, having taken titles in multiple cue sports disciplines. He was also coming off the back of an impressive win against former World Master’s champion Josh Kane in the previous round, so this was sure to be close. Storry didn’t hit top gear in the early frames and Sutton was able to punish some mistakes and take a 6-3 lead. Storry was not ready to give up the fight though and pulled out some great finishes to level the match at 6-6. Sutton’s dream of a double was starting to disappear as Storry was clearing up for a 7-6 lead, but an unexpected missed black provided an opening for Karl and two clearances later he took the match and set up his second final appearance.

On the other half of the draw, Lee Kendal was making short work of the majority of his opponents. Kendall has been in imperious form this season, taking the title at the first tour in Blackpool and following this up with a semi-final appearance in tour 2. Only Ross Smith in the last 32 was able to push Kendall all the way with Kendall just edging the match 7-6. He met Wigan’s Kris Hampson in the semi-final who had come back from 6-3 down to win 7-6 against the ultra-consistent Ben Flack, no mean feat. Hampson, however, could not stop Kendall from making his second final of the season, thus setting up a great match between England’s longest serving Captain in Kendall and arguably their most in form player in Sutton.

The final proved to be a tale of two halves with Kendall playing some faultless pool to take a 5-1 lead. You would be forgiven for writing Sutton off with such a mammoth task at hand but with the form he’s in he simply needs the smallest of opportunities to establish himself in the match. When the opportunity presented itself for a clearance from the break in the seventh frame, he took it and never looked back, reeling off 7 frames on the bounce to take the match 8-5 and win his second consecutive title. The question now, can Sutton take the title at the last tour of the season and equal Tom Cousins’ amazing achievement of the 2017 season of 3 consecutive tour wins? Make sure you’re watching on October 20th to find out!

 

TOUR RESULTS

FINAL KARL SUTTON [8] LEE KENDALL [5]
SEMIS Shaun Storry [8-6] Kris Hampson [8-3]
QUARTERS Adam Davis [7-4] Mike Howe [7-1]
LAST 16 Carl Clack [7-2] Avtar Singh [7-3]
LAST 32 Lee Howitt [7-4] Ross Smith [7-6]
LAST 64 Ian Duffy [7-0] Andrew Riley [7-3]
LAST 128 John Maugham [7-1] Josh Corkett [7-3]

 

2018 Tour 4 Final – Karl Sutton vs Lee Kendall

Grand Prix 2018

September 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Congratulations to Barbara Taylor (Kent) winning the 2018 Ladies Grand Prix beating Amy Beauchamp (Notts) 5:4 in the final. Also to Glen Whittlemore (Northants) in the Juniors Grand Prix beating Jamie Mantle 5:2 in the final. Results are available via the Grand Prix pages ...

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Grand Prix 2018

September 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Congratulations to Barbara Taylor (Kent) winning the 2018 Ladies Grand Prix beating Amy Beauchamp (Notts) 5:4 in the final. Also to Glen Whittlemore (Northants) in the Juniors Grand Prix beating Jamie Mantle 5:2 in the final. Results are available via the Grand Prix pages ...

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2018 Ladies Pool – 3 One Day Events – SOUTHERN EVENT (15 September) – CANCELLED

September 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Due to insufficient entries, the Southern 1-day Ladies event has been cancelled. Entry fees will be refunded.

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