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2019 Under 23s National Singles

November 1, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

This is your opportunity to play in the EPA National Under 23 Pool Championships on 27/28 February 2019 at Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, to compete for a share in the £500 minimum prize fund. Prize fund will increase with additional entries. Entry fee £11. On-line entry only via the EPA website. Open to 2019 EPA ID cardholders. Closing Date: 17 February 2019 ...

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Junior Pool – Three one-day singles events – NEW for 2019

November 1, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

New for 2019, three one-day juniors singles events - Northern, Midlands and Southern areas. Entry Fee - £10 per person, per event Prize fund - £500 per event, depending on entries 2019 EPA ID card holders only Each event limited to 32 and will be taken on a 1st received with payment basis Northern Area (23/03/19) - closing date 9 March 2019 Midlands Area (01/06/19) - closing date 18 May 2019 Southern Area (14/09/18) - closing date 31 August 2019 Enter on-line or download an entry form via the 'Tournaments' - 'Other Events' page. ...

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2019 Junior World Championship Qualifiers

November 1, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

This is your opportunity to play in the only qualifying events for the 2019 Junior World Championships joining the leading players in the world to compete for the title of Junior World Champion at the Grand Finals Imperial Hotel, Blackpool in June 2019. Depending on entries, 1 player (16 entries) 2 players (24-32 entries) per event going forward to the Grand Finals held in Blackpool (2 nights accommodation at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool included). Qualifying events to be held on: 24 March 2019 at Tara Leisure, Oldham - CD 5 March 24 March 2019 at The Academy, Basingstoke - CD 5 March 28 April 2019 at Club 147, Leicester - CD 19 April On-line entry only via the EPA website. Open to 2019 EPA ID cardholders.

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Leary edges a tense Premier League

October 30, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

 

The 2018 Premier League couldn’t have been closer with 3 of the players finishing tied at the top on 14 points with only frame difference to separate them! It was Dylan Leary who edged it in the end, ahead of Adam Davis and Josh Kane, and rightly so as he put on an emphatic display of pool in his final three matches to beat former Premier League winner Adam Davis 8-3, Rob Wharne 8-5 and then recorded a resounding 8-2 victory over Phil Harrison. Such convincing wins not only racked up the points but, importantly this year, the frames, especially with one of the wins coming against his closest rival Davis who ended up in second place.

Leary’s victory has secured his position in next year’s Premier League and also saw him pick up £1400 over the four tours as the unique format of the Premier League enables a player to pick up £200 for each victory, paid out in cash on the weekend.

The high standard in the league kept it ultra-competitive and resulted in a tight top 8 spacing that saw only 4 points difference between 1st and 8th. In fact, even Lee Kendall, who finished in 12th place, picked up £700. After having had a tremendous season on the tour itself, many would have been surprised to find Kendall bottom of the Premier League, but such is the standard.

Next year will see a new batch of players compete to see who is the number one player on the tour but, for now, the Premier League title is in the well-deserved hands of Dylan Leary!

Australia v England – Ladies Test Series

October 26, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Whilst the England Lionesses may have narrowly lost the first ever Test Series 3-2 in Australia, there will never be a more closely fought battle for many years. A tight schedule meant the 1st Test was played on the day of arrival and with all the fight expected from England they came away with an important 13-12 victory to take a 1-0 lead. The following day the next 2 Tests were played which saw Australia winning both. The first match ended 14-11 and the 3rd going to 12-12 and a decider which Australia won meaning they would go into the final day with a 2-1 series lead. With their backs against the wall the Lionessess then looked to have settled and took the 4th test commandingly 16-9 setting up an amazing finale to the series. As with most of the matches the scores in the final test were always close with no team pulling away until Australia nearing the 5th session went into a 12-9 lead. England fought hard managing to tie the match at 12-12 AND another decider. Unfortunately Australia once again were the victors 13-12 taking the series 3-2. The International Singles however was a success for England with Sharon James defeating Kolbe Poole 7-6 in the final. To watch the final test on YouTube ...

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2018 is Sutton’s season!

October 23, 2018 in Competitions by Matt Brierley


 

Karl Sutton rounded off a superb year on the UK Pool Tour by winning the final Challenge event of the season. Sutton, who up until this year had not picked up a tour title, has had a phenomenal season, winning tours 3 and 4, including doing the double on tour 3 by picking up the Challenge event in the same weekend and his overall performance in the Challenge event this year would be difficult to rival. The first Challenge event of the season in Blackpool saw him pick up the title with a 6-3 victory over Danny Davies. The second event saw him narrowly lose in the last 32 to Harjeet Singh 5-4. He bounced back at the third event, picking the title up with a resounding 6-2 victory against Gurvinder Gill. The fourth tour saw him in with a shout of repeating the double as he picked up the tour title on the Saturday night and then found himself in the semi final of the Challenge on the Sunday afternoon. The match went all the way with Sutton just missing out 5-4 to the inform Eddie Barker, who had recently made the semi final of the World Championships. The fifth event saw him in with the possibility of topping both league tables and he didn’t disappoint as he made the quarter finals of the tour, losing to the eventual winner, Phil Harrison, and won the Challenge event for the third time in the season with a 6-4 win over Cambridge’s Dom Cooney, a young and talented player who will no doubt be picking up big titles himself in the coming years.

His route to the final was an especially difficult one, defeating the current World Masters Champion, Callum Singleton, 5-0 in the last 16, Neil Davey 5-2 in the quarter final, and up and coming Sam Bircher, 5-4 in the semi-final, which also happened to be a repeat of the tour 3 final.

Cooney made his route to the final look relatively straightforward with convincing wins against Reece Townsend, Paul Carr and Jack Pople. His only real test proved to be a 5-4 victory over Warrington’s Phil Naylor. A special mention also to tour regular Paul Carr on reaching the quarter finals, having some convincing victories on the Saturday before winning two tough games, firstly a 5-4 victory against ex-Premier League player, Lee Howitt, and then 5-3 against Marvin Nestor to make the quarters, a tour best for Paul, highlighting that a bit of dedication to the game can pay dividends.

Sutton finished with on 58 points on the tour rankings, 6 ahead of Phil Harrison, and 62 on the Challenge rankings, a massive 20 points ahead of his closest rival, England teammate Shane Thompson. After finishing 19th in last years tour and 60th in 2016, something has clearly clicked for the Ipswich cueist as he has gone from strength to strength this season. He also figured in the European Championships, losing out in a deciding frame to Ben Flack, and recently picked up the National Amateur title in Great Yarmouth. This will certainly be a season that Sutton will not want to end and will be looking to build on for next year with a view to going one further than his 2016 effort in the World Championships, where he lost out to Shaun Chipperfield in the final, and you certainly wouldn’t want to back against him in this kind of form!

 

Home Internationals, 25-28 October 2018

October 23, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Home Internationals, hosted by the EPA, are taking place 25-28 October 2018 at Britannia Hotel, Stockport. Details available via the EEPF website ...

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Australia v England Ladies 1st Test

October 23, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Available to watch on YouTube ...

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England Ladies Fly to Australia

October 23, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

England Ladies have flown to Australia to compete with the Aussies in a series of matches taking place at the Australian National Finals. Some of the matches will be streamed live on YouTube. England Ladies have won their first match with a narrow victory 13-12 ...

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Ladies National Singles, 8 November 2018

October 23, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

There is still a chance to enter this popular event, closing date extended to 6 November ...

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