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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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Champion of Champions, 10-11 November 2018 – Draw Available

October 22, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

The 2018 Mens, Ladies and Team draws are now available ...

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Harrison owns tour 5!

October 21, 2018 in Competitions by Matt Brierley

 

It’s official, Phil Harrison owns the final tour of the season, every season! The Cambridgeshire cueist has made the final of every tour 5 event since he joined the tour in 2014 and has now won the last 4 of the those after beating Adam Davis in a thrilling deciding frame match!

All the way back in 2014, Harrison met Tom Cousins in the final. After having already won two events that season Harrison was to be denied a third as Cousins took the match 8-5. Fast forward to 2015 and Harrison got his revenge as the pair met again in the final with Harrison this time taking it by the same score line. On to 2016 and Harrison this time met Craig Waddingham in the final and again won 8-5. In 2017, Harrison was faced with Rob Wharne, who was having a great season culminating in his first tour final, sadly for Wharne it seems like fate for Harrison to take this title and he did so with a convincing 8-2 win.

This time it was to be Adam Davis’ turn to try to prise the title from Harrison’s firm grip! Davis had overcome two tough deciding frame matches against former World Master’s Champion Jack Pople and England Captain and Tour 1 winner, Lee Kendall, before meeting Tom Cousins in the semi-final. After two close encounters, Davis made short work of one of the very best around, defeating Cousins 8-2, he was clearly on top form and a great final seemed a certainty.

Harrison made his route to the final seem relatively straightforward, even though it was far from it, defeating ex-England player Chris Day 8-5 in the semi-final, tours 3 and 4 champion Karl Sutton 7-1 in the quarter final and good friend and regular supporter, Rich Wharton, 7-4 in the last 16. All eyes were on Sutton at this tour as he had the opportunity to match Tom Cousins’ amazing feat of 3 back-to-back titles in 2017. After getting off to a great start with some convincing wins and looking like he could be unstoppable he had the misfortune of running into Harrison at ‘his’ tour and he showed his ruthless streak on the table with a resounding win.

The final was a tense affair. Harrison got off to a great start, taking a 4-1 lead, but at this level that can soon turn around and it did so here as Davis took 6 out of the next 8 frames to lead 7-6. Davis was presented with a chance to win the match off his final break but was unable to convert it and let Harrison back in. Harrison managed to pull out a nice snooker when he looked to be in trouble and this was enough to win him the frame to take it to a decider. You’d never back against Phil in a decider, especially when it’s his break, and that proved true here as he crunched the pack to leave a relatively straightforward finish for the match. His experience in these situations helped him to comfortably convert the opportunity and add a fourth tour 5 title in a row!

2018 Ladies KO Cup – 9 November 2018

October 17, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

You can now check your teams in the Ladies KO Cup 2018 via the 'KO Stats' page. Click on 'Team lists' to see which Group you are in. All matches start at 09:00 on Friday 9 November. Registration Thursday 8 November from around 20:00. Draw/Results pages for the live scoring will be available soon. ...

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