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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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EPA Supported Charity – Help for Heroes

October 17, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

A big thank you for the generosity of the EPA members in their donations at the recent Interleague KO event at Great Yarmouth. A further £376.05 has been gratefully received by the Help for Heroes charity.

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Can Sutton match Cousins?

October 13, 2018 in Competitions by Tour Admin

2018 UKPT Event 5 - Telford

Normally the focus at the 5th, and final, tour of the season is all about where people end up in the rankings, specifically for the Premier League placings and who can top each list. On this occasion, however, all eyes are on Karl Sutton. The Norwich cueist has produced some fantastic performances in the past two tours and has been nigh on unstoppable as he's picked both tour titles, a challenge title and a challenge semi-final, narrowly losing out 5-4 to Eddie Barker. The question now is, can Karl Sutton match Tom Cousins' amazing achievement of the 2017 season and pick up 3 tour wins on the bounce? When Cousins managed this last year, it seemed a feat that no one else would manage to emulate, but Sutton is on the cusp of doing so and who would back against him as he is clearly still in devastating form, recently adding the National Amateur title to his collection and defeating the likes of Giuseppe D'Imperio and Shaun Chipperfield along the way.

The Ladies Premier League sees Sharon James sitting comfortably at the top and the first-place position guaranteed. James only has 1 game left to go, as opposed to 3 for her closest rivals, Leanne Cragg and Amy Beauchamp. Should James lose her remaining game and either Beauchamp or Cragg win all 3, which only one can do as they're playing each other, then they would finish tied on points. James, however, beat both players earlier in the season and as such would win on head-to-head. Congratulations, therefore, go to James on reclaiming the Premier League title that she previously held back in 2016!

Congratulations also go to Dylan Leary for topping the Men's Premier League. Leary was joint on points with Davis and Kane but topped it by virtue of a better frame difference, aided by resounding wins of 8-3 and 8-2 against Davis and Harrison, respectively, at the fourth tour. Topping the table in such an elite field is an amazing achievement and all credit goes to Leary who has worked hard to do so, but the Premier League is not yet over. The final tour sees the top 8 players from the Premier League, Leary, Davis, Kane, Whitworth, D'Imperio, Cousins, Harrison and Brierley, do battle for a £5000 prize fund, so all is yet to play for. The remaining four, Wharne, Flack, Ward and Kendall, drop out and instead attempt to ply their skills in the Challenge event. The draw for the first match in the Premier League Knockout is a follows:

GROUP A

DYLAN LEARY vs PHIL HARRISON
GIUSEPPE D'IMPERIO vs TOM COUSINS

GROUP B

ADAM DAVIS vs MATT BRIERLEY
JOSH KANE vs DARRELL WHITWORTH

 

The tour itself sees a number of people battling for the coveted top 10 spots as these guarantee entry to the Premier League for 2019. The top 4 of Sutton, Kendall, Harrison and Flack, seem fairly safe, but for the rest it's anyone's guess who will end up making the cut. The likes of Tom Cousins and Giuseppe D'Imperio, seemingly ever-present in the Premier League, will need to produce their A-games as they currently languish in joint 18th place. Darrell Whitworth currently sits in 11th position and will be looking to add to his tally to keep his place in the Premier League after fairing so well in it in his first season, finishing in 4th. Tour 1 finalist David Stock will be looking to put in a performance at the last event to match that at the first to book his place in the top 10 as he has struggled to pick up any points to add to his tour 1 haul. He currently sits in 12th place, one ahead of Matt Brierley, by virtue of two merit points, who will be looking to make it three years on the bounce in the Premier League. All it takes is one good run at the last event to catapult someone into the top 10, due to rankings based on a single year, as such it could easily be someone currently ranked in the 30s who manages to book their place; it's certainly all to play for at the final tour!

As always, the tour is open for all to come and watch and play starts at 1pm on Friday 19th October at the Park Inn Hotel in Telford. Streaming will begin at 9am on Saturday 20th October and the link will be available on this site and Facebook.

The draw for both the tour and the challenge can be found below:

2018 Tour 5 Draw

2018 Challenge 5 Draw

2019 Seniors Tour

October 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Seniors Tour. Closing Date: 31 December 2018 ...

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2019 Seniors Southern Events

October 2, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Entries are now being taken for the 2019 Seniors Southern Events. Closing Date: 19 January 2019 ...

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Mens National Amateur 2018

September 30, 2018 in EPA News by English Pool Association

Draw now available ...

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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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