The inaugural Premier League knockout saw the top 8 players from the Premier League over the first 4 tours split into two groups, based on their final standing. The groups were as follows:
|GROUP 1||GROUP 2|
|ADAM DAVIS||STEVE PETTY|
|GIUSEPPE D’IMPERIO||ALEX LEWIS|
|TOM COUSINS||PHIL HARRISON|
|MATT BRIERLEY||DAVE FERNANDEZ|
Two players from each group would progress through to the semi-finals, where the money would start and a straight KO would decide the eventual winner. In order to progress to this stage each player would need to win two matches.
The first set of games was a tight affair with 3 matches ending 8-6 and a deciding frame win for Steve Petty over Alex Lewis.
The next set saw D’Imperio edge a long game against Cousins 8-6 to go through to the KO. In group 2 Petty ran out an impressive 8-3 winner against Harrison and two players departed the event, Matt Brierley who lost out 8-6 to Adam Davis and Dave Fernandez who was demolished by Alex Lewis 8-0.
This set up the final round of games to make the semi-final line-up. Cousins ran out an 8-3 winner against an under par Davis who had just come off a semi-final loss in the main tour. Harrison ran out the same score against Lewis to book his place.
The semi-finals on the Sunday morning was an unsurprisingly tight affair with such quality on show. Petty vs Cousins was the stream game and can be seen on our YouTube page (). A high quality match saw Petty run out an 8-6 victor. He had to wait for his final opponent as Harrison and D’Imperio were locked in a tense battle that eventually saw Harrison edge it 8-7. The final was again streamed and is available to be viewed on our YouTube channel. Here Steve Petty showed his class and ensured that he didn’t leave the 2017 season without a title to his name by running out an 8-3 winner against an admittedly below par Phil Harrison for the second time after having previously beat him to the same score line in the group stages. Petty’s efforts saw him pick up a cheque for £2000 with Harrison having the consolation of £1000 to add to his previous night’s tour winnings!
Amy Beauchamp, the current Ladies World Champion, added to her impressive list of titles this weekend by securing the Ladies Premier League title.
Beauchamp, who has been in fine form all season, took the title in style by continuing her undefeated streak and beating her closest competition and 2016 winner, Sharon James, 5-1 in the last game of the season.
James was still in with a shout of picking up the title should the results go her way at the final event but Beauchamp was in no mood to rest on her laurels and set out with a 5-0 win against Jeanette Baptist before following that up with a 5-1 win against Irene Wood. James therefore had to settle with second place whilst Tanisha Beckford notched up 3 wins against Wood, Holt and Mitchell to secure 3rd place.
Bristol’s Shane Thompson hasn’t had the best of seasons. He entered the final tour of the season placed 62nd and finished 9th in the Premier League, meaning that he missed out on the knockout and was instead placed in the Challenge event. This, however, proved to be a nice turn of events as he found form at just the right time, having a nice run on the tour, getting to the quarter finals before losing out 7-5 to Adam Davis and then going all the way in the Challenge event.
Thompson’s run to the final was not an easy one as he went to decider’s again both Champion of Champions winner Gerry Canning and England player Mike King. He next faced tough opposition, and a local derby, against Max Nosko, running out a 5-2 winner before dispatching of Brett Wild with relative ease 5-1.
On the other side, Wharne was having another great weekend. He followed up his tour 4 final appearance with another at tour 5 and then made the final of the Challenge event, no mean feat. Wharne appeared to make short work of some tough opposition, tour 2 finalist Dylan Leary and Morocco’s Yasser Amrani Hanchi amongst them.
The final was a close affair against the two England teammates and it was to be Thompson who would run out a 6-5 winner and pick up the cheque for £1000.
|FINAL||SHANE THOMPSON ||ROB WHARNE |
|SEMIS||Brett Wild [5-1]||Gavin Lomax [5-1]|
|QUARTERS||Max Nosko [5-2]||Pat Ward [5-3]|
|LAST 16||Mike King [5-4]||Reece Townsend [5-1]|
|LAST 32||Gerry Canning [5-4]||Mark Price [5-0]|
|LAST 64||Steve McCann [5-1]||Yasser Amrani Hanchi [5-2]|
|LAST 128||Luke Austin [4-0]||Dylan Leary [4-2]|
Phil Harrison capped what could have been considered, by his high standards, a poor season by hitting top gear, taking the final event of the season and also making the final of the inaugural Premier League knockout.
The Cambridgeshire cueist didn’t have it all his own way and got off to a shaky start. His first round game against Alex Lawrence could have easily been his last of the tournament as he saw a 4-1 lead evaporate before finding himself 6-5 down. But for one loose positional shot to get on black the game was up for Harrison. When his chance presented itself he did what he does best and closed out the match and from then on never looked back. With a long line of quality players ahead including Englands’ Mike King and Karl Sutton and inform player and tour newcomer Shaun Storry, Harrison made short work of his opposition and booked his place in the final.
On the other side of the draw, tour 4 finalist Rob Wharne was having another great tour. A tough match against 3x2017 tour winner Tom Cousins saw Wharne come out a 7-5 victor and this was his only close match until the semi-finals. Here he met fellow Staffordshire player Adam Davis, who comprehensively beat him in the previous final. Davis should have taken a 7-5 lead after potting two fantastic doubles to leave a straightforward black, however he appeared to have a mental block taking a long time on what should have been a drop in only to see it hit the jaws and stay up. This gave Wharne just the opportunity he needed to get back in the match, eventually taking it 8-7 and setting up his second final appearance in a row.
The final was a quality affair with Harrison hitting top gear from the off. He took a 4-0 lead and it looked like the writing could be on the wall until Wharne hit back with back to back clearances from the break. Harrison, with all his experience, was not fazed and as soon as the opportunity presented itself he got back on the scoreboard and never let up, running out an 8-2 victor.
|FINAL||PHIL HARRISON ||ROB WHARNE |
|SEMIS||Dylan Leary [8-4]||Adam Davis [8-7]|
|QUARTERS||Shaun Storry [7-0]||Pat Ward [7-2]|
|LAST 16||Karl Sutton [7-2]||Darrell Whitworth [7-4]|
|LAST 32||Richard King [7-5]||Tom Cousins [7-5]|
|LAST 64||Mike King [7-2]||Bye [7-0]|
|LAST 128||Alex Lawrence [7-6]||Avtar Singh [7-3]|
UK POOL TOUR 5 - THE PARK INN, TELFORD (20th - 22nd October)
The final tour of the 2017 season is almost upon us and there is all to play for in each event as the players attempt to cement their place on their respective leader boards! On the main tour, Tom Cousins is sure to keep his number one spot after picking up the first 3 tour titles of the season but second through to fifth is tight between Adam Davis, Steve Petty, Matt Brierley and Phil Harrison. Each of these players seems assured of a Premier League place for the 2018 season whilst a host of others will be aiming to do their best to secure the coveted spots. Details are still to be finalised but it looks likely that the top 10 from the tour plus the Premier League KO winner and the top seed in the Challenge will be offered a place.
The top spot in the challenge rankings seems sure to be fought between current number one Ben Flack and Rob Wharne, who is currently trailing 10 points behind in second. Wharne will need a little luck on his side as he is on the opposite side of the draw to Flack so is unable to take him out early himself and also faces a tough battle against tour 2 finalist Dylan Leary in his opening match.
The ladies premier league is tight at the top with just one point separating current World Champion Amy Beauchamp and 2016 PL Champion Sharon James. Beauchamp has a game in hand in addition to the extra point so it seems that she is likely to take the title but as her last game is against James, a slip up in her two opening matches could result in a thrilling last match for the title!
The league stage of the Men's Premier League is now over and the line up for the inaugural Premier League KO title is confirmed as Adam Davis, Steve Petty, Phil Harrison, Tom Cousins, Dave Fernandez, Matt Brierley, Giuseppe D'Imperio and Alex Lewis. The players are split into two groups and need to win two matches to progress to the semi-finals, from which it is a straight knockout. The draw can be found below:
With a record number of entrants on this final tour of the season it looks certain to be a great weekend and also bodes well for a full house next season so if you're looking to be a part of the 2018 season then get your entry form in quick!
Beard Productions will be streaming from Friday afternoon until close of play on Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to the the Park Inn at Telford, where entry to watch all the action is free, then make sure you catch the action on the stream. The link will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ukpooltour/
The draws for both the tour and the challenge events can be viewed below:
If results are anything to go by then the route to the final for both Ben Flack and Ryan Bodsworth seemed fairly straightforward! Neither player dropped more than 2 frames in any match on their way to the final. That alone is some achievement considering the high standard of opponents that they faced. For Bodsworth, however, this is an especially tough feat as it is the young Huddersfield players first year on the tour. Results such as a 5-1 victory over former World Champion John Roe in the semi-final indicate that Ryan could well be a player to watch for the future!
Ben Flack on the other hand is well versed in making the final stages of tournaments having been a previous World Masters Champion and World Champion with the England Men’s Team. Flack is renowned for his slow and solid style and he again showed his class and consistency as he took the final 6-2 and along with it the title and the £1000 prize money.
|FINAL||BEN FLACK ||RYAN BODSWORTH |
|SEMIS||Pat Ward [5-2]||John Roe [5-1]|
|QUARTERS||Carl Hough [5-2]||Andy O’Hara [5-0]|
|LAST 16||Kieran Lennon [5-2]||Lewis Calcutt [5-2]|
|LAST 32||Andy Barker [5-2]||Sam Bircher [5-2]|
|LAST 64||Michael Davies [5-2]||Rich Lowther [5-2]|
|LAST 128||Matt Brannan [4-0]||Ray Dean [4-0]|
Adam Davis' resounding 8-1 victory over in form player Rob Wharne in the final of tour 4 has sent out a clear warning that the former World Champion is on fine form and one of the players to watch on the tour. Davis, who currently sits on top of the Premier League table, ended Tom Cousins' run of 3 successive tour wins by taking the fourth title at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.
Both players had tough routes to the final, with each making their way through a deciding frame along the way. Wharne could easily have been out in the last 64 to qualifier Chris Dyson who clawed back an early deficit and then missed a chance in the decider before Wharne managed to get over the line. After this Wharne made light work of the rest of the field until he ran into former World Champion and past tour winner, Adam Davis, who played a solid final taking out chances with relentless consistency.
Davis cruised into the last 32 with two convincing victories before encountering tour 2 finalist Dylan Leary who gave him a tougher ride. Davis edged this 7-5 and followed with a similar result against Pat Ward, who had a good weekend also making the semi-final of the Challenge event, eventually losing out to Challenge winner Ben Flack. A delayed quarter final saw Davis pitted against Neil Davey, running out a 7-3 winner and getting a well-deserved break due to the staggered start times for the semi-final to allow for the streaming of both matches. The break was much required as a long and draining semi-final awaited where he eventually ran out an 8-7 victor against D’Imperio.
|FINAL||ADAM DAVIS ||ROB WHARNE |
|SEMIS||Giueseppe D’Imperio [8-7]||Max Nosko [8-3]|
|QUARTERS||Neil Davey [7-3]||Phil Harrison [7-0]|
|LAST 16||Pat Ward [7-5]||Harjeet Singh [7-4]|
|LAST 32||Dylan Leary [7-5]||Ben Bennett [7-1]|
|LAST 64||Michael Cromwell [7-1]||Chris Dyson [7-6]|
|LAST 128||Scott Yardley [7-3]||Nigel Hilton [7-0]|
UK POOL TOUR 4 - HILTON METROPOLE, BIRMINGHAM (1st - 3rd September)
The long Summer break between tours 3 and 4 has nearly passed and it’s almost time to see if Tom Cousins can continue his unprecedented winning streak and take down his fourth UK Tour title on the spin.
The gap between the two tours was filled by the most prestigious event of the year, the World Championships, held in Blackpool at the end of June. Here, Cousins was regarded by most as the favourite to take the title and he came very close to doing so, losing out in the semi-final 10-6 to eventual winner, and previous UK Tour competitor, Mick Hill.
The tour was, however, well represented in the Worlds and provided two of the main singles winners, Amy Beauchamp took the ladies singles title with an emphatic 8-1 defeat of Kerry Griffiths and added to this the ladies’ masters title with a 6-5 win against Lorraine Fivey. Up and coming talent Josh Kane added another title to his collection, picking up the Men’s Masters with an impressive display in the final, defeating England captain Lee Kendal 10-5.
All in all, it was a good event for UK Tour players as the England men’s team, consisting largely of UKPT players, took the title with a convincing performance against Ireland in the final, running out 8-4 victors.
Now on to the next event! The draw has been done and as always has thrown out some interesting early games. Scotland’s Matt Brannan will have to be at his best if he wants to make it past the first round as he is up against World Championship runner-up Phil Harrison. An all-out attack match looks likely with England’s Mike King taking on 2016 World semi-finalist Richard King and a local affair in Harjeet Singh against Josh Corkett is surely going to be a good one to watch.
Beard Productions will be streaming from Friday afternoon until close of play on Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to the fabulous Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, where entry to watch all the action is free, then make sure you catch the action on the stream. The link will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ukpooltour/
The draws for both the tour and the challenge events can be viewed below:
Join the 2018 UK Pool Tour
Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The introduction of live streaming in 2016 was greatly received and this was further expanded in 2017 to provide coverage of more games. 2018 will again see the tour streamed and no doubt with new ideas being implemented to further enhance the image of the tour as the premier place to compete on the pool scene! The prize money for 2018 will be well 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.
It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2018 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.
If all that isn’t enough then Tour Two also includes the Festival of Pool Team Classic. The 3 person Team Classic is open to tour members and the draw is random meaning that you could potentially be drawn in the same team as the World Champion.
The Ladies Premier League has been a continued success and will be continued in the 2018 season.
If you require any further details please ring me on 07734-307135.
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