2018 UKPT Event 3 - Birmingham
It was all about Karl Sutton on the third tour as the England player showed he’s clearly been putting the hours in ready for the forthcoming World Championships by not only taking the tour title but the challenge title as well! Sutton was in imperious form this weekend despatching of some of the game’s best players en route to what was, surprising as it may be for a player of his clear ability, his first ever UK Tour final. After numerous efforts Sutton must have been feeling like this moment would never come so when the opportunity presented itself he seized it with both hands by taking an astonishing 7-0 lead in the final. Sam Bircher, who had played some excellent pool to beat the likes of previous tour winner Ian Duffy and a World Championship seeded player, Neil Davey, to reach his first tour final, would no doubt have been sat in his chair ruing a couple of early missed chances and when Sutton faltered in the eight frame he was ready to take it and make the beginnings of a comeback. Bircher managed to take the next 3 before an unfortunate in-off on a very good break left Sutton with a finish that you would generally expect him to take but under the pressure of winning your first ever tour title would have felt like a mountain to climb. Having previously won a European singles title and numerous World titles with England, Sutton is clearly one to handle the pressure and he took out the finish in a calm and controlled manner to take the third tour of the 2018 season.
Sutton would have been forgiven for going out celebrating and forsaking his place in the last 32 of the challenge event on the following Sunday but he is clearly not one for resting on his laurels and instead set out to achieve a feat that only Phil Harrison before him, at tour 3 of 2014, has previously achieved, to win both the tour and the challenge event on the same weekend. Sutton was again in fantastic form and met Gurvinder Gill in the final with an opportunity to equal a master of the game. Gill had taken out some big names on his way to the final including Jack Pople and Josh Corkett, and was clearly in fine form, but meeting the previous night’s tour winner was a step too far on this occasion and Sutton ran out a convincing 6-2 victor to take the £1000 winner’s prize on top of his £2400 winner’s prize from the tour to make it a very profitable weekend and, most importantly no doubt for Sutton, achieve something that very few in the game will ever come close to, becoming a double champion!
|FINAL||KARL SUTTON ||SAM BIRCHER |
|SEMIS||Phil Harrison [8-6]||Neil Davey [8-6]|
|QUARTERS||Lee Howitt [7-6]||Mark Billingsley [7-3]|
|LAST 16||Darrell Whitworth [7-4]||Ian Duffy [7-3]|
|LAST 32||Gerry Canning [7-4]||Phil Marriott [7-2]|
|LAST 64||Steve Smart [7-5]||Steve Singh [7-3]|
|LAST 128||John Maugham [7-2]||John Lloyd [7-2]|
|FINAL||KARL SUTTON ||GURVINDER GILL |
|SEMIS||Craig Wilson [5-2]||David Rothall [5-3]|
|QUARTERS||Shane Thompson [5-2]||Josh Corkett [5-3]|
|LAST 16||Josh Patel [5-3]||Jack Pople [5-3]|
|LAST 32||Daniel Garwood [5-0]||Carl Jones [5-2]|
|LAST 64||Avtar Singh [5-2]||Charles-Yves Le Pavec [5-1]|
|LAST 128||Jane Mitchell [4-0]||Phil Marriott [4-2]|
2018 Tour 2 Final – Phil Harrison vs Ben Flack
The World Masters is one of the most prestigious events in the 8-ball pool world and it is about to be made even more so with the addition of one of the pool world's most recognisable and talented stars, Darren Appleton!
After conquering American Pool and becoming World Champion in multiple disciplines, Appleton is looking to stamp his authority back on the game of English 8-ball. He will be taking on the likes of Tom Cousins, Phil Harrison and Mick Hill amongst a host of other talented players to see who can be crowned World Masters Champion 2018 and there’s no doubt Appleton will be one to watch!
The UK Tour has a proud history with the World Masters tournament and runs it in conjunction with the EPA and the WEPF. Any player who has played one or more tour events this season is eligible to play in the masters and there are currently a handful of places left so if you wish to get involved then get your name in fast!
More details can be obtained by emailing George Harwood on email@example.com.
UK POOL TOUR 3 - HILTON METROPOLE BIRMINGHAM
15th - 17th June
It seems an age since tour 2, the Festival of Pool, was played out and some fantastic pool was to be seen with Phil Harrison picking up his first tour title of the 2018 season with a superb 8-7 victory over Ben Flack. Flack was absolutely flying that weekend, despatching of some top players including Tour 1 winner Lee Kendal in the semi-final, but Harrison, who trailed for much of the match, was relentless at the end and proved just a fraction too much for Flack at the final hurdle. I've no doubt both players will feature in the business end of at least one of the tours before the season is out.
On to tour 3 and it all starts on Friday 15th June at the fantastic Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham and entry is free for those who would like to come along to spectate. There is sure to be some top quality pool played and this is enhanced even more so by the unusual addition of a number of the World Championship players who are making the most of the close timings of the two events and have decided to head to England a little earlier and pit their wits on the tour. At least 8 players from Australia and the same from France have added their names to the list in addition to our regular contingent from Morocco. All this is sure to make for a cracking weekend and this can be seen right from the outset with some big first round draws and a second half of the draw that is loaded with some of the biggest names in pool such as Tom Cousins, Adam Davis, Lee Kendal, Joshua Kane, Phil Harrison, Ben Flack, Karl Sutton, Yannick Beaufils, Giuseppe D'Imperio and last but certainly not least, current World Champion Mick Hill! Whoever makes it through that draw deserves the title!
For those who can't make it, you can catch the stream from 9am Saturday, the link will be available on this site and our Facebook page in due course. Apologies to those who wanted to watch the action live at tour 2. Technical difficulties prevented this and all matches have since been uploaded to our YouTube page.
The draws for the tour and the challenge can be found below:
2018 UKPT Event 2 - Daventry
The first tour of the season saw Stoke’s Lee Kendall taking the title in emphatic fashion against Wigan’s David Stock. Both players would have been looking to capitalise on their early success and strengthen their placing at the top of the table. It was a contrasting tour for the two in this respect as Kendall continued his fine form with a great showing, making the semi finals before losing out to England teammate Ben Flack, whom he defeated in the last 32 of the first tour. Stock on the otherhand found himself in a tough first round match against England stalwart Jack Pople, a tough match for any player on the tour, who defeated him 7-2.
The first tour saw Phil Harrison narrowly losing out to Lee Kendall in the semi-final. For most people this would be a good showing but for Harrison, a regular tour winner, it was clearly a case of must try harder, and try he did! He produced not only a fantastic display of pool ability but also of bottle, overcoming two deciding frames, one in the quarters and the other in the final, with a clearance off his opponent’s break.
Harrison’s route to the final was by no means an easy one. A Premier League player, Darrell Whitworth, a high standard newcomer to the tour, Marvin Nestor, and a previous World finalist who is considered amongst the England team's best had to be overcome before meeting current European Champion Ben Flack in the final, a tough match for anyone.
Flack’s route to the final was certainly no easier; 3 Premier League players had to be overcome in his run up including habitual tour winner Tom Cousins and Tour 1 champion Lee Kendall. A number of close matches ensued, and Flack showed true grit and bottle to overcome each opponent with his relentless focus proving key to victory.
The final was a high standard affair as would be expected between two greats of the game and there was never more than a couple of frames to separate the two. In the end it was Harrison who would take it with a pin point clearance in the decider. This now leaves Kendall and Harrison tied for first place in the rankings as both have won a tour and made the semis, leaving each on 26 points.
|FINAL||PHIL HARRISON ||BEN FLACK |
|SEMIS||Karl Sutton [8-6]||Lee Kendall [8-5]|
|QUARTERS||Marvin Nestor [7-6]||Tom Cousins [7-5]|
|LAST 16||Darrell Whitworth [7-2]||Giuseppe D’Imperio [7-6]|
|LAST 32||Reece Townsend [7-2]||Martin Wood [7-4]|
|LAST 64||Glenn Cahir [7-3]||Lee Howitt [7-1]|
|LAST 128||John Strange [7-0]||Lee Pickard [7-3]|
2018 Tour 2 Final – Phil Harrison vs Ben Flack
UK POOL TOUR 2 - DAVENTRY COURT HOTEL
30th March - 1st April
The Festival of Pool is almost upon us and it's sure to be a fantastic weekend of pool! After Lee Kendall's fantastic effort at tour 1, can he emulate Tom Cousins from the 2017 season and win back to back titles? The England Captain will no doubt be giving it his all but there'll certainly be a host of players who'd like to stop him in his tracks.
Tour 1 finalist David Stock will also be looking to continue his great form and will have to overcome England player Jack Pople in the first round if he wants to add to his impressive points tally from the first event. Another couple of big first round ties are England's Robert Wharne vs Dom Cooney, Wharne had a fantastic 2017 taking a Challenge event and making the final of tours 4 and 5, and Premier League player Darrell Whitworth vs Max Nosko, which is sure to be a great standard.
The event starts on Friday 30th March at the Daventry Court Hotel and entry is free for those who would like to come along to spectate. Those who can't make it can catch the stream from 9am Saturday, the link will be available on this site and our Facebook page in due course.
The draws for the tour and the challenge can be found below:
3 PLACES LEFT - DEADLINE EXTENDED
The draw is almost ready to be done but there are 3 places left in the Festival of Pool, don't miss out, get your entry in now!
£20,000 in prizes will be paid out at the ‘Festival of Pool’ over the Easter weekend, Friday 30th to Sunday 1st April 2018. The main tour event will commence at 1 p.m. on the Friday.
In addition to the UK Pool tour events of Main Tour, Challenge plus Men’s and Ladies Premier League, there will be a qualifier for the World Eightball Pool championships, where 16 players will go forward to the World Finals which are to be held at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool from 20th June 2018.
FESTIVAL OF POOL ENTRANTS
We changed the format for last year’s event to allow all Festival players into the Tour individual event with £9,800 prize monies plus Challenge event which has £ 4,800 prize monies, both events are paid down to the last 32.
Festival players will also receive entry to the World Championship Qualifier which is the gateway into the Worlds Final and £20,000 prize fund. There will be 16 players going forward from the Tour Two qualifier with entry paid and for the top 8 players a further bonus of accommodation for 3 nights.
ENTRY TO THE UK TOUR
As an extra bonus anyone entering the Festival will be given preference for additional places we are introducing on UK Tour 3,4 and 5, plus they will be guaranteed first choice for entry into the 2018 UK Tour.
Festival entry fee is £180, which gets you into the Strachan Individual, plus the Supreme Challenge. Entry fee also includes 2 nights’ accommodation (Bed & Breakfast/sharing twin-room) at the Four-Star Mercure Daventry Hotel on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March.
Entry forms can be downloaded here or you can contact George Harwood on 01706-642770.
Three great eightball pool events will take place over a 14 day period in June 2018 and all events will be open to members of the English Pool Association and the affiliated countries of the World Eightball Pool Federation.
UK Pool Tour 3
First off the mark will be tour 3 of the UK Pool Tour. This will have a £20,000 prize fund over the four events during the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June. The venue will be the fabulous Hilton Metropole at the NEC Birmingham. Entry details for non-tour players can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Join Us link. All players at the World Pool Championships in Blackpool are welcome to compete in event 3 of the UKPT.
World Eightball Pool Championships
Played at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, the Worlds commence on Wednesday 20th June and finish on Friday 29th June. Here there are categories for Men, Ladies, U23, Juniors, Seniors and Wheelchair players. Individuals and team events will be held with players competing for World titles in 11 championships with a £27,000 prize fund.
This year there will be a change in the format of the championships which will reduce the accommodation required by up to 3 days for most players. We will commence with the Men's individual championship on Wednesday 20th and continue during Thursday 21st with the last 4 going into the finals stages in the following weeks programme.
The opening ceremony with be at 5pm on Sunday 24th followed by the team events, finalising on finals day and presentation on Friday 29th.
Players in the UK will have an opportunity to compete in the Worlds from several qualifiers that will be held during April/May. Details to follow shortly.
World Eightball Masters
Also played at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, this event will commence on Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th June. This allows those in the Worlds the opportunity to compete on the Wednesday/Thursday and then play in the Masters on the Friday.
The Senior Masters will be on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th whilst the Ladies Masters will be played on Sunday 24th.
The prize fund over the 3 events will be £23,000.
Members of each national federation of the WEPF are welcome to enter the World Masters, plus all UK Tour members and World Championship qualifiers. Details can be obtained from your national organisers or from email@example.com.
The new format allows World Rules players to compete for a slice of a huge prize fund of £70,000 over a period of 14 days in June!
2018 UKPT Event 1 - Blackpool
There's always a buzz around the place at the first event of the tour and this weekend was no disappointment. After the long Winter break, where not much pool is played, everyone is ready to get back to it and it was clear that this was the case.
The last event of the 2017 season saw Phil Harrison taking the tour title and Adam Davis topping the Premier League and no doubt both players would be looking to capitalise on this form and start 2018 with a bang! It was not to be, however, as both players had a good run to the semis but came up against two opponents who were in fine form and clearly up for the challenge.
The first semi final saw Lee 'The Fox' Kendall taking on Harrison. Kendall had a good year on the tour in 2017, finishing in the Premier League spots, but never really threatened a tour win. Here, however, he negotiated his way through a host of very good players including a convincing 7-0 win over Wigan's Kris Hampson and a close game against England team mate Ben Flack, which could have gone either way after a couple of unexpected last ball misses from Kendall gave Ben a chance to get back into the match. Bar this one close game Kendall had made short work of his opponents but Harrison is always likely to be a different story. The game was not without drama as no player could take a decisive lead and a deciding frame seemed inevitable. After 3 hours it was Kendall who dug deep and found a finish to take the final frame and the match 8-7.
On the other side of the draw Wigan's David Stock was having a fantastic return to the tour after a few years off. He started his campaign with a convincing 7-1 win over Morocco's Mohammed Adam and then took out the current World Masters Champion Josh Kane 7-5. After making his way to the semi he found himself up against one of the tours best, Adam Davis. This is never going to be an easy game and to beat Adam you have to be on top form and that is exactly the form Stock produced. A shaky start in the first frame looked ominous for Stock but once he got a frame on the board he never looked back and a thrilling game saw a host of fantastic clearances with Stock eventually running out an 8-5 winner.
Due to the first semi final overrunning the final was later than scheduled and the events of the day appeared to have taken their toll on Stock as he put in a lacklustre performance against a superb Lee Kendall who was giving very little away. Kendall's consistency in the final saw him run away with it, taking it 8-1, giving him another tour title to add to the collection along with £2400. Stock was a very worth runner-up and pocketed £1200 for his troubles along with a very important 12 points that put him well on the road to a Premier League spot for next season!
|FINAL||LEE KENDALL ||DAVID STOCK |
|SEMIS||Phil Harrison [8-7]||Adam Davis [8-5]|
|QUARTERS||Steve Smart [7-2]||Jed Thompson [7-4]|
|LAST 16||Lee Howitt [7-1]||Yasser Amrani [7-5]|
|LAST 32||Ben Flack [7-5]||Martin Wood [7-5]|
|LAST 64||Kris Hampson [7-0]||Joshua Kane [7-5]|
|LAST 128||Gurvinder Gill [7-1]||Mohammed Adam [7-1]|
The 2018 UK Pool Tour is about to kick off at the home of 8 ball pool, the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool. This impressive hotel is about to play host to some of the finest pool playing talent on the planet and here we have a rundown of who is likely to feature in this weekend’s action, kicking off at 1pm on Friday 2nd February.
The start of the 2017 season saw Tom Cousins taking the spoils at each of the first 3 events, surely lightening can't strike twice but no doubt Tom will be looking to get off to a flying start in Blackpool at a venue where he has seen numerous victories including his two World Championship titles. He begins with a preliminary match against new player Fraser Allan, just about the toughest starter match for a new player on the tour!
Phil Harrison capped his 2018 season by taking the final tour of the season and making the final of the Premier League knockout. No doubt he won't be looking to leave it so late to pick up a title this season and will be looking to get off to a flying start against Paul Carr.
A number of tough first round games are on the cards including Matt Brierley vs Dom Cooney, Shaun Storry vs Neil Davey and Ryan Bodsworth vs Glenn Cahir, all of which could be too close to call.
As always entry is free so if you want to watch some top quality pool then get down to the Imperial Hotel. If you can't make it for any reason then catch some of the action on our stream. The link will be posted on this site and on Facebook in advance of the event starting.
The draws for the tour and the challenge events can be found below:
2017 was a great year for the UK Tour! Tom Cousins’ feat of winning three successive titles was fantastic to witness and it could be some time before it is equalled or bettered. The new format Premier League was very well received; with money riding on every game the focus was high and the standard was superb. An ultra consistent Adam Davis took the league title whilst Steve Petty was the man to watch at the final tour taking the inaugural Premier League Knockout. Phil Harrison also reminded everyone of his talent with a great performance taking down the last tour of the season. Amy Beauchamp also rounded off a great year following up her World Championship win by taking the Ladies Premier League.
But already thoughts are turning to a new Tour series. With 11 weeks to go before the first tournament the signs are 2018 could be even more memorable.
Organisers are delighted by the response of players wanting to sign up for a chance to win some of the £115,000 prize fund and can now announce a record number of entrants.
“The most pleasing aspect for next season is that 34 of the 40 players in the final rankings from the 2017 season have again entered for 2018,” said Tour administrator, George Harwood.
“This is the highest number ever achieved since the Tour began and includes most of the sport’s world class performers.
“This is tribute to the esteem in which the UK Tour is held among the players.
“Only a handful of unallocated places remain but anyone thinking of joining the Tour now need to be quick off the mark.”
Ben Flack will be joining the Premier League cast of stars after gaining top spot in the Challenge event.
Joining Ben, will be Rob Wharne who cemented his place with a second final appearance of the season at Tour 5 and ended up finishing 5th on the Tour rankings. Rob was runner-up at Tour Four and also reached the fifth Challenge event final, losing to Shane Thompson.
All other places in the Premier League will be announced before the end of November but as always will include the cream of English 8-Ball Pool.
John Roe, World Champion in 2012, returns to the Tour alongside previous European title holder, Ryan Shaw.
Scotland will be well represented again while most of the top players from 2014 World team champions, Morocco are heading to the UK once more.
If you want be part of the action get in touch with George Harwood via http://ukpooltour.com