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WR WOT Event 2 preview....
Welsh Open TourThe 2011 World Rules WOT starts again on Saturday 13th August 2011 at Potters Bar, Cardiff. Event 1 was won by Ryan John after beating a host of top players to lift yet another Welsh tour title and again hold the number 1 spot in the rankings.

Entries are now being taken and an entry form can be printed off on the home page of The draw will take place on the day for both the Club event and the main tour.

If you wish to enter on the day the costs are as follows:

Juniors and U21s - Club £10 Tour £15 (No “A” Internationals allowed)

Everyone else - £40 Includes Club and Tour (No “A” Internationals allowed in Club)

There is a forum on to register your name.

The players listed below are seeded in the draw based on event 1 ranking:

1) Ryan John
2) Russell Burgess
3) Huw Salmon
4) Craig Marsh
5) Mike Beckett
6) Ben Davies
7) Antony Doble
8) Oly Bale

These players will only keep their seeded position upon payment of their fees.

So a lot of money up for grabs over the weekend and hope to see some new faces entering this popular tour.

Hope you all have a successful season and look forward to seeing you at event two on Saturday 13th August 2011.

WR WOT 1 Report.....
Welsh Open TourWR WOT 1 report…..

The first event of the season got underway at Potters Bar Pool Club, Cardiff this weekend, and as usual there were plenty of surprise results. Congratulations to Ryan John who beat Russell Burgess 8 – 1 in the final. Ryan had a difficult section of the draw to come through as he beat Paul Marubbi 6 – 3, Antony Doble 7 – 5, Craig Marsh 7 – 4 and Russell Burgess in the final 8 – 1.

This is the first WR WOT tour title won and Ryan continues where he left off last year by regaining the no:1 spot again.

Here are the results from the Last 16:

Last 16

Russell Burgess 6 – 4 Jon Bushnell
Oly Bale 6 – 3 Elliott Coombes
Andrew Hughes 3 – 6 Huw Salmon
Ben Davies 6 – 1 Paul Bushnell
Antony Doble 6 – 5 Zach Wilkinson
Ryan John 6 – 3 Paul Marubbi
Mike Beckett 6 – 5 Kyle Edwards
Craig Marsh 6 – 4 Wayne Smith

Quarter Finals

Oly Bale 3 – 7 Russell Burgess
Craig Marsh 7 – 5 Mike Beckett
Huw Salmon 7 – 5 Ben Davies
Antony Doble 5 – 7 Ryan John

Semi Finals

Russell Burgess 7 – 5 Huw Salmon
Ryan John 7 – 4 Craig Marsh


Ryan John 8 – 1 Russell Burgess

So another season starts with some familiar faces in the final. This now being a qualifying tour to gain selection to the Welsh world rules team for 2012, anything could happen in this quality field of players.

The following players will now be seeded for event 2:

1) Ryan John
2) Russell Burgess
3) Huw Salmon
4) Craig Marsh
5) Mike Beckett
6) Ben Davies
7) Antony Doble
8) Oly Bale

Our club tour final was between Steve Martin and Andy Corten. Steve was always the stronger player as he ran out 5 – 0 to win the first club event. The club event is open to players who have not played for Wales “A” in the past 2 years or any professional pool player.

I would like to thank Kevin and his staff at Potters for their support during the day. Kevin is the new owner of potters and we are glad to be working with him at potters again this season. So I look forward to seeing you all there again in August.

If you wish to enter the 2011 tour please call or drop me an e-mail on Tel: 07854 918403 E-mail –

Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday August 13th.
Rileys Amatuer £10,000 Pool Masters
Club NewsRileys have just announced a £10,000 strictly amateur UK Pool Masters to be held in Rileys clubs nationwide!

Winner - £2,500
R/up - £1,250
Semis - £ 625
Quarters - £ 350
Last 16 - £ 250

Qualifiers will be held if necessary between 16th September & 3rd October
Regional Finals: 15th October
National Finals: 12th November

W.E.P.F World Championships 2011...
InternationalOnce again the PFW welsh teams will embark on a trip to Blackpool with hope of lifting the world crown at the W.E.P.F World Championships, to be held at the Imperial hotel, from Saturday 25th June to Tuesday 5th July 2011.

The men’s team is as strong as ever, and they will be looking to reach the final again after an impressive performance in the European Championships when they defeated England 8 – 3 in the final.

The team has changed a little this year due to players not being available, but Wales still have a great chance of doing the double.

In the singles event we have three seeded players through to the last 64, Tom Cousins, Oly Bale, and Paul Hawkins, they will be looking to gain a place in the TV arena with a quarter final position. The others will need to qualify from the remaining 192 players in the qualifiers.

Men’s Team

Wayne Smith (Capt)
Dave Roblin
Tom Cousins
Russell Burgess
Tom Price
Ryan John
Oly Bale
Paul Hawkins

The ladies team have a good chance of making the final again. This is the same team as last year and they hope to lift the title again after beating Northern Ireland in the final.

Ladies Team

Sharon Dickson (Capt)
Collette Hendrikson
Leanne Pearce
Laura Pearce
Anne Meadows
Rachel Tucker
Sarah Day

The junior welsh team have a few new faces this year. They field a very strong team indeed with the inclusion of a Luke Sanges and Dan Lewis. They lost in the final last year to England and look good to go one better this time.

Junior Team

Declan O,callaghan (Capt)
Luke Sanges
Lee Jay Glyias
Dan Lewis
Jordan Mainwaring
Ben Fortey

So a hectic two weeks of pool ahead and Team Wales will be looking to do their country proud in the usual fashion.

Good luck Wales.
NWOT 3 report....
Welsh Open TourThe third event of the season got underway at Lyons Robin Hood Holiday camp last weekend, and as usual there were plenty of surprise results. Congratulations to JJ Faul who beat Wayne Smith 8 – 6 in the final. JJ as he prefers to be called had a difficult section of the draw to come through as he beat Ows Owen 5 – 1, Joe Stuart 5 – 4, Lee Hughes 6 – 3, Andy Yates 7 – 6, Andy Macdonald 7 – 5, and Wayne Smith in the final 8 – 6. JJ is the South African captain and runs a pool club in Liverpool so he is no stranger when it comes to winning events.

Just to remind players that the top four players in the rankings will qualify for the WPA welsh squad for 2012. The rankings will follow shortly.

Here are the results from the last 16:

Last 16

Adrian Naggington 6 v 3 Pete Griffiths
Dave Bevan 0 v 6 Colin Healy
JJ Faul 6 v 3 Lee Hughes
Wayne Smith 6 v 2 Sean Lewis
Andy Yates 6 v 5 Joe Dewhurst
Paul Allen 1 v 6 Mike Noden
Deiniol Roberts 6 v 4 Paul Marubbi
Andy Macdonald 6 v 5 Chris Rowlands

Quarter Finals

Andy Macdonald 3 v 7 Colin Healy
Deiniol Roberts 2 v 7 Wayne Smith
Mike Noden 2 v 7 Adrian Naggington
JJ Faul 7 v 6 Andy Yates

Semi Finals

Wayne Smith 7 v 6 Adrian Naggington
Andy Macdonald 5 v 7 JJ Faul


JJ Faul 8 v 6 Wayne Smith

There was a flyer run on the day for early round losers, and Dave Bull beat Delwyn Jones in the Final.

I would like to thank Alan Marshall and Kenny Kyle for setting up the tables and the room along with all the staff at Lyons Robin Hood for their support during the day, and look forward to our return once again in September 2011 for event 4, which looks like being a mini festival of pool on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If you wish to enter the 2011 NWOT, please call or drop me an e-mail on Tel: 07854 918403 E-mail –

Look forward to seeing you all at event 4 in Sptember.

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