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:
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
Oly Bale 3 7 Russell Burgess
Craig Marsh 7 5 Mike Beckett
Huw Salmon 7 5 Ben Davies
Antony Doble 5 7 Ryan John
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 email@example.com
Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday August 13th.
Once 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 mens 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.
Wayne Smith (Capt)
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.
Sharon Dickson (Capt)
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.
Declan O,callaghan (Capt)
Lee Jay Glyias
So a hectic two weeks of pool ahead and Team Wales will be looking to do their country proud in the usual fashion.
The 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:
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you all at event 4 in Sptember.
The 2nd Catalonia Pool Festival 17th/22nd October 2011.
Its 8ball pool but not as you know it! This is a pool festival with a difference, yes there are events but unlike other promoters we believe that players require more than just a few competitions.
Since our last festival, we have been working on ways to further improve the experience to aspire to meet the needs of our guests / participants.
So we decided to ask the people who really mattered - the PLAYERS!
1, Can we stay in a Hotel?
We have secured a hotel at reasonable rates, 15 yards from the beach and 80 yards from the playing arena, bar open 24 hours. 61 rooms available(at time of writing 18 gone already) When this is full, another Hotel will be used.
2,Can I arrive before Monday 17th?
Yes it's entirely up to you!
Furthermore we have so far taken 37 bookings 35 of which have booked from Sat 15th/Sat 22nd.
3, Is there a nice town with places to go?
Yes, we will be staying in the holiday town of Salou.
4, What about if I take my kids?
Loads of stuff for them, the Port Adventura is about 15 Min's away, a free bus picks you up near the hotel.
5, Is there any night life?
There are Night clubs on a strip in the town. For the romantics, there are also a host of beautiful restaurants.
6, I hate getting up early to play pool especially with a hangover!
So that families have time to visit places, lay on the beach get over their hangover's during the day, we will not be starting any main event before 3pm, we will be trying to make it 5pm time permitting.
7, I just want to play pool all day, can I?
There will be flyer's on each day, also the pool tables will be on free-play all week.
8, Will it be live streaming?
Yes, we have streaming planned on the main match table.
9, Oct, won't it be cold then?
The average weather is generally between 64f and 70f for October.
10, Last year you guaranteed 10,500, will you be guaranteeing it again or does it depend on entrants?
Not only will we be GUARANTEEING the prize fund, we are actually INCREASING it to 15,000!
There will be 7,000 Euros up for grabs in the Open event.
A few extra things what we have planned to keep you entertained. There will be a welcome party night on the Sunday with music, also a going home party after the presentation on the Friday night.
The Sangria cup, a 5 a side football comp played on the beach between Countries.
A 100 yoyo a person comp for serious pool players, Challenge tables. A trip to the Nou camp, wine tasting etc etc.
We think we have everything covered.....but if you have any ideas that might enhance this Festival for the players, all suggestions will be appreciated.
As we have said before, this is a holiday for everyone, not just the pool player.
Our aim is to look after everybodys needs so that they have a truly great experience.
For all details, look at our website. Book Here & Full Details
If your answer is not there, then drop your question into the forums. The Forum
Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in sunny Spain!