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EPA Pool Tour - 2019

 

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EPA Pool Tour 2019
Tour 1 Winner - Josh Kane
 
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EPA Pool Tour 2019
Challenge 1 Winner - Max Nosko
 

Report

The inaugural EPA Pool Tour saw something of an old guard versus new in terms of EPA players. Lee Kendall, veteran of the EPA scene with decades of experience at the top flight, numerous titles to his name and Captain of the England Pool team, taking on Josh Kane, the relative new kid on the block who was hungry for his first tour title. Kane is no stranger to success, having first made his mark back in 2017 when he picked up the World Master's title. His opponent on that occasion was none other than Lee Kendall, an ominous sign for this match perhaps?

Both players had made their way through some tough matches to get to the final. Kendall had defeated his England teammate Shane Thompson in the semi final and taken out the inform Josh Corkett in the quarters, who was coming off the back of a great win against Phil Harrison in the previous round.

Kane managed to edge a tight game against the ever consistent and tough to beat D'Imperio in the last 16, setting up a tie against England's Alex Lawrence in the quarters. This was a more comfortable affair with a 7-4 victory setting up a semi final against Dom Cooney. With neither player having reached a tour final previously, the stakes were high and so ensued a tight game that saw Kane managing to stay ahead but not pull away from Cooney. This set up a tense decider and left Cooney with an opportunity to take the match that he'll no doubt rue. Kane, however, grasped his chance and booked his place in the final.

The first frame of the final saw opportunities passed up for both players, but Kane managed to knock in a confident long final ball to take the frame. This seemingly settled his nerves and he quickly got into his stride, establishing a 4-1 lead. A rare miss on the black from Kane saw Kendall picking up the next frame but Kane lost no time in making amends for this and made the most of his next 4 chances to take the match with a convincing 8-2 score line.

TOUR RESULTS

FINAL JOSH KANE [8] LEE KENDALL [2]
SEMIS Dom Cooney [8-7] Shane Thompson [8-4]
QUARTERS Alex Lawrence [7-4] Josh Corkett [7-3]
LAST 16 Giuseppe D'Imperio [7-6] Ryan Bodsworth [7-0]
LAST 32 Lakesh Badhan [7-4] Dane Jones [7-2]
LAST 64 Gurvinder Gill [7-5] John Egan [7-3]
LAST 128 Paul Kelly [7-0] David Bowen [7-0]

As draws go it's safe to sat they don't come much tougher than Max Nosko's draw in the Challenge event. 12 of the tours top players are excluded from this event as they play in the Premier League, so drawing the reigning World Champion, Mick Hill, and the reigning World Masters Champion, Callum Singleton, is quite unfortunate! This, however, did not faze Bristol's Max Nosko, who rose to the challenge, sneaking a 5-4 victory against Singleton after having been 4-2 behind, and then convincingly despatching of Hill, 5-2. This was in addition to having notched up convincing wins against England player Alex Lawrence, who had reached the quarters of the tour that day, and a 5-2 win against GMC's Matthew Evans. Nosko got the opportunity in the quarter finals for a little revenge against Dom Cooney, who had despatched him from the tour the previous day in the last 16 stage. This time it was Nosko who was victorious with a convincing 5-1 victory.

On the other side of the draw, Danny Davies was quietly going about his business notching up steady wins with no one managing to take him to a decider. His toughest match came at the semi final stage where he faced England player and tour 1 semi-finalist, Shane Thompson. It was to be another semi-final exit for Thompson, who was clearly in fine form this weekend with two great runs.

The final saw Nosko put on a near flawless display, notching up a 6-1 victory in only 25 minutes. Davies will have very little to look back on and wonder what he could have done differently with Nosko in such a determined mood.

CHALLENGE RESULTS

FINAL MAX NOSKO [6] DANNY DAVIES [1]
SEMIS Mick Hill [5-2] Shane Thompson [5-3]
QUARTERS Dom Cooney [5-1] Sophie Gibbs-Nicholls [5-1]
LAST 16 Callum Singleton [5-4] Jonathan Reeves [5-2]
LAST 32 Matthew Evans [5-2] John Egan [5-3]
LAST 64 Alex Lawrence [5-1] Yasser Hussain [5-2]
LAST 128 Mike Larkins [4-1]

 

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