Welcome To Pro9 - Europe\

  Create An Account Home  ·  Topics  ·  Stats  ·  Your Account  ·  Submit News  ·  Top 10 September 19, 2018  

  The Pro Shop

NEW: Buy 2 items (or more) and get a free upgrade to 1st Class UK postage.

57mm Snooker
2¼ inch Aramith

REVO Wipes
5 Pack

Cue Holder






Joint Protectors

Poison Cues
Cyanide 3-1

Poison Cues
Cyanide 3-2

Poison Cues
Cyanide 3-3

Poison Cues
Cyanide 3-4

Predator Roadline
Soft Case 4x8

Predator Sport 2
Stratos Wrap

Predator Sport 2
Stratos No Wrap

Kamui Roku
Order Now

Buffalo 6x12
Monster Cue Case

Instroke 4x8 Case
Soft-Side Leather

Power Rack
One 4 All

Perfect Practice
Darren Appleton

Now in Stock!
Molinari Gloves

Mezz MA-FK
Masse Cue

Molinari CHLK
Back in Stock!

Tip Fitting...
By Post!

Top Seller - Cue Care

Pro-Am Table

Professional Table

Everest Tip

Sniper Tip

Onyx Tip

Emerald Tip

IceBreaker2 J/B

New Predator
Ice2 Sport Wrap

New Predator
Ice2 Sport No Wrap

Kamui Snooker Tip
Original 11mm

Kamui Snooker Tip
Black 11mm

8K Series

314-3 Shaft

Z-3 Shaft

Brunswick Centennials
Precision balanced

Ballsak - Pro
Cue Ball Case

Ballsak - Sport
Cue Ball Case

Cue Ball Case

Predator P3 REVO
Burgundy RN / RW

Aramith Pro Cup
TV Ball Set

Weight Bolts

JP Caddy
with Carabiner Clip

Tip Protectors
For 12.75mm Ferrule

Hard Ball Case
2¼ inch balls

ANDY 988
Pool Table Cloth

ANDY 588
Pool Table Cloth

J&J 3x5 Cue Case
Kickstand and Wheels

New Predator Glove
Predator Second Skin

Tiger Glove
Tournament Series

Mezz Cue Towel
In Stock Now

ProShot Glove
In Stock Now

Alpha Hybrid Shaft

Acrylic Ball Marker
New Improved Design

Back in stock!

Mezz Case
6 Butts 10 Shafts

SP2 REVO Red 1
Predator Cues

SP2 REVO Red 2
Predator Cues

New from OB
DigiCue BLUE

Mezz TB-17
New Travel Bag

New OB Extension
Pre-Order Now!

Mezz SKR
Snooker Series

BK-Rush Sports Wrap

BK-Rush No Wrap

Chalk Pouch
Back in stock!

New Product
Jacoby Masse Cue

New Product
Mezz Pro Extension

New Jump Cue
Florian Kohler

New Cue Listed

Order NOW!
RB1 Limited Edition

New Range

New Bear
Break / Jump Cue

New Blak3 Series
Predator Blak3-1

New Blak3 Series
Predator Blak3-2

New Blak3 Series
Predator Blak3-3

New Blak3 Series
Predator Blak3-4

New Blak3 Series
Predato Predator Blak3-5

Billiard Ball Cleaner

Super Aramith
Pro Cup English

Billiard Ball Restorer

1 x Trinity Tip

25 x Trinity Tips

Junior Cues







Replacement Blade
Porper Cut Rite



Best Tip Tool
Big Shaver






Mezz GMC-35

Simonis 760
Orig. Worsted Blend

Mezz SA-14
Limited Edition

Simonis X-1
Now back in stock!

Balls Now In Stock
Duramith Tournament
Next Day Delivery

Cue Tips

Bullseye Bridge
For jumping too!

New Joss
"Color of Money"

Cue Weight Set

Masterpiece M9M7


UniLoc Joint

Available now!

Predator Sport2
Playing Cue

Throne 3

Maestro 1
Special Edition

Maestro 2
Special Edition

Predator BK3
Leather Wrap

Black Widow 3

Slippy Papers
Burnishing Film

Joint Protectors

Predator Revo
Buy One Now!

Lucasi LZD 6
Low Deflection

Smart Extension

The Pro Shop
Your Specialist

Mezz PRO Series
Customise your MI-3

Genuine Aramith
Tournament Champion

Aramith Premier
2 1/16 Snooker Set

Magic Ball Rack
2 racks for 9/10Ball

New - Predator
Silver Curve JPs

REVO Shaft Wipes
Order Now!

Predator Limited
20th Anniversary 2

Predator Limited
20th Anniversary 1

Balls and Case

Genuine Aramith
Glow-In-The-Dark Kit

Aramith Pro Cup
Spotted Cueballs


Magic Ball Rack
The PRO Set

NEW: Mezz
Pro Extension

The Wing Rack
Finally, it is back!

Uni-Loc Weights
Cartridge System

McDermott Case
4x7 H/S Hybrid

McDermott Case
2x3 H/S Hybrid

Mezz MO-23
Cue Case

Q Claw
Single Cue/Snooker

Mezz MTB-K
Travel Bag

Predator Case
Sport Hard 2x4 Yellow

Free Post in Europe!
Order now!

  Main Menu

2015 GB9 Southern Masters - Event Report
 Posted on Tuesday, November 17 2015 @ 22:32:23 UTCby admin
Including the Rasson Billiards Pro Cup & Challenge Cup

Park Inn by Radisson Hotel
Telford Centre
United Kingdom
www.gb9balltour.com - Live-Stream - Live-Score - Facebook - Twitter

Friday - Sunday 25/26/27 September August 2015

2015 GB9 Southern Masters Champion – Craig Osborne
Click the picture to view the full size photograph - use "back" to return here.


Osborne was eager to get off to a good start in this tournament, knowing that a good showing would go a long way to helping him secure the end of season #1 ranked status. Michael Beeston was the first to fall to Osborne’s sword, losing 9 racks to 4 and setting Osborne up to face Bob Harris in the next round. A 9-5 victory followed for Osborne as he made his way through to the winners qualifier round. Here he was to face the ever improving Mark Parker, but Parker’s best efforts didn’t quite cut it here. Osborne won through to the straight knockout last 16 with another 9-5 win. His opposition didn’t get any easier here, with Keighley’s Arfan Dad drawn to face him for a place in the quarters. Whilst the match went the distance, it was Osborne who was on the right end of the 9-8 scoreline and into the last 8 he went. Mark Gray, one of the tour’s most decorated players, was next to try and stop Osborne. He came agonisingly close but, once again, Osborne won a deciding rack thriller 9-8 to go through to the semi finals. Chris Cowie, returning to the tour after a long absence, was attempting to shock the field and snatch the British Grand Prix title as if from nowhere. Osborne had other ideas, however, and he stepped his game up a gear to win through to the final by 9 racks to 5.

Share this article on FaceBook

"Read More..." for further details!

2015 GB9 Southern Masters Champion – Craig Osborne
Click the picture to view the full size photograph - use "back" to return here.

Rhodes came flying out of the blocks in his opening match, hammering Gareth Pugh 9 racks to 1 before coming up against Terry Challenger in the next round. In a match that went the distance, Challenger pulled off one of the upsets of the season in defeating Rhodes by 9 racks to 8, sending Rhodes into the losers bracket and needing to pull off three consecutive victories to win his way into the last 16. Craig Seeney, Robin Cripps and Jon Davies all had shots to eliminate Rhodes from the competition, but consecutive 7-2 victories against all three players were enough to put Rhodes into the last 16. Here he was to face Stewart Colclough, another GB9 veteran capable of beating anyone on his day. Beating Rhodes wasn’t happening, however, and a 9-5 win saw Rhodes through to face Spain’s Juan Carlos Exposito. Exposito has become a consistent performer on tour since his joining, but the quest for a continental main event winner continues as Rhodes won through to the semi finals 9-2. Knowing that Osborne had also made it through to the semi finals, any mathematical hope of attaining the #1 ranked spot had gone. His battle against Alan Bell, therefore, was simply for a place in the British Grand Prix final – itself not a prize to be sniffed at of course. Whilst Bell had his best run in a tournament to date, it was to end at the hands of Rhodes – a 9-4 win put Rhodes into his second final of 2015.

Stoked from the knowledge that he was now the new British #1, Osborne was going to take some stopping in the final. Even a player of Rhodes’ quality was helpless in the final, with four break and runs helping Osborne to secure his second main event title of the season after May’s Paul Medati Trophy. Rhodes finishes the season safely as the British #2, a stat all the more impressive having only played four of the five events this season. It was fitting that the best two players in the 2015 season were the ones to contest the final major of the season, and GB9 extends its congratulations to both on an excellent season.

2015 Rasson Billiards Pro Cup III Champion – Mark Gray
Click the picture to view the full size photograph - use "back" to return here.


The final Pro Cup of 2015 was contested by Mark Gray and Chris Hall, with both players keen to take home their first piece of silverware of the season at the final opportunity.

Gray first came up against the returning Chris Cowie in the last 16. Gray wasted no time in going through to the winners qualifiying round with a swift 10-2 win. Little did he know he’d face him again in the final later, but Chris Hall was next in line to take on Gray. The relentless form from the opening round continued for Gray, and another 10-2 win saw him safely through to the last 8 where he was to face Ashik Nathwani. Whilst it has been a relatively successful season for Nathwani, it was to end here – a brave 10-6 defeat saw Gray win through to face the newly crowned British Grand Prix winner and British #1 Craig Osborne. Whilst Osborne wasn’t ready to go off and celebrate his new status just yet, Gray made sure he could – a well earned 10-8 win put Gray through to the final.

Hall opened his account with a very gritty victory over Cornishman Robin Cripps. A dogged effort from both saw the match go the distance, with Hall on the right end of the 10-9 scoreline. His next match was the 2-10 reverse against Gray, so a losers bracket qualifier match against Kettering’s Dave Evans was next up. Keen to get back on track, he wasted no time in dispatching of Evans 10-3 to put himself into the last 8. Kevin Uzzell was next up to face Hall, but again Hall’s solid form continued. A 10-4 win secured his place in the semis to face British Grand Prix finalist and defending Northern Masters champion Michael Rhodes. Rhodes wanted to take home a piece of silverware saying ‘winner’ rather than ‘finalist’, but Hall made sure he wasn’t going to. 10-8 was the result in favour of Hall, and the final awaited the Yorkshireman.

Both players were playing solid pool coming into the final, and the final was too close to call on paper. In reality, however, Gray found an extra gear to pull away. The result was 11-5 in his favour, and 2013’s British #1 ensured that he took home the final Pro Cup of 2015.


For the first time since the opening weekend of the season, the entry levels determined that the Challenge division would split into two groups. In light of this, the Tier I final was contested between two very long standing players in GB9 ranks, Al Coton and Benji Buckley.

2013 UPC 9-Ball champion Buckley was in with a shout of finishing the season’s Challenge rankings in the #1 spot, and therefore wasted little time in his last 32 match with Adam Collins. Buckley won through to the last 16 with a 9-4 win, with Andy Worthington next in line to take him on. Worthington couldn’t consolidate on his solid season to date, and a match up with Arfan Dad. With Dave Nelson already out of the competition – Nelson being the only other player who could have pipped the pair of the to the #1 spot – Dad knew he was mathematically safe at the top of the standings. It was just as well, as Buckley duly defeated Dad 9-7 to continue his quest for Challenge Cup glory. His semi final opponent, Terry Challenger, was aiming to make his first ever GB9 final. The wait was to continue, however, as Buckley won through to the final 9 racks to 6.

Al Coton, a GB9 player from the very first season (ANDY CAN YOU CONFIRM THIS??), was also looking at finishing the 2015 season on a high note. Mark Parker was first up to challenge Coton, but a 9-4 win saw Coton through to the last 16 to face another returning player in the form of Neil Margossian. With two highly respected players battling it out, it was hard to want a loser. Alas, there had to be one, and that loser was Margossian – Coton won a tight encounter 9-7 to go through to the quarter finals. Here he was to face Scottish hotshot Chris Fraser, another player safely in the top 10 of the Challenge rankings. Another tight battle followed, but again a 9-7 win saw Coton through to the semi finals to face anoher top 10 Challenge player in the form of Kev Simpson. Both were keen to make it to the final, but only Coton got the required victory. 9-5 was the scoreline, and Coton was the finalist.

Whilst only a small handful of ranking places separating the two going into the final, a close game was to be expected. Buckley, however, had other ideas. A dominant performance saw Buckley come out on top a 9-2 winner, taking home his second Challenge Cup title of the season.


Two of the newer names on the GB 9 Ball Tour – Martyn Taylor and Darren Raine – battled their way through to the Tier II final in the Challenge Cup, with both keen on ending the season with some silverware to their name.

Taylor began his quest for glory with a 9-5 victory over Welshman Terry Davies, a victory that took Taylor through to the last 16 to face Ben George. A close game followed but Taylor remained on the right end of the result. 9-7 was the score in favour of Taylor, and a quarter final match-up with Michael Beeston was to follow. Knowing he was two victories away from the final, Taylor stepped things up a gear. A crush 9-1 win saw Taylor into the semi finals, where tour veteran Mark Hughes was waiting to challenge taylor. A terrific and close game followed, with Taylor winding up on the right side of the hill in a 9-8 win.

Raine began his journey towards the final with a last 32 match against Steve Chick. A well earned 9-7 victory put Raine into the last 16 where he was due to face Andrew Carter. A more convincing performance from Raine saw him safely through to the quarter finals, a 9-3 win being more than enough to secure a spot in the last 8. His opponent there was Jack Triggs, and a tense affair then followed. Raine made it over the hill with a 9-8 win and set up a semi final with Kevin Taylor. It was a case of four different matches and four different margins of victory, with Raine defeating Taylor 9 racks to 5 to put him into the final against another Taylor.

Beating one Taylor was one thing for Raine, but beating a second was a step too far. Martyn Taylor finished the season with silverware in his hand, defeating Raine by 9 racks to 5 to end a successful debut season on GB9.

Click the image to view the larger poster - use "back" to return here.


With memories of the last event of the 2015 season fresh in our minds there is no rest for the GB9 committee as we prepare to announce confirmed dates and details of our 2016 season.

If you are a member of the tour or a member of our extensive mailing list then check your inboxes in the next couple of days for everything you need to know.

We are taking entries now so don’t delay and get your application form in and pay your £75 deposit now to secure your spot on the ‘Toughest National Tour on the Planet’!!


In 2015 GB9 is proudly sponsored by Rasson Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Aramith Billiard Balls and Carlson Rezidor Hotels making the perfect combination of the very best equipment in the most outstanding venues.

Visit the official website www.gb9balltour.com for more details.
Click the image to view the larger poster - use "back" to return here.

Enjoy the article? Now try this...

View Pro9's front page!

Chat about this article in our forums.

Visit The Pro Shop to see new cues and gadgets.

Check out the Pro9.co.uk calendar for details of more events.




"2015 GB9 Southern Masters - Event Report" | Login/Create Account | 0 comments
The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.

PRO9 has established an outstanding reputation as Europe's No.1 source for information on American Pool in the UK and Europe.

Upcoming tournament details, prompt match reporting, exclusive images by talented photographers, superb articles by expert pundits, active pool related forums, player profiles and a very sophisticated membership - basically, an incredible information resource for the American style game in Europe.

Since it launched, PRO9 has become compulsory reading, not just for the UK's pool players, but to hundreds and thousands of pool obsessives from around the world every single day.

PRO9's members range from professional pool players, cue-sports enthusiasts, club managers, tournament organisers, pool fans and aficionados, as well as various "movers and shakers" in the cue-sports field, including entrepreneurs in the wholesale and retail sector, as well as magazine editors and television sports promoters.

Growing more and more popular every single year, PRO9 is the best placed vehicle for the promotion of your pool club, billiards brand, associated products, services and opportunities in the truly massive pan-European billiard market.

If you're reading this, you should check out www.Pro9.co.uk for yourself!

Please use these logos and text in your links to www.Pro9.co.uk - thank you.

Forum rules: No advertising, no links to businesses/shops/eBay, no swearing, respect our sponsors and each other, no hate!

Flag Counter
Flag counter installed Monday 11 November 2013

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest 2006/2007 by Big Dave at Pro9.co.uk.

This web site was made with myPHPNuke, a web portal system written in PHP.
myPHPNuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.

I didn't think anyone read this bit down here!!!

You can syndicate our news using the file
backend.php or ultramode.txt


Page took 0.025793 seconds to load.