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Stars Shine Bright in Telford as International Players Battle at UK Open

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Date: Saturday, August 05 2017 @ 10:10:58 BST
Topic: GB9



2017 GB9 UK OPEN
Including The Challenge Cup (III) Tier 1 and Tier 2

Park Inn by Radisson Hotel
Forgegate
Telford Centre
Shropshire
TF3 4NA
United Kingdom
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Friday - Sunday 4/5/6 August 2017


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UK Open attracts International Superstars to Telford
Souquet, Feijen, Filler and Alcaide join British Champions Boyes, Peach, Majid and Shaw - free live stream

Watch the free live stream today from Telford and view the new style brackets from the 2017 updated GB 9 Ball Tour website here... www.gb9balltour.com/...UKOpenGrid.pdf

Today’s action saw play down to the Winners Qualification round, with a host of top names making safe passage through the winners bracket. One of those players was David Alcaide, who had arguably the toughest opening round match against former Eurotour champion Wojciech Tradjos. David imposed his authority in the match right from the word go, progressing with safety 10 racks to 2. David followed that up with a win over Jordan Turner to the same score line to progress safely through.

Defending UK Open Champion, Niels Feijen, began the defence of his title by carefully progressing through to the qualification round. With Mosconi Cup ranking points on offer at this event, Niels will be looking to go deep and started his warfare with a comfortable 10-4 victory over Craig Seeney. Daniel Wells was next in Niels’ path and with a similar performance progressed with a 10-5 score line.

UK ranked number 1, Craig Osborne, will have to do it the hard way and battle his way through the loser’s bracket after a surprise defeat to Stewart Colclough. An in form Colclough, who has risen through the ranking list and currently sits at number 4, would have seen this as an opportunity to stamp his authority on the tournament, and after a hill-hill victory against Alan Bell in his first round match, shifted up the gears to progress to the qualification match.

Team Europe veteran Ralf Souquet has returned to the UK Open for the second time, after his runners up place in the 2013 Midlands Classic. Ralf has signalled his intentions to go all the way in this event, progressing to the qualification match at the expense of just a solitary rack. First up was Wales’ John Davies, returning to the tour after standing down at the end of last season. John’s return wasn’t to be a happy one as he was on the wrong end of a bagel by Europe’s most decorated Mosconi Cup representative. Steve Chick was to feel the wrath of Ralf in the next match, only managing a single rack as Ralf progressed 10 racks to 1.



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2003 World Champion Daryl Peach will be playing his qualification match on Saturday afternoon as two victories saw him safely through. His first round match was a rather one sided affair, with Barry French only managing to secure two racks against a dominant Daryl in a 10-2 victory. His next match couldn’t have been any different,

Mark Gray, winner of 3 GB9 events in 2016, is also safely through to the winners qualification match. Mark faced Pia Blaeser in the first round match, one of 6 female players attending the UK Open this year – a record number of females at a GB9 event. Mark played solid pool and progressed against Pia 10 racks to 5. Mark then played Andy Worthington in his next match, stepping through the gears to emerge 10-1 winner.

Play continues with the losers bracket matches at 9am on Saturday morning, with winners matches resuming at 2pm. You can see live action on the live stream at http://www.gb9balltour.com/livestream, follow the live scoring service at http://www.gb9balltour.com/livescoring/ts/tables.htm or see the full draw at http://www.gb9balltour.com/livescoring/documents/UKOpenGrid.pdf

The 2017 UK Open offers a guaranteed prize fund of £11,500, with Mosconi Cup ranking points on offer for all players reaching the single elimination stages.

In 2017 GB9 is proudly sponsored by Rasson Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Aramith Billiard Balls, McDermott Cues and Carlson Rezidor Hotels making the perfect combination of the very best equipment in the most outstanding venues.


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