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2016 London Opens


The London Opens 2016 were held on the following dates...


Sat 3rd December - Ladies (won by Natasha France) & Seniors (won by Glen Tingley)
Sun 4th December - Juniors (won by Chris Panayiotou)
Sunday 11th December - Main Open (won by Dave Fernandez)



Reports from the 2015 Opens




London play Inter-County pool in Region 7 of the EPA, which includes Berkshire, Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, and Sussex.


There are 5 teams: Men's A, B and C, Ladies, and Juniors (U18), each of which plays the other counties home and away, once a month on Sundays, for the title of Regional Champions. The Regional winners (and from 2011 also the runners-up) go to Great Yarmouth in the spring of the following year to compete for the National Title.


London are current National Champions in the A section, and in 2010 we not only did the A and B team double but also our Juniors were National runners-up!


We conduct trials for new players in January of each year.




2012 County Fixtures & Results
(with links to reports where available)
2011 County Results
(with links to reports where available)


Inter-County Forums
 

Inter-County News Articles


R7 Inter-County pages
(for tables, rankings & other results)

EPA R7 Inter-County pages:
Adults, Juniors



 
National Honours
 
Inter-County Archive



CURRENT SEASON 2012



GLCPA organises the London Inter-League competitions, in which affiliated leagues put forward one or more teams to compete against each for 2 London titles: the Interleague Champions and the Interleague Knockout Cup Champions.


The winners and runners-up of each of these competitions go to Great Yarmouth to compete for the National titles (in the Autumn for the KO Cup and in the following spring for the Interleague trophy), and also compete in a Regional Inter-League challenge cup against Inter-League winners from the other counties in Region 7.




2012 Interleague
 
Inter-League Archive


Inter-League Forums
 

Inter-League News Articles


GLCPA Interleague Rules
GLCPA Interleague Winners




National Honours




The starting points for most pool players looking to develop their game, or just have fun playing it in a competitive environment, are the many local leagues being played in pubs and clubs across London.


If you are looking for such a league in your area, check out the "Affiliated Leagues" link below. If there isn't a league local to you in that list please feel free to get in touch with GLCPA, or post a question in our forums.


Leagues themselves are encouraged to affilate to Greater London County Pool Association. This brings many benefits including:


  • Entry into the National Champion of Champions competitions

    for the league winners and singles winners
  • Entry into the London Interleague competition

    for a team (or teams) representing the league. They play teams representing other leagues in London, for the chance to go forward to the National Interleague competition.
  • Support and advice

    regarding for example Rules and matters of a Disciplinary or Organisational nature.
  • Individual benefits

    players in the league become eligible to register, through GLCPA, with the national governing body the EPA. They can then trial for one of the County sides (Men/Ladies/Juniors) which in turn opens the possibility of earning a trial for the England squad.


    They can also enter individual events such as the Region 7 Tour, other national competitions which are restricted to EPA members (including the National Individual Amateur competition), and they become eligible for other events closed to GLCPA members such as our Singles Leagues and World Masters qualifier.


There is a great deal more information on all the above in the "Benefits of Affiliating" document linked to below.


If your league does not currently affiliate to GLCPA, but you'd like them to take advantage of the opportunities listed above, please put it to your league's committee and ask them to have a look at this page and/or get in touch.




Currently Affiliated Leagues
(web links for all current GLCPA leagues)
Benefits of Affiliating
(PDF with full details of affiliation


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LATEST MATCH REPORTS...


London Ladies vs Hampshire (Match Report) 09/04

Inter CountyAfter a great match the previous month the London ladies were well motivated to come up against an opponent which had in previous years brought games which had gone down to the wire. Hampshire had lost a few players since last season but rumour had it they had added some tremendous talent to their squad making them a very strong side indeed.

The London ladies made a slightly rocky start, being slightly apprehensive of this New Hampshire side and what they could bring to the table. But we had one job to do and we were dedicated, we had just managed to win 6-5.
After some gained confidence in the second set the London ladies all got their heads down and played each frame shot by shot and made sure they secured those crucial frames that were needed. We had gone on to win the second set 8-3 making the score line 14-8.

Now pulling well ahead the third set only meant one thing which was to secure the game, we had won the first 5 frames in that set. The London ladies were on fire and it was great to witness! Game quality had never been better and we were completely focused and motivated. We came to win the third set 7-4 with a total of 21-12.

The last set saw pretty much the same as the third. Games were secured and the job was completed. The girls came together and acknowledge their performance as being one of the best which was much needed against this strong Hampshire side. Always a pleasure to play Hampshire but nothing could stop our girls on this day.

Tremendous game quality was witnesses with a feeling of great team spirit, the London ladies had finally come together and bonded like never before and this carried us all the way through this match to a victory.

Everyone is looking forward to our next challenge which will be Surrey at home

Match Report Berkshire HOME 12/03/2017

Inter CountyAfter missing out last month the girls were ready to perform and eager to secure as many frames as possible to ensure a top position at the end of the season. After our team talk morale was high and we were ready to play.

The first set was bound to only go one way with high determination and the high standard expected from the girls moving forward. We won our first set 10-1 which was a sign of things to come!. Berkshire were aware they were coming up against a highly motivated side and changed to a more tactical approach to their frames bringing the second set back slightly but with London winning 7-4.

After being able to slow us down slightly with the game total now at 17-5 the ladies were keen to get over the finishing line and went on to smash the next again 10-1. With the match now at 27-6 the last set was about securing those frames.

The last set saw the match finish at 35-9 which was a great and much needed victory for London Ladies. Lucy Nettleingham was appointed Player of the match with not only securing 100% of her games but doing so in style with an amazing clearance in the last set showing just what our players are capable of.

Looking forward to a hard match next month against Hampshire on 9th April – the girls are well practised and ready to pursue another victory on our belt.

London Seniors 2017 vs Sussex and Berkeshire

Inter CountyThe London Seniors have got off to a slow start losing their first two matches in this years campaign against Sussex and Berkshire.

Sussex was particularly disappointing as after a shaky start, the London old boys found themselves the wrong side of 12-8 going into the final set. A fantastic rally saw them level to only to fall at the final hurdle :(
Well done however to Phillip Woollery getting 3 frames on his county debut and Rupert Ward with a solid 4/5

Final score Sussex 13 - London 12 - played 26th Feb 2017

stats

Paul Gafa Won 0/2
Pete Thomas Won 2/5
Jerry Tickell Won 2/3
Glen Tingley Won 1/5
Rupert Ward Won 4/5
Phillip Woollery Won 3/5


The Londoners were always struggling match against an impressive Berkshire squad and we quickly floundered in the first set losing 4-1.

From then on it was always catch up and against a solid team, who would admit they had some run, the London boys were never in contention.

Final score Berkshire 15 - London 10 - played 12th March 2017

stats

Darren Baker 2/5
Rupert Ward 2/5
Glen Tingley 2/3
Phillip Woollery 1/3
Paul Gafa 1/2
Pete Thomas 2/2
Jerry Tickell 0/5

Some of you may have noticed we have a great squad this year with two current London A team players (Jerry and Rupe) and 2 previous A team regulars (Glen and Darren) it would be fair to say we haven't performed as the talent suggests. The standard of senior county pool has been going up year on year, so nothing is going to come easy but I'm sure the London Seniors will have a few wins coming their way before the year is out.



London Ladies vs Sussex (Match Report) 26/02

Inter CountyThe first set saw the matches’ spilt fairly evenly. Losing out to win the set just by 6/5. First impressions after our first set was that this was not the same Sussex side we had encountered last season. Some great additions to their team meant the pressure was on and Sussex were certainly hungry for it to beat last year’s region winners. The next set saw a lot of close blackball games with Sussex taking the edge in most of those winning 7/4.

The pressure was on London ladies who were falling slightly behind this strong Sussex side, and although we battled hard over the next two sets we could only gain the 4 wins in each. The girls battled hard to the end trying to secure as many frames as possible.

The London ladies came away disappointed but with a fire in their belly to practice and come back stronger. Our player of the match by no doubt was Angela Hobbs. Coming up against some great players, holding her nerve and playing each match with team shots and securing frames. Winning 2/4 with some unlucky defeats but never giving up at all and bringing the noise and support to everyone’s games made her the clear choice.

Kent C 20 -24 London C (11th Sept 2016)

Inter CountyTop of the region clash meant this could seal the fate of the eventual winner, and London did not disappoint with a 24 to 20 win. As usual versus Kent this was going to be a close match and that it was London leading by only two frames at the end of the second set. Kent won set 3 by one frame to go one frame behind in the final set, but London stayed focused in the final set to take the match 24 � 20.
Man of the match goes to Ross, Matt and Carl for a great performance, sell done guys.

Kent C (Home) v London C Match synopsis

Set 1: Kent C 5 - 6 London C
Set 2: Kent C 5 � 6 London C
Set 3: Kent C 6 � 5 London C
Set 4: Kent C 4 � 7 London C

Olly Lawrence 2/4
Ross Dawkes 3/4
Matt Holroyd 3/4
Dave Hall 1/4
Dean Daley 3/4
Carl Speller 3/4
Paul Dawson 1/4
Peter Panayiotou 2/4
Kulvinder Bath 1/4
Pete Thomas 3/4
Glen Hargreaves 2/4

London C 28 -16 Hampshire C (15th Oct 2016)

Inter CountyA win at our Last home match of the season could mean the London C county team could win the region for the first time ever with a match to go (depending on other results), so every endeavour was taken to get as many players to show up; this is exactly what the team did. It has to be said that Hampshire have suffered this season with losing some players and so were severely depleted, having said that this was no easy game and we still had to win our frames. We started tentatively only scraping the first set 6 -5, then we woke up and stormed ahead winning the next set 8-3. Hampshire came back at us in the third set but we still took the set 6-5. With leading 20-13 we only needed another three frames but we had the combined trophy to think of so won with an empathic 8-3 in the final set to win the match 28-16.

Man of the match has to go to Peter Pan who ended the fairy tale season winning region 7 with a match to go, also a big shout out to Kieran and Dan for getting 4/4

London C (Home) v Hampshire C Match synopsis
Set 1 London C 6-5 Hampshire C
Set 2 London C 8-3 Hampshire C
Set 3 London C 6-5 Hampshire C
Set 4 London C 8- 3Hampshire C

Stats
Ross Dawkes 2/4
Olly Lawrence 2/4
Pete Thomas 2/4
Matt Holroyd 2/4
Dave Hall 3/4
Shane O'Reilly 1/4
Kieran Osbourne 4/4
Glen Hargreaves 2/4
Kulvinder Bath 2/4
Dan Heinink 4/4
Peter Panayiotou 4/4

London Seniors vs Kent - September 11th

Inter CountyThe London seniors were unable to build upon the previous win this time losing at the Kent venue to a solid home team.

The Kent conditions were not ideal with poor lighting and ultra fast Simoniz table clothes, however we all need to be able to deal with this kind of adversity in order to go one better than our competitors.

Despite these conditions the London team were always in contention though-out.

After the second set the score was 5-5 and 8-7 adrift after the the third.

After the fourth set we were still within 2 frames at 11 - 9 down but we were unable to come through falling foul of a 4-1 last set defeat to leave the final score a loss at 15 - 10

The London seniors still showing a massive improvement since our poor start at the beginning of year.

Man of the match again goes to Rupert Ward for another 4/5 for an excellent example of the kind of consistency needed for County Pool.


Stats

Paul Dawson 0/3
Paul Gafa 1/5
George Hutchinson 1/2
Martin Storey 1/5
Pete Thomas 3/5
Rupert Ward 4/5

KENT A 22 V 22 LONDON A

Inter CountyOne that got away ?

We took a 4 v 1 lead in the opening set only for Kent to battle back to 6 v 5. The second set was nip and tuck with Kent shading it 5 v 6. 11 v 11 at half time.

We pulled 3 frames clear at 15 v 12 but Kent fought back again, 17 v 16 going into the final set. We now pulled 5 frames clear at 22 v 16 but remarkably Kent came right back at us once again, taking the last 6 frames for the draw!

Two points dropped for sure but with Surrey beating Berkshire this may on reflection turn out to be a crucial point gained as we're now back in with a realistic chance of defending our regional title.

Good 3 out of 4's for Dave Fernandez, Dave Rawlinson, Alex Lawrence, Chris Hobbis and Jack Pople. Dave Rawlinson gets the nod for Man of the Match having made the journey at very short notice and playing some really good stuff to keep the match tilted in our favour around half time when it could so easily have swung Kent's way.

Stats:

Dave Fernandez 3/4
Dave Rawlinson 3/4
Alex Lawrence 3/4
Chris Hobbis 3/4
Nigel Clarke 2/4
Nigel Smith 1/4
Jack Pople 3/4
Jerry Tickell 0/4
Robbie Robb 0/4
Andy Breen 2/4
Rupert Ward 2/4

SUSSEX A 19 V 25 LONDON A

Inter CountyA really good away win and our best score line of the season so far.

We shaded the first set 6 v 5 having trailed 1 v 5! The second set was much better, we won that one 8 v 3 for a 14 v 8 half time lead. Sussex never looked like recovering the deficit and we traded frames in the third (lost 5 v 6) and fourth (won 6 v 5) sets to run out comfortable winners, Rupe securing the points with 6 frames to spare.

Good 3 out of 4's for Joe Prince, Jerry Tickell and Jordan O'Connor and excellent 4 out of 4's for Dave Fernandez and Rupert Ward (both with a little good fortune thrown in), Man of the Match on this occasion going to Dave, opening for us for the first time and generally making the game look very easy.

Stats:

Dave Fernandez 4/4
Dave Rawlinson 2/4
Alex Lawrence 1/4
Chris Hobbis 2/4
Joe Prince 3/4
Nigel Smith 0/4
Jack Pople 1/4
Jerry Tickell 3/4
Robbie Robb 2/4
Jordan O'Connor 3/4
Rupert Ward 4/4

Sussex C 20 - 24 London C (14th August 2016)

Inter CountyWe had to win for London to stay in contention, and with a lot of absentees this was going to be difficult to win and also to manage. We had to beg borrow and steal players from the seniors and the Boys and they did us proud, but this meant there was a fair bit of disruption.

We led from the start and managed to stay ahead despite a late surge by Sussex in the last set to Win 24 20, and with the added news that Kent beat Surrey it meant that London C team was again at the top. Now can we stay on top by beating current 2nd place Kent this Sunday Lets hope so.

Stella performance from all the team, and a special welcome to Man of the match Carl Speller who returns confidently with a 3/4 including a break dish.

Sussex C (Home) v London C Match synopsis

Set 1: Sussex C 4 7 London C
Set 2: Sussex C 3 - 8 London C
Set 3: Sussex C 6 - 5 London C
Set 4: Sussex C 7 - 4 London C

Stats

Jordan Kennedy 3/4
Pete Thomas 2/4
Jasper Bacon 0/1
Dave Hall 2/4
Olly Lawrence 3/4
Carl Speller 3/4
Chris Pan 1/4
Peter Panayiotou 3/4
Kulvinder Bath 1/4
Dan Heinink 3/4
Kieran Osbourne 2/4
Jeremy Ruffer 1/3

London C 21 -23 Surrey C (10th July 2016)

Inter CountyThis was a must win match for Surrey to stay in the running for the title and they certainly put on a great performance winning to win at 23 -21, placing them in top spot, but could they hold on to it? Very close match but they just pipped us to the finish line. Boy of the match was Jasper.

London C (Home) v Surrey C Match synopsis

Set 1 London C 5 - 6 Surrey C
Set 2 London C 5- 6 Surrey C
Set 3 London C 7 - 4 Surrey C
Set 4 London C 5 6 Surrey C

Stats

Dean Daley 1/4
Bruno Silva 2/4
Glen Hargreaves 3/4
Dan Heinink 2/4
Matt Holroyd 1/4
Jasper Bacon 4/4
Shane O'Reilly 0/4
Jordan Kennedy 1/4
Steve Burke 1/4
Kulvinder Bath 3/4
Peter Panayiotou 3/4
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