(Blackball) English 8-Ball - 2016 IPA World Series (Ireland & S.Africa qualifying)
20th & 21st February 2016 / 147 Sportsbar, Leeds, England
WHO BOOKED THEIR FLIGHTS?
The latest set of professional and amateur qualifiers for the IPA's inaugural and ground breaking World Series was decided this past weekend in Leeds.
To learn more about the series, and last month's qualification for Malta and Gibraltar, please visit here.
Places for the Southern Ireland leg of the tour would be confirmed on the Saturday.
In the pro division, Marc Farnsworth and Clint I'Anson went unbeaten to go through, whilst Jordan Shepherd and Dan Davy emerged from the one loss side in this double elimination set-play format. This quartet will square off for the title in Ireland in mid-November.
In the amateur section, Steve Thompson survived the course to take the top honours. He remained unscathed throughout, beating losers side qualifier Chris Bowron (for the second time in the day) 2-0 in the first final. His reward (like all amateur winners) will be to line up with the pros in the team challenge and compete in the other events on that weekend in Ireland.
Sunday's action would decide who would be flying out to South Africa for the beginning of September. Both sections would race in a frames format on this occasion.
Jack Whelan, Harry Irwin, Craig Marsh and Farnsworth (who did the weekend double) were successful in the higher tier. Craig and Mark were the 100% players.
Bowron made up for his disappointment of the day before by securing a berth for the longest haul date of the series.
He too went through the winners side untouched, ousting Connor Jones in the first final 6-5 to become the amateur champion.
For more information and full results, please visit the IPA website here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 26th February 2016