Year of 9-Ball Continues with World Pool Masters Draw
For the last few years British players have been winning a lot of title on the World 9-ball scene, Darren Appleton, Chris Melling, Karl Boyes, Mark Gray and Daryl Peach mentioning just five. But major events being held in the UK have been limited, until 2014 that is with the 3 major Matchroom Sport events all taking place on British shores.
In September we have the World Cup of Pool, won by England’s Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes and now into November we have the World Pool Masters being held in Nottingham.
This will be followed by the biggest of the lot, The Mosconi Cup, being held in Blackpool in December giving the UK it’s biggest dose of professional pool since the World 9-Ball Championships were held in Cardiff in the early noughties.
Some of this may be Matchroom – The promoters of all three of these events – looking at ways of saving there own costs as they are of course UK based but some of it will be the multiple titles won by British players on the world stage and giving them something back in front of their own fans.
Draw Now Released
As I said above the World Pool Masters takes place in Nottingham this year and runs from the 14th-16th November at the Portland Centre. Four English players are participating in this years event and they are Darren Appleton, Karl Boyes, Chris Melling and Mark Gray. They are joined by some top talent from across the globe.
The first round draw is as follows (Seeds in brackets):
- Niels Feijen (1) v Daniele Corrieri
- Karol Skowerski (8) v Wang Can
- Thorsten Hohmann (5) v Nikos Ekonomopoulos
- Darren Appleton (4) v Alex Pagulayan
- Dennis Orcollo (3) v Chris Melling
- Karl Boyes (6) v Waleed Majid
- Mika Immonen (7) v Mark Gray
- Shane van Boening (2) v James Giorgiadis
Although it is great to receive a seeded place I personally don’t think they are going to make much difference to the outcome this year with each of the seeded players also very capable of winning the event overall.
The event will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK but will not be live.