NPO Danfords Motor Auction (Stoke) Ltd to sponsor Newport Pool Open


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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012


· Railway Tavern to back Newport Ladies’ Open competition
· Shakespeare set to support Newport Doubles Open

NEWPORT (Shropshire): Danfords Motor Auction (Stoke) Ltd. is the new sponsor of the 2012 Newport Pool Open.

Budget cuts forced brewer Molson Coors to end their five-year association with the competition and the new Stoke-on-Trent-based car auction, run by former Railway Tavern landlord and pool player Ian Roberts, has stepped into the breach.

Roberts was given the final go-ahead for this exciting new venture – the only auction site of its kind between Telford and Manchester – this week and the target market fits nicely with the scope of the pool competition.

“It was a natural association for us,” enthused Roberts. “Hopefully it will help us spread the word of the new car auction site as well as supporting a competition that I have played in and supported as a publican since it started.”

Under the new management of Jon Auliffe, the Railway Tavern has become the title sponsor of the Newport Ladies’ Pool Open. The association means that all matches in the ladies’ competition, with the exception of the final, will be played at the Upper Bar venue.

The Shakespeare is the official title sponsor of the 2012 Newport Doubles Open and all first, second and third round doubles matches will be played at the Newport Upper Bar venue.

Entries for all three competitions open at the end of May and will close on Sunday, July 8th, with flyers and entry forms now being sent out to numerous pool-playing clubs and public houses in the Newport, Woodseaves, Hinstock, Market Drayton, Stafford, Norbury, Gnosall and surrounding areas. Anyone can enter provided that home matches are played within a six-mile radius of Newport.

The Newport Pool League has been a resounding success once again this season with a capacity 16 teams and tournament promoter Neil Perkins is hopeful that most registered players will support the singles, doubles and women’s competitions, in addition to new players and individuals who have not played league pool this year.

Rules are the same as previous years and the final prize fund will depend upon numbers entering each competition.

Entry for the 2012 Danfords Motor Auction Newport Open will be £10. £10 per pair will be payable for the Shakespeare Newport Doubles Open and £5 per player for the Railway Tavern Newport Women’s Open.

The draw for first round matches will be made on Monday, July 9th and there will be around 18 days for each round of matches to be completed. Each game will be played over the best of five frames to old English pool rules.

Home drawn players will again be permitted to choose the venue – with the exception of players in the ladies’ and doubles’ competitions - and away players will need to contact them to arrange the mutually convenient date and time of the fixture. Finals’ night will takes place at the Royal Navy Club on Wednesday, October 17th.

“It was like a dream for me to win the first Newport Open,” insists local snooker player Paul Trevor, the inaugural champion in 2006.

Hinstock’s Colin Pink won twelve months later, Newport’s Antony Heathcote etched his name on the trophy in 2008 but lost out to Stafford’s Brendan Ruttledge in a tense final the following year. Mick Collins made up for the disappointment of losing the 2008 final by beating Pink in 2010 and Pink won the trophy for the second time in 2011.

Market Drayton’s Mick Manning and Pink are the defending Newport Doubles champions. Newport’s Irene Whittington beat Lauren Heathcote to retain the Newport Women’s Open in 2011.


For further information:
Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, Tel: 07831 123153

Date issued: 15/05/2012

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