NPO Ninth Newport Pool Open gets underway with top class first round draw


For immediate release
Monday, July 8th, 2013


· Telford’s Cartledge set for clash with Newport’s John Williams
· Defending champion Neil Dale faces Nick Porter in round one

NEWPORT (Shropshire): The first round draws have been made for the ninth Newport Pool Open, one of the most prestigious old-rules pool competitions in the Midlands, and six of the potential favourites to progress to the quarter-finals have been drawn against each other in round one.

Fifty-nine players from the Newport, Telford, Stafford and Market Drayton areas were joined by 42 doubles pairings and seven ladies in the three respective competitions.

The three stand-out ties in the first rounds of the singles competition pit former Shropshire county player Paul Cartledge against local snooker supremo and LSC league player John Williams, twice former champion Colin Pink against NRBL A’s Jason Taphouse and tournament manager Greg Heathcote against Shakespeare A’s Richard Hendy.

Former doubles and singles champion Ant Heathcote has teamed up with Shropshire pool captain Darren Pountney in the doubles competition, where games will be split equally between the Shakespeare and Railway Tavern venues. They face Nick and Martin Porter in round one, while another Shropshire player, Neil Pugh, teams up with Gary Clements to take on Railway Tavern league players Adam Stone and Dave Bristow. Twenty of the 42 pairs will tackle a preliminary round to reduce the number to 32 before round two.

First round ties over the best of five frames must be played by Sunday, August 4th and the second round draw will take place on Monday, August 5th.

Contacts details for all players are available from Greg Heathcote (Tel: 07730 441368) and E-mail: greg89heathcote@gmail.com. All results should be sent to Greg Heathcote as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the away player to contact the home player.

2013 Newport Pool Open – round 1 draw
Nick Porter v Neil Dale
Ian Lewis v Ian Trevor
Ricky Leese v Luke Hayward
Mick Collins v Trevor Smith
Joe Bungleton-Binns v Paul Lucas
Mike Jones v Scott Smith
Juliette Gurney v Darren Weston
Dave Bristow v Luke Minton
Darren Pountney v Greg Quinn
Ian Swinnerton v Russ Woodhouse
Gavin Davies v Ed Keenan
Mark Hodskinson v Al Harvey
James Morris v Ben Longstaff
Colin Pink v Jason Taphouse
Keith Rogers v Mick Beech
Bye v Dean Smith
Bye v Ross Goodchild
John Williams v Paul Cartledge
Richard Hendy v Greg Heathcote
Adam Stone v Wayne Dodd
Matthew Gripton v Neil Holford
Jon Auliffe v Ben Holmes Snr.
Ant Heathcote v Adam Bailey
Nigel Sandbrook v Andy Miles
Simon Walley v Paul Skitt
Neil Perkins v Jack Dicken
Graham Tigwell v BYE
Andy Lewis v BYE
Stu Morrey v Bob Perry
Charlie Hayward v Adam Lilburn
Bye v Martin Porter
Ian Perry v Ben Holmes Jnr.

2013 Newport Doubles Open – preliminary round 1 (all other pairs have byes into round 2).
Mike Jones/Tom Sayce v Luke Mathews/Dan O’Connor
Ant Heathcote/Darren Pountney v Nick Porter/Martin Porter
Luke Minton/Kyle Smith v Ian Roberts/Paul Burton
Neil Pugh/Gary Clements v Adam Stone/Dave Bristow
Gavin Davies/Adam Lilburn v Luke Hayward/Charlie Hayward
Ian Perry/Jamie James v Neil Perkins/Simon Walley
Vicky Winter/Sarah Holland v Dean Smith/Adam Bailey
Jane Hilditch/Darren Lowe v Jess Hilditch/Russ Woodhouse
Dave Marshall/Andy Potter v Jack Jones/Liam Matthews
Chris Hull/Steve Morrey v Andy Miles/Paul Trevor

2013 Newport Women’s Open – round 1 draw
Kim Rigby v BYE
Vicky Winter v Jane Hilditch
Lauren Heathcote v Jess Hilditch
Sarah Holland v Juliette Gurney


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Date issued: 08/07/2013

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