Preview: 2016 GB9 Southern Masters, the Rasson Billiards Pro Cup & Challenge Cup
Article by Martyn Royce and Lee Rigby
The latter half of the 2016 GB 9 Ball Tour returns to Telford this weekend as Britain’s finest battle it out for this year’s Southern Masters title.
The season so far has shown a resurgence in form of one of Britain’s finest cueists, Mark Gray. Two tournament wins at the Midlands Classic and Paul Medati Trophy, paired with his 3rd place finish at the UK Open, see him sitting very pretty indeed at the top of the main rankings. He will be in prime position to take the coveted British #1 ranking at the end of the season should he continue this form, but there are a hungry chasing pack close behind. Defending British #1, Craig Osborne, seems to be playing himself into form of late, but will require quite a push if he is to hold on to his title. Imran Majid is also close behind, but has a lot of ranking points to defend here as the defending Southern Masters champion. Midlands Classic and Paul Medati Trophy runners-up, respectively Chris Hall and Stewart Colclough, are each in with a shout at top spot too. They and many more players will be battling it out over three gruelling days of pool where the cream of the crop really will rise to the top.
Play at the Southern Masters will begin with the early rounds of the main event on the evening of Friday 16th September. Play will then continue all through the day Saturday 17th and drawing to a conclusion on the early evening of Sunday 18th. Entry to spectators is free of charge as always, and those of you watching abroad or who can’t make it to the venue will also be able to make use of the GB9 live stream and GB9-Live innovative scoring system to track competition progress. The stakes will be raised here, so be sure to get yourself down to Telford to witness another thrilling tournament.
GB9, as official UK agents for Rasson, have a very limited number of these fantastic tables in stock in the UK ready for immediate delivery and installation. We have put together a superb package which we are offering to GB9 members and their friends. Should you wish to find out more information, please speak to a GB9 official or committee member at the weekend.
In 2016 GB9 is proudly sponsored by Simonis Cloth, Aramith Billiard Balls, McDermott Cue, Kamui Tips, Rasson Billiards and Carlson Rezidor Hotels making the perfect combination of the very best equipment in the most outstanding venues.