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England Trials - 2017

England Team Trials Format

Proposed format passed by the EPA National Committee.

Swiss system with 64 players.

No player will play a player from their own region in the first round.

In the trials format, where there are spaces due to players not turning up, these will be offered to reserve players who are present from any Region. If there are more reserves than places, the player(s) with best average(s) will be entered first. Any spaces still not filled will be classed as byes during the first three rounds and will be randomly drawn to ensure that 3 different players are given a bye during the first 3 rounds for each place not filled.

All matches will be best of 5 frames.

All players will play against opponents who have the same record for the first six rounds.

After completing six rounds, the situation will be as follows;
1 player will have qualified on six wins, no losses.
6 players will have 5 wins and 1 loss
15 players will have 4 wins and 2 losses

As there are now an uneven number of players, it is proposed to play the remaining rounds as follows;

The 6 players with a 5-1 record will play against each other, with the three winning players qualifying for the England team.

The 15 players with a 4-2 record will be split into 5 groups of three and will play a round robin format to obtain a winner from each group. (A player winning both matches will go through. In the event of a three-way tie frames against will be used to decide the winner. If there is still a tie, matches will be reduced to best of three and replayed).

The 3 players with a 5-2 record, plus the 5 winners from the round robin play-off will then be drawn to play one final match to decide the final four places (where possible against a player they have not previously played).

This system will provide 8 qualifiers for each of the England teams.



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England Ladies Friendly at The Court, Peterborough


The Bank Holiday weekend saw the England Ladies arrive at what has become an annual event at The Court Pool Club in Peterborough. The weekend consisted of two matches against Cambridgeshire and Region 4 along with Internal qualifiers for the England players to secure a place in the 2018 European Championships to be held in Malta.

The first match against Cambridgeshire was played in a great spirit resulting in an England win by 26-10.

In a very loud and well supported second match Region 4 got off to a great start leading 4-0 but unfortunately this was not to be their day with the final result being 35-13 to England. Special mentions go to Anne Louise Arkle and Katie Martyn who went undefeated in both matches.

From the qualifiers held over the weekend congratulations to the following players who will now be representing England in Malta :

Holly Cann
Anne-Louise Arkle
Sophie Gibbs-Nicholls
Lyndsey Roberts
Sue Fletcher

The England ladies would like to thank all the staff at Court Pool Club for looking after us and making for another fantastic weekend, also thanks Liz Disney for organising the smooth running of both matches.


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