IPA Professional Player Profiles

Professional

Liam Dunster

Name: Liam Dunster
Nickname: The Duster
Age: 27
Status: Engaged
Home Town: Inverkeithing
Nationality: Scottish
Current Profession: Stock Controller
Type of car you drive: BMW 4 Series

POOL:

Current Ranking: 1
Turned Pro: 2015
Years Playing Pool: 21
IPA/Major Titles:
2x Champions Cup, 2x Masters, 1x World Series, 1x IPA Open Tour, 3x IPA Pro Tour, 1x IPA World Doubles Champion
Type of Cue Used: Tom Classic
Type of tip used: Kamui Black SuperSoft
Size of tip: 8mm
Pool Ambition: IPA World Champion
Biggest Achievement: IPA Number 1 or Supreme Series Grand Final Winner
Sponsors: City Hotels Group Ltd, Kamui, Wity Bilston Cues
Favourite Player: Mark Selby

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Snooker/running/chess
Favourite Type of Music: Chart music
Favourite Food: Fillet Steak
Favourite Sportperson(s): Stephen Hendry
Favourite Football Team: Arsenal/Hearts
Who Inspires You: –
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Family Guy
Favourite Actor/Actress: Matt Damon
Favourite Holiday Location: Spain

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be?
One set of rules

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Jon McAllister

Name: Jon McAllister
Nickname: Machine
Age: 26
Status: In a relationship
Home Town: Coventry
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Customer Service Advisor
Type of car you drive: BMW M135i

POOL:

Current Ranking: 2
Turned Pro: 2104
Years Playing Pool: 18
IPA/Major Titles: 6 IPA. 10 Major
Type of Cue Used: Jason Owen
Type of tip used: Various (Mostly Elk Master)
Size of tip: 9mm
Pool Ambition: Win everything there is to. Become No1 after being World Champ
Biggest Achievement: World Champion 2020
Sponsors: DRG Couriers (Geoff Lees) Jason Owen Cues. Trademark Logistics. Royal Warwicks Club
Favourite Player: Mark Williams

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Football / Most Sports
Favourite Type of Music: R&B / Hip Hop
Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Sportperson(s): Cristiano Ronaldo / Rafael Nadal
Favourite Football Team: Coventry City / England
Who Inspires You: Cristiano Ronaldo
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Blindspot / Prison Break
Favourite Actor/Actress: NA
Favourite Holiday Location: Ibiza

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? To be able to participate in any event that is running and not be worried about any consequences that may occur. This will be the way forward in my opinion

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Craig Marsh

Name: Craig Marsh
Nickname: The Buddha
Age: 36
Status: Engaged
Home Town: Swansea
Nationality: Welsh
Current Profession: Manager at bookmakers
Type of car you drive: Ferrari ??…..maybe one day

POOL:

Current Ranking: 3
Turned Pro: 2008 (i think)
Years Playing Pool: 25 years ish
IPA/Major Titles: 2017 IPA WORLD CHAMPION, 2x English Open champion, Morocco World Series champion, South African World Series champion, 6x welsh open champion….

Type of Cue Used: GCUES by Gavin Mengham
Type of tip used: Taom fusion
Size of tip: 8.2mm
Pool Ambition: Start winning regularly again and become Tour No1
Biggest Achievement: IPA World Champion in 2017
Sponsors: Taom Billiards, Driven Taxis, The Marine Bar Porthcawl, Summer Breeze Summer Homes, Oxi Garden
Favourite Player: Matthew Stevens

OTHER THINGS: Once made back to back 147s in practice when I could cue properly ?

Other Hobbies: Snooker, table tennis and a huge golf fan…
Favourite Type of Music: Anything upbeat that makes me smile
Favourite Food: Massive fan of a green leafy salad ??
Favourite Sportperson(s): Cristiano Ronaldo
Favourite Football Team: Man United fan ❤️
Who Inspires You: My mrs and kids drive me to keep playing!
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Tv show Dexter/ Movie Rocky 4
Favourite Actor/Actress: Kevin Hart
Favourite Holiday Location: Las Vegas

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? The prize money…I don’t think it gets the recognition it deserves considering how many people play…

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Jack Whelan

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Clint I’Anson

Age:33
Status: Single
Home Town: Beeston
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Drivers mate
Type of car you drive: Audi A3

POOL:

Current Ranking:5th
Turned Pro:2011
Years Playing Pool:20/25
IPA/Major Titles I think about 10 IPA titles
Type of Cue Used: Master cue but soon to be Jonny Carr cue
Type of tip used: Toam medium
Size of tip:9mm
Pool Ambition: To be World Champion
Biggest Achievement:2017 ranked IPA Number 1 and winning supreme series
Sponsors: Spot on cue sports and Jonny Carr excel cues
Favourite Player: My dad

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: watching football and boxing
Favourite Type of Music: like all music
Favourite Food: belly pork
Favourite Sportperson(s):Ronaldo, Federer, Bolt and of course AJ
Favourite Football Team: Notts Forest
Who Inspires You: My Dad
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Max And Paddy(TV) Forrest Gump (Film)
Favourite Actor/Actress: Denzil Washington
Favourite Holiday Location: Dubai

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? The prize money ?

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Mark Boyle

Name: Mark Boyle
Nickname: Mr Magic
Age: 39
Status: Married
Home Town: Denny, Falkirk.
Nationality: Scottish
Current Profession: Engineering
Type of car you drive: Mercedes A Class

POOL:

Current Ranking: 6
Turned Pro: 2018
Years Playing Pool: 10
IPA/Major Titles: 32
Type of Cue Used: John Parris
Type of tip used: Pressed Elkmaster
Size of tip: 8.65mm
Pool Ambition: To win the IPA World Championship
Biggest Achievement: Winning the IPA Premier League
Sponsors: The Players Lounge Falkirk, Wallace Quinn Solicitors & Estate Agents, Scots Bearings Ltd, Sportsterz Glasgow, Scott McIntosh Snooker & Pool Services.
Favourite Player: Jordan Shepherd

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Snooker, Football & Golf
Favourite Type of Music: Dance/Trance Music
Favourite Food: Italian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Cristiano Ronaldo
Favourite Football Team: Celtic
Who Inspires You: My Family.
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: A League of their own.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Robert De Niro
Favourite Holiday Location: Cyprus

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Everyone playing under one ruleset.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ben Davies

Name: Ben Davies
Nickname: Ding
Age: 35
Status: Married
Home Town: LLanelli
Nationality: Welsh
Current Profession: Pool Player and Entrepreneur
Type of car you drive: Volvo S90

POOL:

Current Ranking: 7
Turned Pro: 2003
Years Playing Pool: 30
IPA/Major Titles: 2017 IPA UK Professional, 2018 IPA World Champion, 2019 IPA English Professional, 2020 IPA World Doubles
Type of Cue Used: Jason Owen
Type of tip used: Blue Diamond
Size of tip: 8.25mm
Pool Ambition: To be number 1
Biggest Achievement: World Champion
Sponsors: McGoldrick’s Pool And Sports Bar, Ace Music Pool, Driveways By Howe And Sons, Onboard Sportswear.
Favourite Player: Darren Appleton

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Golf
Favourite Type of Music: Anything i can sing along to, ED Sheeran songs mainly.
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Sportperson(s): Tiger Woods
Favourite Football Team: Manchester Utd
Who Inspires You: My Dad
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Fast and furious or most action movies.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Jason Statham
Favourite Holiday Location: Las Vegas

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? 1 shot if you foul on the break.

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Jordan Shepherd

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Simon Ward

Name: Simon Ward
Nickname: The Boomerang
Age: 34
Status: Married
Home Town: Swansea
Nationality: Welsh
Current Profession: Accountant
Type of car you drive: Renault Megane which is on the verge of the scrapyard

POOL:

Current Ranking: 8
Turned Pro: 2013
Years Playing Pool: 27ish
IPA/Major Titles 8 x Professional ranking event winner, 5 x Welsh champion, 2018 IPA World Championship finalist
Type of Cue Used: Jason Owen
Type of tip used: No idea, had the same one on for years
Size of tip: 8.25mm
Pool Ambition: I think I’d like another crack at a World Championship final
Biggest Achievement: Very briefly holding the No1 spot in the Professional rankings
Sponsors: Onboard Sportswear, Jason Owen Cues
Favourite Player: Craig Marsh for entertainment

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Weightlifting, hiking and just generally being outside. Lucky to live in an area where there are beaches, woodland and mountains all around
Favourite Type of Music: Anything you can sing to, I’m a black belt in Karaeoke
Favourite Food: Indian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Roger Federer
Favourite Football Team: Super Dirty Leeds United
Who Inspires You:
Favourite TV/show/movie: Rocky IV
Favourite Actor/Actress: I’m useless with films, don’t watch many and don’t know anyone’s names! Gene Hackman has been in some good ones I’ve seen
Favourite Holiday Location: Sardinia, but can’t go wrong with anywhere in the Mediterranean

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? It would be nice if everything from the rules and equipment was standardised and there was more money in the sport

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Luke Sanges

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Gareth Hibbott

Name: Gareth Hibbott
Age: 51
Status: engaged
Hometown: Southport
Nationality: English
Profession: Landscape gardener.
Car: Ford Focus
Current ranking: 11
Turned pro: 2007 I think.
Years playing pool: Nearly 40!
IPA titles: 2016 World Champion, World seniors and World doubles with Dean Shields, 8 or 9 other ranking event wins.
Type of cue: Tiger cue
Tip: Usually Elk but one of sponsors tips on at moment.
Tip size: 8.2mm
Pool Ambition: To win more big events.
Biggest achievement: Winning worlds in 2016 and couple of years at number one.
Sponsors: Tiger Cues, Off The Rails sports bar Crewe, Pinpoint Securities.
Favourite Player: Dave ‘Jacko’ Jackson.
Hobbies: Darts, Snooker, Travelling
Music: 80s and 90s
Food: Chinese, fish and chips.
Sportsperson: Growing up was Bryan Robson, Ian Botham, Jimmy White. Wasn’t a fan of Phil Taylor but to still be the best at something in late 50s is impressive.
Football team: Man United and the mighty Southport.
Who inspires you: Family
Movie: Indiana Jones
Holiday destination: Amsterdam

If you could change one thing about: pool I’d go back in time and shoot the people who thought of old EPA and World Rules before they inflicted us with them

Professional

Marc Farnsworth

Name: Marc Farnsworth
Nickname: Ginge
Age: 42
Home Town: Sunderland
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Greengrocer and pool club owner.
Type of car you drive: BMW M4

POOL:

Current Ranking: 11. (Game over).
Turned Pro: No idea – maybe 15 yrs ago.
Years Playing Pool: 35 years. That feels ridiculous typing.
IPA/Major Titles: Not sure, think 10 since IPA went to Blackball and 4-5 at World Rules.
Type of Cue Used: A racker I picked up at my local snooker club 30 years ago. Didnt have my cue with me so used that and it felt great. I used that for both pool/snooker until my Grandad bought me a Parris for snooker and I got the racker thinned down for pool.
Type of tip used: Century G3
Size of tip: 7.5mm
Pool Ambition: I still love the game, the practice and (miss) competing even though Im getting on. The ambition is to try and win every event I enter. Once that fire goes out, the racker will be on the fire.
Biggest Achievement: Winning IPA World Championships and being ranked number 1 for 3 years in a row I think it was. Also proud of winning the King of the Hill event last year especially with final being in the Sky Lounge. Atmosphere was incredible.
Sponsors: Sky Lounge, Washington Fireplaces.
Favourite Player: Even though he annoys the life out of me most days, Ronan McCarthy for unreal bottle in his pomp and achieving everything he has without being able to screw back.

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Golf.lol.
Favourite Type of Music: Oasis
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Sportperson(s): For what they achieved in their profession and with so much class and dedication; Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt, Roger Federer, Floyd Mayweather. My personal favourite is Paul Scholes.
Favourite Football Team: Man Utd.
Who Inspires You: My late Grandad.
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Man on Fire
Favourite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Favourite Holiday Location: Portugal.

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? 1 ruleset (Blackball with 1 shot for a foul off break) and to stop all the bitching with all bodies pulling in same direction.

Professional

Jimmy Carney

Name: Jimmy Carney
Nickname: Showman
Age: 41
Status: Married
Home Town: Basildon
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Pro Pool Player & Coach.
Type of car you drive: Ford Fiesta

POOL:

Current Ranking: 12
Turned Pro: 2016 I think
Years Playing Pool: 20
IPA/Major Titles 2019 and reigning English Open Champion. 2018 IPA Premier League Qualifier Winner.
Type of Cue Used: Taylor Made
Type of tip used: Century G3
Size of tip: 9 and a half mm
Pool Ambition: To Reach Top 10 in IPA Pro Rankings. .
Biggest Achievement: 2019 IPA English Open Champion.
Sponsors: Scales Plastering, AGM, RLS Upholstery, Chas Coakley, Thurrock Auto Elecrics and Taylor Made Cues.
Favourite Player: Steve Sanders.

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies:
Favourite Type of Music: Shakin’Stevens
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Sportperson(s): Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Favourite Football Team: West Ham United

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Dan Davy

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David Addinall

Name: David Addinall
Nickname: Manxman
Age: 38
Status: Professional
Home Town: Ballasalla Isle of Man
Nationality: Manx
Current Profession: Cashier For local Bookmaker
Type of car you drive: Don’t Drive

POOL:

Current Ranking: 14
Turned Pro: 2018
Years Playing Pool: 33
IPA/Major Titles – Best IPA Last 8 on 5 Occasions
Type of Cue Used: Mastercue
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 8.5mm
Pool Ambition: Just to see how far i can go in the game
Biggest Achievement: Titles Isle of Man Pool Champion x6 – Multi IPA Award Winner
Sponsors: Mac Builders Merchants – Mark Quirk – Bar logo – HQ Bar
Favourite Player: Paul Hunter

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Snooker & Cycling
Favourite Type of Music: Dance
Favourite Food: Roast Dinner
Favourite Sportperson(s): Paul Hunter
Favourite Football Team: Leeds Utd
Who Inspires You: Friends & Family
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Big Bang theory & Happy Gilmore
Favourite Actor/Actress: Nicolas Cage
Favourite Holiday Location: UK not been abroad in years

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be?

Enjoy TV Matches so would nice to have less outer arena matches and more on the TV table maybe 2 Tables like BBC red button so viewers can watch more than 1 match and also better for player and IPA Sponsors

Professional

Ronan McCarthy

Professional

Gavin Robinson

Name: Gav Robinson
Nickname: Rocket
Age: 33
Status: Engaged
Home Town: Coundon
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Motor trade
Type of car you drive: BMW 335

POOL:

Current Ranking: 16
Turned Pro: 2017
Years Playing Pool: 8
IPA/Major Titles 0
Type of Cue Used: Niche
Type of tip used: Blue Diamond
Size of tip: 8.4 mm
Pool Ambition: Win an IPA Pro Event
Biggest Achievement: IPA World Doubles runner up
Sponsors: B&G Auto Salvage, Washington Fireplaces, Jarrow MOT, 8 ball direct.
Favourite Player: Marc Farnsworth

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Motor cross
Favourite Type of Music: Dance
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Sportperson(s): Ronnie O’Sullivan, Tyson Fury.
Favourite Football Team: Newcastle
Who Inspires You: My Dad
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Only fools and Horses
Favourite Actor/Actress: David Jason
Favourite Holiday Location: America
If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? The break at Blackball only being 1 shot with ball in hand.

 

 

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Ross Fernie

Professional

Rob Donkin

Name: Rob Donkin
Nickname: Donks
Age: 40
Status: Engaged
Home Town: Witham
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Heating Spare Manager
Type of car you drive: Ford Focus ST3

POOL:

Current Ranking: 18
Turned Pro: 2016
Years Playing Pool: 10 years
IPA/Major Titles: IPA European Open 2017. IPA Northern Ireland World Series Amateur champ. EBA European team champs with England. Golden 8 ball team champions 2 years running
Type of Cue Used: Mick Taylor Cue Doctor handmade
Type of tip used: Century G4
Size of tip: 8.5mm (worn down over the years)
Pool Ambition: To be Champion of the World ?
Biggest Achievement: Winning European Open title with IPA and all the team titles I’ve helped win
Sponsors: Privately funded
Favourite Player: Efren Reyes

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Watching Films, Socialising with friends, poker and bowls
Favourite Type of Music: Blur, Oasis, Coldplay, Bastille and Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
Favourite Food: Fillet Steak, Burgers and Pizza. Slowly coming around to veggie alternatives
Favourite Sportperson(s): David Rocastle, Steve Davis (childhood heroes) and Eddie Hall – quote’ I will be the strongest Man in the world’
Favourite Football Team: Arsenal
Who Inspires You: My Fiancee and parents
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Inbetweeners, Deadpool and Good Will Hunting
Favourite Actor/Actress: Matt Damon / Charlize Theron
Favourite Holiday Location: Las Vegas and Blackpool

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Andrew Hughes

Name: Andrew Hughes
Nickname: Drew /Scoffa
Age:30
Status: Engaged
Home Town: Newtown
Nationality: Welsh
Current Profession: landlord of the Pheasant Inn, Newtown
Type of car you drive: Corsa sport

POOL:

Current Ranking: 19
Turned Pro:2015
Years Playing Pool: 20
IPA/Major Titles : 5
Type of Cue Used: dragon cue
Type of tip used: elk
Size of tip: 7
Pool Ambition: to rediscover my best and win Ipa titles
Biggest Achievement: Men’s and u23 European singles champion in same week at age of 18
Sponsors: J n F roofing ltd
Favourite Player: Craig Marsh at his best

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: darts , golf , football , snooker
Favourite Type of Music: old
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Sportperson(s): Ronaldo
Favourite Football Team: Man United
Who Inspires You: ronaldo
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favourite Actor/Actress: Morgan Freeman
Favourite Holiday Location: anywhere hot with a bar and swimming pool

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? To be able to play it is a career and not just a hobby.

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Paul Harkness

Name: Paul Harkness
Nickname: Diego
Age:49
Status:
Home Town: Dumfries
Nationality: Scottish
Current Profession: Builder
Type of car you drive: VW Tiguan

POOL:

Current Ranking:20
Turned Pro:2014
Years Playing Pool:15
IPA/Major Titles: None
Type of Cue Used: Craftsman
Type of tip used: Elkmaster pro
Size of tip:9.5mm
Pool Ambition: To win an IPA title
Biggest Achievement: Scotland A team World Champion .
Sponsors: None
Favourite Player: None

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Working
Favourite Type of Music:
Favourite Food: Steak
Favourite Sportperson(s): Maradona
Favourite Football Team: Celtic
Who Inspires You: My father
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Taken
Favourite Actor/Actress:
Favourite Holiday Location: Back garden

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? nothing

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Craig Brown

Name:Craig Brown
Nickname: Gaffer
Age: 36
Status: single
Home Town: Billingham
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Amazon fulfilment associate
Type of car you drive: Vauxhall

POOL:

Current Ranking: 21
Turned Pro: 2018
Years Playing Pool: properly 5 years
IPA/Major Titles 0
Type of Cue Used: MAXIMUS
Type of tip used: ADR super soft
Size of tip: 8.4mm
Pool Ambition: keep improving
Biggest Achievement: IPA semi final
Sponsors: n/a
Favourite Player: Marc Boyle

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: football, trading, keeping fit
Favourite Type of Music: 80s
Favourite Food: Spag Bol
Favourite Sportperson(s): Ronnie O Sullivan, Anthony Joshua, Ronaldo, Tiger Woods
Favourite Football Team: Middlesbrough
Who Inspires You: Tiger Woods
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Breaking bad
Favourite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Favourite Holiday Location: New York

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? THE MONEY

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Kevin Barton

Name: Kevin Barton
Nickname: The Surgeon
Age: 53
Status: Living with partner
Home Town: Leeds
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Accountant
Type of car you drive: Peugeot 2008 Fully electric

POOL:

Current Ranking: 22
Turned Pro: 2006
Years Playing Pool:
IPA/Major Titles: 0
Type of Cue Used: Burroughs & Watts
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 7mm
Pool Ambition: To be best i can
Biggest Achievement: Still being able to hold a cue after years of not practicing
Sponsors: N/A
Favourite Player: There’s so many

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Running, Golf
Favourite Type of Music: Muse, Embrace, Blossoms, The Jam
Favourite Food: Calzone
Favourite Sportperson(s): Tiger, Rafa
Favourite Football Team: Leeds United
Who Inspires You: Initially back in the day Steve Davis with his commitment to hard work
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: 24, most things on Netflix
Favourite Actor/Actress: Leonardo Di Caprio
Favourite Holiday Location: Canada for the skiing

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Players and Administrators pulling in the same direction

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Myles Deleuse

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Jamie Clarke

Name: Jamie Clarke
Nickname: The Shark
Age: 40
Status: In A Relationship
Home Town: Huthwaite, Nottingham
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Cafe Owner
Type of car you drive: Ford Focus

POOL:

Current Ranking: 25
Turned Pro: 2016
Years Playing Pool: 26
IPA/Major Titles None
Type of Cue Used: Maximus Ultimate
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 8.6mm
Pool Ambition: Short Term Top 16 Long Term World Champion & World Number 1
Biggest Achievement: Winning National titles with Notts
Sponsors: Green Baize, Towers Pool & Snooker
Favourite Player: My son, Lucas

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Football, Cinema, Family time
Favourite Type of Music: Dance
Favourite Food: Italian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Marcelo Bielsa
Favourite Football Team: Leeds United
Who Inspires You: My Children everyday
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: TV show – Vikings, Movie – Lucky Number Slevin/Any Marvel film
Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks
Favourite Holiday Location: Santorini

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Better sponsorship & better TV coverage, it deserves better than it gets at the moment.

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Andrew McKie

Name: Andrew Mckie
Nickname: Bez
Age: 46
Status: Its complicated
Home Town: Macclesfield
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Class 1 HGV driver.
Type of car you drive: BMW 3 series

POOL:
Current Ranking: 32
Turned Pro: 2017
Years Playing Pool: 43
IPA/Major Titles : none
Type of Cue Used: John Parris ambassador
Type of tip used: Elk master pro
Size of tip: 7mm
Pool Ambition: To create a shock here and there.
Biggest Achievement: 4 decades of pool.
Sponsors: Brookside welding supplies, Elior catering.
Favourite Player: Chris Melling English 8 ball, Earl strikland 9 ball.

OTHER THINGS:
Other Hobbies: Driving, Films, Cars.
Favourite Type of Music: All music.
Favourite Food: Italian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Jimmy white, Ronaldhino, GGG.
Favourite Football Team: Manchester United.
Who Inspires You: My children Sienna and James.
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: The Mighty Boosh, Shawshank redemption, Godfather.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Brad Pitt, Johnny depp, Leo Du Caprio… Margot Robbie ?
Favourite Holiday Location: Italian or Greek coast.

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Less Politics

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Cory Rees

Name: Cory Rees
Nickname: Jibs
Age: 28
Status: In a relationship
Home Town: Bridgend
Nationality: Welsh
Current Profession: Warehouse Operative
Type of car you drive: Ford Fiesta

POOL:

Current Ranking: 28
Turned Pro: 2019
Years Playing Pool: 15
IPA/Major Titles: Welsh Closed Champion & European U21’s Champion
Type of Cue Used: Trevor White
Type of tip used: Taom Fusion & Century Pro G2
Size of tip: 8.25mm
Pool Ambition: To be the best player I can be
Biggest Achievement: Welsh Closed Champion
Sponsors: Taom Billiards, Driven, RS Heating & Plumbing and Frames Snooker & Pool Club
Favourite Player: Nobody

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Snooker, golf & watching all sports
Favourite Type of Music: R&B and Hip Hop
Favourite Food: Indian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Tiger Woods, Messi, Steph Curry & Aaron Rodgers
Favourite Football Team: Cardiff City
Who Inspires You: Grandparents
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Only Fools and Horses & Batman, The Dark Knight
Favourite Actor/Actress: Heath Ledger (The Joker) or Alan Rickman (Professor Snape)
Favourite Holiday Location: Dominican Republic

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Increase the amount of tournaments to play in

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Lee Clough

Name: Lee Clough
Nickname: Tower
Age: 48
Status: Living with partner
Home Town: Blackpool
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Taxi driver
Type of car you drive: Currently inbetween cars!

POOL:

Current Ranking: 29
Turned Pro: First time in 2005 then again in 2019
Years Playing Pool: Nearly 30!
IPA/Major Titles: 2012 Professional TV masters, 1 Pro event, 4 IPA tour events, 2019 & 2020 World seniors champion, 2019 World doubles champion, 3 Amateur Opens.
Type of Cue Used: Tiger cue
Type of tip used: Phoenix red
Size of tip: 8.3mm
Pool Ambition: I’d say I’ve won more than I expected already, but it would be nice to win 1 more pro event before I hang the cue up for good!
Biggest Achievement: Probably the 2012 TV masters. Beating some of the best in front of the cameras and on the shot clock as well!
Sponsors: North West Laptops, Devil Cues, Berties Club, Qs Sports Lounge.
Favourite Player: Ben Davies, I love the way he makes difficult finishes look easy and never seems rushed.

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Darts, Snooker, Golf, Chinese cooking.
Favourite Type of Music: I like a lot of everything. Arctic Monkeys and Foo fighters especially.
Favourite Food: Chinese, Italian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Eric Cantona, Tiger Woods.
Favourite Football Team: Manchester United.
Who Inspires You:
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: The Office (US), Pulp Fiction.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Natalie Portman
Favourite Holiday Location: Anywhere hot and sunny!

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be?
Change the white ball to the same size and weight as the object balls

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Nathan Bridges

Name: Nathan Bridges
Nickname:
Age: 47
Status: Married
Home Town: Accrington
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Teacher of Maths
Type of car you drive: BMW 530d

POOL:

Current Ranking: 30
Turned Pro: 2007(ish)
Years Playing Pool: 31
IPA/Major Titles: None
Type of Cue Used: North West Cues
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 8.7mm
Pool Ambition: To surprise a few occasionally
Biggest Achievement:
Sponsors: None
Favourite Player:

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Cycling, Snooker, Badminton
Favourite Type of Music: 80’s Pop and Rock
Favourite Food: Pizza or Indian
Favourite Sportsperson: Chris Froome
Favourite Football Team: Hate football
Who Inspires You: Friends and Family
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: The Stand
Favourite Actor/Actress:
Favourite Holiday Location: Turkey

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be?
Get rid of the silly and petty rules (like it being a foul when you don’t ask the referee for the cue ball).
I’m sure they would appear silly to anyone watching, who perhaps didn’t know the rules.
They are not a good advertisement for our game

Ben Rowland

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Ben Rowland

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Dean Shields

Name: Dean Shields
Nickname: Peg
Age: 32
Status: Single
Home Town: Stalybridge
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Pool Club Owner (Staly Vegas Sports Bar)
Type of car you drive: KIA Rio

POOL:

Current Ranking: 30
Turned Pro: 2019
Years Playing Pool: 8 years (aside from local pub teams which was since aged 14)
IPA/Major Titles: IPA World Doubles Champion 2016, EBPF National Singles Champion 2017, EBA European Team Champion 2017
Type of Cue Used: Britannia
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 7.8mm
Pool Ambition: Firstly, win an IPA Pro or Open event, then win the World Championships (Dream big)
Biggest Achievement: IPA Doubles World Champion with Gareth Hibbott in 2016, with me potting the winning black in a 9-8 blackball shootout win.
Sponsors: ITEC Power Services Ltd, Staly Vegas Sports Bar
Favourite Player: Clint I’Anson

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Long walks/hikes with the dog
Favourite Type of Music: Indie
Favourite Food: Fajitas
Favourite Sportperson(s): Marcus Rashford
Favourite Football Team: Manchester United
Who Inspires You: Andy Lucas and Gareth Hibbott.
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Brooklyn 99
Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks
Favourite Holiday Location: Dubai

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Blackball to be the only ruleset, so everyone is pulling in the same direction and gets pool onto mainstream TV with player profiles, walk-ons, ex pros in the studio etc

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Ryan Clark

Name: Ryan Clark
Nickname:
Age: 28
Status: Under the thumb
Home Town: Hartlepool
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Door to door sales
Type of car you drive: Renault Clio

POOL:

Current Ranking: 32
Turned Pro: 2019
Years Playing Pool: 6-7
IPA/Major Titles  – IPA Welsh Amateur champion
Type of Cue Used: GBL
Type of tip used: Century G3
Size of tip: 8.2mm
Pool Ambition: To practice more
Biggest Achievement: IPA Welsh Amateur event winner
Sponsors: Jarrow MOT Centre
Favourite Player: None

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Golf/football
Favourite Type of Music: Rap
Favourite Food: Indian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Roger Federer/Tiger Woods/Ronnie O’Sullivan
Favourite Football Team: Man Utd
Who Inspires You:
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Breaking Bad
Favourite Actor/Actress: Leonardo di Caprio
Favourite Holiday Location: Ibiza

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? One ruleset one tour

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Marc Pickworth

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JJ Faul

Name: JJ Faul
Nickname: Pretoria Potter
Age: 44
Status:
Home Town: Ormskirk
Nationality: South African
Current Profession: Club Owner
Type of car you drive: Land Rover

POOL:

Current Ranking: 34
Turned Pro: 2003-2007. 2018 onwards Years playing Pool: 30 years
IPA/Major Titles: 5 IPA Amateur titles
Type of Cue Used: Burwat Champion
Type of tip used: Century G2
Size of tip: 9mm
Pool Ambition:
Biggest Achievement: 2003 SA champion
Sponsors: Savanna pool & Snooker
Favourite Player: Aaron Davies

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Fishing.
Favourite Type of Music: Rock
Favourite Food: Steak cooked on a Braai
Favourite Sportperson(s): SA rugby players
Favourite Football Team: none
Who Inspires You: My family
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Homeland/ action Movies.
Favourite Actor/Actress: To many to list.
Favourite Holiday Location: South Africa/ Caribbean.

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Make everyone play blackball rules

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Jason Hill

Name: Jason Hill
Nickname: Lancashire Lip
Age: 46
Status: Single
Home Town: Preston
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Accountant
Type of car you drive: Vauxhall Astra

POOL:

Current Ranking: 35
Turned Pro: 2016 (1st time)
Years Playing Pool: Too many
IPA/Major Titles: 0
Type of Cue Used: Think its a Tyrone Cue, but says ‘Sean Swimby’ on it
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 8.3mm
Pool Ambition: To be best i can
Biggest Achievement: IPA World Championship Seniors semi final 2019, European Professional SF 2009, Golden Cue 1997, Scottish Open 2000
Sponsors: Lantei Ltd (Electrical Compliance) and A and M Solicitors Ltd
Favourite Player: Me

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Most sports, gym
Favourite Type of Music: 80’s and 90’s
Favourite Food: Lloyds Groseman Tomato & Chilli.Pasta
Favourite Sportperson(s): Cristiano Ronaldo, Naomi Osaka
Favourite Football Team: Preston North End
Who Inspires You: Anyone who puts 100% effort in
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Suits/Only Fools and Horses
Favourite Actor/Actress: Halle Berry
Favourite Holiday Location: South Africa but wanting to go to Kenya

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Different rule sets and ‘pool politics.

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Darrell Whitworth

Name: Darrell Whitworth
Nickname: Dazza
Age: 31
Status:
Home Town: Bedford
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Specialist Transport Manager
Type of car you drive: Mercedes C Class

POOL:

Current Ranking: 38
Turned Pro: 2020
Years Playing Pool: 5 Years
IPA/Major Titles: None
Type of Cue Used: Stamford Cues
Type of tip used: Elk Master
Size of tip: 9mm
Pool Ambition: Win a Tour event
Biggest Achievement: Getting into England Pool Team & finishing 3rd in Premier League on UK Tour
Sponsors: MK Sports Bar & Lounge
Favourite Player: Phil Harrison

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Golf (7 Handicap)
Favourite Type of Music: Anything
Favourite Food: Pizza
Favourite Sportperson(s): Shane Wharne
Favourite Football Team: Chelsea FC
Who Inspires You: Parents
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Power
Favourite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Favourite Holiday Location: Australia

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Have 1 set of rules

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Conor Treacy

Name: Conor Treacy
Nickname: N/A
Age: 29
Status: Relationship
Home Town: Coventry
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Engineer Surveyor
Type of car you drive: Company car

POOL:

Current Ranking: 40
Turned Pro: 2020
Years Playing Pool: 15

Type of Cue Used: Jason Owen
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 9mm
Pool Ambition: Win events/World Champion
Biggest Achievement: Under 18 European Champion

Sponsors: N/A
Favourite Player: Ronnie O’Sullivan

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies:Snooker/ Motorbikes/MMA
Favourite Type of Music: Chart music
Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Sportperson(s):Conor McGregor
Favourite Football Team: Man Utd/Coventry City
Who Inspires You: Family
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Le Man 66
Favourite Actor/Actress:N/A
Favourite Holiday Location: Florida

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be?
Participate in any event with no consequences.

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Tom Cousins

Name: Tom Cousins
Nickname: Top Cat
Age: 31
Status: Married
Home Town: Hereford
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Bar Man
Type of car you drive: Vauxhall Insignia

POOL:

Current Ranking: 41
Turned Pro: 2020
Years Playing Pool: 17
IPA/Major Titles: 2 x WEPF World Champion
Type of Cue Used: Jason Owen
Type of tip used: Blue Diamond
Size of tip: 8.5mm
Pool Ambition: To win the IPA World Championships
Biggest Achievement: Winning 2 x WEPF World Championships
Sponsors: Jason Owen cues and McGoldricks Pool & Snooker club
Favourite Player: Phil Harrison

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Nothing specific
Favourite Type of Music: All types
Favourite Food: Pizza
Favourite Sportperson(s): Tiger Woods
Favourite Football Team: Hereford Utd
Who Inspires You: John Higgins
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Only Fools and Horses
Favourite Actor/Actress: Jason Statham
Favourite Holiday Location: Las Vegas

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be?

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Arfan Dad

Name: Arfan Dad
Nickname: The Daddy
Age: 37
Status: Married
Home Town: Keighley
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Server Support Technician
Type of car you drive: Mercedes Benz C220

POOL:

Current Ranking: Provisionally 42
Turned Pro: 2020, was pro back in the day but gave it up to play American pool for a few years.
Years Playing Pool: 20
IPA/Major Titles: No IPA Titles unfortunately
Type of Cue Used: LP Cues
Type of tip used: Kamui Black Medium
Size of tip: 9mm
Pool Ambition: Win a major IPA title
Biggest Achievement: 2019 Savanna’s Double Dare Winner
Sponsors: Kamui, LP Cues
Favourite Player: Ronnie O’Sullivan

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Sports including Football, Golf, Tennis
Favourite Type of Music: 80s
Favourite Food: Lasagne
Favourite Sportperson(s): Roger Federer & Tiger Woods
Favourite Football Team: Man Utd
Who Inspires You: Fellow pool players that are successful
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Breaking Bad, Gladiator
Favourite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Favourite Holiday Location: Anywhere warm

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Have one organisation, one rule set that puts on the best events possible with respectable prize money worthy of professional players.

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Tom Barley

Name: Tom Barley
Nickname: Banger
Age: 27
Status: In a relationship
Home Town: Scunthorpe
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Courier
Type of car you drive: Fiat

POOL:

Current Ranking: 43
Turned Pro: 2020
Years Playing Pool: 12
IPA/Major Titles: None…yet
Type of Cue Used: Custom Dave Coutts
Type of tip used: Century
Size of tip: 8.5
Pool Ambition: Win IPA events
Biggest Achievement: IPA World masters semi finalist/ TV appearances
Sponsors: Showmans and Harriet Engineering
Favourite Player: Martin Hazel

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Football, Cricket
Favourite Type of Music: Anything
Favourite Food: Carbonara
Favourite Sportperson(s):Ben Stokes
Favourite Football Team: Scunthorpe
Who Inspires You: Judd Trump
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: The Chase
Favourite Actor/Actress: Liam Neeson
Favourite Holiday Location: Bulgaria

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Sticking with one rule set

 

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Alex O’Donoghue

Name: Alex O’Donoghue
Nickname: Don
Age: 35
Status: Single
Home Town: Swindon
Nationality: English
Current Profession: NDT technician
Type of car you drive: Honda Jazz

POOL:

Current Ranking: 45
Turned Pro: 2015&2019
Years Playing Pool: 21
IPA/Major Titles 2014 IPA European Amateur, National Singles 2019
Type of Cue Used: £5 Stick from China
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip:8mm
Pool Ambition: To be World Champion ?
Biggest Achievement: 2019 NPP grand final champion
Sponsors: 147 sports
Favourite Player: Jordan Shepherd

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Carp fishing , running
Favourite Type of Music: R&B
Favourite Food: Curry/Chinese
Favourite Sportperson(s): Tiger Woods/James Anderson
Favourite Football Team: Liverpool
Who Inspires You: My Kids
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Prison Break / Bad boys
Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Hardy
Favourite Holiday Location: Jamaica

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Everyone to play under 1 set of rules

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Simon Fitzsimmons

Name: Simon Fitzsimmons
Nickname: The Bouncer
Age: 34
Status: Married
Home Town: Radcliffe, Manchester
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Taxi Driver
Type of car you drive: Kia Estate

POOL:

Current Ranking: 46
Turned Pro: 2019
Years Playing Pool: 19
IPA/Major Titles: 2017 IPA WC Runner up
Type of Cue Used: Peradon
Type of tip used: Century G2
Size of tip: 8.5mm
Pool Ambition: Win an IPA WC’s, get into the Top 10 in the rankings
Biggest Achievement: Winning the Shootout Grand Final
Sponsors: Taom, Krinthia Car sales, Foster Civil Engineering, Savannas, Jason Owen cues
Favourite Player: Chris Melling

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Snooker, winding the wife up, playing fifa on the PlayStation
Favourite Type of Music: Indie
Favourite Food: Pizza
Favourite Sportperson(s): Roger Federer
Favourite Football Team: Manchester United
Who Inspires You: My late Grandfather
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Friends/Friends with benefits
Favourite Actor/Actress: Jennifer Aniston
Favourite Holiday Location: Barcelona

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? It would be great if all pool politics didn’t exist and all of elite players on the planet could consistently play in the biggest and best events with the best prize money in offer

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Jason Rimington

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Kristi Caulfield

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Rikki Jones

Name: Rikki Jones
Nickname: Notorious
Age: 33
Status: Single
Home Town: Barnsley
Nationality: English
Current Profession : Driver
Type of car you drive: Vauxhall Astra

POOL:

Current Ranking: 49
Turned Pro: 2020
Years Playing Pool: Age 7 to 19 then age 27 to now.
IPA/Major Titles: Numerous International youth team titles with England Youth, including 2 x World Championships. 2 x National county champions.
Type of Cue Used: MasterCue
Type of tip used: Century
Size of tip: 8.5mm
Pool Ambition: To move up the Pro Rankings.
Biggest Achievement: Winning 11 consecutive money matches.
Sponsors: DMO Brickwork, Murphy’s Sports Bar Doncaster, Taom Billiards.
Favourite Player: Apart from myself, probably Chris Melling.

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Following Sheffield Wednesday FC, travelling and eating.
Favourite Type of Music: Anything really.
Favourite Food: Thai, Indian, Greek, anything that’s not offal or fishy.
Favourite Sportperson(s): Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods
Favourite Football Team: Sheffield Wednesday
Who Inspires You: Leicester City premier league winning team, proving anything is possible.
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Wouldn’t know where to start.
Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks, Robin Williams.
Favourite Holiday Location: Las Vegas

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? One rule (Blackball) set/organisation with a sole direction of taking the game to the levels it should be and needs to be.

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Richard Swaffield

Name: Richard Swaffield
Nickname: Swaffy
Age: 48
Status: Living with girlfriend
Home Town: Salisbury
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Company director – Owner of a used car dealership / MOT service centre
Type of car you drive: BMW 420

POOL:

Current Ranking: 50
Turned Pro: 2020
Years Playing Pool: 25
IPA/Major Titles: World Seniors runner up 2019
Type of Cue Used: Custom John Parris/Peradon
Type of tip used: Blue diamond plus
Size of tip: 8mm
Pool Ambition: To win an IPA event
Biggest Achievement: Qualifying as a professional
Sponsors: Cavanfields.co.uk & Colortec (Andover)
Favourite Player: Myles Deleuse

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Skydiving (500 jumps)
Favourite Type of Music: Anything
Favourite Food: Indian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Judd Trump
Favourite Football Team: England
Who Inspires You: My Dad
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Documentaries
Favourite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks
Favourite Holiday Location: Florida

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? To have just one rule set

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Josh Durant

Name: Josh Durant
Nickname: Maverick
Age: 31
Status: Married
Home Town: Bideford
Nationality: English
Current Profession: Plumbing & Heating Engineer
Type of car you drive: Vauxhall Vivaro Sport

POOL:

Current Ranking: 51
Turned Pro: 2015 & 2019
Years Playing Pool: 20 years on and off
IPA/Major Titles – None
Type of Cue Used: Jason Owen
Type of tip used: Elkmaster
Size of tip: 9mm
Pool Ambition: To win an IPA event
Biggest Achievement: Irish Open Semi Finalist 2018, South West Top Cue Champion 2015, National Amateur Youth Champion 2005.
Sponsors: MJM Sports, Cuephoria
Favourite Player: Jordan Shepherd

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Carp fishing
Favourite Type of Music: Any
Favourite Food: Indian
Favourite Sportperson(s): Ronnie O’Sullivan
Favourite Football Team: Manchester United
Who Inspires You:
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Game Of Thrones
Favourite Actor/Actress: Leonardo Di Caprio
Favourite Holiday Location: Mexico

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Prize money

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Steve Thompson

Name: Steve Thompson
Nickname: Snakey
Age: 40
Status: In a relationship
Home Town: Sunderland
Nationality: British
Current Profession: Online Retailer
Type of car you drive: Honda Civic

POOL:

Current Ranking: 24
Turned Pro: 2018
Years Playing Pool: 32
IPA/Major Titles: 2017 Nations Cup Champion
Type of Cue Used: Mastercue
Type of tip used: Century
Size of tip: 8.25mm
Pool Ambition: Win an IPA event (best is runner-up)
Biggest Achievement: Winning the Nations Cup Singles event in Malta
Sponsors: None
Favourite Player: Chris Melling

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Snooker, Poker, Travelling Overseas
Favourite Type of Music: 80’s
Favourite Food: Mixed Kebab
Favourite Sportperson(s): Federer
Favourite Football Team: Sunderland
Who Inspires You:
Favourite TV/Show/Movie: Die Hard
Favourite Actor/Actress:
Favourite Holiday Location: Caribbean

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? Standardisation

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Curtis Lee

Name: Curtis Lee
Age:30
Status: Engaged
Home Town: Blackwood
Nationality: Welsh
Current Profession: Coachbuilder
Type of car you drive: Focus ST

POOL:

Years Playing Pool: Since Teenager
Type of Cue Used: Woods cue
Type of tip used: Pressed elk
Size of tip: 8.4
Pool Ambition: To win major Titles
Biggest Achievement: UK IPA Amateur finalist, Welsh tour winner, European team champion.
Favourite Player: Simon ward

OTHER THINGS:

Other Hobbies: Weightlifting,
Favourite Food: Steak
Favourite Sportperson(s):Tyson Fury, Eddie Hall
Favourite TV:UFC, Boxing, WSM
Favourite Actor/Actress: The Rock
Favourite Holiday Location: Turkey

If you could change one thing about pool what would it be? We all play the same rule set

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