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UK MASTERS IS A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY


THE CO-OPERATIVE FUNERALCARE UK MASTERS TOURS FINALS BLACKPOOL 10 May-12 May: Players compete for Golden tickets


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lackpool’s Newton Hall will once again be the stage for one of the key events in the


Indoor TV bowls calendar when it plays host to the Co-operative Funeral Care UK Masters tours finals. Sixteen of the country’s top


competition players will battle it out for the two ‘Golden’ tickets that gain them entry into all the World Bowls Tour televised ranking events for the 2013/14 season. Qualifying competitions have been held throughout the indoor season all over the country with Masters Tour card events and the eight successful winners of those will meet the eight qualifiers from


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the International Open and Scottish International Open tournaments to try to gain one of the two tour cards on offer. Newton Hall Club manager


Jonathan Goodall is looking forward to the event. “It’s great that the impression we made on the World Bowls Tour by hosting the International Open in February has persuaded the organisers to bring their Tour Card play-offs here. I’m looking forward to another top-class event at the club.” Once again, the club will be at


the centre of the TV cameras as the finals day is being recorded to be shown on the Premier Sports channel on Sky 428. Richard Maddieson, CEO of


the World Bowls Tour, said: “We have many plans to increase the sports coverage by the media and TV in particular. And the more quality events we can produce for


players and public, the better. The relationship we have with Blackpool Newton Hall is one we hope to continue into the future for several of our key events. The crowds and club members certainly have made us feel at home here.” The competition starts on Friday


10 May with sessions at 10am, 2pm and 6pm, then continues on Saturday 11 at 10am with two games before TV arrives to rig the venue for Sunday 12, when all sessions at 10am, 2pm and the finals at 6pm will be filmed. Some interesting names have


already qualified for the event with (at time of going to press) two places still up for grabs for the winners of the Lincoln qualifiers for the International Open and Scottish Open events. The draw has thrown up some


very intriguing first-round games that will make for exciting viewing.


None more so than when Irish International and ‘Big Gun striker’ Gary Kelly takes on Englishman Neil Smith, specialist in these sets games and who has already qualified several times for the big TV events. Also we see World Ranked 29


Brett Arkely bid to improve his WBT rankings by picking up one of the two tour card entries. Brett, known as a ‘giant slayer’ in first rounds at TV events, must be a starting favourite in the second tour card, and a final against Gary or Neil would give the crowd a first-class treat. Some tasty ties are in sight in the


first tour card draw where English International Gary R Smith must stand as the bookies’ starting favourite, but then who can see past wizard Danny Dennison who has spent some time away from the TV stage and must be gunning for a place in all big stage events for next season at this play off?


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