NSEXPO’18: REPORT

Marshall grabs the N.S.EXPO 2018 Coveted Bracelet.

Rolling back the years, ex-professional Snooker player Robert Marshall won the Black Heart Snooker Classic Open at the inaugural National Snooker Expo. After two days of intense group stage matches and high drama on the green-baize,

players were either sent home packing while others fell to the way side and some due to fatigue. This was a test of not just skill but also stamina and endurance. Our Champion overcame the stubborn challenge and gutsy performance of runner up

Steven Thomas from North Wales to win 3-2. But the real drama came in Marshall’s best of 5 semi-final clash with Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Stuart Watson. With Marshall leading 2-1 Watson found himself in a tricky situation and trailing by 40 points. Although he could clearly hit a red Stuart attempted a very difficult safety shot. 

Having missed his attempted shot twice World Snooker Referee, Ms Małgorzata Kanieska had no alternative but to remind Wilson of the Three Miss Rule (Failure to hit a ball “on” three times in a row, if the player has a clear sight of the ball. The referee will warn a player after a second such miss that a third miss will mean that the opponent will be awarded the frame. This rule does not apply if the player is snookered.) and warn him that if he failed to hit a red on his third attempt he would forfeit the frame and subsequently lose the match.  

After long deliberation, Watson attempted to play the more difficult two cushion safety shot again; rather than aim and hit the visible red. Stuart failed to hit a red by a millimetre and in turn lost the match and a place in the N.S.EXPO final. 

On his way to winning the Black Heart Classic Open, Robert also secured the highest break prize of £100.00 by making a century break of 106 including the top first prize of £350.00. 

On presentation of the Championship Bracelet with the inscription ‘NSEXPO-2018-CHAMP’ Marshall was informed that all future N.S.EXPO Championship Bracelets will thereafter be known as the ‘Robert Marshall Bracelet’ upon which Robert replied “WOW. Your kidding… Your joking right?” 

But this was no joke and Robert Marshal has now cemented his place in history for which we hope will be for many generations to come.

However, Roberts journey towards glory was nearly lost to a delayed flight-path from Poland.  Tournament Director Ms Kanieska was delayed on Friday evening by over three hours with uncertainty that she would be allowed to board her second flight of a gruelling journey that night from Amsterdam.

Founder, Jason Lawrence said “Gosia was due to arrive at Manchester Airport around 9.30pm, Friday night. With all logistical set-up I was unable to pick Gosia up personally as originally planned. Thankfully we had a great Taxi operator who met Ms Kanieska and drove her to her hotel room at around 12.30am. She is a dedicated professional and despite this unfortunate flight journey, she was ready for action that same morning and took charge of our first N.S.EXPO with ease and confidence. She is a great asset, that’s for sure.”

Throughout the two days vendor Cue & Case showcased their products to players, the general public and customers. “Being that this is our first ever National Snooker Expo, we had to expose and educate the players, and public to what this is all about. That said, Cue & Case came, they sold cues and that’s the name of the game.” Added Lawrence.

Mr. Lawrence also announced “We are now looking ahead to the National Snooker Expo 2019. There is a lot of hard work ahead for this project and that has already begun. I can proudly confirm that for the 2019 National Snooker Expo, Black Heart Premium Billiard Tips will again be the Principle Partner and we are very confident of naming others in the near future.

We’ve now got a very strong team of professionals who all performed to an outstanding level throughout the event and gave the players an exciting experience that many are not use too. On behalf of the National Snooker Expo I should like to thank Małgorzata Kanieska and Sarah McManus for carrying out their Directive and Refereeing duties to the highest level. They are now part of a team.”

“Today we have a clear indication of what works, what does not work and what we can improve. This (holding the expo) was important.” Jason added.

The National Snooker Expo 2018 was also raising money for charity and confirms raising £72.50 in support of Prostate Cancer UK. 

Lengthy match play meant that time was extremely limited to successfully execute the planned 9Ball Amateur Open. We had to alter our original plans from a three day event down to a two day event. Players who registered were instead fully refunded and treated to engage with newly launched cue shaft products as well as competing in a few arranged, race to 9 matches. Everyone was happy!

Final Standings

Champion: Robert Marshall

Runner-Up: Steven Thomas

3rd Place: E. Lott and Stuart Watson

4th Place:Danny Connelly, David Holcroft, Paul Taylor, Lewis Walsh.

Finally the National Snooker Expo 2018 should like to thank Hazel Grove Snooker Club for hosting our event and running all operations smoothly and efficiently. Thank you Dino and Pam who were excellent throughout the weekend and their staff who are second to none!

We should also like to thank the Principal Partner of this project, Black Heart Premium Billiard Tips along with all our official sponsors:

BLACK HEART PREMIUM BILLIARD TIPS – Official Snooker & Pool Tip

HAZEL GROVE SNOOKER CLUB – Official Host 

McDERMOTT HANDCRAFTED CUE, USA – Official Cue

TWEETEN FIBRE CO., INC. – Official Tournament Chalk 

SHOOTERSPOOL.NET – Official Online Gaming Host

POOLDAWG.COM – Official Online Retailer 

COACH’S EYE – Keynote Sponsor

International Media affiliates:

AZBILLIARDS.COM

G.B.E. CHINA

All in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Thank you for all contributed donations.

The National Snooker Expo will return in 2019.

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31st May 2018

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