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Students on cue for pool competition

PUBLISHED: 10:26 22 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:48 30 June 2010

STUDENTS from across the country will be competing in BUCS-UPC eight-ball Pool Championships in Great Yarmouth this week.

A record 500 players are taking part in the tournament at Vauxhall Holiday Park, from Thursday to Sunday.

STUDENTS from across the country will be competing in BUCS-UPC eight-ball Pool Championships in Great Yarmouth this week.

A record 500 players are taking part in the tournament at Vauxhall Holiday Park, from Thursday to Sunday.

Defending champions Queens University, Belfast, buoyed by further success in this season's HESPC Irish Intervarsities Pool Championships, will hope to retain their title.

Last year's finalists Durham University return, are aiming to go one better to reclaim the title they last won in 2004-2005.

University of York have the taste for silverware after their impressive outing in the UPC Nine-ball Pool Championships and travel to Yarmouth with strong expectations of still being involved at the business end on Sunday.

Other teams expected to do well include University of Warwick, and University of Glasgow, the inaugural SUPA Scottish Student eight-ball champions, who will travel south of the border hunting further success.

University of Leeds, London School of Economics and University of Portsmouth are among the teams promoted from the shield event last season keen to be tested at the higher level.

The individual championship has always been hotly-contested and this year may be the hardest to call ever with the biggest ever field of entrants.

Lee Morris (UWE), who played some breathtaking pool to take the title last year, will have his work cut out to defend his crown.

Leading the queue of over 400 players will be Rich Wharton (Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge), who became the first student to win both the eight-ball and nine-ball titles earlier this season and Glen Spalling (University of Leeds).

Although untested at university level, there are a number of debut entries with a mainstream pool pedigree who are expected to do well.

For the first time, the UPC will be holding a Team Speed Pool Contest on Saturday.

The heats will see teams race to clear five consecutive pool tables using a relay format. With one team progressing from each heat, the eventual winners can proclaim their physical stamina as well as their superior potting ability.

Visit www.upc-pool.org.uk.

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