Nations Cup (snooker)

The Nations Cup was a non-ranking team snooker tournament created in 1999, and the second team tournament after the World Cup. The annual contests featured team of four players representing their country against other such teams.

Nations Cup
Tournament information
VenueThe Hexagon
LocationReading
CountryEngland
Established1999
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatNon-ranking team event
Final year2001
Final champion(s) Scotland
Stephen Hendry
John Higgins
Alan McManus

HistoryEdit

The event began in the 1998/1999 season. It was held at the Telewest Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne. The five home countries participated, who were represented by four player teams and were identified by coloured waistcoats. It was played on a round robin basis with the top two meeting in the final. For the final two years the event moved to the Hexagon Theatre in Reading. In 2001 there were eight teams, as Thailand, Malta and China joined the competition. Teams consisted of three players and were split into two round robin groups, from where the top two teams advanced to the semi-finals. It was planned to rename the event to World Cup in 2002, but it was abandoned because ITV discontinued their snooker coverage.[1]

WinnersEdit

Year Winners Runners-up Final score Host city Season
Team Player Team Player
Nations Cup (team event)
1999[2]   Wales   Darren Morgan
  Mark Williams
  Matthew Stevens
  Dominic Dale
  Scotland   Stephen Hendry
  John Higgins
  Alan McManus
  Chris Small
6–4   Newcastle upon Tyne 1998/99
2000[3]   England   John Parrott
  Ronnie O'Sullivan
  Stephen Lee
  Jimmy White
  Wales   Darren Morgan
  Mark Williams
  Matthew Stevens
  Dominic Dale
6–4   Reading 1999/00
2001[4]   Scotland   Stephen Hendry
  John Higgins
  Alan McManus
  Republic of Ireland   Ken Doherty
  Fergal O'Brien
  Michael Judge
6–2   Reading 2000/01
Source:[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "World Cup, World Team Classic, Nations Cup". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Nations Cup 1999". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Parrott steers England home". Birmingham Post on Questia Online Library. Retrieved 1 June 2012. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "2001 Nations Cup results". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2011.