Nations Cup (snooker)

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Nations Cup
Tournament information
Venue The Hexagon
Location Reading
Country England
Established 1999
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Non-ranking event
Final Year 2001
Final champion(s)  Scotland
Stephen Hendry
John Higgins
Alan McManus

The Nations Cup was an invitational 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.

History[edit]

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]

Winners[edit]

[1]

Year Winners Runner-ups Final Score Season
Team Player Team Player
1999[2]  Wales Wales Darren Morgan
Wales Mark Williams
Wales Matthew Stevens
Wales Dominic Dale
 Scotland Scotland Stephen Hendry
Scotland John Higgins
Scotland Alan McManus
Scotland Chris Small
6–4 1998/99
2000[3]  England England John Parrott
England Ronnie O'Sullivan
England Stephen Lee
England Jimmy White
 Wales Wales Darren Morgan
Wales Mark Williams
Wales Matthew Stevens
Wales Dominic Dale
6–4 1999/00
2001[4]  Scotland Scotland Stephen Hendry
Scotland John Higgins
Scotland Alan McManus
 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge
6–2 2000/01

References[edit]

  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 HighBeam Research. 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.