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Ulster Championship preview

Lists of who has entered and a reminder of some of the more important rules.

This year the Championship is being run in three sections rather than a single tournament. 40 players have already entered, with a few more expected to enter on the day.

Senior entries

1.  Scannell, Stephen    2074
2.  Waters, Michael      2050
3.  Cairns, John         2030
4.  McDonnell, James     1964
5.  Annesley, Gareth     1958
6.  Pilkiewicz, Nicholas 1915
7.  Walls, Eamonn        1891
8.  Newman, Mark         1801
9.  Mallaghan, Danny     1800
10. Whiteside, Edward    1787

Intermediate entries

1.  Woodfield, Ian     1673
2.  Sloan, Cecil       1645
3.  Robbin, Kevin      1628
4.  Baras, David       1616
5.  McComb, Brian      1584
6.  McFarland, Norman  1532
7.  McConaghy, Stewart 1521
8.  Phillips, John     1492
9.  Kruk, Karina       1480
10. Robbin, Kiran      1455
11. Troughton, Niall   1447
12. Harris, Ross       1438
13. Kelly, Martin      1426
14. Truesdale, Derek   1380
15. Storey, William    1372

Junior entries

1.  Linton, Sean       1341
2.  Beckett, Alex      1311
3.  Allen, Mark        1263
4.  Smith, Raymond     1252
5.  Stafford, Roy      1240
6.  Murphy, Cathal     1129
7.  Belshaw, Brian     1120
8.  Monaghan, John     1109
9.  Johnston, Gary     1100
10. Morrison, Phillip  1070
11. Hindley, Geoff     991 
12. Wilson, Paul       857 
13. Storey, Peter      742 
14. Diamond, Michael       
15. Harris, Graeme

Rules reminder

1. Default time: In Rounds 2-6 players arriving 30 minutes after the actual start of the round will lose the game by time default. In Round 1 players are requested to appear before the start of play. There is no default time in Round 1 but players will be repaired if their opponents have not arrived by 10.30 am.

2. Mobile phones: Players are reminded that they must keep their mobile phones switched off. If a player's phone makes a noise during play, he will automatically lose the game.

3. Tie-break rules: In the event of players finishing on the same score, a tie-break will be applied for titles and prizes. Order of tie-break is Median Buchholz, Buchholz, Most wins and progressive score.

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