WSS Irish Masters posponed to 2022

As, unfortunately, the covid crisis continues to be a major health concern, the Seniors Irish Masters had to be postponed again, this time to March 2022.

Here is Jason Francis announcement on social media:

WSSIrishMasters2022Poster

IRISH MASTERS MOVED TO 2022. We are sorry to once again need to move the Seniors Irish Masters to 2022. All tickets remain valid for the new dates. Refunds available from Ticket Master Ireland. We will return to this great Irish Venue in 2022.

 

This has’nt come as a surprise to me as, last week, Aer Lingus had informed me that my flights had been canceled.

There is nothing WSS can do really, and, of course, players, officials and fans health and safety are the priority. Hopefully we can have a blast in Goff in 2022.

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Super Seniors

This is the qualifying event for the “Super Seniors” tournament. Players must be 55 or older to be able to compete in this one and there were no main tour players in the draw.

You will find all detailed results here

This is how it unfolded…

Last 24

Lee Taylor 3-0 Colin Bark
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Steve Whalley
Richard Pipe w/o Paul McCulloch
Andrew Milliard w/o Peter Bardsley
Dean Reynolds 3-1 Kevin Kelly
Chris Cookson 3-2 Richard Wykes
Ashley Beal 3-1 John Rees

Last 16

Gary Filtness 3-0 Lee Taylor
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Lindon Paxford
Richard Pipe 3-0 Dennis Tristram
Ian Brumby 3-0 Patsy Fagan
Tony Knowles 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Dean Reynolds 3-0 Ian Spawton
Chris Cookson 3-1 Ray Grail
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Quarter-finals

Gary Filtness 3-2 Mukesh Parmar
Ian Brumby 3-1 Richard Pipe
Dean Reynolds 3-2 Tony Knowles
Ahley Beal 3-0 Chris Cookson

Semi-finals

Gary Filtness 3-0 Ian Brumby
Ashley Beal 3-0 Dean Reynolds

The Final

Gary Filtness 4-0 Ashley Beal

This is a remarkable victory for Gary, who has suffered from very painfulback injuries for months, will definitely need an operation, withdrew from other Q-school events, but saved his best for this one! And he couldn’t believe he did it!

Congratulations Gary Filtness!

See you at Ally Pally … eerh?

Surely this has to be at Upton Park now!

😎😂

Rokit World Seniors 2021 – Q School World Championships – Results

This is the qualifying event for the 2021 Rokit World Seniors Snooker Championship. Two spots were for the grabs.

The players currently competing on the Main Tour are highlighted in orange.

You will find all detailed results here

Last 96

Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Ahmed Alhasimi
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-2 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler 3-1 Gary Milne
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Darren Mills
Stuart Reardon 3-2 Mark Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Mohamed Abdekader 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Mike Nixon 3-0 Karl Walker
Steve Crowley 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Gerard Greene 3-1 Chris Jones
Kevin Palmer w/o Peter Bardsley
Peter Lines 3-0 Ian Brumby
Andrew Norman 3-1 Neil Herd
Andrew Booker 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley w/o Alfie Burden
Ashley Beal 3-0 John Snape
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Paul Davies
Lee Taylor w/o Lee Walker
Mark Garderton w/o Anthony Bonner
Nigel Bond w/o Minesh Doshi
Andy Lavin 3-2 Jim Buck
Barry Pinches 3-0 Martin Williams

Last 64

Ant Parsons w/o Michael Judge
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Steve Walley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Mark Ball
Phil Williams 3-0 Gary Coulson
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-1 Richard Emery
Rod Lawler 3-0 Steve Bird
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
Gary Filtness 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Declan Hughes
Matt Ford 3-2 Richard Jones
Gary Thomson w/o Mohamed Abdelkader
Dean Sycamore w/o Mike Nixon
James Brown 3-2 Steve Crowley
Tony Knowles 3-2 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-2 John Hunter
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Patrick Wallace 3-1 Peter Lines
Andrew Norman 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Andrew Booker
David Lilley 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-2 Jonathan Bagley
Johnny Stevens 3-1 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Stuart Watson 3-0 Lee Taylor
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Mark Gardenton
Hans Blankaert v Martin McCrudden – both players withdrew
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andrew Greaves
Andy Lavin 3-2 Sean Lanigan
Barry Pinches 3-1 Andy Milliard
Chris Cookson 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Abid Manzoor
Rory McLeod 3-1 Andy Hicks

Last 32

Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Phil Williams 3-2 Steven Thomas
Rod Lawler 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Wayne Townsend w/o Gary Filtness
Matt Ford 3-0 Aaron Canavan
Dean Sycamore w/o Gary Thomson
Tony Knowles 3-1 James Brown
Darren Morgan 3-1 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Norman 3-0 Patrick Wallace
David Lilley 3-0 Rhydian Richards
Johnny Stevens 3-2 Ashley Beal
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Wayne Cooper bye
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andy lavin
Barry Pinches 3-0 Chris Cookson
Dave Finbow 3-2 Rory McLeod

Last 16

Ant Parsons 1-3 Phil Williams
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Rod Lawler
Matt Ford 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Andrew Norman 1-3 David Lilley
Johnny Stevens 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Nigel Bond
Barry Pinches 3-2 Dave Finbow

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 1-3 Wayne Townsend
Matt ford 0-3 Darren Morgan
David Lilley 3-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 1-3 Barry Pinches

Semi-finals

David Lilley 4-2 Wayne Townsend
Barry Pinches 4-3 Darren Morgan

Congratulations David Lilley and Barry Pinches!

See you at the Crucible!

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School UK Championships – Results

The Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q School UK Championship started on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and finished in the small hours of Sunday, January 10, 2021 

You can find all the results here

The main table was streamed on Facebook.

Last 96

Mike Gardenton 3-0 Darren Mills
David Lilley 3-0 Andy Hickx
Ashley Beal 3-2 Lee Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-2 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Stuart Reardon 3-1 Richard Wykes
Andy Lavin 3-2 Dean Reynolds
Gary Milne 3-0 Richard Jones
Gerard Greene 3-2 Abid Manzoor
Mark Taylor 3-0 Andrew Booker
Kuldesh Johal 3-0 Martin Williams
Karl Walker w/o Martin McCrudden
Nigel Bond 3-0 Ahmed Alhasmi
John Hunter w/o Minesh Doshi
Jim Buck 3-2 Steve Crowley
Ant Parsons 3-0 Chris Cookson
John Snape 3-0 Neil Herd
Mukesh Parmar w/o Peter Bradsley
Mike Dixon 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-2 Steven Thomas
Barry Pinches 3-0 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler w/o Lee Walker

Last 64

Patrick Wallace 3-0 Mike Gardenton
David Lilley 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Ashley Beal
Paul Davies 3-2 Mark Ball
Peter Lines 3-0 Jonathan Bagley
Wayne Townsend 3-1 Declan Hughes
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Richard Emery 3-1 Mohamed Abdelkader
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Adam Denham
Darren Morgan 3-2 Andy Lavin
Gary Milne 3-1 Andrew Greaves
Tony Knowles 3-0 Gerard Greene
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Karl Walker
Nigel Bond 3-1 Aaron Canavan
Rory McLeod 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Andrew Norman 3-0 Steve Whalley
John Hunter 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Jim Buck 3-1 Gary Coulson
Ant Parsons 3-0 Sean Lanigan
Steve Bird 3-2 John Snape
Hans Blankaert v Anthony Bonner – both players withdrew
Phil Williams 3-2 Gary Filtness
Stuart Watson 3-0 Chris Jones
Matt Ford 3-2 Ian Brumby
Mukesh Parmar 3-1 Johnny Stevens
Dean Sycamore w/o Alfie Burden
James Brown 3-0 Mike Nixon
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-2 Lee S. Martin
Barry Pinches 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Rod Lawler

Last 32

David Lilley 3-0 Patrick Wallace
Paul Davies 3-1 Rhydian Richards
Peter Lines 3-0 Wayne Townsend
Mark Gray 3-2 Richard Emery
Wayne Cooper 3-2 Darren Morgan
Gary Milne 0-3 Tony Knowles
Kuldesh Johal w/o Mark Taylor
Dave Finbow 3-2 Nigel Bond
Rory McLeod 0-3 Andrew Norman
John Hunter 2-3 Jim Buck
Ant Parsons 3-0 Steve Bird
Phil Williams bye
Stuart Watson 3-1 Matt Ford
Mukesh Parmar 3-2 Dean Sycamore
James Brown 3-1 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Barry Pinches 3-1 Leo Fernandez

Last 16

David Lilley 3-1 Paul Davies
Peter Lines 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-1 Tony Knowles
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Dave Finbow
Andrew Norman 3-2 Jim Buck
Ant Parsons 0-3 Phil Williams
Stuart Watson 3-1 Mukesh Parmar
James Brown 1-3 Barry Pinches

Quarter-finals

David Lilley 4-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-4 Kuldesh Johal
Andrew Norman 3-4 Phil Williams
Stuart Watson 1-4 Barry Pinches

Congratulations to David Lilley, Kuldesh Johal,

Phil Williams and Barry Pinches !

See you in Hull!

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Masters – Results

The Rokit World Seniors Q School Masters was in fact the very first snooker event  to start in the new year on Monday! 

Jason Francis and his team deserve huge praise for managing to get this Q-School going under the current circumstances.

You can follow the scores, and find all the results here

The main table is streamed on Facebook.

I will however post the results here as well, and this post will be updated as the tournament unfolds.

At the time of writing, the last 96 and last 64 round have been completed

Last 96

Peter Lines 3-0 Darren Mills
Nigel Bond 3-0 Barry Pinches
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Darren Morgan 3-0 Jim Buck
Rod Lawler 3-0 Muhammad Aurangzaib
Ant Parsons 3-1 Gary Milne
Andy Lavin 3-0 Chris Cookson
Mark Taylor 3-2 Ahmed Ahashmi
Declan Hughes 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Andrew Booker 3-1 Ray Grail
Steve Crowley 3-1 Rhydian Richards
Rory McLeod 3-2 Mark Ganderton – Rory is playing for Jamaica
Steven Thomas 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Andrew Norman 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Lee S. Martin 3-0 Neil Herd
Dave Finbow 3-1 Chris Jones
Aaron Canavan 3-0 John Hunter
Andrew Greaves 3-1 Andy Papaiacovou
Sean Lanigan 3-2 Abid Manzoor

Dharminder Singh Lily w/o Lee Walker
Johnny Stevens w/o Peter Bradsley

Last 64

Nigel Bond 3-0 John Snape
Rod Lawler 3-0 Karl Walker
Phil Williams 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Andy Lavin 3-0 Mohamed Abdelkader
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Mark Taylor 3-2 Simon Chandler
Peter Lines 3-0 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Martin Williams
Rory McLeod 3-0 Minesh Doshi
Matt Ford 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley 3-1 Jonathan Bagley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Steve Bird
Dharminder Singh Lily 3-2 Stuart Reardon
Ant Parsons 3-2 Steve Whslley
Andy Hicks 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
James Brown 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Steve Crowley 3-0 Gary Coulson
Andrew Booker 3-0 Lee Taylor
Gary Thomson 3-1 Declan Hughes
Dave Finbow 3-0 Mike Nixon
Andrew Norman 3-2 Ian Brumby
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Andrew Greaves 3-0 Paul Davies
Sean Lanigan 3-0 Richard Jones
Gerard Greene 3-1 Mark Ball
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Gary Filtness w/o Hans Blankaert – my guess is that Hans was unable to travel from Belgium
Lee S. Martin w/o Anthony Bonner
Kevin Palmer w/o Martin McCrudden
Johnny Stevens w/o Alfie Burden – Alfie had to withdraw because his son has Covid-19
Leo Fernandez bye

Last 32

Mark Taylor – Gary Filtness w/o
Phil Williams 3-2 Andy Lavin
Nigel Bond 3-1 Rod Lawler
Darren Morgan 3-1 Peter Lines
Mark Gray 1-3 Ant Parsons
Dharminder Singh Lily 3-1 Matt Ford
David Lilley 3-1 Rory Mcleod
Steven Thomas 0-3 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Booker 0-3 Andy Hicks
Steve Crowley w/o Gary Thomson
James Brown 2-3 Wayne Townsend
Johnny Stevens 0-3 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-0 Dave Finbow
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Kevin Palmer
Sean Lanigan 0-3 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-0 Andrew Greaves

Last 16

Gary Filtness –  Phil Williams w/o
Nigel Bond 1-3 Darren Morgan
Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
David Lilley 3-0 Leo Fernandez
Andy Hicks 3-0 Steve Crowley
Wayne Townsend 2-3 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-2 Aaron Canavan
Lee S. Martin 3-1 Ashley Beal

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 0-3 Darren Morgan
Ant Parsons 1-3  David Lilley
Andy Hicks 3-1 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-2 Lee S. Martin

Semi-finals

David Lilley 3-0 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-0 Andy Hicks

The Final

Darren Morgan 4-3 David Lilley

Congratulations Darren Morgan! See you at Ally Pally!

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I have put the names of the senior players currently competing on the Main Tour in orange. As you can see there are a few of them, and the only one who lost so far is Barry Pinches who was beaten by another main tour player, Nigel Bond.

Amongst the name that caught my eye, are Andrew Norman and Mukesh Parmar.

Andrew was on the main tour for a few seasons, and was one of the “pilars” of the SWSA.  Everyone knowing Andrew, knows that he’s a lovely person. Andrew felt that playing on the main tour, and all the traveling it implied, was putting too much pressure on his family life. He missed the competition though, and had told me that he would get on the seniors tour as soon as he would turn 40, and here he is!

Mukesh Parmar was Mark Selby’s manager and friend for many, many years. I never knew that he was a player himself.

WSS 2021 Q-School – the draws are out.

The WSS 2021 Q-School will sart on January, 4, 2021. Four qualifying events will be played. The event has been recognised as an “Elite Sport” event and, as such is allowed to go ahead provided that all precautions and sanitary rules are followed when it comes to covid-19 prevention.

The event will be played in Reading, at the Crucible Sports and Social Club. The club is owned by Jason Francis. Practice will also be available at Jason’s club in Newbury.

The main table will be streamed on Facebook.

Here are the draws:

WSS UK Chamionship Qualifiers draw

WSS Masters draw

Super Seniors  draw

World Championship draw

As you will see there is an interesting mix in there: great players from the past, recent past and current main tour seniors players and very talented amateurs.

Unfortunately, no Asian players are able to compete this time around.

Live scores and results will be available via the WPBSA Snooker Scores system

It has been a colossal effort from Jason and the WSS team to get this on its feet. Thank you to all those who made this possible, and good luck to all players.

Some more WSS Tour news

This was published by WPBSA today:

The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has recently announced a series dates for tournaments to be held during 2021.

Following the successful staging of the World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre last August, the tournament will return to the ‘home of snooker’ for a third successive year from 6-9 May 2021.

A 16-player field will be led by Jimmy White – who will be looking to win the event for a third successive year – with tickets to go on sale this month to Crucible members from 14 December and general sale from 21 December.

A number of places in the draw will be filled following the inaugural ROKiT World Seniors Qualifying School which is set to be held at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Reading from 4-10 January. The event is set to be the first open-entry amateur tournament held by the WPBSA since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run strictly in accordance with guidelines from the DCMS and the EPSB with full COVID-19 testing protocols in place.

Also set to return is the UK Seniors Championship, last held in October 2019 prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. As in 2018 and last year, the tournament is once again set to be held at the state-of-the-art Bonus Arena in Hull and has now been expanded from two to four days covering 12-15 August 2021.

Among those already confirmed to be participating at the event are Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White, as well as previous champions Ken Doherty and last year’s winner Michael Judge. Tickets for the event will go on sale from 10am on Friday 11 December.

The Senior Irish Masters remains scheduled to take place at the iconic Goffs venue from 27-28 March, subject to government restrictions in place at the time. World Seniors Snooker will continue to monitor the event and provide further updates when possible.

Finally, the Seniors Masters event, scheduled for 15-16 May 2021 at Alexandra Palace, will now be rescheduled to Autumn 2021 with new dates to be announced in due course.

Follow the World Seniors Snooker Facebook page for the latest news and announcements from the circuit.

 

The 2021 WSS UK Championship is on

The dates and venue for the 2021 UK Championship have been confirmed

UK SENIORS SNOOKER 2021

UK Seniors Snooker 2021

Some of snooker’s greatest ever players will return to Hull in 2021 as the UK Seniors Championship will again take place at the Bonus Arena.

Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty and reigning tournament champion Michael Judge will take part in the 16-person event. It is the third year the tournament will have come to Hull, having missed 2020 due to the pandemic.

The four-day tournament will take place between 12 and 15 August 2021 and tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, 11 December.

Jason Francis, chairman of World Seniors Snooker, said: “Such has been the warmth from the people of Hull to our previous snooker in their city we were determined to make sure they don’t miss out in 2021. The players love the venue and we continue on our journey to making Hull a Snooker City, very much like Sheffield.

Current World Seniors champion Jimmy White added: “Hull has always been such a great hotbed for snooker and pool, it is brilliant to have the city on the tour each season now and it is getting bigger and bigger.

Last 16 matches will take place in sessions at 12noon and 7pm on both Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 August 2021. Quarter final sessions take place at 12noon and 7pm on Saturday, 14 August. The semi finals take place at 12noon on Sunday, 15 August with the final at 7pm on the same day.

Single session ticket prices start from £10 each plus booking fees with full day tickets also available.

 

Some news/infos about the WSS “calendar” for the coming weeks and months

The current Covid-19 crisis has forced everyone to change their plans, and it’s a very difficult time for all, economically, socially and psychologically.

The Seniors Tour has suffered as events needed to be posponed or canceled. There are no absolute certainties just yet about the end of this season, or about next season. There is no way a proper calendar can be established with certainty at this moment in time.

But here are some informations about WSS  tour plans at the time of writing.

This SEASON 2019/20

Jan 4th – 10th – Qualifying School, Crucible Reading

This event was supposed to be played in Jersey. Because of the travel restrictions, it became increasingly obvious that most entrants would be unable to travel to the venue. Therefore, the event will now be held in Reading and entries are re-opened.

The Q-school comprises four competitions:
2021 UK Seniors Qualification – 4 places available to qualify
2021 World Seniors Championship – 2 places available to qualify
2021 Masters Championship – 1 Place in the 2021 Masters
All matches best of 5 to semi-finals, Final matches in each event best of 7
All 8 winners will be guaranteed £1000, payable at the final stage event.
Criteria
The senior  events are open to any current amateur player over 40 on or before 4th January 2021.
The  Seniors event is open to any amateur player over 55 on or before 4th January 2021.
All players who enter will need to agree to the WPBSA code of conduct and terms and conditions of the event which will be available within the entry system. They will also need to understand the COVID procedures that will be in place. Players will be tested for Covid-19 and will be withdrawn from the events should they test positive. They may need to arrive the day before their first match.

March 27/28th – Irish Masters Goffs (tbc pending pandemic rulings by then in Ireland)

May 6-9 – World Champs Crucible

SeniorsWC2021PressRelease+ Seniors Qualifying School 2 (venue tbc)

New SEASON 2020/21

UK Championship  in Hull (12-15August, 2021)

Seniors Q School in Jersey September (dates to be confirmed)

Masters  – Alexandra Palace, London (dates to be confirmed)

 

 

Qualifying School in Jersey postponed

Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 situation, the Qualifying School in Jersey had to be postponed.

Here is the message that Jason Francis shared on social media, on October 13, 2020.

Dear All,
It is with great regret that given todays announcement from Jersey we have no option but to postpone the seniors qualifying school. What started out as a challenge, and a resolve to get an event on, is no longer viable with only residents of Worthing and a few remote regions in the Uk now able to arrive in Jersey without a 5 day isolation period.
The new dates will be Monday January 4th to Sunday January 10th.
Play will begin on Tuesday 5th, everyone will need to arrive by 6pm on Monday 4th in case the self-isolation rule is still in place. With today’s announcement most flights will be cancelled so move quick to get them rearranged.
The Mayfair Hotel have agreed to honour and move bookings at no cost to players, please get in touch with them, they will also honour the rate. I cannot speak for any players staying in an unofficial hotel but you should contact them as soon as you can.
For those players who have already withdrawn you now have the option to come back in, irrespective of numbers in the field if you want your place back we will make it happen but you need to get in touch.
Also if you cannot attend between 4th – 10th January then you can apply for a refund and I will issue a form for this.
However please note if you withdraw now there is no guarantee you can get back in closer to the date as I had already filled the spots of everyone who had withdrawn and we still have a waiting list.
I am hopeful things will be a bit easier after Christmas but I also accept this is not ideal for everyone, but giving up and cancelling and depriving players of a chance to play in the crucible or against a legend would be worse.
For those who were waiting for the 20th, you’re automatically transferred into the new event date and unless I hear from you that will stay the same.
Current Jersey regions for Uk attached, you can see how little green was left.
We have moved as quickly as we can,
Regards
World Seniors Snooker.

Jason and the World Seniors Team are putting in every effort to get the WSS players playing whilst making sure it’s safe for everybody involved. It’s a huge challenge and they have no control over the pandemics situation and its consequences. They can only work hard and try their best, which they certainly do.