WSS Tour – End of season Top 32 Week-end in Newbury – 7-9 June 2019

At the end of the season, the Top 32 on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour get together for a final weekend at Crucible Sports & Social Club Newbury 7-9th June. Everyone is welcome for a great weekend to celebrate our season.

Dare to dream
A player from each seeds group will be randomly drawn into their playing group for the weekend, top 2 progress to the quarters. Over £3000 up for grabs, and we are supporting a fantastic charity over the weekend. Our competitors are…

Seeds 1-8
Johnathan Bagley, Aaron Canavan, Lee Richardson, Barry Pinches, Rodney Goggins, Leo Fernandez, Stuart Watson, Richard Emery.

Seeds 9-16
Gary Britton, Lee Martin, Sean Lanigan, Gary Filtness, Rhydian Richards, Garoid O’Connor, Mark White, Jonathan Charlton

Seeds 17-24
Sanjay Meghani, Tony Corrigan, Nick Spelman, Karl Townsend, Les Dodd, Simon Dent, Aidan Owens, Neil Craycraft

Seeds 25-32
Stephen Campbell, James O’Sullivan, Dean Venables, Johnny Stevens, Steve Evans, Marcus Lord, Andy Milliard, Levi Meiller

As well as the group event, which already has 3k in the pot, on Saturday at 5pm there will do a random draw for the SHOOTOUT. 10 Minutes per frame of madness and abusing everyone who is playing, with forfeits for in offs…

And remember the event charity is nominated by our good friend Ian Spawton which is snowdrop so everyone will be donating via the raffles and for every foul made in the shootout.

Jason Francis is looking for some raffle prizes and also anyone who wants to add to the prize fund.

Currently it is:

£1000 winner
£500 runner up
£250 semis
£100 quarters
£40 for second in your group
£30 for third in your group
£20 for the wooden spoon in your group

Shootout is £250 winner and £100 runner up.

High break over the weekend is £100.

Donations are welcome…
Money to go into the prize fund…
Prizes for the raffle (dig out some crap) ALL income to snowdrop charity.

The good news is all the action will be free to watch on www.snookertv.net

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The SnowDrop Trust

When a child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, it is devastating news and all too often parents don’t know where to turn to get the extra information, help and nursing support at home, they so desperately need. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust was founded 26 years ago to bridge the gap – and the services we provide for children and their families are even more in demand today than they were then. Nowadays children are at home very quickly after operations, travel daily to hospital for radiotherapy treatment and children with complex needs are at home and cared for by their parents. They need the vital support of a qualified children’s nurse to enable them to cope with the day to day demands of looking after a very sick child. The Snowdrop Care at Home Team of Paediatric nurses and our counselors are the professional friends that our Snowdrop families depend on – day by day – throughout their child’s illness.
The Snowdrop nurses also provide end of life care within the comfort, reassurance, and familiarity of home. Since Snowdrop was founded, nearly all children in our area, who have become terminally ill, have been at home during this very sad time. Parents say that being able to be at home with their child, gives them such precious time together.

 

Goodbye David Lilley, and good luck!

David Lilley is leaving the WSS ROKiT tour … because he has just qualified for the main tour and earned himself a two years professional card. It has been a long time coming, and we surely wish him all the best for the coming season.

In the Q-School event 1, David has defeated Barry Lee (4-1), Stephen Kershaw (4-1), Adam Duffy (4-2), Rodion Judin (4-0), Si Jiahui (4-1) and Sean Maddockx (4-0) to gain his professional status.

Congratulations David Lilley, and good luck!

There were a number of players involved in the event.

Amongst them, other than David, Lee Richardson and Barry Pinches did well and reached round 4.

All the results of the Q-school 2019 Event 1 are available on snooker.org

 

Bob Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion

When the WSS tour went to Toronto in December last year, the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association stressed how important this event was in the context of one of their main goals, namely to put snooker firmly back in the picture in Canada.

Now, a few months later, the Canadian National Snooker Championship  attracted over 50 players at the same venue, the Corner Bank in Toronto, and it was won by Bob Chaperon, a former prominent professional, and one of the competitors in Toronto last December. They also held a Canadian Seniors Snooker Championship which was won by no other than Cliff Thorburn.

It’s worth noting that when Bob Chaperon won the English Open in 1990, his opponent in the final was Alex Higgins. Bob beat Alex by 10-8 and this was Alex  last ever ranking final.

Here is the report by WPBSA

Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion Again

22nd May 2019

Bob Chaperon was back lifting silverware earlier this month after winning the Canadian National Snooker Championship for the second time – an amazing 38 years on from his maiden triumph in the competition.

The event was once again held at the Corner Bank in Toronto, a club part-owned by another prominent former Canadian professional player, Jim Wych. Over 50 players from Ontario and beyond travelled to the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association’s most prestigious event that has been claimed in the past by national greats Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk, Kirk Stevens, Alain Robidoux, Alex Pagulayan and Wych himself.

Defending champion and former Crucible qualifier Brady Gollan – whose two victories in this event also came 30 years apart – was an early casualty when he lost to Lobsang Lama 4-3 in his opening match. Lama followed this up with wins against Amar Sadig (5-0), Steve West (5-2) and Derrick Claus (5-3) to reach the final for the first time.

Chaperon, surprise winner of the 1990 British Open, dropped just a frame during rounds one and two but he had a tougher time dispatching three-time champion Floyd Ziegler, 5-3, in the last 16. The 60-year-old then eliminated youngster Edward Ling 5-2 in the quarter-finals and John Everekian was given the same treatment in the next round.

In a meeting of varying scales of experience, the opening four frames of the final were shared before Chaperon established an advantage and moved one away from victory at 5-2. A determined Lama refused to give in, forcing a deciding frame after a trio of frames for himself, but Chaperon regrouped in the eleventh to get his hands back on the trophy that he first lifted in 1981. The former world number 25 pocketed $4,000 for his work; he also made the highest break of 120 earlier on in the tournament.

In the proceeding Canadian National Seniors Championship at the same venue, 1980 world champion Thorburn defeated last year’s victor Ziegler, 4-2, in the final to claim the title.

2019 Canadian National Snooker Championship

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

Lobsang Lama 5-2 Steve West

Derrick Claus 5-0 Ricky Leon

Alan Whitfield 3-5 John Everekian

Bob Chaperon 5-2 Edward Ling

Losers each received $800

Semi-Finals

Lama 5-3 Claus

Everekian 2-5 Chaperon

Losers each received $1,500

Final

Lama 5-6 Chaperon

Lama received $2,700 / Chaperon received $4,000

 

Vienna Open 2019

Three “Senior” players – Lee Richardson, Matt Couch and Stephane Ochoiski – were involved in the Vienna Open 2019. The Vienna Open is a pro-am that attracts quite a strong filed every year. This time it was won by Mark Joyce, who had a 147 en route to the title. Lee and Matt had t play each other in the last 32 and in the last 16, “The Shirt” ran into the eventual winner!

here are the results:

ViennaOpen19Winner

Congratulations to Mark Joyce!

ViennaOpen19Winner

Seniors go back to school …

The draw and format are now available for all three 2019 Q-school events (source Worldsnooker)

The draws for all three 2019 Q School events, and the format of play, are out now. The event runs from May 18 to June 4 at Robin Park Leisure Centre in Wigan.

Click here for event one draw

Click here for event two draw

Click here for event three draw

Click here for the format

The four semi-finalists in each event will earn a place on the World Snooker Tour for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Well, there are quite a few “Seniors” going back to school !

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Andy Milliard, Simon Dent, Stuart Watson, Leo Fernandez, Tony Corrigan, Dessie Sheehan, Barry Pinches, Surrender Gill, Tugba Irten, Levi Meiller, Au Chi Wai, Paul Burrell, Peter Lines, David Lilley,Lee Richardson … and I probably missed a few others.

Well that’s great!

I know that some will tell me that it’s the young ones we need for the future of the game. Of course that’s true. But what this shows is how much the WSS tour has rekindled the appetite for the game in players who probably never dreamed to play in big events again only a couple of years ago, some probably even thinking about hanging the cue for good. That Au Chi Wai and Levi Meiller come from China and America for this is significant and it’s fantastic. For a sport to thrive it needs all generations, just like life. Most players of today have been introduced to snooker by someone older, a family member, a teacher. Someone who brought them to their first club, someone who bought them their first table and showed them through their first shots, more often than not someone who was playing themselves.

More active players – of all ages – means more clubs staying active, more events, more opportunities.

Good luck guys!

Of course many of those players know that their chances to (re-)qualify this year aren’t that great, but it’s experience gained and the opportunity to play all season on the Challenge tour, as well as on the WSS tour. Bring it on!

Willie Thorne will be back at the Crucible

Willie Thorne will play in the WSS ROKiT World Championship in August.

It was confirmed on twitter earlier today:

Delighted to say Willie Thorne will be keeping his clothes on as he plays snooker again at the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre between 14-18th August tickets here

Not sure this gear complies with the dress code though 🤔