An interview with Jimmy White

Earlier this month, Jimmy, the reigning Seniors UK Champion was in Ireland to play Ronnie O’Sullivan in three exhibitions. He was interviewed by Conor Sharkey.

There are a couple of inaccuracies in this article, notably the fact the Stephen Hendry retired well before Steve Davis did, but Jimmy’s quotes are very interesting all the same.

Here it is from the Donegal News

Two things attracted my attention.

Jimmy states this is his last year as a pro. Now, what does that mean? I would be very surprised if he was willing to retire, he’s the type you have to scrape off the table! So what then? Is he possibly determined to concentrate on the Seniors Tour exclusively? Is he expecting the invitational tour cards to disappear now that the Seniors Tour is growing and seniors players are offered their own set of tournaments to play in?

Jimmy’s assessment of the current players isn’t exactly all positive. In fact it’s pretty damning in some aspects. He’s questioning their motivation and desire, including when talking about Ding and Trump. He states that most current players’ game is incomplete, some aspects are poor or missing and they don’t cope with longer formats well. The last bit of course isn’t helped by the fact that the “standard” format nowadays is the best of 7. He’s clearly not impressed with what he perceives as being most players mentality. I think he’s a bit too harsh actually. Many do struggle badly financially and that’s hard to put that off your mind when bills await to be paid. Rookies face a top 64 player in first round more often than not and get nothing for their efforts if they lose, even if they played well, gave their more experienced opponent a good game and entertained the audience. I’m not sure that this system is a great “motivator”.

Great interview with Stephen Hendry

A bit by chance, I stumbled upon this great interview by Stephen Hendry. It was recorded at the Crucible during the last World Championship

Amongst other things Stephen talks about the book he has coming. This book is available for pre-order on amazon: here is the link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Me-Table-Stephen-Hendry/dp/1786065681

He also touches on various subjects like the decline of snooker, at least when it comes to getting young people to play in the UK, why Barry Hearn’s plans to clamp on slow play aren’t quite right or realistic, and why we shouldn’t expect a return to competition on the main tour, although he definitely wants to play on the Seniors tour.

 

WPBSA World Seniors Tour and RIBSA collaboration

This was published on Thursday by WPBSA

World Seniors and RIBSA Announcement

14th June 2018

World Seniors Snooker (WSS) and the Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association (RIBSA) have today announced a new cooperation agreement in respect of events to be staged by both organisations this season.

Through the latest agreement which underlines the commitment of WSS to supporting snooker’s national federations, RIBSA will be granted two places to all WSS qualifiers staged in the Republic of Ireland over the coming season.

RIBSA will further be granted a place in next January’s Seniors Irish Masters for their nominated over 40s champion, while RIBSA will also run a Cue Zone open to all visitors at the event to be held at the iconic Goffs venue.

There will also be opportunities created for RIBSA appointed referees to officiate at the WSS qualifiers in Letterkenny and Celbridge, as well as the opportunity to work with Michaela Tabb at the Seniors Irish Masters.

In line with its commitment to snooker’s national federations, WSS can confirm that all Irish Nationals who participate in any WSS qualifying event must be a member of RIBSA.

Any over 40s players interested in playing on the WSS Tour can enter HERE.

I do like the idea of having a cue zone at the Irish Masters in Goffs.

John Parrott confirmed for the World Seniors UK 2018 in Hull

Another Legend, John Parrot has been confirmed for the World Seniors UK Championship 2018 in Hull next October. Mark the dates: 22 to 25 of October 2018. he joins the defending Champion Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and Joe Johnson …

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This promises to be a great event, with the right mix of competitiveness and entertainment.

and there is also an opportunity to play golf with some legends in this place …

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Longevity …

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Today, this man, the World Seniors UK Champion, reached 37 years, 7 months, 3 days & counting at the service of professional snooker, overcoming Steve Davis longevity record.

It’s quite remarkable! Congratulations Jimmy!

David Hendon stated that Fred Davis was a pro for 57 years, so Jimmy has some way to go. Fred Davis 57 years playing longevity is a fact, but nobody would be able to stay a pro nowadays not going past R1 in any ranking event for 12 seasons and being ranked n°259. Fred Davis, a great player, had an extraordinary career, and deserves every credit for still playing at 80, but the situations aren’t comparable.

Exhibitions time – Jimmy White in Lincoln next January

I believe that exhibitions are just as important for the promotion of snooker as competitive tournament. They offer a more relaxed and fun approach to the sport and are a perfect introduction for a younger audience who, maybe, has not yet the maturity and attention span required for more “serious” snooker.

When exhibitions also support charities, they deserve all the publicity they can get! So in the coming days, I will try to promote events that mix snooker, enjoyment and charity!

The “Legends” are doing a few in the coming weeks and months

Here is the first:

Jimmy and Dennis Lincoln Jan 2019

It is organised by Nigel and Ali Coton, who organised and hosted  similar events with Ronnie O’Sullivan, in May 2017 and February 2018. Nigel is a disabled snooker player himself and he’s very aware that many disabled players aren’t as well off as he is himself, many of them are on benefits, and struggle badly with the costs associated with the events, even if they are kept to a minimum. One of those disabled players – who I won’t name – told me that the WDBS tour had become his family and massively helped him out of social isolation and depression. He’s not the only one in that situation. So, please, come and support these events. And Lincoln is a great place for a city trip as well!