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!

The Return of Robidoux …

Having a Seniors event scheduled in Toronto has inspired Alain Robidoux to look up for his cue (Source WPBSA)

Robidoux on Cue for Seniors Return

6th June 2018

The World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers in Toronto will welcome another familiar face when it is played in December as Canadian legend and former world number nine Alain Robidoux is another legend who will once again dare to dream.

Robidoux was runner up to Ronnie O’Sullivan at the 1996 German Open and reached the semi-finals of the 1997 professional World Championship before losing to eventual champion Ken Doherty. He is a former Canadian snooker champion and played in the golden era of Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk and Kirk Stevens.

Alain Robidoux said: “Where is my cue? Time to practice for the World Seniors Tour, a good reason to go back on the green baize! Excited again!”

The World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers are being staged at the Corner Bank Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto on 7-9 December 2018.

The event is open to any amateur player over 40 who is a member of their national federation. Enter now by clicking HERE.

Bonne chance Alain!

ICS Hong Kong Qualifier

The Seniors Tour goes to Australia!

This was announced today on Facebook

Hong Kong Venue

The WPBSA World Seniors Tour is delighted to announce a qualifying event in Sydney, Australia which will see a the winner receive a place in the World Seniors Qualifier in Hong Kong in September.
All amateur snooker players over 40 years old are welcome to enter this ground breaking event which will be held the weekend of the 11th and 12th August at the Chatswood ICS, 61 Alleyne St, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales.
Entry fee is $100 and the matches will be played over a best of 5 format with a black ball decider at 2-2.
The winner will receive return flights to Hong Kong and their hotel for the duration of their stay. Their entry fee will also be covered.
The winner must be free to travel into HK between 20-23rd September to compete in the World Seniors Uk Championship Qualifiers.
All interested players should contact Greg Jenkins on Gj9ball@hotmail.com
Further details can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/167791800554739/

for those not able to access FB, here is the post:

ICS Hong Kong Qualifier

A qualifying event to send 1 person to Hong Kong to compete in the Hong Kong Qualifier 21-23 August 2018, for the UK Seniors Championship 23-25 October 2018.
Expressions of Interest
Matches will be Best of 5 frames, with a respotted Black at 2-2. This is the official format. Depending on runners we are hoping to play groups stage followed by Single Knockout.
Winner will receive Airfare and Accommodation in Hong Kong.
Entry Fee is $100.00
ICS has generously donated the use of 3 Shender tables for the qualifier.
We are also hoping to obtain 3 table sponsors for $250.00 per table during this event. Please advise if you are interested.
Additional sponsors would be much appreciated. Along with any official qualified referees who would like to donate their time.
Any inquiries please contact;
Greg Jenkins
Ph. 0425314591 or
Email: gj9ball@hotmail.com

Seniors Tour is Hong Kong bound …

Indeed there will be a qualifying event for the Seniors UK Championship in Hong Kong this season!

HongKongQualPoster

I will be played at the i20 Snooker Academy in Hong Kong and Roger Leighton, who is a professional snooker coach there, shared this video on Facebook.

To say that these facilities are outstanding is by no means an overstatement. This is an exceptional club, run by serious people!

Roger Leighton himself has every reason to be proud: Luo Honghao who won the inaugural World Snooker Federation Championship in Malta, aged only 18, is one of his students. Luo will play on the Main Tour this season and I fully expect him to do very well. And now, another of Roger’s students, 16 years old Wu Yize, just became China’s under 21 Champion.

And, of course, Hong Kong itself is an exceptional city … and a hot bed of snooker.

Dare to dream?

The WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour announce a new partnership with the EASB

This was published yesterday on the WPBSA website

World Seniors Snooker and EASB Announcement

31st May 2018

The WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour is delighted to today announce a new partnership with the English Association of Snooker and Billiards (EASB) which will see both companies work closely together to support each other’s initiatives in England.

The EASB has been granted places in all English based World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers with a remit to reward not only their champions but deserving players who have served the national governing body.

World Seniors Snooker (WSS) has also committed to booking all referees through the EASB and providing those selected for the UK Seniors Championship in Hull this October the opportunity to work alongside senior referee Michaela Tabb. It has also been stipulated that all English nationals who enter any World Seniors Tour qualifier must be a member of the EASB.

WSS will benefit from the promotion of its events by the EASB to all their members and a scheduling commitment not to clash any events this season.

Jeff Robinson, EASB Chairman said: “The EASB is proud to partner with Jason Francis and the World Seniors Snooker Tour. Along with the English Partnership for Snooker & Billiards and the World Snooker Federation, this is another example of the growing relationship between the amateur and professional sport. As this relationship grows the opportunities to be involved at the highest level are also growing. It is an exciting time for English amateur snooker players and officials.”

Jason Francis, WSS Chairman said: “I am delighted that we will be able to work closely with the EASB in this way. The support of the national federations from all regions is significant to the ongoing development of the World Seniors Tour.”

The World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers to be staged in England this season are:

7-9 Sep – Barratts, Northampton
28-30 Sep – Pot Black, Clacton
5-7 Oct – Scotties, Liverpool
2-4 Nov – Newbury, Berkshire
14-16 Dec – Coulsdon, Surrey
8-10 Feb – Newbury, Berkshire – 6-Red
8-10 Mar – Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds