We have a 146 … will it be beaten?

Following Igor Figueiredo incredible 146 in Houston last wekk-end, we now have a serious contender for the Victor Wood Kia High Break prize.

This is what the posted on twitter this morning!

Huge congratulations to , leader of the Victor Wood 5000!

With an incredible 146 break, he’s now in poll position to take home the £5,000 prize for the season’s highest break!

Will anyone do the unthinkable with a 147?


Who knows?

Meanwhile here is Igor’s  146

As already mentioned, this is believed to be the highest break ever to be made in tournament snooker in the USA!

Ken Doherty’s dreams

Ken Doherty is the 2018 World Seniors Snooker UK reigning Champion. As well as competing on the World Seniors Tour, Ken is still playing on the Main Tour, thanks to an invitational tour card. Such invitational cards are rare and reward players who, through their exceptional career, have contributed to the development and popularity of the sport.

In this article by Simon Cromie, Ken remembers the greatest moment of his career – winning the World Championship by beating Stephen Hendry at the Crucible in 1997 – and speaks about his dreams and aspirations for the present and the future.

By Simon Cromie

Ken Doherty can’t help but smile at the memory of it all. The feelings that have eluded many of snooker’s aspiring world champions come flooding back — potting the colours that made up his victory lap, shaking the hand of a bested Stephen Hendry, lifting the famous World Championship trophy aloft — the culmination of a career’s effort and toil.

“It was what I’d dreamt of from the moment I picked up a cue all those years ago,” Doherty reflects on his 1997 triumph at the Crucible. “I watched Alex Higgins win it, I watched Dennis Taylor win it. To lift the trophy myself, beating Stephen who hadn’t lost a match at the Crucible for six years, that was just the icing on the cake.”

Almost 22 years later, Doherty still boasts the same bright eyes and cheery smile which defined that moment of glory. Although he has drifted further away from snooker’s top table in recent years, currently lying 66th in the world rankings, his work as a television pundit still allows him to revel in the thrills of the sport’s majors.

“It’s nice to be involved,” he says. “I’d be sitting at home watching it on TV anyway, so I might as well be here, enjoying the atmosphere and catching up with the rest of the lads. We just love catching up and enjoying the snooker. At the end of the day, we’re all snooker fans as well.”

The ‘lads’ he is referring to are the BBC’s familiar team of pundits and commentators. It’s a group made up of many of the game’s former greats, including seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry and six-time winner Steve Davis. With on-table rivalries long set aside, it’s the TV viewer who benefits from the team’s camaraderie.

In working as an analyst, Doherty has come to fully recognise the wide array of technical intricacies snooker’s different exponents display, an appreciation he wishes he had made in his younger years.

“Going back 20 years, I wish I’d have watched a lot more snooker,” he reflects. “I think it would have helped my game a bit more. When I was involved in tournaments I wouldn’t watch that much of it other than playing in my own matches. I wish now I had.

“If I was giving advice to young players, I’d say watch a lot more snooker. It can help you identify weaknesses of potential opponents, but also how the top players go about making breaks, and the safety shots they play. I think that’s important. You never stop learning, that’s the key.”

Now one of the sport’s senior players at the age of 49, the Dublin-born potter is realistic about his chances. A new wave of players has come along and left past greats like Doherty, Peter Ebdon and Jimmy White trying to stay afloat in the sea of talent which is the modern tour. For Doherty, simply preserving his tour status is his highest priority, although he still allows himself to dream of a return to snooker’s mecca.

“To get in the top 64 is my top target,” he says. “But I’d love to get back to the World Championship at the Crucible. I’m going to put in as much work as I can now and try and get back there for April.”

That is easier said than done. The road to the Crucible is a gruelling one beset by potential potholes. Three best-of-19 qualifiers must be navigated by those outside the top 16 ranked players in order to secure one of those coveted berths in Sheffield. It’s a challenge made all the harder by Doherty’s inconsistent form of late, which he himself admits is “not great.”

However, if there is cause for a kernel of optimism for Doherty, and the loyal Irish fans still willing him on towards further triumphs, it was his display against Ronnie O’Sullivan at this season’s UK Championship. The veteran established a 4-1 lead in their second round clash, before ultimately succumbing to the eventual champion’s resolve in a 6-5 defeat.

“I played a good match against O’Sullivan and could’ve beaten him,” he says with some regret. “I just let it slip, but he came back really strong. I’m hoping that I can get a few results before the end of the season.”

Doherty, nicknamed the Darlin’ of Dublin, takes great pride in his roots, and still remembers vividly the reception he received back home when he became Ireland’s first world champion from south of the border. In a nation often starved of sporting success, the Irish celebrated Doherty’s 1997 triumph with typical vigour.

“It was amazing,” he says, momentarily lost in the reverie. “I remember being on the open-top bus going through the city centre in Dublin, all the cars stopping and beeping the horn. People were waving flags and running by the bus, coming out of their offices and homes, just waiting to catch a glimpse of me and the trophy. In my home village of Ranelagh we had a big party with all my friends and family. It was just amazing.”

He became a man in demand, parading his trophy around the country at different clubs and sporting institutions, and as a lifelong Manchester United fan, fulfilled a  dream of a lap of honour on the Old Trafford turf, trophy in hand.

“That was an incredible experience, to take the trophy out at Old Trafford, as well as Croke Park and Lansdowne Road when Ireland were playing. I was a right tart with the trophy, I took it everywhere!” he jokes.

His celebrations were more than justified. The nature of representing a country for which individual sporting triumphs are few and far between brings its own set of pressures. Doherty, however, saw this as a challenge to relish.

“I knew it was my chance,” he says, offering a flash of the steely determination which has perhaps mellowed slightly with age. “I just thought, I’ve got to grab this with both hands and keep focused. I tried not to worry about what was going on back home, and tried to keep myself away from all the hype. Luckily I did, because I could’ve easily been enveloped by it all. It was an emotional ride, but fantastic in the end.”

Sadly, Ireland has not seen a champion of Doherty’s ilk since his period of success. Fergal O’Brien, another Dublin native, has been a fine player for decades, but there is a notable dearth of young Irish talent breaking through in snooker. The reasons why remain up for debate.

“I wish I could put my finger on it,” Doherty laments. “The property prices got very high in Ireland and for many snooker clubs, to simply stay open was very expensive. Of course, the advent of the internet, video games, and phones have had an effect. Other sports like rugby have become more popular and snooker has sort of fallen down a bit.

“Hopefully that changes. Mark Allen has done very well from Northern Ireland, Fergal O’Brien has done well, but I’d love to see someone else coming through and taking on the mantle.”

One of the big questions facing snooker is what can be done to get young players devoting their time fully to the sport. For Doherty, it requires a marriage of both facilities and familial support.

“They need good competition, good coaches, support from their own families — mams and dads you know? We can’t do any more than we are doing TV-wise because we have so many great matches, and lots of people are watching it. It’s just about getting kids into snooker clubs and getting them started. That’s the first battle.”

The development of a new video game, Snooker 19, for Xbox One and PS4 could be a way of getting the younger, technology-fuelled generation hooked on a sport they may never have given much thought. Doherty is optimistic: “Hopefully the new video game will encourage some kids to give snooker a go, and sort of get them started.”

Doherty’s vested interest in the future of the sport is borne of a love for snooker that transcends mere silverware or legacies of success. He is one of the game’s great champions, both in a literal sense of on-table triumphs, and in his desire to ensure snooker continues to make dreams come true for others as it did for him.

When he does finally hang up his cue, the Ranelagh man will be able to reflect on a career in snooker in which the joyful highs more than outweigh the painful lows.

“I’ll look back with a lot of fondness. I have a lot of great memories, and I’ve made a lot of great friends. I’ve had a great time. Snooker’s taken me all over the world. Being the only man to win the junior, the amateur and the senior World Championships — I’ll be very proud of that,” he said.

For now though, ‘Crafty Ken’ is still determined to make his mark on the modern game. Don’t be surprised if, come April, we see Doherty emerge into the Crucible arena, trotting down those few little steps with that same infectious smile upon his face. It would be another great tribute to the beautiful ideal that class is permanent.

Igor Figueiredo from Brazil wins the WSS World Championship 2019 – Q6 in Houston, Texas.

The Seniors Tour is in Houston Texas for the sixth 2019 World Championship qualifying event of this season. It’s happening this week-end!

Here is the draw:

houston 2019 draw

And the format:

houston 2019 format

And here is the Last 32 draw in a slightly easier-to-read presentation

Match 1: Lee Richardson (Eng) (1) 3-0 Christiano Galeses (Bra)
Match 2: Robert Bell  (Ire) 1-3 Laslo Kovacs (USA)
Match 3: Steven Bremar (Ber) 3-0 Januario De Souza (Bra)
Match 4: Paul Fedden (Ber) 2-3 Majid Randhawa (USA)
Match 5: Levi Meiller (Can) (5) 3-0 Adel Guindi (USA)
Match 6: Jesus De Olivera (Bra) 3-0 Ricardo e Silva (Bra)
Match 7: William Hoenig (USA) 0-3 Daren Taylor (USA)
Match 8: Osni Xavier Kuss (Bra) 0-3 John White (Can) (4)
Match 9: Richard Emery (Eng) (2) 3-0 Khan Laheeq (Pak)
Match 10: John Hoenig  (USA) 0-3 Pedro Luiz Poli (Bra)
Match 11: Pravin Patel (USA) 0-3 Mark White (USA)
Match 12: Firmiano De Souza Neto (Bra) 2-3 Mihai Visovan (USA)
Match 13: Hans Blanckaert (Bel) (6) 1-3 Aleya Prabhakar (USA)
Match 14: Anita Chan (Can) 0-3 Charlie Brown (Can)
Match 15: Ernst Bezemer (USA) 3-2 Dayron Azevedo (Bra)
Match 16: Bernard Frerotte 0-3 (101, 71, 50) Igor Figueiredo (Bra) (3)

Last 16

Lee Richardson (84) 3-0 Laslo Kovacs
Steven Bremar 2-3 Majid Randhawa
Levi Meiller 3-0 Jesus De Olivera
Daren Taylor 3-0 John White
Richard Emery 3-0 Pedro Luis Poli
Mark White 3-0 Mihai Visovan
Aleya Prabhakar 2-3 Charlie Brown
Ernst Bezemer 0-3 (146Igor Figueiredo


Lee Richardson 3-0 Majid Randhawa
Levi Meiller 2-3 Daren Taylor
Richard Emery 3-0 Mark White
Charlie Brown 1-3 Igor Figueiredo


Lee Richarson 2-3 Daren Taylor
Richard Emery 0-3 Igor Figueiredo

The Final

Daren Taylor 0-3 (58,60,63) Igor Figueiredo

The trophies were presented by the President of the U. S. Snooker Association, Ajeya Prabhakar.

Well done to all involved! 

As it transpires, Houston is really a hard place !

One where you can get some mean soft shell crab, but lettuce is a rarity !


Patrick Wallace is NIBSA nominee for the “fast and furious” battle of Belfast

NIBSA – Northern Ireland Billiard and Snooker Association – has shared this on their Facebook page ysterday:

NIBSA are pleased to announce that they have awarded 8-time Northern Ireland Champion Patrick Wallace NIBSA’s nominated place in the Seniors 6 Red World Championship at the Waterfront Hall on Sunday 3rd March 2019. Patrick, who was runner-up in the 2018 World Seniors Championship and is currently ranked no. 1 on the World Seniors Tour ranking list, will compete against the likes of Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Ken Doherty for the £20,000 winner-takes-all first prize. Tickets are still available for both the gala dinner with all the legends on the evening of Saturday 2nd March and both sessions of the snooker, starting from only £20.
NIBSA have also been granted a place in the qualifying competition for the event, which takes place in Newbury from 8th-10th February 2019, and propose to hold a qualifier for any players currently aged over 40 who are interested in taking part in the Newbury qualifier. The entry fee for the local qualifier is £25 and it will take place on Sunday 3rd February at a venue to be confirmed, subject to a minimum of 8 entries. The revenue generated from the qualifier will go to the winner to help cover travel and accommodation costs. Can any player who is interested in entering this qualifier please post their name on here or contact any member of the NIBSA Committee before 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday 29th January.


Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, text

Money raised for WDBS at Jimmy White exhibition in Lincoln

It was a brilliant night in Lincoln as Jimmy White played seven of the best local players, and a lucky raffle winner. The latter didn’t have much time at the table as Jimmy concluded the event with a brilliant century. Jimmy defeated them all…

The evening started with a meet and greet, followed by a delicious buffet.

Dennis Taylor got the action underway with some trickshots and jokes, before things started in earnest under the supervision of Michaela Tabb.

There was an interval after four frames, during which a raffle was organised: great prizes were on offer, including the possibility to play a frame against Jimmy.

Matt Huart, representing World Disability Billiard and Snooker, was presented with two cheques. It’s always a great thing when we can have fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. This was certainly the case here!  

After the interval, action resumed. The evening concluded with a Q&A. Jason Francis, acting as a moderator, passed the audience questions to both Dennis and Jimmy. They spoke about their career, with passion and humour.

Thank you to all involved in organising and making this a great night: Mr and Mrs Coton, Jason Francis, Dennis Taylor, Jimmy White, Michaela Tabb, and, of course, the local players and everyone who attended!

These are the photos…

I also took pictures of the various VIP groups, at the table, and all the players handshakes.

Anyone wanting them, please email JimmyandDennisinLincolnJan2019@aol.com (not case sensitive).  Nigel Coton will contact you. He can supply hi-res pictures  from £10+postage and all profits will go to WDBS.

If you want any of those shown on this page in high res, please contact Nigel Coton, using the email address above and specifying the picture “name”. The latter will appear when you over over the pictures in the gallery below. I will make sure he can supply them to you, at the conditions stated above. Again, all profits will go to WDBS.

Qu Zhiwei wins the World Seniors Championship Qualifiers in Beijing

The competition was played over three days, starting on Saturday, January 12, 2019 and concluding on Monday, January 14, 2019. It had 96 entries.

The following reports were put on the CBSA (China Billiard and Snooker Association) and cover each of the competitions days. The texts have been automatically translated by Google.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

On the first day of the opening of the China Qualifier in the veteran competition, Xu Wei contributed to the top 100

China Billiards Association official website news January 12, 2019, “Superstar Online” Cup World Snooker Championships China Qualifying Tournament kicked off at the CBSA World Snooker College in Beijing. Xu Xinjian, Zhang Dongtao and Zhang Kai, three national team coaches, last year’s champions Cao Kaisheng, runner-up Qu Zhiwei, and Guo Hua, Yuan Cheng and other veterans signed up for the competition.

The World Snooker Veteran Championship is a series of events for players who are 40 years old and have a world ranking of 128 snooker. This year is the second consecutive year of CBSA World Snooker Academy to host the China Qualification Tournament. The winners will receive direct tickets to the 2019 World Championships and 15,000 yuan.

Director of Billiards Program of Small Sports Management Center of National Sports General Administration, Liu Chunsheng, Deputy Secretary General of China Billiards Association, Secretary General of China Billiards Association, Tang Fengxiang, Senior Consultant of CBSA World Snooker College, Ni Hao, Director of China Billiards Association, Beijing Ruigai Technology Liu Wei, general manager of the company, director of the China Billiards Association Training and Teaching Committee, and Chen Yizhou, head of the “Superstar Online” of Beijing Ruigai Culture Media Co., Ltd., attended the opening ceremony of the event held this morning.

“In recent years, the snooker movement has flourished in China, and a series of snooker events have been successfully held in various parts of China. Among them, the World Snooker Veteran Championship China Qualification Tournament has been held in Beijing for two consecutive years, China Snooker With the greatest enthusiasm and the highest level of competition, the old athletes have become the most participating division in the world.” Liu Chunsheng said in his speech, “Through the competition, more people can enjoy the experience of our old Chinese athletes. Feel the charm of this sport. I hope that the old athletes will not forget their original intentions and continue to move forward, and continue to contribute to the Chinese snooker movement to truly catch up with the world level.”

At 10 am, the game started on time. Because of the large number of participants, there were two rounds of competition today. Among them, the previous champion Cao Kaisheng hit a single shot 71 points and zero opponents to advance to the top 64, Qu Zhiwei won two consecutive two finalists, Xu Xinjian, Zhou Changfu, Fu Jing and others also won their respective 32 opponents. Xu Wei from Jinan, Shandong, made a single shot of 101 points in this evening’s game to become the highest score holder of the current event.

According to the schedule, some players will face the test of the four-day competition tomorrow. The semi-finals and finals will be held on January 14th at 10am and 14pm. (China Billiards Association Xiaofan)

Editor in charge: cbsa

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The veteran qualifier Chen Gang ended Xu Xinjian undefeated record area Zhiwei Jin semifinals

China Billiards Association official website news on January 13, 2019, the World Snooker Championships China Qualifying Tournament decided on the top four places, from Anhui, Chen Gang, Fu Jing, Qu Zhiwei and Cai Jianzhong respectively defeated their opponents, advanced to the semi-finals.

Although the veteran tournament is aimed at players over 40 years old and the world’s snooker ranks 128, the performance of the veterans in the game is not inferior. On the first day of the game, Zhang Dongtao, Tian Wenshun and Xu Xinjian played a single shot 50+. Fujing and last year’s champion Cao Kaisheng had a single-shot 70+ performance, while Xu Wei from Jinan, Shandong Province also performed a single shot of 101 points, stunning the audience.

Today, fighting again, Xu Wei became one of the focus of the audience. In the top 16 battles, Xu Wei and Fu Jing played against each other. Xu Wei’s fiery touch yesterday did not continue to this day. After four rounds of contests, Xu Wei 1-3 lost to Fu Jing and regretted leaving.

In this round, Li Chun, who played later in the game, became the second player in the qualifier of this competition to play a single shot. In the match with Li Qi, Li Chun won a single shot with 80 points and won the second game. After the victory, Li Chun from Jiangsu gave a single shot 101 points in his winning game, and his opponents made a strong promotion.

Another high-profile game at the same time was the contest between Cao Kaisheng and Guo Hua. Last year, Cao Kaisheng participated in the China Qualifying Tournament of the Veterans, and in the finals defeated the famous Qu Zhiwei  from Hong Kong, China, and won the ticket to participate in the veteran race. Guo Hua participated in the National Amateur Snooker Masters last year and won a foreign card for the World Snooker Shanghai Masters with outstanding performance. Today, the two veterans conducted a total of four contests. In the end, Guo Hua defeated the opponent with a score of 3-1 and cut off Cao Kaisheng’s road to defending.

In the eighth-final, Chen Gang, from Anhui Lu’an, continued to move forward. Xu Xinjian, vice president of CBSA World Snooker College, eliminated Ma Rongjie with the same score. Zhou Changfu won 3-0 victory over Zhang Haidong and Fujing won three games. Guo Dayong passed the customs. In the lower half, Li Chun, who had just hit the break, was defeated by opponent Qu Zhiwei in the first win. Cai Jianzhong 3-0 took Tian Wenshun to the top 8, and national team coach Zhang Dongtao 3-2 will drop Guo Huayu. Write your name on the quarter-finals list. In the final match of this round, He Baozhen and Zhao Jijun battled to the deciding game. According to the rules of the game, the deciding game used the black ball to determine the outcome. In the final decisive battle, He Baozhen’s attack failed to leave the black ball in the pocket, and Zhao Jijun got into the game and thrilled.

In the evening, the quarter-finals were fully launched. Xu Xinjian, who had not lost in the promotion of the road, suffered a strong attack from Chen Gang of Anhui. As a result, Xu Xinjian lost his opponent 0-3, and another national team coach Zhang Dongtao 1-3 lost to Cai Jianzhong in the fourth day of the match. Fu Jing 3- 1 defeated Zhou Changfu, Jin Zhiwei 3-0 Zhao Jijun.

According to the schedule, two semi-finals will be played at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The two sides are Chen Gang VS Fu Jing, Jin Zhiwei VS Cai Jianzhong. The final will start at 14 pm. (China Billiards Association Xiaofan)

Editor in charge: cbsa

Monday, January 4, 2019

In the veteran competition in China, Zhiwei won the championship and won the ticket.

China Billiards Association official website news on the afternoon of January 14, 2019, “Superstar Online” Cup World Snooker Championships China Qualifying Tournament ended at CBSA World Snooker College, after three days of fierce competition, and finally from Hong Kong, China in the final, Qu Zhiwei defeated Chen Gang from Anhui and won the ticket to the World Snooker Veterans Championship while winning the championship.

The World Snooker Veterans Championship is an international event open to players over 40 years old and outside the world’s snooker career rankings. This year is the second consecutive year of CBSA World Snooker Academy. Last year, Chinese player Cao Kaisheng passed the championship and won the championship. He was on the world stage and glory for the country.

The success of the China Qualifying Tournament last year ignited the enthusiasm of the old athletes, and the number of players who signed up for this year’s China Qualifying Tournament increased, and the difficulty of the competition was also increased.

In the three-day competition in three days, the high-density and high-intensity confrontation is not a small test for the old athletes. On the way to the promotion, last year’s champion Cao Kaisheng lost to veteran Guo Hua in the third round and defended his dreams. Xu Wei and Li Chun, who played in the two games, also left the game, and finally came from Anhui’s Chen Ganghe. Hong Kong player Hong Kong Qu  Zhiwei broke into the final of this year’s China Qualifying Tournament.

The final began at 14 o’clock in the afternoon. In the opening stage of the game, Zhiwei was in charge of “full firepower” and took the lead with 2-0 of the scores of 81-27 and 72-28 respectively. In the third game, Qu Zhiwei, who was victorious, ended the game with a single shot of 53 points and 69-26, winning the championship and winning the World Snooker Championship. Chen Gang from Anhui was runner-up, and Fu Jing and Cai Jianzhong were tied for third place. (China Billiards Association Xiaofan)

Editor in charge: cbsa

Sam Hon, from Hong Kong, who is a partner of the World Seniors Tour posted this on facebook:

Excellent event, really good job CBSA! All the top referees are here! Pleasure to meet Peggy Li in this event, absolute honour! ……and I managed to win my first round which is unbelievable! #daretodream#luckydraw #worldseniors

Image may contain: 1 person

As well as the last rounds draw and results

Beijing World Quals Lzast rounds draw

And here are the results of the earlier rounds

screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.20.06screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.20.19screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.20.35screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.20.46screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.20.56screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.21.03screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.21.15screenshot 2019-01-15 at 23.21.21

Next event: World Championship Qualifiers in China

It’s happening next – extended – week-end in Beijing.  Indeed given the number of entries the event has been extended to three days, with action continuing on Monday the 14th of January.

This is all the information given to the players on CBSA website (google translated)

World Snooker Veterans Championship (Beijing) Lottery Results and Supplementary Notice

  Each participating player:

  The 2019 World Snooker Championship (Beijing) was originally scheduled to be held in Beijing from January 12th to 13th, 2019. Due to the enrollment, it is impossible to complete all the competitions in the current two days. In order to ensure the smooth and smooth schedule, after research, The supplementary notice of relevant matters is as follows:

  First, the game time: Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Monday, January 14.

  Second, the venue: Beijing Stadium World Snooker College (Beijing Dongcheng District Stadium Road No. 2, the first floor of the Fitness Center of the State Sports General Administration Training Bureau). Due to the limitations of the venue, in order to ensure the order of the stadium and the normal competition of the contestants, the contestants are invited to the competition venue 30 minutes ahead of their own competition time.

  Third, registration and registration

  (1) Online registration of the official APP of China Billiards Association (unpaid registration is invalid, and on-site registration and payment are not accepted)

  (2) Registration: Participants are required to report to the World Sports Snooker Academy (Beijing Dongcheng District Gymnasium Road No. 2, 30 meters west of the National Sports Administration Training Center) before 17:00 on January 11th, 2019. Verify identity.

  (3) Registration contact:

  Jinli 186 0001 0147

  Wei Chunlong 133 1128 0697

  Fourth, the time and place of the lottery

  Time: 15:00, January 6, 2019

  Venue: World Snooker College, Beijing Gymnasium (No. 2, Road, Beijing Dongcheng District Gymnasium, 1st Floor, Fitness Center, Training Bureau, State Sports General Administration)

  Please visit the official website of the China Billiards Association at http://www.cbsa.org.cn to view the signature form. Participants are asked to scan the QR code below to join the 2019 yuan old group, and the game information will be released in this group.

  V. Opening time and place

  Time: January 12, 2019, 9:30 am

  Venue: Beijing Stadium World Snooker College

  Note: On the morning of January 12th, athletes and referees of the event will be required to attend the opening ceremony. If they are unable to participate due to force majeure, they must inform the organizing committee in advance by telephone. Contact: Guo Jun Mobile 13701102237.

  Six, service guide

  (1) Accommodation Guide

  1 Recommended Hotel: Sicily Hotel (No. 12, Zuo’anmen Inner Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, near the North Gate of Beijing Amusement Park)

  Organizing Committee agreement price: 219 yuan / night (including early)

  Hotel Phone: 010-67107000

  Organizing Committee Contact: Wei Chunlong Mobile: 133 1128 0697

  2 other hotels nearby:

  Tiantan Hotel (No. 1 Stadium Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

  Dabao Hotel (No. 3, Longtan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, near amusement park)

  7 Days Inn (No. 10, Stadium Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

  (two) practice ball guide

  Practice area: This venue cannot provide practice venues. Please participate in the practice of golf.

  (3) Traffic Guide

  1. Take the train to Beijing West Railway Station

  1 Take Subway Line 7 at Beijing West Railway Station, get off at Ciqikou Station (H), and change to Bus 60 at Ciqikou South Station and get off at Beijing Stadium Station. Go back to Worlds for 1 minute. Knock College;

  2 Take Subway Line 7 at Beijing West Railway Station, then change to Metro Line 5 at Ciqikou Station, get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station (B), and walk 800 meters to the World to the World Snooker College.

  3 Take a taxi or a dip to the arena, about 15 kilometers;

  2. Take the train to Beijing Railway Station

  1 Take bus No. 957 at Beijing East Railway Station and get off at Beijing Gymnasium Station. Go back to World Snooker College in 1 minute.

  2 Take Subway Line 2 at Beijing Railway Station, transfer to Chongwenmen Station and change to Metro Line 5, get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station (B), and walk 800 meters to the East to the World Snooker College.

  3 Take a taxi or drip to the stadium, about 5 km

  3. Take the train to Beijing South Railway Station

  1 Walk 600 meters from Beijing South Railway Station, take the bus No. 958 from Taoranting Park South Gate Station and get off at Beijing Stadium Station. Go back to World Snooker College in 1 minute.

  2 Take Subway Line 14 at Beijing South Railway Station, transfer to Metro Line 5 at Puhuangyu Station, get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station (B), and walk 800 meters to the World to the World Snooker College.

  3 Take a taxi or drip to the stadium, about 7 kilometers

  4. Take the flight to Beijing Capital Airport

  1 Take the airport line to Dongzhimen Station at Capital Airport, transfer to Metro Line 2, transfer to Chongwenmen Station and transfer to Metro Line 5, get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station (B), walk 800 meters to the east and go to Worlds Knock College;

  2 Take a taxi or drip to the stadium, about 35 km

  5. Take the flight to Beijing Nanyuan Airport

  1 Take Bus No. 501 at Nanyuan Airport Terminal Building, transfer to Bus No. 54 at Yinan Station, get off at Beijing Gymnasium Station, and walk back to World Snooker College in 1 minute.

  2 Take a taxi or drip to the arena, about 14 km

  Note: The distance from the stadium to the Sicily Hotel is walking distance, which takes about 5 minutes.

Click here to view the full video of the lottery

Signature: Click on the image to download and zoom in to view


Jimmy White is your Seniors Irish Masters 2019 Champion

Congratulations Jimmy!


The finals day, Sunday 6 January 2019, started with the semi finals played in the  afternoon session.

Rodney Goggins beat Joe Johnson by 3-0

Jimmy White beat Patrick Wallace by 3-2.

Patrick led by 2-1 before Jimmy forced a black ball decider with a magnificent 101. This proved to be the tournament highest break.

The evening session started with a VIP meet and greet

Followed by the Final.

Jimmy White beat Rodney Goggins by 4-1

The players got a magnificent reception in the iconic circle of Goffs!

Here are two reports

By David Caulfield on his blog

Jimmy White Wins Irish Seniors Masters

Snooker legend Jimmy White beat Rodney Goggins 4-1 to capture the Irish Seniors Masters title on Sunday at Goffs in County Kildare.

Irish Seniors Masters
Jimmy won the Irish Masters at Goffs in 1985 and 1986. Photo credit: Monique Limbos

The “Whirlwind” lost the opening frame to home competitor Goggins before gradually taking control of the showdown.

After edging 2-1 in front, White scored a well-compiled 96 break in the fourth frame to move to within the brink of victory.

The 56 year-old duly wrapped up the success in the next frame, in doing so claiming the Alex Higgins Trophy.

The Irish Seniors Masters win adds to two previous triumphs in senior events for White, who also emerged with the silverware in the 2017 UK Seniors Championship and of course the 2010 World Seniors Championship.

White originally outplayed Willie Thorne in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 scoreline before narrowly getting passed Patrick Wallace in the last four.

The latter appeared set to conjure an upset when he established a 2-1 lead but a terrific 101 century break from White forced the deciding frame re-spot, a ball which he potted to secure his final berth.

The performance of Goggins, though, will be well remembered as one of the most successful players on the Irish domestic circuit proved his worth on centre stage.

The qualifier overcame 1997 world champion Ken Doherty in the last eight before a 3-0 semi-final beating of Joe Johnson.

The return to Goffs, one of snooker’s most iconic venues from the 1980s and 1990s, was well worth it again with great crowd numbers in attendance for the second Irish Seniors Masters.

Its coverage on FreeSports TV and across Facebook helped to further develop the ever-growing World Seniors Tour.

And by RIBSA on their official site

Well done Rodney – Irish Masters Goffs

Well done to Irishman Rodney Goggins from Liam Mellows SC in Wexford on his fantastic run at the Seniors Irish Masters on Saturday & Sunday the 5th and 6th of January. This event was held in the most famous venue of them and the home of Irish Snooker, Goffs in Co. Kildare.

A big thank you to Monique Limbos for all the beautiful photos

First match of the event Rodney played Irish legend and former World Champion Ken Doherty and the Wexford man was up for the challenge and won 3-1 in front of a large audience for one of the greatest wins his life. Next he played another world champion Joe Johnson from England. Rodney played his best game and won 3-0 to set up the dream final against Jimmy White for the Alex Higgins Trophy.

This match was live on eir sport and via Facebook and all-around the world. Jimmy started well in the first frame but Rodney cleared up to go 1-0 up and send the full crowd in attendance wild but Jimmy White fought back with superb potting to beat Rodney 1-4 and claim the Alex Higgins Trophy.

The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association would like to congratulate Rodney on his success in Goffs and wish him continued success for the rest of the season.

Rodney achieved something this week that will go down in the history of Snooker in Ireland and his Coach PJ Nolan said ‘’ he was so proud how Rodney prepared for this tournament and how he performed over the weekend. He was a great ambassador for his Family, Association, County and Country.

Three RIBSA Irish referees had the honour of referring in the event when Neil Shanahan, Shane Mason and Shane Corr joined up with Professional Referee Michaela Tabb and everyone were superb in the event.

Rodney would like to personally thank everyone who was in Goffs cheering him on over the weekend as he knows it helped him achieve this success.

Finally RIBSA would like to send a big thank you to Jason Francis & Staff from World Seniors on holding this event in Ireland and putting snooker back on National Irish tv and in the media.

Long may it continue we hope!!!!!

This was a great event, that I enjoyed very much. The atmosphere was superb, the Irish crowd, warm and passionate but alwais fair and knowledgeable.

Well done everyone! And thank you!

World Seniors Irish Masters 2019 – Quarter Finals in Pictures

Eight became four yesterday in the iconic circle in Goffs and one of them will walk away with the Alex Higgins trophy tonight


Before each session there is a meet and greet for the VIPs and, for all, the opportunity to visit the cue zone – a meet PJ Nolan, the excellent Irish coach – as well as the QBolt stand, and maybe, take the challenge on their great practice bench. Last time I heard, the Seniors World Champion, Aaron Canavan was holding the record with 50 consecutive pots without missing.

Remember that the event is shown on Free Sports, the final will be live on Irish television, and for those outside the UK and Ireland there is streaming on Facebook. The event is also streamed in China.


Now here is what happened yesterday…

Afternoon session

Rodney Goggins 3-1 Ken Doherty

Ken Doherty was the pre-tournament favourite, but Rodney Goggins had other ideas. Rodney is not spectacular, he’s not the fastest player either. But he is solid, both technically and mentally, he’s determined and, he is extremely reliable under pressure. Ken was poor yesterday, far from the form he had shown in York when he pushed Ronnie to a decider. Every player has good and less good days. But Rodney took full advantage and put Ken under pressure, which magnified every mistake. From 2-0 down Ken did well to get oneframe  back, and the next was hard-fought but in the end the better man won deservedly.

Joe Johnson 3-1 Dennis Taylor

To be honest, this whole affair was a struggle. Both players were poor. Joe Johnson, the winner was extremely disappointed with his own performance, embarrassed even, and not one bit happy despite the win.

Evening session

Patrick Wallace 3-0 Aaron Canavan

This was a rematch of the Seniors World Championship last final. That time Aaron had beaten Patrick on the re-spotted black to walk away with the trophy. This time it was Patrick who came out the winner. He was the better player. It was extremely tense and both players made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but it was a good match, played in great spirit. The initial handshake was warm – two good mates were about to set their friendship aside and battle with all they have – and the embrace in the end was anything but fake, for all his disappointment, Aaron was happy for Patrick and wishing him the best. Aaron has never been a pro, I’m not sure that he ever met Patrick before competing on the seniors tour, but this is one of the most beautiful aspects of this tour: they battle to the last ball at the table, but away from it there is a real camaraderie between guys who love their sport to bits.

Jimmy White 3-0 Willie Thorne

During the mid-session between the matches, a feature was shown about Willie Thorne; a great and very honest interview. Willie has gone through very difficult times away from snooker and he knew that his game was in shambles but he has been feeling better, and practicing hard in preparation for this event. He said that, amongst the balls, he’s playing decently again, but his long potting remains a weakness. That’s exactly how it proved to be at the table during this match. Jimmy never looked in danger to lose, but Willie at least did himself justice and everyone was happy for him. Sincerely. Oh, and a devilish snooker led by Jimmy in frame one gave Willie a headache and had Michaela working really hard!

This afternoon Rodney Goggins will play Joe Johnson and Patrick Wallace will play Jimmy White. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had an all Irish Final (Ireland v Northern Ireland to be precise) between the two “qualifiers”, Rodney and Patrick.