A few days back Jason Francis took on social media to stress how important it is for the WSS Tour future and growths that the players have a place to voice their opinions, concerns and suggestions. Jason and the other people at the elm of the WSS Tour really want this tour to be developed FOR the players and WITH the players. Therefore Jason invited the players interested in participating in a “Players Commission” to come forward.
He has been heard. On Thursday afternoon, Jason came back on social media with this announcement (source Facebook)
I am delighted to announce that the following have accepted an invitation to represent the players on the World Seniors Tour next season. I have reserved a couple of spaces for invitations in the future as I believe we will need some overseas representation and perhaps some voices from lower down the ranking list. I may announce some more people soon. I am also asking T Bag to sit on the team as well. Your Commission is
PATRICK WALLACE -Chairman
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And a bit later he added this
Also delighted to confirm our World Champion has found out how to use that ROKiT phone and has also accepted a place on the commission. AARON CANAVAN
If you wonder who T Bag might be, the man has a name, Paul, and he’s been helping Jason with all things logistics since the start of the Snooker Legends.
This is an important and positive move regarding the future of the WSS ROKiT Tour. It’s also good to see the referees represented in this commission by Ian Wagstaff.
This was shared today by World Seniors Snooker on social media:
The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour is pleased to announce that Carl Whitby, Ian Wagstaff and Nick Harry have been invited to join Michaela Tabb in officiating at the Sheffield Masters in the Crucible Theatre on Thursday 11th April.
Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKiT World Seniors Tour said…
“Carl, Nick and Ian have played an important part in building the tour and spent many hours officiating at our qualifying events, its right and proper within a tour that aims to provide opportunities for players that we also extend those opportunities to referees and I am thrilled to reward their dedication with a chance to officiate in the home of our sport”
The ROKiT World Seniors Sheffield Masters takes place on Thursday 11th April and features legends of the game including Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White, John Parrott and Ken Doherty.
The event is broadcast live and exclusively on Freesports and tickets to attend can be secured by calling 01142496000.
And this was received in my email earlier today:
The ROKiT Sheffield Masters is only 13 days away – who wins in the Crucible?
At www.snookertv.net we will be following all the action at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday 10th and as we build up to the event inside the crucible on Thursday 11th plus as soon as the matches are played we will get them uploaded into our library… if you still haven’t got an account you but still can today FOR FREE.
Nothing beats living the action as it happens at the Crucible, but if you really can’t be there, here is your chance to catch up!
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Ahead of the ROKiT WSS Masters 2019, WSS on social media published a few images of Legends of our sport “before they were seniors”. Yes, those guys were young once, and great champions. Make no mistake, they still can play, as Cliff Thorburn proved last April. Can you name them all? And the events where those pictures were taken?
Alex Higgins would have turned 70 yesterday. He was the reason why the Legends started, even if he played in just one event.
The gala dinner ahead of the WSS main events are a great opportunity to meet the players in a relaxed atmosphere, to enjoy some great food, meet fellow fans and have fun. This one is even more special!
The defending champion, Cliff Thorburn, invites you to his Canadian themed Champions Dinner. It’s a good opportunity to taste something slightly different and to support a very good cause as well. Don’t miss it, come along.
And join us the next day as well at the iconic Crucible Theatre.
Quarter Finals start at 2pm, there is a VIP reception as usual at 1pm.
Cliff Thorburn (1) v Stephen Hendry
Ken Doherty (4) v Barry Pinches
Jimmy White (3) v Joe Johnson
Aaron Canavan (2) v John Parrott.
Semi Finals and Finals at 7pm with a VIP at 6pm
All matches are best of 3 with a respot at 1-1.
Cliff Thorburn is the defending champion. Last year he was an unexpected but very popular winner. Cliff’s passion and love for the game are huge and this is an understatement! The way he celebrated his win last year is proof of that. He will give it his best and more to defend his title! If you want to re-live the story, in pictures, follow this link.
Aaron Canavan, the reigning World Champion is seed number two. Aaron had a rather quiet season but he’s coming to form. He was runner-up at the WSS ROKiT Six Reds championship 2019, and again last week-end in Leeds. He’s a very serious contender. Last year, he paraded his World Champion’s trophy at the Crucible, this year he will hope to lift the Masters trophy there. Aaron absolutely loves the WSS tour and what it brings to his life. You can read his testimony here.
Jimmy White is seed number three. He’s a man in form. He has won the last two WSS events, the 2019 Irish Masters and the 2019 ROKiT Six Reds World Championship. Jimmy has bitter-sweet memories of the Crucible, having never lifted the World Championship trophy in this iconic venue, he was runner-up six times. You can be certain that he will do everything in his power to win there next month! He’s certainly one of the favourites to do just that.
The World Seniors Irish Masters 2019
The seed number 4 is Ken Doherty, the reigning WSS UK Champion. Ken dropped off the main tour but is currently still playing in it on an invitational tour card. This card expires at the end of the season, BUT Ken is currently provisionally ranked 57 in the end-of-season list, he has a great chance to regain his full professional status. He needs some good results though in China, and, even more importantly, at the World Championship 2019 Qualifiers in April. Therefore you can be certain that Ken will prepare the very best he can. I make him the favourite, along with Jimmy White, who is actually in the same situation but less favorably placed ranking-wise.
The four unseeded players are Stephen Hendry (!!!), John Parrott, Joe Johnson and Barry Pinches. The first three have been World Champions. Even if they have not been at their best recently, it would be foolish to write them off!
Barry Pinches hasn’t got the most illustrious carreer but he’s a very useful player: as a pro, he was quarter finalist in the 2003 UK Championship and the 2004 Grand Prix. He made a 147 at the 2000 Welsh Open qualifiers. He beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final to earn his only professional title, the PTC event 4 in 2010. Before turning pro, he had won the prestigious English Amateur Championship – he oldest and longest-lasting snooker tournament in the world having been established back in 1916, 11 years before the World Snooker Championship – in 1988. But above all, Barry loves the game with a passion. Since losing his tour card, he’s been playing in countless pro-ams and amateur events, with his son Luke, and in the Challenge Tour; he won the Challenge Tour Event 3, this very season. And of course he won in Leeds last week-end! Don’t underestimate him!
Don’t miss it! It will be a great event in the most famous snooker venue of all, the Crucible.
And make it even better: treat yourself to a VIP seat and meet the players.
Scott Raper 2-3 Steve Whalley Dean Venables 3-1 Michael Wrigley
Nikolas Neal 2-3 John H. Hunter Andrew Diacopoulos 3-0 Andrew Darken Ali Anwar 3-0 Anthony Bonnar Stephen Campbell 3-0 Nish Joshi
Andy Papaiacovou 1-3 Andrew Greaves
Matt Couch 3-0 Sean Halligan Mark Ball 3-2 Jon Ingi Aegisson Neal Jones 3-0 Ray Small Steve Bird 3-0 Pat Patel
Neil Herd NS – Darren Shaw W/O Lewis Walsh 3-1 George Apperley
Karl Townsend 1-3 James Richardson
Jonathan Bagley (114) 3-0 Steve Whalley
Robert Marshall 0-3 Shaun Wilkes
Dean Venables 1-3 Garoid O’Connor
John H. Hunter 2-3 Steve Evans
Gary Filtness v Marcus Lord W/O Les Dodd 3-0 Philip Blakburn
Andrew Diacopoulos 0-3 Leo Fernandez David Lilley 3-0 Gary Coulson Barry Pinches 3-0 Ali Anwar Asgeir Gudbjartsson 3-2 Tony Corrigan
Stephen Campbell 2-3 Sean Lanigan
Palmi Eirmarsson 0-3 Sanjay Meghani
Dean Sycamore 1-3 Neil Caroll Wayne Cooper 3-1 Surrinder Gill Andrew Greaves 3-1 Simon Dent
Lee Ricardson 0-3 Muhammad Aurangzaib
Patrick Wallace 2-3 Matt Couch
Chris Hart 0-3 Jon Charlton Mark Ball 3-1 Mark White
Brian Morgan NS Neal Jones W/O Aaron Canavan 3-0 Karl Walker
Tony Knowles 0-3 Neil Craycraft Steve Bird 3-0 Alex Ferguson Rodney Goggins 3-1 Anthony Massey
Stuart Watson 1-3 John Whitty Gary Skipworth 3-0 Jason Lawrence
Darren Shaw 2-3 Richard Emery Lewis Walsh 3-2 Andrew Milliard Johnny Stevens 3-1 Bradley Fish Lee S. Martin 3-0 Dean Reynolds
James Richardson 2-3 Simon Bedford Michael Judge 3-0 Andrew Pennington
Jonathan Bagley 1-3 Shaun Wilkes Garoid O’Connor 3-0 Steve Evans
Marcus Lord 1-3 Les Dodd
Leo Frenandez 0-3 David Lilley Barry Pinches 3-0 Asgeir Gudbjartsson
Sean Lanigan 1-3 Sangay Meghani
Neil Caroll 0-3 Wayne Cooper
Andrew Greave 0-3 Muhammad Aurangzaib
Matt Couch 3-0 Jon Charlton
Marl Ball 0-3 Neal Jones Aaron Canavan 3-1 Neil Craycraft
Steve Bird 0-3 Rodney Goggins John Whitty 3-0 Gary Skipworth
Richard Emery 1-3 Lewis Walsh
Johnny Stevens 1-3 Lee S. Martin Simon Bedford 3-1 Michael Judge
Shaun Wilkes 1-3 Garoid O’Connor
Les Dodd 0-3 David Lilley Barry Pinches 3-0 Sanjay Meghani Wayne Cooper 3-2 Muhammad Aurangzaib
Matt Couch 3-2 Neal Jones Aaron Canavan 3-2 Rodney Goggins John Whitty 3-0 Lewis Walsh Lee S. Martin 3-1 Simon Bedford
Garoid O’Connor 3-1 David Lilley Barry Pinches 3-2 Wayne Cooper
Matt Couch 0-3 Aaron Canavan
John Whitty 2-3 Lee S. Martin
Garoid O’Connor 1-3 Barry Pinches
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Lee S. Martin
Barry Pinches 3-1 Aaron Canavan
Congratulations to Barry Pinches! See you at the Crucible in April!