The coming season – Press Release

This Press Release was sent out today

ROKiT World Seniors Snooker 2019/20 Calendar Announced

 

World Seniors Snooker has today announced its calendar of events for the 2019/20 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour season.

Headlined by the recently-announced ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship which will be played at the Crucible Theatre this August, the season will include a minimum of six major ranking events to be held over the next 12 months.

As well as the World Seniors Championship, the ROKiT UK Seniors Championship won last season by Ireland’s Ken Doherty will return to Hull’s Bonus Arena from 24-25 October.

 This will be followed by a return to the iconic Goffs venue in Ireland next January for the Seniors Irish Masters won this season by Jimmy White, prior to a new One Frame Challenge event at the historic St Georges Hall venue in Liverpool which will celebrate 50 years of the iconic Pot Black which was first held in 1969.

 In April the circuit will head to Plymouth for another new event, the ROKiT Seniors British Open which will pay tribute to the ranking event than was held there from 1994-2000.

 The final event of the season will be the ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Snooker Championship, which will remain in Northern Ireland but move to a new location in Coleraine. As in 2018, the tournament will carry a £20,000 winner takes all prize and will be held from 5-6 June.

 Tickets on sale now!

 Tickets for next season’s events in Hull, Liverpool and Plymouth go on sale tomorrow (1 May 2019).

 Tickets are already on sale for the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship in Sheffield in August.

 All events include a VIP option to attend a champagne reception, to be attended by all legends who will be competing in that event.

 Amateur qualifiers

 Alongside our major ranking events there will also be new opportunities for our amateur qualifiers than ever before with tournaments to be held across the world.

 Entries will open tomorrow for qualifiers across England, Belgium and Hong Kong, with tournaments also set to return to Canada and Beijing with further information to be revealed in due course. Players can enter events online here.

 We are also delighted to reveal that we are working with the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Association to place a qualifier in Australia, as well as the Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association to hold a qualifier in Brazil this season. The winner of both these qualifiers will travel to Sheffield to play in the 2020 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship.

 Provisional ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour Calendar – 2019/20

WSS 2019:20 Calendar
 

(Venues and dates subject to change)

JASON FRANCIS

CEO Events that Rok Ltd

Creator of SNOOKER LEGENDS
Chairman of  the WORLD SENIORS SNOOKER TOUR

Shareholder in SightRight Cues Ltd

www.snookerlegends.co.uk

Enter now by clicking here https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/worldseniors_registration.html

Important changes for the coming season

The following changes have been announced on social media by Jason Francis, chairman of WSS

Following consultation with the Players Commission the following recommendations have been made by them which I am largely happy to adopt.

1, Black Ball
For the World Championships and Uk Championships to begin with the respot will be removed with all matches to semi final being best of 5 and from semi finals best of 7. The conditions to allow this are as follows
a, Matches may begin at 9am
b, the competition must be played down to the quarters by end of play Saturday.
c, players should expect much longer days
d, a minimum third referee will be added and their hours scheduled in shifts as no one should be expect to officiate for 12 hours.
e, in order to fund and third referee and potentially another TD to help T BAG the entry fee for qualifiers we run will be increased to £60.

2, Prize Money For the qualifiers we run (predominantly Uk but some overseas) Prize money will be as follows
£700 winner
£400 runner up
£200 semi finals
£100 quarter finals
£100 High Break

3, Consideration for Saturday play will only be considered for players entering from outside the country where the event is being staged. Consideration does not mean a promise and players will need to confirm on entry they are available to play at any time during the tournament specified dates. I am happy to consider requests for Friday play but again this is a request and no promises can be made.

The commission is currently considering some other points.

We will announce the first set of qualifiers on Tuesday with entries opening Wednesday.

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Crucible Memories – Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White

Back to Canada for something very special !

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And if you can’t maker the trip … fear not you will still be able to watch it!

Indeed this what Snooker@TV announced via mail

No WSS players at the Crucible … except in the studios

Eventually none of Michael Judge, Ken Doherty or Jimmy White managed to qualify for the World Championship at the Crucible.

Michael’s conqueror in the last round of the qualifiers, James Cahill, though made the healines on his Crucible débuts: he knocked out the World n°1, Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the tournament with a 10-8 win. Ok, Ronnie was unwell, but it still had to be done!

Ken Doherty is working for the BBC as commentator and pundit, whilst Jimmy White is in the Eurosport studio.

Michael Judge dares to dream …

Last Monday Michael Judge didn’t even know that he would be playing in the World Championship 2019 qualifiers. He only was invited because Zhang Jankiang was denied his visa and had to withdraw.

We are one week later and now, he’s won two matches, beating Peter Lines and Xiao Guodong, both in a deciding frame and he’s going to play James Cahill in the last round for a possible place at the Crucible! James is an amateur as well, and this will be the first time ever that an amateur will play in the World Championship main event at the Crucible.

Here are all the results so far!

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The other “Seniors” involved didn’t – or don’t – do badly!

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty both won their first match and will play their second round match today. Jimmy is facing Ali Carter, Ken play Scott Donaldson.

David Lilley lost to Eden Sharav in round one, but the match was close. The final score was 10-7.

Jonathan Bagley really struggled with the conditions – very unfamiliar ones for him – during the first session. He progressively improved, but taming a heavy scorer like Thepchaya Un-nooh isn’t easy for anyone. The first session ended on as 8-1 score in favor of “Theppy”. Jonathan did himself proud though: in the second session he battled in true gladiator style and took three frames. He lost by 10-4 eventually but with honors!

 

The WSS ROKiT Sheffield Masters 2019- Joe Johnson is the Master!

The tournament was played yesterday over two sessions.

In the afternoon we had three quarter final matches.

Before the session there was a meet and greet for the VIPs, and the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Legend’s presence at the crucible with a cake!

Stephen Hendry beat the defending Champion, Cliff Thorburn by 2-0. It wasn’t perfect snooker, but played in great spirit and very entertaining.

Barry Pinches beat Ken Doherty by 2-0, in a fast paced high quality encounter.

Joe Johnson beat Jimmy White by 2-1 (black ball shoot-out). Both were playing well and it went to the wire!

John Parrot unfortunately had to withdraw, due to illness. Aaron Canavan, the Seniors World Champion got a bye!

In the evening session we had the semi finals and the Final.

Again it started with a meet and greet.

SF1: Barry Pinches beat Stephen Hendry by 2-0

SF2: Joe Johnson beat Aaron Canavan by 2-1

The Final: Joe Johnson beat Barry Pinches by 2-1

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All three matches were quality and hard-fought. The Crucible fans responded with enthusiasm, but always respectful.

Stephen Hendry’s endorsed game, “This is Pool/Snooker” was available to play at the Crucible.

The event charity of choice, Eden Dora Trust was present in the Crucible lobby and at the “Meet and Greet”. It’s a great cause, please support them if you can.

Here is the story in pictures

 

Congratulations Joe!