Vienna Open 2019

Three “Senior” players – Lee Richardson, Matt Couch and Stephane Ochoiski – were involved in the Vienna Open 2019. The Vienna Open is a pro-am that attracts quite a strong filed every year. This time it was won by Mark Joyce, who had a 147 en route to the title. Lee and Matt had t play each other in the last 32 and in the last 16, “The Shirt” ran into the eventual winner!

here are the results:

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Congratulations to Mark Joyce!

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Seniors go back to school …

The draw and format are now available for all three 2019 Q-school events (source Worldsnooker)

The draws for all three 2019 Q School events, and the format of play, are out now. The event runs from May 18 to June 4 at Robin Park Leisure Centre in Wigan.

Click here for event one draw

Click here for event two draw

Click here for event three draw

Click here for the format

The four semi-finalists in each event will earn a place on the World Snooker Tour for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Well, there are quite a few “Seniors” going back to school !

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Andy Milliard, Simon Dent, Stuart Watson, Leo Fernandez, Tony Corrigan, Dessie Sheehan, Barry Pinches, Surrender Gill, Tugba Irten, Levi Meiller, Au Chi Wai, Paul Burrell, Peter Lines, David Lilley,Lee Richardson … and I probably missed a few others.

Well that’s great!

I know that some will tell me that it’s the young ones we need for the future of the game. Of course that’s true. But what this shows is how much the WSS tour has rekindled the appetite for the game in players who probably never dreamed to play in big events again only a couple of years ago, some probably even thinking about hanging the cue for good. That Au Chi Wai and Levi Meiller come from China and America for this is significant and it’s fantastic. For a sport to thrive it needs all generations, just like life. Most players of today have been introduced to snooker by someone older, a family member, a teacher. Someone who brought them to their first club, someone who bought them their first table and showed them through their first shots, more often than not someone who was playing themselves.

More active players – of all ages – means more clubs staying active, more events, more opportunities.

Good luck guys!

Of course many of those players know that their chances to (re-)qualify this year aren’t that great, but it’s experience gained and the opportunity to play all season on the Challenge tour, as well as on the WSS tour. Bring it on!

Willie Thorne will be back at the Crucible

Willie Thorne will play in the WSS ROKiT World Championship in August.

It was confirmed on twitter earlier today:

Delighted to say Willie Thorne will be keeping his clothes on as he plays snooker again at the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre between 14-18th August tickets here

Not sure this gear complies with the dress code though 🤔

Welcome James Wattana!

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James Wattana, a legend of the game, and a hero in his country, Thailand, has been confirmed to play in the UK Seniors Snooker Championship next October.

James Wattana – Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm – was born in 1970, in Bangkog, Thailand.

James Wattana won his first major tournament, the Thailand Masters, in 1986, aged only 16. He turned professional in 1989, after winning the 1988 World Amateur Championship. He played as a  professional between 1989 and 2008. Since 2009, he is playing on the main tour thanks to an “invitational tour card” . His highest ranking position was n°3 during the 1994/1995 season.

He made three 147 during his career. The second of them, at the British Open, was back then, at seven minutes and nine seconds, the fastest ever made

He has won three ranking tournaments – the 1992 Strachan Open and the Thailand Open in 1994 and 1995. He reached a ranking final of  five more occasions. He also won seven non-ranking events and, notably, was runner-up at the Masters in 1993: he lost 9-5 to Stephen Hendry. He reached the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship on two occasions, in 1993 and 1997.

James Wattana’s success helped raise the profile of the game in the Asia, and has inspired  into the game many players from Thailand, Hong Kong, and China. He is a Commander Third Class of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, only the second sportsman to receive the country’s most prestigious civilian honour.

 

 

2019/20 WSS Season – Entries now open for a number of events

Entries are now open for a number of the 2019/20 events. 

this is the provisional calendar:

WSS 2019:20 Calendar

The registration form can be found here

Read it carefully, it contains everything you need to know about how, where and when …

One novelty as compared to last season is that you now need a  World Seniors Tour Card (£40 for the full season, or £20 if you want to enter just one event).

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On the other hand, you are no more required to be affiliated to your National Governing Body.

#daretodream