News from our sponsor

This was shared on various social media this morning

News from our Tour partner this morning…

ROK Drinks re-brands as ROKiT Drinks

Name Change Implemented to Align ROKiT Drinks with ROKiT Phones Sports Sponsorships

ROK Drinks, proud owners of the 700 year old ABK Brewery in Bavaria and the Bogart’s range of spirits within its growing drinks portfolio, has announced it has re-branded as ROKiT Drinks with immediate effect.

https://rokitdrinks.co.uk/

The change of name is designed to align ROKiT Drinks with the extensive sports sponsorship activities undertaken by its sister company ROKiT Phones.

ROKiT Phones, with unique glasses-free 3D screens and dual-SIM capability, is the multi-year Title Sponsor of the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team as well as Nic Hamilton’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team.

In addition, ROKiT is the Official Jersey Partner of NBA team the Houston Rockets and is the Official Wireless Partner of NFL team the Los Angeles Chargers.

Furthermore, ROKiT is the Title Sponsor of the ROKiT World Senior Snooker Tour and has recently announced multi-year Brand Ambassador agreements with a host of leading tennis players including Jo Konta, Gael Monfils and three time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka.

ROKiT Chairman Jonathan Kendrick said “It makes complete sense to align all our ROKiT companies under the same brand name as each will benefit symbiotically from the support they can give to each other across the entire range of our brand-building and marketing activities.”

 

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Joe Swail joins the WSS ROKiT Tour

Joe Swail lost his professional status at the end of last season and has decided to compete on the Seniors tour this season, as reported by WPBSA

Swail to Compete on ROKiT World Seniors Tour

28th May 2019

Two-time former World Championship semi-finalist Joe Swail has announced his intention to compete on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour next season.

Northern Ireland’s Swail was relegated from the professional World Snooker Tour at the end of the 2018/19 season following defeat to Joe O’Connor at April’s World Championship qualifiers. Known by his nickname ‘The Outlaw’ Swail decided not to attempt to regain his tour card through Q School and will instead switch his focus to providing coaching and competing on the Seniors circuit.

During his professional career Swail’s best performance was his run to the final of the 2009 Welsh Open, while he also reached a further nine ranking semi-finals, including at the 2000 and 2001 World Championship events.

Swail will now join a rapidly expanding Seniors circuit and will play for the right to compete at major events alongside the likes of seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry and former UK and Masters champion Jimmy White. The 49-year-old is already guaranteed to be in action at one major event following the decision to seed him through to the final stages of the ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship, to take place in Coleraine in June 2020 with a £20,000 ‘winner takes all’ top prize, won this year by White.

Jason Francis, World Seniors Snooker Chairman said: “It is testimony to the growth of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour during that has been such a short time that a player of Joe Swail’s calibre has chosen to join us for the new season. We have demonstrated over the past 12 months that there is a viable alternative for players of all ability once their professional career is at an end and we look forward to welcoming more players like Joe over the coming months.”

The ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship takes place at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine from 5-6 June 2020. Tickets are now on sale HERE and include a meet and greet option with all the players.

Joe Swail will have to qualify for most events, but he has been given a seeded spot in the 2020 ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship. This decision has not pleased everyone, with some regulars on the seniors tour arguing that Joe’s career doesn’t justify such privilege. Playing qualifiers doesn’t come cheap and players who are regulars invest a lot of money and efforts in the seniors tour. Someone seemingly getting “fast-tracked” isn’t going down well, understandably. However Joe isn’t given a “Legends” status, he’s given a seeded spot just for that one event, that will be held in his country, Northern Ireland. Joe is extremely popular in Northern Ireland, and his guaranteed presence at the venue, is also a guarantee to strongly attract the local audience and to help the success of the tournament as a whole. Commercially, it’s the right decision. This is beneficial to everyone involved in the WSS ROKiT Tour, a tour that is still in development and needs to grow its income to be able to further expand.

Disability Snooker to be Showcased at Crucible Theatre next August

When the announcement was made that the WSS ROKiT World Championship would be held at the Crucible next August, it was announced at the same time that both Disability Snooker and Women Snooker would be showcased during the event.

WDBS has now announced who the WDBS players will be, who will play at the Crucible

Disability Snooker to be Showcased at Crucible Theatre

Four leading players from the 360Fizz World Disability Billiards and Snooker Tour have earned the opportunity to compete at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield this August for the first time.

To be staged as part of the 2019 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship, the session will take place on the morning of 18 August from 10:00am and feature four highly decorated players who compete regularly on the WDBS circuit.

Among those in action will be Daniel Lee, who plays in the Group 2 wheelchair category and earlier this year was named as the Vic Hartley Player of the Season in recognition of his success during the 2018/19 campaign.

He will be joined by Daniel Blunn, who was born with cerebral palsy and competes as a Group 4 player. Blunn has been a part of the WDBS family since our first event in November 2015 and has to date claimed an incredible eight events, including three during the current campaign.

Representing sensory disabilities are Coventry’s Nick Neale, a six-time winner of competitions for players with visual impairments and deaf player Shabir Ahmed, who has established himself as the dominant player in his category with six titles and was last year recognised at the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards by finishing in third place in the overall voting.

The event will be the first as part of a three-year agreement which will also see disability snooker return to Sheffield in 2020 and 2021.

Nigel Mawer, WDBS Chairman said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our players to be able to play at the home of snooker and from speaking to them already I know just how excited they are to be able to live their dream and walk out on the same stage as their heroes.

“The event is going to be a real celebration of disability snooker and I would like to encourage all of our players to come along and support those competing and make it a day to remember!”

Tickets are already on sale at the price of just £1.47 when purchased with a full-price ticket to any other session at the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship, so book now to avoid disappointment, by phone 0114 249 600 or online HERE.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship will run across four days from 15-18 August 2019 and feature several all-time greats of the game including ‘King of the Crucible’ Stephen Hendry and 10-time ranking event winner Jimmy White.

There will also be a session on the morning of Saturday 17th August held to showcase the talent on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

All four players selected totally deserve the honour to be there. Actually there are so many deserving WBDS players that it must have been very hard to select only four. Those guys – and gals – are true everyday’s heroes, not allowing their disabilities to stop them achieving their dreams. Not just those four, but all of them at WDBS. Daniel Blunn is also a referee, in addition to be a player. Some of those players are coaches as well. They are a credit to the sport we love. Come and support them!

WSS Tour – End of season Top 32 Week-end in Newbury – 7-9 June 2019

At the end of the season, the Top 32 on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour get together for a final weekend at Crucible Sports & Social Club Newbury 7-9th June. Everyone is welcome for a great weekend to celebrate our season.

Dare to dream
A player from each seeds group will be randomly drawn into their playing group for the weekend, top 2 progress to the quarters. Over £3000 up for grabs, and we are supporting a fantastic charity over the weekend. Our competitors are…

Seeds 1-8
Johnathan Bagley, Aaron Canavan, Lee Richardson, Barry Pinches, Rodney Goggins, Leo Fernandez, Stuart Watson, Richard Emery.

Seeds 9-16
Gary Britton, Lee Martin, Sean Lanigan, Gary Filtness, Rhydian Richards, Garoid O’Connor, Mark White, Jonathan Charlton

Seeds 17-24
Sanjay Meghani, Tony Corrigan, Nick Spelman, Karl Townsend, Les Dodd, Simon Dent, Aidan Owens, Neil Craycraft

Seeds 25-32
Stephen Campbell, James O’Sullivan, Dean Venables, Johnny Stevens, Steve Evans, Marcus Lord, Andy Milliard, Levi Meiller

As well as the group event, which already has 3k in the pot, on Saturday at 5pm there will do a random draw for the SHOOTOUT. 10 Minutes per frame of madness and abusing everyone who is playing, with forfeits for in offs…

And remember the event charity is nominated by our good friend Ian Spawton which is snowdrop so everyone will be donating via the raffles and for every foul made in the shootout.

Jason Francis is looking for some raffle prizes and also anyone who wants to add to the prize fund.

Currently it is:

£1000 winner
£500 runner up
£250 semis
£100 quarters
£40 for second in your group
£30 for third in your group
£20 for the wooden spoon in your group

Shootout is £250 winner and £100 runner up.

High break over the weekend is £100.

Donations are welcome…
Money to go into the prize fund…
Prizes for the raffle (dig out some crap) ALL income to snowdrop charity.

The good news is all the action will be free to watch on www.snookertv.net

snowdrop

The SnowDrop Trust

When a child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, it is devastating news and all too often parents don’t know where to turn to get the extra information, help and nursing support at home, they so desperately need. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust was founded 26 years ago to bridge the gap – and the services we provide for children and their families are even more in demand today than they were then. Nowadays children are at home very quickly after operations, travel daily to hospital for radiotherapy treatment and children with complex needs are at home and cared for by their parents. They need the vital support of a qualified children’s nurse to enable them to cope with the day to day demands of looking after a very sick child. The Snowdrop Care at Home Team of Paediatric nurses and our counselors are the professional friends that our Snowdrop families depend on – day by day – throughout their child’s illness.
The Snowdrop nurses also provide end of life care within the comfort, reassurance, and familiarity of home. Since Snowdrop was founded, nearly all children in our area, who have become terminally ill, have been at home during this very sad time. Parents say that being able to be at home with their child, gives them such precious time together.

 

Goodbye David Lilley, and good luck!

David Lilley is leaving the WSS ROKiT tour … because he has just qualified for the main tour and earned himself a two years professional card. It has been a long time coming, and we surely wish him all the best for the coming season.

In the Q-School event 1, David has defeated Barry Lee (4-1), Stephen Kershaw (4-1), Adam Duffy (4-2), Rodion Judin (4-0), Si Jiahui (4-1) and Sean Maddockx (4-0) to gain his professional status.

Congratulations David Lilley, and good luck!

There were a number of players involved in the event.

Amongst them, other than David, Lee Richardson and Barry Pinches did well and reached round 4.

All the results of the Q-school 2019 Event 1 are available on snooker.org

 

Bob Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion

When the WSS tour went to Toronto in December last year, the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association stressed how important this event was in the context of one of their main goals, namely to put snooker firmly back in the picture in Canada.

Now, a few months later, the Canadian National Snooker Championship  attracted over 50 players at the same venue, the Corner Bank in Toronto, and it was won by Bob Chaperon, a former prominent professional, and one of the competitors in Toronto last December. They also held a Canadian Seniors Snooker Championship which was won by no other than Cliff Thorburn.

It’s worth noting that when Bob Chaperon won the English Open in 1990, his opponent in the final was Alex Higgins. Bob beat Alex by 10-8 and this was Alex  last ever ranking final.

Here is the report by WPBSA

Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion Again

22nd May 2019

Bob Chaperon was back lifting silverware earlier this month after winning the Canadian National Snooker Championship for the second time – an amazing 38 years on from his maiden triumph in the competition.

The event was once again held at the Corner Bank in Toronto, a club part-owned by another prominent former Canadian professional player, Jim Wych. Over 50 players from Ontario and beyond travelled to the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association’s most prestigious event that has been claimed in the past by national greats Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk, Kirk Stevens, Alain Robidoux, Alex Pagulayan and Wych himself.

Defending champion and former Crucible qualifier Brady Gollan – whose two victories in this event also came 30 years apart – was an early casualty when he lost to Lobsang Lama 4-3 in his opening match. Lama followed this up with wins against Amar Sadig (5-0), Steve West (5-2) and Derrick Claus (5-3) to reach the final for the first time.

Chaperon, surprise winner of the 1990 British Open, dropped just a frame during rounds one and two but he had a tougher time dispatching three-time champion Floyd Ziegler, 5-3, in the last 16. The 60-year-old then eliminated youngster Edward Ling 5-2 in the quarter-finals and John Everekian was given the same treatment in the next round.

In a meeting of varying scales of experience, the opening four frames of the final were shared before Chaperon established an advantage and moved one away from victory at 5-2. A determined Lama refused to give in, forcing a deciding frame after a trio of frames for himself, but Chaperon regrouped in the eleventh to get his hands back on the trophy that he first lifted in 1981. The former world number 25 pocketed $4,000 for his work; he also made the highest break of 120 earlier on in the tournament.

In the proceeding Canadian National Seniors Championship at the same venue, 1980 world champion Thorburn defeated last year’s victor Ziegler, 4-2, in the final to claim the title.

2019 Canadian National Snooker Championship

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

Lobsang Lama 5-2 Steve West

Derrick Claus 5-0 Ricky Leon

Alan Whitfield 3-5 John Everekian

Bob Chaperon 5-2 Edward Ling

Losers each received $800

Semi-Finals

Lama 5-3 Claus

Everekian 2-5 Chaperon

Losers each received $1,500

Final

Lama 5-6 Chaperon

Lama received $2,700 / Chaperon received $4,000