Goodbye and good luck Barry Pinches, good luck Peter Lines

The WSS says goodbye to Barry Pinches, who graduated through the Q-School 2019, event 3 and is returning to the Main Tour for at least two more seasons. Despite countless “teasing” posts on social media, make no mistake, Barry will be missed on the WSS ROKiT Tour.

Congratulations, Barry and good luck!

Barry last played at the Crucible … last April, when he made the Final of the 2019 WSS ROKiT Masters, beating Stephen Hendry, and the reigning World Champion Aaron Canavan before losing on the re-spotted black to Joe Johnson. The way Barry played in that event was impressive and he took that form to the Q-school apparently!

Another graduate, is no other than Peter Lines, the first WSS World Champion, who having lost his tour card after the World Championship 2019, immediately returns, thanks to a very consistent campaign in the Q-School. Peter graduated through the Order of Merit.

Congratulations Peter and good luck!

Rory McLeod joins the WSS ROKiT Tour

As announced today on social media, Rory McLeod has decided to join the WSS ROKiT tour, following his recent relegation of the Main Tour.

Here is the announcement:

Today former World number 32, and the 2017 Ruhr Open Champion Rory McLeod has announced his decision to participate on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour next season. Rory first turned pro in 1991 and was one of the longest serving professionals on tour prior to his recent relegation. in 2009 he became the first Black player to qualify for the World Professional Championship, he also qualified in 2011 and 2017, the 2017 being particularly memorable as he defeated the current World Snooker Champion Judd Trump in round 1.

Rory MdLeod

Despite a recent failed attempt at Q School to regain his card, Rory had no thoughts of retirement and says he will embrace the challenge and opportunities that the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour will give him, and look to regain his professional card status at Q School in 2020.Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour said “Following on from Joe Swail’s decision to play on our tour we are delighted to welcome another great servant of the game who is embracing something we’ve created with the WPBSA that was never there before for players over 40 dropping off the main tour. Rory will prove to be a fierce competitor”Any player over 40 who is interested in getting their cue out and entering one of our qualifiers can do so by clicking here: https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/rokit_ws_registration.html

Welcome Rory !

Women Tour Championship at the Crucible next August

As previous announced, Women’s Snooker will be showcased at the Crucible during the WSS ROKiT World Championship 2019.

Here are all infos you need as publihed by WWS

Women’s Snooker Stars Set to Compete at Crucible Theatre

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) will return to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this August for the all-new Women’s Tour Championship event.

To be staged as part of this year’s ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship, the invitational tournament will take place across one session from 10:00am on Saturday 17th August.

The event will feature the world’s top four ranked women’s players following this season’s Festival of Women’s Snooker event, including world number one Reanne Evans and reigning world women’s champion Ng On Yee of Hong Kong.

The pair will be joined by third ranked Rebecca Kenna who has reached two ranking finals so far this season, as well as Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai, who earlier this year became the first woman to compile a verified 147 break.

The Crucible Theatre has been the home of the professional World Snooker Championship since 1977 and the Women’s Tour Championship will represent the first time that women’s snooker will be played at the iconic venue since 2003 when Kelly Fisher lifted the last of her five world titles under the famous ‘twinkle’ lights.

The staging of the event will be the first of a three-year agreement which will see women’s snooker held at the Crucible until at least 2021.

Mandy Fisher, WWS President said: “All of us at WWS are hugely excited to be able to take women’s snooker back to the Crucible Theatre where so many unforgettable memories have been created and it will be fantastic to see the talented players that we have competing on the same stage.

“I would like to thank both Jason Ferguson of the World Professional Billards and Snooker Association and Jason Francis of World Seniors Snooker for helping to make this possible and I would encourage people to come along and see just what our players can do.”

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 Sunday 18th August held to showcase the talent on the World Disability Billiards and Snooker Tour.

 

Schedule for theTop 32 week-end in Newbury

Next week-end the top 32 will be in Newbury for a special Top 32 event … and a trophy ceremony.

So here is the schedule for the event:

TOP 32 NEWBURY 7-9TH

MATCH SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 7TH JUNE @ 2PM

PLAYER 1 V PLAYER 4
Followed by
PLAYER 2 V PLAYER 3

FRIDAY 7TH JUNE @ 5PM

PLAYER 1 V PLAYER 3

FOLLOWED BY AWARDS AND BBQ

SATURDAY 8TH JUNE @ 10AM

PLAYER 2 V PLAYER 4

SATURDAY 8TH JUNE @ 12 NOON

PLAYER 1 V PLAYER 2
Followed by
PLAYER 4 V PLAYER 3

SATURDAY 8TH JUNE @ 4.00PM

THE SHOOTOUT!
31 MATCHES 10 MINUTES A MATCH.

SUNDAY 8TH JUNE @ 9.30AM

QUARTER FINALS – BEST OF 7

SUNDAY 8TH JUNE @ 1PM

SEMI FINALS BEST OF 7

SUNDAY 8TH JUNE @ 5PM

THE FINAL BEST OF 7

Regarding the awards …

END OF SEASON AWARDS! YOU DECIDE!

So working in conjunction with the players committee the WSS chairman is asking for you to vote on 5 categories this season. Votes will NOT be accepted on here, only by email. You can comment on here though if you so wish.
VOTES TO jason@snookerlegends.co.uk
Jason Francis will announce the winners on Friday 7th June in Newbury.

1, PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nominations
a, Johnathan Bagley
b, Aaron Canavan
c, Barry Pinches
d, Patrick Wallace

2, MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Nominations
a, Stuart Watson
b, Lee Martin
c, Johnny Stevens

3, PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Nominations
a, Stuart Watson (Jersey Final)
b, Rhydian Richards (Semi Final Newbury)
c, Rodney Goggins (Clacton no frames lost)

4, COMMITMENT TO THE TOUR
Nominations
a, Dharmendra Patel
b, George Apperley
c, Richard Emery
d, Lee Richardson

5, CHAMPAGNE MOMENT
Nominations
a, Igor Figueiredo 146 in Houston
b, Leo Fernandez (Respot Black v Hendry in Hull)
c, Rodney Goggins (Clearance v Ken in Goffs)
d, Aaron Canavan (Clearance v Ken in Belfast)

6, CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
(To be awarded on the night)

Awards

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