Exciting news about the 2019 WSS ROKiT Phones.com UK Championship

The line-up is now complete, with Rory McLeod winning the last qualifying event last week-end. He will play Sean Lanigan.

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It’s a great line-up and it will be a great event, no doubt!

But there will be even more to play for after those two announcements:

HIGH BREAK HULL!

The player who makes the highest break during the ROKiTPhones.com Uk Seniors Snooker Championship will be presented with this beautiful Chamberlain1875.com ‘Triple Crown’ time piece. Valued at over £1000 this will be a superb prize from our partners. Nico Smeets

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source World Seniors Snooker on Facebook

But that’s not all …

This was announced on twitter by ROKiT World Seniors Snooker

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Its back!!! During the

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vote for shot of the championship will receive £1000 courtesy of our friends at the Tradewell Snooker Centre in Hull.

All to play for then!

Rory Mc Leod wins the WSS ROKiT Phones.com UK Champions Qualifier Q4 in Hull

Here  is the main draw

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You can follow the results on the WPBSA tournament manager here

Some matches are streamed on Snookertv.net

Last 128

Bal Sembi 3-0 Neil Caroll
Anthony Massey 3-0 Nigel Cotton
Nigel Emmerson 3-0 John Palmer
Michael Wrigley 3-1 Paul Stoves
Sean Whittles 3-2 David Gosling
Adi Holley 3-1 Gary Coulson
Andrew Greaves 3-2 Mark Sutton
Steve Evans 3-2 Lee Taylor
Mark Ball 3-2 Simon Keenan

Last 64

Bal Sembi 3-2 Leo Fernandez
Stephen Campbell 3-0 Mike Hallett
Andy Turner 2-3 Tony Corrigan
Rory Mc Leod 3-0 Chris Clarkson
Gary Filtness 2-3 v Anthony Massey
Gary Skipworth 3-0 Ray Grail
Neal Jones 3-2 Richard Emery
David Bright 0-3 Nigel Emmerson
Lee Richardson 3-1 Philip Blackburn
Darren Barton 3-0 Dharmenta Patel
Sanjay Meghani 2-3 Les Dodd
Karl Townsend 3-0 Andy Battams
Dennis Tristram 1-3 Adrian Atkins
Tony Knowles 1-3 Cary Kikis
Colm Gilcreest 2-3 Muhammed Aurangzaib
Stuart Waston 3-0 Michael Wrigley
Rodney Goggins W/O Stephen Waldron
George Apperley 1-3 Mike Gillespie
Sean Whittles 0-3 Darren Morgan
Don Newcombe 3-1 Dean Sycamore
Jon Charlton 3-1 Adi Holley
Neil Craycraft 0-3 Geoff Williams
Steve Bird 1-3 Nickolas Neale
Wayne Cooper 3-0 David Thompson
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Darren Shaw
Andrew Greaves 2-3 Mike Preston
James Richardson 1-3 Sean Lanigan
Lee S. Martin 3-1 Marcus Lord
Andrew Milliard 0-3 Steve Evans
Mark White 2-3 James McGouran
Mark Ball W/O Andy Papaiacovou
Jonathan Bagley 3-0 Carl Gibson

Last 32

Bal Sembi 3-1 Stephen Campbell
Tony Corrigan 1-3 Rory McLeod
Gary Skipworth 3-0 Anthony Massey
Neal Jones 3-1 Nigel Emmerson
Lee Richardson 3-1 Darren Barton
Les Dodd 2-3 Karl Townsend
Adrian Atkins 0-3 Cary Kikis
Muhammed Aurangzaib 2-3 Stuart Watson
Rodney Goggins 3-0 Mike Gillespie
Darren Morgan 3-0 Don Newcombe
Jon Charlton 3-0 Geoff Williams
Nickolas Neale 1-3 Wayne Cooper
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Mike Preston
Sean Lanigan 3-0 Lee S. Martin
Steve Evans 0-3 James McGouran
Mark Ball 0-3 Jonathan Bagley

Last 16

Bal Sembi 2-3 Rory McLeod
Gary Skipworth 2-3 Neal Jones
Lee Richardson 3-0 Karl Townsend
Cary Kikis 3-2 Stuart Watson
Rodney Goggins 3-2 Darren Morgan
Jon Charlton 3-2 Wayne Cooper
Aaron Canavan 3-2 Sean Lanigan
James McGouran 3-0 Jonathan Bagley

QF

Rory McLeod 3-2 Neal Jones
Lee Richardson 0-3 Cary Kikis
Rodney Goggins 3-0 Jon Charlton
Aaron Canavan 2-3 James McGouran

SF

Rory McLeod 4-0 Cary Kikis
Rodney Goggins 4-3 James Mc Gouran

The Final

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Rory McLeod 4-1 Rodney Goggins

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Congratulations Rory!

Because Rodney had already previously qualified for the UK Championship, Rory would have got the last spot available in the draw regardless of the result of this final.

WSS ROKiT UK Championship 2019 – Draw and Schedule

Following a great day of promotion in Hull on Tuesday, the draw and schedule for the WSS ROKiT UK Championship is now available.

This was shared on social media:

Schedule of Play in Hull for the ROKiT Phones.com Uk Seniors Snooker Championship.

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24th October
10am
Match 1 Dennis Taylor v Rodney Goggins
Match 2 Cliff Thorburn v Patrick Wallace

2pm
Match 3 Willie Thorne v Michael Judge
Match 4 Sean Lanigan v Hull Qualifier.

7pm
Match 5 John Parrott v Winner Match 2
Match 6 Stephen Hendry v Winner Match 1

25th
10am
Match 7 James Wattana v Winner Match 3
Match 8 Jimmy White v Winner Match 4

2pm Semi Finals
SF1 Winner Match 6 v Winner Match 7
SF2 Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 8

6pm VIP Reception
7PM The Final (Best of 7)

get your tickets here to see your legends… follow this link

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Here are some images taken last tuesday. Amongst the people attending were Jason Fergusion, chairman of WPBSA, Jimmy White WSS reigning World Champion and the Mayor of Hull. Great creativity put into the promotion!

The last spot will be awarded in the last qualifying event, held in Hull on 27-29 Semptember 2019. Entries are closed and there are 73 players in it.

Launch of the WSS ROKiT UK Championship 2019 in Hull

A special event will be held in Hull on September 17, 2019 to launch the WSS ROKiT UK Championship 2019. This is the announcement:

SENIOR SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP AT PQ

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Snooker Legend ‘The Whirlwind’ to launch Senior Snooker Championship at Princes Quay   

Fans will get the chance to meet Jimmy White at this year’s official Launch Event 

When: 17th September, 11am-1:15pm 

Where: PQ, Quayside Level 1  

 Ahead of the ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker Championship, which returns to the Bonus Arena on the 24th and 25th October, Princes Quay shopping centre will be host to a special event which sees Snooker Legend Jimmy White and snooker pundits come together for an exclusive launch.  

 The event will consist of opening statements and reviews, with expert knowledge from Jason Francis and ‘The Whirlwind’ himself, Jimmy White. The pinnacle of event will be the live draw, deciding which players will be drawn against one another, giving fans the opportunity to plan which matches they’ll be attending.  

 Fans will get the chance to meet The Whirlwind with photo opportunities and autographs available. There will also be chance for visitors to brush up on their snooker skills FREE of charge at the two tables installed for the event, courtesy of Tradewell Snooker Club 

 Sarah Smith, Marketing Manager said:  

“We’ve been working closely with the Bonus Arena to plan the Launch Event and we can’t wait to welcome Jimmy White to Princes Quay. It will be a great chance for fans to meet their snooker hero and come and revel in the excitement as the draw is announced. 

It’s another great event on the PQ calendar and with lots of others in the pipeline, we urge our customers to keep their eyes peeled on the Princes Quay website for all the latest news and events.”  

Wrecking Ball Music and Books will be hosting a stall where fans can get their hands on The Whirlwind’s 2015 hit autobiography ‘Second Wind’ as well as previous titles such as ‘Behind the White Ball’ and ‘Jimmy White’s Snooker Masterclass’. The snooker super star, famous for his fluid attacking style of play, has won two of snooker’s three majors and is currently tenth on the all-time list of ranking event winners.  

In the upcoming qualifier competition at the end of September, it will be decided who will face the likes of Jimmy and other big names such as Cliff Thorburn and Patrick Wallace, in the final at The Bonus Arena in Hull.  

Dan Harris, General Manager of the Bonus Arena, said:  

“Hull is fast becoming a snooker city and last year the reaction to the legends was fantastic. Jimmy White is truly a legend of the game and we are delighted he will be joining us next Tuesday for the tournament draw. Fans will get the chance to meet Jimmy as we launch this year’s event.”   

The event will be live streamed across the PQ and Snooker Legends’ Facebook pages.  

Should be fun!

Seeding for the UK Championship in Hull

The seeding for the WSS ROKiT Phones.com UK Championship 2019 has been announced:

1. Jimmy White
2. James Wattana
3. Stephen Hendry
4. John Parrott
5. Cliff Thorburn
6. Dennis Taylor
7. Willie Thorne
8. Sean Lanigan
9. Rodney Goggins
10. Michael Judge
11. Patrick Wallace
12. Qualifier Hull – event 28-30th Sept.

It’s a great line-up.

Last year we had a fantastic event: have a look at the images here! More of the same this year!

Joins us! This is the link for the tickets: https://www.bonusarenahull.com/whats-on/the-rokit-uk-seniors-snooker-championship/

UK Qualifiers In Jersey (Q3) – Draw, format and results

UK Championship Qualifying Event 3 – Jersey – 7-8 September 2019

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Some matches being streamed on snookertv.net

Main event – Starts on Saturday 7th of September 2019

Last 64

Michael Judge  BYE
Mark Ball 3-0 Ady Holley
Michael Wilby – W/O Lee S. Martin
Mike Hallett BYE
Richard Emery 2-3 Les Dodd (109)
Dean Sycamore BYE
Aaron Canavan BYE
Gary Coulson BYE
Rodney Goggins BYE
Sanjay Meghani 3-0 Robbie Kilpatrick
Tony Corrigan 0-3 Gary Britton
Ian Spawton BYE
George Apperley BYE
Sean Lanigan – W/O Tony Knowles
Patsy Fagan 3-0 Guy Heys
Jonathan Bagley BYE

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Patrick Wallace BYE
Andrew Milliard BYE
Jon Charlton BYE
Colin Mitchell BYE
Wayne Cooper BYE
Michael Wrigley BYE
Andrew Greaves BYE
Stuart Watson BYE
Lee Richardson BYE
Philip Blackburn BYE
Keith Thomas 0-3 Gary Filtness
Rory McLeod (128, 106) 3-1 Simon Keenan
Andrew Isitt BYE
Rhydian Richards BYE
Dharmendra Patel 0-3 Geoff Williams
Leo Fernandez BYE

Last 32

Michael Judge 3-0 Mark Ball
Lee S. Martin 1-3 Mike Hallett
Les Dodd 1-3 Dean Sycamore
Aaron canavan 3-1 Gary Coulson
Rodney Goggins 3-0 Sanjay Meghani
Gary Britton 3-0 Ian Spawton
George Apperley 0-3 Tony Knowles
Patsy Fagan 2-3 Jonathan Bagley

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Patrick Wallace 3-1 Andrew Milliard
Jon Charlton 3-2 Colin Mitchell
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Michael Wrigley
Andrew Greaves 1-3 Stuart Watson
Lee Richardson 3-0 Philip Blackburn
Gary Filtness 1-3 Rory McLeod
Andrew Isitt 0-3 Rhydian Richards
Geoff Williams 2-3 Leo Fernandez

Last 16

Michael Judge 3-1 Mike Hallett
Dean Sycamore 1-3 Aaron Canavan
Rodney Goggins 2-3 Gary Britton
Tony Knowles 3-1 Jonathan Bagley

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Patrick Wallace 3-0 Jon Charlton
Wayne Cooper 0-3 (141, 138) Stuart Watson
Lee Richardson 2-3 Rory McLeod
Rhydian Richards 2-3 Leo Fernandez

Quarter Finals

Michael Judge 2-3 Aaron Canavan
Gary Britton 3-1 Tony Knowles

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Patrick Wallace (141) 3-2 Stuart Watson
Rory McLeod 2-3 Leo Fernandez

Semi Finals

Aaron Canavan 1-4 Gary Britton

Patrick Wallace 4-0 Leo Fernandez

The Final

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Gary Britton 1-4 Patrick Wallace

All detailed results can be found here

Super Seniors Competition

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Last 16

George Apperley 0-2 Andrew Isitt
Gary Filtness 2-0 Colin Mitchell
Richard Emery 2-0 Keith Thomas
Mike Hallett 2-0 Guy Heys
Patsy Fagan 0-2 Tony Knowles

Quarter Finals

Richard Emery 2-0 Robbie Kilpatrick
Andrew Isitt 0-2 Les Dodd
Gary Filtness 1-2 Mike Hallett
Ian Spawton 1-2 Tony Knowles

Semi Finals

Richard Emery 0-2 Tony Knowles
Les Dodd 1-2 Mike Hallett

The Final

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Tony Knowles 2-0 Mike Hallett

All detailed results can be found here

European Open 2018 cancelled – Press Release

After long months of uncertainty, we finally have news abot the 2018 European Open, and, unfortunately it’s not great.

Here is the press release:

PRESS RELEASE 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019

Last Season the ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Tour held qualifiers for a European Open which was scheduled to be played in October 2018. Sadly for economic reasons the event was cancelled but players had won qualifiers in Letterkenny, Brugge and Northampton to play, we had also awarded a place to the EBSA European Seniors Champion.

With no contracted European event this season, we feel it is only right and proper that the players who won those events do get rewarded with a place at a full ranking event. Therefore we have taken the decision to place these players in events this season, guaranteeing their rightful opportunity, rather than having to wait for a proposed European Seniors Championship.

Former Professional Sean Lanigan will line up in the Uk Seniors Championship which will be staged at the Bonus Arena in Hull on the 24th and 25th October. Crucible quarter finalist Patrick Wallace has been awarded a spot of the Senior Masters in May, current World Number 1 Michael Judge will line up in Goffs on the 27th and 28th March and EBSA Seniors Champion, and recent Worlds Runner Up Darren Morgan will appear in the 6 reds Championship in Coleraine in June.

We would also like to announce some opportunities for amateur players who are supporting multiple events. The player who sits at World Number 1 on the ranking list following our qualifier in Essen Germany on 26th April will also get awarded a place at the Senior Masters in May. The player who sits highest on the 1 year money list, who is not already invited, after the Senior Masters will be awarded a place in the 6 reds, as will the player ranked number 1 on the Super Seniors Ranking List.

Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKit Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Tour, said “We felt it was important to reward the players who had won their right to a place in a full televised ranking event, we also wanted to reward players who are consistently doing well in our global qualifying events but not necessarily winning them. We will continue to review strategy and build on our recent World Championships.”

I kept asking for news to Jason Francis all last season and I know with 100% certainty that he tried his absolute hardest to get the event staged. I’m sure that this decision must have been very hard to take, and only after exhausting every other possibility.

Crucible Memories … in Toronto

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Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry were at the Corner Bank in Toronto this week-end, celebrating their iconic rivalry. Those two – and their rivalry – “were” snooker in the first half of the 90th. They offered a clash of personality  and life style that electrified the audience. Jimmy had the popularity, Stephen won the trophies … well most of them.

On Saturday in Toronto, Jimmy defeated Stephen by 4-2. Jimmy had a 107, Stephen a 125 … that should have been 132. On Sunday Stephen took revenge, winning by 4-3. They had four centuries between them, two each. Jimmy missed the last black whilst on a maximum attempt.

Here are a few images, shared by Jason Francis and Stephen Hendry

 

World Seniors Championship Added To ManBetX Champion Of Champions Qualification Criteria

This is the announcement

The World Seniors Championship has been added to the qualification list for snooker’s ManBetX Champion of Champions, which will take place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from November 4-10.

Jimmy White won the Seniors title at The Crucible on Sunday, beating Darren Morgan in the final. The World Seniors Championship will be added to the bottom of the ManBetX Champion of Champions Qualification List, meaning White is not yet assured a place at the Ricoh Arena.

The Qualifying List comprises 28 spots, which are split into seven sections. Tournaments within each of the seven sections are listed chronologically. The first 16 different players on the list will form the line-up for the 2019 ManBetX Champion of Champions. The World Women’s Snooker Championship is listed 27th on the list, with the World Seniors to be listed 28th.

With twelve players having already been assured of their place at the ManBetX Champion of Champions, if the five remaining events yield three repeat winners then White will receive his invite to play at the Ricoh Arena in November, live on ITV4.

Tickets for the 2019 ManBetX Champion of Champions are on sale now. Prices start from just £11 per session with Premium and VIP packages also available. The draw and schedule for the event will be announced during the week prior to the tournament.

Featuring tournament winners from the previous 12 months, the ManBetX Champion of Champions is broadcast live on ITV4 and has become one of snooker’s biggest tournaments since launching at Ricoh Arena in 2013. The likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy have all lifted the trophy.

The tournament starts with a quartet of four-man groups played over four days from Monday, November 4 until Thursday, November 7. The winner of each group progresses to the semi-finals, with one played on Friday, November 8 and the other on Saturday, November 9. The final on Sunday, November 10 will be over 19 frames.

That’s a great recognition for the WSS Tour. Of course, the 2019 Seniors World Champion is not certain to be in Coventry just yet, but he’s in with a chance.

WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2019 World Championship – Jimmy White is your Champion!

After six heatbreaking defeats in finals at the Crucible, Jimmy White’s dream finally came true! Yesterday evening he became World Seniors Snooker Champion in the iconic venue! He beat Darren Morgan by 5-3 in an excellent final.

Here is the report by WPBSA:

White Wins at the Crucible

19th August 2019

Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White has defeated Darren Morgan 5-3 to win his second ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Championship title at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

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Held at the undisputed home of snooker for the first time, the four-day event saw both White and Morgan come through a field of 20 players comprised of former greats champions and amateur qualifiers from across the globe to contest the title match.

The final would prove to be a tightly contested affair during which the players were never separated by more than a single frame until the final ball was potted.

Former world number eight Morgan drew first blood with a clearance to the pink from the last red to take the opening frame, before White countered a break of 55 with a dish of his own to level the scores.

The following two frames were also shared as the pair headed to the interval locked at 2-2, before 10-time ranking event winner White hit the front for the first time with a break of 53.

It was Morgan’s turn to respond positively as he claimed the sixth frame for 3-3, before White hit a match-high break of 86 to move one away from finally breaking his Crucible duck, having famously lost in the final on six occasions at the professional World Championship.

As the tension grew, it appeared as though the final was destined to head for a deciding-frame as Morgan established a useful advantage with the remaining reds awkwardly placed.

White, however, had other ideas as he fought back to within five points with two reds remaining, before eventually earning what would prove to be a match-clinching chance to seal an emotional victory at the Crucible Theatre.

The success comes an incredible 38 years after White made his Crucible debut back in 1981 and earns him the top prize of £25,000. The success caps a fantastic season which has already seen the 57-year-old claim victories at the Irish Seniors Masters and the 6-Red World Seniors Championship tournaments.

“It sounds strange to be world champion at the Crucible,” said White. “I have been playing really well, I lost the form on Thursday coming here and today I managed to get my game together and I felt very strong. I am delighted to win because [Darren] Morgan plays all of the time, he is a top amateur, so he is very sharp. I knew I had a tough match, it looked like it was going to go 4-4 so it could have been anybody’s and sometimes you have got to take these opportunities.

“On Thursday I was playing fantastic stuff and I went to Barnsley [for the China Championship qualifiers] and lost 5-4 after I should have won and everything just went out of the window.

“Tony Knowles [former world number two] said to me that I wasn’t standing right and that my back leg needed to lock like years ago. I actually looked at a couple of videos last night and he was right, my back leg used to be straight. It gave me a lot of confidence today and I potted some real good long balls. A great example was the red to get in to win the match, you are even money to get them anyway but it was a great cueing shot.”

And the full story in pictures!