Seniors World Championship line-up announced

This was announced on the official WSS ROKIT Tour FB page

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour is today pleased to announce the 16 players who will compete in their World Championship from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

The Event, which will be broadcast once again by the BBC as well as on Zhibo TV in China, will see defending champion Jimmy White line up alongside former World Professional Champions Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, John Parrott, Joe Johnson and Dennis Taylor.

Covid 19 restrictions around International travel means that two invited legends, Cliff Thorburn and Tony Drago, as well as Pan American Champion, Bob Chaperon are unable to take up their places.

The Pan American Association (PABSA) have nominated the current WSF Seniors Champion Igor Figueiredo to replace Bob Chaperon, Igor is based in the UK and therefore does not face the same quarantine challenges, he also won a place in the 2019 World Seniors Championship but was unable to fulfil this as he also secured a professional Tour Card that year.

1980 World Champion Cliff Thorburn is replaced in the draw by 1977 UK Champion Patsy Fagan, Patsy has not played at the Crucible since 1985.

Maltese Legend Tony Drago is replaced in the draw by Former World number 2 Tony Knowles, a multiple ranking event winner.

Current World Ranked number 1, and Uk Seniors Champions, Michael Judge is also invited to complete the field.

The full line up, in seeding order is

  1. Jimmy White – Defending Champion
  2. Ken Doherty
  3. Michael Judge
  4. Stephen Hendry
  5. Igor Figueiredo
  6. Barry Pinches
  7. David Lilley
  8. Lee Walker
  9. Dennis Taylor
  10. Joe Johnson
  11. John Parrott
  12. Darren Morgan
  13. Philip Williams
  14. Patrick Wallace
  15. Tony Knowles
  16. Patsy Fagan

The top 8 seeds will be randomly drawn to play the bottom 8 seeds, the draw being conducted live during the BETFRED World Professional Championship.

In the event that any player returns a positive COVID test the next highest ranked player Wayne Cooper will be on standby to play.

The event will be played from the 6th to the 9th May.

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The Four who will be at the Crucible…

The 2021 Seniors Q-School 2 concluded yesterday evening in Reading, and these are the four who will head t…o the Crucible in May: Patrick Wallace, Darren Morgan, Lee Walker and Phil Williams.

Here is the report by WPBSA:

Seniors Quartet Qualify for Crucible

Northern Ireland’s Patrick Wallace and Welsh trio Lee Walker, Darren Morgan and Phil Williams will all line up for the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre next month after graduating from the latest Q School in Reading this evening (Sunday).

Over 90 players entered the week-long competition at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Berkshire hoping to obtain one of the four remaining berths for the final stages of the championship that will once again be broadcast live on BBC platforms.

Following on from the year’s opening Seniors Q School in January, this second edition was split into two phases with 12 players emerging from the first six day’s action to contest ‘Judgement Day’ on Sunday.

The Qualifiers

Patrick Wallace is set to feature at the iconic Sheffield venue in this event for the second consecutive year.

The former world number 34 – who reached the quarter-finals of the world professional championship on debut in 2001 – got the better of current main tour player Gerard Greene whilst advancing from Thursday’s action. Returning a couple of days later, the 51-year-old from Dungannon was flawless, making breaks of 81 and 61 as he defeated Steve Crowley 4-0 before further runs of 100 and 73 in another 4-0 victory, this time over Stuart Watson.

Wallace will be hoping to go one better than 2018 when he lost to eventual champion Aaron Canavan in a deciding frame final in Scunthorpe.

Lee Walker was the only active professional to make it through this time in Reading, and he needed to endure deciding frame finishes in order to do so.

A graduate of the WST Q-School last summer, 45-year-old Walker came top of his initial group on Tuesday before having to win the final two frames of his playoff match with 2012 champion Nigel Bond in which he compiled runs of 91 and 89.

He recommenced his challenge with a 4-0 victory (breaks of 62 and 72) over Wayne Townsend, before crossing cues with Canavan in an all-or-nothing encounter.

Jersey national champion Canavan led the tie three times, crafting a 58 to move one away from qualification. However, faced with the same predicament he experienced earlier in the week, Walker constructed breaks of 62 and 55 to win 4-3.

It will be Walker’s first time in the main draw of the world seniors championship and he will return to the Crucible Theatre for the first time as a player since 2004.

Winner of this title in 2011, Darren Morgan will be back in Sheffield for the third year running after he eliminated another former champion in the shape of 2017 victor Peter Lines at the final hurdle.

The former world number 8 – who has made the final on two further occasions, including at the Crucible two years ago – finished top of his group on Tuesday before sweeping aside Alfie Burden 4-0 with breaks of 63 and 70 in the end-of-day playoffs.

On finals day he ousted Ant Parsons 4-3 on the final black – despite needing a snooker in the deciding frame – before efforts of 55 and 62 helped him deny main tour exponent Lines 4-2 in a winner-takes-all clash.

Qualification will be of relief to Morgan as he was pipped by Barry Pinches in the final round during January’s Q-School.

A former professional of nine seasons, Phil Williams will fulfil a lifelong dream when he plays at the Crucible Theatre for the first time next month.

The 53-year-old survived a deciding frame against Jonathan Bagley on Wednesday to reach the final day where he upset professional Rory McLeod 4-0 (75 break) and then defeated John Hunter 4-2 with a top run of 53 to head the group and secure his ticket.

It is the second time that Williams has qualified for the final stages of this championship – he did so in 2013 when it was held in Portsmouth under a different guise.

This successful quartet join January Q-School qualifiers David Lilley and Barry Pinches and the players automatically in the main draw for the championship.

Taking place from 6-9 May, the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship features defending champion Jimmy White who is aiming to lift the trophy at the Crucible Theatre for a third consecutive year.

For the full results, please visit WPBSA SnookerScores.

After the January Q-school there were moans about the fact that the active professionals were too hard to beat, and amateurs had next to no chance now that the older pros are able to compete on rge Seniors tour. This edition proved that wrong.

Congratulations to all graduates!