The only spot still to be filled is the “Golden Ticket” Winner. The Golden Ticket event will be played over the coming week-end in Reading, and you will be able to follow the event and find all results here.
We have some very interesting match-ups but the match that caught my eye is
Stephen Hendry v Darren Morgan
Those two have played each other 16 times during their professional careers, Hendry prevailing 15 times. Darren’s only win over Stephen came at the 1990 British Open. Their first professional match dates back to 1988 at the New Zealand Masters. Their last professional match was played at the Crucible: Stephen beat Darren by 13-10 in the quarter-finals of the 1997 World Snooker Championship. That said, Darren, unlike Stephan has continued to play competitively on a regular basis in recent years, and still plays at a very high level. I have to make Darren favourite here.
I’m also very happy to see Mark Davis in the draw. After the heartbreaking way he lost his tour card only last week, this is something he can look forward to and, in my opinion, he’s a very serious contender for the title.
Also intriguing is the match between Ken Doherty and Alfie Burden. Although they have both played on the main tour for a very long time they have only met each other four times, Ken prevailing three times. Their first encounter dates back to the 1999 British Open. Alfie’s only win came at the 2015 Shoot Out which is also the last time they played each other.
Also announced … Alisha Singh will be there, doing players interviews and backstage presentation.
Happy to announce, Alisha Singh as our behind the scenes Presenter for the LLP Solicitors World Seniors Snooker Championship. Alisha will be delivering daily highlights, interviews with players and backstage content from The Crucible! #daretodream LLP Solicitors
I don’t think any player will refuse to do the interviews …
The top eight seeds have been announced ahead of the LLP Solicitors World Seniors Snooker Championship. The eight cannot meet each other in Round 1 and will be seeded into position, with a really dangerous eight other players waiting to take them on in the crucible. The Draw will once again be done live during coverage of the World Professional Snooker Championships on BBC.
The Seeds have been made from the 7 invited players and the next highest ranked on the current World Professional Rankings taking seed 8. These are
1, Lee Walker (Defending Champion)
2, Mark Davis
3, Jimmy White
4, Ken Doherty
5, Stephen Hendry
6, Joe Johnson
7, Tony Drago
8, Peter Lines.
We know Seven of the Eight who will face them, these are
Darren Morgan (Current European Seniors Champion)
Vito Puopolo (Current Pan American Seniors Champion)
Mohamed Khairy (Current African Seniors Champion)
Ben Hancorn (Amateur Qualifier)
Adrian Ridley (Current Asia-Pacific Seniors Champion)
Golden Ticket Winner (Last place will be won weekend of 22/23rd April from top 16 on Seniors Ranking list not already qualified)
Should the top 8 seeds progress we could see some mouth watering ties in the Quarter Finals…. Lee Walker v Peter Lines would see the current World and Uk Champions face off, Stephen Hendry v Ken Doherty would also evoke plenty of memories.
Certain players matches have already been scheduled so you can join us and make sure you see your favourites in action.
To see the defending Champion play on Wednesday 3rd
This was announced today on the World Seniors Snooker Facebook page
APBSF Seniors Champion Adrian Ridley from Yarrawonga, a small country town in North East Victoria, Australia is COMING TO THE CRUCIBLE!
Adrian’s reward for winning the Asia Pacific Billiards and Snooker Federation Seniors Title is a trip to Sheffield where he will line up against the likes of Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry!
On hearing the news he was won his place at the World Seniors he said “Playing in the one table setup at the crucible is like a dream come true for any snooker player. The crucible is the pinnacle of snooker and just having the chance to visit the arena is special, but to be able to play in it is something only most players would dream of”
The LLP Solicitors World Seniors Snooker Championship takes place from the 3rd- 7th May.