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!

2021 Seniors Q-School 2 starts today

The Seniors Q-school 2 started earlier today. Four players will have the opportunity to play at the Crucible  come May 2021.

Ahead of the event, Jason Francis wrote this “Open Letter” and shared it on social media.

An Open letter to all ROKiT World Seniors Tour Players…

As we sit on the eve of another ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Event I want to remind you all how far we’ve come and how you have all played a part in that journey.
Four years ago our sport did not have a Seniors Tour, by next Sunday four more players will be in receipt of a cue sports life changing opportunity. To play Snooker at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield is a privilege reserved only for those who have excelled in our sport, to play in the single table set up is something even more unique.
What everyone has built in such a short time is staggering, a global tour with over 300 registered players, a new earning opportunity for WPBSA Tour professionals over 40, a vehicle to provide a platform to remember, honour and enjoy the legends of our sport.
The opportunity for any player over 40 years of age, of any gender or ability, to put on a waistcoat, pick up their cue and dare to dream had never existed.
The harder the mountain is to climb the more rewarding it is when you reach its summit. We strive to improve, we attempt to inspire and we don’t ever apologise for doing either of those things.

We are Seniors, We Dare to Dream, We are here to stay. #WeAreSeniors

Lets hit some balls,

Jason Francis, Chairman ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour.

DareToDream

Jason was also happy to share the news that all covid tests so far had come out negative.

The event is underway and you can follow it here

 

 

Seniors Q-School 2 – two more spots at the Crucible for the grabs

This was announced on social media by Jason Francis yesterday:

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour today announces two more opportunities for their tour players at Qualifying School next week in Reading.

The World Seniors Championship field has always been made up from legends of the sport, our former champions and qualifiers from open events staged for any player of any ability or gender over 40 years of age. There has also been rewards for continental champions from our World Snooker Federation regions.

With the continuing challenges of COVID-19, and in particular international travel, plus the fact many of our partners have not staged their Championships this season, it has been decided that four players, not two will progress from Qualifying School next week and take their place at the Crucible Theatre in May.

That event, which will be broadcast once again by the BBC, will play from the 6th – 9th May with Jimmy White defending champion. Thanks to an agreement with the World Snooker Tour lower ranked WPBSA tour players over 40 have also had the chance this season to receive invitations or qualification from the events.

Group stages at Qualifying School will be played from Monday 29th to Saturday 3rd April, two players each day will qualify to the finals day on Sunday 4th. In a change from the original format those 12 qualifiers will be drawn into 4 random groups of 3 with a round robin best of 7 providing four group winners. The final days play will be streamed live on the World Seniors Facebook Page.

The 2021 World Seniors Snooker Champion will take their place on the Champion of Champions Qualification list.

This is great news for all the players involved

Unfortunately, there is this as well

No streaming ... Paul Tett

It’s a shame, and frankly I don’t understand WST stand on this in this particular case. Surely those two events are not in competition? I know it’s the rule, and I know some tour players might are in it, but certainly none of those invited in the CLS. A bit of flexibility wouldn’t hurt IMO.

Seniors Q-School 2021 – Two more spots at the Crucible for the grabs

A second Seniors Q-school will be held this spring, with two spots to play at the Crucible for the grabs.

Here is the announcement on WPBSA website:

A further two places at the 2021 World Seniors Snooker Championship will be claimed at the latest Qualifying School to be organised by the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour.

To be held from 27 March – 4 April 2021 at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Reading, the event follows the successful staging of Seniors Q School back in January which saw eight places at upcoming major tournaments decided.

As in January, the event will be run strictly in accordance with guidelines from the DCMS and the EPSB with full COVID-19 testing protocols in place. All players are required to receive a COVID-19 test, even if they have already received one or both doses of the vaccination.

HOW TO ENTER

Entry for the event is now open with up to 128 spaces available.

The closing date for entries is Monday 15 March 2021 – or when 128 confirmed entries are received.

For more information about the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour visit their Facebook page.

Inevitably, under the current circumstances, orgsanising such an event comes with constraints and costs. But this IS an opportunity to play at the Crucible and live your dream. Jason Francis has put huge efforts and energy into getting the Seniors playing despite the restrictions, and “his” events have actually been the only non-professional events allowed to go on. So, if you believe in your dream and want the Seniors tour to continue to be succesful, support it and get your cue out…

WSS Irish Masters posponed to 2022

As, unfortunately, the covid crisis continues to be a major health concern, the Seniors Irish Masters had to be postponed again, this time to March 2022.

Here is Jason Francis announcement on social media:

WSSIrishMasters2022Poster

IRISH MASTERS MOVED TO 2022. We are sorry to once again need to move the Seniors Irish Masters to 2022. All tickets remain valid for the new dates. Refunds available from Ticket Master Ireland. We will return to this great Irish Venue in 2022.

 

This has’nt come as a surprise to me as, last week, Aer Lingus had informed me that my flights had been canceled.

There is nothing WSS can do really, and, of course, players, officials and fans health and safety are the priority. Hopefully we can have a blast in Goff in 2022.

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Super Seniors

This is the qualifying event for the “Super Seniors” tournament. Players must be 55 or older to be able to compete in this one and there were no main tour players in the draw.

You will find all detailed results here

This is how it unfolded…

Last 24

Lee Taylor 3-0 Colin Bark
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Steve Whalley
Richard Pipe w/o Paul McCulloch
Andrew Milliard w/o Peter Bardsley
Dean Reynolds 3-1 Kevin Kelly
Chris Cookson 3-2 Richard Wykes
Ashley Beal 3-1 John Rees

Last 16

Gary Filtness 3-0 Lee Taylor
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Lindon Paxford
Richard Pipe 3-0 Dennis Tristram
Ian Brumby 3-0 Patsy Fagan
Tony Knowles 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Dean Reynolds 3-0 Ian Spawton
Chris Cookson 3-1 Ray Grail
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Quarter-finals

Gary Filtness 3-2 Mukesh Parmar
Ian Brumby 3-1 Richard Pipe
Dean Reynolds 3-2 Tony Knowles
Ahley Beal 3-0 Chris Cookson

Semi-finals

Gary Filtness 3-0 Ian Brumby
Ashley Beal 3-0 Dean Reynolds

The Final

Gary Filtness 4-0 Ashley Beal

This is a remarkable victory for Gary, who has suffered from very painfulback injuries for months, will definitely need an operation, withdrew from other Q-school events, but saved his best for this one! And he couldn’t believe he did it!

Congratulations Gary Filtness!

See you at Ally Pally … eerh?

Surely this has to be at Upton Park now!

😎😂

Rokit World Seniors 2021 – Q School World Championships – Results

This is the qualifying event for the 2021 Rokit World Seniors Snooker Championship. Two spots were for the grabs.

The players currently competing on the Main Tour are highlighted in orange.

You will find all detailed results here

Last 96

Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Ahmed Alhasimi
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-2 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler 3-1 Gary Milne
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Darren Mills
Stuart Reardon 3-2 Mark Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Mohamed Abdekader 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Mike Nixon 3-0 Karl Walker
Steve Crowley 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Gerard Greene 3-1 Chris Jones
Kevin Palmer w/o Peter Bardsley
Peter Lines 3-0 Ian Brumby
Andrew Norman 3-1 Neil Herd
Andrew Booker 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley w/o Alfie Burden
Ashley Beal 3-0 John Snape
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Paul Davies
Lee Taylor w/o Lee Walker
Mark Garderton w/o Anthony Bonner
Nigel Bond w/o Minesh Doshi
Andy Lavin 3-2 Jim Buck
Barry Pinches 3-0 Martin Williams

Last 64

Ant Parsons w/o Michael Judge
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Steve Walley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Mark Ball
Phil Williams 3-0 Gary Coulson
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-1 Richard Emery
Rod Lawler 3-0 Steve Bird
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
Gary Filtness 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Declan Hughes
Matt Ford 3-2 Richard Jones
Gary Thomson w/o Mohamed Abdelkader
Dean Sycamore w/o Mike Nixon
James Brown 3-2 Steve Crowley
Tony Knowles 3-2 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-2 John Hunter
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Patrick Wallace 3-1 Peter Lines
Andrew Norman 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Andrew Booker
David Lilley 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-2 Jonathan Bagley
Johnny Stevens 3-1 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Stuart Watson 3-0 Lee Taylor
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Mark Gardenton
Hans Blankaert v Martin McCrudden – both players withdrew
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andrew Greaves
Andy Lavin 3-2 Sean Lanigan
Barry Pinches 3-1 Andy Milliard
Chris Cookson 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Abid Manzoor
Rory McLeod 3-1 Andy Hicks

Last 32

Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Phil Williams 3-2 Steven Thomas
Rod Lawler 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Wayne Townsend w/o Gary Filtness
Matt Ford 3-0 Aaron Canavan
Dean Sycamore w/o Gary Thomson
Tony Knowles 3-1 James Brown
Darren Morgan 3-1 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Norman 3-0 Patrick Wallace
David Lilley 3-0 Rhydian Richards
Johnny Stevens 3-2 Ashley Beal
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Wayne Cooper bye
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andy lavin
Barry Pinches 3-0 Chris Cookson
Dave Finbow 3-2 Rory McLeod

Last 16

Ant Parsons 1-3 Phil Williams
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Rod Lawler
Matt Ford 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Andrew Norman 1-3 David Lilley
Johnny Stevens 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Nigel Bond
Barry Pinches 3-2 Dave Finbow

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 1-3 Wayne Townsend
Matt ford 0-3 Darren Morgan
David Lilley 3-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 1-3 Barry Pinches

Semi-finals

David Lilley 4-2 Wayne Townsend
Barry Pinches 4-3 Darren Morgan

Congratulations David Lilley and Barry Pinches!

See you at the Crucible!

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School UK Championships – Results

The Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q School UK Championship started on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and finished in the small hours of Sunday, January 10, 2021 

You can find all the results here

The main table was streamed on Facebook.

Last 96

Mike Gardenton 3-0 Darren Mills
David Lilley 3-0 Andy Hickx
Ashley Beal 3-2 Lee Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-2 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Stuart Reardon 3-1 Richard Wykes
Andy Lavin 3-2 Dean Reynolds
Gary Milne 3-0 Richard Jones
Gerard Greene 3-2 Abid Manzoor
Mark Taylor 3-0 Andrew Booker
Kuldesh Johal 3-0 Martin Williams
Karl Walker w/o Martin McCrudden
Nigel Bond 3-0 Ahmed Alhasmi
John Hunter w/o Minesh Doshi
Jim Buck 3-2 Steve Crowley
Ant Parsons 3-0 Chris Cookson
John Snape 3-0 Neil Herd
Mukesh Parmar w/o Peter Bradsley
Mike Dixon 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-2 Steven Thomas
Barry Pinches 3-0 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler w/o Lee Walker

Last 64

Patrick Wallace 3-0 Mike Gardenton
David Lilley 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Ashley Beal
Paul Davies 3-2 Mark Ball
Peter Lines 3-0 Jonathan Bagley
Wayne Townsend 3-1 Declan Hughes
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Richard Emery 3-1 Mohamed Abdelkader
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Adam Denham
Darren Morgan 3-2 Andy Lavin
Gary Milne 3-1 Andrew Greaves
Tony Knowles 3-0 Gerard Greene
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Karl Walker
Nigel Bond 3-1 Aaron Canavan
Rory McLeod 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Andrew Norman 3-0 Steve Whalley
John Hunter 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Jim Buck 3-1 Gary Coulson
Ant Parsons 3-0 Sean Lanigan
Steve Bird 3-2 John Snape
Hans Blankaert v Anthony Bonner – both players withdrew
Phil Williams 3-2 Gary Filtness
Stuart Watson 3-0 Chris Jones
Matt Ford 3-2 Ian Brumby
Mukesh Parmar 3-1 Johnny Stevens
Dean Sycamore w/o Alfie Burden
James Brown 3-0 Mike Nixon
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-2 Lee S. Martin
Barry Pinches 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Rod Lawler

Last 32

David Lilley 3-0 Patrick Wallace
Paul Davies 3-1 Rhydian Richards
Peter Lines 3-0 Wayne Townsend
Mark Gray 3-2 Richard Emery
Wayne Cooper 3-2 Darren Morgan
Gary Milne 0-3 Tony Knowles
Kuldesh Johal w/o Mark Taylor
Dave Finbow 3-2 Nigel Bond
Rory McLeod 0-3 Andrew Norman
John Hunter 2-3 Jim Buck
Ant Parsons 3-0 Steve Bird
Phil Williams bye
Stuart Watson 3-1 Matt Ford
Mukesh Parmar 3-2 Dean Sycamore
James Brown 3-1 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Barry Pinches 3-1 Leo Fernandez

Last 16

David Lilley 3-1 Paul Davies
Peter Lines 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-1 Tony Knowles
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Dave Finbow
Andrew Norman 3-2 Jim Buck
Ant Parsons 0-3 Phil Williams
Stuart Watson 3-1 Mukesh Parmar
James Brown 1-3 Barry Pinches

Quarter-finals

David Lilley 4-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-4 Kuldesh Johal
Andrew Norman 3-4 Phil Williams
Stuart Watson 1-4 Barry Pinches

Congratulations to David Lilley, Kuldesh Johal,

Phil Williams and Barry Pinches !

See you in Hull!

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Masters – Results

The Rokit World Seniors Q School Masters was in fact the very first snooker event  to start in the new year on Monday! 

Jason Francis and his team deserve huge praise for managing to get this Q-School going under the current circumstances.

You can follow the scores, and find all the results here

The main table is streamed on Facebook.

I will however post the results here as well, and this post will be updated as the tournament unfolds.

At the time of writing, the last 96 and last 64 round have been completed

Last 96

Peter Lines 3-0 Darren Mills
Nigel Bond 3-0 Barry Pinches
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Darren Morgan 3-0 Jim Buck
Rod Lawler 3-0 Muhammad Aurangzaib
Ant Parsons 3-1 Gary Milne
Andy Lavin 3-0 Chris Cookson
Mark Taylor 3-2 Ahmed Ahashmi
Declan Hughes 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Andrew Booker 3-1 Ray Grail
Steve Crowley 3-1 Rhydian Richards
Rory McLeod 3-2 Mark Ganderton – Rory is playing for Jamaica
Steven Thomas 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Andrew Norman 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Lee S. Martin 3-0 Neil Herd
Dave Finbow 3-1 Chris Jones
Aaron Canavan 3-0 John Hunter
Andrew Greaves 3-1 Andy Papaiacovou
Sean Lanigan 3-2 Abid Manzoor

Dharminder Singh Lily w/o Lee Walker
Johnny Stevens w/o Peter Bradsley

Last 64

Nigel Bond 3-0 John Snape
Rod Lawler 3-0 Karl Walker
Phil Williams 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Andy Lavin 3-0 Mohamed Abdelkader
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Mark Taylor 3-2 Simon Chandler
Peter Lines 3-0 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Martin Williams
Rory McLeod 3-0 Minesh Doshi
Matt Ford 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley 3-1 Jonathan Bagley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Steve Bird
Dharminder Singh Lily 3-2 Stuart Reardon
Ant Parsons 3-2 Steve Whslley
Andy Hicks 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
James Brown 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Steve Crowley 3-0 Gary Coulson
Andrew Booker 3-0 Lee Taylor
Gary Thomson 3-1 Declan Hughes
Dave Finbow 3-0 Mike Nixon
Andrew Norman 3-2 Ian Brumby
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Andrew Greaves 3-0 Paul Davies
Sean Lanigan 3-0 Richard Jones
Gerard Greene 3-1 Mark Ball
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Gary Filtness w/o Hans Blankaert – my guess is that Hans was unable to travel from Belgium
Lee S. Martin w/o Anthony Bonner
Kevin Palmer w/o Martin McCrudden
Johnny Stevens w/o Alfie Burden – Alfie had to withdraw because his son has Covid-19
Leo Fernandez bye

Last 32

Mark Taylor – Gary Filtness w/o
Phil Williams 3-2 Andy Lavin
Nigel Bond 3-1 Rod Lawler
Darren Morgan 3-1 Peter Lines
Mark Gray 1-3 Ant Parsons
Dharminder Singh Lily 3-1 Matt Ford
David Lilley 3-1 Rory Mcleod
Steven Thomas 0-3 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Booker 0-3 Andy Hicks
Steve Crowley w/o Gary Thomson
James Brown 2-3 Wayne Townsend
Johnny Stevens 0-3 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-0 Dave Finbow
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Kevin Palmer
Sean Lanigan 0-3 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-0 Andrew Greaves

Last 16

Gary Filtness –  Phil Williams w/o
Nigel Bond 1-3 Darren Morgan
Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
David Lilley 3-0 Leo Fernandez
Andy Hicks 3-0 Steve Crowley
Wayne Townsend 2-3 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-2 Aaron Canavan
Lee S. Martin 3-1 Ashley Beal

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 0-3 Darren Morgan
Ant Parsons 1-3  David Lilley
Andy Hicks 3-1 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-2 Lee S. Martin

Semi-finals

David Lilley 3-0 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-0 Andy Hicks

The Final

Darren Morgan 4-3 David Lilley

Congratulations Darren Morgan! See you at Ally Pally!

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I have put the names of the senior players currently competing on the Main Tour in orange. As you can see there are a few of them, and the only one who lost so far is Barry Pinches who was beaten by another main tour player, Nigel Bond.

Amongst the name that caught my eye, are Andrew Norman and Mukesh Parmar.

Andrew was on the main tour for a few seasons, and was one of the “pilars” of the SWSA.  Everyone knowing Andrew, knows that he’s a lovely person. Andrew felt that playing on the main tour, and all the traveling it implied, was putting too much pressure on his family life. He missed the competition though, and had told me that he would get on the seniors tour as soon as he would turn 40, and here he is!

Mukesh Parmar was Mark Selby’s manager and friend for many, many years. I never knew that he was a player himself.