Some information about next season

WPBSA has today published the following announcement:

New Qualifying Dates Announced for 2022 World Seniors Championship

World Seniors Snooker (WSS) has today announced the dates for two new qualifying tournaments which will provide all players over-40 with the opportunity to earn a place at the Crucible Theatre next spring.

Held at the Crucible Theatre since 2019, the World Seniors Snooker Championship is set to return to the home of snooker in 2022 with an all-new 24 player format aimed at providing more senior players with the opportunity to compete at the iconic venue than ever before.

To complete the field, qualifying tournaments will be held from 14-19 December 2021 and 8-13 February 2022, each with two prized places on offer to compete in Sheffield. The four successful qualifiers will join an all-star field which is set to include the likes of defending champion David Lilley, four-time world seniors champion Jimmy White and former UK Seniors champion Ken Doherty.

Both qualifying tournaments will be held at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Reading, which is a recognised EPSB 147 Club and will be the official qualifying venue for the WSS Tour this season.

It has today also been announced that the scheduled Seniors Masters and Irish Masters events will now not take place in 2022. Although it is recognised that this decision will come as a disappointment to fans in Ireland and London, during what remains a challenging climate to stage events of this size, the Board has taken the responsible decision to focus on successfully delivering both the World and UK Championship tournaments at this time.

The news does mean that all players who had previously qualified for either the Masters or Irish Masters tournaments will now be invited to the Crucible to compete at next year’s World Seniors Championship. These players are: Patrick Wallace, Michael Judge, Wayne Cooper, Gary Filtness, Darren Morgan, Bob Chaperon and Rory McLeod.

Further information regarding the qualifying tournaments for the World Seniors Championship qualifiers, including how to enter, will be released soon.

We are going through difficult times and there are still a lot of uncertainties regarding the coming months. The governing body is doing its best to deliver quality events whilst keeping everyone safe.

 

And a great interview with Tony Drago

Tony Drago will play in the UK Championship in Hull come January and here is a great interview where he tells us about his childhood in Malta, his career and his advice to aspiring players

50 Shades of Greats: ‘Follow your heart not your head’ – Tony Drago

The Malta Independent on Sunday meets Tony Drago, he speaks about being considered a talent, turning pro, missing Malta, his Snooker and pool career and players for the future

Tony Drago was born in Malta’s capital city on the 27th September, 1965.  

Nicknamed the Tornado, there are few more entertaining sights in snooker than an on-form Tony Drago whose speed around the table can be summed up by the fact that he is the holder of the record for the fast century break in a ranking event tournament, timed at a ridiculous three minutes and 31 seconds back in 1996.  

‘It was a normal upbringing for me in Valletta. We used to play together as kids in the streets especially football which I used to love and still do. It was football and snooker. But from a tender age I think I was born to be a cueist since my orientation drove me always to the green table.’

‘As regards my educational background I attended St Albert College, Valletta and The Lyceum in Hamrun but school was not my forte since I was fully focused on snooker from a very young age.’

How did Tony’s interest in snooker begin? Was it a first love sport? ‘I used to play football because of my friends. But snooker was something different since everyone used to tell me that I will be a great player. My first touch of a cue was at the famous Pawlu Curmi, il-Pampalun who is a Carnival legend. But I also played at Fossa and Mandragg and obviously my childhood club Anglo Maltese in Merchant Street. I was there at the age of eleven but three years later I started competing and the promise was there to see.’

His local competitive career started with success in the Boys Championships. ‘Yes I won against Arthur Cachia way back in 1980. Arthur is still a good friend of mine. When I won the Boys event I was already a promising player. The association decided to put me straight into the Second Division rather than play in the Third since I would have been too superior to my opponents. In the first year I won the Second and thus was promoted to the First Division. When the draws were made I was drawn in the group of Pawlu Mifsud and was so excited about it. Unfortunately Mifsud had an accident which left him away from playing for a number of months. So I won in 1983 against Alfred Micallef and lost the famous final played at De La Salle College against Pawlu Mifsud a year later. In 1985 it was time to turn professional.

‘I was accepted as a pro in 1984 but they wanted me to play in the World Amateur. I didn’t succeed and lost in the quarter-final and then I turned pro the following year.’

Turning from an amateur to a professional meant a cultural shock which needed time to adjust. ‘Yes for the first couple of years I struggled with results. But in the second year I made it to the Quarter Final of the UK Open against Steve Davis losing by a 9-8 score. But there was a mix of results during my career. I did well and have been in the top 10 and been top 16 for five years. But I did reach a couple of massive finals, the Scottish International 1997, losing to Hendry, and I lost in 1991 Mita World Masters which at the time was the biggest tournament ever. I have won small invitations, I beat Steve Davis in a final in China and I did win a ranking event, a Strachan. It was a minor ranking event but there was only 5 or 6 who didn’t enter it and I beat Ken Doherty in the final. But I did underachieve because in the first five or six years as a pro I got homesick after every week. So that affected my game.’

But who is the toughest opponent that Tony has played against? ‘Well the hardest player I have ever played is Steve Davis. But the most talented player I have ever played against is Ronnie O’Sullivan. But the best, the greatest player all round with the pressure, the nitty-gritty and everything is John Higgins.’

Tony also found time to compare his days with today. ‘Today there are better players as a whole crop. But when one looks more into detail you find that when I was number 10, John Higgins was number 1 in the world, Ronnie O’Sullivan was third ranked player and number 5 was Mark Williams. And twenty five years past the line and they are still three of the best players.’

Drago won the Sportsman of the year award twice in 1991 and 1996 but though a much appreciated award he also looks back at his local participation when ranking tournaments were held yearly on the island. ‘For me it was always a nightmare. The pressure of the Maltese was felt not only on the table but even before. People calling me and requesting tickets and all kinds of things which didn’t leave me much time for maximum concentration. Once I made it to the semi-final losing to Jimmy White and I still can’t believe how I made it to the last four. Obviously I wanted to win it in front and for the Maltese public but I wasn’t able to handle the pressure.’

But how did Tony turn his attention to pool and what attracted him to this game? ‘To be honest I always used to watch it on Eurosport and I always used to say I’d try it someday. Then I got a letter from Matchroom and I spoke to Barry Hearn on the phone and asked him about it and he said the invitation is there for you to play in the World Championship in Cardiff. So I started to play and I got to like the game.’

Drago’s first major Pool win was the 2003 World Pool Masters, which came just a few weeks after a run to the semi-finals of that year’s World Pool Championship. ‘I was a member of the winning European team at the 2007 and 2008 Mosconi Cup. In 2007 in Las Vegas, I won all of my single matches which earned me the Most Valuable Player Award. And a year later I also won the Predator International 10-ball Championship, beating Francisco Bustamante 13–10.’

And for Tony what is the difference between snooker and pool. Which is the most difficult to play? In snooker you play a lot of the same types of shots and you have situations occurring frequently such as in and around the black, but in 9 or 10-ball each game is more different. In pool you always play for one ball but in snooker we all play for 2 or 3 reds so if you’re not on this one you’re on this one. In pool you can’t do that, if you’re not on the next ball in pool you’re in trouble.’

And what about billiards? ‘I didn’t play it so much. And to be honest I didn’t play it badly. Once I even made it to the Final losing it to my great friend Guzi Grech who has just passed away in the past days. Some say that it helps to have a good background of Billiards when playing Snooker but let’s face it the top players don’t even know what this game is.’

How does Tony see the future of the game on our island? ‘Alex Borg is still playing and he is now in his fifties. He is not one for the future like me. Duncan Bezzina is now in his forties. There are Aaron Busuttil and Brian Cini. I personally think that Cini is the only present hope for Malta to have a professional player. But if he doesn’t go and live in the UK it’s useless.  He has to train against the best to reach the top. Here it’s difficult since me and Alex don’t play a lot. But the level is good, Brian and Aaron are good. Chris Peplow is also coming up.’

Sport Malta recently invested in a Snooker Academy which is located at the ex-Maria Assunta School, in Hamrun. The Academy boasts 7 professional heated snooker tables as well as 5 small tables for children. ‘Yes surely the Academy is a step in the right direction. It will help in producing more top level players.’

In this last part of this interview with one of the giants both locally and internationally Tony talked about the other side of his life, the personal one. ‘A normal day for me is playing some Pool and Snooker, chatting with my friends and watch sport especially football and tennis. Obviously my love for Valletta which I go and watch them in every game and Juventus is there but I like all kinds of sport.’

His favourite food is by far Chinese but he has also got his chosen chef. ‘My mum Sina is the best. Her food is second to none.’ And what about favourite destination?

‘The United States is the best place to be.  A lot of people say that they are boasters but they have got all the ingredients to boast of. For me they are a complete country. I also love London a lot, it is like my second home.’

When he has time on his hands Tony enjoys a bus ride since he doesn’t drive. He used to go as far as Mellieha and Bugibba but when Covid took over he didn’t feel that safe anymore.

Tornado Drago wanted to send one final message to the sporting public. ‘Always give your hundred per cent. Follow your heart not your head. Train as much as you can and set a goal in order to succeed.’

Good luck in Hull Tony!

 

A great interview with the reigning Seniors World Champion

This great interview originally appeared in United

Snooker star David Lilley on a memorable 2021 and his Toon support

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The last three or four months has been a bit of a golden time for North East snooker, with Gary Wilson and Elliot Slessor making waves at the British Open in recent weeks and DAVID LILLEY seeing off the likes of Ken Doherty and Jimmy White to win the World Seniors Championship at the Crucible in May. And for 45-year-old Lilley, who spends much of his time across the Tyne at Gateshead Snooker Centre, the best could still be to come…

I started playing snooker when I was 13. I’d been playing pool for a little bit, and one day I said to my dad that I wanted to play on one of the big tables. I was hooked straight away. I won my first major – the European Championship – when I was 19. The same year, I lost the Northern Amateur final to the late Paul Hunter. And then I got a job and I had to grow up, basically; there wasn’t a lot of money around, and I couldn’t get a sponsor. I’d have loved to turn pro but I didn’t have the coin to do it.

After the tobacco sponsors were squished, snooker really suffered – to the point where there were only around six tournaments a year. At that point, I’d won the English Amateur title, I was CIU champ three years in a row, I was one of the top amateurs in the world and I had quite a good job as well, so I didn’t feel it was worth giving that up to play in a handful of tournaments a year. I continued working in the insurance industry for a number of years, and then Barry Hearn took over and took snooker back to what it was like in the Eighties, where there were 16 or 17 tournaments a year again. And I thought: ‘You know, I’m coming up to 40 years old – I need to make a decision and just go for it.’ I was actually at work, at a team-building workshop, when I eventually made the call. There was a guest speaker there called Brendan Hall, who’d taken part in the Round the World Yacht Race, and a lot of the things he said just struck a chord with me. That was it. I thought: ‘These are signs that are telling me I’ve got to leave work and go and play snooker full-time.’ I told my gaffer I was going to leave, and I did.

I got on the tour – the World Snooker Tour – two years ago now. The irony is that, after waiting all of my life to turn pro, I couldn’t have picked a worse time to do it, because Covid kicked in and just about every tournament got cancelled!

However, winning the World Seniors Championship earlier this year has really changed everything for me. After overcoming a shoulder problem (the result of going from spending eight hours a week at the table as an amateur to something like 48 as a pro!), I could feel myself starting to play well again and it all came good that week in May. The experience was second to none. It was at the Crucible – the home of snooker – and it was just unreal. You see it on the TV where there are two tables side by side, but even just playing the one-table arena, the place felt really small. It was intense, and you feel the pressure straight away. You’re being interviewed every two minutes, and it all just builds. I felt I got better with every game I played, all the way through to the final against Jimmy White. To be playing against Jimmy – my hero – was really quite surreal. He’s such a nice guy, too – he couldn’t have been friendlier throughout the week.

David poses with the World Seniors Championship trophy at the Crucible.

Last month, I played in the British Open in Leicester. It was the first time the tournament had been played since 2004, and it’s a little like snooker’s version of the FA Cup – it’s really good for the neutral because two top players can come up against one another in the first round, as was the case with Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy this year. I won my first game and I played really well. I didn’t give my opponent, Craig Steadman, much of a chance, and I got over the line 3-1. The draw for the next round took place and I ended up playing Jordan Brown, but it was one of those where everything I touched went wrong and whatever he touched went right. After the way I’d been playing, it was disappointing to lose, but you have to take your medicine and come back fighting.

While I was there, though, I learned I was going to be playing in snooker’s Champion of Champions later this year. It was a complete surprise; ten seconds before you saw me do an interview for ITV4 on the Tuesday night, that was when I found out! I was stood with Rob Walker, having a bit of craic about the Olympics, and just as the camera was about to start rolling, he said: ‘So, Dave, how do you feel about being in the Champion of Champions?’ I just couldn’t believe it. People will laugh but, in my opinion, it’s the biggest competition there is – all of the players taking part have had to pot match ball to win a tournament. It’s the one I’ve always dreamed of being in. I’m counting down the days ‘til I go and play in it and I’m very thankful to my sponsor, GoSkippy Insurance, for their continued support.

I love the Toon. The last 18 months, not being able to come to St. James’ Park, has been complete torture. I was planning on coming to the Burnley game and the Southampton game as well, but they’ve just revamped the snooker calendar and I had to play in a qualifier! But I’ll definitely be coming to a few games as the season goes on. I just hope we can finish about where we did last season, and we’ll see what happens with this takeover.

Thank you to Andy Chubb for providing the two pictures of David and the World Seniors Championship trophy.

This article originally appeared in UNITED – the Magpies’ official matchday programme – ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Burnley last week. To order a copy of the programme, as well as upcoming issues and programmes from the 2020/21 season, please visit Curtis Sport’s website here.

 

Enjoy!

WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Postponed to 2022

This has just been announced on social media 

Bonus Arena, Hull

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We regret to announce the UK Seniors tournament has been postponed until January.

Due to the continuing challenges and restrictions for overseas travel, a decision has been made to delay the competition. The event would have been the first to take place at the Bonus Arena, Hull since March 2020.

However, a decision has been taken to delay the tournament – set to feature Jimmy White, Joe Johnson and Ken Doherty – from 12-15 August to 4-7 January 2022.
It is hoped the international snooker legends based overseas will be able to take part by moving the event to next year.

Tickets already purchased for the event remain valid for the equivalent new dates in January. The full draw for the event will take place next month.
To book tickets for the 2022 event visit –> Bonus Arena Hull Website

It’s unfortunate of course but probably the best decision given the circumstances

WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Qualifiers 2 – Phase 2 results

A bit late but …

Here is what happened in Reading, as the Q-School 2, Event 2 and Super Seniors 2 were played to a conclusion.

Event 2 yielded the last two qualifiers for the coming UK CHampionship in Hull: Lee Walker and Peter Lines. All results and scores for this event are available here. 

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Peter Lines, who just regained his spot in the main tour via the Q-School is an extremely hard worker and passionate about his sport. Lee is a coach and someone who will go out of his way to support snooker at all levels. I remember him, and Michael White, a few years back, traveling about 50 km to spend an afternoon with disabled players. They made time for everyone. Congratulations to both! 

The Super Seniors Event 2 was won by the rustproof, evergreen, ever-vocal Gary Filtness.

Gary Filtness

Well done Gary!

Congratulations to Mark Beale who will join Michaela Tabb and Ian Wagstaff at the Bonus Arena, Hull for the Rokitofficial 2021 UK Seniors Snooker Championship. Mark has done many of our qualifiers over the past few years, and totally deserves this opportunity to officiate on the big scene. Good luck Mark, enjoy!

MarkBeale

 

WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Qualifiers 2 – Phase 1 results

The second batch of qualifiers for the 2021 Seniors UK Championship is underway in Reading. The first Q-School event of the week as well as the first Super Senior event concluded yesterday.

Congratulations to Rod Lawler and Wayne Cooper the Event 1 finalists.

They will play in Hull next month.

You will find everything you need to know about this event – draw, matches results and scores – by following this link.

Congratulations also to Darren Morgan who won the Super Seniors Event 1

Dareen Morgan - 2021 UK Champs Qualifiers - 2 - Super Seniors 1 Winner

Everything about that event can be found here.

The second phase of these qualifiers starts today.

You can follow the scores and find the results here for the qualifying event 2 and here for the Super Seniors 2

Good luck to all involved!

The coming UK Championship Q-School Events Draws and Schedule

The following information was shared by Jason Francis on Facebook.

Those events take place next week

The Draw for the Rokitofficial Uk Seniors event 1 is as follows…

Patrick Wallace V Chris Taylor
Garry Coulson V Adrian Morrissey
Lee Martin V David Brock
Johnathan Bagley V Gary Widdecombe
Jamie Brown V Richard Wykes
Neil Craycraft V Richard Jones
Patsy Fagan V James Burrett
Rod Lawler V Alfie Burden

Stuart Watson V Mukesh Parmar
Adam Denham V Seamus Smith
Dean Sycamore V Tony Corrigan or Colin Bark
Lee Richardson V Minesh Doshi
Wayne Townsend V Andy Battams
Steve Crowley V Gareth Edwards
Darren Morgan V John Parr
Mark Ganderton V Dean Reynolds or John Snape

Aaron Canavan V Igor Figueiredo
Kevin Palmer V Sean Vaz or Chris Cookson
Gary Filtness V Peter O’Malley
Lee Walker V Shaf Hussain
Peter Lines V John Welsh or Les Dodd
Mark Ball V Jonathan Sumner
Rory McLeod V Stuart Reardon
Andrew Greaves V Darren Bradstock

Tony Knowles V Darryl James
Gerard Greene V Darren Mills
Matt Ford V MarkBell
Steve Bird V Lee Cromie
Richard Emery V James Butterworth or James McGouran
John Hunter V David McDonnell
Simon Chandler V Mike Lucas or John Palmer
Wayne Cooper V Danny Crawford

The Draw for the Rokitofficial Uk Seniors event 2 is as follows…

Patrick Wallace V Keith Thomas
Kevin Palmer V Nigel Philips
Johnathan Bagley V Simon Chandler
Richard Emery V Sean Vaz
Jamie Brown V Alfie Burden
Karl Townsend V Danny Crawford
Patsy Fagan V David McDonnell
Steve Bird V Peter O’Malley

Stuart Watson V Dennis Tristram
Andrew Greaves V Garry Coulson or Minesh Doshi
Gary Filtness V David Brock
Rhydian Richards V Ian Whiting
Wayne Townsend V Igor Figueiredo
Dharminder Lilly V Dean Reynolds
Darren Morgan V Luke Simmonds
Gerard Greene V Chris Taylor or Andy Battams

Aaron Canavan V Gary Widdecombe
Mark Ganderton V Colin Bark
John Hunter V Stuart Reardon
Leo Fernandez V Les Dodd
Peter Lines V John Palmer
Lee Richardson V Adrian Morrissey
Rory McLeod V Chris Cookson
Rod Lawler V Tam Mustafa or James Burrett

Tony Knowles V Richard Wykes
Neil Craycraft V Tony Chappel
Matt Ford V Lee Cromie or Tony Corrigan
Steve Crowley V Shaf Hussain
Lee Walker V Andy Milliard
Lee Martin V John Welsh
Adam Denham V Gareth Edwards
Wayne Cooper V Ray Grall

The Super Seniors over 55 drew out two events to support the main qualifiers.

Event 1
Gary Filtness V Darren Morgan
Richard Wykes V Karl Townsend
Ray Grall V Les Dodd
Andy Milliard V Mike Lucas
Chris Cookson V Stuart Almond
Richard Emery V John Hunter
Dennis Tristram V John Welsh
Mukesh Parmar V David Brock

Event 2
Gary Filtness V Andrew Darken
Richard Wykes V Keith Thomas
Richard Emery V Les Dodd
Ray Grall V Karl Townsend
Andy Milliard V John Hunter
Patsy Fagan V John Welsh
Dennis Tristram V David Brock
Ashley Beal V Darren Morgan

In addition here is the schedule:

EVENT 1 AND Super Seniors 1 FORMAT.
TIME Tuesday 20th
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL1 Tony Corrigan V Colin Bark
PL2 Dean Reynolds V John Snape
PL3 John Welsh V Les Dodd
PL4 James Butterworth V James McGouran
PL5 Mike Lucas V John Palmer
10am
9 Stuart Watson V Mukesh Parmar
10 Adam Denham V Seamus Smith
12 Lee Richardson V Minesh Doshi
NB 11.30am
13 Wayne Townsend V Andy Battams
14 Steve Crowley V Gareth Edwards
15 Darren Morgan V John Parr
30 John Hunter V David McDonnell
32 Wayne Cooper V Danny Crawford
NB 1pm
11 Dean Sycamore V Winner of PL1
16 Mark Ganderton V Winner of PL2
21 Peter Lines V Winner of PL 3
29 Richard Emery V Winner of PL4
31 Simon Chandler V Winne of PL5
NB 2.30PM
22 Mark Ball V Jonathan Sumner
23 Rory McLeod V Stuart Reardon
24 Andrew Greaves V Darren Bradstock
NB 4PM Match
37 Winner Match 9 v Winner Match 10
38 Winner Match 11 Winner Match 12
39 Winner Match 13 Winner Match 14
40 Winner Match 15 Winner Match 16
NB 5.30PM
43 Winner Match 21 Winner Match 22
44 Winner Match 23 Winner Match 24
47 Winner Match 29 Winner Match 30
48 Winner Match 31 Winner Match 32
NB 7.30
51 Winner Match 37 Winner Match 38
52 Winner Match 39 Winner Match 40
54 Winner Match 43 Winner Match 44
56 Winner Match 47 Winner Match 48

DAY 2
TIME Wednesday 21st
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL6 Sean Vaz v Chris Cookson
10am
17 Aaron Canavan V Igor Figueiredo
19 Gary Filtness V Peter O’Malley
20 Lee Walker V Shaf Hussain
5 Jamie Brown V Richard Wykes
6 Neil Craycraft V Richard Jones
NB 11am
25 Tony Knowles V Darryl James
26 Gerard Greene V Darren Mills
NB1pm
27 Matt Ford V MarkBell
28 Steve Bird V Lee Cromie
1 Patrick Wallace V Chris Taylor
2 Garry Coulson V Adrian Morrissey
18 Kevin Palmer V Winner of PL6
NB 2.30PM
3 Lee Martin V David Brock
4 Johnathan Bagley V Gary Widdecombe
7 Patsy Fagan V James Burrett
8 Rod Lawler V Alfie Burden
NB 4.30
35 Winner Match 5 V Winner Match 6
41 Winner Match 17 V Winner Match 18
42 Winner Match 19 V Winner Match 20
45 Winner Match 25 V Winner Match 26
46 Winner Match 27 V Winner Match 28
NB 6PM
33 Winner Match 1 V Winner Match 2
34 Winner Match 3 V Winner Match 4
36 Winner Match 7 V Winner Match 8
NB 8PM
53 Winner Match 41 V Winner Match 42
55 Winner Match 45 V Winner Match 46
49 Winner Match 33 V Winner Match 34
50 Winner Match 35 V Winner Match 36

DAY 3
Time Thursday 22nd
Match
9am SS1 Gary Filtness V Darren Morgan
SS2 Richard Wykes V Karl Townsend
SS3 Ray Grall V Les Dodd
SS4 Andy Milliard V Mike Lucas
SS5 Chris Cookson V Stuart Almond
SS6 Richard Emery V John Hunter
SS7 Dennis Tristram V John Welsh
SS8 Mukesh Parmar V David Brock
11AM
57 Winner Match 49 V Winner Match 50
58 Winner Match 51 V Winner Match 52
59 Winner Match 53 V Winner Match 54
60 Winner Match 55 V Winner Match 56
NB 1.30
SS9 Winner Match SS1 V Winner Match SS2
SS10 Winner Match SS3 V Winner Match SS4
SS11 Winner Match SS5 V Winner Match SS6
SS12 Winner Match SS7 V Winner Match SS8
NB 3PM
SS13 Winner Match SS9 V Winner Match SS10
SS14 Winner Match ss11 V Winner Match ss12
NB 4PM
61 Winner Match 57 V Winner Match 58
62 Winner Match 59 V Winner Match 60
NB 5PM
SS15 Winner Match SS13 V Winner Match SS14

EVENT 2 AND SUPER SENIORS 2
TIME Friday 23rd
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL1 Garry Coulson v Minesh Doshi
PL2 Chris Taylor v Andy Battams
10am
1 Patrick Wallace V Keith Thomas
2 Kevin Palmer V Nigel Philips
3 Johnathan Bagley V Simon Chandler
4 Richard Emery V Sean Vaz
5 Jamie Brown V Alfie Burden
6 Karl Townsend V Danny Crawford
NB 11.30am
7 Patsy Fagan V David McDonnell
8 Steve Bird V Peter O’Malley
NB1.30pm
9 Stuart Watson V Dennis Tristram
10 Andrew Greaves V Winner oF PL1
11 Gary Filtness V David Brock
12 Rhydian Richards V Ian Whiting
13 Wayne Townsend V Igor Figueiredo
14 Dharminder Lilly V Dean Reynolds
15 Darren Morgan V Luke Simmonds
16 Gerard Greene V Winner of PL2
NB 3.30pm
33 Winner Match 1 V Winner Match 2
34 Winner Match 3 V Winner Match 4
35 Winner Match 5 V Winner Match 5
36 Winner Match 7 V Winner Match 8
NB 5PM Match
37 Winner Match 9 V Winner Match 10
38 Winner Match 11 V Winner Match 12
39 Winner Match 13 V Winner Match 14
40 Winner Match 15 V Winner Match 16
NB 7.00PM
49 Winner Match 33 V Winner Match 34
50 Winner Match 35 V Winner Match 36
51 Winner Match 37 V Winner Match 38
52 Winner Match 39 V Winner Match 40

DAY 2
TIME Saturday 24th
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL3 Tam Mustafa v James Burrett
PL4 Lee Cromie V Tony Corrigan
10am
17 Aaron Canavan V Gary Widdecombe
18 Mark Ganderton V Colin Bark
19 John Hunter V Stuart Reardon
20 Leo Fernandez V Les Dodd
21 Peter Lines V John Palmer
22 Lee Richardson V Adrian Morrissey
NB 12 noon
23 Rory McLeod V Chris Cookson
24 Rod Lawler V Winner of PL3
NB1pm
25 Tony Knowles V Richard Wykes
26 Neil Craycraft V Tony Chappel
27 Matt Ford V Winner of PL4
28 Steve Crowley V Shaf Hussain
29 Lee Walker V Andy Milliard
30 Lee Martin V John Welsh
NB 2.30PM
31 Adam Denham V Gareth Edwards
32 Wayne Cooper V Ray Grall
NB 4.30
41 Winner of Match 17 Winner of Match 18
42 Winner of Match 19 Winner of Match 20
43 Winner of Match 21 Winner of Match 22
44 Winner of Match 23 Winner of Match 24
NB 6PM
45 Winner of Match 25 Winner of Match 26
46 Winner of Match 27 Winner of Match 28
47 Winner of Match 29 Winner of Match 30
48 Winner of Match 31 Winner of Match 32
NB 8PM
53 Winner of Match 41 Winner of Match 42
54 Winner of Match 43 Winner of Match 44
55 Winner of Match 45 Winner of Match 46
56 Winner of Match 47 Winner of Match 48

DAY 3
Time Sunday 25th
Match
9am SS1 Gary Filtness V Andrew Darken
SS2 Richard Wykes V Keith Thomas
SS3 Richard Emery V Les Dodd
SS4 Ray Grall V Karl Townsend
SS5 Andy Milliard V John Hunter
SS6 Patsy Fagan V John Welsh
SS7 Dennis Tristram V David Brock
SS8 Ashley Beal V Darren Morgan
11AM
57 Winner Match 49 V Winner Match 50
58 Winner Match 51 V Winner Match 52
59 Winner Match 53 V Winner Match 54
60 Winner Match 55 V Winner Match 56
NB 1.30
SS9 Winner Match SS1 V Winner Match SS2
SS10 Winner Match SS3 V Winner Match SS4
SS11 Winner Match SS5 V Winner Match SS6
SS12 Winner Match SS7 V Winner Match SS8
NB 3PM
SS13 Winner Match SS9 V Winner Match SS10
SS14 Winner Match SS11 V Winner Match SS12
NB 4PM
61 Winner Match 57 V Winner Match 58
62 Winner Match 59 V Winner Match 60
NB 5PM
SS15 Winner Match SS13 V Winner Match SS14

The 50 For Fifty Scheme – snooker against loneliness

The Lord Mayor of Hull and the World Seniors Tour are teaming to help ageing persons who suffer from isolation and loneliness. Isolation is an important issue and now more relevant than ever as the covid-19 crisis and the lockdowns have certainly exacerbated the issues.

This is the announcement in the local news

50 For Fifty Scheme encourages businesses to help socially isolated residents attend Seniors Snooker tournament

The UK Seniors Snooker Championship returns to the Bonus Arena, Hull in August and together with the Lord Mayor and World Seniors Snooker they are launching a new initiative called 50 FOR FIFTY.

The initiative is designed to assist the ageing population of the City currently living in isolation, residential care or suffering from any Mental Health issues.

The event will feature icons of the sport including Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott and Ken Doherty and the scheme gives the opportunity to use these Snooker greats to enhance the life of those people over 50 who for one of many reasons may now find themselves lonely and missing the interaction of others.

Businesses in the city can be part of the scheme by purchasing 50 discounted tickets for the event which will go directly to local organisations to distribute to residents affected who can attend the tournament and watch their heroes live in action.

The Bonus Arena – the host venue for the tournament in August – is the first company to sign up to the scheme and will donate 50 tickets for the first session on 12 August.

Promoter Jason Francis said: “Our research shows that loneliness is likely to increase your risk of death by 29%, and half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.

“By partnering with the Lord Mayor and Hull City Council we want to reach out to businesses in the city and work with them to bring in 50 people for a day out at the snooker where they can meet our stars but more importantly each other. These businesses will join our heroes wall and receive promotion of their company and their involvement in the scheme during the tournament which will be broadcast live on television.”

Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynn Petrini said: “It’s great to see live sports like this brought to the city and hosted at Hull’s Bonus Arena. The event has proved to be very popular in Hull, and this new scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for people who are currently vulnerable or living in isolation to see live competition. I would encourage any local business to get involved if they can and play their part.”

Dan Harris said: “The UK Seniors Snooker is one of my favourite events in the diary and it really is a wonderful experience to see real sporting icons here in Hull.

“The 50 For Fifty scheme will give residents of Hull the opportunity to see these legends in the flesh and we look forward to engaging with local businesses who wish to join us in supporting this fantastic initiative.”

The event plays from the 12-15 August with two sessions a day. Any companies who wish to take part in the 50 FOR FIFTY scheme can contact the Bonus Arena team by email at hull@eu.asmglobal.com 

Hopefully, this will be a success and many local businesses will respond and participate massively. It’s a great initiative, it’s particularly relevant under the current circumstances, and it projects a very positive image of the city of Hull, it’s people and it’s entrepreneurs. 

It may be just a ticket, just a day out, but it may well change someone’s life, maybe even save it … just because it got them out of the house, offered them a good day out, because they got to meet others, had a cup of tea and a conversation, shared an interest, felt accepted and valued.

Sometimes the smallest and simplest things have a huge impact. 

Good News about the 2021 UK Seniors Snooker Championship

The Bonus Arena in Hull has announced that the 2021 UK Seniors Snooker Championship will be their first event since the start of the covid-19 crisis.

Here is what the put on twitter:

We are over the moon to confirm the UK Seniors Snooker Championship will be the first event at the Bonus Arena, #Hull in 17 months when it takes place between 12 &
15 August
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Single session tickets and day passes available now from -> bonusarenahull.com/whats-on/uk-se

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Wilst ROKIT World Seniors Snooker tweeted this 

Yes we know you may not have seen her for a while but SHE IS BACK!

will be taking charge of the first live event, snooker or otherwise, at the @bonusarenahull in August

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It will be a great event, no doubts! 

 

Delayed UK Champs Q-School – all you need to know

This newsletter was sent by Jason Francis on Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Q-School 2 - UK 2021 Champs

Entries for the UK Seniors Q School open at 12 noon BST TODAY!

Enter here https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/RWSS21_registration.html

Main Event details

Dates
Event 1 Tuesday 20th July to Thursday 22nd July 2021
Event 2 Friday 23rd July to Sunday 25th July 2021

Venue The Crucible Sports and Social Club, Reading, RG1 8EQ Crucible Sports & Social Club Reading

Entry Fee £100 payable by online entry system for each event.

Will include your 2021/22 Tour registration.

Number of Frames All matches to Quarter Finals Best of 5

Knockout, Roll on Roll off format.

Quarter Finals onwards Best of 7 Knockout.

Prize money
The two qualifiers each event will progress to the UK Seniors Championship which will be played from the 12th – 15th August 2021 at the Bonus Arena Hull.

They will be on a minimum £1000 prize money for that event.

Losing Semi-finalists in each event £400

Losing Quarter Finalists in each event £150

Players 128 places open for entry in this order

1, Current WST Tour players over 40 ranked 65-128 who have not already qualified for the final stages.

2, Current WSS tour players who entered qualifying School 1 or 2 in January or March 2022

3, WSS Ranked Tour Players

4, New tour players.

All must be over 40 on or before 20th July 2021

Draw To be conducted no later than 16th July 2021

Seeding Based on 128 entries.

The top 32 players who enter from the official WSS Ranking list will be seeded into position. Should the event not achieve 128 entries the higher ranked seeds will be placed automatically into the last 64 round and receive a bye in the last 128 round of matches.

Players
Players will need to agree to the terms and condition on entry.

Dress Code
Full match attire with a bow tie or lounge tie. Collared shirt, tailored trousers with shoes.

Broadcasting
Match table may be streamed live on the World Seniors Facebook page

COVID
The plan is to run the event without the requirement for COVID Testing. Should by the time of the event Government determine testing should be required this will be provided at no cost to the player. Players will be required to adhere to any venue policies in place at the time. 

The decision to delay the event was made so that the event can be run “covid restrictions and testing free”. Hopefully this will possible.

There will be  a Super Seniors event going on as well but the entries for this one are already closed.