Important changes for the coming season

The following changes have been announced on social media by Jason Francis, chairman of WSS

Following consultation with the Players Commission the following recommendations have been made by them which I am largely happy to adopt.

1, Black Ball
For the World Championships and Uk Championships to begin with the respot will be removed with all matches to semi final being best of 5 and from semi finals best of 7. The conditions to allow this are as follows
a, Matches may begin at 9am
b, the competition must be played down to the quarters by end of play Saturday.
c, players should expect much longer days
d, a minimum third referee will be added and their hours scheduled in shifts as no one should be expect to officiate for 12 hours.
e, in order to fund and third referee and potentially another TD to help T BAG the entry fee for qualifiers we run will be increased to £60.

2, Prize Money For the qualifiers we run (predominantly Uk but some overseas) Prize money will be as follows
£700 winner
£400 runner up
£200 semi finals
£100 quarter finals
£100 High Break

3, Consideration for Saturday play will only be considered for players entering from outside the country where the event is being staged. Consideration does not mean a promise and players will need to confirm on entry they are available to play at any time during the tournament specified dates. I am happy to consider requests for Friday play but again this is a request and no promises can be made.

The commission is currently considering some other points.

We will announce the first set of qualifiers on Tuesday with entries opening Wednesday.

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Crucible Memories – Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White

Back to Canada for something very special !

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And if you can’t maker the trip … fear not you will still be able to watch it!

Indeed this what Snooker@TV announced via mail

No WSS players at the Crucible … except in the studios

Eventually none of Michael Judge, Ken Doherty or Jimmy White managed to qualify for the World Championship at the Crucible.

Michael’s conqueror in the last round of the qualifiers, James Cahill, though made the healines on his Crucible débuts: he knocked out the World n°1, Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the tournament with a 10-8 win. Ok, Ronnie was unwell, but it still had to be done!

Ken Doherty is working for the BBC as commentator and pundit, whilst Jimmy White is in the Eurosport studio.

Michael Judge dares to dream …

Last Monday Michael Judge didn’t even know that he would be playing in the World Championship 2019 qualifiers. He only was invited because Zhang Jankiang was denied his visa and had to withdraw.

We are one week later and now, he’s won two matches, beating Peter Lines and Xiao Guodong, both in a deciding frame and he’s going to play James Cahill in the last round for a possible place at the Crucible! James is an amateur as well, and this will be the first time ever that an amateur will play in the World Championship main event at the Crucible.

Here are all the results so far!

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The other “Seniors” involved didn’t – or don’t – do badly!

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty both won their first match and will play their second round match today. Jimmy is facing Ali Carter, Ken play Scott Donaldson.

David Lilley lost to Eden Sharav in round one, but the match was close. The final score was 10-7.

Jonathan Bagley really struggled with the conditions – very unfamiliar ones for him – during the first session. He progressively improved, but taming a heavy scorer like Thepchaya Un-nooh isn’t easy for anyone. The first session ended on as 8-1 score in favor of “Theppy”. Jonathan did himself proud though: in the second session he battled in true gladiator style and took three frames. He lost by 10-4 eventually but with honors!

 

The WSS ROKiT Sheffield Masters 2019- Joe Johnson is the Master!

The tournament was played yesterday over two sessions.

In the afternoon we had three quarter final matches.

Before the session there was a meet and greet for the VIPs, and the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Legend’s presence at the crucible with a cake!

Stephen Hendry beat the defending Champion, Cliff Thorburn by 2-0. It wasn’t perfect snooker, but played in great spirit and very entertaining.

Barry Pinches beat Ken Doherty by 2-0, in a fast paced high quality encounter.

Joe Johnson beat Jimmy White by 2-1 (black ball shoot-out). Both were playing well and it went to the wire!

John Parrot unfortunately had to withdraw, due to illness. Aaron Canavan, the Seniors World Champion got a bye!

In the evening session we had the semi finals and the Final.

Again it started with a meet and greet.

SF1: Barry Pinches beat Stephen Hendry by 2-0

SF2: Joe Johnson beat Aaron Canavan by 2-1

The Final: Joe Johnson beat Barry Pinches by 2-1

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All three matches were quality and hard-fought. The Crucible fans responded with enthusiasm, but always respectful.

Stephen Hendry’s endorsed game, “This is Pool/Snooker” was available to play at the Crucible.

The event charity of choice, Eden Dora Trust was present in the Crucible lobby and at the “Meet and Greet”. It’s a great cause, please support them if you can.

Here is the story in pictures

 

Congratulations Joe!

A very important announcement at the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019 Champion’s Dinner

Ahead of the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019, the defending Champion, Cliff Thorburn hosted a Canadian themed dinner, designed by his wife, Barbara.

It had everything: great food, laugher, memories… Cliff Thorburn was duly honoured. Jason Ferguson, representing WPBSA, Mandy Fisher, representing WWS, Nigel Mawer representing WDBS were all present. There was an auction, a raffle, trick-shots …

Here is the story in pictures…

And a very important announcement: The Crucible Theatre will host the WSS World Championship in the future, and this year event will take place mid August. WLBS and WDBS players will be invited in dedicated sessions. And the event will grow in the coming years featuring more players. Tomorrow’s show will be the last “Snooker Legend” show at the Crucible and the tenth since it all started with Alex Higgins in 2010.

Here it is as posted on WPBSA Web Site

Crucible to Stage World Seniors Snooker Championship

11th April 2019

 

With just ten days until the World Professional Snooker Championship hits Sheffield, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has announced a new major annual snooker tournament that will see the game’s icons go head to head for the ultimate World Seniors title.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship is coming to the Crucible Theatre as part of a new partnership with Sheffield City Council to give the city a second major snooker event each year.

Legends such as Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White join a field of 20 players from 16 countries who will battle it out over four days to see who will lift the World Seniors Championship trophy.

Also for the very first time, within their four-day stay, a session will be dedicated to showcase the talents of the World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Tour and the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Tour.

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA said: “It’s great news to place the World Seniors Championship in the venue where our legends created their legacy.

“Being able to use the event to also showcase the talents of the women’s and the disability tours sends an important message for our sport and also opens up the dream of playing in the Crucible Theatre for everyone.”

The event takes place from 15-18 August at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, home of the annual World Snooker Championship since 1977.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and Environment at SCC, said: “We’re delighted to bring a second major snooker event to Sheffield, the true home of the sport. Many of the legends who will take part in the ROKiT World Seniors Championship made their name in our iconic Crucible Theatre, where this new tournament will also take place.

“As well as the chance to watch legends from the men’s game, this event showcases women’s and disability snooker at the highest level opening up the game to a whole new audience.

“We look forward to welcoming snooker’s elite and many visiting fans to Sheffield for what promises to be a thrilling showdown.”

The competition will see 20 of snooker’s best-loved personalities play over 12 sessions across four days. Tickets go on sale for all 12 sessions on Thursday 18 April.

Tickets to the women’s and disability sessions can be purchased for just £1.47 with any full price World Seniors ticket.

Tickets will also be available for a VIP meet experience with senior players, that will be held on the final day.

All tickets will be available at http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

and the poster!

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Meanwhile, remember, this is happening at the Crucible today!

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Jonathan Bagley was playing yesterday at the World Championship 2019 Qualifiers at the English Institute of Sports. He was beaten 10-4 by Thepchaya Un-Nooh, but did himself proud. Jonathan really struggled at the start of the match in  those unfamiliar conditions. He trailed 8-1 at the end of the first session, but the match had been closer than the score suggested especially after the MSI. This showed in the second session: “Theppy” needed only two frames, but Jonathan made him work for them, winning the first mine session by 3-1.

Another WSS player was at the table as well. Michael Judge beat former World Seniors Champion Peter Lines by 10-0, in a match that lasted over 10 hours and finished at nearly 3 am…