The Tornado returns

This good news was posted by Jason Francis this morning:

After a period of ill-health we are delighted to announce that “The Tornado” Tony Drago will be one of the legends playing for the £20,000 WINNER TAKES ALL prize in Belfast in March at the World Seniors 6 Reds World Championship. Tony joins Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White, Ken Doherty, Joe Johnson and Aaron Canavan as the 6 seeds, they will be joined by a NIBSA nominated player and the winner of the qualifier in Newbury in February.
http://waterfront.co.uk/w…/all-events/world-seniors-snooker/

Very happy to see Tony back. He’s always a great asset to any event!

More money to be earned in Hong Kong Qualifiers

This Press Release was issue by Jason Francis

PRESS RELEASE
MORE PRIZE MONEY IN HONG KONG!
Our partners at i20 in Hong Kong have added 7500 HKD to the prize fund next month. The runner up will now get 5000HKD and the losing semi finalists will play a 3rd and 4th place play off for 2500HKD.
A fantastic gesture from our hosts in a wonderful city. You still have time to enter and come on a trip of a life time….
Enter now by clicking here: :https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/worldseniors_registration.html
Players in China or Hong Kong can enter by contacting Sam Hon or Angel angel@xpertdental.com.hk

This is certainly great news!

Willie Thorne set to return to Goffs

Willie Thorne, who recently had an eye surgery in the hope to be able to play snooker at a high level again is set to return to Goffs for the 2019 Irish Masters.

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Willie said “What a thrill to be going back to Goffs. I got to the final in 85 and 86 losing to Jimmy and Davis. great memories & one of the best venues. I remember Ken Doherty selling programmes as a young boy as well!!”

Willie could possibly face Jimmy in the final again … or Ken, who, surely won’t be selling programs this time!

Tickets for the tournament are on sales now

 

World Seniors UK Championship 2018 news and schedule

The schedule for the Seniors UK Championship 2018 in Hull has been published and here it is:

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The event is played end October 2018 and, as you can see above, on Wednesday 24 October six of the Legends involved in the tournament will be in action. Not to be missed. On the next morning, the Seniors reigning Champion, Aaron Canavan and Ken Doherty will enter the fray.

Someone else who will be in Hull, is the inaugural World Snooker Federation Masters Champion in Malta, Igor Figuereido from Brazil, pictured here with Jason Ferguson.

Igor Figuereido WSF Masters Champion 2018

Igor is a larger than life cheerful character, with a broad infectious smile. But make no mistake, at the table, he’s there to win and he’s seriously good! He will definitely be a contender in Hull!

The King returns to the Crucible

Following the announcements made yesterday regarding Stephen Hendry’s commitment to play in the Seniors tour, here is what the Yorkshire Evening Post wrote about it:

Crucible legend Hendry will make playing return in Sheffield as he joins Seniors

Henfry, King of the Crucible

Tour Stephen Hendry who dominated snooker in the Nineties.

RICHARD HERCOCK  Published: 22:27 Thursday 12 July 2018

Stephen Hendry is set for an emotional playing return at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. The 49-year-old retired from snooker in 2012 after a glittering career, which included a record seven World Championship titles and 27 consecutive appearances in Sheffield. But the Scot has signed up to play on this season’s World Seniors Tour.

Hendry will compete at the UK Championship, at Hull’s Bonus Arena, on October 24-25 before travelling to Belfast for the World Seniors Six Reds event in March. But it is his return to the Crucible – for the Sheffield Masters next April – that will evoke memories of his golden years at the home of snooker.

Hendry dominated the snooker circuit in the Nineties, and admitted: “There’s no venue where I love playing snooker more than the Crucible. “We have done exhibitions there over the years, and to still walk down those stairs into that arena to play snooker is still something special. That’s something that will never leave me.”

Hendry, who will also compete at the World Seniors Championships and European Seniors Open, is excited at the new Seniors Tour. “I want to improve on my general standards of play, from the events that I played last year,” he said. “It’s more official this year, with the backing of World Snooker and a calendar of events to look forward to. “I will treat it a bit more seriously, put a bit more practice in. As for my own expectations, I just want to play some good snooker.”

The Tour has £200k in prize money this season, six ranking events and 15 qualifying events where anyone over 40 can win a spot to take on the legends in the final stages. qualifying events will be held in Hong Kong, Toronto, Houston, Brugge and China.

First up for Hendry is a trip to Hull, which will also include a launch dinner and golf day, alongside fellow stars Ken Doherty, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott and Yorkshire’s Joe Johnson. Up for grabs is a £10,000 winner’s prize plus a place in the World Professional Championship Qualifiers. “The new Bonus Arena in Hull looks amazing,” said Hendry. “This year the Seniors Tour feels more serious and I’m looking forward to competing again against the other legends.”

And you can also listen to the interview I did with Stephen yesterday. Thanks to him for taking the time to answer my questions, and thanks to Jason Francis who relayed them to him and recorder the interview.

Darren Morgan wins in Romania and earns invitation in the World Seniors European Open

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Darren Morgan from Wales won the EBSA Masters Championship 2018 in Romania and it earned him a spot in the coming World Seniors European Masters come October. He beat John Farrell by 4-2 in the Final. Darren also won the Men’s shootout competition earlier this week (picture above).

Congratulations Darren!

You can read more about Darren in his wikipedia profile

As you can see Darren is still competing at a very high level, reaching the SF at the Riga Masters 2016 and the Final of the Seniors World Championship 2016.

And some images shared on social media showing the venue and its surroundings. Nice!