Darren Morgan qualifies for the 2023 World Championship

This was shared by World Seniors Snooker on social media:

The Dazzler Darren Morgan has been nominated as the EBSA Seniors Champion and will take his place at the Crucible Theatre for the 2023 World Seniors Championship.

Darren is a former seniors champion. Well done Darren, he will join PABSA Seniors Champion Vito Puopolo as one of the WSF Continental Invites

This nomination came shortly after Darren won the IBSF Amateur World Championship (Masters) in Turkey last week. Congratulations Darren … 11 World titles and counting!

Ben Hancorn Qualifies for the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship

Congratulations Ben Hancorn!

Ben Hancorn has beaten beat Alfie Burden in the final, to win the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship Qualifying event one. You will find all the detailed results on this page.

This was Ben’s reaction on social media:

Ben was very emotional. He had just kept a promise to his late father …

This is his post-match interview with Jason Francis:

That’s what it means to those players… Jason is really doing an important work there.

And some pictures …

Quarte-finals line-up: Alfie Burden v Lee Stephens, Mohamed Shehab v Wayne Townsend, Ben Hancorn v Lee Richardson, Stuart Readon v Daniel Ward

Semi-Finals and Final:

Vito Puopolo has won the 2022 PABSA Pan-American Seniors Snooker Championship in Toronto. 

This means that he has earned a spot in the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship to be played at the Crucible in Sheffield in May.

Congratulations Vito!

Here is the report by WPBSA:

Puopolo is Crucible Bound After Pan-American Seniors Win

Vito Puopolo is set to make his Crucible Theatre debut next year after winning the 2022 PABSA Pan-American Seniors Snooker Championship in Toronto. 

Victory for reigning Canadian National Champion Puopolo in the multi-continent event – organised by the Pan-American Billiards and Snooker Association – qualifies him for the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship in May.

Players from Brazil, the United States of America and host nation Canada travelled to The Corner Bank venue for the event. Puopolo began his campaign with a 3-0 win over Jesus Batista Oliveria (Brazil) before he made breaks of 91 and 47 during a 3-0 defeat of Ajeya Prabhakar (USA) in the quarter-finals.

Frank Ammirante (Canada) won the opening frame of their semi-final with the help of a 67 break, but Puopolo strung together the next three frames to reach the final.

On the other side of the draw, defending champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed made it through; the record six-time United States National Champion came from 2-1 down to deny Jason Williams in the other last four match, 3-2.

However, the title would change hands, as Puopolo won the final 3-0, registering a run of 46 in the second frame.

The open Pan-American Snooker Championship will now take place over the coming days at the same venue, with the victor earning a professional World Snooker Tour card for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons.

Article by Michael Day.

Here is how the latter stages of the event went

Today, the first qualifying event for the Seniors World Championship will start at the Crucible club in Reading… the club is ready!

You will find the draw, and you will be able to follow the event as it unfolds here

The draw for the 2023 World Championship Qualifiers Event 1 is out

This was shared by Jason Francis on social media earlier this week:

The Draw for the World Seniors Snooker Championship Qualifier to be held at Crucible Reading has been made. Matches begin on Friday 28th. Format and match times to follow

Pre-Lim Matches

PL1 Nigel Howe v Marc Shaw

PL2 Paul Vallance v Dessie Sheehan

PL3 Michael Judge v Zhong Wei Tan

PL4 Michael Philbin v Damon Sykes

PL5 Chris Cookson v Ian Whiting

PL6 Muhammad Asif v Lee Stephens

PL7 Gary Thomson v Steve Porter

PL8 Kevin Palmer v Cary Kikis

PL9 Justin Eggins v Mark Sutton

Matches (with match number)

1 Peter Lines v Winner of Pre-Lim 1

2 Andrew Booker v Rodney Goggins

3 Lee Richardson v Winner of Pre-Lim 2

4 Gerard Greene v Gareth Prosser

5 John Hunter v Bal Sembi

6 Adam Denham v Craig Steadman

7 Steve Crowley v Winner of Pre-Lim 3

8 Adrian Morrissey v Ben Hancorn

9 Neil Craycraft v Gareth Edwards

10 Aaron Canavan v Milan Krstanovic

11 Steve Bird v Winner of Pre-Lim 4

12 Stuart Reardon v Jamshid Kharazchi

13 James Brown v James O’Sullivan

14 Mark Ganderton v Aaron Downey

15 Peter O’Malley v Winner of Pre-Lim 5

16 Dharminder Singh Lilly v Daniel Ward

17 Philip Williams v Ahmed Alashmi

18 Alfie Burden v Andrew Pagett

19 Dean Sycamore v Anthony Harris

20 Garry Coulson v Stephane Ochoiski

21 Patsy Fagan v Andy Battams

22 James Height v Winner of Pre-Lim 6

23 Matt Ford v Winner of Pre-Lim 7

24 David Brock v Paul Burrell

25 John Palmer v Daniel Mooney

26 Wayne Townsend v Simon Chandler

27 Karl Townsend v Winner of Pre Lim 8

28 Rod Lawler v Daren Millard

29 Andrew Greaves v Nigel Phillips

30 John Snape v Mohamed Shehab

31 Neal Jones v Winner of Pre-Lim 9

32 Stuart Watson v Gary Britton

Quite a few pros and “recent pros” in this draw.

Nice as well to see Stephane Ochoiski, from France, giving it a go. Stephane is Brian Ochoiski’s father. Brian was on the tour in recent years. Stephane runs a club in St Avold and is a coach.

Entries are open for the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship Qualifiers

Here is the announcement, with the detailed information, published by WPBSA

World Seniors Snooker 2022/23 | Enter Now!

Online entry is now open for the 2022/23 World Seniors Snooker (WSS) Tour via WPBSA SnookerScores.

World Championship Qualifiers

The calendar is headlined by four qualifying events for the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship, which will provide opportunities for any amateur player, or any current WST professional player ranked 65-131 on the main tour, and over-40 on or before 28 October 2022, to win one of four coveted spots at the event.

Each qualifier will be held at the Crucible Club in Reading, with the winner of each event progressing to the final stages.

Alongside each qualifying event there will also be a Super Seniors ranking tournament staged on the final day, open to players aged 55 years or over.

Open Series

As well as the World Championship qualifiers, new for this season are three World Seniors Open Series tournaments, which each carry full ranking points and prize money.

In the event of late withdrawals, the world ranking system is often used to replace those who withdraw from the main televised events.

Tour Membership

Entry for all tournaments will open on Monday 3 October via WPBSA SnookerScores with the entry deadline for the opening tournaments of the season set to fall on 14 October.

All players will need to secure, or already hold, a World Seniors Tour Membership for the 2022/23 Season. Professionals who already hold a WPBSA membership do not need both. 

Membership is available to purchase now via WPBSA SnookerScores.

Also it has been confirmed the the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship will once again be played at the Crucible and broadcasted by the BBC.

2022/23 World Seniors Open Series announcement

This was shared by Jason Francis on social media yesterday

WSS OPEN SERIES – PRESS RELEASE

The World Seniors Snooker Tour is today pleased to announce the creation of the Open Series which will add 3 more weekend events to the 2022/23 Season Calendar.

The Events will carry a minimum £1000 to the winner with prize money paid down to the last 16.

Entry will be £50 and played on a Saturday and Sunday.

The Dates are:

  • WSS OPEN SERIES 1 10th & 11th Dec 2022 – Crucible, Newbury
  • WSS OPEN SERIES 2 4th and 5th Feb 2023 – Crucible, Reading
  • WSS OPEN SERIES 3 8th and 9th Apr 2023 – Crucible, Newbury

Players will need to be over 40 on or before the first days play of each event. The event will be open to Amateurs and Professionals Ranked 65-131 of eligible age.

Best of 5 all the way through, every event will carry points which will count towards both the Official Rankings and also Money List.

Entry for all 3 competitions will open on 3rd October via snookerscores.net

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The mention of a “money list” suggests that the ranking system for the Seniors might change in the future to be “aligned” with what is used in the main tour. I will try to get more infos about that in the coming days.

2023 Seniors Snooker World Championship announcement

This morning Jason Francis has shared this on social media:

 

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PRESS RELEASE

The Dream continues…. lets get cracking and change a few more snooker players lives…

The World Seniors Snooker Tour is proud to announce the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship which will be held at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th May 2023.

Once again the event will hold qualifiers to give opportunities for any amateur player, or any current WST professional player ranked 64-128 on the main tour, and over 40 on or before the 28th October 2022, to win one of four coveted spots at the event alongside legends of the game including Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty. Lee Walker will begin the defence of his title on the opening night.

Four Qualifiers will be held at the Crucible Club in Reading, with the winner of each event progressing to the main Championships. The dates of those qualifiers are

Qualifier 1 Friday 28th – Sunday 30th October 2022
Qualifier 2 Friday 13th – Sunday 15th January 2023
Qualifier 3 Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February 2023
Qualifier 4 Friday 10th – Sunday 12th March 2023

Entries will open on Monday 3rd October via https://snookerscores.net/

You cannot enter yet.

All players will need to secure, or already hold, a World Seniors Tour Membership for the 2022/23 Season. Pros who already hold a WPBSA membership do not need both.

Further details and an entry pack will be produced prior to entries opening.

This is not a full calendar, but it’s excellent news all the same.

James Wattana strikes Gold

James Wattana still has it! He’s a national hero in Thailand and has made his country proud once again.

Indeed the veteran has won a gold medal for Thailand at the SEA games:

Snooker legend James Wattana claims SEA Games gold for Thailand

Thai snooker legend James Wattana claimed his first Southeast Asian Games gold medal on Sunday.

The 52-year-old Thai overcame stiff resistance from young Malaysian Lim Kok Leong in the men’s final at Ha Dong Gymnasium in Hanoi.

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Kok Leong, 27, drew first blood in the best-of-seven-frames showdown, winning the opener 75-24.

Wattana won the next 88-34 to level the match but the hot-potting Malaysian edged ahead by clinching the third frame 70-25.

However, 2-1 was as good as it got for Kok Leong as the Thai cue-master found another gear and began schooling the young upstart.

Wattana took the next three frames 65-48, 83-33 and 67-42 to grab the gold medal.

The victory was also sweet revenge after Kok Leong crushed Thailand’s Passakorn Suwanawat 4-0 in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, the Thai Billiard Sports Association celebrated its first SEA Games gold, having won five bronze medals at previous editions.

At press time, Thailand was in second place with 293 medals – 77 gold, 91 silver, 125 bronze. Host Vietnam tops the table with 401 medals – 185 gold, 108 silver, 108 bronze. Indonesia is in third with 211 medals – 61 gold, 80 silver, 70 bronze.

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Congratulations James Wattana!

Lee Walker is the 2022 Ways World Seniors Snooker Champion

Lee Walker came from behind to beat Jimmy White by 5-4 to win the 2022 Ways World Seniors Snooker Championship.

Congratulations Lee!

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Here is the official report:

Walker Wins World Seniors Crown

Lee Walker came back from two down with three to play to oust Jimmy White 5-4 in the final at the Crucible Theatre and win the Ways Facilities Management World Seniors Snooker Championship for the first time. 

The 46-year-old raised the tournament curtain on Wednesday night and he was the last player standing in Sheffield on Sunday evening, with the title representing the biggest accolade of his career so far. 

Walker, who qualified for the main draw in February, began his campaign in the preliminary round with a 3-0 victory over Tony Knowles before an impressive elimination of Stephen Hendry by the same scoreline in the last 16, a result which included a break of 121. 

However, the Welshman needed to show different qualities during the latter stages of the championship as he became a master of brinksmanship. 

He came back from 0-2 down to deny Ken Doherty 4-2 in the quarter-finals and was even further adrift as he dethroned defending champion David Lilley in the semi-finals – stringing together four frames as he memorably turned a 0-3 deficit into a 4-3 success.  

His opponent in the title match was three-time winner Jimmy White, who was appearing in his fourth consecutive world seniors championship final. 

A vintage White had produced some of his best form in recent years to get there, dropping just one frame in three matches. During his 4-1 win over Rory McLeod in the last eight, The Whirlwind constructed a total clearance of 138, an effort which would stand as the event’s highest this year. He also compiled another total clearance – a 132 – as he saw off reigning UK seniors champion and former winner of this title, Peter Lines, 4-0 in the last four. 

The ever-popular Londoner started the final well, registering a run of 64 in the opening frame and carving out a 3-1 lead going into the mid-session interval. 

On resumption, Walker made a 72 break to take frame five and reduce his arrears, but White went on the brink of a fourth title as he claimed the sixth frame to move 4-2 up in the race to five.  

However, Walker was to conjure up yet another recovery, finding his scoring groove when it mattered the most to become the 11th different winner of this prestigious title. 

He chalked up frame seven and then forced a deciding frame with a clearance of 79 in the eighth. Walker would save his highest effort of the contest until last, though, grabbing his opportunity in the decider by crafting a classy break of 83 to lift the trophy.

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After his win, Lee declared that he will “cherish this forever”.  Of course, he should!

He’s been a dedicated professional since 1994. He’s dropped off the tour a few times and came back. He had little success as a professional but still loves the game with a passion. He’s a well respected coach, he’s been helping Mark Williams for years. And now, he has finally won an event beating a legend of the game in the final, at the Crucible, no less. And he has done it the hard way.

He will be at the 2022 Champion of Champions.

In a few days he will head to the Q-school, where he will try to regain his tour card once more. Good luck Lee.

Jimmy took the high break prize for his marvellous 138

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Jimmy played some marvellous snooker during the event. He was probably the best player out there but he couldn’t sustain his highest level in the latter stages of the final. Maybe, at 60, this is what happens. Consistency is hard to retain and tiredness may be a factor. But he delighted the crowd, and I hope he can take some satisfaction from that.

It was, once again, a great event. It was well supported by the fans.

Rob Walker, as usual, was a dynamic and enthusiast presence on the floor, be it to introduce the players or to interview them post-match.

The commentary team – John Virgo, Mike Dunn, Dennis Taylor, Stephen Hendry and Cliff Thorburn – did a sterling job.

The streaming on Matchroom.live was excellent too. The service had been terrible earlier in the season but it seems that the issues have now been adressed successfully.

 

 

Only four remain at the 2022 Ways World Seniors Snooker Championship

They are: David Lilley, the defending champion, Jimmy White, the legend, Peter Lines the Seniors UK champion and Lee Walker, newcomer in this comp and “Willo”‘s coach.

QUALITY!

Here is how it unfolded yesterday:

Quartet Confirmed for World Seniors Finals Day

Only four players remain on course for the 2022 Ways Facilities Management World Seniors Snooker Championship title as the event heads into its final day. 

The best of seven semi-finals will take place at the Crucible Theatre on Sunday afternoon from 1300GMT with the best of nine final scheduled to start in the evening at 1900GMT. The final four consists of the defending champion, two former champions and someone aiming to claim the title for the first time. 

That person is qualifier Lee Walker who was the first player through to Finals Day after he defeated Ken Doherty, 4-2. 

Walker – who won both his opening matches 3–0 – found himself 2-0 down to the 1997 world professional champion. However, with the help of two breaks of 56 and a 52, the Welshman turned things around to move in front before holding his nerve by sinking blue and pink in frame six to complete victory. 

Defending champion David Lilley still has the opportunity to become the first maiden winner to successfully retain the title after he dispatched tournament favourite Michael Holt, 4-0. 

Lilley took the first frame on the pink before restricting his opponent to just 13 further points as he registered top runs of 50 and 58. 

The evening session got off to a flyer as three-time world seniors champion Jimmy White conjured up one of his best performances in recent times to eliminate Rory McLeod, 4-1. 

The Whirlwind was in vintage scoring form as he racked up breaks of 53, 138, 71, 74 and 48 to reach the semi-finals of this event for the seventh time. The century in frame two was a total clearance and the new highest break for the tournament. 

Since the championship moved here in 2019, White has lost just once in 14 matches. 

Reigning UK Seniors Champion Peter Lines completed Sunday’s cast at the Crucible following a 4-1 success over fellow former winner of this title, Nigel Bond. The Leeds-based professional top scored with 93. 

Lines lifted the world seniors trophy in Scunthorpe in 2017, and he is now two more wins away from raising it again on Sunday night. As yet, no player has held both the UK and World Seniors Championship titles at the same time. 

Ken Doherty, who had his wife and son sat in the crowd, completely lost his ways after the first two frames. It was another case of a match turning on one shot. I’m not sure that having his family there helped him. He looked very nervous.

All four remaining players impressed in their quarter-finals match. It’s hard to predict a winner really. David Lilley looks absolutely determined to defend his title, both Lee Walker and Peter Lines played reliable, solid snooker and neither missed much once they got going. Jimmy was in scintillating form yesterday; he delighted the crowd.

So … just sit, watch and relax…