World Seniors Irish Masters 2019 – Quarter Finals in Pictures

Eight became four yesterday in the iconic circle in Goffs and one of them will walk away with the Alex Higgins trophy tonight

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Before each session there is a meet and greet for the VIPs and, for all, the opportunity to visit the cue zone – a meet PJ Nolan, the excellent Irish coach – as well as the QBolt stand, and maybe, take the challenge on their great practice bench. Last time I heard, the Seniors World Champion, Aaron Canavan was holding the record with 50 consecutive pots without missing.

Remember that the event is shown on Free Sports, the final will be live on Irish television, and for those outside the UK and Ireland there is streaming on Facebook. The event is also streamed in China.

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Now here is what happened yesterday…

Afternoon session

Rodney Goggins 3-1 Ken Doherty

Ken Doherty was the pre-tournament favourite, but Rodney Goggins had other ideas. Rodney is not spectacular, he’s not the fastest player either. But he is solid, both technically and mentally, he’s determined and, he is extremely reliable under pressure. Ken was poor yesterday, far from the form he had shown in York when he pushed Ronnie to a decider. Every player has good and less good days. But Rodney took full advantage and put Ken under pressure, which magnified every mistake. From 2-0 down Ken did well to get oneframe  back, and the next was hard-fought but in the end the better man won deservedly.

Joe Johnson 3-1 Dennis Taylor

To be honest, this whole affair was a struggle. Both players were poor. Joe Johnson, the winner was extremely disappointed with his own performance, embarrassed even, and not one bit happy despite the win.

Evening session

Patrick Wallace 3-0 Aaron Canavan

This was a rematch of the Seniors World Championship last final. That time Aaron had beaten Patrick on the re-spotted black to walk away with the trophy. This time it was Patrick who came out the winner. He was the better player. It was extremely tense and both players made some uncharacteristic mistakes, but it was a good match, played in great spirit. The initial handshake was warm – two good mates were about to set their friendship aside and battle with all they have – and the embrace in the end was anything but fake, for all his disappointment, Aaron was happy for Patrick and wishing him the best. Aaron has never been a pro, I’m not sure that he ever met Patrick before competing on the seniors tour, but this is one of the most beautiful aspects of this tour: they battle to the last ball at the table, but away from it there is a real camaraderie between guys who love their sport to bits.

Jimmy White 3-0 Willie Thorne

During the mid-session between the matches, a feature was shown about Willie Thorne; a great and very honest interview. Willie has gone through very difficult times away from snooker and he knew that his game was in shambles but he has been feeling better, and practicing hard in preparation for this event. He said that, amongst the balls, he’s playing decently again, but his long potting remains a weakness. That’s exactly how it proved to be at the table during this match. Jimmy never looked in danger to lose, but Willie at least did himself justice and everyone was happy for him. Sincerely. Oh, and a devilish snooker led by Jimmy in frame one gave Willie a headache and had Michaela working really hard!

This afternoon Rodney Goggins will play Joe Johnson and Patrick Wallace will play Jimmy White. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had an all Irish Final (Ireland v Northern Ireland to be precise) between the two “qualifiers”, Rodney and Patrick.

World Seniors Irish Masters 2019 – The Gala Dinner in Pictures

The World Seniors Irish Masters 2019 action on the baize starts today. Things get serious!

Yesterday evening though it was all celebration, camaraderie, good food, a few drinks, lots of laugher and awesome live music. Ken Doherty and John Virgo can sing!

Pictures tell more than a thousand words …

If you are in the Kildare area, come and watch in Goffs today and tomorrow if you can!

Goffs is some venue, and the Irish fans are second to none when it comes to generate a warm vibe and an electric atmosphere. They will support their own through and through but they are always fair. If you are good, they will appreciate you … even if you come from Mars!

Bring it on!

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World Seniors Champonship 2019 – Leo Fernandez wins the Qualifying event 4 – Couldston

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Preliminary round

Tony Corrigan (53) 3-2 (43, 51) David Lilley (replaced Wayne Cooper?)

First round (last 64)

Patrick Wallace 2-3 (52)  Bradley Jones
Guy Heys 3-1 Darren Barton
Karl Towsend 2-3 Richard Emery
Ashley Beal v Tony Drago
Aaron Canavan (89) 3-0 Dean Venables
Jon Charlton (50) 3-2 Andrew Greaves
Tony Corrigan 0-3 Gary Britton
David Moritz v Darren Morgan (No Show)
Stuart Watson 1-3 (81) John Y. Hunter
Andrew Milliard v Nish Joshi
Mark Gray v Leo Fernandez
Muhammad Arangzaib v Neil Caroll
Drean Sycamore 1-3 Michael Wrigley
Aidan Owens (104) 1-3 (82,58) James O’Sullivan
Tam Mustafa (58) 3-1 Garoid O’Connor
Michael Judge (98,114,71) 3-0 Nick Neale

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Jonathan Bagley v Brian Morgan
Craig Macgillivray  1-3 (78) Steven Waldron
Robert Marshal 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Chris Hart v John Hunter (both no Show!!!)
Rodney Goggins (67,82) 3-0 Matt Ford
Tony Knowles 0-3 (67) Simon Dent
Dharmendra Patel 1-3 Les Dodd
Sean Lanigan 1-3 Stephen Campbell
Gary Filtness 3-0 Martinho Correia
Neil Herd 3-0 Ray Grall
Neil Craycraft 0-3 Rhydian Richards
Bradley Fish 1-3 Brian Cox
Joe Delaney (No Show) v George Apperley
Mark White 3-0 Darren Mirza
Alan Harvey 1-3 David McDonnell
Barry Pinches 3-0 John Mockton

Second round (last 32)

Bradley Jones 3-0 Guy Heys
Richard Emery 1-3 Tony Drago
Aaron Canavan 3-1 Jon Charlton
Gary Britton (61) 3-0 David Moritz
John Y Hunter 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Leo Fernandez (78, 72) 3-0 Neil Caroll
James O’Sullivan 3-0 Michael Wrigley
Tam Mustafa 1-3 (74) Michael Judge

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Jonathan Bagley 2-3 (62) Steven Waldron
Robert Marshall W/0
Rodney Goggins 2-3 (52) Simon Dent
Les Dodd 2-3 Stephen Campbell
Gary Filtness 3-0 Neil Herd
Rhydian Richard 2-3 Brian Cox
George Apperley 0-3 Mark White
David McDonnell 0-3 Barry Pinches

Third round (last 16)

Bradley Jones 2-3 Tony Drago
Aaron Canavan 0-3 (62) Gary Britton
John Y. Hunter (No Show) v Leo Fernandez
James O’Sullivan (70) 3-2 (69,117) Michael Judge

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Steven Waldron 2-3 (52) Robert Marshall
Simon Dent 3-0 Stephen Campbell
Gary Filtness 1-3 Brian Cox
Mark White 0-3 (83,68,57) Barry Pinches

Quarter finals

Tony Drago 3-2 Gary Britton

Couldston QF

Leo Fernandez 3-2 James O’Sullivan

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Robert Marshall 3-1 Simon Dent

Couldston QF

Brian Cox 1-3 (62, 74)  Barry Pinches

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Semi Finals

Tony Drago 2-3 Leo Fernandez

Robert Marshall (97) 1-3  (67, 135) Barry Pinches

The Final

Leo Fernandez 3-1 Barry Pinches

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And it was great to see Tony Drago competing again – and competing well – after the very serious health issues he suffered. Here he is interviewed by Jason Francis

World Seniors Championship 2019 – Qualifying event in Canada

All the results from Toronto (hopefully)

Some matches are streamed on facebook, on the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association page 

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Players got a very warm welcome and fans gathered to watch the games

Round 1 (last 64)

Lee Richardson 3 (60) – 1 Andrew Ellis
Levi Meiller 3-0 Jay Chelladurai
Joe Puliz 0-3 Floyd Ziegler
Sylvain Ethier 2-3 Frank Ammirante
Fernand Loyer 3-0 Rocky Wallace
Rajesh Mary 3-1 Jason Williams
Jonathan Wallace 0-3 Wes Martin
André Roy 3-1 John Barnas
Gerard Morisson 3-0 Ali Hassanpoor
Joris Maas 3-0 Charlie Brown
Prestley Bacchus 0-3 Paul Fleming
Chris Chan 0-3 Agim Edrenic
Salman Arif 3-1 Rob Waddell
Scott Tuttle 3-2 Tony Porto
John White 3-1 Dean Furey
Hans Blanckaert 3-1 Vince Chrysler

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Richard Emery 3-0 Anita Chan
Brian Melville 3-0 D Macgouren
Chris Wood 3-1 William Hamilton
Paul McCarthy 3-1 David Puddy
Ray Jansen 0-3 (103)  Ed Galati
Alan Whitfield v Ted Easton
Gary Hoover 1-3 Dan Bissonnette
Robert Chaperon (68) 3-0 Gus Langlois
D Claus v K Brown
Mario Veltman 0-3 Inderpal Lotey
Glen Armstrong 3-2 Charlie Rowden
Paul Neal 3-1 Gary Vosbugh
Rob Rick 1-3 Jerry Philips
John Brooks 3-1 Tony Hong
Christopher Purslow 1-3 Phil Snache
Roger Leighton (79) 3-1 Jim Gourlie

Round 2 (last 32)

Lee Richardson 2 (80) – 3 (68) Levi Meiller
Floyd Ziegler 3-1 Frank Ammirante
Fernand Loyer 3-2 Rajesh Mary
Wes Martin 2-3 André Roy
Gerard Morisson (53) 1-3 (72) Joris Maas
Paul Fleming 3-1 Agim Edrenic
Salman Arif 3-2 Scott Tuttle
John White (73) 3-0 Hans Blanckaert

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Richard Emery 3-0 Brian Melville
Chris Wood 3-2 Paul McCarthy
Ed Galati 2-3 (50)  Alan Whitfield
Derrick Claus 3-0 Inderpal Lotey
Dan Bissonnette  0-3 (84,65,62) Robert Chaperon
Glen Armstrong 3-2 Paul Neal
Jerry Philips 0-3 John Brooks
Phil Snache 3-2 Roger Leighton

Round 3 (last 16)

Levi Meiller 3-1 Floyd Ziegler
Fern Loyer (61) 3-1 André Roy
Joris Maas (53,53) 3-0 Paul Fleming
Salman Arif 1-3 John White

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Richard Emery 3-1 Chris Wood
Alan Whitfield (73) 3-2 Robert Chaperon
Derrick Claus 3-0 Glen Armstrong
John Brooks 0-3 Phil Snache

Quarter Finals

Levi Meiller 0-3 (69) Fern Loyer
Joris Maas (61, 102) 3-1 John White

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Richard Emery 2-3 Alan Whitfield
Derrick Claus 3-1 Phil Snache

Semi Finals

Fern Loyer 1-3 Joris Maas

Alan Whitfield 3-0 Derrick Claus

The Final

Joris Maas 3-2 Alan Whitfield

You can watch the Final again by following this link

Also, this event provided the opportunity for the WPBSA to honour the Canadian Greats.

Canadian Greats Honoured

8th December 2018

The World Seniors Snooker Tour launched its latest qualifying event in Canada earlier this week with a players reception.

The ceremony was attended by several former Canadian snooker champions and was highlighted by a special presentation for two Canadian greats who have played a significant role in the growth of our sport.

First to be honoured was the late Bill Werbeniuk, the former world number eight being remembered fondly with stories from fellow Canadian great Cliff Thorburn and a video message from Dennis Taylor. His award was accepted on his behalf by the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association, one of many supportive members of the World Snooker Federation.

Also among those to be recognised was former Crucible semi-finalist Alain Robidoux, who travelled in from Montreal to accept his award in person from Cliff Thorburn. Stephen Hendry also sent a surprise video message to congratulate Alain and reminiscence over their previous time spent practising together.

The qualifying tournament itself runs from 7-9 December and is made up of 64 players including former British Open champion Bob Chaperon, all vying for a place at the final stages of next year’s World Seniors Snooker Championship.

They are honoured on the walls of the Corners Bank as well !

Where we stand with the High Break race … remember there is £5000 offered by Victor Woods Kia for the winner.

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