2021 Seniors World Championship – Last 16

The last 16 round at the WSS ROKIT 2021 World Championship was plaeyd over the last two days. This is the outcome:

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So here is what happened over the last three days.

Wednesday was media day. Rob Walker who works as MC, pundit, commentator and journalist recorded interviews with the players. Those interviews were shown as part of the last round coverage.

Four matches were played on Thursday

Afternoon session results:

Darren Morgan 3-2 Lee Walker – David Lilley 3-1 Philip Williams

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Darren Morgan v Lee Walker was an excellent match. Darren played really well and, if he can keep this level, he is definitely one of the favourites for the title.

Evening session results:

Stephen Hendry 3-0 Patsy Fagan – Patrick Wallace 3-2 Michael Judge

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Stephen Hendry didn’t convince me despite the 3-0 victory. Patrick Wallace and Michael Judge served us an excellent match. It’s a shame that one of them had to go out in the first round really.

And four matches were played on Friday

Afternoon session results:

Ken Doherty 3-0 Joe Johnson – Barry Pinches 3-0 Dennis Taylor

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Both Ken and Barry played well but weren’t actually put under any pressure by their opponents.

Right after the match Dennis Taylor announced that he is retiring from competitive snooker but will continue to do exhibitions and play in Legends events. Everyone present at the venue paid tribute to the 1985 World Champion.

All the Best Dennis!

Evening session results:

Jimmy White 3-0 Tony Knowles –  Igor Figueiredo 3-0 John Parrott

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Jimmy White looked extremely nervous at the start of the match but started to play better towards the end. Igor Figueiredo becamethe first South American to play at the Crucible and he played really well. He’s definitely a contender for the title. John Parrott played decent and came up with some great shots as well. This was an entertaining match.

Ronnie who is of course a ROKIT embassador popped in…

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It was an entertaining couple of days at the Crucible and the coverage is excellent.

All images above were shared on the WSS ROKIT Seniors Tour twitter …

All the detailed results are available here

ROKiT WSS World Championship 2021 – Draw and Schedule

This is the draw for the Seniors World Championship coming next month

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The schedule for the first round has been made available on World Seniors Tour Facebook page

The Schedule for the Rokitofficial World Seniors Snooker Championship has been announced. Coverage on BBC Digital Channels. All matches in the last 16 and Best of 5.

Thursday 6th May at 12noon
Match 1 –  Lee Walker v Darren Morgan
Match 2 – David Lilley v Philip Williams

Thursday 6th May at 7pm
Match 3 – Stephen Hendry v Patsy Fagan
Match 4 – Mick Judge v Patrick Wallace

Friday 7th May at 12 noon
Match 5 – Ken Doherty v Joe Johnson
Match 6 – Dennis Taylor v Barry Pinches

Friday 7th May at 7pm
Match 7 – Jimmy White v Tony Knowles
Match 8 – Igor Figueiredo v John Parrott

BBC Sport

 

The event will be shown on BBC.

My predicted winners are: Darren Morgan, David Lilley, Stephen Hendry, Mick Judge, Ken Doherty, Barry Pinches, Jimmy White and Igor Figueiredo. I expect matches 1 and 4 to be very close though. It’s ashame that Patrick Wallace and Mick Judge play each other in the first round. The match 2 outcome is pure guessing on my part as I have never seen Philip Williams play.

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Seniors World Championship line-up announced

This was announced on the official WSS ROKIT Tour FB page

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour is today pleased to announce the 16 players who will compete in their World Championship from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

The Event, which will be broadcast once again by the BBC as well as on Zhibo TV in China, will see defending champion Jimmy White line up alongside former World Professional Champions Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, John Parrott, Joe Johnson and Dennis Taylor.

Covid 19 restrictions around International travel means that two invited legends, Cliff Thorburn and Tony Drago, as well as Pan American Champion, Bob Chaperon are unable to take up their places.

The Pan American Association (PABSA) have nominated the current WSF Seniors Champion Igor Figueiredo to replace Bob Chaperon, Igor is based in the UK and therefore does not face the same quarantine challenges, he also won a place in the 2019 World Seniors Championship but was unable to fulfil this as he also secured a professional Tour Card that year.

1980 World Champion Cliff Thorburn is replaced in the draw by 1977 UK Champion Patsy Fagan, Patsy has not played at the Crucible since 1985.

Maltese Legend Tony Drago is replaced in the draw by Former World number 2 Tony Knowles, a multiple ranking event winner.

Current World Ranked number 1, and Uk Seniors Champions, Michael Judge is also invited to complete the field.

The full line up, in seeding order is

  1. Jimmy White – Defending Champion
  2. Ken Doherty
  3. Michael Judge
  4. Stephen Hendry
  5. Igor Figueiredo
  6. Barry Pinches
  7. David Lilley
  8. Lee Walker
  9. Dennis Taylor
  10. Joe Johnson
  11. John Parrott
  12. Darren Morgan
  13. Philip Williams
  14. Patrick Wallace
  15. Tony Knowles
  16. Patsy Fagan

The top 8 seeds will be randomly drawn to play the bottom 8 seeds, the draw being conducted live during the BETFRED World Professional Championship.

In the event that any player returns a positive COVID test the next highest ranked player Wayne Cooper will be on standby to play.

The event will be played from the 6th to the 9th May.

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The Four who will be at the Crucible…

The 2021 Seniors Q-School 2 concluded yesterday evening in Reading, and these are the four who will head t…o the Crucible in May: Patrick Wallace, Darren Morgan, Lee Walker and Phil Williams.

Here is the report by WPBSA:

Seniors Quartet Qualify for Crucible

Northern Ireland’s Patrick Wallace and Welsh trio Lee Walker, Darren Morgan and Phil Williams will all line up for the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre next month after graduating from the latest Q School in Reading this evening (Sunday).

Over 90 players entered the week-long competition at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Berkshire hoping to obtain one of the four remaining berths for the final stages of the championship that will once again be broadcast live on BBC platforms.

Following on from the year’s opening Seniors Q School in January, this second edition was split into two phases with 12 players emerging from the first six day’s action to contest ‘Judgement Day’ on Sunday.

The Qualifiers

Patrick Wallace is set to feature at the iconic Sheffield venue in this event for the second consecutive year.

The former world number 34 – who reached the quarter-finals of the world professional championship on debut in 2001 – got the better of current main tour player Gerard Greene whilst advancing from Thursday’s action. Returning a couple of days later, the 51-year-old from Dungannon was flawless, making breaks of 81 and 61 as he defeated Steve Crowley 4-0 before further runs of 100 and 73 in another 4-0 victory, this time over Stuart Watson.

Wallace will be hoping to go one better than 2018 when he lost to eventual champion Aaron Canavan in a deciding frame final in Scunthorpe.

Lee Walker was the only active professional to make it through this time in Reading, and he needed to endure deciding frame finishes in order to do so.

A graduate of the WST Q-School last summer, 45-year-old Walker came top of his initial group on Tuesday before having to win the final two frames of his playoff match with 2012 champion Nigel Bond in which he compiled runs of 91 and 89.

He recommenced his challenge with a 4-0 victory (breaks of 62 and 72) over Wayne Townsend, before crossing cues with Canavan in an all-or-nothing encounter.

Jersey national champion Canavan led the tie three times, crafting a 58 to move one away from qualification. However, faced with the same predicament he experienced earlier in the week, Walker constructed breaks of 62 and 55 to win 4-3.

It will be Walker’s first time in the main draw of the world seniors championship and he will return to the Crucible Theatre for the first time as a player since 2004.

Winner of this title in 2011, Darren Morgan will be back in Sheffield for the third year running after he eliminated another former champion in the shape of 2017 victor Peter Lines at the final hurdle.

The former world number 8 – who has made the final on two further occasions, including at the Crucible two years ago – finished top of his group on Tuesday before sweeping aside Alfie Burden 4-0 with breaks of 63 and 70 in the end-of-day playoffs.

On finals day he ousted Ant Parsons 4-3 on the final black – despite needing a snooker in the deciding frame – before efforts of 55 and 62 helped him deny main tour exponent Lines 4-2 in a winner-takes-all clash.

Qualification will be of relief to Morgan as he was pipped by Barry Pinches in the final round during January’s Q-School.

A former professional of nine seasons, Phil Williams will fulfil a lifelong dream when he plays at the Crucible Theatre for the first time next month.

The 53-year-old survived a deciding frame against Jonathan Bagley on Wednesday to reach the final day where he upset professional Rory McLeod 4-0 (75 break) and then defeated John Hunter 4-2 with a top run of 53 to head the group and secure his ticket.

It is the second time that Williams has qualified for the final stages of this championship – he did so in 2013 when it was held in Portsmouth under a different guise.

This successful quartet join January Q-School qualifiers David Lilley and Barry Pinches and the players automatically in the main draw for the championship.

Taking place from 6-9 May, the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship features defending champion Jimmy White who is aiming to lift the trophy at the Crucible Theatre for a third consecutive year.

For the full results, please visit WPBSA SnookerScores.

After the January Q-school there were moans about the fact that the active professionals were too hard to beat, and amateurs had next to no chance now that the older pros are able to compete on rge Seniors tour. This edition proved that wrong.

Congratulations to all graduates!

2021 Seniors Q-School 2 starts today

The Seniors Q-school 2 started earlier today. Four players will have the opportunity to play at the Crucible  come May 2021.

Ahead of the event, Jason Francis wrote this “Open Letter” and shared it on social media.

An Open letter to all ROKiT World Seniors Tour Players…

As we sit on the eve of another ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Event I want to remind you all how far we’ve come and how you have all played a part in that journey.
Four years ago our sport did not have a Seniors Tour, by next Sunday four more players will be in receipt of a cue sports life changing opportunity. To play Snooker at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield is a privilege reserved only for those who have excelled in our sport, to play in the single table set up is something even more unique.
What everyone has built in such a short time is staggering, a global tour with over 300 registered players, a new earning opportunity for WPBSA Tour professionals over 40, a vehicle to provide a platform to remember, honour and enjoy the legends of our sport.
The opportunity for any player over 40 years of age, of any gender or ability, to put on a waistcoat, pick up their cue and dare to dream had never existed.
The harder the mountain is to climb the more rewarding it is when you reach its summit. We strive to improve, we attempt to inspire and we don’t ever apologise for doing either of those things.

We are Seniors, We Dare to Dream, We are here to stay. #WeAreSeniors

Lets hit some balls,

Jason Francis, Chairman ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour.

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Jason was also happy to share the news that all covid tests so far had come out negative.

The event is underway and you can follow it here

 

 

Seniors Q-School 2 – two more spots at the Crucible for the grabs

This was announced on social media by Jason Francis yesterday:

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour today announces two more opportunities for their tour players at Qualifying School next week in Reading.

The World Seniors Championship field has always been made up from legends of the sport, our former champions and qualifiers from open events staged for any player of any ability or gender over 40 years of age. There has also been rewards for continental champions from our World Snooker Federation regions.

With the continuing challenges of COVID-19, and in particular international travel, plus the fact many of our partners have not staged their Championships this season, it has been decided that four players, not two will progress from Qualifying School next week and take their place at the Crucible Theatre in May.

That event, which will be broadcast once again by the BBC, will play from the 6th – 9th May with Jimmy White defending champion. Thanks to an agreement with the World Snooker Tour lower ranked WPBSA tour players over 40 have also had the chance this season to receive invitations or qualification from the events.

Group stages at Qualifying School will be played from Monday 29th to Saturday 3rd April, two players each day will qualify to the finals day on Sunday 4th. In a change from the original format those 12 qualifiers will be drawn into 4 random groups of 3 with a round robin best of 7 providing four group winners. The final days play will be streamed live on the World Seniors Facebook Page.

The 2021 World Seniors Snooker Champion will take their place on the Champion of Champions Qualification list.

This is great news for all the players involved

Unfortunately, there is this as well

No streaming ... Paul Tett

It’s a shame, and frankly I don’t understand WST stand on this in this particular case. Surely those two events are not in competition? I know it’s the rule, and I know some tour players might are in it, but certainly none of those invited in the CLS. A bit of flexibility wouldn’t hurt IMO.

WSS Irish Masters posponed to 2022

As, unfortunately, the covid crisis continues to be a major health concern, the Seniors Irish Masters had to be postponed again, this time to March 2022.

Here is Jason Francis announcement on social media:

WSSIrishMasters2022Poster

IRISH MASTERS MOVED TO 2022. We are sorry to once again need to move the Seniors Irish Masters to 2022. All tickets remain valid for the new dates. Refunds available from Ticket Master Ireland. We will return to this great Irish Venue in 2022.

 

This has’nt come as a surprise to me as, last week, Aer Lingus had informed me that my flights had been canceled.

There is nothing WSS can do really, and, of course, players, officials and fans health and safety are the priority. Hopefully we can have a blast in Goff in 2022.

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Super Seniors

This is the qualifying event for the “Super Seniors” tournament. Players must be 55 or older to be able to compete in this one and there were no main tour players in the draw.

You will find all detailed results here

This is how it unfolded…

Last 24

Lee Taylor 3-0 Colin Bark
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Steve Whalley
Richard Pipe w/o Paul McCulloch
Andrew Milliard w/o Peter Bardsley
Dean Reynolds 3-1 Kevin Kelly
Chris Cookson 3-2 Richard Wykes
Ashley Beal 3-1 John Rees

Last 16

Gary Filtness 3-0 Lee Taylor
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Lindon Paxford
Richard Pipe 3-0 Dennis Tristram
Ian Brumby 3-0 Patsy Fagan
Tony Knowles 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Dean Reynolds 3-0 Ian Spawton
Chris Cookson 3-1 Ray Grail
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Quarter-finals

Gary Filtness 3-2 Mukesh Parmar
Ian Brumby 3-1 Richard Pipe
Dean Reynolds 3-2 Tony Knowles
Ahley Beal 3-0 Chris Cookson

Semi-finals

Gary Filtness 3-0 Ian Brumby
Ashley Beal 3-0 Dean Reynolds

The Final

Gary Filtness 4-0 Ashley Beal

This is a remarkable victory for Gary, who has suffered from very painfulback injuries for months, will definitely need an operation, withdrew from other Q-school events, but saved his best for this one! And he couldn’t believe he did it!

Congratulations Gary Filtness!

See you at Ally Pally … eerh?

Surely this has to be at Upton Park now!

😎😂

Rokit World Seniors 2021 – Q School World Championships – Results

This is the qualifying event for the 2021 Rokit World Seniors Snooker Championship. Two spots were for the grabs.

The players currently competing on the Main Tour are highlighted in orange.

You will find all detailed results here

Last 96

Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Ahmed Alhasimi
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-2 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler 3-1 Gary Milne
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Darren Mills
Stuart Reardon 3-2 Mark Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Mohamed Abdekader 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Mike Nixon 3-0 Karl Walker
Steve Crowley 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Gerard Greene 3-1 Chris Jones
Kevin Palmer w/o Peter Bardsley
Peter Lines 3-0 Ian Brumby
Andrew Norman 3-1 Neil Herd
Andrew Booker 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley w/o Alfie Burden
Ashley Beal 3-0 John Snape
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Paul Davies
Lee Taylor w/o Lee Walker
Mark Garderton w/o Anthony Bonner
Nigel Bond w/o Minesh Doshi
Andy Lavin 3-2 Jim Buck
Barry Pinches 3-0 Martin Williams

Last 64

Ant Parsons w/o Michael Judge
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Steve Walley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Mark Ball
Phil Williams 3-0 Gary Coulson
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-1 Richard Emery
Rod Lawler 3-0 Steve Bird
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
Gary Filtness 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Declan Hughes
Matt Ford 3-2 Richard Jones
Gary Thomson w/o Mohamed Abdelkader
Dean Sycamore w/o Mike Nixon
James Brown 3-2 Steve Crowley
Tony Knowles 3-2 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-2 John Hunter
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Patrick Wallace 3-1 Peter Lines
Andrew Norman 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Andrew Booker
David Lilley 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-2 Jonathan Bagley
Johnny Stevens 3-1 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Stuart Watson 3-0 Lee Taylor
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Mark Gardenton
Hans Blankaert v Martin McCrudden – both players withdrew
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andrew Greaves
Andy Lavin 3-2 Sean Lanigan
Barry Pinches 3-1 Andy Milliard
Chris Cookson 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Abid Manzoor
Rory McLeod 3-1 Andy Hicks

Last 32

Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Phil Williams 3-2 Steven Thomas
Rod Lawler 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Wayne Townsend w/o Gary Filtness
Matt Ford 3-0 Aaron Canavan
Dean Sycamore w/o Gary Thomson
Tony Knowles 3-1 James Brown
Darren Morgan 3-1 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Norman 3-0 Patrick Wallace
David Lilley 3-0 Rhydian Richards
Johnny Stevens 3-2 Ashley Beal
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Wayne Cooper bye
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andy lavin
Barry Pinches 3-0 Chris Cookson
Dave Finbow 3-2 Rory McLeod

Last 16

Ant Parsons 1-3 Phil Williams
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Rod Lawler
Matt Ford 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Andrew Norman 1-3 David Lilley
Johnny Stevens 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Nigel Bond
Barry Pinches 3-2 Dave Finbow

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 1-3 Wayne Townsend
Matt ford 0-3 Darren Morgan
David Lilley 3-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 1-3 Barry Pinches

Semi-finals

David Lilley 4-2 Wayne Townsend
Barry Pinches 4-3 Darren Morgan

Congratulations David Lilley and Barry Pinches!

See you at the Crucible!