We have a 146 … will it be beaten?

Following Igor Figueiredo incredible 146 in Houston last wekk-end, we now have a serious contender for the Victor Wood Kia High Break prize.

This is what the posted on twitter this morning!

Huge congratulations to , leader of the Victor Wood 5000!

With an incredible 146 break, he’s now in poll position to take home the £5,000 prize for the season’s highest break!

Will anyone do the unthinkable with a 147?

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Who knows?

Meanwhile here is Igor’s  146

As already mentioned, this is believed to be the highest break ever to be made in tournament snooker in the USA!

Happy New Year ahead ….

2019Wishes

On the first day of 2019, here are my wishes to all of you, readers of this blog: be healthy, be happy, look after yourself and your loved ones and enjoy your life!

Regarding the World Seniors tour here are some news shared by Jason Francis on the World Seniors dedicated forum on Facebook:

Dear All,
I wanted to send everyone a message and update as our year comes to a close. As you can see I am working hard on New Years Eve!

We have 4 qualifiers left this season
Beijing, Houston, Newbury and Leeds.

Some of these are filling up and I urge you not to leave it too late to enter.

Now a few updates for you.

We are working hard on next season but also on securing the longevity of this tour. We don’t want ranking events for one season, I don’t want to be in the position of not knowing when events are going to be, we want a situation like we have with Hull where we know the Uk Seniors will be there for the next 3 years – obviously this sort of deal takes time across the tour.

European Open
I am still not in a position to announce this event, the players who qualified will of course get there place in the final event when we do it. This situation is not ideal and is exactly why the point I make in the previous paragraph is important.

World Seniors Championship.
We are making progress on this but I cannot seeing this being done for March. We did move these dates from the calendar a few weeks ago, likely this event will be May June and constitute our last event of the season.

I am conscious of trying to space qualifiers out, trying to fund 3 qualifiers in a month is hard, trying not to clash with other events is hard, trying to get prize money down to the quarters everywhere is hard – is hard! lol Ideally I would like no more than one a month and I have to understand that globally we may reach a position where qualifiers may clash with each other if placed in separate continents.

The ranking list is established and will become more and more important moving forward. I want to set a limit on entries to qualifiers to 128, the reason being I understand sometimes a smaller field gives less chance for ranking points BUT I will also not want to restrict entries if demand exceeds this.

I am constant reviewing formats and listening to all, I have a full day planned with Shaun Murphy and Jason Ferguson to map out next season and we will be making some changes, all designed to make it rely less on me personally but allow it to grow and give players more opportunities.

The amount of different winners this season is testimony to the short format and means more people get the chance to progress to a big event. I don’t want us to lose that and become a tour where the same two or three faces qualify for everything… but the opportunity is there for a player to dominate like Jonathan did last season.

NORBRECK

Its clear there is not the appetite I believed there would be for this, the costs involved in staging this and placing tables is large and I think money could be best served paying out to players and staging it in a club. I will make a decision on this in January. Also of course the planned date will in effect not be our end of season.

Rest assured I am totally committed to making this tour bigger and better but without forgetting why most people do play on it….

May I wish you a Happy New Year… I hope we all support Patrick and Rodney who will represent the tour in Goffs this weekend.

Jason is working tirelessly to make this tour work. Thank you Jason for everything you did and do. As the tour grow, it’s obvious that changes are needed. Jason is constantly seeking the players feedback in order to allow the tour to grow whilst, at the same time, trying to meet the wishes of the players.

The Seniors Irish Masters is only three days away. I’ll cover that tomorrow, as well as a special  exhibition in Lincoln featuring Jimmy White.

Let’s have a great 2019!

#DareToDream

Welcome to Canada – Bienvenue au Canada !

Nex week-end the Seniors potters will compete in Toronto for a spot in the Seniors World Championship.

Toronto World Qual 2018

There have been more than 50 entries already. The draw isn’t know yet.

This event is very important in the eyes of the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association.

this is what they had to say to their members:

Canadian Snooker Players/Members:

As promised more information is now available regarding the Senior Tour Event. Players who have already signed up may have received the e-mail below but I would like to share it with all our members. Please read the e-mail sent by the WPBSA President Jason Francis below.

This will be a great Canadian event and for us snooker addicts over 40 a thrill to participate in this whether you play or not.

We agree with Jason and foresee this Senior Tour event to be the start of putting Canada back on the map internationally so let us show our support by playing or coming out and joining Cliff Thorburn, Jason Francis, and many others at the players reception on Thursday Dec 6th, followed by match play over the next 3 days.

Entries for this event can be online but also can be made by cash at the Corner Bank with John White and Jim Wych. We would love to see one of our Canadians make it all the way to England to represent us, yes that does not have to be only a dream it is reality ! Take care everyone and see you there if you make it.

The CBSA board and OBSA board thank you and look forward to your support of this great event.

E-mail sent by Jason Francis:

Firstly we want to tell you about the most important WPBSA Seniors Snooker Event to be staged in Canada for decades, this first event is an important part of putting our country back on the map and discovering the next Thorburn, Stevens and Werbeniuk. We are at the start of something and we hope you will want to get your cue out and support the event.

If you are over 40 by 7th Dec you can compete for this great opportunity.

It will all start with our players reception where we will make the draw for the main event. This will take place on Thursday 6th December at the Corner Bank Club 925 Warden Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 4C5, – this of course is our home for the whole event.

Arrival time is 7pm and you will be welcomed by our global Ambassador, 1980 World Snooker Champion and Canadian Legend Cliff Thorburn. We’ve got a great evening planned for everyone and of course you will know who you will be playing.

Dress code is smart casual, no jeans or trainers please.

We’ve been working hard together on making this event just right and after discussions with the CBSA and Corner Bank we’d like to announce some news.

Firstly THERE IS STILL TIME TO ENTER, RIGHT HERE
Enter now by clicking here https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/worldseniors_registration.html

Secondly we are going to announcing a change in the prize fund to make sure everyone who makes the quarter finals is on some money

The winner will of the event will now receive 2000 CAD and an invitation to the 2019 World SENIORS Snooker Championship where the winner gets 42,000 CAD and a place in the World Professional in Sheffield.

The Runner up will receive 850 CAD

Semi Finalists will 350 CAD

Quarter Finalist will receive 125 CAD
All the money will be paid out in cash on the final day of the event.
ENTRY FEE IS 85 CAD (£50) via the online entry system.

Should the winner be Canadian the CBSA have announced they will make a further contribution to their players travel to the final stages.

Also because we understand many players will only play in this one event this season the WPBSA will not impose the requirement to purchase an official tour shirt at 40 CAD, we are asking players who don’t have a shirt to supply their own short sleeved black collared shirt and you will be required to pay 15 CAD for the World Seniors Logo which you will attach with double sided tape. Should any players wish to purchase the shirt anyway as a keepsake please let us know in advance when you enter so we can bring them.

If you have any questions please refer to the terms and conditions, as well as Canadian players we have some players travelling in who already have an official World Seniors Snooker Ranking, they do get placed in the draw in seeded positions, everyone else is randomly drawn.

We are working on streaming one match table throughout all three days, this means we can offer some great exposure to any company who wishes to add some sponsorship. Please email me or enquire at the club about how we can advertise your brand with this great event,

We personally look forward to meeting everyone in Toronto, please remind other players they still have time to enter and dare to dream as well, please post this link on all your social media and email it about

Enter now by clicking here https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/worldseniors_registration.html

The parts in bold have been highlighted by me.

This is the place where it will happen The Corner Bank

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By following the link you can take a virtual tour …

 

Good news from Jersey

The next Seniors event is the second Seniors World Championship qualifying event in Jersey and there is good news.

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Indeed there is an increase in Prize money in Jersey.

Thanks to a donation from the Jersey Billiards and Snooker Association the total prize fund in Jersey has now passed the £3000 mark.

Any player reaching the last 16 will get their entrance fee back (£50) and anyone reaching the quarter finals will now receive £100 up from £75.
You still have time to enter the draw in Jersey but entries close on Thursday, if you are interested enter here
The event is being held between the 16th and 18th November with the winner getting a place at the 2019 World Seniors Snooker Championship.

 

 

Centuries so far this season (5.11.2018)

Here is the list of centuries made so far this season…

2018/19 Century Breaks

Rodney Goggins 135 Bruges
Aaron Canavan 131 Northampton
Barry Pinches 125 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 125 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 124 Bruges
Rodney Goggins 121 Letterkenny
Mark White 120 Northampton
Barry Pinches 120 Clacton
Rhydian Richards 120 Northampton
Ken Doherty 117 Uk Champs
Barry Pinches 114 Newbury
Ludovic Arnaert 109 Bruges
Barry Pinches 106 Clacton
Jonathan Bagley 106 Bruges
Rhydian Richards 105 Newbury
Jonathan Bagley 104 Newbury
Lieven Vanthournout104 Bruges
Steven Waldron 104 Northampton
Michael Judge 104 Letterkenny
Barry Pinches 104 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 104 Newbury

Remember there is £5000 for the grabs – thanks to Kia Victor Wood – for the man with the highest break over the season.

This Is Pool Announces Partnership with the World Seniors Snooker Tour

Here is the link to the Press Release 

Another partnership, and another one that isn’t a bookie!