News from our sponsor

This was shared on various social media this morning

News from our Tour partner this morning…

ROK Drinks re-brands as ROKiT Drinks

Name Change Implemented to Align ROKiT Drinks with ROKiT Phones Sports Sponsorships

ROK Drinks, proud owners of the 700 year old ABK Brewery in Bavaria and the Bogart’s range of spirits within its growing drinks portfolio, has announced it has re-branded as ROKiT Drinks with immediate effect.

https://rokitdrinks.co.uk/

The change of name is designed to align ROKiT Drinks with the extensive sports sponsorship activities undertaken by its sister company ROKiT Phones.

ROKiT Phones, with unique glasses-free 3D screens and dual-SIM capability, is the multi-year Title Sponsor of the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team as well as Nic Hamilton’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team.

In addition, ROKiT is the Official Jersey Partner of NBA team the Houston Rockets and is the Official Wireless Partner of NFL team the Los Angeles Chargers.

Furthermore, ROKiT is the Title Sponsor of the ROKiT World Senior Snooker Tour and has recently announced multi-year Brand Ambassador agreements with a host of leading tennis players including Jo Konta, Gael Monfils and three time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka.

ROKiT Chairman Jonathan Kendrick said “It makes complete sense to align all our ROKiT companies under the same brand name as each will benefit symbiotically from the support they can give to each other across the entire range of our brand-building and marketing activities.”

 

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Joe Swail joins the WSS ROKiT Tour

Joe Swail lost his professional status at the end of last season and has decided to compete on the Seniors tour this season, as reported by WPBSA

Swail to Compete on ROKiT World Seniors Tour

28th May 2019

Two-time former World Championship semi-finalist Joe Swail has announced his intention to compete on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour next season.

Northern Ireland’s Swail was relegated from the professional World Snooker Tour at the end of the 2018/19 season following defeat to Joe O’Connor at April’s World Championship qualifiers. Known by his nickname ‘The Outlaw’ Swail decided not to attempt to regain his tour card through Q School and will instead switch his focus to providing coaching and competing on the Seniors circuit.

During his professional career Swail’s best performance was his run to the final of the 2009 Welsh Open, while he also reached a further nine ranking semi-finals, including at the 2000 and 2001 World Championship events.

Swail will now join a rapidly expanding Seniors circuit and will play for the right to compete at major events alongside the likes of seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry and former UK and Masters champion Jimmy White. The 49-year-old is already guaranteed to be in action at one major event following the decision to seed him through to the final stages of the ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship, to take place in Coleraine in June 2020 with a £20,000 ‘winner takes all’ top prize, won this year by White.

Jason Francis, World Seniors Snooker Chairman said: “It is testimony to the growth of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour during that has been such a short time that a player of Joe Swail’s calibre has chosen to join us for the new season. We have demonstrated over the past 12 months that there is a viable alternative for players of all ability once their professional career is at an end and we look forward to welcoming more players like Joe over the coming months.”

The ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship takes place at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine from 5-6 June 2020. Tickets are now on sale HERE and include a meet and greet option with all the players.

Joe Swail will have to qualify for most events, but he has been given a seeded spot in the 2020 ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship. This decision has not pleased everyone, with some regulars on the seniors tour arguing that Joe’s career doesn’t justify such privilege. Playing qualifiers doesn’t come cheap and players who are regulars invest a lot of money and efforts in the seniors tour. Someone seemingly getting “fast-tracked” isn’t going down well, understandably. However Joe isn’t given a “Legends” status, he’s given a seeded spot just for that one event, that will be held in his country, Northern Ireland. Joe is extremely popular in Northern Ireland, and his guaranteed presence at the venue, is also a guarantee to strongly attract the local audience and to help the success of the tournament as a whole. Commercially, it’s the right decision. This is beneficial to everyone involved in the WSS ROKiT Tour, a tour that is still in development and needs to grow its income to be able to further expand.

Bob Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion

When the WSS tour went to Toronto in December last year, the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association stressed how important this event was in the context of one of their main goals, namely to put snooker firmly back in the picture in Canada.

Now, a few months later, the Canadian National Snooker Championship  attracted over 50 players at the same venue, the Corner Bank in Toronto, and it was won by Bob Chaperon, a former prominent professional, and one of the competitors in Toronto last December. They also held a Canadian Seniors Snooker Championship which was won by no other than Cliff Thorburn.

It’s worth noting that when Bob Chaperon won the English Open in 1990, his opponent in the final was Alex Higgins. Bob beat Alex by 10-8 and this was Alex  last ever ranking final.

Here is the report by WPBSA

Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion Again

22nd May 2019

Bob Chaperon was back lifting silverware earlier this month after winning the Canadian National Snooker Championship for the second time – an amazing 38 years on from his maiden triumph in the competition.

The event was once again held at the Corner Bank in Toronto, a club part-owned by another prominent former Canadian professional player, Jim Wych. Over 50 players from Ontario and beyond travelled to the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association’s most prestigious event that has been claimed in the past by national greats Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk, Kirk Stevens, Alain Robidoux, Alex Pagulayan and Wych himself.

Defending champion and former Crucible qualifier Brady Gollan – whose two victories in this event also came 30 years apart – was an early casualty when he lost to Lobsang Lama 4-3 in his opening match. Lama followed this up with wins against Amar Sadig (5-0), Steve West (5-2) and Derrick Claus (5-3) to reach the final for the first time.

Chaperon, surprise winner of the 1990 British Open, dropped just a frame during rounds one and two but he had a tougher time dispatching three-time champion Floyd Ziegler, 5-3, in the last 16. The 60-year-old then eliminated youngster Edward Ling 5-2 in the quarter-finals and John Everekian was given the same treatment in the next round.

In a meeting of varying scales of experience, the opening four frames of the final were shared before Chaperon established an advantage and moved one away from victory at 5-2. A determined Lama refused to give in, forcing a deciding frame after a trio of frames for himself, but Chaperon regrouped in the eleventh to get his hands back on the trophy that he first lifted in 1981. The former world number 25 pocketed $4,000 for his work; he also made the highest break of 120 earlier on in the tournament.

In the proceeding Canadian National Seniors Championship at the same venue, 1980 world champion Thorburn defeated last year’s victor Ziegler, 4-2, in the final to claim the title.

2019 Canadian National Snooker Championship

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

Lobsang Lama 5-2 Steve West

Derrick Claus 5-0 Ricky Leon

Alan Whitfield 3-5 John Everekian

Bob Chaperon 5-2 Edward Ling

Losers each received $800

Semi-Finals

Lama 5-3 Claus

Everekian 2-5 Chaperon

Losers each received $1,500

Final

Lama 5-6 Chaperon

Lama received $2,700 / Chaperon received $4,000

 

2019/20 WSS Season – Entries now open for a number of events

Entries are now open for a number of the 2019/20 events. 

this is the provisional calendar:

WSS 2019:20 Calendar

The registration form can be found here

Read it carefully, it contains everything you need to know about how, where and when …

One novelty as compared to last season is that you now need a  World Seniors Tour Card (£40 for the full season, or £20 if you want to enter just one event).

WSSTourCard2019:20

On the other hand, you are no more required to be affiliated to your National Governing Body.

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The coming season – Press Release

This Press Release was sent out today

ROKiT World Seniors Snooker 2019/20 Calendar Announced

 

World Seniors Snooker has today announced its calendar of events for the 2019/20 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour season.

Headlined by the recently-announced ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship which will be played at the Crucible Theatre this August, the season will include a minimum of six major ranking events to be held over the next 12 months.

As well as the World Seniors Championship, the ROKiT UK Seniors Championship won last season by Ireland’s Ken Doherty will return to Hull’s Bonus Arena from 24-25 October.

 This will be followed by a return to the iconic Goffs venue in Ireland next January for the Seniors Irish Masters won this season by Jimmy White, prior to a new One Frame Challenge event at the historic St Georges Hall venue in Liverpool which will celebrate 50 years of the iconic Pot Black which was first held in 1969.

 In April the circuit will head to Plymouth for another new event, the ROKiT Seniors British Open which will pay tribute to the ranking event than was held there from 1994-2000.

 The final event of the season will be the ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Snooker Championship, which will remain in Northern Ireland but move to a new location in Coleraine. As in 2018, the tournament will carry a £20,000 winner takes all prize and will be held from 5-6 June.

 Tickets on sale now!

 Tickets for next season’s events in Hull, Liverpool and Plymouth go on sale tomorrow (1 May 2019).

 Tickets are already on sale for the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship in Sheffield in August.

 All events include a VIP option to attend a champagne reception, to be attended by all legends who will be competing in that event.

 Amateur qualifiers

 Alongside our major ranking events there will also be new opportunities for our amateur qualifiers than ever before with tournaments to be held across the world.

 Entries will open tomorrow for qualifiers across England, Belgium and Hong Kong, with tournaments also set to return to Canada and Beijing with further information to be revealed in due course. Players can enter events online here.

 We are also delighted to reveal that we are working with the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Association to place a qualifier in Australia, as well as the Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association to hold a qualifier in Brazil this season. The winner of both these qualifiers will travel to Sheffield to play in the 2020 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship.

 Provisional ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour Calendar – 2019/20

WSS 2019:20 Calendar
 

(Venues and dates subject to change)

JASON FRANCIS

CEO Events that Rok Ltd

Creator of SNOOKER LEGENDS
Chairman of  the WORLD SENIORS SNOOKER TOUR

Shareholder in SightRight Cues Ltd

www.snookerlegends.co.uk

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

Important changes for the coming season

The following changes have been announced on social media by Jason Francis, chairman of WSS

Following consultation with the Players Commission the following recommendations have been made by them which I am largely happy to adopt.

1, Black Ball
For the World Championships and Uk Championships to begin with the respot will be removed with all matches to semi final being best of 5 and from semi finals best of 7. The conditions to allow this are as follows
a, Matches may begin at 9am
b, the competition must be played down to the quarters by end of play Saturday.
c, players should expect much longer days
d, a minimum third referee will be added and their hours scheduled in shifts as no one should be expect to officiate for 12 hours.
e, in order to fund and third referee and potentially another TD to help T BAG the entry fee for qualifiers we run will be increased to £60.

2, Prize Money For the qualifiers we run (predominantly Uk but some overseas) Prize money will be as follows
£700 winner
£400 runner up
£200 semi finals
£100 quarter finals
£100 High Break

3, Consideration for Saturday play will only be considered for players entering from outside the country where the event is being staged. Consideration does not mean a promise and players will need to confirm on entry they are available to play at any time during the tournament specified dates. I am happy to consider requests for Friday play but again this is a request and no promises can be made.

The commission is currently considering some other points.

We will announce the first set of qualifiers on Tuesday with entries opening Wednesday.

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