Super Seniors Events Announcement

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Over 55? This is for you!

This was today announced on social media:

PRESS RELEASE

Following a meeting last week between Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour, and Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA, some exciting news has been announced today with the creation of the Super Seniors which will be for amateur tour players over 55 years of age.

5 Super Senior Events will be staged with a separate ranking list being created. The Top ranked player at the end of the series will be given a place in the ROKiT World Senior 6 Reds Event in June, with the chance of winning £20,000.
The Super Senior Events will be held on the Sunday of the main qualifiers in

Northampton on the 7th July
Jersey on the 8th September
Newbury on the 10th November
Coulsdon on the 9th February
Clacton on the 10th March

Entries will only be open to current ROKiT World Senior Tour Card players who have entered the main event being staged that weekend. Entries will be limited to 16 players who will play a best of three frame knockout event with a £400 prize fund, entry will be free of charge.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour is open to any player of any gender or ability over 40 years of age on or before the first days play. Players interested in registering for any of the events should go to this Registration  

Players over 55 who have entered should then register for the Super Seniors via email jason@snookerlegends.co.uk

The tour look forward to making some more exciting announcements soon.

Ahead of the WSS ROKiT World Championship 2019

Darren Morgan has won the Masters 2019 European Snooker Championships. As a result, he will play in the 2019 WSS ROKiT World Championship. So we will have those two legends at the Crucible in August: Tony Drago and Darren Morgan.

Darren&Tony WC 2019

The event will also be the last opportunity to try to beat Igor’s 146 and win the £5000 High Break prize offered by Victor Wood Kia.

Hee is the list of century breaks so far…

Igor Figueiredo 146 Texas
Patrick Wallace 136 Celbridge
Rodney Goggins 135 Bruges
Barry Pinches 135 Coulsdon
Aaron Canavan 131 Northampton
Patrick Wallace 130 Liverpool
David Lilley 130 Leeds
Barry Pinches 125 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 125 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 124 Bruges
Michael Judge 123 Jersey
Rodney Goggins 121 Letterkenny
Mark White 120 Northampton
Barry Pinches 120 Clacton
Rhydian Richards 120 Northampton
Ken Doherty 117 Uk Champs
Michael Judge 117 Coulsdon
Barry Pinches 114 Newbury
Michael Judge 114 Coulsdon
Jonathan Bagley 114 Leeds
Stuart Watson 112 Jersey
Lee Richardson 111 Celbridge
Leo Fernandez 111 Liverpool
James O’Sullivan 110 Newbury
Aaron Canavan 110 Newbury
Joe Delaney 110 Celbridge
Simon Bedford 110 Leeds
Jonathan Bagley 109 Celbridge
Ludovic Arnaert 109 Bruges
David Lilley 109 Leeds
Barry Pinches 106 Clacton
Jonathan Bagley 106 Bruges
Rhydian Richards 105 Newbury
Jonathan Bagley 104 Newbury
Lieven Vanthournout 104 Bruges
Steven Waldron 104 Northampton
Michael Judge 104 Letterkenny
Barry Pinches 104 Newbury
Aidan Owens 104 Coulsdon
Wayne Cooper 104 Leeds
Patrick Wallace 104 Newbury
Ed Galati 103 Toronto
Joris Maas 102 Toronto
Li Chun 101 Beijing
Xu Mao 101 Beijing
Igor Figueiredo 101 Texas
Leo Fernandez 100 Jersey

Also there is good news regarding the playing conditions, as Jason Francis posted this on twitter:

Delighted to announce that Aramith have become the official ball supplier to the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour. We now have 12 brand new sets of 1g balls that will travel with us where possible. Please by sympathetic that we can’t be carting these all over the world but it should ensure at the majority of venues we have the very best balls…. for you to miss with!

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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A very important announcement at the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019 Champion’s Dinner

Ahead of the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019, the defending Champion, Cliff Thorburn hosted a Canadian themed dinner, designed by his wife, Barbara.

It had everything: great food, laugher, memories… Cliff Thorburn was duly honoured. Jason Ferguson, representing WPBSA, Mandy Fisher, representing WWS, Nigel Mawer representing WDBS were all present. There was an auction, a raffle, trick-shots …

Here is the story in pictures…

And a very important announcement: The Crucible Theatre will host the WSS World Championship in the future, and this year event will take place mid August. WLBS and WDBS players will be invited in dedicated sessions. And the event will grow in the coming years featuring more players. Tomorrow’s show will be the last “Snooker Legend” show at the Crucible and the tenth since it all started with Alex Higgins in 2010.

Here it is as posted on WPBSA Web Site

Crucible to Stage World Seniors Snooker Championship

11th April 2019

 

With just ten days until the World Professional Snooker Championship hits Sheffield, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has announced a new major annual snooker tournament that will see the game’s icons go head to head for the ultimate World Seniors title.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship is coming to the Crucible Theatre as part of a new partnership with Sheffield City Council to give the city a second major snooker event each year.

Legends such as Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White join a field of 20 players from 16 countries who will battle it out over four days to see who will lift the World Seniors Championship trophy.

Also for the very first time, within their four-day stay, a session will be dedicated to showcase the talents of the World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Tour and the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Tour.

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA said: “It’s great news to place the World Seniors Championship in the venue where our legends created their legacy.

“Being able to use the event to also showcase the talents of the women’s and the disability tours sends an important message for our sport and also opens up the dream of playing in the Crucible Theatre for everyone.”

The event takes place from 15-18 August at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, home of the annual World Snooker Championship since 1977.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and Environment at SCC, said: “We’re delighted to bring a second major snooker event to Sheffield, the true home of the sport. Many of the legends who will take part in the ROKiT World Seniors Championship made their name in our iconic Crucible Theatre, where this new tournament will also take place.

“As well as the chance to watch legends from the men’s game, this event showcases women’s and disability snooker at the highest level opening up the game to a whole new audience.

“We look forward to welcoming snooker’s elite and many visiting fans to Sheffield for what promises to be a thrilling showdown.”

The competition will see 20 of snooker’s best-loved personalities play over 12 sessions across four days. Tickets go on sale for all 12 sessions on Thursday 18 April.

Tickets to the women’s and disability sessions can be purchased for just £1.47 with any full price World Seniors ticket.

Tickets will also be available for a VIP meet experience with senior players, that will be held on the final day.

All tickets will be available at http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

and the poster!

WSSWC2019Poster

Meanwhile, remember, this is happening at the Crucible today!

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Jonathan Bagley was playing yesterday at the World Championship 2019 Qualifiers at the English Institute of Sports. He was beaten 10-4 by Thepchaya Un-Nooh, but did himself proud. Jonathan really struggled at the start of the match in  those unfamiliar conditions. He trailed 8-1 at the end of the first session, but the match had been closer than the score suggested especially after the MSI. This showed in the second session: “Theppy” needed only two frames, but Jonathan made him work for them, winning the first mine session by 3-1.

Another WSS player was at the table as well. Michael Judge beat former World Seniors Champion Peter Lines by 10-0, in a match that lasted over 10 hours and finished at nearly 3 am…