WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Postponed to 2022

This has just been announced on social media 

Bonus Arena, Hull

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We regret to announce the UK Seniors tournament has been postponed until January.

Due to the continuing challenges and restrictions for overseas travel, a decision has been made to delay the competition. The event would have been the first to take place at the Bonus Arena, Hull since March 2020.

However, a decision has been taken to delay the tournament – set to feature Jimmy White, Joe Johnson and Ken Doherty – from 12-15 August to 4-7 January 2022.
It is hoped the international snooker legends based overseas will be able to take part by moving the event to next year.

Tickets already purchased for the event remain valid for the equivalent new dates in January. The full draw for the event will take place next month.
To book tickets for the 2022 event visit –> Bonus Arena Hull Website

It’s unfortunate of course but probably the best decision given the circumstances

WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Qualifiers 2 – Phase 1 results

The second batch of qualifiers for the 2021 Seniors UK Championship is underway in Reading. The first Q-School event of the week as well as the first Super Senior event concluded yesterday.

Congratulations to Rod Lawler and Wayne Cooper the Event 1 finalists.

They will play in Hull next month.

You will find everything you need to know about this event – draw, matches results and scores – by following this link.

Congratulations also to Darren Morgan who won the Super Seniors Event 1

Dareen Morgan - 2021 UK Champs Qualifiers - 2 - Super Seniors 1 Winner

Everything about that event can be found here.

The second phase of these qualifiers starts today.

You can follow the scores and find the results here for the qualifying event 2 and here for the Super Seniors 2

Good luck to all involved!

The 50 For Fifty Scheme – snooker against loneliness

The Lord Mayor of Hull and the World Seniors Tour are teaming to help ageing persons who suffer from isolation and loneliness. Isolation is an important issue and now more relevant than ever as the covid-19 crisis and the lockdowns have certainly exacerbated the issues.

This is the announcement in the local news

50 For Fifty Scheme encourages businesses to help socially isolated residents attend Seniors Snooker tournament

The UK Seniors Snooker Championship returns to the Bonus Arena, Hull in August and together with the Lord Mayor and World Seniors Snooker they are launching a new initiative called 50 FOR FIFTY.

The initiative is designed to assist the ageing population of the City currently living in isolation, residential care or suffering from any Mental Health issues.

The event will feature icons of the sport including Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott and Ken Doherty and the scheme gives the opportunity to use these Snooker greats to enhance the life of those people over 50 who for one of many reasons may now find themselves lonely and missing the interaction of others.

Businesses in the city can be part of the scheme by purchasing 50 discounted tickets for the event which will go directly to local organisations to distribute to residents affected who can attend the tournament and watch their heroes live in action.

The Bonus Arena – the host venue for the tournament in August – is the first company to sign up to the scheme and will donate 50 tickets for the first session on 12 August.

Promoter Jason Francis said: “Our research shows that loneliness is likely to increase your risk of death by 29%, and half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.

“By partnering with the Lord Mayor and Hull City Council we want to reach out to businesses in the city and work with them to bring in 50 people for a day out at the snooker where they can meet our stars but more importantly each other. These businesses will join our heroes wall and receive promotion of their company and their involvement in the scheme during the tournament which will be broadcast live on television.”

Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynn Petrini said: “It’s great to see live sports like this brought to the city and hosted at Hull’s Bonus Arena. The event has proved to be very popular in Hull, and this new scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for people who are currently vulnerable or living in isolation to see live competition. I would encourage any local business to get involved if they can and play their part.”

Dan Harris said: “The UK Seniors Snooker is one of my favourite events in the diary and it really is a wonderful experience to see real sporting icons here in Hull.

“The 50 For Fifty scheme will give residents of Hull the opportunity to see these legends in the flesh and we look forward to engaging with local businesses who wish to join us in supporting this fantastic initiative.”

The event plays from the 12-15 August with two sessions a day. Any companies who wish to take part in the 50 FOR FIFTY scheme can contact the Bonus Arena team by email at hull@eu.asmglobal.com 

Hopefully, this will be a success and many local businesses will respond and participate massively. It’s a great initiative, it’s particularly relevant under the current circumstances, and it projects a very positive image of the city of Hull, it’s people and it’s entrepreneurs. 

It may be just a ticket, just a day out, but it may well change someone’s life, maybe even save it … just because it got them out of the house, offered them a good day out, because they got to meet others, had a cup of tea and a conversation, shared an interest, felt accepted and valued.

Sometimes the smallest and simplest things have a huge impact. 

Good News about the 2021 UK Seniors Snooker Championship

The Bonus Arena in Hull has announced that the 2021 UK Seniors Snooker Championship will be their first event since the start of the covid-19 crisis.

Here is what the put on twitter:

We are over the moon to confirm the UK Seniors Snooker Championship will be the first event at the Bonus Arena, #Hull in 17 months when it takes place between 12 &
15 August
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Single session tickets and day passes available now from -> bonusarenahull.com/whats-on/uk-se

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Wilst ROKIT World Seniors Snooker tweeted this 

Yes we know you may not have seen her for a while but SHE IS BACK!

will be taking charge of the first live event, snooker or otherwise, at the @bonusarenahull in August

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It will be a great event, no doubts! 

 

Delayed UK Champs Q-School – all you need to know

This newsletter was sent by Jason Francis on Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Q-School 2 - UK 2021 Champs

Entries for the UK Seniors Q School open at 12 noon BST TODAY!

Enter here https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/RWSS21_registration.html

Main Event details

Dates
Event 1 Tuesday 20th July to Thursday 22nd July 2021
Event 2 Friday 23rd July to Sunday 25th July 2021

Venue The Crucible Sports and Social Club, Reading, RG1 8EQ Crucible Sports & Social Club Reading

Entry Fee £100 payable by online entry system for each event.

Will include your 2021/22 Tour registration.

Number of Frames All matches to Quarter Finals Best of 5

Knockout, Roll on Roll off format.

Quarter Finals onwards Best of 7 Knockout.

Prize money
The two qualifiers each event will progress to the UK Seniors Championship which will be played from the 12th – 15th August 2021 at the Bonus Arena Hull.

They will be on a minimum £1000 prize money for that event.

Losing Semi-finalists in each event £400

Losing Quarter Finalists in each event £150

Players 128 places open for entry in this order

1, Current WST Tour players over 40 ranked 65-128 who have not already qualified for the final stages.

2, Current WSS tour players who entered qualifying School 1 or 2 in January or March 2022

3, WSS Ranked Tour Players

4, New tour players.

All must be over 40 on or before 20th July 2021

Draw To be conducted no later than 16th July 2021

Seeding Based on 128 entries.

The top 32 players who enter from the official WSS Ranking list will be seeded into position. Should the event not achieve 128 entries the higher ranked seeds will be placed automatically into the last 64 round and receive a bye in the last 128 round of matches.

Players
Players will need to agree to the terms and condition on entry.

Dress Code
Full match attire with a bow tie or lounge tie. Collared shirt, tailored trousers with shoes.

Broadcasting
Match table may be streamed live on the World Seniors Facebook page

COVID
The plan is to run the event without the requirement for COVID Testing. Should by the time of the event Government determine testing should be required this will be provided at no cost to the player. Players will be required to adhere to any venue policies in place at the time. 

The decision to delay the event was made so that the event can be run “covid restrictions and testing free”. Hopefully this will possible.

There will be  a Super Seniors event going on as well but the entries for this one are already closed.

The Reigning Seniors World Champion is looking forward to the Q-School

David Lilley has been talking to WST about his Q-school hopes and what it means to be the Seniors World Champion.

Lilley Determined To Build On Seniors Success

World Seniors champion David Lilley has set his sights on making it through Q School and proving that he belongs on the World Snooker Tour, after a demoralising two-year spell on the circuit.

Lilley turned pro for the first time in 2019 at the age of 43. His first few months on tour were ruined by a shoulder injury, and he was eventually relegated at the end of the 2020/21 season. But an “overwhelming” triumph at the World Seniors earlier this month has given Lilley the motivation to make a fresh start.

The 45-year-old from Tyne & Wear worked as an insurance claims controller, playing snooker on the amateur circuit, before deciding to make the leap to the pro game after qualifying through Q School two years ago.

In my first season on tour I started getting pain in my shoulder,” he said. “It would only come on certain shots and I would get a shooting pain through my neck. Then I was quitting on those shots to avoid the pain. I spent fortunes with physiotherapists and chiropractors trying to solve the problem but nothing worked. That led to anxiety. Mentally I was gone, ruined. I would go into matches very apprehensive, then get embarrassed when I played badly.

The first lockdown was a blessing because I stopped playing snooker, and with rest my shoulder got better. I think it was a repetitive strain injury as I had gone from playing eight hours a week to eight hours a day. Luckily it doesn’t bother me any more.

Lilley won just five matches in his first season on tour, and though he improved in his second year – notably beating Shaun Murphy on his way to the last 32 of the English Open – it was not enough to keep his card.

“It was only when I got to the final weekend of the seniors event that I decided to enter Q School again and try to get my place back,” he said. “I feel I have unfinished business. I know how well I can play, but I can count the number of times I have done that on the tour on the fingers of one hand. I called my wife and she agreed, she said I need to get it out of my system. I am fully focussed on Q School now, hopefully I can get through and give it a proper two years on the tour, injury free.

Lilley earned a place in the Seniors event by coming through the qualifying rounds. “I arrived at the Crucible with no expectations and no targets other than to play well,” he reflects. “I found the television lights hard to adjust to at first, then started to get on a roll. It all just came out of the blue.”

After knocking out Philip Williams, Ken Doherty and Patrick Wallace to reach the final, Lilley scored a 5-3 victory over Jimmy White, sealing the £15,000 top prize with a break of 69.

It was a massive high, overwhelming,” he said. “The most pleasing thing was to finish the match in one visit rather than crawling over the line. The money is nice, but I’m just glad to have showed what I can do when it mattered.

Lilley’s one regret was that he wasn’t able to share his triumph with a man who had a huge influence on his career. Stan Chambers was a widely respected coach in the North East, having helped countless juniors learn the game over more than 50 years. He sadly passed away earlier this month.

“When I started playing, my dad was tough on me, he would shout at me if I missed an easy ball. Stan was the one who would stick up for me. And he was my coach for many years,” recalls Lilley. “He was always the main man around the North East and he will be massively missed. I was at his funeral on Thursday and it was great to see so many faces there, old and new.”

Good Luck David!

2021 Seniors World Championship – Preview

The always excellent Michael Day has written this preview of the tournament that starts tomorrow:

ROKiT World Seniors Championship 2021 – Tournament Preview

Defending champion Jimmy White will go for a third successive crown at the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship that gets underway at the Crucible Theatre on Thursday.

Last year, White produced a sensational comeback against Ken Doherty in the final, recovering from 0-4 down to oust his opponent 5-4 in a dramatic climax. Once again, The Whirlwind is top seed in a field of 16 players consisting of former major professional title winners and competitors who emerged from world seniors tour qualifying events.

The four-day event will be behind closed doors in Sheffield but will be shown live on various BBC platforms. The victor come Sunday evening will also gain a place in the lucrative Champion of Champions later this year.

Top Half

Jimmy White v Tony Knowles
Lee Walker v Darren Morgan
Igor Figueiredo v John Parrott
Stephen Hendry v Patsy Fagan

In 2020, White became the first person in the event’s history to retain the title and he begins his bid for a fourth world seniors championship overall when he faces former world number two Tony Knowles on Friday evening.

It will be the third time that they have met at the Crucible after world professional quarter-final clashes in 1985 and 1988; Knowles winning the first and White the second.

An all-Welsh affair will break the tournament off on Thursday afternoon with two qualifiers from the recent Q-School in Reading drawn against each other – Lee Walker and Darren Morgan.

Current main tour exponent Walker will make his debut in the final stages of this event while Morgan will look to swell his impressive record in it having been champion in 2011 and a finalist on two other occasions in 2016 and 2019.

Igor Figueiredo was one qualifying win away from appearing at the Crucible last month in the professional championship, but the Brazilian will get his opportunity to play on snooker’s grandest stage for the first time when he crosses cues with John Parrott.

Figueiredo has already enjoyed success on the world seniors circuit; he was runner-up at the 2018 UK Seniors Championship in Hull, and he qualified for the 2019 edition of this tournament following an event win in the USA before later being ineligible. The 43-year-old also won the 2018 World Snooker Federation Seniors Championship in Malta. Fresh from his punditry duties with the BBC, Parrott was a world seniors finalist in 2017.

A world professional champion seven times, Stephen Hendry has yet to reach the world seniors final during his four previous outings, although his most promising showing was a last four run here last year that perhaps prompted his subsequent return to the main tour.

‘The King of the Crucible’ has yet to make the final of any world seniors event but this time surely arrives better equipped than ever before. Hendry plays 70-year-old Irishman Patsy Fagan, the 1977 UK Champion who last graced the Crucible over 36 years ago.

Bottom Half

Michael Judge v Patrick Wallace
Barry Pinches v Dennis Taylor
David Lilley v Philip Williams
Ken Doherty v Joe Johnson

In a meeting of cueists from both sides of the Irish border, former professionals Michael Judge and Patrick Wallace look to secure a last eight berth.

Judge is still the reigning UK Seniors champion having won that title in 2019, while Wallace will be trying to go one further than his finish in this event in 2018 when he lost to Aaron Canavan in the final.

Barry Pinches came through the opening seniors Q School in January to book a Sheffield return where he will face Dennis Taylor.

Pinches – a qualifier for the professional championship three times – came close to winning the Seniors Masters title here in 2019 but lost on a black ball tiebreaker to Joe Johnson in the final. Aged 72, Taylor is the oldest contestant in the line-up, and he will try to draw on inspiration from when he landed the sport’s biggest accolade in 1985.

David Lilley and Philip Williams will realise career ambitions when they play at the Crucible Theatre for the first time during the event’s opening session on Thursday afternoon. The second all-qualifier tie of the round, both graduated from Q School events this year.

Completing the draw is a match between former world champions Ken Doherty and Joe Johnson – the only two players who have reached the world professional final the year after they won the title for the first time.

Doherty will try to bounce back from last summer’s disappointment here and become the first player in the sport’s history to have claimed world junior, amateur, professional and seniors championships. Yorkshireman Johnson is looking for his second title on the circuit after his triumph in the aforementioned Masters a couple of years ago.

Follow tournament updates online via WPBSA SnookerScores.

Article by Michael Day.

And here are my predictions regarding the matches’ outcomes:

  • I expect Jimmy White to get the better of Tony Knowles quite comfortably. Jimmy still plays regularly on the main and seniors tours and I’m not sure how well Tony was able to prepare with the covid-19 crisis limiting access to sports facilities.
  • I will sit on the fence regarding the outcome of the Lee Walker v Darren Morgan match. Both are very capable. Lee played in the main tour World qualifiers, Darren always plays and has his own club.
  • Igor Figueiredo is my pick over John Parrott. Igor reached Judgement Day at the EIS last month and scored heavily. John Parroot has failed to impress in any of the WSS events so far.
  • Stephen Hendry should beat Patsy Fagan comfortably. He did beat Jimmy White at the EIS and will want to do well here.
  • Michael Judge v Patrick Wallace should be a good match, and played in good spirit as well. Both will have prepared the best they can for this. I expect this one to go to the wire, and if so, I fancy Mick to win it because he’s probably the most solid of the two under pressure.
  • Barry Pinches should have too much for Dennis Taylor. Dennis still loves the game, and is still capable of great pots, but he moves a lot on the shots and lack of consistency could prove fatal.
  • Having never watched Philip Williams at the table, I can’t form an opinion on this one. He came through the Reading test, so he certainly can play. David Lilley has been solid playing on the main tour. It should be a good match
  • Ken Doherty is expected to beat Joe Johnson. Joe though, provided he has access to a table, will have prepared very seriously. He’s still extremely competitive and still plays aggressive snooker. He will not roll over.

Now we have an interesting situation in the top half: Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry could meet in the semi-finals again. Last year Jimmy was the winner. This year however, Stephen has been back on the main tour (eventually) and has beaten Jimmy in the first round of the World qualifiers. Both will be highly motivated, and both will be under pressure if they get that far.

Jimmy White is the defending champion but has been handed a very tough draw. He could meet Darren Morgan in the QF, in a repeat of the 2019 WSS World final. Stephen Hendry or Igor Figueiredo could be next for him. Stephen has beaten him recently as mentioned above. If it were to be Igor, Jimmy will have to make the most of his opportunities because Igor is a heavy scorer and very adept at clearing when in. Should Jimmy get to the Final again, I expect him to face either Ken Doherty or Mick Judge. Ken will be out for revenge after last year’s defeat and Mick has beaten Jimmy in the final of the 2019 WSS UK Championship.

If Jimmy was to defend his title come Sunday it would be a remarkable achievement indeed.

 

Meet the 2021 WSS World Championship Referees

Leo Scullion will be the “Head referee” when the tournament on Thursday.

He will be joined by three EPSB experienced officiels

To The Crucible! EPSB Officials to Make Mark at World Seniors

A trio of English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards referees will officiate during the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre later this week.

David Brown, James Chambers and Rod Eaton will all realise a dream and take charge of matches at the iconic venue for the first time in their careers.

The four-day event will be behind closed doors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but will be watched live by thousands of fans across the world on various viewing platforms, including the BBC Red Button and website.

All three were selected by the World Seniors Snooker Tour for their hard work and dedication at the recent Seniors Q-School events in Reading and they are understandably excited at the prospect of being big components in this year’s championship which features several of the sport’s all-time greats.

“The Home of Snooker”

Chambers is a familiar face to many on the EPSB circuit as a tournament director for several competitions, including the EPSB Amateur Tour. A referee at last year’s WST Q-School too, he has previously lived in Sheffield, currently works in the city and is the General Secretary for the snooker league there.

A qualified referee since 2002, Chambers is delighted to officiate in the hallowed arena: “It means the world to referee at the spiritual Home of Snooker.

As I am from Sheffield, I think a few friends and family would have come to the Crucible, but I know they will be watching on TV along with viewers all over the world. I looked at last year’s figures; 1.1 million logged onto the BBC website and 1.6 million watched on the Red Button, not to mention those watching in China, too.

No one can ever take away the fact that we’ll have refereed on the one-table set-up at the Crucible.”

Eaton will also feel at home as he too comes from the ‘Steel City’. Despite having played and officiated for several years at local league level, it has been a rapid few years for him and his white gloves as he only took the plunge to formally qualify in 2018.

Since then, he was also part of the team at the English Institute of Sport last summer for the Q-School and has recently tasted his first action on the sport’s professional circuit when he refereed at this season’s Welsh and Gibraltar Opens.

“Coming from Sheffield it is a dream to referee at the Home of Snooker and it means a great deal to me. I have mixed feelings of nerves and excitement. It is a shame that there will be no crowd in the venue but I am still thrilled and excited to be refereeing these legends of snooker.” said Eaton.

Brown is no stranger to officiating the sport’s biggest names having refereed several exhibitions with world champions in the north east.

He has six years of experience being in the middle with his journey beginning when he spoke to former world women’s champion Vera Selby who was an examiner at the time.

“It is every referee’s dream to officiate at the Crucible; I can’t explain how good it feels. It’s an honour and privilege to represent the World Seniors Snooker Tour and the EPSB.

I’m sure it will be a great week once again for snooker. We have a great team of officials who all get along which will make it even better.” said Brown.

All three will be under the wing of head tournament referee Leo Scullion who officiated the world professional championship final in 2019.

Everyone at the EPSB congratulates David, James and Rod, and wishes them well for the championship.

Good luck guys and enjoy!

Stephen Hendry decision to return to pro competition illustrates why the WSS tour is important

Jason Ferguson reckons that playing on the WSS Tour has been a big factor in Stephen Hendry decision to return to the Main Tour competition as it has helped him to rediscover his love for the game.

Here is WPBSA article:

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has welcomed the decision of World Snooker Tour to award seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry an Invitational Tour Card from the start of the 2020/21 season.

The decision follows a successful run at the recent World Seniors Snooker Championship which saw the 51-year-old defeat current tour player Nigel Bond and 2018 Seniors champion Aaron Canavan to reach the semi-finals, before losing 4-2 to old rival Jimmy White at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Despite his defeat, both those within the game and fans at home were impressed by the form of the Scot – who hit seven breaks over 50 during the tournament – and Hendry himself has said that he “really enjoyed” competing again at the tournament.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson believes that the rekindling of Hendry’s competitive spirit at the tournament underlines the importance of the World Seniors Tour as part of the WPBSA’s Sport Development structure.

“I am delighted to see that Stephen has decided that now is the time to compete once again at the highest level of our sport,” said Ferguson. “Few players have contributed to the success of our sport as Stephen Hendry during the modern era and it is with open arms that we welcome this great champion to the World Snooker Tour once again.”

“It is also important to acknowledge the role that the World Seniors Snooker Tour, a project instigated by the WPBSA prior to its launch at the 2018 World Championship, has played in his decision. During the years following his retirement in 2012 there were few opportunities for players like him to continue playing competitively following life on the professional circuit.

“With many older professionals either having fallen off the main tour, or approaching that stage of their careers, it was vital that we provided them with another means by which they can continue to play the game they love competitively. In Stephen’s case, his enjoyment gained by returning to the baize has led to his return to the WST circuit and I have no doubt that the World Seniors Tour will continue to provide a springboard for more of our sport’s former champions to bounce back on the professional tour.”

We all wish Stephen the very best.

One-off opportunity for Super Seniors in Jersey

Jason Francis just shared this on social media:

SUPER SENIORS!

Super Seniors
We are offering single one off entry to the Super Seniors Event in Jersey as the field was not filled from yesterdays main event entry. If you are over 55 on or before 2nd November you can come to Jersey from Thursday 5th – 8th to play in that one event. its £50 entry and the winner will get a place at the Senior Masters and is guaranteed £1000 at that event. Entries open from Noon here: follow this link