Launch of the WSS ROKiT UK Championship 2019 in Hull

A special event will be held in Hull on September 17, 2019 to launch the WSS ROKiT UK Championship 2019. This is the announcement:

SENIOR SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP AT PQ

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Snooker Legend ‘The Whirlwind’ to launch Senior Snooker Championship at Princes Quay   

Fans will get the chance to meet Jimmy White at this year’s official Launch Event 

When: 17th September, 11am-1:15pm 

Where: PQ, Quayside Level 1  

 Ahead of the ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker Championship, which returns to the Bonus Arena on the 24th and 25th October, Princes Quay shopping centre will be host to a special event which sees Snooker Legend Jimmy White and snooker pundits come together for an exclusive launch.  

 The event will consist of opening statements and reviews, with expert knowledge from Jason Francis and ‘The Whirlwind’ himself, Jimmy White. The pinnacle of event will be the live draw, deciding which players will be drawn against one another, giving fans the opportunity to plan which matches they’ll be attending.  

 Fans will get the chance to meet The Whirlwind with photo opportunities and autographs available. There will also be chance for visitors to brush up on their snooker skills FREE of charge at the two tables installed for the event, courtesy of Tradewell Snooker Club 

 Sarah Smith, Marketing Manager said:  

“We’ve been working closely with the Bonus Arena to plan the Launch Event and we can’t wait to welcome Jimmy White to Princes Quay. It will be a great chance for fans to meet their snooker hero and come and revel in the excitement as the draw is announced. 

It’s another great event on the PQ calendar and with lots of others in the pipeline, we urge our customers to keep their eyes peeled on the Princes Quay website for all the latest news and events.”  

Wrecking Ball Music and Books will be hosting a stall where fans can get their hands on The Whirlwind’s 2015 hit autobiography ‘Second Wind’ as well as previous titles such as ‘Behind the White Ball’ and ‘Jimmy White’s Snooker Masterclass’. The snooker super star, famous for his fluid attacking style of play, has won two of snooker’s three majors and is currently tenth on the all-time list of ranking event winners.  

In the upcoming qualifier competition at the end of September, it will be decided who will face the likes of Jimmy and other big names such as Cliff Thorburn and Patrick Wallace, in the final at The Bonus Arena in Hull.  

Dan Harris, General Manager of the Bonus Arena, said:  

“Hull is fast becoming a snooker city and last year the reaction to the legends was fantastic. Jimmy White is truly a legend of the game and we are delighted he will be joining us next Tuesday for the tournament draw. Fans will get the chance to meet Jimmy as we launch this year’s event.”   

The event will be live streamed across the PQ and Snooker Legends’ Facebook pages.  

Should be fun!

European Open 2018 cancelled – Press Release

After long months of uncertainty, we finally have news abot the 2018 European Open, and, unfortunately it’s not great.

Here is the press release:

PRESS RELEASE 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019

Last Season the ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Tour held qualifiers for a European Open which was scheduled to be played in October 2018. Sadly for economic reasons the event was cancelled but players had won qualifiers in Letterkenny, Brugge and Northampton to play, we had also awarded a place to the EBSA European Seniors Champion.

With no contracted European event this season, we feel it is only right and proper that the players who won those events do get rewarded with a place at a full ranking event. Therefore we have taken the decision to place these players in events this season, guaranteeing their rightful opportunity, rather than having to wait for a proposed European Seniors Championship.

Former Professional Sean Lanigan will line up in the Uk Seniors Championship which will be staged at the Bonus Arena in Hull on the 24th and 25th October. Crucible quarter finalist Patrick Wallace has been awarded a spot of the Senior Masters in May, current World Number 1 Michael Judge will line up in Goffs on the 27th and 28th March and EBSA Seniors Champion, and recent Worlds Runner Up Darren Morgan will appear in the 6 reds Championship in Coleraine in June.

We would also like to announce some opportunities for amateur players who are supporting multiple events. The player who sits at World Number 1 on the ranking list following our qualifier in Essen Germany on 26th April will also get awarded a place at the Senior Masters in May. The player who sits highest on the 1 year money list, who is not already invited, after the Senior Masters will be awarded a place in the 6 reds, as will the player ranked number 1 on the Super Seniors Ranking List.

Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKit Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Tour, said “We felt it was important to reward the players who had won their right to a place in a full televised ranking event, we also wanted to reward players who are consistently doing well in our global qualifying events but not necessarily winning them. We will continue to review strategy and build on our recent World Championships.”

I kept asking for news to Jason Francis all last season and I know with 100% certainty that he tried his absolute hardest to get the event staged. I’m sure that this decision must have been very hard to take, and only after exhausting every other possibility.

WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2019 World Championship – QF Day in pictures!

Those are the results of the QF at the Crucible yesterday:

Session 1

Aaron Canavan 1-3 Leo Fernandez
Jimmy White 3-2 Stuart Watson

Session 2

Stephen Hendry 1-3 Darren Morgan
James Wattana 3-1 Chen Gang

The defending Champion, Aaron Canavan is out but deserves huge praise for the way he supported  the tour as a World Champion. Yesterday was no exception. Aaron was extremely gracious in defeat, wishing his opponent the best of luck and wowing to give it his all to requalify and come back next year hopefully. Good luck Aaron!

Jimmy White is through to the semi finals, but probaly only because of a huge slice of bad luck hitting his opponent Stuart Watson. Stuart was absolutely devastated. He played brilliant snooker at the Crucible and should be very proud. Hopefully he will be able to take the positives in a couple of days.

Stephen Hendry was beaten by Darren Morgan, which didn’t surprise me. Stephen continues to play the way he always did, taking ultra attacking shots, but he doesn’t have the game for that anymore. He still knocks some amazing balls but the consistency is gone and, with the type of game he plays, he’s bound to leave a lot to his opponents when missing. Darren is a quality player and he duly took advantage.

James Wattana and Chen Gang delivered a quality match. It’s bit of a pity for Chen that he played James at this stage. IMO he played better than some of the semi finalists…

Here are the pictures!

The morning session was devoted to showcasing Women Snooker.

The Women Tour Championship saw Reanne Evans win once again!

The four ladies involved offered the audience an entertaining and high quality session. It was really a wonderful advert for the women’s game. Willie Thorne for instance admitted that he never usually watches it, but he was mightily impressed by the quality on display.

SF1 : Reanne Evans beat Nutcharut Wongharuthai

SF2: On Yee Ng beat Rebecca Kenna

Final:  Reanne Evans beat On Yee Ng

Here are the pictures:

 

 

WSS ROKiT 2019 World Championship Build-up – John Parrott v Willie Thorne/Darren Morgan

The second match of the 16, August 2019 morning session will oppose John Parrott to the winner of Willie Thorne v Darren Morgan.

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set on winning John was nicknamed “the Entertainer”, but he was dead serious at the table. He won nine ranking events, including the 1991 World Championship and the 1991 UK Championship, making him one of the only six players to have won both tournaments in the same year. His highest ranking, which he held for three seasons, was n°2. He scored 221 centuries – a remarkable feat at the time – including a 147.

When playing on WSS ROKiT Tour,  John likes to honour his nickname, and often cracks a joke aimed at his opponent,  at the MC, or even at members of the audience.

You can read John Parrott’s profile on this blog here

And John Parrott’s profile by Elliot West is here

John will face either Willie Thorne or Darren Morgan. The preview of that match is available on this blog.

Should John face Darren, as I expect, we have a serious match on our hands. Although John had a much impressive carreer than Darren, the latter has a 5-2 lead in their head-to-head, and notably beat him at the World Championship in 1994. Taking into account that John won the first match they played in 1988 when Darren was in his first year as a pro, the statistics are heavily in favour of Darren. You can see the details of the seven matches they played on cuetracker.

Mini Preview. If John Parrott does indeed meet Darren Morgan, I expect Darren to win, partly because of their head to head, mainly because Darren is still playing competitively on a regular basis.  If, much to my surprise, he faces Willie, I definitely fancy John to win.

Just for the record here are the details of the John v Willie head-to-head (source cuetracker) . They played each other 17 times, John won 11 of their matches, Willie 5, and they had a draw. Those elements, combined with Willie’s health and eyes issues explain why I’m not giving Willie much chances.

Alex Crisan’s Crucible Dream comes true

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This was shared on Facebook three days ago . I’m late but, hey, I was a bit busy in Gloucester …

The number of countries involved in the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship has just grown with the news today that Alex Crisan will become the first Romanian to officiate at the home of snooker.

Alex, 34 and from Bucharest, became a qualified referee in 2006 and has played a major role in the training of officials for the EBSA since 2014.

He started with World Snooker in 2011 at the Paul Hunter Classic in Furth. Last year he officiated the Romanian Masters Final between Ryan Day and Stuart Bingham.

He said “I like to dream big and Crucible is definitely the place to be for snooker. For me to get there, to have a chance to be the man in the middle, to be the first Romanian referee in the “Theatre of Dreams” and all that alongside snooker legends I’ve grown up with…it’s like living that dream!

Outside of Snooker Alex works as a sales agent for construction materials (bricks, concrete, cement etc), something completely opposite to the white gloves.

Alex will join Michaela Tabb and Leo Scullion. Tickets for the event can be found here… https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/snooker-seniors

Alex is a great addition to the WSS ROKiT Tour. His success as a snooker referee has been a major booster for snooker in Romania. Good luck and enjoy Alex!

UK Championship 2019 – Q2 – Northampton – 5,6 & 7 June 2019

You can follow this event on SnookerTV

UK Q2 Format

Northampton 5-7 July 2019 UK Q2 Format

WSS UK Championship 2019 Q2 Draw


Last 64

Patrick Wallace (N.Ire) 3-1 Neil Craycraft (Eng)
David Brown (Eng)  W/O (?) Nick Spelman (Eng)
Karl Townsend (Eng) 1-3 Jon Charlton (Eng)
Bal Sembi 0-3 Matt Couch (Eng)
Richard Emery (Eng) 3-2 Andy Papaicouvou (Cyp)
Andy Turner (Eng) 0-3 Andrew Milliard (Eng)
Adam Denham (Eng) 0-3 Leo Fernandez (Ire)
Mark Sutton (Eng) 0-3 Colin Mitchell (Eng)
Aaron Canavan (Jer) 2-3 Sean Ward (Eng)
Andrew Darken (Eng) 0-3 Kevin Kelly (Jer)
Cary Kikis (Eng) 3-1 Lee S Martin
Ali Anwar 1-3 Tony Corrigan (Ire)
Les Dodd (Eng) 3-0 Ian Spawton (Eng)
Sean Lanigan (Eng) 3-2 Graham Beardmore (Eng)
George Apperley (Eng) 2-3 Dean Sycamore (Eng)
Rodney Goggins (Ire) 3-0 Ross Buthee (Eng)

Jonathan Bagley (Eng) 3-0 Mohamed Abdelkader
Dharmendra Patel (Eng) 0-3 Stephen Campbell (Eng)
Darren Bradstock (Eng) 0-3 Garoid O’Connor (Eng)
Aidan Owens (Eng) 0-3 Mark White (Eng)
Gary Filtness (Eng) 3-2 Garry Coulson (Eng)
Ray Grall (Eng) 0-3 Michael Wrigley (Eng)
James O’Sullivan (Eng) 3-0 Andrew Greaves (Eng)
Stuart Watson (Eng) 3-1 Nicolas Neale (Eng)
Lee Richardson (Eng) 3-0 Jamie Home (Eng)
Matthew Ford (Eng) 3-0 Neil Carroll (Eng)
Anthony Massey (Eng) 1-3 Wayne Cooper (Eng)
Dean Venables (Eng) 2-3 Mark Ball (Eng)
Johnathan Wallace (Can) 3-0 Keith Thomas (Wal)
Rhydian Richards (Wal) 3-0 Adam Ashley (Eng)
Dennis Tristram (Eng) 3-2 Darren Barton (Eng)
Michael Judge (Ire) 3-0 Lee Taylor (Eng)

Last 32

Patrick Wallace 3-0 David Brown
Jon Charlton 1-3 Matt Couch
Richard Emery 1-3 Andrew Milliard
Leo Fernandez 3-0 Colin Mitchell
Sean Ward 3-0 Kevin Kelly
Cary Kikis 3-1 Tony Corrigan
Les Dodd 3-2 Sean Lanigan
Dean Sycamore 0-3 Rodney Goggins

Jonathan Bagley 3-0 Stephen Campbell
Garoid O’Connor 3-1 Mark White
Gary Filtness 3-0 Michael Wrigley
James O’Sullivan 3-2 Stuart Watson
Lee Richardson 3-2 Matthew Ford
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Mark Ball
Jonathan Wallace 0-3 Rhydian Richards
Dennis Tristram 0-3 Michael Judge

Last 16

Patrick Wallace 2-3 Matt Couch
Andrew Milliard 2-3 Leo Fernandez
Sean Ward 3-1 Cary Kikis
Les Dodd 0-3 Rodney Goggins

Jonathan Bagley 3-1 Garoid O’Connor
Gary Filtness 3-2 James O’Sullivan
Lee Richardson 0-3 Wayne Cooper
Rhydian Richards 0-3 Michael Judge

QF

Matt Couch 0-3 Leo Fernandez
Sean Ward 2-3 Rodney Goggins

Jonathan Bagley 3-2 Gary Filtness
Wayne Cooper 1-3 Michael Judge

SF

Leo Fernandez 4-3 Rodney Goggins

Jonathan Bagley 1-4 Michael Judge

Final

Leo Fernandez 2-4 Michael Judge

Michael Judge UK Champs 2019 Q2 Winner

All detailed results are available here, including match sheets. 

Super Seniors Event Draw

Last 16

Keith Thomas (Wales) 2-0 Kevin Kelly (Jer)
Ray Grall (Eng) Bye
Colin Mitchell (Eng) Bye
Richard Emery (Eng) Bye

Gary Filtness (Eng) Bye
Les Dodd (Eng) 1-2 Andrew Darken (Eng)
Dennis Tristram (Eng) Bye
Ian Spawton (Eng) 2-1 George Apperley (Eng)

QF

Keith Thomas 2-1 Ray Grall
Colin Mitchell 2-1 Richard Emery

Gary Filtness 2-0 Andrew Darken
Dennis Tristram 1-2 Ian Spawton

SF

Keith Thomas 1-2 Colin Mitchell

Gary Filtness 2-0 Ian Spawton

Final

Colin Mitchell 0-2 Gary Filtness

 

Rory McLeod joins the WSS ROKiT Tour

As announced today on social media, Rory McLeod has decided to join the WSS ROKiT tour, following his recent relegation of the Main Tour.

Here is the announcement:

Today former World number 32, and the 2017 Ruhr Open Champion Rory McLeod has announced his decision to participate on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour next season. Rory first turned pro in 1991 and was one of the longest serving professionals on tour prior to his recent relegation. in 2009 he became the first Black player to qualify for the World Professional Championship, he also qualified in 2011 and 2017, the 2017 being particularly memorable as he defeated the current World Snooker Champion Judd Trump in round 1.

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Despite a recent failed attempt at Q School to regain his card, Rory had no thoughts of retirement and says he will embrace the challenge and opportunities that the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour will give him, and look to regain his professional card status at Q School in 2020.Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour said “Following on from Joe Swail’s decision to play on our tour we are delighted to welcome another great servant of the game who is embracing something we’ve created with the WPBSA that was never there before for players over 40 dropping off the main tour. Rory will prove to be a fierce competitor”Any player over 40 who is interested in getting their cue out and entering one of our qualifiers can do so by clicking here: https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/rokit_ws_registration.html

Welcome Rory !