Former World Seniors Champion Charity Exhibition!

Mark Williams, who won the World Seniors Championship in 2015, at only 39 – and has been teased for it endlessly since – is doing a charity exhibition in Cleethorpes, on April 12, 2019. This was brought to my attention by Nigel Coton, a player competing on both the Disability Snooker Tour and the Seniors Snooker Tour. Thank you Nigel!

Here is the information available in the press

Mark Williams at Beachcomber, Cleethorpes

April 12 @ 7:30 pm

£25 – £45

Poster for Mark Williams at Beechcomber Cleethorpes

Food available on the night and a great selection of beers, wines and soft drinks.

All proceeds go to health tree foundation trust and special baby care unit.

Mark will play 12 frames on the night. (Local players.)

Snooker competition will be held at Ray Edmonds snooker centre on dates to be arranged. £10 entry. Winners will play a frame on the night.

Name cards on going to raise funds.


Date: April 12
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: £25 – £45


Beechcomber, Cleethorpes

208 North Sea Lane
Cleethorpes, DN36 4ET United Kingdom
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Phone: 01472 812666

Nigel was able to give me a bit more information.

As mentioned, the exhibition is in support of the Health Tree Foundation . It is  organised by Jamie Barrett, a former pro, who sadly lost his wife 3 years ago far too young. Jamie is from Grimsby, only a couple of miles away from Cleethorpes.

Here is an interview with Jamie, ahead of the 2016 UK Championship

As explained above, “Willo” will take on 12 “local” players, including Nigel Coton himself. Nigel can only play with one hand and will (try to) challenge Mark Williams to play him one-handed as well. This is something Mark occasionally does even in ranking events, although only for the odd shot. Here is a recent example.

Hopefully Willo will accept the challenge. Should be great!!!

If you have the opportunity, get yourself there, have fun and support a good cause!

Igor Figueiredo from Brazil wins the WSS World Championship 2019 – Q6 in Houston, Texas.

The Seniors Tour is in Houston Texas for the sixth 2019 World Championship qualifying event of this season. It’s happening this week-end!

Here is the draw:

houston 2019 draw

And the format:

houston 2019 format

And here is the Last 32 draw in a slightly easier-to-read presentation

Match 1: Lee Richardson (Eng) (1) 3-0 Christiano Galeses (Bra)
Match 2: Robert Bell  (Ire) 1-3 Laslo Kovacs (USA)
Match 3: Steven Bremar (Ber) 3-0 Januario De Souza (Bra)
Match 4: Paul Fedden (Ber) 2-3 Majid Randhawa (USA)
Match 5: Levi Meiller (Can) (5) 3-0 Adel Guindi (USA)
Match 6: Jesus De Olivera (Bra) 3-0 Ricardo e Silva (Bra)
Match 7: William Hoenig (USA) 0-3 Daren Taylor (USA)
Match 8: Osni Xavier Kuss (Bra) 0-3 John White (Can) (4)
Match 9: Richard Emery (Eng) (2) 3-0 Khan Laheeq (Pak)
Match 10: John Hoenig  (USA) 0-3 Pedro Luiz Poli (Bra)
Match 11: Pravin Patel (USA) 0-3 Mark White (USA)
Match 12: Firmiano De Souza Neto (Bra) 2-3 Mihai Visovan (USA)
Match 13: Hans Blanckaert (Bel) (6) 1-3 Aleya Prabhakar (USA)
Match 14: Anita Chan (Can) 0-3 Charlie Brown (Can)
Match 15: Ernst Bezemer (USA) 3-2 Dayron Azevedo (Bra)
Match 16: Bernard Frerotte 0-3 (101, 71, 50) Igor Figueiredo (Bra) (3)

Last 16

Lee Richardson (84) 3-0 Laslo Kovacs
Steven Bremar 2-3 Majid Randhawa
Levi Meiller 3-0 Jesus De Olivera
Daren Taylor 3-0 John White
Richard Emery 3-0 Pedro Luis Poli
Mark White 3-0 Mihai Visovan
Aleya Prabhakar 2-3 Charlie Brown
Ernst Bezemer 0-3 (146Igor Figueiredo


Lee Richardson 3-0 Majid Randhawa
Levi Meiller 2-3 Daren Taylor
Richard Emery 3-0 Mark White
Charlie Brown 1-3 Igor Figueiredo


Lee Richarson 2-3 Daren Taylor
Richard Emery 0-3 Igor Figueiredo

The Final

Daren Taylor 0-3 (58,60,63) Igor Figueiredo

The trophies were presented by the President of the U. S. Snooker Association, Ajeya Prabhakar.

Well done to all involved! 

As it transpires, Houston is really a hard place !

One where you can get some mean soft shell crab, but lettuce is a rarity !


Events to come…

Action starts again on the World Seniors Tour in just two days.

Be ready!


and those two proud Irish / Northern Irish have qualified for this event in the iconic Goffs bear pit! Good luck Patrick and Rodney!



And then, on January 11, 2018, Jimmy White will be in Lincoln


This is a special exhibition as it’s gathering money to support disability snooker.

The man behind this exhibition is Nigel Coton, a disabled player himself. He knows how difficult it can be for disabled players to fund their participation in WDBS events, as many are on benefits and quite lonely. Nigel himself is not in that situation but he wants to help those less privileged because for many of those players, WDBS snooker is very important: it’s a place where they feel welcome and valued, and for some it’s even their only “family”.

So, if you can, come and support this great event.

There is only one VIP non playing table for five persons left, but there is still plenty of seats available in the arena.

VIP tickets offer ringside seats, a Champagne buffet and the exclusive “meet and greet” reception before the main event from 16.30 to 18.30.

The Arena doors open at 18.30 and the main show starts at 19.00 sharp.

I will be at both events, in Goffs and in Lincoln … with my camera. Beware!

World Seniors Cue Zones with PJ in Goffs

Some exciting news published by RIBSA 

World Seniors Cue Zones with PJ in Goffs


Next January Snooker is back in Goffs with the legends of the game. Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, Ken Doherty and Patrick Wallace will battle it out with one of our top amateur players over the weekend of the 5th and 6th January 2019 in the famous venue of Goffs in Co Kildare.

  • Cue Zone with PJ

RIBSA will be also holding a Cue Zone with our RIBSA National Coach PJ Nolan at the event so get your tickets today to watch the legends and maybe get a few tips to improve your game from Ireland’s top coach.

The Cue Zones will be open to anyone who attends the event in Goffs so do not miss out and get your tickets today.

  • World Seniors Snooker Tour for the Seniors Irish Masters in Goffs.

The stars Jimmy White, Ken Doherty, Joe Johnson, Willie Thorne, John Virgo, Dennis Taylor and Michaela Tabb. RIBSA will hold a qualifying event on December 1st in Roadstone SC  to join this stellar line up.

  • Gala Dinner

We are delighted to announce details of the Seniors Irish Masters Gala Launch Dinner which takes place at the Osprey Hotel in Naas as will have all the Snooker Legends in attendance.

We are hoping you will want to join us. Your ticket includes a welcome drink on arrival, 3 courses and the company of some of snookers greatest characters. A seat this year is just 60 euros but numbers are limited.

If you wish to secure your seat, or a table for your company or group of 8 hosted by a legend, then please email


PJ Nolan is a legend himself. He’s not just an excellent coach, he’s one who is totally dedicated to the players he support and coaches. I’ve met him in countless comps, and he makes a point to be there and watch all the matches his “students” are involved in, offering them support and advice as long as they are in the tournament.

Interesting exponents in Hull

Whilst in Hull for the CRS Seniors UK Championship 2018, I visited the stands of two interesting guests exponents.

Ross McInnes and Michaela Tabb – they are husband and wife – presented this beautiful English Pool table. Ross was PPPO pool World Champion in 1996 and his aim in designing this table was to create a “tool” that would satisfy the most demanding champions, and, at the same time, would be beautifully pleasing to the eye.

You will soon be able find more info on their site:

For the time being the site just offers a phone number and this email that you can use to contact the company.

QBolt Technologies aims at helping players to improve their game, and make their live in competition a bit easier.

They have a website

and they are on twitter


The practice bench can be fitted with a smartphone or a tablet so that you can record and asses your cue action.

The Quicktip is screwed, not glued onto the cue. The idea is that, with this technology, you can go to competitions taking a number of bedded tips with you, and, should your tip be damaged during practice or a match, it only takes a minute to fit another one that is ready to use.

The Qbolt contains a chip able to communicate via bluetooth with your smartphone or tablet. When fitted at the rear of your cue, it records the speed you put into the shot. You can then analyse what speed is optimal depending on the result you want to achieve. This device is mainly, but not only, aimed at helping pool players to improve their break-off.

World Seniors UK Championship 2018 Draw and Important Announcement made after Leo Fernandez takes the last qualifying spot

Indeed, Leo won the last qualifying event last week-en at Scotties in Liverpool.

So before looking at how this last qualifying event unfolded, here is the draw for the main event:

Draw Seniors UK 2018

The draw was announced today at the launch event, attended by the Mayor of Hull, and Joe Johnson at the Hull Guildhall

This very important announcement was made during the launch event:

Hull bids to become snooker city with announcement of exciting three-year deal

Hull is committing to becoming a snooker city today (Monday 8 October) with the announcement that it is the new permanent home of the UK Seniors Snooker Championship.

Later this month Hull will host some of the greatest ever snooker players including Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Cliff Thorburn and Dennis Taylor all competing at the 2018 UK Seniors Snooker Championship at the brand new £36 million Bonus Arena.

The announcement falls on the same day as the draw for this year’s event at the Guildhall, which will be conducted by the Lord Mayor.

Following significant interest in the UK Seniors Snooker Championship, Hull City Council, World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and the Bonus Arena are delighted to announce that the annual event will now remain in Hull for at least the next three years.

Councillor Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council, said: “Today’s fantastic announcement shows that the city is refusing to rest on its laurels.

“Last month we launched our Conference Champions initiative that aims to bring more large conferences and events, like the UK Seniors Snooker Championship, to Hull.

“Events like this attract thousands of people to the city, spending money in bars, restaurants, shops and hotels, which is a great boost to the local economy.”

“I’m sure – like with everything else –Hull will embrace the UK Seniors Snooker Championship and we can establish ourselves as a snooker city.”

The UK Seniors Snooker Championship is one of the marque events on the international World Seniors Snooker tour.

Jason Ferguson, chairman of WPBSA, said: “Snooker is a booming global sport and we are delighted that Hull has joined us to become our latest snooker city.

“Hull is clearly a city with ambition and we are excited to bring our new World Seniors Tour to the magnificent facilities at the new Bonus Arena.

“I am sure our snooker stars will provide great entertainment and plenty of drama for the people of Hull.”

The 2018 UK Seniors Snooker Championship will be staged at the Bonus Arena on October 24 and 25. Tickets start from £8.

There will be six sessions over the two days with the final on October 25.

Dan Harris, General Manager at the Bonus Arena, said: “I am delighted the UK Seniors Snooker will be calling Hull home for the next three years.

“We are delighted with the response to the event on 24 and 25 October with thousands of tickets already sold to see legends of the game such as Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry and Dennis Taylor.

“Having such a strong response – combined with the desire of World Seniors Snooker and Hull City Council to keep the event in the city – means we can build on Hull’s reputation as a true snooker city.”

For more information about the 2018 UK Seniors Snooker Championship visit

To book tickets visit

The last qualifying event was played over three days – 5 to 7 October 2018 – at Scotties in Liverpool,

Here is the draw:

and the format


And here are the results:

Lewis Walsh W/O
Craig McGillivray W/O
Simon Bedford W/O
Neil Herd W/O
Michael Wrigley W/O
Stephen Campbell W/O
Anthony Massey W/O

Last 64

John Whitty 3 (51) v 0 James Simpson
Leo Fernandez 3 (82) v 0 Mark Ball
James McGouran 3 v 0 Sean Lanigan
Simon Seabridge 3 v 2 Wayne Cooper
Lee S Martin 3 (52,60) v 1 (72) Andrew Molyneux
Jonathan Bagley 3 (52) v 2 John Welsh
Steve Evans 3 v 1 Keith Thomas
Marcus Lord 3 v 1 Les Dodd
Stuart Watson 3 v 2 (62) Graham Beardmore
Andy Milliard 0 v 3 (54) Mark Gray
Tony Knowles 3 v 0 Neil Caroll
Ali Anwar 3 v 0 Tony Murphy
Andy Johnson 3 v 0 Dharmendra Patel
Gary Skipworth 3 v 0 Nikolas Neale
Patrick Wallace (87) 3 v 0 Steve Thomas
Michael Judge 3 v 0 Steve Bird
Dean Sycamore 3 v 2 Tony Corrigan
Richard Emery 3 v 1 Johnny Stevens
Neal Jones 3 v 0 George Apperley
Sanjay Meghani 3 v 0 Snookerbacker
John Charlton 3 v 2 Alex Ferguson
Karl Townsend 3 v 1 Lat Bonnar
Mark White 3 v 0 Andrew Darken
Wayne Brown 3 v 0 Andy Turner

Last 32

Leo Fernandez 3 (51) v 1 (50,61) Lee Martin
John Whitty 3 (84) v 2 (62) James McGouran
Stuart Watson 3 (78,50) v 0 Ali Anwar
Steve Evans 3 v 1 Marcus Lord
Mark Gray 3 v 0 Lewis Walsh
Tony Knowles 3 v 0 Andy Johnson
Jonathan Bagley 3 v 0 Simon Seabridge
Simon Bedford 3 v 0 Neil Herd
Mark White 3 v 1 Gary Skipworth
Dean Sycamore 3 v 0 Stephen Campbell
Michael Wrigley 3 v 0 Richard Emery
Patrick Wallace (130,93) 3 v 0 Neal Jones
Jon Charlton 3 v 2 Craig Macgillivray
Wayne Brown 3 v 2 Michael Judge
Karl Townsend 3 v 1 Anthony Massey

Sanjay Meghani W/0

Last 16

Jonathan Bagley 1 v 3 Simon Bedford
Michael Wrigley 1 v 3 Steve Evans
John Whitty 3 v 1 Dean Sycamore
Mark White 3 v 1 Wayne Brown
Patrick Wallace 1 v 3 Leo Fernandez
Sanjay Meghani 3 v 2 Jon Charlton
Stuart Watson 2 v 3 Tony Knowles
Mark Gray 2 v 3 Karl Townsend


Simon Bedford  3 v 2 Steve Evans
John Whitty 3 v 1 Mark White
Leo Fernandez 3 v 0 Sanjay Meghani
Karl Townsend 1 v 3 Tony Knowles


Simon Bedford 3 v 1 Mark White
Leo Fernandez 3 v 0 Tony Knowles


Leo Frenandez 3 v 1 Simon Bedford