Alex Crisan’s Crucible Dream comes true

Alrex Crisan

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…

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


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

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


Leo Fernandez 4-3 Rodney Goggins

Jonathan Bagley 1-4 Michael Judge


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)


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

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


Keith Thomas 1-2 Colin Mitchell

Gary Filtness 2-0 Ian Spawton


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.

Rory MdLeod

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:

Welcome Rory !

Disability Snooker to be Showcased at Crucible Theatre next August

When the announcement was made that the WSS ROKiT World Championship would be held at the Crucible next August, it was announced at the same time that both Disability Snooker and Women Snooker would be showcased during the event.

WDBS has now announced who the WDBS players will be, who will play at the Crucible

Disability Snooker to be Showcased at Crucible Theatre

Four leading players from the 360Fizz World Disability Billiards and Snooker Tour have earned the opportunity to compete at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield this August for the first time.

To be staged as part of the 2019 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship, the session will take place on the morning of 18 August from 10:00am and feature four highly decorated players who compete regularly on the WDBS circuit.

Among those in action will be Daniel Lee, who plays in the Group 2 wheelchair category and earlier this year was named as the Vic Hartley Player of the Season in recognition of his success during the 2018/19 campaign.

He will be joined by Daniel Blunn, who was born with cerebral palsy and competes as a Group 4 player. Blunn has been a part of the WDBS family since our first event in November 2015 and has to date claimed an incredible eight events, including three during the current campaign.

Representing sensory disabilities are Coventry’s Nick Neale, a six-time winner of competitions for players with visual impairments and deaf player Shabir Ahmed, who has established himself as the dominant player in his category with six titles and was last year recognised at the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards by finishing in third place in the overall voting.

The event will be the first as part of a three-year agreement which will also see disability snooker return to Sheffield in 2020 and 2021.

Nigel Mawer, WDBS Chairman said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our players to be able to play at the home of snooker and from speaking to them already I know just how excited they are to be able to live their dream and walk out on the same stage as their heroes.

“The event is going to be a real celebration of disability snooker and I would like to encourage all of our players to come along and support those competing and make it a day to remember!”

Tickets are already on sale at the price of just £1.47 when purchased with a full-price ticket to any other session at the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship, so book now to avoid disappointment, by phone 0114 249 600 or online HERE.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship will run across four days from 15-18 August 2019 and feature several all-time greats of the game including ‘King of the Crucible’ Stephen Hendry and 10-time ranking event winner Jimmy White.

There will also be a session on the morning of Saturday 17th August held to showcase the talent on the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

All four players selected totally deserve the honour to be there. Actually there are so many deserving WBDS players that it must have been very hard to select only four. Those guys – and gals – are true everyday’s heroes, not allowing their disabilities to stop them achieving their dreams. Not just those four, but all of them at WDBS. Daniel Blunn is also a referee, in addition to be a player. Some of those players are coaches as well. They are a credit to the sport we love. Come and support them!

WSS Tour – End of season Top 32 Week-end in Newbury – 7-9 June 2019

At the end of the season, the Top 32 on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour get together for a final weekend at Crucible Sports & Social Club Newbury 7-9th June. Everyone is welcome for a great weekend to celebrate our season.

Dare to dream
A player from each seeds group will be randomly drawn into their playing group for the weekend, top 2 progress to the quarters. Over £3000 up for grabs, and we are supporting a fantastic charity over the weekend. Our competitors are…

Seeds 1-8
Johnathan Bagley, Aaron Canavan, Lee Richardson, Barry Pinches, Rodney Goggins, Leo Fernandez, Stuart Watson, Richard Emery.

Seeds 9-16
Gary Britton, Lee Martin, Sean Lanigan, Gary Filtness, Rhydian Richards, Garoid O’Connor, Mark White, Jonathan Charlton

Seeds 17-24
Sanjay Meghani, Tony Corrigan, Nick Spelman, Karl Townsend, Les Dodd, Simon Dent, Aidan Owens, Neil Craycraft

Seeds 25-32
Stephen Campbell, James O’Sullivan, Dean Venables, Johnny Stevens, Steve Evans, Marcus Lord, Andy Milliard, Levi Meiller

As well as the group event, which already has 3k in the pot, on Saturday at 5pm there will do a random draw for the SHOOTOUT. 10 Minutes per frame of madness and abusing everyone who is playing, with forfeits for in offs…

And remember the event charity is nominated by our good friend Ian Spawton which is snowdrop so everyone will be donating via the raffles and for every foul made in the shootout.

Jason Francis is looking for some raffle prizes and also anyone who wants to add to the prize fund.

Currently it is:

£1000 winner
£500 runner up
£250 semis
£100 quarters
£40 for second in your group
£30 for third in your group
£20 for the wooden spoon in your group

Shootout is £250 winner and £100 runner up.

High break over the weekend is £100.

Donations are welcome…
Money to go into the prize fund…
Prizes for the raffle (dig out some crap) ALL income to snowdrop charity.

The good news is all the action will be free to watch on


The SnowDrop Trust

When a child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, it is devastating news and all too often parents don’t know where to turn to get the extra information, help and nursing support at home, they so desperately need. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust was founded 26 years ago to bridge the gap – and the services we provide for children and their families are even more in demand today than they were then. Nowadays children are at home very quickly after operations, travel daily to hospital for radiotherapy treatment and children with complex needs are at home and cared for by their parents. They need the vital support of a qualified children’s nurse to enable them to cope with the day to day demands of looking after a very sick child. The Snowdrop Care at Home Team of Paediatric nurses and our counselors are the professional friends that our Snowdrop families depend on – day by day – throughout their child’s illness.
The Snowdrop nurses also provide end of life care within the comfort, reassurance, and familiarity of home. Since Snowdrop was founded, nearly all children in our area, who have become terminally ill, have been at home during this very sad time. Parents say that being able to be at home with their child, gives them such precious time together.


No WSS players at the Crucible … except in the studios

Eventually none of Michael Judge, Ken Doherty or Jimmy White managed to qualify for the World Championship at the Crucible.

Michael’s conqueror in the last round of the qualifiers, James Cahill, though made the healines on his Crucible débuts: he knocked out the World n°1, Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the tournament with a 10-8 win. Ok, Ronnie was unwell, but it still had to be done!

Ken Doherty is working for the BBC as commentator and pundit, whilst Jimmy White is in the Eurosport studio.

Dine with the Champions … and help children with encephalitis

ROKiT Masters 2019 Gala Dinner

On the eve of the WSS ROKiT Masters 2019, the defending champion, Cliff Thorburn is inviting you to a Canadian themed night.

It will take place at the Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa on Wednesday 10th April 2019. The Full address is: Mercure Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa, Kenwood Road, Sheffield, S7 1NQ

Arrival is for 7pm, but if you want to come a bit earlier you may catch a legend warming up on our practice table. The hotel does a fantastic afternoon tea as well and a stunning lake to sit out and enjoy.

Dress for the dinner is smart casual, suggest jacket and open shirt for the gentlemen but of course you are welcome to wear a tie, no jeans or trainers please. Ladies …  we know better than to give you any advice on how to dress for an event.

The dinner menu has been designed by the defending Champion Cliff Thorburn so expect a night of Canadian cuisine.

Dinner Schedule

7pm – meet and greet with pre dinner drinks – sponsored by ABK Beer  and Whitney Neill G&T

7.30 – sit for dinner.

Canadian Themed Menu with main course specially designed by Barbara Thorburn.


Smoked salmon rosettes with caper and dill dressing accompanied with a maple and berry coulis OR Montreal caramelised onion chowder


Barb’s maple and pineapple glazed ham OR Asparagus and onion quiche

Served with roast potatoes, glazed carrots and green beans


Canadian strawberry shortcake with Tuile ice hockey stick

The cut off  is  5th April to finalize numbers in case you want to tell any of your friends who may want to join.

In-between main and dessert we will some opening speeches and honour our defending champion.

We will also host our raffle and auction draw.

All money raised from the raffle and the auction on the night will be going to our nominated charity, the Eden Dora Trust, which is a Sheffield based Charity for Children with Encephalitis. The Eden Dora Trust provides support for children and their families affected by Childhood Encephalitis and the subsequent lifelong acquired brain injury.

The will be some fantastic items to bid for including a package to see Cher in concert, a rare England shirt from 2011 signed by all the squad, with a recently signed shirt from Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, a signed and mounted cue from Stephen Hendry as well as overnight spa packages and the chance to cook your own feast in the kitchens at wagamamas… Oh, and the small matter of a 9 carat gold necklace with a beautiful diamond, valued at £995

In the vases on your table will be snooker balls which we will encourage you to get your legends to sign and for you to keep as a memento of the night, in return we’d ask for a donation in the charity pot on your table.

After Dessert we will move to the practice table where John Virgo will do a short trick shot cabaret, be ready to get involved! If you have not seen his comedy impressions you are in for a treat.

Following that its Karaoke and music till late. We do take requests and competition is fierce!

We hope this will be a fantastic night in a fantastic location.

For those of you who want to make a real night of it we have a fantastic ROKiT World Seniors rate of £85 b&b with the hotel and during the snooker on the Thursday the partners could enjoy the brilliant spa and pool while you take a trip to the crucible? Just a thought!

And then …

on the Thursday 11th the serious snooker takes place in the Crucible. Just look at these round one match ups

From 2pm

Cliff Thorburn  v Stephen Hendry
Ken Doherty  v Barry Pinches
Jimmy White  v Joe Johnson
Aaron Canavan v John Parrott.

If you fancy coming, it’s not too late. Tickets can be booked at the crucible box office 01142496000 or at