Events to come…

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

Be ready!

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

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

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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!

Happy New Year ahead ….

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On the first day of 2019, here are my wishes to all of you, readers of this blog: be healthy, be happy, look after yourself and your loved ones and enjoy your life!

Regarding the World Seniors tour here are some news shared by Jason Francis on the World Seniors dedicated forum on Facebook:

Dear All,
I wanted to send everyone a message and update as our year comes to a close. As you can see I am working hard on New Years Eve!

We have 4 qualifiers left this season
Beijing, Houston, Newbury and Leeds.

Some of these are filling up and I urge you not to leave it too late to enter.

Now a few updates for you.

We are working hard on next season but also on securing the longevity of this tour. We don’t want ranking events for one season, I don’t want to be in the position of not knowing when events are going to be, we want a situation like we have with Hull where we know the Uk Seniors will be there for the next 3 years – obviously this sort of deal takes time across the tour.

European Open
I am still not in a position to announce this event, the players who qualified will of course get there place in the final event when we do it. This situation is not ideal and is exactly why the point I make in the previous paragraph is important.

World Seniors Championship.
We are making progress on this but I cannot seeing this being done for March. We did move these dates from the calendar a few weeks ago, likely this event will be May June and constitute our last event of the season.

I am conscious of trying to space qualifiers out, trying to fund 3 qualifiers in a month is hard, trying not to clash with other events is hard, trying to get prize money down to the quarters everywhere is hard – is hard! lol Ideally I would like no more than one a month and I have to understand that globally we may reach a position where qualifiers may clash with each other if placed in separate continents.

The ranking list is established and will become more and more important moving forward. I want to set a limit on entries to qualifiers to 128, the reason being I understand sometimes a smaller field gives less chance for ranking points BUT I will also not want to restrict entries if demand exceeds this.

I am constant reviewing formats and listening to all, I have a full day planned with Shaun Murphy and Jason Ferguson to map out next season and we will be making some changes, all designed to make it rely less on me personally but allow it to grow and give players more opportunities.

The amount of different winners this season is testimony to the short format and means more people get the chance to progress to a big event. I don’t want us to lose that and become a tour where the same two or three faces qualify for everything… but the opportunity is there for a player to dominate like Jonathan did last season.

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Its clear there is not the appetite I believed there would be for this, the costs involved in staging this and placing tables is large and I think money could be best served paying out to players and staging it in a club. I will make a decision on this in January. Also of course the planned date will in effect not be our end of season.

Rest assured I am totally committed to making this tour bigger and better but without forgetting why most people do play on it….

May I wish you a Happy New Year… I hope we all support Patrick and Rodney who will represent the tour in Goffs this weekend.

Jason is working tirelessly to make this tour work. Thank you Jason for everything you did and do. As the tour grow, it’s obvious that changes are needed. Jason is constantly seeking the players feedback in order to allow the tour to grow whilst, at the same time, trying to meet the wishes of the players.

The Seniors Irish Masters is only three days away. I’ll cover that tomorrow, as well as a special  exhibition in Lincoln featuring Jimmy White.

Let’s have a great 2019!

#DareToDream

World Seniors Champonship 2019 – Leo Fernandez wins the Qualifying event 4 – Couldston

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Preliminary round

Tony Corrigan (53) 3-2 (43, 51) David Lilley (replaced Wayne Cooper?)

First round (last 64)

Patrick Wallace 2-3 (52)  Bradley Jones
Guy Heys 3-1 Darren Barton
Karl Towsend 2-3 Richard Emery
Ashley Beal v Tony Drago
Aaron Canavan (89) 3-0 Dean Venables
Jon Charlton (50) 3-2 Andrew Greaves
Tony Corrigan 0-3 Gary Britton
David Moritz v Darren Morgan (No Show)
Stuart Watson 1-3 (81) John Y. Hunter
Andrew Milliard v Nish Joshi
Mark Gray v Leo Fernandez
Muhammad Arangzaib v Neil Caroll
Drean Sycamore 1-3 Michael Wrigley
Aidan Owens (104) 1-3 (82,58) James O’Sullivan
Tam Mustafa (58) 3-1 Garoid O’Connor
Michael Judge (98,114,71) 3-0 Nick Neale

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Jonathan Bagley v Brian Morgan
Craig Macgillivray  1-3 (78) Steven Waldron
Robert Marshal 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Chris Hart v John Hunter (both no Show!!!)
Rodney Goggins (67,82) 3-0 Matt Ford
Tony Knowles 0-3 (67) Simon Dent
Dharmendra Patel 1-3 Les Dodd
Sean Lanigan 1-3 Stephen Campbell
Gary Filtness 3-0 Martinho Correia
Neil Herd 3-0 Ray Grall
Neil Craycraft 0-3 Rhydian Richards
Bradley Fish 1-3 Brian Cox
Joe Delaney (No Show) v George Apperley
Mark White 3-0 Darren Mirza
Alan Harvey 1-3 David McDonnell
Barry Pinches 3-0 John Mockton

Second round (last 32)

Bradley Jones 3-0 Guy Heys
Richard Emery 1-3 Tony Drago
Aaron Canavan 3-1 Jon Charlton
Gary Britton (61) 3-0 David Moritz
John Y Hunter 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Leo Fernandez (78, 72) 3-0 Neil Caroll
James O’Sullivan 3-0 Michael Wrigley
Tam Mustafa 1-3 (74) Michael Judge

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Jonathan Bagley 2-3 (62) Steven Waldron
Robert Marshall W/0
Rodney Goggins 2-3 (52) Simon Dent
Les Dodd 2-3 Stephen Campbell
Gary Filtness 3-0 Neil Herd
Rhydian Richard 2-3 Brian Cox
George Apperley 0-3 Mark White
David McDonnell 0-3 Barry Pinches

Third round (last 16)

Bradley Jones 2-3 Tony Drago
Aaron Canavan 0-3 (62) Gary Britton
John Y. Hunter (No Show) v Leo Fernandez
James O’Sullivan (70) 3-2 (69,117) Michael Judge

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Steven Waldron 2-3 (52) Robert Marshall
Simon Dent 3-0 Stephen Campbell
Gary Filtness 1-3 Brian Cox
Mark White 0-3 (83,68,57) Barry Pinches

Quarter finals

Tony Drago 3-2 Gary Britton

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Leo Fernandez 3-2 James O’Sullivan

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Robert Marshall 3-1 Simon Dent

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Brian Cox 1-3 (62, 74)  Barry Pinches

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Semi Finals

Tony Drago 2-3 Leo Fernandez

Robert Marshall (97) 1-3  (67, 135) Barry Pinches

The Final

Leo Fernandez 3-1 Barry Pinches

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And it was great to see Tony Drago competing again – and competing well – after the very serious health issues he suffered. Here he is interviewed by Jason Francis

World Seniors Championship 2019 – Qualifying event in Canada

All the results from Toronto (hopefully)

Some matches are streamed on facebook, on the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association page 

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Players got a very warm welcome and fans gathered to watch the games

Round 1 (last 64)

Lee Richardson 3 (60) – 1 Andrew Ellis
Levi Meiller 3-0 Jay Chelladurai
Joe Puliz 0-3 Floyd Ziegler
Sylvain Ethier 2-3 Frank Ammirante
Fernand Loyer 3-0 Rocky Wallace
Rajesh Mary 3-1 Jason Williams
Jonathan Wallace 0-3 Wes Martin
André Roy 3-1 John Barnas
Gerard Morisson 3-0 Ali Hassanpoor
Joris Maas 3-0 Charlie Brown
Prestley Bacchus 0-3 Paul Fleming
Chris Chan 0-3 Agim Edrenic
Salman Arif 3-1 Rob Waddell
Scott Tuttle 3-2 Tony Porto
John White 3-1 Dean Furey
Hans Blanckaert 3-1 Vince Chrysler

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Richard Emery 3-0 Anita Chan
Brian Melville 3-0 D Macgouren
Chris Wood 3-1 William Hamilton
Paul McCarthy 3-1 David Puddy
Ray Jansen 0-3 (103)  Ed Galati
Alan Whitfield v Ted Easton
Gary Hoover 1-3 Dan Bissonnette
Robert Chaperon (68) 3-0 Gus Langlois
D Claus v K Brown
Mario Veltman 0-3 Inderpal Lotey
Glen Armstrong 3-2 Charlie Rowden
Paul Neal 3-1 Gary Vosbugh
Rob Rick 1-3 Jerry Philips
John Brooks 3-1 Tony Hong
Christopher Purslow 1-3 Phil Snache
Roger Leighton (79) 3-1 Jim Gourlie

Round 2 (last 32)

Lee Richardson 2 (80) – 3 (68) Levi Meiller
Floyd Ziegler 3-1 Frank Ammirante
Fernand Loyer 3-2 Rajesh Mary
Wes Martin 2-3 André Roy
Gerard Morisson (53) 1-3 (72) Joris Maas
Paul Fleming 3-1 Agim Edrenic
Salman Arif 3-2 Scott Tuttle
John White (73) 3-0 Hans Blanckaert

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Richard Emery 3-0 Brian Melville
Chris Wood 3-2 Paul McCarthy
Ed Galati 2-3 (50)  Alan Whitfield
Derrick Claus 3-0 Inderpal Lotey
Dan Bissonnette  0-3 (84,65,62) Robert Chaperon
Glen Armstrong 3-2 Paul Neal
Jerry Philips 0-3 John Brooks
Phil Snache 3-2 Roger Leighton

Round 3 (last 16)

Levi Meiller 3-1 Floyd Ziegler
Fern Loyer (61) 3-1 André Roy
Joris Maas (53,53) 3-0 Paul Fleming
Salman Arif 1-3 John White

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Richard Emery 3-1 Chris Wood
Alan Whitfield (73) 3-2 Robert Chaperon
Derrick Claus 3-0 Glen Armstrong
John Brooks 0-3 Phil Snache

Quarter Finals

Levi Meiller 0-3 (69) Fern Loyer
Joris Maas (61, 102) 3-1 John White

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Richard Emery 2-3 Alan Whitfield
Derrick Claus 3-1 Phil Snache

Semi Finals

Fern Loyer 1-3 Joris Maas

Alan Whitfield 3-0 Derrick Claus

The Final

Joris Maas 3-2 Alan Whitfield

You can watch the Final again by following this link

Also, this event provided the opportunity for the WPBSA to honour the Canadian Greats.

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8th December 2018

The World Seniors Snooker Tour launched its latest qualifying event in Canada earlier this week with a players reception.

The ceremony was attended by several former Canadian snooker champions and was highlighted by a special presentation for two Canadian greats who have played a significant role in the growth of our sport.

First to be honoured was the late Bill Werbeniuk, the former world number eight being remembered fondly with stories from fellow Canadian great Cliff Thorburn and a video message from Dennis Taylor. His award was accepted on his behalf by the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association, one of many supportive members of the World Snooker Federation.

Also among those to be recognised was former Crucible semi-finalist Alain Robidoux, who travelled in from Montreal to accept his award in person from Cliff Thorburn. Stephen Hendry also sent a surprise video message to congratulate Alain and reminiscence over their previous time spent practising together.

The qualifying tournament itself runs from 7-9 December and is made up of 64 players including former British Open champion Bob Chaperon, all vying for a place at the final stages of next year’s World Seniors Snooker Championship.

They are honoured on the walls of the Corners Bank as well !

Where we stand with the High Break race … remember there is £5000 offered by Victor Woods Kia for the winner.

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