Age is just a number …

This actually is not about the World Senior Tour, it’s not even about snooker, but it’s about a Legend in the world of billiards sports… and I couldn’t resist sharing this.

Why? Because it’s about a very, very “senior” player, a Legend of billiards, who proves once again that as long you have the hunger and the passion, age is just a number and dreams do come true.

Do you know Raymond Ceulemans? Ridder (Knight)  Raymond Ceulemans from Belgium has won 35 World Championship titles (23 in three-cushion and 12 in other various carom disciplines), 48 European titles (23 in three-cushion) and 61 national titles. He will turn 81 on July 12, in about three weeks from now, and, you know what? He just won yet another tournament, the “Trophy of the Legends”, last week-end!

Trophy of the Legends

So if you are in your forthies, you have plenty of time ahead of you to dream, play and win!

And this was the score

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Now if you have no clue about three-cushion, here is a “crash course” about it, on wikipedia.

It’s a very, very skillful game, believe me. A High Run of 10 in a match isn’t at all common, an average of 1.379 is excellent, it’s at the level of very good “main tour” players.

If you’ve never watched this game, here is a short (by 3-cushion standards!)  video shared by Marco Zanetti, one of the best players in the World, and certainly one of the most creative in the field.

And this is slightly longer, showing Raymond in action in Chicago , 20 years ago

I hope you enjoy them…

Here is Raymond profile on Wikipedia

An interview with Jimmy White

Earlier this month, Jimmy, the reigning Seniors UK Champion was in Ireland to play Ronnie O’Sullivan in three exhibitions. He was interviewed by Conor Sharkey.

There are a couple of inaccuracies in this article, notably the fact the Stephen Hendry retired well before Steve Davis did, but Jimmy’s quotes are very interesting all the same.

Here it is from the Donegal News

Two things attracted my attention.

Jimmy states this is his last year as a pro. Now, what does that mean? I would be very surprised if he was willing to retire, he’s the type you have to scrape off the table! So what then? Is he possibly determined to concentrate on the Seniors Tour exclusively? Is he expecting the invitational tour cards to disappear now that the Seniors Tour is growing and seniors players are offered their own set of tournaments to play in?

Jimmy’s assessment of the current players isn’t exactly all positive. In fact it’s pretty damning in some aspects. He’s questioning their motivation and desire, including when talking about Ding and Trump. He states that most current players’ game is incomplete, some aspects are poor or missing and they don’t cope with longer formats well. The last bit of course isn’t helped by the fact that the “standard” format nowadays is the best of 7. He’s clearly not impressed with what he perceives as being most players mentality. I think he’s a bit too harsh actually. Many do struggle badly financially and that’s hard to put that off your mind when bills await to be paid. Rookies face a top 64 player in first round more often than not and get nothing for their efforts if they lose, even if they played well, gave their more experienced opponent a good game and entertained the audience. I’m not sure that this system is a great “motivator”.

Great interview with Stephen Hendry

A bit by chance, I stumbled upon this great interview by Stephen Hendry. It was recorded at the Crucible during the last World Championship

Amongst other things Stephen talks about the book he has coming. This book is available for pre-order on amazon: here is the link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Me-Table-Stephen-Hendry/dp/1786065681

He also touches on various subjects like the decline of snooker, at least when it comes to getting young people to play in the UK, why Barry Hearn’s plans to clamp on slow play aren’t quite right or realistic, and why we shouldn’t expect a return to competition on the main tour, although he definitely wants to play on the Seniors tour.

 

WPBSA World Seniors Tour and RIBSA collaboration

This was published on Thursday by WPBSA

World Seniors and RIBSA Announcement

14th June 2018

World Seniors Snooker (WSS) and the Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association (RIBSA) have today announced a new cooperation agreement in respect of events to be staged by both organisations this season.

Through the latest agreement which underlines the commitment of WSS to supporting snooker’s national federations, RIBSA will be granted two places to all WSS qualifiers staged in the Republic of Ireland over the coming season.

RIBSA will further be granted a place in next January’s Seniors Irish Masters for their nominated over 40s champion, while RIBSA will also run a Cue Zone open to all visitors at the event to be held at the iconic Goffs venue.

There will also be opportunities created for RIBSA appointed referees to officiate at the WSS qualifiers in Letterkenny and Celbridge, as well as the opportunity to work with Michaela Tabb at the Seniors Irish Masters.

In line with its commitment to snooker’s national federations, WSS can confirm that all Irish Nationals who participate in any WSS qualifying event must be a member of RIBSA.

Any over 40s players interested in playing on the WSS Tour can enter HERE.

I do like the idea of having a cue zone at the Irish Masters in Goffs.

John Parrott confirmed for the World Seniors UK 2018 in Hull

Another Legend, John Parrot has been confirmed for the World Seniors UK Championship 2018 in Hull next October. Mark the dates: 22 to 25 of October 2018. he joins the defending Champion Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and Joe Johnson …

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This promises to be a great event, with the right mix of competitiveness and entertainment.

and there is also an opportunity to play golf with some legends in this place …

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Longevity …

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Today, this man, the World Seniors UK Champion, reached 37 years, 7 months, 3 days & counting at the service of professional snooker, overcoming Steve Davis longevity record.

It’s quite remarkable! Congratulations Jimmy!

David Hendon stated that Fred Davis was a pro for 57 years, so Jimmy has some way to go. Fred Davis 57 years playing longevity is a fact, but nobody would be able to stay a pro nowadays not going past R1 in any ranking event for 12 seasons and being ranked n°259. Fred Davis, a great player, had an extraordinary career, and deserves every credit for still playing at 80, but the situations aren’t comparable.