Coronavirus causes more calendar changes…

Jason Francis has today announced that the Seniors Irish Masters 2020, already postponed from March 2020 to July 2020, has now been posponed again and will be played in March 2021.

Here is Jason’s message on social media:

Following discussions with Goffs, and taking into account the current Irish Government advice and projections around events and social distancing we have decided to postpone the Senior Irish Masters due to be played in July 2020 until March 2021. We believe placing the event back in its original slot, albeit one year later, is the most sensible decision at this time . The event will be played with the same field and draw, the new dates are slightly changed now being played over Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th, with two sessions each day. All tickets remain valid to the corresponding session you booked for. We look forward to the Kildare roar in March 21 when we crown our champion with the Alex Higgins trophy.

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Also the WSS ROKiT Phones World Championship 2020, has been posponed by one week, starting now on August 19, 2020.

Crucible Legends Cup 2020 postponed.

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And here is why

The Betfred World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled, subject to government policy, to run from July 31st to August 16th at the Crucible Theatre.

Snooker’s biggest tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but following discussions with key stakeholders including Sheffield City Council, the BBC, Eurosport and Sheffield Theatres, new dates for the World Snooker Championship have been agreed.

The dates for the qualifying rounds have yet to be confirmed.

WST’s preference is to stage the event with a full crowd inside the iconic Crucible Theatre, which seats an audience of just under 1,000 spectators. If that is not possible, based on government advice at the time, WST will consider the following options:

Playing the event with a reduced crowd.

Playing the event behind closed doors.

Postponing the event to a later date again.

WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to confirm new dates for this huge global sporting event which has an international television audience of 500 million people. The world is going through a very challenging period but live sport can be a massive inspiration for the public and can boost morale. This gives fans of top class sport something on their calendar to look ahead to and enjoy for 17 days.

“It is crucial for our 128 tour players to know that we are doing everything we can to get our circuit going again as soon as it is considered safe to do so by the government. The players are self-employed and they need opportunities to earn, while we keep the health and safety of everyone involved in an event of this scale as a priority.

“In recent weeks we have had intricate negotiations with our key broadcasters including the BBC and Eurosport as well as the Crucible itself and Sheffield City Council. I would like to express my gratitude to all of them as we have progressed to a solution.

“Our sincere hope is that we are able to play the tournament with a full crowd as usual. This event means so much to the fans who have a golden ticket for the Crucible experience, and to the people of Sheffield. The players will desperately want to compete in the atmosphere that only a packed Crucible can generate.

“However if that is not possible then we will give careful consideration to each scenario.”

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, added: “The World Snooker Championship is one of Sheffield’s annual highlights, something the city looks forward to and is immensely proud of. Although it is disappointing that so many of our events have been cancelled or postponed it is also essential while we meet the current challenges.

“I’m pleased that the Championship has been rescheduled and I really hope that it can be celebrated at the Crucible Theatre in true Sheffield style, when it is safe to do so. We will continue to work with WST and support all decisions taken, to help them deliver the competition whilst keeping everyone safe.”

The top 16 seeds earn an automatic place at the Crucible, and they will be joined by the 16 players who come through the qualifying rounds.

Tickets for the final stages will be automatically transferred to the new dates. The policy for refunds will be announced separately. All ticket holders will be contacted directly by the Box Office in due course.

The Rokit World Seniors Snooker Championship, originally planned for the August 12th to 15th, will now be played between the 19th and 22nd August. All tickets will be transferred to that same corresponding session already booked for.

The Blue Ball Challenge – helping your Health Services

Ten days ago WPBSA published this:

Snooker Stars Potting for the NHS

3rd April 2020

 

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Leading snooker stars including 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham have taken part in the Blue Ball Snooker Challenge during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to raise money for the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

The initiative was the brainchild of World Seniors Snooker Chairman Jason Francis who challenged any players with snooker tables at home to try and pot ten difficult blue balls with people predicting how many they would get and donating to the NHS.

“It started as a bit of fun but its gone viral now with players having a go and raising money for our national health service in the UK,” said Francis. “This week alone we have had Stuart Bingham, Joe Perry and Kyren Wilson take part and our regular Facebook live videos have proved very popular with the snooker community.”

The initial goal was to raise £1,470 for a local NHS trust as a reference to snooker’s maximum 147 break – a target which was soon met within four days. Further targets have since been met for bodies including the London North West NHS Trust and Barts NHS Trust, with a Sheffield-based Trust set to be the next beneficiary in recognition of the city’s status as the home of snooker having hosted the professional World Snooker Championship since 1977.

Overseas players in Ireland have also taken up the challenge with €1,000 having been raised for its Health Service Executive.

“For as long as we remain in isolation, and players want to continue supporting this, we will continue,” added Francis. “It would be incredible if we could top £10,000 by the time we finish.”

For more information and to view the attempts so far visit the ROKit Phones World Seniors Snooker Facebook page.

The first to take the Challenge was our very own Gary Filtness who, remarkably, potted ten blues out of ten!

Since then the challenge has been taken by a lot of players, pros and amateurs, juniors and seniors, male and female, WSS, WDBS, WWS and main tour …

On Easter Day over £7000 had been raised for the NHS.

Also #blueballchallenge shirts have been created, featuring the name of the participating players and their score. Buying them is another way to support the health services. They are also available for kids. You will find more information by following this link ROKit Phones World Seniors Snooker Facebook page.

This is how they look like

Blue Ball Challenge shirt

 

ROKIT PHONES REVENTON QUALIFIER MAY 24-26 ADELAIDE CANCELLED

This was shared to day by World Seniors Snooker on social media

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF ABSC AUSTRALIA
ROKIT PHONES REVENTON QUALIFIER MAY 24-26 ADELAIDE CANCELLED

In light of recent developments in respect of the COVID-19 virus, the Board of the ABSC has resolved to cancel all national and open tournaments presently scheduled in the period up to 30 June 2020. Ultimately the health, safety and welfare of the players, officials and the community generally has to take precedence. The Board expects that its decision will be mirrored at a State & Territory level by its various Member States.
Any entry fees paid to date for any ABSC events will be refunded in full. We suggest you seek to obtain a refund or insurance payment for any travel expenses already incurred or defer and reuse the airfares in the future.
This decision also extends to players who are eligible to compete in tournaments overseas. At this time the ABSC will not support any player who wishes to travel internationally to play in tournaments.
The Board will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will advise of any change to its position as and when necessary.

Australia

 

ROKiT phones.com World Seniors 6 Reds Qualifying Event – Sheffield

The qualifying event for the WSS 6-reds World Championship

Sheffield Star Academy – 13-15 March, 2020

Six-reds rules apply:

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You can follow the event here

This is the draw:

First round (Last 48)

  1. Wayne Townsend 4-0 Chris Clarkson
  2. Ian Spawton 4-1 Andy Battams
  3. Markus Lord 1-4 Nickolas Neale
  4. James Ricardson 2-4 Philip Blackburn
  5. Mark Gray 4-1 Darren Barton
  6. Andy Papaiacovou – Mike Gillespie W/O
  7. Gary Skipworth W/0 – Simon Keenan
  8. Mark White 4-0 Adrain Atkins
  9. Ray Grail W/O – Ali Anwar
  10. Neil Carroll W/O – Dean Venables
  11. Anthony Massey W/O – Simone Zappi
  12. Johnny Stevens 1-4 Steve Bird
  13. Andrew Greaves W/O – Paul Stoves
  14. Steve Evans W/O – George Apperley
  15. Richard Wykes 4-0 David Gosling
  16. Dharmendra Patel 0-4 Adam Clarke

Last 32

Rodney Goggins – Wayne Townsend W/O
Ian Spawton 0-4 Michael Wrigley
Richard Emery 3-4 Nickolas Neale
Gary Filtness – Philip Blackburn W/O
Wayne Copper 3-4 Mark Gray
Cary Kikis – Mike Gillespie W//O
Lee S. Martin 4-1 Gary Skipworth
Mark White W/O – Lee Richardson
Michael Judge 4-0 Ray Grail
Neil Carroll 4-1 Dean Sycamore
Anthony Massey 3-4 Stuart Watson
Sean Lanigan 4-2 Steve Bird
Jonathan Bagley 4-2 Andrew Greaves
Jon Charlton 2-4 Steve Evans
Stephen Campbell 4-1 Richard Wykes
Adam Clarke 3-4

Last 16

Wayne Thownsend 4-1 Michael Wrigley
Nickolas Neale 4-0 Philip Blackburn
Mark Gray 4-2 Mike Gillespie
Lee S. Martin 2-4 Mark White
Michael Judge 4-1 Neil Caroll
Stuart Watson 4-2 Sean Lanigan
Jonathan Bagley 4-2 Steve Evans
Stephen Campbell 2-4 Patick Wallace

QFs

Wayne Townsend 3-4 Nickolas Neale
Mark Gray 4-3 Mark White
Michael Judge 4-2 Stuart Watson
Jonathan Bagley 4-1 Patrick Wallace

SFs

Nickolas Neale 0-4 Mark Gray
Michael Judge 4-2 Jonathan Bagley

The Final

Mark Gray 1-4 Michael Judge

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Congratulations Michael Judge!

Seniors n°1 and truly dominant at the moment!

The WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2020 Irish Masters is postponed.

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This statement has been issued today by Jason Francis:

STATEMENT
In light of the recent Corona-virus situation the Rokit World Seniors Snooker Tour and Goffs Bloodstock regretfully announce the postponement of the upcoming Senior Irish Masters Snooker. The event, due to take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March will now take place on Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August. All purchased tickets remain valid for the corresponding session, anyone wishing a refund should contact ticketmaster.ie
Player line up and match schedule to remain the same, subject to player availability

 

WSS 2020 British Open Qualifying Event in Clacton

The qualifying event for the WSS 2020 British Open was played at Pot Black, Clacton, next week-end. The winner of the event will play Jimmy White in Plymouth on April, 3, 2020.

The draw for this event is now available:

As well as the format:

British Open 2020 Qual Format

You will be able to follow the tournament here

Prelim matches

1 Adam Denham 2-3 Steve Field
2 Dharmendra Patel 0-3 George Apperley
3 John Palmer 3-2 Richard Wykes

Last 64

Rodney Goggins (Ire) –  Steven Porter Chell (Eng) W/O
Patsy Fagan (Ire) 3-2 Aidan Owens (Eng)
Lee S. Martin (Eng) 3-1 Boris Lazarov (Bul)
Wayne Townsend (Eng) 0-3 James O’Sullivan (Eng)
Richard Emery (Eng) 3-1 Dennis Tristram (Eng)
Dave Finbow (Eng) 3-0 Garry Coulson (Eng)
Michael Wrigley (Eng) 1-3 Steve Field
Matt Ford (Eng) 0-3 Stuart Watson (Eng)
Aaron Canavan (Jer) 3-0 Kevin Kelly (Jer)
Bal Sembi (Eng) 3-0 Ady Holley (Gue)
Tony Knowles (Eng) 3-0 George Apperley
Ray Grall (Eng) 0-3 Jon Charlton (Eng)
Les Dodd (Eng) 2-3 Johnny Stevens (Eng)
Gary Britton (Jer) W/0  Paul Reading
Neil Craycraft (Eng) 3-0 Dean Venables (Eng)
Neil Carroll (Eng) 0-3 Lee Richardson (Eng)

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Michael Judge (Ire) 3-0 John Palmer
Marcus Lord (Eng) 3-0 Daren Mirza (Eng)
Stephen Campbell (Eng) 3-0 Steve Bird (Eng)
Philip Blackburn (Eng) 1-3 Cary Kikis (Eng)
Gary Filtness (Eng) 3-0 David Brock (Eng)
Karl Townsend (Eng) 3-2 Gary Millar (Eng)
James Brown (Eng) W/0 – Mark Sutton (Eng)
Adrian Atkins (Eng) 0-3 Jonathan Bagley (Eng)
Wayne Cooper (Eng) 3-0 Simon Chandler (Eng)
Mark White (Eng) 3-0 Kevin Palmer (Eng)
Mark Ball (Eng) 3-1 Colin Mitchell (Eng)
Andrew Darken (Eng) 0-3 Sean Lanigan (Eng)
Dean Sycamore (Eng) 3-1 Ian Spawton (Eng)
Garoid O’Connor (Eng) 3-1 Anthony Massey (Eng)
Bradley Jones (Eng) 2-3 Mark Gray (Eng)
Patrick Wallace (Ire) 3-0 James Farrow (Eng)

Last 32

Steven Porter Chell 1-3 Patsy Fagan
Lee S.Martin 3-2 James O’Sullivan
Richard Emery 1-3 Dave Finbow
Steve Field 0-3 Stuart Watson
Aaron Canavan 3-1 Bal Sembi
Tony Knowles 3-2 Jon Charlton
Johnny Stevens 2-3 Gary Britton
Neil Craycraft 1-3 Lee Richardson

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Michael Judge 3-2 Marcus Lord
Stephen Campbell 3-2 Cary Kikis
Gary Filtness 1-3 Karl Townsend
James Brown 3-2 Jonathan Bagley
Wayne Cooper 3-2 Mark White
Mark Ball 2-3 Sean Lanigan
Dean Sycamore 0-3 Garoid O’Connor
Mark Gray 3-2 Patrick Wallace

Aaron Canavan missed the yellow after potting 15 reds with blacks in his match v Bal Sembi. 

Last 16

Patsy Fagan 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Dave Finbow 1-3 Stuart Watson
Aaron Canavan 3-2 Tony Knowles
Gary Britton 3-0 Lee Richardson

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Michael Judge 3-0 Stephen Campbell
Karl Twonsend 3-1 James Brown
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Sean Lanigan
Garoid O’Connor 2-3 Mark Gray

QFs

Patsy Fagan 3-2 Stuart Watson
Aaron Canavan 3-2 Gary Britton

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Michael Judge 3-0 Karl Townsend
Wayne Cooper 3-1 Mark Gray

SFs

Patsy Fagan 2-4 Aaron Canavan

Michael Judge 4-3 Wayne Cooper

The Final

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Aaron Canavan 2-4 Michael Judge

And there is also a Super Seniors event:

British Open 2020 Qual Format - Super Seniors

This is the last Super Seniors event of the season.

Preliminary matches

  1. Richard Emery 2-0 Neil Caroll
  2. Richard Wykes 0-2 Colin Mitchell

Last 16

Gary Filtness 2-0 Kevin Kelly
Gary Miller 1-2 Les Dodd
Steven Porter Chell 0-2 Tony Knowles
Richard Emery 2-1 Ray Grail

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George Apperley 0-2 Dharmendra Patel
Steve Field 0-2 David Brock
Colin Mitchell 2-1 Dennis Tristram
Patsy Fagan – Ian Spawton W/O

QFs

Gary Filtness 2-0 Les Dodd
Tony Knowles 1-2 Richard Emery

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Dharmendra Patel 0-2 David Brock
Colin Mitchell 2-0 Ian Spawton

SFs

Gary Filtness 2-0 Richard Emery

David Brock 0-2 Colin Mitchell

This SF win means that it’s Gary Filtness who will play in the 6-reds Championship in Coleraine in June. In fact Gary needed just one frame.

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Here is Gary’s reaction right after the match. It says everything about how much it matters for those players. The competive beast in them never dies!

The Final

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Gary Filtness 2-1 Colin Mitchell

An emotional Gary dedicated his win to Billy O’Connor:

Gary Filtness tribute to Billy O'Connor

Billy O’Connor was a talented young snooker player, and even more than that, a remarkable young person, who was taken away by ilness at the age of 18. Billy never stopped to fight, and never stopped to smile. He was managed by The Grove, for years Ronnie O’Sullivan’s management and he often played at Upton Park with Gary. Very ill himself, in his last months Billy was still playing snooker and trying to raise money to support fellow teenagers sufferers.

Here is the tribute written by WPBSA  when Billy passed away.

WSS Seniors British Open 2020 news

The Seniors British Open 2020 will be played in Plymouth on 3 and 4 April 2020.

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The match ups for the upcoming ROKiT Phones.com Senior British Open which will be staged at the Plymouth Pavilions on the 3rd and 4th April, are as follows:

Opening the event on Friday 3rd at 7pm will be 7 times World Snooker Champion and 4 times former British Open Champion Stephen Hendry who will play 1985 World Snooker Champion Dennis Taylor. That match is followed by another cracker as the current World Seniors Snooker Champion, and former two time British Open Winner Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White plays an amateur player who will come from a event in March.

All the legends will attend a VIP champagne reception before these matches start so a great opportunity to grab an autograph and photo.

On Saturday morning at 10am the four other remaining players do battle. Former World Number 2 Tony Knowles plays 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson and 1991 World Champion John Parrott plays 1980 World Champion Cliff Thorburn.

The afternoon session will see both semi finals contested and the final will be played that evening with one of our players klifting the trophy.

A pre-final VIP champagne reception is also available to purchase which includes a chance to meet all our legends PLUS our guest of honour… 6 times World Snooker Champion Ray Reardon.

You can grab the tickets by going to

https://www.theticketstore.co.uk/online/default.asp…

The full schedule is

Friday 3rd April @ 7pm
Stephen Hendry v Dennis Taylor
Jimmy White v (Amateur tbc)

Saturday 4th April @10am
Joe Johnson v Tony Knowles
John Parrott v Cliff Thorburn

Saturday 4th April @ 2.30pm
Winner Match 2 v Winner Match 4
Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 3

Saturday 4th April @ 7.00pm
The Final

Vip Packages are available for Friday and Saturday night sessions

The one amateur in the draw will be the winner of the qualifying event, played at Pot Black Clacton, next week-end. 

The draw for this event is now available:

PRELIM MATCHES

1 Adam Denham v Steve Field
2 Dharmendra Patel v George Apperley
3 John Palmer v Richard Wykes

Left Half

Rodney Goggins (Ire) v Steven Chell (Eng)
Patsy Fagan (Ire) v Aidan Owens (Eng)
Lee Martin (Eng) v Boris Lazarov (Bul)
Wayne Townsend (Eng) v James O’Sullivan (Eng)
Richard Emery (Eng) v Dennis Tristram (Eng)
Dave Finbow (Eng) v Garry Coulson (Eng)
Michael Wrigley (Eng) v prelim 1
Matt Ford (Eng) v Stuart Watson (Eng)
Aaron Canavan (Jer) v Kevin Kelly (Jer)
Bal Sembi (Eng) v Ady Holley (Gue)
Tony Knowles (Eng) v prelim 2
Ray Grall (Eng) v Jon Charlton (Eng)
Les Dodd (Eng) v Johnny Stevens (Eng)
Gary Britton (Jer) v Paul Reading
Neil Craycraft (Eng) v Dean Venables (Eng)
Neil Carroll (Eng) v Lee Richardson (Eng)

Right Half

Michael Judge (Ire) v prelim 3
Marcus Lord (Eng) v Daren Mirza (Eng)
Stephen Campbell (Eng) v Steve Bird (Eng)
Philip Blackburn (Eng) v Cary Kikis (Eng)
Gary Filtness (Eng) v David Brock (Eng)
Karl Townsend (Eng) v Gary Millar (Eng)
James Brown (Eng) v Mark Sutton (Eng)
Adrian Atkins (Eng) v Jonathan Bagley (Eng)
Wayne Cooper (Eng) v Simon Chandler (Eng)
Mark White (Eng) v Kevin Palmer (Eng)
Mark Ball (Eng) v Colin Mitchell (Eng)
Andrew Darken (Eng) v Sean Lanigan (Eng)
Dean Sycamore (Eng) v Ian Spawton (Eng)
Garoid O’Connor (Eng) v Anthony Massey (Eng)
Bradley Jones (Eng) v Mark Gray (Eng)
Patrick Wallace (Ire) v James Farrow (Eng)

The qualifying event will be covered on this blog as it unfolds of course.

Awesome three join the WSS board

This was announced today by WPBSA

New Appointments to World Seniors Board

28th February 2020

ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker has announced that three new directors have been appointed to its board.

Current Chairman Jason Francis and director Jason Ferguson will be joined by John Parrott, David Murray and Rohit Sagoo, who will all support the next development phase of the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour.

Former world champion John Parrott has been a regular competitor on the circuit since its inception and joins as a non-executive player director to provide assistance and advice on playing matters. David Murray, a former BBC Sport Executive and now television and media consultant joins to assist in maximising the opportunities for people to enjoy watching snooker’s former greats who remain entertaining and highly competitive to this day.

Rohit Sagoo, a strategic appointment who is also a Lecturer at City, University of London who with the cooperation of the WPBSA has previously published a number of research studies including most recently a study which sought to evaluate the benefits of playing snooker to an older person’s well-being. Sagoo, a London based British Asian is keen to find more ways to use snooker to improve mental health and wellbeing. Sagoo has a vision to bring together people living in isolation in the areas where World Seniors Snooker events are staged, delivering a positive impact on local communities.

Jason Francis, ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Chairman said: “Having spearheaded this project together with Jason Ferguson for the past two years it has become clear that we needed to add further specialist expertise to our board to help us to take the Tour to the next level and beyond.

“I am as excited today for the future of the Tour as I was at the very start. I am particularly excited about these three new strategic appointments, which will provide us with a safe platform to steer the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour. Providing opportunities for players who are approaching retirement from the main tour, as well as continuing to provide an opportunity for any player of any gender over 40 to engage in sport is our priority. Our message is clear, no matter of age or gender, the opportunity is here to pick up a cue and stand on top of the world.”

This is certainly good news for the World Seniors Snooker Tour.

The inception of David Murray shows a strong will to get more of the Seniors competitions on our screens, be it television, tablet or computer… Being more visible can only boost sponsorship and, with it, earning opportunities for the players.

The WSS tour has always had the vocation to be as inclusive as possible. It has attracted players from various abilities, and a number of WDBS players have been competing on the WSS tour as well as on the WDBS tour. For now though, entries from female players have been very rare. That’s just an example of an area where Rohit Sagoo vision and experience could help to make this tour even more inclusive.

No need of course to introduce John Parrott … 😉