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 … 😉

WSS ROKiT Phones.com Masters 2020 – Q1 in Coulsdon

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The first qualifying event for the 2020 Seniors Masters was played in Coulsdon from 7 to 9 February 2020

Here is the draw (from last 64)

And the format

Masters Q1 Coulsdon format

You will be able to follow the tournament here.

Preliminary matches: 

  1. Jonathan Wallace 1-3 James Farrow
  2. Steve Bird 3-0 Daren Mirza
  3. Colin Mitchell 2-3 James Brown
  4. Steve Waldron  Ady Holley W/O
  5. Mark Gray 3-0 Philip Blackburn

Last 64:

  1. Rodney Goggins W/O Matt Ford
  2. Dean Venables 0-3 Patsy Fagan
  3. James O’Sullivan 3-1 Richard Wykes
  4. Boris Lazarkov 0-3 Tony Knowles
  5. Rory Mc Leod 3-0 Steve Field
  6. Ian Spawton 0-3 Garry Coulson
  7. Mark White 1-3 James Farrow
  8. Steve Bird 2-3 Richard Emery
  9. Jonathan Bagley 3-1 Dennis Tristram
  10. Bal Sembi 3-1 Kevin Palmer
  11. Mark Ball 3-0 Neil Carroll
  12. Andrew Darken 0-3 Sean Lanigan
  13. Tony Corrigan 3-2 Nickolas Neale
  14. Stephen Campbell 3-2 Paul Burrell
  15. Andrew Grieves 3-0 Dharmendra Patel
  16. James Brown 3-2 Aaron Canavan
  17. Leo Fernandez 2-3 Wayne Townsend
  18. Bradley Jones 3-0 Ray Grail
  19. Cary Kikis 3-0 Ady Holley
  20. Adam Ashley 1-3 Dean Sycamore
  21. Wayne Cooper 3-0 Adam Denham
  22. Neal Jones 3-0 Keith Thomas
  23. Neil Craycraft 3-2 David Brock
  24. D. O’Sullivan 0-3 Gary Filtness
  25. Stuart Watson 3-2 Mark Sutton
  26. Michael Wrigley 3-1 George Apperley
  27. Karl Townsend 0-3 Mark Gray
  28. Adrian Atkins 1-3 Jon Charlton
  29. Andrew Milliard 3-1 Anthony Massey
  30. Garoid O’Connor 3-0 John Palmer
  31. Gary Skipworth 3-0 Stevie Carroll
  32. Lee Richardson 3-2 Kevin Kelly

Last 32:

Rodney Goggins 3-0 Patsy Fagan
James O’Sullivan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Rory McLeod 3-0 Garry Coulson
James Farrow 3-1 Richard Emery
Jonathan Bagley 3-0 Bal Sembi
Mark Ball 2-3 Sean Lanigan
Tony Corrigan 3-2 Stephem Campbell
Andrew Greaves 0-3 James Brown
Wayne Townsend 3-2 Bradley Jones
Cary Kikis 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Neal Jones
Neil Craycraft 3-2 Gary Filtness
Stuart Watson 3-1 Michael Wrigley
Mark Gray 3-1 Jon Charlton
Andrew Milliard 3-2 Garoid O’Connor
Gary Skypworth 2-3 Lee Richardson

Last 16:

Rodney Goggins 3-1 James O’Sullivan
Rory McLeod 3-0 James Farrow
Jonathan Bagley 3-2 Sean Lanigan
Tony Corrigan 2-3 James Brown
Wayne Townsend 3-2 Cary Kikis
Wayne Cooper 3-1 Neil Craycraft
Stuart Watson 3-1 Mark Gray
Andrew Milliard 3-2 Lee Richardson

QFs:

Rodney Goggins 1-3 Rory McLeod
Jonathan Bagley 1-3 James Brown
Wayne Townsend 1-3 Wayne Cooper
Stuart Watson 3-1 Andrew Milliard

SFs:

Rory McLeod 4-1 James Brown
Wayne Cooper 4-0 Stuart Watson

The Final

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Rory McLeod 3-4 Wayne Cooper

Centuries:

125 Rory McLeod (L32)
111 Bal Sembi (L64)
107 Stuart Watson (QF)
102 Jonathan Bagley (L64)

Super Seniors Event 4

Preliminary match:

Ray Grail 0-2 Richard Wykes

Last 16:

Patsy Fagan 2-1 Dharmendra Patel
Tony Knowles 2-0 Keith Thomas
Steve Field 2-0 Andrew Darken
Richard Wykes 0-2 Richard Emery
George Apperley 0-2 David Brock
Dennis Tristram 2-0 Neil Caroll
Kevin Kelly 0-2 Gary Filtness
Colin Mitchell 2-1 Ian Spawton

QFs

Patsy Fagan 1-2 Tony Knowles
Steve Field 1-2 Richard Emery
David Brock 0-2 Dennis Tristram
Gary Filtness 2-1 Colin Mitchell

SFs

Tony Knowles 2-0 Richard Emery
Gary Filtness 2-0 Dennis Tristram

The Final

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Gary Filtness 2-0 Tony Knowles

All detailed results for the Super SEniors Event 4 are available here

WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2020 World Championship tickets go on sale today

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This was shared today on social media by Jason Francis:

On sale now! At 12 noon tickets for the 2020 ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Championship went on sale. Link here

https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/roki-t-phones-com-world-seniors-snooker-championship?fbclid=IwAR0sdTY_ACa36Lkx8J8Re-cbyrjxn169xPmcuz9gA8bDc8p7q_XAyVHVMno

16 of the best over 40 Snooker Players in the World go head to head for the trophy won last year by Jimmy White. Jimmy is back amongst a stellar field which includes Stephen Hendry, John Parrott and James Wattana to defend his title. The Event runs from the 13th – 15th August.
The opening session, with a players meet and greet VIP, will be “The Legends Cup” from 6pm on the 12th August
Willie Thorne, Cliff Thorburn, Joe Johnson and Dennis Taylor game go head to head in our event opener, an evening of fun and nostalgia with a trophy for our champion. A special trick shot cabaret from John Virgo will also be performed.

Get your tickets quick!

Seniors News From Malta

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The 2020 WSF Open in Malta has reached the knockout stage, with several WSS players doing well and still competing after the group stage was completed yesterday.

You can see all the tournament results and future fixtures by following  this link. 

In the last 64 …

Nickolas Neale will play 14 years old Iulian Boiko from Ukraine

Stuart Watson will play the winner of Jeremy Lee v Jenson Kendrick

Wayne Townsend will play 20 years old Brian Ochoiski from France

Tony Drago and Rory McLeod will face each other. Tony won all three of his group matches. It’s great to have him back playing well. Remember, he missed the inaugural WSF event in Malta in 2018, as he was then critically ill.

Leo Fernandez was very unlucky. He didn’t come in Malta in the best possible shape having suffered a hand injury a couple of weeks ago, and to make things worse, his luggage, including his cue arrived only when the group stages were already well unerway. As a result, he managed to win only one match, which wasn’t enough.

Stuart Watson and Rory McLeod reached the last 16