Here is the line-up for the event that will see the top 16 amateurs (season 2017/18) do battle in Newbury …
Congratulations Cliff Thorburn
Assetrereum World Seniors Masters 2018 Champion
Cliff beat Jonathan Bagley by 2-0 in the Final to lift the John Spencer Trophy … the same John Spencer who had beaten him in the first ever World Final at the Crucible, 41 years ago!
Here is an excerpt with Cliff’s quotes … to say that it meant a lot is a huge understatement!
The 1980 world champion said: “It’s very meaningful for me being back here at the Crucible. Jonathan actually beat me the last few times but I just felt good being here – there are lots of good memories here.”
“I’m 70 now and I get a little nervy but I’m just so proud to win the first John Spencer Trophy. John helped me to turn pro and he was a great friend for all of my life, he was a classy individual.”
And here are all the images I took at the event:
Yesterday evening, the Assetereum Seniors Masters 2018 was “launched” at the Mercure St Paul in Sheffield… there were Legends aplenty at the gala dinner attended by all the players.
Mike Watterson, the man without whom the World Championship wouldn’t be synonim of “Crucible”, was amongst the guests and was duly honoured.
The evening had everything, good food, laugher, quizzes and a karaoke…
This is what the tournament has in store for the fans and the players today…
Robert Milkins, a professional since 1995, who was once ranked as high as 13th in the world, had too much experience for Aaron who was competing in his first ever professional match. Robert eventually beat Aaron by 10-1. But the match wasn’t as one-sided as the score suggests. During the first half of the match, Aaron competed really well, in particular in the tactical department. However he didn’t have Robert’s scoring power and struggled with the pace of the table that was … too slow! Indeed, in preparation of this match, Aaron had practiced on a very fast table. Yesterday, in the English Institute of Sports, its was chilly and damp, and the tables were playing slow (this was told to me by both Aaron and Robert independently).
Disappointment obviously, but a great experience nonetheless.
Worldsnooker has published the draw and format for the World Championship 2018 Qualifiers.
Aaron Canavan, the Seniors World Champion will face Robert Milkins on the very first day of the competition over best of 19, two sessions: 11th of April, 10 am and 7pm (UK time). Best of luck Aaron. Should he win, Scott Donaldson or Tyler Rees would be waiting next.
It was an amazing event!
Aaron Canavan is your Champion!
Jason Francis took the opportunity to share some good news about next season. Here they are:
Assetereum World Seniors. We have some amazing facts so far! Over 500 players have entered the qualifiers this season. Peter Lines has flown the flag for our event, a very worthy Champion.
A minimum of 5 Senior events this coming season!
New opportunities for our Champions and we have qualifiers in Hong Kong and New York already lined up
Entry fee cut to £50, halved! We have joined with WDBS with a free place for their nominated player. Ladies are also now playing in our Tour
Ranking list will be official under WPBSA. £5500 on offer for top 16 at the end of the season Shootout
Lastly, next year at the end of the season we will have an event for the top 16 of the Tour and we will take them back to the Norbrek Castle where it all started for so many…
Willie Thorne who already was forced to withdraw from the Assetereum Seniors World Championship earlier this month, is still suffering from serious back problems. He will need to undergo a back surgery and is unable to play at the Crucible in less than two weeks. Tony Knowles replaces him in the draw.