Goodbye David Lilley, and good luck!

David Lilley is leaving the WSS ROKiT tour … because he has just qualified for the main tour and earned himself a two years professional card. It has been a long time coming, and we surely wish him all the best for the coming season.

In the Q-School event 1, David has defeated Barry Lee (4-1), Stephen Kershaw (4-1), Adam Duffy (4-2), Rodion Judin (4-0), Si Jiahui (4-1) and Sean Maddockx (4-0) to gain his professional status.

Congratulations David Lilley, and good luck!

There were a number of players involved in the event.

Amongst them, other than David, Lee Richardson and Barry Pinches did well and reached round 4.

All the results of the Q-school 2019 Event 1 are available on snooker.org

 

Bob Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion

When the WSS tour went to Toronto in December last year, the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association stressed how important this event was in the context of one of their main goals, namely to put snooker firmly back in the picture in Canada.

Now, a few months later, the Canadian National Snooker Championship  attracted over 50 players at the same venue, the Corner Bank in Toronto, and it was won by Bob Chaperon, a former prominent professional, and one of the competitors in Toronto last December. They also held a Canadian Seniors Snooker Championship which was won by no other than Cliff Thorburn.

It’s worth noting that when Bob Chaperon won the English Open in 1990, his opponent in the final was Alex Higgins. Bob beat Alex by 10-8 and this was Alex  last ever ranking final.

Here is the report by WPBSA

Chaperon Is Canadian Snooker Champion Again

22nd May 2019

Bob Chaperon was back lifting silverware earlier this month after winning the Canadian National Snooker Championship for the second time – an amazing 38 years on from his maiden triumph in the competition.

The event was once again held at the Corner Bank in Toronto, a club part-owned by another prominent former Canadian professional player, Jim Wych. Over 50 players from Ontario and beyond travelled to the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association’s most prestigious event that has been claimed in the past by national greats Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk, Kirk Stevens, Alain Robidoux, Alex Pagulayan and Wych himself.

Defending champion and former Crucible qualifier Brady Gollan – whose two victories in this event also came 30 years apart – was an early casualty when he lost to Lobsang Lama 4-3 in his opening match. Lama followed this up with wins against Amar Sadig (5-0), Steve West (5-2) and Derrick Claus (5-3) to reach the final for the first time.

Chaperon, surprise winner of the 1990 British Open, dropped just a frame during rounds one and two but he had a tougher time dispatching three-time champion Floyd Ziegler, 5-3, in the last 16. The 60-year-old then eliminated youngster Edward Ling 5-2 in the quarter-finals and John Everekian was given the same treatment in the next round.

In a meeting of varying scales of experience, the opening four frames of the final were shared before Chaperon established an advantage and moved one away from victory at 5-2. A determined Lama refused to give in, forcing a deciding frame after a trio of frames for himself, but Chaperon regrouped in the eleventh to get his hands back on the trophy that he first lifted in 1981. The former world number 25 pocketed $4,000 for his work; he also made the highest break of 120 earlier on in the tournament.

In the proceeding Canadian National Seniors Championship at the same venue, 1980 world champion Thorburn defeated last year’s victor Ziegler, 4-2, in the final to claim the title.

2019 Canadian National Snooker Championship

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

Lobsang Lama 5-2 Steve West

Derrick Claus 5-0 Ricky Leon

Alan Whitfield 3-5 John Everekian

Bob Chaperon 5-2 Edward Ling

Losers each received $800

Semi-Finals

Lama 5-3 Claus

Everekian 2-5 Chaperon

Losers each received $1,500

Final

Lama 5-6 Chaperon

Lama received $2,700 / Chaperon received $4,000

 

Vienna Open 2019

Three “Senior” players – Lee Richardson, Matt Couch and Stephane Ochoiski – were involved in the Vienna Open 2019. The Vienna Open is a pro-am that attracts quite a strong filed every year. This time it was won by Mark Joyce, who had a 147 en route to the title. Lee and Matt had t play each other in the last 32 and in the last 16, “The Shirt” ran into the eventual winner!

here are the results:

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Congratulations to Mark Joyce!

ViennaOpen19Winner

Willie Thorne will be back at the Crucible

Willie Thorne will play in the WSS ROKiT World Championship in August.

It was confirmed on twitter earlier today:

Delighted to say Willie Thorne will be keeping his clothes on as he plays snooker again at the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre between 14-18th August tickets here

Not sure this gear complies with the dress code though 🤔

Welcome James Wattana!

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James Wattana, a legend of the game, and a hero in his country, Thailand, has been confirmed to play in the UK Seniors Snooker Championship next October.

James Wattana – Ratchapol Pu-Ob-Orm – was born in 1970, in Bangkog, Thailand.

James Wattana won his first major tournament, the Thailand Masters, in 1986, aged only 16. He turned professional in 1989, after winning the 1988 World Amateur Championship. He played as a  professional between 1989 and 2008. Since 2009, he is playing on the main tour thanks to an “invitational tour card” . His highest ranking position was n°3 during the 1994/1995 season.

He made three 147 during his career. The second of them, at the British Open, was back then, at seven minutes and nine seconds, the fastest ever made

He has won three ranking tournaments – the 1992 Strachan Open and the Thailand Open in 1994 and 1995. He reached a ranking final of  five more occasions. He also won seven non-ranking events and, notably, was runner-up at the Masters in 1993: he lost 9-5 to Stephen Hendry. He reached the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship on two occasions, in 1993 and 1997.

James Wattana’s success helped raise the profile of the game in the Asia, and has inspired  into the game many players from Thailand, Hong Kong, and China. He is a Commander Third Class of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, only the second sportsman to receive the country’s most prestigious civilian honour.

 

 

Michael Judge dares to dream …

Last Monday Michael Judge didn’t even know that he would be playing in the World Championship 2019 qualifiers. He only was invited because Zhang Jankiang was denied his visa and had to withdraw.

We are one week later and now, he’s won two matches, beating Peter Lines and Xiao Guodong, both in a deciding frame and he’s going to play James Cahill in the last round for a possible place at the Crucible! James is an amateur as well, and this will be the first time ever that an amateur will play in the World Championship main event at the Crucible.

Here are all the results so far!

WC2019QualsDay1ResultsWC2019QualsDay2ResultsWC2019QualsDay3ResultsWC2019QualsDay4ResultsWC2019QualsDay5Results

The other “Seniors” involved didn’t – or don’t – do badly!

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty both won their first match and will play their second round match today. Jimmy is facing Ali Carter, Ken play Scott Donaldson.

David Lilley lost to Eden Sharav in round one, but the match was close. The final score was 10-7.

Jonathan Bagley really struggled with the conditions – very unfamiliar ones for him – during the first session. He progressively improved, but taming a heavy scorer like Thepchaya Un-nooh isn’t easy for anyone. The first session ended on as 8-1 score in favor of “Theppy”. Jonathan did himself proud though: in the second session he battled in true gladiator style and took three frames. He lost by 10-4 eventually but with honors!