Dene O’Kane will represent Oceania at the WSS ROKiT World Championship 2019

Deane O'Kane

This was announced today by Jason Francis on social media:

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The Continent of Oceania will provide the final player in tomorrow’s draw for the 2019 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship with the announcement today that Former Professional Dene O’Kane from New Zealand is coming back to the Crucible.
Dene is no stranger to the hallowed home of snooker having reached the quarter-finals of the World Professional Championships in 1987 and 1992. He appeared in the world championships six times, but never in consecutive years. He first reached the top 32 in the world rankings for the 1985/1986 season, returning 3 years later. In 1991/1992 he reached his career high of 18. He remained in the top 32 until 1996/1997.
He said “I am delighted to be a part of the new ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour. I must say a tour like this is long overdue and will be the perfect platform for many ex-professional players to compete again together with new opportunities for amateur players in participating countries. To be going back to the Crucible in little over a month is a dream come true”
Dene completes a field of 20 players from 13 countries across 5 continents and goes into tomorrow’s draw which is coming live from the Crucible Theatre at 11am. Matches start at 10am on Thursday 15th August with the Champion be crowned on the evening of Sunday 18th.

To watch tomorrow draw live from 11am click on to
https://www.facebook.com/WorldSeniorsSnooker/

For tickets to see Dene play alongside legends such as Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor and many more go to
https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/snooker-seniors

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The draw will indeed be made tomorrow in Sheffield at 11 am. People who want to attend it life can come to the Crucible Corner on Tudor Square. There will be a press conference and opportunities for photographs. Amongst those present will be Joe Johnson (1986 World Champion), Reanne Evans (12 times and reigning Women World Champion and Daniel Blunn (winner of multiple WDBS events).

Chen Gang is the CBSA nominee for the WSS ROKiT World Championship 2019

This has been announced today on social media:

The ROKiT World Seniors Championships welcomes CHEN GANG from China. Chen is the nomination of the Chinese Billiard and Snooker Association. CBSA

Chen Gang

Chen owns a snooker club in Hefei Anhui province and coaches in the club.

Chen was asked what it means to him to play in the ROKiT World Seniors Championship? He said…

The Crucible Theatre is such a holy place for every snooker player. We have more and more players to play the professional snooker but not all of them has the opportunity to play at the Crucible, I never thought I would have this opportunity in my life, now I’m 42 years to get this opportunity, it’s more like a great encouragement for me after playing snooker over 20 years. I feel dreams can come true, I have no regrets for my persistence in this game these years. A great honour to show up in Crucible as a player. I will prepare for it, start to do exercises and adjust my daily schedule- get up early and go to bed early, and practice.

Chen joins the likes of Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and James Wattana in the quest for the title and £25,000 winners cheque. The Event runs from 15th-18th August and you can get your tickets here.
https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/snooker-seniors

Congratulations Chen Gang!

Stephen Hendry confirmed for the WSS ROKiT UK Championship 2019 in Hull

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Stephen Hendry has been confirmed as a player in the UK Seniors Snooker Championship in October.

Follow this link and scroll to 36.31 to hear what he has to say 

Also, following this interview Stephen has committed to more events:

Stephen Hendry – New Season, fresh start.

Last night, in an exclusive interview with BBC Radio Humberside Stephen Hendry confirmed his participation into the ROKiT UK Seniors Snooker Championship which will take place at the Bonus Arena in Hull on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October.

By his own admission the games most decorated World Champion hasn’t done himself justice on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour but today he has announced his participation for next season with a renewed focus to get back to winning ways. Following on from last night’s announcement on BBC Radio Humberside of his participation in the ROKiT Uk Seniors Championships in Hull, the King of the Crucible, has confirmed he will be competing in the One Frame Challenge in Liverpool in January, The Senior Masters in March, The British Open in Plymouth, the 6 Reds in Coleraine and the 2020 World Seniors Championship. If his Chinese Pool commitments allow he is also keen to line up in Goffs for the Senior Irish Masters, also in January.

The full interview with Sports Talk can be found here by scrolling to 36.31

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Stephen said
“I am really looking forward to committing to more events this year on the World Seniors Tour. It’s great to see the growth in the number of tournaments and I’m excited to get back on the table and compete again. I certainly haven’t performed to my best over the last few events, so I am keen to get some practice in this year and being competitive.”

Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour, said “I’m delighted we’re going to see Stephen on the tour again this season. Any line-up that includes his name excites snooker fans all over the world. He epitomises the description of a Snooker Legend”

For more details of where the tour is going click here
https://www.wpbsa.com/rokit-world-seniors-snooker-2019-20-…/

Stephens first appearance will be at this year’s ROKiT World Seniors World Championship which is being staged at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Stephen plays his first round at 2pm on Friday 16th August with tickets being made available here
https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/snooker-seniors

For tickets to see him play in Hull click this link
https://www.bonusarenahull.com/…/the-rokit-uk-seniors-snoo…/

For Liverpool its here
https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/world-seniors-snooker

For the 6 reds in Northern Ireland here
https://www.riversidetheatre.org.uk/…/rokit-6-red-world-sen…

and for Plymouth here
https://www.theticketstore.co.uk/online/default.asp…

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As an appetizer, you will find the images of last season event here

Ken Doherty is the defending Champion, will not get the opportunity to defend his title as he regained his full professional status this season.

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Credit Risks Solutions World Seniors UK Championship 2018

WSS ROKiT 2019 World Championship – Hendry, White and Canavan first matches schedule

Although the line-up isn’t complete, and the draw hasn’t yet been made, the schedule for the first matches involving Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and the defending champion Aaron Canavan has been announced:

Stephen Hendry, The King of the Crucible, will start his campaign in the World Seniors Crown on Friday 16th August at 2pm.

Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White will begin at 7pm on the very same day, Friday 16th August.

This promises to give fans the chance to see two legends of the game on the same day in the Crucible Theatre.

Defending Champion Aaron Canavan from Jersey starts his defence on Thursday 15th August at 7pm.

Tickets for all sessions can be secured here
https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/snooker-seniors

For some sessions the Crucible is filling very quickly, and for all sessions the first rows have already been booked completely. If you are interested don’t leave it too late!

Goodbye and good luck Barry Pinches, good luck Peter Lines

The WSS says goodbye to Barry Pinches, who graduated through the Q-School 2019, event 3 and is returning to the Main Tour for at least two more seasons. Despite countless “teasing” posts on social media, make no mistake, Barry will be missed on the WSS ROKiT Tour.

Congratulations, Barry and good luck!

Barry last played at the Crucible … last April, when he made the Final of the 2019 WSS ROKiT Masters, beating Stephen Hendry, and the reigning World Champion Aaron Canavan before losing on the re-spotted black to Joe Johnson. The way Barry played in that event was impressive and he took that form to the Q-school apparently!

Another graduate, is no other than Peter Lines, the first WSS World Champion, who having lost his tour card after the World Championship 2019, immediately returns, thanks to a very consistent campaign in the Q-School. Peter graduated through the Order of Merit.

Congratulations Peter and good luck!

Joe Swail joins the WSS ROKiT Tour

Joe Swail lost his professional status at the end of last season and has decided to compete on the Seniors tour this season, as reported by WPBSA

Swail to Compete on ROKiT World Seniors Tour

28th May 2019

Two-time former World Championship semi-finalist Joe Swail has announced his intention to compete on the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour next season.

Northern Ireland’s Swail was relegated from the professional World Snooker Tour at the end of the 2018/19 season following defeat to Joe O’Connor at April’s World Championship qualifiers. Known by his nickname ‘The Outlaw’ Swail decided not to attempt to regain his tour card through Q School and will instead switch his focus to providing coaching and competing on the Seniors circuit.

During his professional career Swail’s best performance was his run to the final of the 2009 Welsh Open, while he also reached a further nine ranking semi-finals, including at the 2000 and 2001 World Championship events.

Swail will now join a rapidly expanding Seniors circuit and will play for the right to compete at major events alongside the likes of seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry and former UK and Masters champion Jimmy White. The 49-year-old is already guaranteed to be in action at one major event following the decision to seed him through to the final stages of the ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship, to take place in Coleraine in June 2020 with a £20,000 ‘winner takes all’ top prize, won this year by White.

Jason Francis, World Seniors Snooker Chairman said: “It is testimony to the growth of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour during that has been such a short time that a player of Joe Swail’s calibre has chosen to join us for the new season. We have demonstrated over the past 12 months that there is a viable alternative for players of all ability once their professional career is at an end and we look forward to welcoming more players like Joe over the coming months.”

The ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship takes place at the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine from 5-6 June 2020. Tickets are now on sale HERE and include a meet and greet option with all the players.

Joe Swail will have to qualify for most events, but he has been given a seeded spot in the 2020 ROKiT 6-Red World Seniors Championship. This decision has not pleased everyone, with some regulars on the seniors tour arguing that Joe’s career doesn’t justify such privilege. Playing qualifiers doesn’t come cheap and players who are regulars invest a lot of money and efforts in the seniors tour. Someone seemingly getting “fast-tracked” isn’t going down well, understandably. However Joe isn’t given a “Legends” status, he’s given a seeded spot just for that one event, that will be held in his country, Northern Ireland. Joe is extremely popular in Northern Ireland, and his guaranteed presence at the venue, is also a guarantee to strongly attract the local audience and to help the success of the tournament as a whole. Commercially, it’s the right decision. This is beneficial to everyone involved in the WSS ROKiT Tour, a tour that is still in development and needs to grow its income to be able to further expand.

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