Assetereum World Seniors Masters 2018 – Cliff Thorburn is your Champion!

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!

David Caulfield made an excellent account of Cliff’s triump on his blog

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:

Quarter Finals

Semi Finals and Final 

Aaron Canavan beaten by Robert Milkins at the World Championships 2018 Qualifiers

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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.

 

Aaron Canavan will play Robert Milkins in the first round of the World Championship Qualifiers

Worldsnooker has published the draw and format for the World Championship 2018 Qualifiers.

Click here for the draw

Click here for the format

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.

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Full World Q6 results and latest Seniors ranking.

Here are the full results of Q6 in Beijing

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After the completion of World Q6 in Beijing, we have 49 new entries on the world seniors ranking list, with two Chinese players getting into the top 16!

Those are the top guys in the list

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For the full list click here 

21-1p10gk602137The top Chinese player, Cao Kaisheng was born on August 16th 1974 in Nanjing City He is  a former body builder! In 2012 at the Zhang Jiagang APTC, Cao defeated Stephen Maguire.  His high tournament break is 142

Patrick Wallace wins in Glasgow and qualifies for the World Championship 2018

Patrich Wallace won the World Q3 in the Ballroom, in Glasgow, yesterday and will be back in Scunthorpe in March at the Seniors World Championship 2018.

Patrick defeated David Liley in the final

It was a great week-end in a fantastic club. A lot of action was streamed on Facebook, but living it live is somthing else. The next qualifying event is scheduled on December 1-3, 2017, in Carlow, Ireland and will allow someone who dares to dream to play a Legend in Goffs in January. Why not come along?

You can watch the final here again: