The King returns to the Crucible

Following the announcements made yesterday regarding Stephen Hendry’s commitment to play in the Seniors tour, here is what the Yorkshire Evening Post wrote about it:

Crucible legend Hendry will make playing return in Sheffield as he joins Seniors

Henfry, King of the Crucible

Tour Stephen Hendry who dominated snooker in the Nineties.

RICHARD HERCOCK  Published: 22:27 Thursday 12 July 2018

Stephen Hendry is set for an emotional playing return at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. The 49-year-old retired from snooker in 2012 after a glittering career, which included a record seven World Championship titles and 27 consecutive appearances in Sheffield. But the Scot has signed up to play on this season’s World Seniors Tour.

Hendry will compete at the UK Championship, at Hull’s Bonus Arena, on October 24-25 before travelling to Belfast for the World Seniors Six Reds event in March. But it is his return to the Crucible – for the Sheffield Masters next April – that will evoke memories of his golden years at the home of snooker.

Hendry dominated the snooker circuit in the Nineties, and admitted: “There’s no venue where I love playing snooker more than the Crucible. “We have done exhibitions there over the years, and to still walk down those stairs into that arena to play snooker is still something special. That’s something that will never leave me.”

Hendry, who will also compete at the World Seniors Championships and European Seniors Open, is excited at the new Seniors Tour. “I want to improve on my general standards of play, from the events that I played last year,” he said. “It’s more official this year, with the backing of World Snooker and a calendar of events to look forward to. “I will treat it a bit more seriously, put a bit more practice in. As for my own expectations, I just want to play some good snooker.”

The Tour has £200k in prize money this season, six ranking events and 15 qualifying events where anyone over 40 can win a spot to take on the legends in the final stages. qualifying events will be held in Hong Kong, Toronto, Houston, Brugge and China.

First up for Hendry is a trip to Hull, which will also include a launch dinner and golf day, alongside fellow stars Ken Doherty, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott and Yorkshire’s Joe Johnson. Up for grabs is a £10,000 winner’s prize plus a place in the World Professional Championship Qualifiers. “The new Bonus Arena in Hull looks amazing,” said Hendry. “This year the Seniors Tour feels more serious and I’m looking forward to competing again against the other legends.”

And you can also listen to the interview I did with Stephen yesterday. Thanks to him for taking the time to answer my questions, and thanks to Jason Francis who relayed them to him and recorder the interview.

World Seniors Snooker and EBSA Announce New Partnership

This was published today by WPBSA

25th June 2018

The WPBSA World Seniors Tour is delighted to announce a new partnership with the European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA).

With this year’s European Championships currently ongoing in Romania we can confirm that the EBSA has been awarded a place in the WPBSA European Seniors Championship for the 2018 European Masters champion.

This initial three-year deal means that the Masters champion can look forward to representing the EBSA in competition alongside legends such as Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White until 2020.

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA and WSF President said “Our vision within the WPBSA Group and the WSF is to see more cooperation with regional bodies like the EBSA. This latest news demonstrates the partnership working which will provide more opportunities for players as our sport continues to grow.”

EBSA Chairman Maxime Cassis said: “This is fantastic news for the EBSA as it hugely increases the prestige of the EBSA Masters Snooker Championship. I am sure it will also bring motivation to most of the countries who are members of the EBSA to enter players in that great event: The World Seniors Snooker Tour.”

Learn more about the new WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour here.

If you are over 40, and a member of your national federation, you can enter a World Seniors Snooker Tour Qualifier now by clicking here.

WPBSA World Seniors Tour and RIBSA collaboration

This was published on Thursday by WPBSA

World Seniors and RIBSA Announcement

14th June 2018

World Seniors Snooker (WSS) and the Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association (RIBSA) have today announced a new cooperation agreement in respect of events to be staged by both organisations this season.

Through the latest agreement which underlines the commitment of WSS to supporting snooker’s national federations, RIBSA will be granted two places to all WSS qualifiers staged in the Republic of Ireland over the coming season.

RIBSA will further be granted a place in next January’s Seniors Irish Masters for their nominated over 40s champion, while RIBSA will also run a Cue Zone open to all visitors at the event to be held at the iconic Goffs venue.

There will also be opportunities created for RIBSA appointed referees to officiate at the WSS qualifiers in Letterkenny and Celbridge, as well as the opportunity to work with Michaela Tabb at the Seniors Irish Masters.

In line with its commitment to snooker’s national federations, WSS can confirm that all Irish Nationals who participate in any WSS qualifying event must be a member of RIBSA.

Any over 40s players interested in playing on the WSS Tour can enter HERE.

I do like the idea of having a cue zone at the Irish Masters in Goffs.

The Return of Robidoux …

Having a Seniors event scheduled in Toronto has inspired Alain Robidoux to look up for his cue (Source WPBSA)

Robidoux on Cue for Seniors Return

6th June 2018

The World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers in Toronto will welcome another familiar face when it is played in December as Canadian legend and former world number nine Alain Robidoux is another legend who will once again dare to dream.

Robidoux was runner up to Ronnie O’Sullivan at the 1996 German Open and reached the semi-finals of the 1997 professional World Championship before losing to eventual champion Ken Doherty. He is a former Canadian snooker champion and played in the golden era of Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk and Kirk Stevens.

Alain Robidoux said: “Where is my cue? Time to practice for the World Seniors Tour, a good reason to go back on the green baize! Excited again!”

The World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers are being staged at the Corner Bank Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto on 7-9 December 2018.

The event is open to any amateur player over 40 who is a member of their national federation. Enter now by clicking HERE.

Bonne chance Alain!

Next Seniors event …

EuroQ1Poster

The entries are now closed.

There were only had 24 entries so there is no play on Friday.

The event did not reach 32 entries therefore  top 8 seeded players from the Seniors World Ranking list have been placed into the draw with the other 16 drawn randomly to play a match to face a seed in the Last 16.

The format of the European Open is best of 5 with no deciding frame respot.

Here is the draw:

Left Half
Paul Currie v Aidan Devenney winner to play number 1 seed Jonathan Bagley

Paul Donaghy v Rodney Goggins winner to play Number 8 Seed Robert Marshall

Owen Toland v Tony Bullimer winner to play number 5 seed Dermot McGlinchey

Tom O Driscoll v Sean Gray winner to play number 4 seed Michael Judge

Right Half
Joe Sims v Tommy Murphy winner to play number 2 seed Lee Richardson

Paul TheCannon Canavan v Tony Corrigan winner to play number 7 seed Anthony Bonnar

Hughie O’Donnell v Mark Davies winner to play number 6 seed Joe Delaney

Pat Bonnar v James Flaherty winner to play number 3 seed Sean Lanigan

 

The WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour announce a new partnership with the EASB

This was published yesterday on the WPBSA website

World Seniors Snooker and EASB Announcement

31st May 2018

The WPBSA World Seniors Snooker Tour is delighted to today announce a new partnership with the English Association of Snooker and Billiards (EASB) which will see both companies work closely together to support each other’s initiatives in England.

The EASB has been granted places in all English based World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers with a remit to reward not only their champions but deserving players who have served the national governing body.

World Seniors Snooker (WSS) has also committed to booking all referees through the EASB and providing those selected for the UK Seniors Championship in Hull this October the opportunity to work alongside senior referee Michaela Tabb. It has also been stipulated that all English nationals who enter any World Seniors Tour qualifier must be a member of the EASB.

WSS will benefit from the promotion of its events by the EASB to all their members and a scheduling commitment not to clash any events this season.

Jeff Robinson, EASB Chairman said: “The EASB is proud to partner with Jason Francis and the World Seniors Snooker Tour. Along with the English Partnership for Snooker & Billiards and the World Snooker Federation, this is another example of the growing relationship between the amateur and professional sport. As this relationship grows the opportunities to be involved at the highest level are also growing. It is an exciting time for English amateur snooker players and officials.”

Jason Francis, WSS Chairman said: “I am delighted that we will be able to work closely with the EASB in this way. The support of the national federations from all regions is significant to the ongoing development of the World Seniors Tour.”

The World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifiers to be staged in England this season are:

7-9 Sep – Barratts, Northampton
28-30 Sep – Pot Black, Clacton
5-7 Oct – Scotties, Liverpool
2-4 Nov – Newbury, Berkshire
14-16 Dec – Coulsdon, Surrey
8-10 Feb – Newbury, Berkshire – 6-Red
8-10 Mar – Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds