WSS ROKiT Tour News

Rankings

Following the UK Championship 2019 Q1 in Bruges, the ranking list has been updated. Patrick Wallace is the current n°1.

You were fantastic in Newbury

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Together in Newbury you all raised over £1000 for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. That’s not taking into account that some players have decided to donate their prize money as well, and that will add to the total.

Thanks so much everyone who participated

No launch dinner in Sheffield … 

The players involved in World Championship 2019 at the Crucible in August take it very seriously and want to prepare properly. With the matches starting right in the morning, the decision was made – wisely – not to have a launch dinner on the tournament’s eve.

… Instead  we will have a Champion’s PARTY!

Join all the legends at the Champions Reception party after the World Final on Sunday 18th August. Players Hotel Jurys Inn Sheffield.

DJ and Karaoke is the legendary Lee ‘The Shirt’ Richardson

Buffet included as well as the comeback performance of “El Legendaros” Thorburn, Taylor, Virgo and Johnson, the karaoke Kings!
Dance and singing till late.

Tickets are just £15 but limited numbers. Reserve yours now by messaging on here or email info@snookerlegends.co.uk

 

 

Super Seniors Events Announcement

Super Seniors Logo

Over 55? This is for you!

This was today announced on social media:

PRESS RELEASE

Following a meeting last week between Jason Francis, Chairman of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour, and Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA, some exciting news has been announced today with the creation of the Super Seniors which will be for amateur tour players over 55 years of age.

5 Super Senior Events will be staged with a separate ranking list being created. The Top ranked player at the end of the series will be given a place in the ROKiT World Senior 6 Reds Event in June, with the chance of winning £20,000.
The Super Senior Events will be held on the Sunday of the main qualifiers in

Northampton on the 7th July
Jersey on the 8th September
Newbury on the 10th November
Coulsdon on the 9th February
Clacton on the 10th March

Entries will only be open to current ROKiT World Senior Tour Card players who have entered the main event being staged that weekend. Entries will be limited to 16 players who will play a best of three frame knockout event with a £400 prize fund, entry will be free of charge.

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour is open to any player of any gender or ability over 40 years of age on or before the first days play. Players interested in registering for any of the events should go to this Registration  

Players over 55 who have entered should then register for the Super Seniors via email jason@snookerlegends.co.uk

The tour look forward to making some more exciting announcements soon.

Ahead of the WSS ROKiT World Championship 2019

Darren Morgan has won the Masters 2019 European Snooker Championships. As a result, he will play in the 2019 WSS ROKiT World Championship. So we will have those two legends at the Crucible in August: Tony Drago and Darren Morgan.

Darren&Tony WC 2019

The event will also be the last opportunity to try to beat Igor’s 146 and win the £5000 High Break prize offered by Victor Wood Kia.

Hee is the list of century breaks so far…

Igor Figueiredo 146 Texas
Patrick Wallace 136 Celbridge
Rodney Goggins 135 Bruges
Barry Pinches 135 Coulsdon
Aaron Canavan 131 Northampton
Patrick Wallace 130 Liverpool
David Lilley 130 Leeds
Barry Pinches 125 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 125 Newbury
Patrick Wallace 124 Bruges
Michael Judge 123 Jersey
Rodney Goggins 121 Letterkenny
Mark White 120 Northampton
Barry Pinches 120 Clacton
Rhydian Richards 120 Northampton
Ken Doherty 117 Uk Champs
Michael Judge 117 Coulsdon
Barry Pinches 114 Newbury
Michael Judge 114 Coulsdon
Jonathan Bagley 114 Leeds
Stuart Watson 112 Jersey
Lee Richardson 111 Celbridge
Leo Fernandez 111 Liverpool
James O’Sullivan 110 Newbury
Aaron Canavan 110 Newbury
Joe Delaney 110 Celbridge
Simon Bedford 110 Leeds
Jonathan Bagley 109 Celbridge
Ludovic Arnaert 109 Bruges
David Lilley 109 Leeds
Barry Pinches 106 Clacton
Jonathan Bagley 106 Bruges
Rhydian Richards 105 Newbury
Jonathan Bagley 104 Newbury
Lieven Vanthournout 104 Bruges
Steven Waldron 104 Northampton
Michael Judge 104 Letterkenny
Barry Pinches 104 Newbury
Aidan Owens 104 Coulsdon
Wayne Cooper 104 Leeds
Patrick Wallace 104 Newbury
Ed Galati 103 Toronto
Joris Maas 102 Toronto
Li Chun 101 Beijing
Xu Mao 101 Beijing
Igor Figueiredo 101 Texas
Leo Fernandez 100 Jersey

Also there is good news regarding the playing conditions, as Jason Francis posted this on twitter:

Delighted to announce that Aramith have become the official ball supplier to the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour. We now have 12 brand new sets of 1g balls that will travel with us where possible. Please by sympathetic that we can’t be carting these all over the world but it should ensure at the majority of venues we have the very best balls…. for you to miss with!

News from our sponsor

This was shared on various social media this morning

News from our Tour partner this morning…

ROK Drinks re-brands as ROKiT Drinks

Name Change Implemented to Align ROKiT Drinks with ROKiT Phones Sports Sponsorships

ROK Drinks, proud owners of the 700 year old ABK Brewery in Bavaria and the Bogart’s range of spirits within its growing drinks portfolio, has announced it has re-branded as ROKiT Drinks with immediate effect.

https://rokitdrinks.co.uk/

The change of name is designed to align ROKiT Drinks with the extensive sports sponsorship activities undertaken by its sister company ROKiT Phones.

ROKiT Phones, with unique glasses-free 3D screens and dual-SIM capability, is the multi-year Title Sponsor of the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team as well as Nic Hamilton’s British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team.

In addition, ROKiT is the Official Jersey Partner of NBA team the Houston Rockets and is the Official Wireless Partner of NFL team the Los Angeles Chargers.

Furthermore, ROKiT is the Title Sponsor of the ROKiT World Senior Snooker Tour and has recently announced multi-year Brand Ambassador agreements with a host of leading tennis players including Jo Konta, Gael Monfils and three time Grand Slam champion, Stan Wawrinka.

ROKiT Chairman Jonathan Kendrick said “It makes complete sense to align all our ROKiT companies under the same brand name as each will benefit symbiotically from the support they can give to each other across the entire range of our brand-building and marketing activities.”

 

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Nic Hamilton

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And Jo Konta

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… and more!

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.

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

 

2019/20 WSS Season – Entries now open for a number of events

Entries are now open for a number of the 2019/20 events. 

this is the provisional calendar:

WSS 2019:20 Calendar

The registration form can be found here

Read it carefully, it contains everything you need to know about how, where and when …

One novelty as compared to last season is that you now need a  World Seniors Tour Card (£40 for the full season, or £20 if you want to enter just one event).

WSSTourCard2019:20

On the other hand, you are no more required to be affiliated to your National Governing Body.

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