Dare to Dream!

July 21 is the closing date for the first event in the UK Seniors Championship. The winner of this event, and the winners of the next three, will battle it out with 8 “Snooker Legends” for a prize of £7500.

The final will take place from 24 – 26 October at The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey.

See the full press release here or visit the Snooker Legends site here

LiteTask Series 2 Event 2

The Summer Winter Pro-Am Series

Event 2 – 6/7/2107

The second event of the LiteTask Summer Winter Pro-Am series was won by Jamie McArdle with a commendable performance finished off with a 3-2 victory over one of Northern Snooker Centre’s resident professionals and Event 1 winner, Peter Lines.

The day however belonged to young Sean Maddocks (pictured) who knocked in a 147 in the early rounds. Sean, at 15, is one of the youngest ever to complete the maximum break in tournament play. Sean was beaten in the quarters by Jamie but it is certainly not going to be a tournament Sean is likely to forget!

There was another fantastic turn out for the event especially with the hot weather and other events going on all over the country.

The next event in the series is Sunday 6 August

Who won LiteTask 2.1?

Peter Lines won the first event of the second LiteTask pro-am series at the Northern Snooker Centre on Sunday beating George Pragnall in the final.

It was almost an all Lines final, but Oliver Lines was beaten by Pragnall in the semis.

102 entries escaped the heat outside, but it was a case of ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ as they served up a very hotly contested event.

You can see the results at mySnookerStats.com where you can also see the ranking points as the series continues.

The next event is 9 July

Weekend Preview 24-25 June 2017

Snooker Weekend Preview

It looks like there is no ‘close season’ at all with the EASB Finals Weekend and the first pro event of the new season being held at the same time.

Unfortunately for Ashley Carty, it means that he’s had to choose between playing in the Riga Masters in Latvia and the English Amateur Championship in Gloucester. He’s chosen Latvia and in doing so has given a walkover for David Lilley who will now face the winner of Andrew Norman and Billy Castle for the title.

As well as the English Amateur, there are many more EASB titles to be won over the weekend. There is the 6 Reds, the under 14, 16, 18 and 21, the under 40, over 55, and the Masters. A busy weekend!
You can follow the action at MySnookerStats and there will be more on the EASB site, Twitter and Facebook.

In Latvia, Ashley will be joined by fellow amateurs Jackson Page and Ben Jones. They earned their places in the qualifying round by virtue of their performances at Q School.

Other events this weekend –

The Northern Snooker Centre will be holding the first of their pro-am series which is in addition to the “big money” LiteTask series which started last Sunday. As a result, this means there will now be two pro-ams per month at the NSC this year.

The second of the £100 a Man series will be held at Frames Snooker Centre and is for amateurs over 38 years young. There is a scoring system to decide on the top 16 to go through to the finals in December.

Sunday sees the start of the Champion of Champions Series at The Towers in Mansfield. From the 6 handicapped events, 16 players will earn the right to play in the finals on December 3.

There are of course the regular weekly events such as the Saturday evening pro-am at Whitley Bay Snooker Centre which attracts an average of 20 entries. It’s really is nice to see the new season, if you like, getting off to such a good start with top quality events across the country.

Last week for entries to the WDBS Welsh Open

Entries for the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Welsh Open close on 23rd June

The event will be held at Redz Snooker Club from 30 June – 2 July 2017 and for the first time will be open to players from ALL eight disability classification groups and will be played using a Six Red format.

As at previous events, the weekend will begin with a Friday open day, at which players with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and try snooker, with free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches available. Prize money will be available at the event subject to sponsorship.

“We are excited to announce this landmark new event in Cwmbran,” said WDBS Chairman Nigel Mawer. “For the first time will see players from all disability groups compete together under a new Six Red format. The innovative event will also be our first tournament to be held in Wales and we are looking forward to welcoming new local players, as well as familiar faces from around the globe.

The entry pack for the WDBS Welsh Open is now available to download:

LiteTask Summer/Winter Pro-Am Series

The LiteTask Summer/Winter Pro-Am series

Starting Sunday 18 June

at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds

Guaranteed prize money-
Winner £1000
Runner Up £500
Semi Final £250
Quarter Final £125

6 events over the next 6 months leading up to two finals days

These are sure to be popular again and the NSC suggest getting there early due to limited parking. The last series had around 200 entries for each one.

See the calendar for more details

New Pro-Ams at Northern Snooker Centre

Newly announced by David Grace, this series of monthly Pro-Am events starting on 25th June at the Northern Snooker Centre, is sure to be very popular. The start time has been set at 10:00am which allows for a plate competition as well for the 1st round losers.

This series is in addition to the “big money” LiteTask series which starts on the 18th June, and means there will now be two pro-ams per month at the NSC.

Check out the calendar for full details of these and many more events

Albania 2017

Starting on Wednesday 31 May with the 6 Reds competition, the European Snooker Championships will be taking place in Shengjin, Albania.

As well as the 6 Reds, there is the European Open, Ladies, Masters, Team and Masters Team events. Click the links for the players lists.

The 6 Reds tournament was won by Iceland’s Kristjan Helgason who beat England’s only representative, Wayne Brown in the final. All the information from the 6 Reds tournament is here

The European Open was retained by Darren Morgan of Wales beating Ireland’s Michael Judge 4-1 in the final – finishing the job off with a century break. See the scorecard from the final here

The Ladies event was won by Wendy Jans of Belgium beating Anna Prysazhnuka of Latvia 5-1 in the final

Darren Morgan completed a double by winning the Masters title, beating fellow Welshman Elfed Evans 6-2 in the final. This is the third year in succession that Darren has won this title.

 

Sunday sees the conclusion of the championships with the semi-finals and finals of the team events –

The schedule is here

The Men’s team groups are here and the knockout stage here

The Masters team groups are here and the knockout stage here

The Ladies team groups are here and the knockout stage here

Darren Morgan will be looking to complete a remarkable treble by winning the Masters team event with his partner Elfed Evans.

The new season starts in Preston

The new professional snooker season is almost upon us already, and for some it’s an immediate return to the Guild Hall in Preston for the Riga Masters qualifiers on 31 May and then the China Championship qualifiers on 3 June. And for spectators £5 for the full day is a bargain.

These two events look quite different though from an amateur view point.

For the first up, the Riga Masters, there are no less than 10 amateur top ups, selected from the Q School order of merit (not all of those eligible have taken up the offer for whatever reason).

The top ups are; Hu Hao, Declan Brennan, Daniel Ward (held over to man venue as he is playing Neil Robertson), Charlie Walters, Ben Jones, Ashley Carty, Jamie Rhys Clarke and the final two, who have been drawn against each other, are James Silverwood and Jackson Page.

But for the next event, the China Championship, there are no top up places on offer. Four Chinese wildcards and two Invitational Tour Cards make up the shortfall from the pro entries.

Anyone shed any light on why that could be? The China draw was published first and I thought the removal of the entry fees for pros was the reason for the big take up. The Riga draw proved me wrong. No less than 7 of the top 10 haven’t entered, and it’s not as if they need help with entry fees anyway!

For the likes of Jackson Page, Ashley Carty and co, it will be a chance to prove that they should have been there by right, and may well be next year!

Many thanks to snooker.org as always

The Malcolm Thorne handicap series

The Malcolm Thorne handicap series continues on Sunday at Breakers Snooker Club in Leicester with another chance to qualify for the Grand Finals in December.

Each tournament features a plate as well as the main event and the winners of each qualify for the finals.

Winners so far are Daniel Blunn, James Jelly, Hamza Bhimani and Graham Brew in the main competition and Hiren Zinziwadia, Tom Kemp, Krunel Ghorecha and Shoaib Ahmed in the plate.

£5 from the £15 entry fee for each tournament is kept back for the Grand Finals.

For more details click here