Amateurs in the Dafabet Northern Ireland Open

Four amateurs will line up against the pros in the Dafabet Northern Ireland Open which starts on Monday 20th November.

Declan Brennan of Northern Ireland will play England’s Billy Joe Castle, ranked 104, on Monday at 2pm

Jordan Brown of Northern Ireland will play Mei Xiwen of China, ranked 67, on Monday at 7pm

Jackson Page of Wales plays China’s Liang Wenbo, ranked 13, on Tuesday at 2pm

Last minute replacement for Marco Fu, Jamie Rhys Clarke of Wales will take on England’s Mike Dunn, raked 42, on Tuesday at 1pm

All but Jordan Brown are scheduled for TV coverage!

Just about the best place to follow this, and other pro events, is Snooker.org

 

Snooker Legends – UK Seniors Championship – Finals

The Snooker Legends UK Seniors Finals start on Tuesday 24 October and the winner will be crowned on Thursday.

8 of the sport’s legends will be taking on the 4 amateur qualifiers for a top prize of £7500.

Day 1 will see Dennis Taylor take on Les Dodd who was the first qualifier after his win in Newbury and Joe Johnson will face Patrick Wallace who could well be the dark horse. The evening session sees Tony Knowles against Gary “The Blade” Filtness and Cliff Thorburn will play Jonathan Bagley.

Day 2 is when the big guns come in. Jimmy White, Ken Doherty, Stephen Hendry and John Parrott will be waiting for the winners from Day 1.

Day 3 and the semi finals are in the afternoon and the final starts at 7pm

Click on the Harlequin logo below for ticket details

For ticket details and match times

The World Seniors Championship

Following the successful completion of the qualifying rounds for the UK Seniors Championship, the World Seniors Championship kicks off this weekend.

The first of 8 qualifiers is at The Crucible Sports & Social Club in Newbury and as a special treat for all entrants, they each receive a piece of the revolutionary Taom Chalk. If you fancy a free piece of this chalk, and a shot at qualifying to take on a “legend” at the finals in March, “dare to dream” and get your entry in before Friday 13 October for Q2 at the Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llanelli.

Click here for the full calendar http://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/docs/WST_17-18_calendar.pdf

The 8 qualifiers will take on the likes of Stephen Hendry and the eventual winner will line up at Ponds Forge to try for a place in the World Championships! That surely would be a dream come true for some.

There is also a prize of a Kia Sportage, courtesy of Victor Wood Kia (Grantham), for anyone making a 147 break in the final stage events. A prize worth over £30,000 and worthy of any top professional event.

Launch dinners will be held the day before the first days play at all events, Golf days will be held at the UK, Worlds and Seniors Masters.

Full details of how to enter and where the qualifiers are being held can be found on the snooker legends website www.snookerlegends.co.uk

The World Snooker Federation

There have been some major developments in the world of amateur snooker over the last few days. In case you missed it, this is the announcement made by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) regarding the newly formed World Snooker Federation (WSF)

http://www.wpbsa.com/world-snooker-federation-wsf/

This new organisation is designed to bring together both amateur and professional snooker, and will provide the pathway for the elite of the National Federations who are members of the WSF, to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour. One of these pathways will be the Challenge Tour, which the WPBSA has already announced it will assist in the funding of, and there is also a commitment to a new unified WSF Amateur Championship. This new, mixed gender event will be open to the elite performing players of National Federations who are members of the WSF and provide an opportunity to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour.  The first staging of this Championship will take place before the start of the next (2018/19) World Snooker Tour season.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said “Following a restructure of the professional sport in 2010, the World Professional Snooker Tour has never been stronger. We have seen unprecedented growth and we are now a truly global sport. With this growth comes a responsibility for us to ensure sustainable career pathways for elite talent and playing opportunities for all at all levels.”

This will also mean that there will be opportunities for all National Federations to work alongside the WPBSA to develop grassroots projects.

Further to the announcement, the European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) has become the first Regional Association to confirm their affiliation to the WSF.

Jason Ferguson (left) and Maxime Cassis

EBSA consists of 44 National Federations and Jason Ferguson has said that the WSF will welcome every single one of these to be part of this “new and exciting future”.

Read the new WPBSA item here –

http://www.wpbsa.com/ebsa-becomes-first-regional-association-affiliated-wsf/

This is definitely an interesting time for amateur snooker and there are sure to be more announcements in due course.

EASB Amateur Tour kicks off

The first event in the six event series kicks off on Saturday 30 September at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester. The tour sees events alternating between here and the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

Some of the country’s top amateurs will be battling it out in each event for the top prize of a place in Q School and up to £1000 in prize money. Also, the two top ranked players at the end of the season will be invited to participate in World Snooker’s English Open Championship and will earn nominations from the EASB to various international competitions.

The format is straight knockout with best of 7 throughout and progress over the weekend can be followed on mysnookerstats.com

For more details see here

West of England Regional Snooker Group Totally Rewarded for their Community Work

Snooker Group Totally Rewarded for their Community Work

The West of England Billiards & Snooker Foundation (WEBSF), a not-for- profit community group, is seeking people to get involved with their activities around the region. The organisation is run by a team of volunteers who have given thousands of voluntary hours since the group first started thirteen years ago. The main aim of the foundation is to develop and facilitate ‘Billiards and Snooker for All’ throughout the West of England by holding coaching sessions and tournaments as well as promoting the benefits of volunteering.
The foundation launched in 2004 and is proud to have six times World Champion, Ray Reardon MBE as their Patron. Over the years, volunteers have helped hundreds of participants enjoy the sport ranging from those who want to play just for fun, to the more serious players who have gone onto compete at International and Professional levels. The group also caters for players outside the region, where no similar organisation exists, and has regularly attracted players from Wales, West London and the Midlands in the past. Attendees are very diverse, from children through to retirees with both male and female participants across all abilities. In addition, players from China, Russia, Scotland, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland have also played when visiting the region.

This season, the foundation has been fortunate to attract sponsorship for three of its events from Totally Reward, Human Resource Consultants, who have offices in London and Bristol. The company is led by Silvia Mondello, Senior Specialist and recognised HR Professional, who has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate HR.

The sponsorship has been instrumental in allowing the foundation to enhance their activities around the region and in particular ‘The Bronze Open’, ‘The Gold Series’ and ‘Gold Masters’ tournaments. Co-founder of the WEBSF, Steve Canniford, said “We are extremely privileged to have been approached by sponsor, Totally Reward, and we see this funding opportunity as an acknowledgement of the continuing hard work undertaken by our volunteers in supporting the wider community to access the sports of billiards and snooker”.

The foundation also expressed gratitude to the multiple venues supporting tournaments and coaching activities this season which include Jesters Snooker Club and the 147 Snooker Club in Swindon, Top Q in Gloucester, the Plaza in Plymouth and Galaxy Centre in Torquay.
The WEBSF holds various billiards and snooker tournaments between September and May and prides itself on providing value for money as well as encouraging participants to use the events as a platform for personal development. Through regular coaching sessions, the WEBSF provides a safe and informative environment where players can form new friendships and learn new skills.
Using billiards and snooker as a tool for learning, coaching sessions not only concentrate on developing further knowledge about the game but also help to increase confidence, improve social skills and work on aspects of literacy and numeracy. Volunteering opportunities are another way to get involved and develop new skills as no prior knowledge or experience of the game is necessary.
There are many different ways people can volunteer their time including short or long-term research projects, digital marketing, administrative support, accounts management, funding applications or becoming a 1:1 befriender as well as opportunities to offer more technical expertise by becoming a coach or volunteering as an official.

If you would like to get involved either as a player or volunteer, please visit
http://websfsnooker.com or contact the WEBSF Champion, Steve Canniford, on mobile 07891940995 or email websf_uk@yahoo.co.uk.

Names in Photo, left to right – 
Dale Branton (WEBSF Ambassador & Marketing and Digital Media Officer),
Steve Canniford (WEBSF Champion and Co-Founder),
Deborah Branton (WEBSF Deputy Champion & Volunteer Co-ordinator),
Silvia Mondello (Totally Reward, Senior Specialist),
Steve Brookshaw (WEBSF Senior Coach),
Wayne Branton (WEBSF Tournament Director, Senior Players Representative & Coach),
Chris Coumbe (WEBSF Ambassador & Coach).
Not in photo but a member of the WEBSF Management Team, Darren Hall (WEBSF Coach & Community Inclusion Development Officer)

Weekend Preview

Snooker Weekend Preview

The Home Internationals started Friday 11th and go through to Friday 18th at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. Some of the UK’s finest amateur players will be in action.

Saturday

There is the regular event at Chandlers ford and the ever popular pro-am at Whitley Bay Snooker Centre in the evening.

Sunday

Sunday has the regular handicaps at Dunstable Snooker Centre, the Locarno in Edinburgh and at Breakers in Leicester. Then there is the pro-am at Pot Black Clacton and a special event at Oldham Snooker Academy where the two finalists win places in the UK Seniors Qualifier.

National County Championships (NCC)

A meeting has been set for Sunday 20th August at Plaza Snooker in Stoke-on-Trent inviting all interested counties to discuss proposals for the continuation of the newly named National County Championships (NCC)

For the NCC Facebook page see https://www.facebook.com/ENCSC/

The event is no longer organised by the EASB, but a number of counties that have been involved are determined for it to continue and they hope to make it to grow in strength with a better format to include more regionalised groups culminating in finals for both the elite amateur sides and B teams etc.

Please contact Tony Cook for more details on 07850030916

email: merseysnooker147@gmail.com

UK Seniors Championships kicks off

The Snooker Legends 2017/2018 World Seniors Tour starts today with day 1 of the UK Seniors Championship at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Newbury.

This is the first of four qualifying rounds and the winner of each will go on to face the eight “Snooker Legends” at The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill for the top prize of £7500.

The first ever World Seniors Tour organised by snooker promoter Jason Francis in partnership with Stephen Hendry, gives all over 40s amateur snooker players the chance to play in some of the sport’s most iconic venues and against some of the sport’s legends.

The closing date to enter the next round, at Oldham Snooker Academy, is 11 August with the event taking place from 25-27 August.

For more information see snookerlegends.co.uk