Oct 06 2015

Trimming the Tour?


As those amongst snooker’s ‘Twitterati’ will no doubt be aware, there has been some debate in recent days on social media as to whether the size of snooker’s main tour should be cut from its current field of 125 players (plus three invitational tour cards), to just 64 as suggested by 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy in his own blog post here.

With a few days now before the Ruhr Open gets underway at the weekend, today I offer a few of my own thoughts on the topic and suggest why personally at least, I am glad that the tour will be remaining as it is…

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Oct 06 2015

Champion of Champions Group Line-Ups Announced


World Snooker has today confirmed which seeds will play in the group stages at next month’s Champion of Champions event in Coventry, with two-time defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan scheduled to get underway on Wednesday 11th November 2015.

O’Sullivan’s participation would of course represent his first professional outing of the new season, though it should noted that the official press release does state that ‘the participation of all players is subject to contracts being agreed.’

It is then unclear whether anything has changed at this point and whether Ronnie has indicated that he does intend to play, after his recent tweet suggesting that he would not be entering the event.

The official press release follows…

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Oct 05 2015

International Championship 2015: Qualifying Wrap


Saturday evening saw the conclusion of the recent qualifying event for this year’s International Championship and it was not without a real shock as 2012 winner Judd Trump suffered a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of 34-year-old Michael Wild.

Click below for a round-up of the scorelines that caught my eye during the event…

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Sep 29 2015

International Championship 2015: Qualifiers Start Wednesday


Following a week of downtime after Kyren Wilson’s victory at the Shanghai Masters, snooker is back as the International Championship qualifiers get underway at the Barnsley Metrodome tomorrow.

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Sep 29 2015

Snooker Returns To Preston’s Guild Hall


Many of snooker’s most famous names will return to the Guild Hall in Preston in January for the World Seniors Championship.

The iconic Lancashire venue, which has hosted major tournaments including the UK Championship, has again been selected to host a World Snooker Tour event.

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Sep 28 2015

Tour Survival 2016: The Early Running


Two ranking tournaments into the 2015/16 campaign, already it is possible to identify some of the players who are sure of being on the main tour next season and perhaps more importantly, those whose places are at real risk.

With every pound, dollar or euro to be earned during the remainder of this season likely to be crucial, today I take my customary look at the likely qualification criteria and look at some of those to follow over the coming months…

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Sep 27 2015

A Night at the Legends…and a 147


Yesterday evening the Snooker Legends roadshow rolled into Scunthorpe and being local to the event, I popped down to the venue to watch Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White in action.

As it would turn out, the night proved to be far more memorable than even I had envisaged as O’Sullivan brought the crowd to their feet with a magical maximum break…

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Sep 25 2015

Snooker Shaun’s Success Cues Generous Donation


On Friday 25th September World No.6 snooker star Shaun Murphy visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to present a cheque for £5,100.

Charity patron Shaun is a regular visitor to the hospital, donating £100 every time he makes a break of 100 or more in a competitive match. His latest donation covers the number of centuries that he made during a successful 2014-15 season that saw him land three titles.

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