Sep 30 2014

Morris Suffering From Back Injury

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One of last season’s most impressive performers of those to have started the season on zero ranking points, Irish number three David Morris has struggled for victories in the early weeks of the season and it has today emerged that he is currently suffering from the after-effects of a back injury sustained whilst at the gym.

The quotes from David and story in full can be found here at Ireland’s SnookerHQ website, but clearly this is not a trivial issue for him and one that is likely to impact upon his schedule of events over the coming weeks and months. In that regard, the postponement of the Indian Open, originally scheduled for October, has proven to be a bonus for him and with little snooker now until the venue stages of the International Championship in late October, he has the opportunity to rest up and prepare for Chengdu..

Up into the top 64 on the latest projected seedings list and with no points to defend during the remainder of this season, David has a real opportunity not only to consolidate his place on the tour with a good 2014/15, but to top his previous career high ranking of 55 and hopefully therefore we will see him back in action as soon as possible.

 

Sep 28 2014

Tour Survival 2014/15 – Player by Player

Last season a very popular feature here at PSB proved to be my in-depth, player by player updates on the race for main tour places for the 2014/15 season, as I attempted to untangle the various overlapping ranking lists and orders of merit.

Although we are still only in September, already taking a look at how this season’s battle is shaping up (particularly with only six European Tour events scheduled to take place this season instead of last year’s eight), there are a few interesting themes developing and therefore I have below taken my first look at just who will need to have a strong finish to the season if they are to remain on tour for 2015/16, with some surprise names currently in the drop zone…

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Sep 27 2014

General Cup International 2014: Line-up Confirmed




Next month will see the sixth staging of the invitational General Cup International tournament at the General Snooker Club in Hong Kong, the event set to run from 12-18 October 2014, with eight top professionals amongst those involved…

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Sep 22 2014

Snooker on the Internet 2014

Whilst here at PSB I try to provide you with all of the latest snooker news and information, there are some things that escape even my attention. There are though other invaluable snooker websites on the internet and so as I like to do once a year, below I cast my eye over some of my favourites out there…

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Sep 21 2014

International Championship Qualifiers Start Monday

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Tomorrow sees the start of the International Championship qualifiers from Barnsley, which will be staged over four days and determine which 64 professionals will be heading over to Chengdu next month. With all of the big names present with the exception of Ali Carter, as ever it will be interesting to see who will fall at the first hurdle and who will be able to cause an upset among the lower ranked players.

As ever, the latest projected seedings will be updated here at PSB and I will be in Barnsley on Wednesday and Thursday to bring you updates from the non-televised tables.

Click here to view the draw at snookerorg and when your favourites will be in action, while the other important links are also available in the side bar to the right…

Sep 16 2014

International Championship 2014: Draw and Format Released

BarnsleyMetrodome

Next week sees the start of the qualifiers for this season’s International Championship and following the publication of the updated world rankings this morning, World Snooker have now published both the draw and format for the tournament, which are accessible from their website.

At first glance, the big hitters such as defending champion Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan are all involved, while I notice that Jimmy White is seeded inside the top 64, meaning that someone above him (EDIT: Ali Carter, for obvious reason), has decided not to enter the tournament.

The qualifiers take place from next Monday at the new regular venue of the Barnsley Metrodome.

Sep 15 2014

World Snooker Rankings 2014/15: Seedings Revision Two Round-Up

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Stuart Bingham’s victory at the Shanghai Masters yesterday marked not only his biggest tournament win to date, but also the end of the second stage of the 2014/15 season as the seedings are revised for the International Championship.

Click below for a round-up of all of the changes to the seeding list, including confirmation of a change at the top of the rankings since Australia…

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Sep 15 2014

Rileys Enters Administration, 15 Clubs Close

Rileys

A sad piece of news has broken this evening with the story that Rileys has entered into administration, with the immediate closure of 15 clubs and a loss of approximately 124 jobs. Regardless of the rights and wrongs, the reasons for the company’s current plight, sympathy has to be had with the employees affected and hopefully a solution can be found in respect of the surviving clubs.

As stated by the Birmingham Post here, the clubs immediately closed are: Belle Vue (Manchester), Cardiff, Coatbridge, Derby, Edinburgh, Exeter, Guildford, Hull, Luton, Peterborough Orton, Peterborough QClub, Plymouth, Rugby, Scunthorpe and Wigan.

You can read more on the news here at the Guardian and here at ITV.com.

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