IBSF, PIOS and Premier League Snippets

The 2008 IBSF World Champion Thepchaiya un-Nooh

It has been a strange week so far on the snooker front in so far as very little has actually been going on, aside from the PIOS at Prestatyn. Still, I have managed to find a few topics to post on…

First up a heads up concerning the 2009 IBSF World Championships which will take place in Hyderabad, India next month. The event will run from November 15-29 and as usual see the mens, womens and Masters tournaments played to their conclusion.

For full details on the venue including important information for anyone wanting to attend the event, please visit the IBSF website here. Once the groups and fixtures are available I will post them separately.

Interestingly enough too it would appear from this article that the event will be televised from the last eight stage onwards, at least in New Zealand by ESPN. Whether this means that the event will be streamed online somewhere I am not so sure, could be worth keeping an eye on…

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Closer to home however this week has seen the progression of Event Four of the 2009/10 PIOS and not for the first time this season it has been series leader Liam Highfield and young Jack Lisowski leading the way, both now into tomorrow’s quarter-finals. Also impressing again is young Welshman Jamie Jones who despite being aged just 21 is looking to get back onto the tour for what would be a third spell, while his even younger namesake and countryman Jak Jones has also reached the quarter-finals for the second time this season.

All being well I will post a more comprehensive post on the event following the conclusion of Friday’s final. Until then you can follow the latest scores over at Global Snooker.

Elsewhere there is also an interesting article here concerning a new snooker initiative in the north of England as fronted up by World Snooker coach Chris Lovell. It is always good to hear that things are being done to entice young people into playing the game and hopefully it will prove to be a success.

Finally tomorrow night sees Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan collide in the Premier League in Grimsby, an event that I am pleased to say I will be attending so I will apologise in advance for the lack of the usual updates during the matches.

I will however post a full report from the evening in Grimsby and in the meantime you might want to read an article that I posted last year when Hendry and O’Sullivan met in the competition, looking back at some of their most memorable contests. You can view that here, apologies for the videos as some may well have been removed during the last year.