Wednesday, May 30, 2007

2007/08 World Snooker Tour Announced

The dates for the 2007/08 World Snooker Tour have been announced with (as previously reported) one addition to the series.

In addition to the Shanghai Masters World Snooker has also announced that prize money will increase by £250,000 this season with over £1 million available at the 888.com World Snooker Championships, including £250,000 to the eventual winner.

The additional prize money will see an increase in the payouts to the winner, runner-up and semi-finalists of the Royal London Watches Grand Prix, the Maplin UK Championship and the SAGA Insurance Masters.

The full calendar is below, some venues are yet to be decided:

Shanghai Masters
Grand Stage,
Shanghai
August 6-12, 2007

Pot Black Invitational
Venue to be confirmed
October 6, 2007

Royal London Watches Grand Prix
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
October 13-21, 2007

Northern Ireland Trophy
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
November 4-11, 2007

Maplin UK Championship
Venue to be confirmed
December 3-16, 2007

The SAGA Insurance Masters
Wembley Arena
January 13-20, 2008

Welsh Open
Venue to be confirmed
February 11-17, 2008

Beijing China Open
Venue to be confirmed
March 23–30, 2008

888.com World Snooker Championship
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
April 19-5 May, 2008

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Worlds Most Expensive Pool Cue?

A cue by Gus Szamboti - one of the foremost American makers - is being sold on eBay at the moment, at the time of writing the cue was already over $36000.

This cue is a real rarity and a one off, plus Gus has passed so will no longer be making cues.

Follow the link here:

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Peach Only 50 Points Off Top Spot

Daryl Peach is only 50 points away from being Europe's number 1 pool player.

His win in this months German Open (his first Eurotour win) has catapulted him into 4th place behind Niels Feijen, Fabio Petroni and Oliver Ortmann.

Also this week the EPBF has released the full 42 participants from Europe that have qualified for the 2007 World 9-ball Championships held in Manila in November. The nation with the highest number of representatives is Germnay with 7 closely followed by the Brits with 6.

This further demonstrates the growth on a world level that our players are making with absolutely no support from their governing body.

The Brits going to Manila are as follows: Steve Davis, Raj Hundal, Imran Majid, Daryl Peach, Craig Osborne and Kevin Uzzell.

There is still one European spot up for grabs via an open qualifier later in the year.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

China to Host Two World Ranking Events

It was announced today, by World Snooker, that China will host two world ranking events next season. The first event (and a new event to the calendar) will be the season opener running from 6th-12th August.

The new tournament will be known as the Shanghai Masters and will be underwritten by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association. The contract that has been signed between the WSA and the CBSA means that these two tournaments are secured for the next five years.

The second ranking event will be the China Open in March where Graeme Dott will look to defend his title.

Personally I think this is a great move for World Snooker and further illustrates the rapid growth that snooker has had in China over the last 5 years. Any edition to the ranking calendar is good for the development of the game both at home and abroad.

My one concern (in terms of Chinese players) is that the qualifiers for the event will be held in Prestatyn, meaning 8 Chinese Wild cards. I think it is perhaps time to move the qualifiers to the nation of the event.

Read the full press release here

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Snooker Ace Drago wins in Southfields

Tony "The Tornado" Drago won the Rileys 9-ball Knockout held at Rileys Southfields on Sunday.

The event attracted a number of high profile players including Drago, Imran Majid and Rico Diks.

The tournament was straight knockout race-to-5 racks in all rounds so the matches were short and sweet.

In the final Drago defeated Anthony Ginn 5-3 to take the £1000 first prize.

Craig Osborne picked up 3rd place.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

9-year Old Makes a 50 Break

9 year old Shane Castle knocked in an amazing 61 break against Jason Hildyard at the Chandlers Ford U-21 Roll Up snooker event.

This is Hampshire reports that: Castle started on full-sized tables less than two years ago but has quickly established himself as one of the country's top players in his age group.

On his debut at the Pontin's Prestatyn Star of the Future' tournament in February, he reached the under-12 final.

And, on his ninth birthday in January, he signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Insurance Brokers Oliver and Sanders.

Coach Dave Mumford has been working with Castle for more than a year.
"Breaks are one measure of progress," he said. "The other is how he performs in tournaments which, to me, is more important.

"The progress he has made is phenomenal; he must not lose sight of that. But also he needs to be more focused in his match-play.

"A 61 in 15 months, nine-years-old, how much more progress do you want? It's scary."

We will be keeping an eye for this youngster as he progresses

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

BCA 9-Ball Championships Started

The BCA 9-Ball Pool Championships including 128 of the worlds greatest pool players both male and female are competing in Vegas this week.

A number of British hopefuls are playing including former World Masters Champion Raj Hundal and Darren Appleton.

Best place for updates is: www.azbilliards.com

Or to view the draw visit: http://www.azbilliards.com/brackets/showbrackets.cfm?tourneynum=2506

Daryl Peach wins 2nd Tournament in a Week

Daryl Peach continued his excellent run of form by winning the latest installment of the BPPPA Tour in Stafford.

Peach came from behind to beat good friend Stuart Colclough (his first final) 11-9.

This caps off an amazing week for Daryl as the previous Sunday he won the German Open Eurotour event - a win that moved him to number 5 in the European rankings.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mickey Flynns 10-Ball Event

I made my long awaited return to the tournament scene on Sunday with a trip to Mickey Flynns in Cambridge.

A quality field of 40 players contested this 10-ball event.

The first round was a group stage with each match consisting of 8 racks. All racks had to be played meaning a draw was an option.

I lost my first match to a mate of mine (keeping the score a secret!!!) which meant I had work to do to qualify for the KO stage. I won my next match 5-3 against Colin Gray and then needed a draw or better against Gary Holloway - I won that match 6-2 to cement my place in the last 16.

It was the first time I had made the KO stages of any tournament and not bad considering I had not played a tournament since Jan '05.

It was not to be my day though as in the last 16 I got hammered 9-0 by Wayne Fryer (he went on to be runner-up!) - I was 5-0 down before I got my first visit to the table and he played awesome. He hardly missed a ball and fully deserved the win!

I got a taste for competition again and will hopefully play some more events this year.

Results

1st) Kevin Hew - £350.00
2nd) Wayne Fryer - £150.00
3rd) So Shaw & Anthony Ginn - £90.00
5th) Gareth Esprit, Brad Parker, Mike Rogers, Carlton Watson - £60.00

Peach wins in Germany

Britains Daryl Peach has won the latest Eurotour 9-ball event in Sindelfingen Germany.

Peach came through a field of over 200 players to take the title and 5000 Euro winners cheque. The result moves Daryl up to number 5 on the Eurotour rankings.

It was a good weekend for the Brits with four players in the last 16: along with Peach, Raj Hundal, Mark Gray and Richard Jones made the last 16.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I am Playing Again!!!

Finally! I am playing a tournament this weekend for the first time since the BPPPA Harrow Open in January 2005.

The event I am partaking in is the Mickey Flynn's 10-ball Open in Cambridge. A quality field is already assembled and it will be a great day out at least 3 matches in the group stages.

Difficult game though 10-ball, especially if you don't make a ball on the break!

Anyway I will give it my best shot.