Thursday, July 19, 2007

Disabled ex-snooker star makes new bid for cash help

Former Snooker pro Chris Small has threatened legal action against World Snooker if his latest bid for funds from the Snooker benevolent fund is refused.

The 33-year-old former LG Cup winner had his first application for funds refused and now he is trying again.

The fund was set up for just this scenario so I don't understand whay it is not being paid out.

Some other people make some very interesting points on the Scotsman.com where this article was sourced from:
http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=1107752007

I can understand the comments about him being secure after a lifetime of snooker where he earned a decent living, but my point would be if he is entitled to the money then he should be paid.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

First Round Draw Complete for Shanghai Masters

The qualifying matches of the first ever Shanghai Masters Snooker Tournament have now been completed with some well known and not so well-known faces making it into the draw.

Tony Drago, who has had some major success at pool recently, has made a comeback to the main tour TV stages and will have to play one of the Chinese Wildcards in his first match.

There are 8 wildcard matches that put the qualifiers against 8 Chinese wildcards, some don't agree with this system, but it certainly develops the game in China and gives some of their younger players the chance to compete with the professionals.

Wildcard Round (qualifiers only)
wc1 Scott Mackenzie
wc2 Stuart Pettman
wc3 Fergal O'Brien
wc4 Adrian Gunnell
wc5 Dominic Dale
wc6 Tony Drago
wc7 Michael Judge
wc8 Mike Dunn

1st Round (Seeded Players in Red)
John Higgins v Jamie Cope
Mark Selby v Winner of WC1
Mark Williams v Stuart Bingham
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Winner of WC2
Peter Ebdon v Dave Harold
Steve Davis v Winner of WC3
Ali Carter v Winner of WC4
Ken Doherty v Winner of WC5
Shaun Murphy v Ian McCulloch
Ryan Day v Winner of WC6
Stephen Maguire v Winner of WC7
Neil Robertson v Matthew Stevens
Stephen Hendry v Nigel Bond
Stephen Lee v Marco Fu
Ding Junhui v Winner of WC8
Graeme Dott v Michael Holt

Potentially we are set for a rematch of the 888.com World Championship final if both Selby and Higgins get through their first round matches.

Pick of the round for me though is Neil Robertson against Matthew Stevens, Stevens had an off season last year and had to qualify for this event after dropping out of the top 16, he will be looking to remedy that this season.

Monday, July 09, 2007

New Snooker Cues Have Arrived

We have just introduced a limited time offer on two great ADAM snooker cues - each of the cues feature high quality ash shafts, blue diamond tips and machined spliced rosewood butts. They also have inlays of exotic timbers such as Paduk.

Both cues come with a black leatherette case with burgundy leather trim and an extension.

The limited time offer is whilst stocks last and the cue pictured is 21% Off the RRP, the price includes our Free UK Delivery.

Go and buy one before it is too late.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

More Disappointment for UK 9-ball Players

The BPPPA have announced that thismonths proposed UK 9-ball Open Championships, due to be held at the City of Manchester Stadium, have been cancelled.

This latest announcement is one of a long running series of disappointments for Britains players, the British Open was also cancelled last year. It leaves a lot of members with a bitter taste in their mouth asking the question was it just a carrot to get us to join the tour?

Ted Bristow, the BPPPA President stated, "We are extremely disappointed that we have been forced to cancel the event."

Mr Bristow when on to explain the reasons behind the cancellations and that every attempt was made to try and secure a sponsor after the initial sponsor had pulled out.

It has meant that the latest BPPPA Tour event only had 47 players taking part in Manchester. This is the lowest turnout of a Main Tour event in its history and on paper does not bode well for the future.

Players and fans of the sport hope that something can be resolved quickly to give the UK a decent professional 9-ball tour.