Shanghai Masters 2016 – Draws

Worldsnooker has published the draw and format of the Shanghai Masters qualifying rounds as well as the draw of the final stages.

The qualifying rounds, still played in a tiered structure, run from August 30 to September 2 at the Barnsley Metrodome. The 16 winners then play in the final stages in Shanghai in September. The final stages will take place from 19 to 25 September. 

Ronnie has entered the event, and should he win his first match is likely to face Kyren Wilson, the defending champion. Should this happen, it’s a tricky but tasty match in prospect. However, if the draw works as it did before, both Ronnie and Kyren are set to play a difficult opener: Kyren could meet the in-form Michael Holt, and Ronnie  could face the dangerous Liang Wenbo.

However, “the quarter of death” is in the other half of the draw, featuring Mark Selby, Joe Perry, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson  !!!

New show added to the Cornwall Tour – September 2016

Today,  Ronnie announced an additional show to the Cornwall Tour scheduled in September 2016. This is what he put on Facebook:

I am doing an extra show in Bodmin Cornwall on the 15th September as demand has been so great. It will be in the afternoon so get some time off work and I’ll do my best to put on a great show! I dont get to cornwall much so I hope you will spread the word and help make this a great show for the q bar. Please share, thanks


Change of format for the European Championship

Worldsnooker has just published this announcement

Thursday 4 Aug 2016 09:40AM

Snooker’s new European Championship ranking event in October will feature 32 players going to the final venue in Romania.

The tournament will run from October 3 to 9 in Bucharest and it will be the first ever professional snooker event in Romania.

This is a change to the previously announced format of 128 players at the venue. Instead, qualifying rounds will be staged at the Guild Hall in Preston from September 26 to 28, with all players needing to win two matches to make it to Bucharest.

The entry deadline for players will be August 24 and the seeding cut off point will now be after the Paul Hunter Classic in August.

Ticket details for the European Championship will be announced soon.

Ronnie is going to play in China in September and October.

Ronnie announced this morning that he is going to play in the Shanghai Masters 2016 and enter the International Championship 2016 too. Here are his tweets this morning:

I’ll be playing in Shanghai in September and also entering international in Daqing in October. Will be great to see the Chinese fans again

I’ll be working as an advisor and helping with promotion for the hey long jiang daqing international open.

Got 4 matches with Judd too. 20 Aug Goffs, 3rd sept Peterborough, 10th Bradford, 11 Preston.

As a member of the top 16, he doesn’t need to qualify for the Shanghai Masters.

Excellent news!

Irish Legends Cup 2017 announced

Today,  Jason Francis has announced the dates and some details about the 2017 Irish Legends Cup. Remember, this will be a heated affair: England won it in 2015, Ireland won it in 2016 … now we have a decider!  It’s happening on 7 and 8 January 2017 in Goffs.

Here are Jason’s tweets earlier today

Dear Team Ireland…. @kendoherty1997 @pistol147 @joeswail captain Ronnie has put together the strongest England team ever! details soon!

They are coming for your cup, or fergals cup as its been renamed…. @kendoherty1997 @pistol147 @joeswail

So pleased to announce the 2017 Irish Legends Cup Decider will be played on the 7th / 8th Jan in Goffs. Team Details soon, on sale 20th Aug

last years winning moment from a former waiter and usher at goffs!!!! @kendoherty1997 #dreambig #legend #1997coxzjnlw8aa303e

once again our partners @Dafabet are headlining this great Irish Legends Cup Event.7/8 Jan Goffscoxz47nw8aa3mb_

If you are attending Ronnie v Judd on the 20th you can buy tickets for the 2017 legends cup there before they go on general sale… #goffs

Ken Doherty wasn’t impressed … this is his answer to the first Jason tweet

Tell @ronnieo147 he can bring who he likes we have a strong 5th man…The home crowd

Bring it on!