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There is plenty of snooker, and snooker news this week, although no main tour action

Ronnie’s management has confirmed that he will be at the Champion of Champions as we expected. They posted this on various social media:

Semi-final finish for Ronnie in the English Open, lots of positives and a 15th professional maximum break along the way.

On to the next one – Coventry in 2 weeks for the Champion of Champions 🚀

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Some of the main tour potters play this weeek at the Macau Masters. This is what Worldsnooker published about this new event.

Next week’s D88 Sports Macau Masters will feature top stars including Mark Williams, Barry Hawkins and Marco Fu.

The tournament at the JW Marriott Hotel in Macau is on October 24 and 25. It starts with a team competition involving Williams, Hawkins, Fu, Joe Perry, Ryan Day, Zhou Yuelong, Zhao Xintong and Zhang Anda.

That will be followed by an individual six-red competition. This will start with a match between the two lowest ranked players, Zhao Xintong and Zhang Anda, with the winner going through to face the next-lowest, Zhou Yuelong. The sequence continues with the winner of the penultimate match to take on Crucible king Williams.

The 2018 Macau Masters is the first World Snooker sanctioned tournament to take place in Macau.

The commercial director of sponsor D88 Sports said: “We are very happy and excited to be involved in the world’s most gentlemanly and elegant sport. We are deeply in love with this sport and will spare no effort to promote the development of snooker and present a great tournament. We hope all of you will harvest success and joy in the game and we believe it will be a visual feast for all.”

A spokesman for World Snooker added: “We feel that the Macau Masters has the potential to grow into a regular event on the World Snooker Tour. We hope it will be a fantastic tournament for the players and fans.”

Somehow it is the successor of the UK v China Challenge held over the summer last season. You will be able to follow the event on snooker.org.

The Ladies are in Australia. More info on this one can be found on WPBSA 

Australian Women’s Snooker Open 2018

  • 9th July 2018

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) are today delighted to jointly announce that a World Women’s Snooker Tour event will be staged in Australia for the first time ever later this year.

The Australian Women’s Snooker Open will take place from 25-28 October at the Mt Pritchard District and Community Club, known as “Mounties” in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The tournament will become the third event of the upcoming season and be open to women from across the globe. The event will carry full ranking status, ensuring that it will immediately become a highly sought-after title on the tour.

Mounties is a community club offering full facilities such as four eateries, licensed bars, ten full-size snooker tables and much more. The tournament will be sponsored by Mounties and will carry a total prize fund of AUD$9000.00, with AUD$8000 to be won in the main event, including a top prize of AUD$3000 for the champion. A further AUD$1000 is allocated for the Challenge Cup event for players who do not qualify for the knockout rounds of the main competition.

Australia has a strong history on the women’s tour, with Lesley McIllrath one of just two non-UK winners of the World Women’s Snooker Championship (alongside current champion Ng On Yee) following her title triumph back in 1980. In more recent years Jessica Woods has also enjoyed success both at home and abroad, recently claiming her fifth national women’s championship winning 21 of the 24 frames that she played.

Mandy Fisher, WLBS President said: “It has always been an ambition of mine to see a World Women’s Snooker Tour event take place in Australia and therefore I could not be happier with today’s announcement. This is an important milestone in our history as we continue our global expansion as a body and I would like to thank both Frank Dewens and World Snooker Federation Treasurer Mike Peachey who have both contributed significantly to helping make this prestigious new event happen.”

Frank Dewens, ABSC President said: “It is indeed a great pleasure in opening up our Women’s Australian Open Snooker Championship to the world. We are looking forward to seeing the best women players in the world competing against Australia’s best.”

Further information, including full entry details will be released in due course.

The draw is available on snooker.org, as will be the results when they become available.

And Finally, the Credit Risks Solutions Seniors UK Championship will start tomorrow in Hull. Again the draw is on snooker.org as will be the results.

I’m in Hull, and I will be taking pictures, at the gala dinner tonight, and at the event in the coming two days. You will find my pictures and reports on my seniors snooker tour blog

This event will be broadcasted by Freesports.tv, s, at least in the UK fans will be able to watch it on TV and/or on Internet.

Jimmy White is the Defending Champion.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures I took yesterday around Hull…

More are available here on my Facebook page. You don’t need to be on Facebook to browse through the album.

 

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