On 10 and 11 April we had the WSS ROKiT Seffield Masters 2019 at the Crucible theatre.
This event is part of the “Seniors Tour” and was won by Joe Johnson.
Everyone was happy for Joe after what happened last year. Indeed during the launch dinner last year, Joe collapsed and if it wasn’t for the prompt and competent care he received from the medics, he wouldn’t be with us today, let alone a tournament winner.
A very important announcement was made during the event: the WSS ROKiT World Championship 2019 will be held at the Crucible Theatre from August 15 to August 18, 2019 and the Crucible will become home of the WSS World Championship for the years to come.
Aside from the main competition, this event will also have sessions featuring Women Snooker players and Disability Snooker players. Not to be missed!
Yesterday, 12 April, Ronnie did an exhibition in Mansfield.
The day before he had come on twitter and Instagram, saying that he was practicing and “at it” again. Well apparently being “at it” meant this: heavy scoring. Indeed in nine frames, Ronnie had six centuries, the top one a 134, and two 90+ breaks. He must have had a lapse of concentration somewhere … 6+2=8 ?
Anyway, going by the reactions on social media, people had a good time. Here are some images that were shared on twitter:
And one of the matches is now on youtube:
Apparently Ronnie and Jason are working on new merchandise items celebrating the 1000 centuries.
The second item has all the dates on it… but they have a slight problem: counting the centuries, based on Ronnie’s list, the 134 he made to win in Preston was in fact century n°1001! Where is the rogue one? This illustrates an issue all statisticians of the sport have: in early days, nobody was keeping proper, well documented stats. Cuetracker.net for instance, credits Ronnie with less centuries than the official body does because Ron Florax, being extremely thorough, only accepts the centuries he can properly document, and information is hard to find for some older events, in particular team events like the Nations Cups for instance. Also some events, although sanctioned by Worldsnooker were not played on tables that were certified to comply with the governing body competitions standards, therefore those centuries made in them shouldn’t be counted. This was the case for the “Kilkenny Master” in 2007, an event that Ronnie won, and where he made a 147, but that doesn’t count in his official tally of maximum breaks.
Finally the World Championships 2019 qualifiers are underway at the English Institute of Sport.
Those are the results of the first three days:
Today will see the conclusion of the first round and I’ll come back on those results tomorrow…