Pink Ribbon 2019 – Are you ready?

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The South West Snooker Academy certainly is getting ready and waiting for you, players and fans …

The resident tables have been refurbished and two more tables are nearly ready in what used to be the practice area,  with some seating for spectators.

The 10th Anniversary polo shirts are really beautiful

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And the tournament director’s office is just waiting for Clive Brown…

with the trophies on display.

It should be a great event … it will be great event thanks to all wo entered and all who will come and support whilst watching some great snooker!

Pink Ribbon 2019 – Important clarification

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As you may have noticed, not all players in the pro draw are actually pros.

Yesterday, Andrew Norman, on Facebook and twitter, explained why that is so.

Top 100 in Qschool list had the option to play in the seeded round however they must give 18 start same as pros

In the past years we have used the Qschool list to ‘top up’ the pro round to make an even amount of seeds.. they have the choice to start from the 1st round as well … due to the large Pro entry, it was decided not to pull back QSP’s any players that had already entered

This was when,  following a fan’s question, I wrongly assumed that Robbie McGuigan, Mark Allen’s stepson, found himself in the pro draw because, maybe, Mark Allen himself was not able to travel to Gloucester as early as the Friday or Saturday. Robbie is still a young teenager so he wouldn’t probably travel on his own, but he’s a very good amateur – he’s a 147 man – and played well in the Q-school. I stand corrected. Thank you Andrew.

Also World Snooker Service have been installing two more tables and refurbishing the Academy star tables:

Tomorrow, I’m traveling to Gloucester already! See you there!

The Pink Ribbon 10th Anniversary – Draws and Schedule

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This is the message from Paul Mount yesterday:

394 entries into this years pink ribbon pro am charity snooker competition at SouthWest SnookerAcademy
A big thanks and well done to Andrew Normanand Clive A Brown for all their hard work sorting out the schedule.
Also thanks to World snooker services for installing two extra star tables so we can meet the tight schedule.
We should break through the £100,000 raised barrier at this our tenth pink ribbon event , all of which goes to breast cancer charities.

Indeed with two more tables installed, the tournament director, Clive Brown had to rework the schedule. It’s still a very, very busy schedule!

You will find everything you need by following the links below:

PR19 – Top Half Draw (final v2)

PR19 – Bottom Half Draw (final v2)

PR2019 – Pro Draw L128

PR19 – Summary Schedule (final v2)

 

Snooker in July – (Good) News

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The 370+ entries are a fantastic news for all involved in the Pink Ribbon but it’s also a logistic nightmare. SWSA has ten tables but even so we were facing a 24h non stop play during the week-end at least. World Snooker Services have come to the rescue! 

 

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That’s awsome news! But it also means that the tournament director, Clive Brown, and SWSA manager, Andrew Norman, have to rethink both the draw and organisation of the event. Clive and Andrew are unsung heroes. The work they put in this is incredible.

So the revised draw will be out soon hopefully.

Thank you World Snooker Service and thank you Andrew and Clive. 

I have also heard from Andrew that Worldsnooker has agreed for the event to be streamed. That too is great news. Now, wether Andrew will be able to set that up in the middle of everything else, remains to be seen. I’m 1000% certain that he will try his very best to have it done though!

Mark Allen Classic 2019

This one is underway this week-end.

The scores and results can be followed here: http://live.brackelope.com/t/timg2

Apparently, despite making a 98, Shaun Murphy has lost 4-1 to an amateur… what’s going on there?

Some matches are streamed here The Mark Allen Classic youtube channel

Pink Ribbon 2019 – Draft draw and Schedule

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The Pink Ribbon has attracted a massive turn-up for its 10th Anniversary! This is fantastic news. Over 370 entries, the most ever, and this time a preliminary pro round will be needed as there are more than 32 pro entries! 

This has caused Andrew Norman – the SWSA manager (and defending champion!) – and Clive Brown – the tournament director – a bit of a “draw and schedule” headache but it’s a nice headache to have!

The following draws – amateur rouds only – and schedule are provisional. Every year there are some changes, players who can’t make it, but also players who have entered last minute and not yet in this list. Anyway, here it is!

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You will recognise quite a few names in this draw is you follow the snooker regularly: this is a mix of pure amateurs, former pros, Challenge Tour players, WDBS (Disability) players and WSS Senior players! It has all the ingredients for a great event and … very long days and nights!

 

Calendar revised again… and not great news…

Worldsnooker has published yet another version of the calendar

The calendar for the 2019-20 season has now been updated.

Click here for the calendar

Please note that the Potential Ranking Event for October has been removed from the calendar. And there are amendments to the dates for the Yushan World Open qualifiers and China Open qualifiers.

So the potential ranking event in October has gone. This was the spot occupied by the European Masters and I’m afraid this could be bad news for the European leg. Of course, Worldsnooker has not named the event that never will be this season and it’s still possible that the European Masters happens later.

 

Great Summer Work and Cleaning

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Whilst others rest … we are working on this site!

We have been chasing broken links and missing videos all over the 2015/16/17 seasons (mainly). As you surely know youtube videos tend to disappear after a while, so a lot of the Eurosport features and punditry had gone missing. With the invaluable help of a dear friend, I have been able to restore a lot of them over the last weeks and it’s still work in progress. We have also found a few “new” ones: those have been added.

Amongst them a series of short Master Classes that Ronnie did during the 2016 English Open. You will find them in the gallery: here is the page