WST has now published extensive information regarding the two Asia-Oceania Q-Schools
Asia Oceania Q School Draw And Format
The draw and format for the inaugural Asia-Oceania Q School are now available.
Click here for the draw and format
Click here for the match schedule
Snooker’s first ever Asia-Oceania Q School, starting on June 1st, gives new opportunities for the most talented players in those regions to graduate to the professional tour. Two tournaments will be staged, with the finalists from both to earn a two-year card to the World Snooker Tour. So in total four players will be awarded a place on the professional circuit for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons.
There are 70 players from 12 different countries in the field. Former professionals Dechawat Poomjaeng, Hamza Akbar, Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon, Thor Chuan Leong, Luo Honghao and Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn will be among those battling for tour cards.
As usual when events have been organised and held in Thailand, the information they share is well and clearly presented. Thanks for this!
Meanwhile, the second UK based Q-School is underway and I will look at the results tomorrow, after the second round is completed
3 thoughts on “2022 Asia-Oceania Q-Schools – Draws, Format and Schedules”
I travelled up to Sheffield yesterday morning and saw most of the matches. It’s a fairly standard set-up with 8 tables and 2 practice tables. Tables 1-4 have a banked 10 rows of seats, Tables 5-8 just two rows of chairs. The table allocation is random, and sometimes players go out early, as they have to check in 15 minutes before in any case.
Naturally, I’ve seen some fine performances, and some terrible ones. With Lee Walker losing, one of the sections looks very open, whilst the other 3 are very tough. The players don’t yet seem under too much pressure – that will gradually increase as they get closer
From what I remember, that setup is very similar to what was used in Ponds Forge when they hosted the qualifiers. I still wonder why some players enter this. It’s not cheap. There is one female player in the draw. This is the fourth time she enters those events. She hasn’t won a single frame yet. Her only “win” was a walk-over. What’s the point ???
Yes, I did in fact see the legendary Heather Clare pot a few balls! In any open tournament you will always get some entrants who aren’t serious. But actually, their entrance fee does help to subsidise the event, and provides an easy starter for more serious players. There’s nothing wrong with that. In Q School there’s the added incentive of appearing on a live video stream.
The problem comes when the structure means the weak players unbalance the draw, particularly the Order of Merit. This is also damaged by all these byes and walkovers. It’s one of the reasons why dynamic pairings are so much fairer.
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