WPBSA statement about Ronnie

This was published today

WPBSA Statement – Ronnie O’Sullivan

WPBSA Statement 26th October 2022

 The WPBSA and Ronnie O’Sullivan Disciplinary Hearing Finding

 After a WPBSA Disciplinary Committee hearing before an independent tribunal on 16th September 2022, Ronnie O’Sullivan was found to have breached the WPBSA Conduct Regulations and his players contract:

 The allegation was that the Player had made a lewd and offensive gesture on two separate occasions in televised matches at the UK Championship 2021 and World Championship 2022.

At the hearing Mr O’Sullivan denied the allegations.

On 24th October 2022, the sanction imposed on Mr O’Sullivan was:

  1. To pay a fine of £2,000; and
  2. To pay the costs of the Hearing fixed at £2,000

 Mr O’Sullivan has the right to appeal the decisions of the Disciplinary Committee.

The WPBSA Members Rules 

1.1   Members shall, at all times (i.e. whether at a Tournament or not), behave in a proper and correct manner consistent with their status as professional sportsmen. 

 1.3   A Member shall not make or cause to be made any statement or commit or cause to be committed any act which in the reasonable view of the WPBSA is likely to bring into disrepute the games of snooker and/or billiards.

 WSL Players Contract

3.1.5    Behave in a professional and reputable manner befitting a professional sportsperson. 

 3.1.6    Not to do anything that may damage the reputation and goodwill of the Snooker Parties and the Partners

I will say only this:

  • I have no recollection of an incident at the 2021 UK Championship.
  • The 2022 World Championship incident is probably the gesture that triggered the argument with Olivier Marteel during the final. I’m a bit surprised because, at the time, during the next session, it was said in commentary that the television images had shown nothing conclusive.
  • This is probably not going to improve Ronnie’s mood and motivation for the coming events.
  • As a personal and highly controversial opinion, I do not believe that whatever a sportsperson does or says, it actually impacts their sport. It only impacts their personal image … and then only “maybe”. If Alex Higgins didn’t destroy snooker – being dishonest, violent, obnoxious, a spoilt brat, a drunk and a women beater – nobody and nothing will. I know that he put snooker in the spotlight – partly because of his unacceptable behaviour actually – and that he was a fantastic player, but, from what I read – and that includes two oh his biographies – he was a truly horrible human being and nobody seems to care…

2022 Champion of Champions – Draw and Schedule

WST has published the draw and schedule for the Champion of Champions next week.

Cazoo Champion of Champions Draw

The draw for 2022 Cazoo Champion of Champions is complete with four-time world champion Mark Selby set to meet World Seniors champion Lee Walker in the opening match live on ITV and broadcasters worldwide from the Bolton Stadium Hotel, University of Bolton Stadium.

Defending champion Judd Trump will get his campaign to retain the crown underway on Wednesday, 2 November against Scottish Open winner Luca Brecel in Group 1 with Northern Ireland Open champion Mark Allen taking on Joe Perry in the same session.

World number one and three-time Champion of Champions winner Ronnie O’Sullivan begins his bid for number four in Group 2 on Thursday, 3 November with a tie against Robert Milkins in the offing who will make his debut. Group 2 also sees Zhao Xintong take on Mink Nutcharut who claimed the Women’s World Championship title earlier this year.

Neil Robertson comes into the tournament as one of the favourites qualifying after winning the Cazoo Masters, Players Championship, and Tour Championship. The Thunder from Down Under is in Group 3 on Tuesday, 1 October against Fan Zhengyi before Kyren Wilson meets British Open champion Ryan Day.

Draw and Match Schedule

MONDAY, 31 OCTOBER | Group 4 | 1 pm – Group Semi-Finals (Best of 7)

Mark Selby vs Lee Walker

John Higgins vs Hossein Vafaei

7 pm – Group Final (Best of 11)

Winner vs Winner

TUESDAY, 1 NOVEMBER | Group 3 | 1pm – Group Semi-Finals (Best of 7)

Neil Robertson vs Fan Zhengyi

Kyren Wilson vs Ryan Day

7 pm – Group Final (Best of 11)

Winner vs Winner

WEDNESDAY, 2 NOVEMBER | Group 1 | 1pm – Group Semi-Finals (Best of 7)

Judd Trump vs Luca Brecel

Mark Allen vs Joe Perry

7 pm – Group Final (Best of 11)

Winner vs Winner

THURSDAY, 3 NOVEMBER | Group 2 | 1 pm – Group Semi-Finals (Best of 7)

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Robert Milkins

Zhao Xintong vs Mink Nutcharut

7 pm – Group Final (Best of 11)

Winner vs Winner

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 7pm | Semi-Final (best of 11)
Group 1 Winner v Group 4 Winner

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 7pm | Semi-Final (best of 11)
Group 2 Winner v Group 3 Winner

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | The Final (Best of 19)

The only player in there who hasn’t won an event is Mark Selby actually.

The event is broadcasted by ITV, hence the unusual schedule. Their coverage is excellent but, unless you use a VPN, not available outside UK, which is a shame. Where I am, for instance, the only possibility is matchroom.live. I hope that their streaming will be better than it was last season because that was actually terrible and if they were honest they would offer a refund to their customers. It was unwatchable at (many) times.

Mark Allen wins the 2022 Northern Ireland Open … again!

Mark Allen successfully defended the Northern Ireland Open title in Belfast yesterday. He best Zhou Yuelong by 9-4 from 1-4 down.

Congratulations Mark Allen!

Here is the report by WST:

Allen Triumphs Again In Belfast

Home hero Mark Allen defended his BetVictor Northern Ireland Open crown in front of a rapturous Waterfront Hall crowd in Belfast, defeating Zhou Yuelong 9-4 in the final.

Northern Irishman Allen had openly admitted to struggling with the pressure of playing in his home event prior to last year. However, having never previously reached the semi-finals, he made a 147 on his way to a maiden final in 2021. Allen then defeated John Higgins 9-8 in a thrilling encounter to land the title.

Allen has now won 14 consecutive matches in this event and tonight’s victory sees him pick up the seventh ranking title of his career. The 36-year-old retains the Alex Higgins Trophy and scoops a top prize of £80,000. Allen also clinches the last remaining place in the upcoming Champion of Champions, an event he missed 12 months ago due to personal reasons.

Allen put in the work away from the table over the summer and it is paying dividends on the baize. He was runner-up in the recent British Open to Ryan Day and has now landed his first title of the campaign. Allen has lost nearly five stone in a bid to get fitter, which was inspired by a chat with World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan after he lost to him at the Crucible.

The Pistol has negotiated a perilous path to this year’s final, beating the likes of Mark Williams and Neil Robertson along the way. He looked in trouble this afternoon when he trailed 4-1, but rallied to end the session level at 4-4.

China’s former World Cup winner Zhou will be left to rue not pressing on in the afternoon session, but can reflect positively on a week which has seen him reach his third ranking final. The 24-year-old was runner-up at the 2020 Shoot Out and the 2020 European Masters. Despite not landing that first ranking title, he leaves with the consolation of £35,000.

Allen eased to victory this evening, carrying the momentum from his great escape in the afternoon. After taking a 28-minute first frame, where he constructed a break of 53, he powered to the finish.

The 2018 Masters champion crafted breaks of 85, 50, 51 to move to the verge of victory. Allen then fired in a stunning break of 109 to get over the line, clearing the table to take his eighth consecutive frame and sending a sold out crowd wild.

It is a very proud moment. I’ve won two Northern Ireland Open titles. I never ever thought I would say that,” said Antrim’s Allen.

It is crazy. I didn’t think this moment would come. It is hard to win individual matches, so I just wanted to come here and make a good account of myself as defending champion. I wanted to fight for everything, not give up and make it as hard as possible for my opponent.

I felt that if I could nick the eighth frame to go 4-4, he would really struggle mentally. I think he lost it in that session rather than me winning it. I felt he would rue his missed chances. After hanging on and getting out 4-4, I felt like I’d won.

The walk on this evening felt like a football arena. The crowd singing Sweet Caroline didn’t feel like a snooker match. It is something I could get used to, that was very special. I’ve always said I am a proud Northern Irishman, I want to do it for the fans as well as myself and my family. I think I am starting to repay them for the years of anguish I’ve gave them here.”

Mark played very well after a slow start and is a deserving winner. The crowd supported him through and through, as you would expect. They applauded Zhou good shots as well, but they also applauded and shouted when he missed, especially in the evening. It was probably more to encourage Mark Allen than anything else but it must have been hard for his young opponent who struggled more and more as the match progressed. That wasn’t nice to watch and I hope that it won’t have lasting effects on his confidence. The way he played this week, Zhou showed that he has the game to be a winner, but, right now, he probably doesn’t have the confidence he needs to actually do it. What happened yesterday will not help.

When it was obvious the the match was slipping away from Zhou, Ronnie suggested that instead of going into his shell, he should go all out attack a, clearly, the more cautious approach wasn’t getting him anywhere. That’s probably true, but it’s not easy to do if it’s not in the person’s nature to react that way.

It was nice to see Mark Allen looking well, physically and mentally and enjoying the moment with his family.

The 2022 Northern Ireland Open – SFs

After a week of highs and lows in Belfast here we are on the Final day with a line-up not many would have predicted: the defending Champion, Mark Allen, will face Zhou Yuelong who will play in his third final.

Here is how we got here:

Afternoon session: Zhou Yuelong 6-4 Anthony Mc Gill (WST report):

Zhou Battles Past McGill

Zhou Yuelong reached the third ranking final of his career by battling past steely Scot Anthony McGill 6-4 in the last four of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.

China’s former World Cup winner Zhou appeared in two title matches in 2020, falling short of silverware at the BetVictor Shoot Out and the BetVictor European Masters. He was runner-up to Michael Holt in the former and unfortunately succumbed to a 9-0 loss against Neil Robertson in the latter.

Zhou will be hoping there are no repeats of that whitewash defeat this week. He will face either Robertson or defending champion Mark Allen over the best of 17 frames, with the Alex Higgins Trophy and the £70,000 top prize on the line.

Defeat for world number 20 McGill ends his hopes of earning a place in the top 16 of the rankings ahead of the UK Championship. He will now need to attend qualifying to earn his place in the first Triple Crown event of the campaign.

McGill took a tightly contested opening frame on the pink, before Zhou hit back with a break of exactly 100 to draw level. They traded the following two frames and went into the mid-session locked level at 2-2.

When the players returned, it was 24-year-old Zhou who came out firing with a sublime contribution of 132 to take the lead. He led 62-0 in the sixth, but missed a routine red to the top right. McGill pounced with a clearance of 73 to steal on the black and restore parity at 3-3.

The Glaswegian then strung together a break of 101 from a great long red to regain the lead at 4-3. However, it was at that moment that Zhou burst into life. After drawing level again, back-to-back centuries of 127 and 110 saw him emerge a 6-4 victor.

I think we both played well in the match, but in some frames we did both miss chances,” said world number 23 Zhou. “We both lost some concentration, but in the last two frames I played really well.

Many times I’ve dreamed of winning a title, but I know how tough it is. When you are close to a trophy, you think about it. From the first time you pick up a cue and every time you walk into an academy and play on the table, you dream to win a trophy. It is hard for me, but I want to try and relax and not care whether I win or lose. I just want to enjoy the final.

If I win, I will be happy to have made my dream come true. If I don’t win then alright, I will win next time. It is important to not get under pressure, this is no good. You have to not think about the trophy and just play.”

It was an excellent match indeed and Zhou’s attitude impressed me. If he can keep it today, it will be a great final no matter who wins.

Evening session: Mark Allen 6-2 Neil Robertson (WST report):

Allen Into Second Consecutive Belfast Final

Defending champion Mark Allen is through to the final of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open, after defeating Australia’s Neil Robertson 6-2 in front of a passionate home crowd in Belfast.

Antrim’s Allen emotionally landed the Alex Higgins Trophy for the first time 12 months ago, by defeating John Higgins 9-8 in a thrilling final. He now faces China’s Zhou Yuelong over the best of 17 frames tomorrow, with the chance to defend his crown. The winner will scoop a £70,000 top prize.

Tomorrow’s final is sure to be contested amidst a raucous atmosphere. The evening session sold out earlier today and the afternoon session has just a handful of tickets remaining. The winner of tomorrow’s match will scoop the last remaining spot in the upcoming Champion of Champions event.

Allen’s success this week comes off the back of a summer of hard work away from the table. The Northern Irishman has now lost nearly five stone in a bid to get fitter, which was inspired by a chat with World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan after Allen lost to him at the Crucible.

Defeat for 23-time ranking event winner Robertson ends his bid to become the first player to complete the Home Nations Slam. The Melbourne cueman has won each of the other three Home Nations events, with the Northern Ireland Open remaining the final piece of the puzzle for at least another year.

Allen won a truncated opening frame this evening, but Robertson responded by taking the second courtesy of a 56 break. Allen won the third and then ensured a 3-1 lead at the interval with a contribution of exactly 100.

The Pistol didn’t let up when play resumed and fired in a superb break of 136 to move 4-1 in front. Robertson pegged him back with 68 in the sixth, but a run of 60 in the seventh made it 5-2 to Allen.

The eighth frame came down to the colours, which Allen cleared with 27 to force a respot. After an extensive safety battle, Allen eventually deposited a long range black to the yellow pocket to send the Waterfront Hall crowd wild.

The atmosphere on those last few balls was ridiculous. It looked a few times as if Neil would leave me a shot and the crowd were going mad, then it ran a bit more and I had to play safe. I got a chance at that long black, potted it lovely and the crowd went nuts. It was class,” said 36-year-old Allen.

Zhou is a class player. I always thought he was the best out of the Chinese outside of Ding but he never really pushed on. Yan and Zhao have pushed on and got themselves up the rankings. Zhou has always been classy. There is something about him, he hits the ball well and scores heavy. I just have to play my game. He hasn’t won a tournament yet and it would be nice if I could keep him on zero for as long as possible. He is so young and if he gets one or two under his belt he could go on to win multiple further events. It is up to me to try and stop that.

I want the crowd to be boisterous. I want them to be supportive like they always are, but I want them to be fair. If Zhou plays well and pots good balls I want them to show him appreciation. It is a ranking final and both players deserve to be there. We’ve played some good stuff to be there and I want them to be respectful, but also cheer me on as much as possible.

I will be honest, I expected Neil Roberson to win this one, the way he had played in this event so far. He was disappointing yesterday. That said he played against a 200% motivated Mark Allen and by the boisterous Belfast crowd 200% supportive of the Northern Irish boy and defending champion. That’s a lot to cope with.

Mark Allen has always been someone telling things the way he feels and sees it. He made his intentions clear and he will start the match as favourite given his experience and motivation. Will he feel the pressure? Surely. Will he cope with it? Probably but we shall see.

That said, he has lost a lot of weight, which should help his stamina, and he has also been working with a mental coach, as he explained to Eurosport:

Allen has appeared totally focused all week and the 36-year-old puts this down to the work of his mind coach.

I don’t feel like I’ve played my best stuff this week, but what I have had is a really good attitude.

Balls I have missed, I’ve forgot about straight away, and I’ve just looked forward to my next visit, no matter what the score is, or who I’m playing.

I’ve been working with a mind coach the last few months and I feel like I’m in a really good place at the moment. We’ve been working together since then and we chat a lot, chat before every match or at least every other day. And he’s really got me in a good place.

I’ll speak to him tomorrow [Sunday] morning and I’ll probably speak to him again before tomorrow night’s session regardless of what the score is.”

Also … before someone jumps on my back … I DO know that the top prize for this event is £80,000 not £70,000. Apparently though, whoever writes for WST isn’t aware this season update “money schedule”. I’v sent an email to their press officer.

The 2022 Northern Ireland Open QFs

Here are WST accounts on the action in Belfast yesterday:

Afternoon

Thunder Strikes Jester In Belfast

Neil Robertson scored his sixth consecutive win over Mark Selby, clinching a 5-2 victory to reach the semi-finals of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.

Robertson continues his hunt for a maiden Northern Ireland Open crown. The Australian is a two-time winner of the Welsh Open and was victorious at the Scottish Open in 2017. Victory this week would see him complete the Home Nations Slam. He now faces either Mark Allen or Mark Williams tomorrow over the best of 11 frames.

The result also extends his winning streak over Selby to six and enhances his head-to-head record, which now stands at 16-8. Selby’s hopes of earning a maiden Northern Ireland Open title are now over. He too has scored victories at the Scottish, English and Welsh Opens, but the Alex Higgins Trophy remains elusive to the four-time Crucible king.

Robertson took the first frame this afternoon thanks to a break of 73, before a truncated second ended with Selby restoring parity. The Leicester cueman then took the lead courtesy of a 95 break. However, Robertson responded with 97 to head into mid-session level at 2-2.

When play resumed a break of 84 saw Robertson regain the lead. He composed a run of 63 at the start of the sixth, but Selby had the chance to clear from the last red and steal. He elected to play a snooker rather than attempt a difficult positional shot to get on the black. Robertson managed to escape and eventually won the frame to move one from the win. Breaks of 73 and 53 in the seventh saw him over the line.

I thought it was really good. Certainly my best performance of the week. Every time I seemed to go for a long ball they went in and I scored very heavily from it as well,” said 40-year-old Robertson.

There are a few matches against Mark in the last couple of years where I’ve won deciders. They are a toss of a coin that could go either way. It isn’t like I’ve got the wood on him, but it is a great record to have. He is a wonderful player.

It is an extra incentive this week to try to win as nobody has won all four Home Nations before. It is a nice thing to try and do. I am very motivated coming here anyway because I haven’t got the best record in this event. It is great to get down to the one table set up and I’m sure it will be an amazing crowd at the weekend.

In the afternoon’s other quarter-final, Zhou Yuelong rallied from 4-2 down to defeat David Gilbert 5-4 and book his place in the semis.

China’s Zhou will now appear in the semi-finals of a ranking event for the fifth time in his career. He’s been runner-up on two occasions at the 2020 Shoot Out and the 2020 European Masters.

Gilbert crafted breaks of 84, 71, 60 and 55 on his way to establishing his 4-2 advantage. However, he faltered at the finish line and missed several opportunities. Zhou fully capitalised and breaks of 63, 54 and 130 gave him three on the bounce to emerge a 5-4 victor. He faces either Anthony McGill or Lyu Haotian tomorrow.

As you would expect, the Neil Robertson v Mark Selby match was a high quality affair, well appreciated by the Eurosport pundits. Mark Selby wasn’t yet at his best but he did play much better than in previous rounds. Ronnie in the studio said that Neil is the best player in the World at the moment and, based on this performance, it’s hard to argue against that. This was a great advert for snooker.

Zhou is not the most flamboyant of the young Chinese players, but he’s a very solid all-rounder. He showed a solid temperament from a very young age. The 9-0 trashing that Neil Robertson inflicted him in the 2020 European Masters appeared to have shaken his confidence, but yesterdays win can only contribute to restore his self-belief. The same can’t be said from David Gilbert who appeared increasingly shaky and angry as the match unfolded.

Evening

Allen Beats Williams In Thriller

Defending champion Mark Allen edged a pulsating quarter-final encounter with 24-time ranking event winner Mark Williams 5-4 to make the semi-finals of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.

Antrim’s Allen delighted a raucous home crowd by securing victory this evening. He scored an emotional title winning triumph here at the Waterfront Hall 12 months ago, defeating John Higgins 9-8 in the final to claim the Alex Higgins Trophy for the first time.

Allen’s run this week has seen him extend his winning streak in Belfast 12 matches. He will be aiming to make it 13 tomorrow evening when he faces Neil Robertson over the best of 11 frames.

Williams dramatically claimed his first ranking silverware in six years here in 2017, defeating Yan Bingtao 9-8 in the final. That sparked a revival which saw him pick up his third Crucible title at the 2018 World Championship. However, this evening’s narrow defeat ends his hopes of a second Northern Irish Open crown.

Williams flew out of the blocks with breaks of 62 and 70 to establish an early 2-0 lead. However, Allen emphatically responded and runs of 77 and 74 helped him to restore parity at 2-2.

Former Masters winner Allen then comfortably claimed the next two frames to make it 4-2 and four on the bounce, in a run where he restricted Williams to just 11 points across those frames.

Despite that period of being frozen out, Williams rallied to force his way back into the tie. The Welshman claimed two 30-minute frames to force a decider.

It was Allen who took control of the final frame, but Williams had a chance to steal the tie. With the other balls in favourable positions, he elected to take on a difficult black along the top cushion. It remained over the pocket and Allen got over the line to secure his place in the semis.

Allen said: “It’s mad the things you can think about. I played him four years ago in China, I was 60 points up and he cleared up to beat me in the decider. It is nice to have those negative thoughts out there, but I was only thinking of that when he was at the table. I thought he’d do it again as he does it time and time again. That is why he has one of the best bottles in the game, him and John Higgins set themselves apart.

The atmosphere was brilliant. I’m fortunate that they’ve supported me since round one. I couldn’t believe the crowds in the first round, it was huge. They are so fair though. They applauded when he played a good shot, but they always get behind their own. There were 90% in there behind me. They were still respectful to Mark though.

I need to go out there and play well. I know that Neil is going to play well. I need to play better.

Scotland’s Anthony McGill won a dramatic last eight clash with Lyu Haotian to book his place in the semi-finals. The two-time ranking event winner and former Crucible semi-finalist will now face Zhou Yuelong for a place in the title match.

McGill crafted runs of 56, 95, 85 and 112 on his way to earning a 4-3 advantage. Lyu had looked set to force a decider, when he left McGill requiring two snookers in the eighth. However, McGill got them and pulled off a superb clearance to the black to progress.

Judging by Mark Allen’s performance yesterday, we are in for a treat today when he meets Neil Robertson tonight. Whoever emerges the winner will be a huge favourite for the title.

Zhou is probably better equipped than Lyu when it’s about trying to beat someone like Ants McGill because he’s more of an all-rounder. It should be an interesting match.

In other news… Ronnie was caught practising …

A very strange and worrying move by the ACBS (Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports)

I stumbled upon this piece of information issued by World Billiards and I find it weird and very worrying:

We regret to inform billiards enthusiasts and all cue sports lovers that the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) has threatened to ban any player who competes in the World Billiards Championship and Singapore Open in Singapore in November. This is terrible news for our sport.

The ACBS threat of a ban, not yet communicated uniformly to all affected players and countries, but advised to several players, is that players “will be banned if they play in any event not sanctioned by the regional governing body or the IBSF”. This means that players risk being banned if they play in any event in Asia that is not sanctioned by the ACBS, and this would presumably include snooker (masters, open, junior, women’s, 6 red).

It is worth noting that no other regional body has ever made a threat like this. All other regional bodies encourage international events in their region as they are good for the players and help raise the profile of the sport. The ACBS threat is not good for either the players or the sport.

World Billiards will not reciprocate in any way to this threat. We accept players of all genders, ages, nationalities and abilities and we do not ban or threaten to ban players from competing wherever and whenever they wish, except for disciplinary breaches.

The World Championship and Singapore Open will proceed as planned, as will the rest of our calendar around the world.

This appalling threat from the ACBS raises many questions: What level of events are included in the threat? Does this include any open event in Asia? Does this include invitationals, Q school, amateur wild cards into WST events? For how long would players be banned? What is the appeal process? What does the ACBS hope to achieve with this ban? How will this help grow and promote the sport in Asia? Why would the ACBS want Asian players to have less opportunities to compete? After this last minute attack on the World Billiards Championship (announced months ago), why would any organisation risk bringing an international event to Asia? What are they scared of? Did they not learn anything from the threat of a ban a few years ago by another organisation?

We think Asian National Sporting Associations and players are entitled to answers to these questions and they should be seeking answers from the ACBS without delay. Let’s hope National Sporting Associations across Asia will stand up for the rights of their players to be free from threats such as this one.

This is a sad day for our sport and for players everywhere, but particularly for our friends from Asia who will be denied playing opportunities that are available to the rest of the world.

We stand alongside the affected players.

WBL Board

I would greatly appreciate any contribution/comment that would help me, and every fan of cue sports, understand what’s going on here. It’s obviously some kind of “war for power” and it risks to worsen and reignite the IBSf/WPBSA-WST conflict. But who, other than power-junkies individual will benefit from such a move? Surely, it can only weaken and damage cuesports on the international scene.

News from the Snooker Planet – Week 5 at the 900, 2022 Scottish Open and Snooker Scene’s comeback

Week 5 at “The 900” concluded on Wednesday and there was more excitement and drama.

Here is what happened:

On Monday

Jamie Curtis-Barrett won day 1 beating Nigel Bond in the final.

On Tuesday

Lee Martin won day 2 beating Daniel Ward, Reanne Evans partner, in the final

On Wednesday

Philip Williams, who plays on the Seniors Tour regularly beat Patsy Fagan in the Final. It’s a remarkable achievement from Patsy, who is 71 years of age. Patsy was the winner of the inaugural UK Championship in 1977 … That was 45 years ago.

Here are some more images…

Ali Carter was in the studio … all smiles.

Wytech is a new sponsor for the series. The company belongs to Mark Jones, Hannah Jones’ father.

Next week we start again with this line-up:

Jason Francis also shared those two short videos on twitter

The Shirt is not impressed…
Richard Emery had to dash around the table…

2022 Scottish Open – Opening day schedule

This was published by WST:

Strong Field For Edinburgh’s Opening Day

Scotland’s top player John Higgins, World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy and defending champion Luca Brecel will all be in action on the first day of the BetVictor Scottish Open in Edinburgh on Monday November 28.

Click here for the draw

Click here for the format

The tournament will be staged at the Meadowbank Sports Centre for the first time and it will be the first professional snooker event in Edinburgh since 2003. And fans can enjoy watching a stellar field of the world’s top stars. Key first round matches include:

Luca Brecel v Fraser Patrick on Monday November 28 at 10am
Judd Trump v Sanderson Lam on Monday November 28 at 1pm
John Higgins v Anthony Hamilton on Monday November 28 during the afternoon session 
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Bai Langning on Monday November 28 at 7pm
Neil Robertson v Mark Davis on Monday November 28 during the evening session
Kyren Wilson v three-time Women’s World Champion Ng On Yee on Tuesday November 29 during the afternoon session

In all there will be over 70 players in the field, including Scottish potters Stephen Maguire, Anthony McGill and Graeme Dott.

Four-time World Champion Higgins, who lost to Brecel in the final last year, said: “It’s brilliant news for the Scottish players as we have really missed the chance to play in our home tournament over the last couple of years. I think there’s a lot of support for snooker and a lot of people playing the game in Edinburgh. I would love to win it in front of my own fans.

And the great news of today… Snooker Scene is back, with Nick Metcalfe as the new editor