September 13, 2011

Quiet News Day? Let’s Have an Inquiry.

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:33 pm
The WPBSA has just announced that it is launching an inquiry into an incident in the 17th frame of last Sunday’s Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters final between Mark Selby and Mark Williams. 

As we all know, the match was stopped for several minutes while referee Stevie Wonder had to make a difficult call as to whether The Jester had hit a red or the pink first when escaping from a snooker. 

WPBSA Head Honcho Jason Ferguson called for the inquiry following comments made by both players after the match, including MJW insinuating that the referee was blind and could and should be replaced by the Motown singer despite the fact that Wonder has yet to complete a refereeing course to the sufficient standard to officiate.

The inquiry will be led by Ferguson himself and former referee Alan Chamberlain who now has a beard and looks a bit different and will include statements from both players, the match referee, the cue ball, the red ball and the pink ball. 

Fergie said: “I want to make very clear from the outset that this inquiry is not part of any disciplinary procedure and has no effect on the outcome of the match. Mark Selby is a deserving champion and won the match fair and square. Our rules state that any decision by the referee is final. However, through this inquiry we will look to establish tighter guidelines for referees when such difficult decisions need to be made. A further statement will be released once the inquiry is complete.”

It is understood that Williams (Mark not Stevie) is happy to co-operate whilst the winner Selby is currently trying to think of a statement to get out of it. The cue ball is very keen to answer questions as it is still smarting from being hit so hard in the first place and was so dizzy it wants to know which ball it hit first. The red ball is currently consulting with PR guru Max Clifford as it claims to ‘know’ what ball was hit first but will only disclose this for a six figure sum. The pink ball simply said ‘No Comment’ when I spoke to it earlier.

Referee Williams has stated that he will co-operate as long as the venue and time of the inquiry are sent to him in Braille.    

SB Classic Snapshot: Marianne Williams

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:30 am

It’s time for another Snookerbacker Classic snapshot where one of the entrants to the event tells us a bit more about themselves. This week one of the lady competitors to the competition, Marianne Williams, tells us why she entered and what her hopes in the event are.

Hello Marianne, what made you enter the Snookerbacker Classic? 

I enjoy playing competitively and I would like to broaden my snooker experience on and off  the table meeting other competitors and I feel that The Snookerbacker Classic gives me the opportunity to do so. 

What attracted you to the event? 

World Snooker endorsement made it very attractive. Offering me the competitor the chance to play and watch up and coming amateurs as well as  ex-professionals who are trying to make a comeback!  

Which event or events are you playing in? 

South West Snooker Academy and Chelmsford Snooker Centre. 

Tell us a bit about your snooker career to date.  

I play on two ladies circuits WLBSA and EASB. Last year I played for England in the European open in Romania. I am currently ranked 11 on World Ladies Circuit and 6th on the EASB Ladies Tour.  

Is the chance to experience real matchplay conditions in top class venues more important to you or are you in it to win it?  

I would say the both the above apply!  

Mrs SB will be at venues giving prizes for things like ‘best dressed player’ and ‘nicest haircut’ – think you have a chance in any of those?  

I will leave it up to the judges! 

What are your ambitions in snooker? 

To improve and reach further than I have so far. But most of all to enjoy the journey!  

Finally, are you looking forward to the SB Classic? 

Yes – You bet I am SB! Excited and absolutely thrilled that I am taking part!

If you want to enter this exciting new event and win the chance to enter the Q-School for little more than your bus fare, or you would like to win the cash alternative prize then please click here for details of the dates and venues. I can reserve places at all the events, however please be aware that the South West Snooker Academy event has only 6 places left available and the opening event in Leeds in December has just 10 places left. So you’d better be quick. 

If you have entered the event and want your profile to appear here simply answer the questions above and send them to me at [email protected]

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