September 21, 2011

It’s Not Like The Old Days: The World Seniors Returns

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:21 pm

Always getting in our way.

They are the type of people who get onto a train and stare at you until you give up your seat, even though they are only going one stop and you have been on your feet all day. They are the type of people who get to the bakery at the crack of dawn much to the annoyance of the staff, as if they had a busy schedule when in reality they don’t really have anything else to do. They are the type of people that insist on driving very slowly to do their supermarket shopping at the weekend and always end up in front of you in the queue when they have had all week to do it. They are the type of people that use their bus pass all day just to get a warm, that moan about the price of everything, hit anyone that gets in their way with a stick and claim that every single person under 20 is evil and should be enrolled in the army.  

I am talking of course about old people.  

All this is my way of introducing the annual get together that is The World Seniors Championship whose qualifying rounds are being held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on October 10-11th.

Jimmy White is the reigning champion after taking the innaugural event last year but this year the age restriction has been raised to 45 rather than 40 to keep the likes of Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty out of it and to ensure that the older generation get the chance to bump up their winter fuel allowance payments with a share of the £50,000 pot on offer.

Early entrants into the qualifiers include the likes of Mike ‘Has Anyone Got a Rope’ Hallett, The Silver Fox and part-time Housemartin fancier David Taylor and the legend that is Mr Frilly Shirt and Oversized Dickie himself, Mr Doug Mountjoy.

They are all hoping to win through to the main event which this year is being held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on the weekend of November 5 and 6 and will feature a field of 16 players, with 12 invited including amongst others, Jimmy, The Nugget, Cliff, Dennis, Neal Foulds and more bizarrely Kiwi Dene O’Kane with four more to come through the qualifying event. To learn more about the main event click here

Rather cruely or rather amusingly depending on your level of humour, they have decided to make this a shot-clock event and every shot will be limited to 30 seconds, which is about the time it usually takes Cliff to chalk his cue, but I can exclusively reveal that the thinking behind this was simply that it will stop Dennis from breaking off to tell a joke for half an hour in the middle of a frame. The original master of gamesmanship was our Den.

Joe: Hijacked.

Bazza, who has stolen the event off Joe Johnson says “We introduced the World Seniors Championship last year and it was a great success so we’re delighted to keep it on the calendar this season. And we’re particularly thrilled that Sky Sports have decided to televise the whole event live, as well as showing highlights over the Christmas period.” 

“This tournament is about celebrating the great names of the past 30 years. Last year I was particularly impressed by the way the players interacted with the crowd and enjoyed the fun and banter. The atmosphere was a joy for anyone who was lucky enough to have a seat. And make no mistake – the players are still extremely competitive and there was some very high quality snooker played, particularly by the champion Jimmy White.” 

“We’ve moved the event to an excellent venue in Peterborough with 430 seats. I would strongly recommend fans to get their seats booked for what is a unique event on the calendar.”  

The closing date to enter the qualifiers is next Monday (September 26).  

The final stages will be televised live on Sky with total prize money of £50,000, with the winner to pocket £18,000. There’s also prize money at the qualifiers with the four losing quarter-finalists to win £750. 

If you are an ex-tour player or member of World Snooker that wants another shot at the big time, haven’t yet entered and is not incredibly offended by the contents of this post. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTRY PACK.

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