October 16, 2012

Snookerbacker Classic Date and Venue Change

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:41 pm

The new date in Gloucester is the last chance to make Finals Day

I really hate to use the phrase ‘by popular demand’ but on this occasion it is actually true and has resulted in me making a decision about the Snookerbacker Classic scheduled for Coulsdon, London next month.

There were many players asking me in Gloucester if there were any spare places left anywhere and with that event full, Leeds in December full and Dublin the only remaining option I have decided to take the Classic back to the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester on Sunday 17th February for a 32 player event with the final slot in Finals Day the following Friday up for grabs, this event now replaces Coulsdon next month.

I have been in touch with the 16 players that have entered Coulsdon and it goes without saying that should they not wish to transfer their entry to Gloucester they will immediately receive a full refund, I have also contacted some of the players that were asking about future events.

The format of the event will be straight knockout, but seeing as the winner will have had to win one more match than all other finalists I feel that it is only fair that both the losing semi-finalists and the runner-up receive their entry fee back in full, the entry fee being the standard £50.

As things stand at the moment there are a total of 8 places remaining in this event, if you would like one reserving you should contact me straight away through one of these methods. The remaining places are likely to fill very quickly so if you want one reserving you need to contact me now.

Payment for this event will not be due until the end of January 2013, details of payment deadlines for Leeds in December and Dublin in January will follow shortly but fees can be paid by players holding reserve places at any time here.

Lee Set to Appeal Suspension

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:58 am


It has been confirmed this morning that Stephen Lee is in the process of appealing the suspension imposed on him on Friday by the WPBSA and still hopes to return to the baize as early as this weekend to contest the EPTC in Antwerp.

In this article by Hector Nunns, Quigley states “It is his livelihood. He was due to play in Belgium on Saturday and then China the following weekend.” This follows news that Lee has been withdrawn from the Premier League and all his previous matches declared void, which I assume will also mean that any prize money he had coming to him will also be withheld.

The WPBSA decided on this occasion to impose a suspension immediately on the player following the Premier League match, this being the same approach they took with John Higgins and more recently Joe Jogia, though this came after an ‘initial investigation’ (a luxury they are not affording to Lee) pending the further bans they imposed on both players.

However, the grounds for Lee’s appeal may focus more on the case involving Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett, who continued to ply their trade on the green baize whilst under a seemingly never ending investigation by Strathclyde Police in relation to the match they played in the 2009 UK Championship which involved amongst other things a visit to Snookerbacker Mansions, much to the annoyance of both myself and Mrs SB. However, this of course came before Barry Hearn took to the helm at World Snooker and before the Integrity Unit was established.

Coincidentally, as well as the investigation into Lee’s match with John Higgins the other night, I understand that the further investigation that was recently dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service and is now in the hands of the WPBSA also relates to the 2009 UK Championship, two matches and in particular four frames involving Lee in that tournament being the focus of this inquiry.

Whatever happens, Lee’s suspension has caused havoc with Premier League fixtures and I’d say it is highly unlikely we will see him on the baize again until both investigations are completed.

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