Snookerbacker

May 18, 2013

Big Day at Q-School

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:46 am
Jamie Clarke - still in the hunt.

Jamie Clarke – still in the hunt.

It’s another life-changing day over in Sheffield today as the 16 players left in Q-School 2 start at 10am knowing that they are all just 8 frames away from the main tour, by later today 4 of them will be on the tour and the other 12 will know that Q-School 3 is their only remaining chance of getting that coveted spot in the professional ranks.

It’s an exciting day for me too as it’s great to see so many familiar names still involved. No fewer than six Snookerbacker Classic stalwarts are still in the hunt although up to now the champion David Gray is not making the impact that he might have expected. But the one thing I will say about David is that he tends to do things the hard way if the Classic is anything to go by, preferring to play his best when it’s, to use a technical term, shit or bust.

There remains no fewer than 4 past SB Classic Grand Finalists still there, unfortunately 3 of them are in the same quarter, those being 2012 finalist Syd Wilson and 2013 finalists Ant Parsons and Jamie Clarke.

The other past finalist from 2012 Zak Surety is also still involved as well as Classic regulars Ben Harrison and Reanne Evans. It would be great if 3 of those 6 names were on the tour come tea time.

For anyone catching up on Q-School, event one saw another SB Classic regular Elliot Slessor qualify in quickfire fashion despite being a bit under the weather, I think he could be a real danger on the tour next time. Alex Davies also returned to the tour as did Lee Page and making up the foursome was London’s Hammad Miah. You can read a summary of that event here.

The 2014 Snookerbacker Classic preparation is now into it’s later stages with all venues now confirmed.

The launch date for the event will be in June after myself and Mrs SB return from our week away in the middle of nowhere early in the month and the headline news is that the prize money will be increased by a further 50% to just over £6000, with prize money extending to the Last 16 rather than the quarter-finalists.

The Grand Finals this season will be played at the South West Snooker Academy on March 1st 2014.

But for now it’s all eyes on Sheffield and I’d like to wish all those I know personally the very best of luck.

10am

Ahmed Saif 4-2 Ant Parsons
Syd Wilson 3-4 Jamie Clarke
Mitchell Travis 0-4 David Morris
Mitchell Mann 2-4 Ross Muir
Ben Harrison 0-4 Ryan Clark
Dylan Mitchell 0-4 Zak Surety
Reanne Evans 1-4 Alexander Ursenbacher
Paul Wykes 4-2 Jeff Cundy

Finals

Ahmed Saif 4-1 Jamie Clarke
David Morris 0-4 Ross Muir
Ryan Clark 4-1 Zak Surety
Alexander Ursenbacher 4-0 Paul Wykes

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