May 10, 2016

Join The Q – Q School Commences

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:14 am
It's back to school for the potters.

It’s back to school for the potters.

All eyes from tomorrow focus on the Meadowside Centre in Burton as a total of 182 amateur players line up to try and nab one of the twelve remaining tour cards on offer via the annual Q-School.

Apparently the decision to offer four further cards on top of the usual eight was taken ‘because of the demand and high number of entries’ this year. This does strike me as a little odd as surely there was an agreed criteria and structure in place for qualification onto the main tour before entries were opened up? It just makes me wonder where these magical four extra places came from and where/who will lose out as a result? That’s not really been made very clear, as hasn’t the offerings for amateurs next season other than the odd vague response to a tweet.

Anyway, there are plenty of familiar names competing including some of the former professionals that fell off the tour this season, among them are the likes of Tony Drago, Gerard Greene, Cao Yupeng, Barry Pinches, Joel Walker, Craig Steadman (who incredibly qualified to play Ronnie at The Crucible only 12 months ago and now finds himself here) and Peter Lines.

They will be competing against the top amateur players in the sport, many of whom will be familiar both from the EPTC circuit and the Snookerbacker Classic. This season’s SBC runner-up and subsequent English Amateur Champion Jamie Bodle, as well as semi-finalists Jamie Clarke and Gary Thomson and former champion Ant Parsons are all in the mix along with a host of other SBC regulars.

It’s a tough school out there and as ever the four semi-finalists from the two events get their two year card, in addition this year the four highest on the ongoing Order of Merit list over the two events will join them on the main tour, a point is scored on this list for every frame won.

It’s a shame none of the bookies have priced any qualification market up as it would have made it more interesting for us neutral observers, but the best of luck to all involved, especially the ones I have got to know well over the last few years.

The draw for Event 1 is here and Event 2 here.

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