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A SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP

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About to be announced and backed by World Snooker Association.

Another blatant vote catching stunt from Hearn.

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comment by lorus59 (U6516963)

posted Apr 20, 2010

I think if it was 50+ it might be more popular than the main tour as it will be a lot less robotic and a lot more fun.

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posted Apr 20, 2010

as stated lorus there'd be no White or Parrot,

For F's sake, there's a qualifier that will knock out all the main tour players bar one who willthen play ebdon, (quite why ebdon perhaps coss of his top 16 ranking?) gets to have this luxury I'm not sure, unless it's the placate him?

That then leaves, Taylor, higgins Davis, white etc, what more do you want?

At least it retains a shred of credability for the winner.

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posted Apr 20, 2010

"A SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP",...

Short and sweet,...a great idea. <ok>

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posted Apr 20, 2010

kenneth266, because Parrott has only this week said he's going to retire. That means he will, presumably, have still been practicing far more than the real old guys. It doesn't matter how much natural skill the likes of Alex Higgins have, they aren't going to stand any chance against even a mediocre practicing professional, let alone a former world champion like Parrot.
(I admit I may be influenced by the fact that I still remember Parrott as the lanky 13 year old scouse kid who came into our club and hammered our best player!)

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posted Apr 20, 2010

What would folk like instead,

A player who retires gets told to go an sit in a darkened room for a couple of years until they are now longer decent,

besides where do players like Knowles fit, a long time retired, but even featured in the world qualifiers the other year and Drago off the tour then back on again with a surge in confidence,

As I;ve now said many times, the balance seems well stuck, anyone over 40 can enter, they play down to a winner and join the "celebs" and then play to a real winner, so everyone gets a crack and a good time, whats the problem?

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posted Apr 20, 2010

In tennis, they also introduced a seniors tour. I am not certain of the exact eligibility criteria, but certainly the main one is that they must be both above a certain age, and no longer be playing on the professional tour. I think this would be a good way to limit the players coming onto the snooker seniors tour also, otherwise you do risk having players coming on and grossly unbalancing the tournaments and reducing the entertainment levels. What do you think? Age 40+ (or an even higher limit), plus must be outside the top 64. Seems reasonable?

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posted Apr 20, 2010

No, it doesn't seem reasonable, basically you're saying you can be old enough but if you're still good, then you can;t play, you have to retired.

So Davis (at 52) and white still playing wouldn't be allowed to play?

The balanace at the mo is perfect, a qualifing round for you current players and a few other ex pro's and then the big names already in the main event.

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posted Apr 20, 2010

I personally think that the point of senior events is to try and establish who the best player in the world is over a certain age. So to exclude Davis would degrade the status of whoever became champion. In tennis most players are retired by the age of senior tour level and I don't think anyone still playing on the pro tour would want to compete at senior level too. Having a seniors circuit in snooker could be a real boost to players 1 or 2 years off the senior age level in terms of competitiveness. As we have seen in golf players nearing 50 often have an upturn in form at pro tour level.

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posted Apr 20, 2010

Westhouses and Einstein:
Well, I certainly don't mind admitting when I'm wrong and I think your points are very valid! I was thinking in tennis terms (although I'm a huge snooker fan too), but as you rightly say, the difference there is that most of the top players by default will have dropped off the tour by age 40 or so (if not long before!), so such a structure would indeed not translate well to a more sedate sport such as snooker. I stand corrected :)

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posted Apr 21, 2010

'Another blatant vote catching stunt from Hearn'

It's not that radical is it?
The majority of the players seem to like the idea of an injection of ideas into the sport.

Alex Higgins (a true champion in his day) probably hasn't got much of a wage outside snooker and maybe not much to offer of his past self but Personally would love to see him again having a go against the other 'also-rans' 'outsiders' etc.

It's probably a walk over for many players like Davies who is still there-abouts on the main circuit. If it can be played out and re-formatted to suit 'handicaps' then great!
It seems to be a positive step.

Don't like the ideas bandied around about taking the worlds to China though. <yikes>
That's a real ball breaker IMHBO.

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