It’s The World Seniors! The Curse is Back.


Jimmy’s again. However can he beat this model of The Curse? Don’t be foolish.

OK, I’ll be the primary to confess that when all of the Snooker Legends stuff began off I simply thought it was a little bit of a pantomime cash spinner for these on the finish of their careers who couldn’t hit a bull’s arse with a shovel anymore however have been nonetheless mildly recognisable to nursing residence residents.

However as common readers know, I’m at all times pleased to confess once I’m incorrect.

As a result of now regardless of the UK Authorities making certain that plenty of stated nursing residence residents have gone to the Nice Billiard Corridor within the Sky prematurely these previous few months, those that are left can this week be part of the remainder of us in having fun with the World Seniors Championship from The Crucible on the Crimson Button on the BBC (Channel 981 on Sky – ship me the opposite fast hyperlinks for those who nonetheless press the Crimson Button).

It is a testomony to how robust this preliminary concept by Jason Francis to avoid wasting a number of skint and failing greats from obscurity has led to a wonderful commonplace of play in qualifying occasions all around the world.

Jimmy White gained it final 12 months at The Crucible (that sentence in itself ought to have your consideration), so this additionally instantly arouses the curiosity of The Snooker Gods, whose radar is at all times alerted on the phrase ‘First time Crucible winner defending the title’.

Hearsay has it that The Gods, recent from their absolute hatchet job on Judd, made a U-Flip at Cloud 147 on their method to the annual Curse Celebration break in Kiev to fulfill a number of mates on listening to the information this was going forward and was being lined by the BBC.

Sorry Jimmy, it’s type of a rule. Nothing private. 

Different notable or recognisable names collaborating are Ken Doherty, Dennis Taylor, Bolton Stud Tony ‘The Shagger’ Knowles, Joe Johnson, Nigel Bond and Darren Morgan, who famously, not less than to me and my mates, as soon as turned up in a purple sports activities automotive at Pontins, Prestatyn with the roof down and the registration ‘H1 BABE5’.

Speaking of Pontins, there’s another jammy Scottish participant there referred to as Stephen Hendry who spawned a yellow towards me on his method to a deciding body victory in 1983 within the juniors. However I don’t like speaking about it and need him all the most effective in his future profession.

The winner could come from that crop, specifically Bond who I’d say is a half respectable wager to carry the trophy. However you additionally need to issue within the likes of Peter Strains, Michael Choose and former winner Aaron Canavan who faces Leo Fernandez who performed very effectively at Q Faculty not too long ago into your calculations.

There gained’t be a crowd in The Crucible this time however it’s a great likelihood for these of us nursing a World Championship comedown to return to the venue nearly and watch a little bit of motion. Many of the bookies have odds on each the outrights and the matches. Clearly don’t go mad as these are very brief matches, however very TV pleasant so in case you have a number of quid you possibly can afford to lose, have a little bit go on the beneficial acca under.

Advisable First Spherical Wager: Doherty to beat Goggins, Canavan to beat Fernandez, Morgan to beat Wallace, Filtness to beat Cooper, Bond to beat Hendry pays round 12/1 in most locations.

Advisable Outright: Nigel Bond to win the World Seniors (9/2 usually). Every Approach on Gary Filtness at 100/1.     

You possibly can view the total draw for the World Seniors right here.

BBC Protection

Wednesday, 19 August

13:00-16:00 & 19:00-22:00 – BBC Crimson Button, BBC Sport on-line, BBC iPlayer

Thursday, 20 August

13:00-16:00 & 19:00-22:00 – BBC Crimson Button, BBC Sport on-line, BBC iPlayer

Friday, 21 August

13:00-16:00 & 19:00-22:00 – BBC Crimson Button, BBC Sport on-line, BBC iPlayer

Saturday, 22 August

12:00-15:00 & 19:00-22:00 – BBC Crimson Button, BBC Sport on-line, BBC iPlayer

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