Category: World Snooker

GEORGIOU WINS MAIDEN TITLE IN DOTT THRILLER

Michael Georgiou won his first ranking title in dramatic fashion by beating Graeme Dott in the final of the Coral Shoot Out.

Cypriot Georgiou won seven matches at the one-frame knockout event in Watford to capture the £32,000 top prize. The 30-year-old, ranked 73rd in the world, had never previously been beyond the last 16 of a ranking event.

Georgiou made a break of 52 in the final and went on to lead 61-0. Dott then had a chance to clear and raced around the table as he slotted balls into pockets in a dash for glory. The Scot got to the final blue before missing a tough long pot on 51. As the clock ticked down and the crowd roared, the two players battled on the pink, Georgiou 61-56 ahead. Dott was trapped in a snooker behind the black, and escaped but left the pink over a baulk corner, leaving his relieved opponent to pot it for the title.

A huge extra bonus for Georgiou is that he qualifies for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix at the Preston Guild Hall having come into this week needing to win the tournament to jump into the top 32 of the one year ranking list.

Dott was also Shoot Out runner-up in 2012

Georgiou won the world under-21 title back in 2007 and after a brief spell as a professional, he virtually gave up snooker and spent several years working in an office in London in a recruitment role.

Since returning to the circuit via Q School in 2014 he has gradually improved his skills and experience, helped by practice sessions with the likes of Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry and Marco Fu at his home club in Coulsdon.  While this week’s event was played over a short distance, Georgiou proved that he has the talent and calmness under pressure required to climb the snooker ladder.

Dott had to settle for the runner-up cheque for the second time in a week having lost to Mark Williams in the German Masters final last Sunday; which was his first ranking final in eight years. One of the fastest players on the circuit and sharpest thinkers, Dott is the only player to reach the semi-finals of the Shoot Out three times, but he is yet to lift the trophy. The 2006 World Champion is clearly back in form and will hope to break an 11-year drought without a ranking title before the end of the season.

Georgiou, reflecting on the best moment of his career, said: “The way Graeme came back at me – the speed and efficiency he was playing at was phenomenal and I thought I was going to be runner-up. It feels weird!

“I half expected to lose the final so when the chance to pot the pink came up it was a huge relief. To be walking away with the trophy is fantastic. It feels like more than 11 years ago that I won the world under-21 . All the work and practice and commitments I have made, it has all been worth it. It hasn’t been a solo effort, I have had great support around me. It’s a team effort and I am so grateful for that support.

“Going into this week I wasn’t even contemplating the possibility of qualifying for the World Grand Prix – that hasn’t sunk in yet. I’ll need to get back on the practice table on Tuesday. It’s great to have another tournament to look forward to. I’d like to think I can win more titles. I am working harder than ever and now I have the belief.”

Georgiou was born and raised in England but his grandparents are from Cyprus and last year he completed the process of changing his nationality to Cypriot. He hopes that his success on the tour can raise awareness about snooker and encourage more interest in the sport in his homeland (read more about that here).

He added: “When  Marcos Baghdatis got to the Australian Open final there was a surge of interest in tennis in Cyprus and I hope this will have the same effect on snooker there.”

Earlier in the semi-finals, Georgiou beat Martin O’Donnell 53-5 with a break of 37 while Dott saw off Mark Davis with a run of 59.

In the quarter-finals Davis beat Joe Perry in a sudden death blue-ball shoot out after the frame score finished level 36-36. Remarkably that was the third blue ball shoot out of the tournament; there had only been one in the event between 2011 and 2017.  Georgiou made a 109, the highest break of the tournament, in beating Zhang Yong.

 

Reference: www.worldsnooker.com

WORLD SNOOKER FEDERATION (WSF)

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is today pleased to announce its involvement in a new era of sports governance for snooker and billiards with the official launch of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).

The WSF brings together both amateur and professional snooker and will be a key organisation as snooker looks to take its place on the Olympic and Paralympic programme. The WSF has been formally established as a not for profit International Sports Federation (IF) in Switzerland. The WSF will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland, home to many influential international sports organisations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Regional & National Federations

The WSF is open to accepting membership from Regional Bodies and National Federations across the world that share its vision to grow the sport at all levels.

With the support of these Bodies and Federations the WSF will now form part of an international structure for snooker and billiards in which National Federations can develop new and exciting opportunities. For the past seven years the WPBSA and World Snooker have established many new events working in close co-operation with National Federations such as the Indian Open, Riga Open, Six Red World Championship in Thailand and various ranking events in China.

The growth of the sport through these relationships and the increased commercialisation of the tour through World Snooker has enabled the WPBSA to make significant investments in grassroots development projects. Projects such as World Disability Snooker, the World Women’s Snooker Tour, Cue Zone into Schools supported by accredited coaching programmes are all now gaining momentum. It is the WPBSA’s wish to work closely with many more National Federations around the world and this can now be achieved through the World Snooker Federation members.

The WSF will also provide vital playing opportunities through the staging of a unified WSF Amateur Championship. This new, mixed gender event will be open to the elite performing players of National Federations who are members of the WSF and provide an opportunity to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour. The first staging of this Championship will take place before the start of the next (2018/19) World Snooker Tour season.

The WPBSA has already announced that it will assist with the funding of a new Challenge Tour which will work alongside the World Snooker Tour to developing elite pathways for top amateurs and new emerging talent. National Federations who are WSF Members will have further opportunities to host some of these events.

Governance

The WSF will be run by a board of directors who will ensure that appropriate governance and accounting practices are in place. The board will be supported by a newly constituted Council comprising up to ten people from across the globe representing different regions and continents. The WSF is committed to bringing together a truly diverse and multinational team.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Following a restructure of the professional sport in 2010, the World Professional Snooker Tour has never been stronger. We have seen unprecedented growth and we are now a truly global sport. With this growth comes a responsibility for us to ensure sustainable career pathways for elite talent and playing opportunities for all at all levels. We must ensure there are no barriers in our sport, no matter of politics, race, gender or disability. Only when we achieve this, can we be considered to be a ‘true sport’. There are some incredible people around the world, company directors, players, officials and referees, many of whom serve our sport as volunteers. It is the vision of the WSF to engage with these individuals from within our sports international community.”

To serve the best interests of snooker and billiards and to achieve the aspirations to become an Olympic and Paralympic sport, it has been necessary to reconfigure the IF structure in billiard sports to ensure adherence to the highest standards of integrity, transparency and governance.

World Cup Teams China 2017

Michael Georgiou / Antonis Poullos

Cyprus

Michael Georgiou

Michael Georgiou
Age: 29
World ranking: 90
Career highlights: Georgiou is now playing his fourth consecutive season on the pro tour and he has reached the last 16 of two rankings events, including last season’s Shoot Out. He won the World Under-21 title back in 2007.

 

Antonis Poullos
Age: 33
World ranking: Unranked
Career highlights: Poullos lines up alongside Georgiou in the first ever Cypriot World Cup team. He reached the last 64 of the World Amateur Championship last year.

 

GROUP D MATCHES PLAYED FRAMES WON FRAMES LOST FRAME DIFF POINTS
Northern Ireland 3 10 5 5 10
Scotland 3 9 6 3 9
Thailand 3 8 7 1 8
India 3 8 7 1 8
Israel 3 6 9 -3 6
Cyprus 3 4 11 -7 4

Fixtures / results

Scotland 2-3 Thailand
Northern Ireland 4-1 Cyprus
India 2-3 Israel
Scotland 3-2 Cyprus
Northern Ireland 3-2 India
Thailand 3-2 Israel
Scotland 4-1 Israel
Cyprus 1-4 India
Northern Ireland 3-2 Thailand
Scotland v Northern Ireland
Thailand v India
Cyprus v Israel
Scotland v India
Northern Ireland v Israel
Cyprus v Thailand

TRUMP WINS THRILLING FINAL

Judd Trump claimed his sixth ranking title in the most dramatic of finals, defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan to capture the European Masters title.

It was the pair’s sixth meeting in a professional final and Trump trailed for much of the match, before snatching the crown in the final frame and securing a 9-8 victory.

Both players produced dominant performances yesterday, in a star studded semi-final line up. Trump defeated World Champion Mark Selby 6-2. O’Sullivan put on a snooker masterclass, as he demolished Neil Robertson 6-0 in just under an hour and a quarter.

In the final it was O’Sullivan who was first to trouble the scorers. Trump made a break of 34 at the start of the frame, however he relinquished control of the table and the Rocket stole it on the black.

The five-time World Champion O’Sullivan made breaks of 53 and 62, as he moved into a 3-1 lead. Trump hit back by producing runs of 120 and 82 to take two of the next three. O’Sullivan won the final frame of the session and held a 5-3 lead going into the evening.

The 2011 UK Champion Trump immediately eliminated the deficit in the final session.  A superb century break of 105 saw him draw level and a contribution of 67 in the eleventh frame put him ahead for the first time at 6-5.

However, the Rocket turned on the after burners and cruised to the verge of victory. Runs of 93, 72 and 42 saw him win three on the bounce and go 8-6 up. Trump just wasn’t going away and he forced a decider, making another century of 109 in the process.

In the final frame the Juddernaught produced a gutsy run of 74 to clinch the trophy.

“I’m a little bit in disbelief,” said Trump. “To go 8-6 down was a little bit disheartening. I was faced with a difficult blue in the next frame and I just thought that I have to go for it. After that, I didn’t miss in the next three frames. To produce that under pressure against Ronnie will stand me in good stead for the rest of the season.

“It’s nice to win this tournament and get my confidence back. I’m using a new cue and probably should have beaten Michael White in China. I was a little bit disheartened. I said to my manager that I want to change my cue again, but he told me to stick with it. Luckily I did.”

It was only O’Sullivan’s second defeat in a ranking final since 2010 and the Rocket was in reflective mood afterwards.

O’Sullivan remarked: “He deserved his victory and played the better snooker all day really. He’s too good a player to not be winning tournaments. You just have to hold your hands up and say well done. I didn’t do a lot wrong really. From 5-3 up to 6-5 down I had a couple of chances, but he just dominated the table.

“I’ve battled it out, I played five or six matches this week and that’s exactly what I needed.”

Reference: http://www.worldsnooker.com/trump-wins-thrilling-final/

Olympic Games: Snooker misses out on 2020 Tokyo place

Olympic ambitions

Snooker has failed in its bid to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, while karate and surfing make a shortlist of possible extra sports.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association argued it should be accepted because of worldwide appeal.

But it missed out, along with bidders including bridge, chess and netball.

The eight shortlisted federations are: baseball/softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu.

The 18 to miss out are: air sports, american football, bowls, bridge, chess, dancesport, floorball, flying disc, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, snooker, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and water skiing.

All eight federations will now progress to a second stage of the application process, which will include the submission of further details by 22 July before briefings to organisers due to take place in Tokyo on 7 and 8 August.

As part of reforms initiated by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach last year, Games hosts have the chance to bring in one or more sports popular in their country to boost ratings and attract greater sponsorship.

Baseball and softball, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), are considered favourites to return to the Olympics for the first time since Asia last hosted the Summer Games, in Beijing in 2008.

“This is a great day for our sport,” WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari said in a statement.

“Today baseball and softball – and the millions of athletes and fans who call it their sport – reached first base.”

In September, organisers will recommend one or more of the sports to the IOC for inclusion in 2020, with the final decision in August 2016.

Shortlisted sports

Baseball/softball – Combined bid of men’s baseball and women’s softball. Both sports hugely popular in Japan.

Bowling – Not to be confused with bowls, covers tenpin and ninepin bowling. Officials collected nearly one million signatures from Japanese bowlers in support of their bid.

Karate – Has never been contested at the Olympics. Judo, its fellow homegrown martial art, first joined in 1964, when Tokyo last hosted the Olympics, and was included from 1972 onwards.

Roller sports – Governing body covers areas such as roller hockey and artistic skating.

Sport climbing – Last year sport climbing was chosen by the IOC as a demonstration sport at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Squash – Turned down for a main place at the 2020 Olympics, squash is pointing to a strong tradition in Japan, including current leading juniors Satomi Watanabe and Ryunosuke Tsukue.

Surfing – International Surfing Association hailed its shortlisting as a “milestone” and claims it has a “unique and modern blend of high performance, style and culture”.

Wushu – Commonly referred to as kung-fu, the collective term for the martial art practices which originated and developed in China.

 The WPBSA also works as part of Cue Sports Umbrella Organisation the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) that incorporates Snooker (WPBSA and IBSF), Pool (WPA) and Carom (UMB). The WCBS works towards the ultimate ambition of getting all three disciplines into the Olympics and Paralympics games.

On 12 June 2015 The WCBS was informed that it had been included within a group of 26 sports seeking to be added to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

On 22 June 2015, the I.O.C reduced that number down from 26 to 8 and unfortunately Cue Sports was not one of the 8 sports selected.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the contributing parties to the bid including The World Pool-Billiard Association, The Union Mondiale de Billiard, the IBSF and the WPBSA – through their partnership the World Snooker Federation. We would also like to say a huge thank you to the Nippon Billiards Association of Japan for supporting our bid and making our voice heard. Finally we would also like to thank the International Olympic Committee for giving us a fair and transparent platform on which to make our bid.

Cue sports have made vast strides forward in recent years in terms of fulfilling the Olympic criteria. Snooker, pool and carom are played and watched by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. We are committed to continuing this progress in the coming years.

We will move forward more determined and more focused on achieving the status of an Olympic Sport and we look forward to starting our bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Georgiou makes an instant return to the pro tour

John Astley, Michael Georgiou, David John and Alex Borg will all make their return to the World Snooker pro tour in 2016 after securing 2-year tour cards through Q School.

With all four winners on the final day of Event 2 having made previous appearances on the main tour, they will join qualifiers from Event 1 and four more players from the Q School Order of Merit on tour for the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons.

Michael Georgiou beat Craig Steadman 4-1 to secure his tour card and an make an instant return to the pro tour, having just weeks ago lost his tour card after failing to qualify for the 2016 Betfred World Championship.

Breaks of 38 and 48 from Georgiou clinched the opening frame of the match, before Steadman – who was already guaranteed a card through the Order of Merit – levelled with 40 to go 1-1. Georgiou then won the next three – including a tight fourth frame – with runs of 37 and 44 to cement his place on the main tour.

Georgiou – who is a practice partner of Tony Drago – initially qualified for the main tour back in 2007 after winning the IBSF World Under-21 Championship, but was soon to drop off after a disappointing season. His next break came in 2014, where he came through Q School Event 2 to qualify for the 14/15 and 15/16 seasons. His best form came at the Welsh Open, where he reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time, only to be beaten by eventual champion John Higgins.

Michael Georgiou represents Cyprus flag in Q School 2016 confirmed by World Snooker

Michael Georgiou announced to World Snooker his wish to represent Cyprus Flag during Q School 2016 Tournament. A big thanks to Michael because Cyprus will be represented by a skillful player like him. It will be a great pleasure and opportunity to see him participating in our local tournaments as well. We are looking forward to follow him in his objectives and wish him all the best to regain a place on the World Snooker tour.

 


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Name
Age
2018

Career Highlights: 2015 Welsh Open last 16, 2014 Wuxi Classic last 32, 2014 German Masters last 32, 2014 Q School qualifier, 2007 IBSF World U-21 champion, 2007 European U-19 finalist

Word Snooker Profile: (Reference: http://www.worldsnooker.com/players/michael-georgiou/ )

Georgiou, a Londoner of Greek-Cypriot descent, scored some promising results during the 2014/15 season.

His best run came at the Welsh Open as he won three matches – including a fine victory over Graeme Dott – before losing to John Higgins in the last 16. He also got to the last 32 of the Wuxi Classic and German Masters.

Georgiou regained a place on the World Snooker Tour by coming through Q School in 2014. He beat Ashley Carty 4-2 in the final round of event two.

He played one season on the main tour in 2008/09 after winning the World Under-21 Championship. After dropping off the tour, Georgiou played one season on the amateur circuit then decided to give up snooker and started a career in recruitment.

“I was doing a 9-to-5 job, sitting behind a desk,” said the 26-year-old. “But I always kept an eye on snooker and when I saw how the sport had changed and the opportunities that are there now, I decided to give it another try. Now I’m back on the tour which is a big relief and reward for the hard work I have put in. My ambition now is to start winning matches and work my way up the rankings.”

In 2008, Georgiou was a member of the ‘Hot-Shots’ campaign which aimed to raise the profile of young players including Mark Selby and Mark Allen.

 

PRAGUE EXHIBITION

World champion Stuart Bingham will take on European champion Michael Wilde in Prague on the 23rd of February in a special exhibition. This exhibiton contest called the Prague Snooker Champions will take place in the ballroom of the Prague Congress Centre and should be a superb nights entertainment.

Shanghai Masters 2015: Fixtures and results

Fixtures

Friday 18 September

Quarter-finals

07:30 BST

Stuart Bingham (Eng) v Martin Gould (Eng)

Judd Trump (Eng) v Mark Williams (Wal)

12:30 BST

Ding Junhui (Chn) v Ding Junhui (Chn)

Mark Allen (NI) v Mark Davis (Eng)

Results

Thursday 17 September

Second round

Mark Williams (Wal) 5-3 Jamie Cope (Eng)

Stuart Bingham (Eng) 5-1 Mike Dunn (Eng)

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 3-5 Mark Davis (Eng)

Michael Holt (Eng) 1-5 Ding Junhui (Chn)

John Higgins (Sco) 3-5 Martin Gould (Eng)

Judd Trump (Eng) 5-4 Matthew Selt (Eng)

Ding Junhui (Chn) 5-4 Ryan Day (Wal)

Mark Allen (NI) 5-1 David Grace (Eng)

Wednesday 16 September

First round

Mark Williams (Wal) 5-1 Tom Ford (eng)

Neil Robertson (Aus) 4-5 Jamie Cope (Eng)

Mark Allen (NI) 5-3 Luca Brecel (bel)

David Grace (Eng) w/o Mark Selby (Eng)

Joe Perry (Eng) 2-5 Kyren Wilson (Eng)

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 5-4 Peter Ebdon (Eng)

Michael White (Wal) 1-5 Mark Davis (Eng)

Matthew Selt (Eng) w/o Ricky Walden (Eng)

Tuesday 15 September

Marco Fu (HK) 3-5 Mike Dunn (Eng)

Judd Trump (Eng) 5-0 Robert Milkins (Eng)

Ding Junhui (Chn) 5-1 Alan McManus (Sco)

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 1-5 Michael Holt (Eng)

Wildcard Round

Tom Ford (Eng) 5-2 Han Bin (Chn)

Jamie Cope (Eng) 5-2 Lin Shuai (Chn)

Kyren Wilson (Eng) 5-1 Wang Yuchen (Chn)

First Round

Stuart Bingham (Eng) 5-2 Fang Xiongman (Chn)

Monday 14 September

Wildcard Round

Jamie Jones (Wal) 1-5 Fang Xiongman (Chn)

Mike Dunn (Eng) 5-0 Niu Zhuang (Chn)

Peter Ebdon (Eng) 5-2 Yuan SiJun (Chn)

Robert Milkins (Eng) 5-0 Chen Zifan (Chn)

Alan McManus (Sco) 5-2 Yao Pengcheng (Chn)

First Round

Graeme Dott (Sco) 3-5 Ryan Day (Wal)

John Higgins (Sco) 5-1 Liang Wenbo (Chn)

Barry Hawkins (Eng) 1-5 Martin Gould (Eng)

SHANGHAI MASTERS DRAW AND FORMAT

The draw and format for the final stages of the 2015 Bank of Communications OTO Shanghai Masters is now available.

Click here for the draw

Click here for the format

Please note that one wildcard player is still to be confirmed, which will be the winner of the Amateur Masters 2015 event taking place on Saturday 12 September.

Here’s the British Eurosport schedule for the Bank of Communications OTO Shanghai Masters.

LIVE on BE1 & BE2/HD

Mon 14 Sept 
0745-1030
1230-1545
LIVE day one on British Eurosport HD

Tues 15 Sept
0730-1030
1230-1530
LIVE day two on British Eurosport HD

Wed 16 Sept
0730-1030
1230-1530
LIVE day three on British Eurosport & British Eurosport 2 HD

Thurs 17 Sept
0730-1030
1230-1530
LIVE day four on British Eurosport HD

Fri 18 Sept
0730-1030
1230-1530
LIVE quarter-finals on British Eurosport & British Eurosport 2 HD

Sat 19 Sept
0700-1000
1600-1800
LIVE semi-finals on British Eurosport HD

Sun 20 Sept
2145-2345
Final on British Eurosport 2 HD

Reference: www.worldsnooker.com