It's no weather for it but it all gets underway today with the Championship League kicking off in Leicester. Ranking event, 128 players, 32 groups of 4, winners progressing to Stage 2.
No huge interest but Aaron Hills group is on tomorrow so will keep an eye on that. In with Scott Donaldson, Alex Ursenbacher and fellow munsterman, Leo Fernandez. Big season ahead for Aaron as he fights to retain his tour place so a couple of good early results would be huge for confidence.
Interesting no sign of world champ selby given it's being staged in his home town but otherwise, nearly all the big names are in the field.
Such a bad idea to start a new season with everyone's least favourite tournament...in July. Even the TV companies aren't interested.
It's on Free Sports tv which i think is only available in the uk, is it Premier Sport over here? Not too sure.
Anyway, hill is 1 out of 2 and will have to beat Leo later to have a chance of progressing. Still in the mix.
Freesports is still on eir
Freesports is free to air on Astra 2E.
The organisers consider Ireland to be served by Freesports according to
matchroom.live is showing Table 2 everywhere but Table 1 only in places where there is no TV coverage.
Draw is out for next month's British Open. Open draw format so got world final rerun first off between Selby and Murphy. Aaron got a nice one v Jimmy.
But there's one tie that stands out like the proverbial sore thumb from the others. Mark Allen v Reanne Evans.
Actually not sure snooker could throw up a greater grudge encounter. Thinking there's got to be a chance this one doesn't get played!
Glad to see Mark Allen back but didn't he take a career break? Seems his break lasted as long as the off-season. Maybe it was something to do with the bankruptcy. Can he retire and reinvent himself as a new company?
Unfortunate draw against Reanne. Mark is likely to have the best of the encounter.