Snookerbacker Classic 2014

The ever-growing Snookerbacker Classic returns for a third year in September as once again the notorious blogger offers amateur players the opportunity to compete for the excellent prize of entry into Q-School.

This season sees the tournament expand even further as the interest continues to escalate.

There will be seven weekends of qualifying events with five different venues across England and Wales involved this time around.

The Grand Finals returns to the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester for a second time, having last year been staged at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

Along with these two venues, Cueball in Derby, Llanelli’s Terry Griffiths Matchroom and the George Scott Snooker Club in Liverpool are hosting qualifying tournaments.

This year there is a new route to qualify as well, with players who compete in a lot of events entering an Order of Merit which will eventually provide two further qualifiers.

In total, the Grand Finals will have 16 players in competition for the big accolade next March.

The winner and runner-up both win Q-School entry with the champion also claiming the coveted Snookerbacker trophy and £500 prize money.

Current professional Martin O’Donnell and former UK Championship finalist David Gray are the previous winners – proving the pedigree involved.

Despite only being launched a few days ago three of the weekends are already fully booked up, such is the interest in the event.

Sadly, after the debacle in January, the Classic will again not be returning to Ireland but that does not mean that players from the Emerald Isle can’t enter.

In its inaugural year, John Sutton was the runner-up and Johnny Williams reached the semi-finals so it is a shame that any Irish presence in 2013/14 will be low, if any at all.

Full details of the 2014 Snookerbacker Classic can be found by clicking here.

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