Seniors Snooker - 2017 World Seniors Snooker Championship (Qualifying Event 4)
10th-12th March 2017 / D’Arcy McGees at Spawell, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
WALLACE SECURES FINAL QUALIFICATION BERTH
Former Crucible Quarter-Finalist Patrick Wallace was in stunning form as he became the fourth and final qualifier for the venue stages of the revamped World Seniors Snooker Championship later this month.
Following on from the previous qualifying events in Newbury, Leeds and Germany, this was the last opportunity hopefuls had of lining up alongside snooker legends - including Stephen Hendry, at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.
A strong, competitive field of 29 started the long weekend in Dublin, but it was Northern Irishman Wallace who made his trip south across the border worth his while.
His journey through began with a blockbuster opening round tie against fellow former professional Michael Judge who once reached as high as number 24 in the World Rankings.
Judge looked in a hugely dominant position when leading 2-1 and by 55 points in their best of 5 frames encounter. However, Wallace refused to give in, taking that fourth frame before claiming the unique black ball re-spot tie breaker that decides matches in this competition should it be 2-2.
From there on in Wallace really flourished. He made breaks of 138 total clearance and 105 in his 3-0 defeat of Dessie Sheehan in the Last 16, efforts of 57, 59, 98 and 125 whilst beating Paul Canavan 3-0 in the Quarters and then by also whitewashing Colm Gilcreest during the Semi-Finals. Both Sheehan and Gilcreest are also former top tier players.
His opponent in the final was countryman Julian Logue who too had enjoyed a hat-trick of 3-0 victories on route; yet it was Patrick who emerged to join previous qualifying winners Peter Lines, Jonathan Bagley and Aidan Owens into the main draw.
Wallace will be a very strong contender for the title and the £10,000 top prize in a couple of weeks time. Still plying his skills on the amateur circuit back home, Wallace played on the main tour for 15 seasons, with his memorable run at the Crucible coming in 2001.
The 12 player World Seniors Snooker Championship takes place between the 22nd-24th March. Besides Hendry, other classic names taking part are Cliff Thorburn, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor, Joe Johnson, Patsy Fagan, Tony Knowles and Willie Thorne.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 12th March 2017