Seniors Snooker - 2018 Snooker Legends Seniors Irish Masters (Qualifying Event 2)
25th & 26th November 2017 / Ivy Rooms, Carlow, Republic of Ireland
BAGLEY COMPLETES GOFFS LINE-UP
Jonathan Bagley joins Julian Logue as the two qualifiers for January's inaugural Seniors Irish Masters.
21 players travelled to the Ivy Rooms in what was the last opportunity for hopefuls to share the stage with some of the sport's biggest ever names at the famous Goffs venue.
Competed for over two days, Bagley survived a dramatic Preliminary Round clash with John Torpey who went in-off after potting the decisive re-spotted black ball tie-breaker. The Leeds cueist then eliminated Tony Corrigan 3-0 before another 3-2 victory, this time against former professional and Crucible Qualifier Joe Delaney in the Quarter-Finals.
Returning on Sunday where just four players were left, Bagley defeated Jason Pegram 3-0 in the Semis and then sealed his spot with a 3-0 success over Gary Filtness.
For his efforts he banked £900 and has gone back to the top of the Snooker Legends World Amateur Rankings. However, the main prize is his place in the draw for the 8 player tournament happening on the 6th and 7th January.
The event is the second of this season's Snooker Legends World Seniors Tour. It will feature Patsy Fagan, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty, John Parrott, Jimmy White and Steve Davis, who has recently replaced Stephen Hendry. Earlier this month Logue won the Northern Irish qualification competition in Cookstown.
Undoubtedly Bagley has been the ultimate amateur star in this new concept of Seniors events from the Snooker Legends team.
Last season he qualified for the World Seniors Championship where he made the Semi-Finals before being narrowly ousted out by Parrott. Last month at the UK Seniors Championship he repeated the feat but went down to the eventual champion White.
Bagely is now the only player to have now qualified for all four main venues when you consider this and his qualification for next year's World Seniors Championship at Baths Hall.
Picture above is courtesy of Monique Limbos.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 26th November 2017