7 Predictions for the new Snooker Season
It has been a while since I sent out a newsletter, apologies if you have been waiting with bated breath. A number of reasons really, I have moved the email software again (more on that in a moment), I have been trying to settle in a new Country, and, I made a mistake.
So, before I go any further, I am really sorry if you were confused by the welcome emails sent out over the last week. (Not everyone will have received them but a large portion of our group did).
As I mentioned in the first paragraph I have moved us across to a new email system.
The email sequence that many of you will have received is meant for new subscribers (in fact you may well have had it before). But I stupidly managed to add many of you back into the sequence. Once it was started that was it, no way to turn back. So huge apologies for that.
New Snooker Season is Underway
It almost seems silly to call it a snooker 'season' these days as it pretty much runs all year round with very little break.
It has got to the point where there are so many tournaments that, the top players at least, can create their own breaks by being choosey about the events they attend.
The first ranking tournament of the season was the Kaspersky Riga Masters which concluded with a brand new ranking event winner on the 25th June.
Life in the old dogs yet!
The 2016/17 season was one for new ranking event winners and also for players deemed veterans to lift maiden titles.
In Riga this pattern continued with first of all Jimmy White and Ken Doherty rolling back the years to reach the third round and semi-finals respectively and then Ryan Day, who has been a professional since 1998, lifting his first ranking title at the age of 37 with a 5-2 win over Stephen Maguire.
Every player that reached the semi-finals in Riga was over 35 showing that this trend is continuing.
7 Predictions for the Season Ahead
Many thought that the flat draw system would have skewed the rankings a bit more but once again it has proven that whatever the format the cream rises to the top.
Those players that are over 35 obviously have more tournament experience than younger players on the circuit and with the increase in tournaments and therefore quality playing opportunities they are showing just how good they really are.
Below I am going to make 7 predictions for the rest of the season, not listed in any order:
- Luca Brecel will come of age and win his first professional ranking event.
- Mark Selby will still be world number 1 at the end of the season.
- Mark Selby will win at the Crucible again.
- Other than Brecel there will be a further 2 more brand new ranking tournament champions.
- Kyren Wilson will win his second world ranking event
- The over 35s will occupy 8 of the top 16 ranking positions (currently 10)
- Anthony McGill and Dave Gilbert will break into the top 16 by season end.
What do you think? Send me your thoughts by replying in the comments and I will publish a few next week in the newsletter.
Thanks for reading