Snooker Coming to Barnsley!

Barnsley To Host Snooker’s English Open

Barnsley will stage a World Snooker ranking tournament for the first time in October when the English Open comes to the town.

The event will run from October 16 to 22 at the Barnsley Metrodome with 128 of the world’s best players in action, and tickets are on sale now.

The tournament was new to the calendar last season and staged in Manchester, with China’s Liang Wenbo beating Judd Trump in the final. Top stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy also competed for the Steve Davis Trophy.

And now it moves to South Yorkshire with a stellar field of the sport’s top players expected to enter and battle for the title. The English Open, televised live by Eurosport, is the first of the season’s Home Nations series and carries a top prize of £70,000.

And any player winning all four Home Nations events will also earn a massive £1 million bonus. So the champion in Barnsley will head to the next event in Belfast dreaming of that unprecedented prize.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to bring a ranking tournament to Barnsley for the first time. We have staged various qualifying events at the Metrodome in recent years and we are sure it will prove an excellent venue.

“We know what fantastic support there is for snooker in the Yorkshire region, the county is very much a global centre for our sport as it also hosts the World Championship in Sheffield and the UK Championship in York. So we expect to see fans come out in their droves to support the English Open in Barnsley and make sure it stays in their town.

“With 128 players in action it really is an incredible chance to see so many of your heroes for the price of a single ticket, with value for money that you won’t see anywhere else in sport. Seats will sell fast though so get them booked quickly.”

Take advantage of a SPECIAL OPENING OFFER with all-day tickets to the first four days of the tournament costing just £10 each! This gives fans the chance to see a wide range of players on multiple tables throughout the day. This offer will not last long and is subject to availability. All-day tickets for the final cost £55 and they are expected to sell out rapidly.

Book tickets fast – call 0871 620 7052 (calls cost 13p per minute plus the network access charge) or visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets

Sport on Freeview W/C Oct 8th 2016

Hello all, welcome to this week’s blog with listings for the week ahead.  Highlight for me has to be the English Open Snooker on Quest.  Spread the word – tell your friends, family that they can find the action for free!  Also good that there’s live Rugby Union on BT Showcase today (Sat).

Saturday 08/10/2016 06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 General Motorsport UK
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  11:00 – 12:00 Channel 5 General Formula E – Season Review Preview
  12:00 – 12:30 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
  12:30 – 14:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights
  14:00 – 16:30 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE From Newmarket and York.
  14:35 – 15:35 ITV4 General British Superbikes Championship Highlights
  14:30 – 17:15 BT Showcase Rugby Union Aviva Rugby LIVE Harlequins v Northampton
  15:35 – 17:10 ITV4 General British Touring Cars Championship Highlights
  16:30 – 19:15 ITV Football World Cup LIVE England v Malta
  21:00 – 00:30 Challenge General TNA Presents One Night Only – Bound For Glory
  22:25 – 23:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush League One and Two goals.
  23:30 – 00:50 ITV Football International Football World Cup Qualifier Highlights
Sunday 09/10/2016 06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 General Snooker v Darts Compilation
  06:45 – 07:40 Channel 4 General Triathlon Stoke on Trent Triathlon
  08:30 – 10:30 Channel 5 General Formula E Live Hong Kong. Coverage now on Channel 5, moving from ITV4.
  13:30 – 15:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Highlights
  17:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Rugby League Super League Grand Final highlights.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Rugby Union Highlights
  21:00 – 22:00 BBC2 General Sir Chris Hoy – 200mph at Le Mans Documentary
  23:20 – 00:10 ITV Rugby Union Premiership Rugby Union Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wrestling
Monday 10/10/2016 06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Barcelona’s European Glory
  12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker English Open The start of live action from Manchester.
  19:25 – 22:00 ITV4 Football World Cup Qualifier Live coverage of Netherlands v France.
  22:00 – 23:55 ITV4 Football Cristiano Ronaldo Documentary
Tuesday 11/10/2016 06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Football Rivalries
  11:45 – 12:45 Quest Snooker English Open Highlights from Monday evening.
  12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker English Open More live action from Manchester.
  19:15 – 22:00 ITV Football International Football LIVE Slovenia v England, World Cup Qualifier.
  22:45 – 00:10 ITV Football World Cup Qualifiers Highlights
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General NFL This Week
Wednesday 12/10/2016 06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Football Rivalries
  11:45 – 12:45 Quest Snooker English Open Highlights from Tuesday evening.
  12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker English Open More live action from Manchester.
  19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With Sophie Hitchon.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Football When Football Changed Forever Documentary about the 1991/92 season.
Thursday 13/10/2016 10:00 – 17:30 ITV4 Bowls England v Scotland Live action
  10:45 – 11:45 Quest Snooker English Open Highlights from Wednesday evening.
  11:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker English Open More live action from Manchester.
Friday 14/10/2016 10:00 – 17:30 ITV4 Bowls England v Scotland Live action
  10:45 – 11:45 Quest Snooker English Open Highlights from Thursday evening.
  11:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker English Open Quarter Final action from Manchester.
  19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With Sophie Hitchon.

 

Racing UK This Weekend (available for subscribers – available on Integrated Freeview)

On Saturday Racing UK return to Newmarket and York where the Group and Listed action continues. The Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, which is the most valuable Group One two-year old contest for colts and fillies in Europe, and the Betfred Cesarewitch are the pick of the card at Newmarket and the coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes is the main attraction at York. Plus, Racing UK is the only channel to enjoy exclusive Group and Listed races from Newmarket, including the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Darley Stakes.

On Sunday Racing UK are live and exclusive with seven races from Goodwood and French racing from Auteuil plus coverage of the Velka Pardubicka from the Czech Republic.. A total of 31 obstacles over a mix of grass and light plough stand in the way of possible glory, with the showpiece only rivalling the Randox Grand National in terms of testing horsemanship, a horse’s ability and stamina.  To subscribe visit http://www.racinguk.com

Midweek Sport Update – BT Showcase and Quest (Updated)

Hello all – welcome to a Midweek Sports Update!

BT Showcase

Few bits lined up in the next week on Freeview Channel 59, some of them not sports related, but programming on BT Showcase is quite rare, so thought I’d make you aware of them.

Saturday – 2:30pm.  Live Aviva Premiership Rugby with Harlequins v Northampton, coverage continues till 5:15pm.

Monday – 9pm.  Into The Badlands. Pilot for a new American series, I’m guessing the remainder of the series will be on BT channel AMC for subscribers.

Tuesday – 9pm.  Another series that will probably feature in full on AMC, this is the pilot for Feed The Beast and stars David Schwimmer from Friends.  May well be worth a look.

Quest – Snooker English Open

Timings confirmed for Quest’s English Open Snooker coverage next week.

For more information on the tournament including the draw and format visit http://www.worldsnooker.com/english-open-draw-and-format/

Monday October 10th

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 1 at the English Open (till 5:30pm).  Don’t forget Quest + 1 is on Freeview Channel 38, so you can watch coverage till 6:30pm when you get in from work, if you can’t record it.

Tuesday October 11th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Monday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 2 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Wednesday October 12th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Tuesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 3 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Thursday October 14th

10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Wednesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 4 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Friday October 15th

10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Thursday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 5 at the English Open (till 5:30pm).  Quarter Final time.

Saturday October 16th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Friday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of the first semi final at the English Open (till 4:30pm).  The second semi final will be exclusively live on Eurosport.

Sunday October 17th

12:45pm – Semi Final highlights (from last night on Eurosport)

1:45pm – Live coverage of the Final at the English Open (till 5:30pm).

7:15pm – The final concludes (coverage live on Quest until 10:30pm)

 

Chris

 

Quest to show Live Snooker – English Open (Times now added)

Hello all,

Snooker has arrived on Quest -from October!  Great news!  The Home Nations Snooker Series is a new feature to the Snooker calendar and looks like we will see some coverage for free!  Quest is owned by Discovery, who also own Eurosport – this is why sports such as Cricket and British Superbikes have been appearing on Quest lately.

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Well, Quest have some more info which I detail below –

English Open:

Monday October 10th is when the coverage starts and Quest says “…the TX times so far are 12.45 pm, and the main play will start from 1pm.”

Coverage continues during the week.  On Thursdays and Fridays, coverage starts a bit earlier at 11.45 am. Quest also says “We will showing highlights of the evening sessions from Tuesday, and these will be aired from 12 noon… before the live coverage at 1pm… so if you want to catch those, tune in earlier.”

As for weekend coverage Quest say “…the transmissions on the weekend are the same, apart from the final, during which we will show the evening session from 7.15 pm.”. Great that we will see even more Snooker on Freeview.

Quest will be showing the Home Nations Snooker Series,  starting with the English Open on the 14th October at Event City in Manchester.  Quest will only be showing the morning sessions from Monday to Saturday, however we will be broadcasting highlights from the evening sessions next day, and will be showing the complete final on the 16th October.

Andy Goldstein will be presenting the tournament, whilst Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds will play pundits.

David Hendon, Phil Studd and Mike Hallett will be the main commentators with guest appearances from Neal, Ronnie, Jimmy and other players onsite.

 

Full transmission times on Quest:

Monday October 10th

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 1 at the English Open (till 5:30pm).  Don’t forget Quest + 1 is on Freeview Channel 38, so you can watch coverage till 6:30pm when you get in from work, if you can’t record it.

Tuesday October 11th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Monday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 2 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Wednesday October 12th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Tuesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of Day 3 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Thursday October 14th

10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Wednesday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 4 at the English Open (till 5:30pm)

Friday October 15th

10:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Thursday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

11:45pm – Live coverage of Day 5 at the English Open (till 5:30pm).  Quarter Final time.

Saturday October 16th

11:45am – Snooker Highlights (from Friday’s evening session which was live on Eurosport)

12:45pm – Live coverage of the first semi final at the English Open (till 4:30pm).  The second semi final will be exclusively live on Eurosport.

Sunday October 17th

12:45pm – Semi Final highlights (from last night on Eurosport)

1:45pm – Live coverage of the Final at the English Open (till 5:30pm).

7:15pm – The final concludes (coverage live on Quest until 10:30pm)

 

Other tournaments to come?

Hopefully Quest will show the Irish, Scottish and Welsh Open in the Home Nations Series too.

For me, this is a good result – Eurosport subscribers get full coverage, but at least the Home Nations series gets the chance to attract a wider audience also.  The Irish Open will follow in November, with the Scottish Open and Welsh Open to come too.  Hopefully Quest will show coverage of these as well!  BBC Red Button and BBC Wales have shown free-to-air coverage of the Welsh Open historically, but if the coverage attracts good audiences – maybe we’ll see more of Eurosport’s Snooker tournaments appearing on Quest…  I for one, certainly hope so.  Chris