Norman Scoops the First 900…
Former English Amateur Twice Runner-up Andrew Norman has claimed the first week of the fast and furious Snooker Legends 900.
The 42-year-old (pictured back in Gloucester winning a Pink Ribbon tournament) said that winning the first week was like earning a month’s wages in one night.
That kicks off week one of the fast and furious event where a dozen players are in the pit competing in a new and exciting event to run until November.
He came trough a tough field of competitors with also some talented players such as Connor Benzey, 20.
Back in 2020, Benzey was nominated to play in the English Open ranking event as a reward for his efforts on the amateur scene.
Benzey has his own website and is seeking sponsors…
Andrew Norman tweeted after…
Thrilled to win the first week #900 qualifier.. played some great stuff and held on to gain a finals spot.
Huge congratulations to @Snookerlegends @tv_sporty on staging the event and providing a platform for amateur players to enjoy the game we all love pic.twitter.com/CxAp9Lqc3t
— Andrew Norman (@Andynorman147) September 22, 2022
SnookerZone was lucky enough to see Norman compete in Gloucester in 2018 where he lost in the final of the English Amateur Championship against the talented young star from Leicester Joe O’Connor, who went on to turn pro after that event.
Fans on social media congratulated the former professional player and said he was too good not to challenge for a spot on the professional tour.
But the former last 16 ranking event finisher twice, has been doing a lot of coaching in his spare time.
Norman wrote on Social Media…
WOW! Week 1 – Snooker Legends 900 Champion !
Incredible Win that tonight against some quality players and under the pressure of the stop watch..Win or lose I absolutely loved taking part in the 900, live on TV and over the next 8 weeks all you players and watchers are gonna love it!
Big congratulations and well done to Jason Francis & Snooker Legends on setting this event up and giving all players both young and upcoming and former players a platform to perform and continue their snooker careers!
A mixture of talent took to the baize for the first time in this new and fast and furious snooker event set up by Jason Francis of Snooker Legends, with a highly professional team of sports pundits and ex pros such as Lee the Shirt Richardson and presented by Rachel Casey and former World no 3 Neal Foulds.
Norman defeated Billy Castle in the final, who was prominent on the Cuestars circuit.
As reported yesterday by SnookerZone, Emma Parker kicks off next week’s round of matches and goes into the event in some good form with her exhibitions she has been doing around the country.
The matches on Freeview TV and streamed on Sporty Stuff TV online were extremely watchable with the format being similar to the format of the professional event the Snooker Shootout – despite there being some criticism of the format and set up of the Shootout being a ranking event.
— Snooker Legends (@Snookerlegends) September 22, 2022
In all, the 900 Snooker Legends will see 25 sessions of snooker broadcast Monday to Wednesday every night at 10pm with £6,000 per week in prize money – the eight weekly winners will then contest the Grand Final on 16 November in a one-off special.