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Quinten Hann Federal Court

Quinten Hann Federal Court

Quinten Hann Federal Court

THE corporate regulator has potted former snooker champ Quinten Hann over a forex business he ran with the help of former AFL footy player Mark “The Fridge” Roberts (see Margin Call, October 15).

Federal Court judge Michelle Gordon on Friday blackballed Hann, who these days goes by the name of James Sonny, Quinten Hunter, from the financial services industry for four years — or half the ban he copped from snooker back in 2006 after taking a bribe to throw a match.

His business, Monarch FX, told clients interested in its whiz-bang automated trading technology to set up self-managed super funds through The Fridge’s Gold Coast outfit, Breakaway Finance Group.

Sadly, clients typically lost 40 to 50 per cent of their investments, the court heard.

Monarch used to rent a financial services license from Gold Coast-based Avestra — as Margin Call reported on Thursday, that’s the mob who pleaded guilty in Australia’s first ever criminal case under takeovers law.

Avestra was fined $40,000 after neglecting to tell the market funds it managed owned more than half of listed broker AG Financial. It also forgot to mount a takeover bid, as required by law

Margin Call Columnist

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Christmas to New Year Snooker Special

Christmas to New Year Snooker Special

Christmas to New Year Snooker Special

Here’s a Special to Celebrate with a Christmas to New Year Snooker Special. From today the 19/12/14 the Phoenix and World Cue Sports God Series Snooker Cues come with a free Peradon Aluminium Cue Case!

This is a deal that will go through until the 31st January or while stocks last only. I’m Having the sale to allow new cues to come into stock in February so you’ll get a free case from $70 to $112.

The cues are all of the highest quality and i would prefer to keep them and become a cue collector but i don’t have the space for the new cues on the way.

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Here’s a Few of the video’s :

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UK Snooker Championship

The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show November 2015
Last Sunday’s Coral UK Snooker Championship final between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump was watched by a peak audience of 3.25 million people on BBC2.

The dramatic conclusion to one of snooker’s Triple Crown events saw O’Sullivan win 10-9 after Trump had battled back from 9-4 down to 9-9. Viewing figures for the final on BBC were up 37 per cent on the previous year.Overall, 19 per cent of the UK population watched the tournament.

The event also received extensive television coverage in Europe, the Middle East, Thailand, China and throughout South East Asia. The entire event was watched by over 160 million viewers outside of the UK.Snooker’s digital audience is also growing. A clip of O’Sullivan escaping from a snooker, posted by the BBC to its Facebook page, was one of their most successful ever clips on social media, watched in full by215,000 people, with over 30,000 likes, comments and shares.

World Snooker’s tweets had three million impressions over a seven-day period, peaking at 960,000 on Sunday, while a YouTube clip of O’Sullivan’s maximum break had 28,000 views.

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Lou Condo 1948 – 2014

Lou Condo Passes away 1948 – 2014

Lou Condo Passed away last week and was from Melbourne and ran a successful business with his son for many years.
Lou had a involvement in pool and snooker for over 45 years experience in the Billiard Industry. Lou had won a number of championships in his career and has performed over 7,200 pool shows throughout the world.
For all the Family we wish them all the best from Australian Pool Players Federation and World Cue Sports.

                  Rest in Peace

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UK Snooker Ronnie O’Sullivan Wins

The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show November 2015

UK Snooker Ronnie O’Sullivan Wins 10-9

Ronnie O’Sullivan withstood an epic Judd Trump comeback to claim a fifth UK Snooker Championship title with a 10-9 victory.

In the UK Snooker Ronnie O’Sullivan led from the start of the match and went 5-1 ahead in the first session, before Trump pulled two frames back to stay within touching distance.

Ronnie then saw his lead evaporate from 9-4  in front to a superb revival saw Trump emerge from the brink, making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest at 9-9.

But Trump fouled from a snooker in the last allowing O’Sullivan to triumph.

Like all finals they say that was the best and it looks like this will be said again. It was very good to watch to see if Ronnie could win the

Last and he controlled  the break very well from not playing for five frames.



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O’Sullivan Beats Bingham UK Snooker


Ronnie O’Sullivan came from 4-1 down to beat Stuart Bingham 6-5 and reach the final of the Coral UK Snooker Championship, staying on course for his fifth UK Snooker title.

O’Sullivan showed patience to battle back from three frames behind, and ruthlessness at the business end of the match as he booked his place in UK final for the first time in seven years.He will face Judd Trump or Stephen Maguire over 19 frames on Sunday with the winner to take home the trophy and £150,000. The Rocket is bidding for his 15th Triple Crown event having won five World and five Masters titles.

O’Sullivan has started several matches slowly this week and Bingham capitalised on that today. The Basildon-based potter clinched the opening two frames with runs of 66 and 49 although O’Sullivan did win the next on the colours.Breaks of 73 and 137 put Bingham three clear at 4-1 but the momentum then swung towards O’Sullivan as he quickly fired in runs of 62, 68 and 67 to draw level at 4-4.

Bingham stopped the rot with a 53 break in frame nine to go back in front but O’Sullivan hit back again with a brilliant 117 to force the decider.

Bingham went for a long-range red and narrowly missed it, then O’Sullivan made 34 before running out of position. After a brief safety exchange, O’Sullivan went boldly for a mid-range red to a top corner, slotted it home and went on to make 94 to seal the win.

“He gave me a good hiding in the first five frames, and I couldn’t compete to be honest,” said O’Sullivan, who turned 39 yesterday.

“I thought if he keeps playing like that it was 6-1 all day long, I was lucky to get a frame. He outfoxed me, out-potted me, out-scored me and he just looked so comfortable around the table. I got away with that one and got lucky.”Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted to have got through and delighted to be playing in the final but sometimes you can be masking a cut with a plaster, when I’m wondering why was I pushed around too easily in the first five frames. I can only put it down to Stuart playing lots and lots of tournaments, making him so match sharp.

“If I play in the final like I did in the last three or four frames then I’ll be alright, but what we’re talking about here is consistency. I know I’m capable of that but being capable and doing that at will are two different things.

“There’s a trade-off between playing a lot and not playing as much. I can’t be in my little comfort zone at home, going running around the forest and going to the gym and chilling out if I expect to have a great game. You’ve got to make a choice – you either dig in and play more tournaments and get your rewards or just have to pay the price sometimes. I am being very ultra-critical but I’ve always been like that.”

Bingham said: “I think the turnaround came when I actually thought about the final. It’s not every day you get the chance to make it to the UK Championship final and I just lost my timing for a few frames.

“I didn’t get a chance in the last frame. He broke off and left me the long red and that was really close and from there he’s made a 30-odd. I missed a safety shot and to be fair he took the bull by the horns and won the match so fair play to him.”

By Mark Rawlinson – world snooker 

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O’Sullivan To Meet Bingham UK Snooker

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Ronnie O’Sullivan is through to the semi-finals of the Coral UK Championship for the first time in five years, following a hard-earned 6-4 win over Anthony McGill.

By Mark Rawlinson- world snooker 


O’Sullivan, bidding for back-to-back titles having won the Champion of Champions last month, will now meet Stuart Bingham in Saturday’s semis. The Rocket didn’t reach the heights of last night’s maximum break, but he did enough to stay on course for the £150,000 top prize.

Young Scot McGill beat four-time World Champion John Higgins on Wednesday and put O’Sullivan on the back foot early on, as he won the first two frames.He made runs of 31 and 35 to clinch the opener before a break of 55 in the second put him 2-0 ahead. O’Sullivan managed to level proceedings at the interval, with a break of 98 in the fourth before taking the lead for the first time, thanks to a 125 in the fifth.

The next two were shared to leave the Rocket 4-3 ahead but McGill then missed a guilt-edged chance to level the scores. He hit the final green too thick, leaving it over the pocket which allowed O’Sullivan to go 5-3 up. McGill responded well with a great run of 103 in frame nine but O’Sullivan only needed one chance to clinch frame ten, as he coolly slotted in a 97 break and with it the match.


“It was a tough game,” said O’Sullivan, who celebrates his 39th birthday today. “He got off to a good start and I managed to peg him back. He’s missed a couple of game balls there and I feel like he was the better player today even though I scored a few big breaks. I felt like he was more ready to win that match than me – I think it was just experience that got me through.

“I felt like there were so many close frames that could’ve gone either way. My type of game is to dominate and win frames in one visit and I just felt that I wasn’t allowed to do that. He kept me in my place a lot of the time so it was important for me to win that last frame in one visit.”What a great player and character Anthony is. He’s a fantastic ambassador for snooker. He’s my type of character, he loves the game and he’s a really lovely boy – I’m a fan!

“I’d definitely share anything that he needed – if I could help him I would. He’s going to be around for a long time anyway whether he picks my brains or not. I think it’s just a matter of time with Anthony before he starts winning tournaments.”

O’Sullivan will face Bingham for a second year in a row in York, as the Essex-man pulled off a great comeback from 5-3 down to beat Graeme Dott 6-5.Dott, who beat defending champion Neil Robertson in the last round to get to this stage, knocked in two runs of 68 and a 92 on his way to going 4-1 up.

Bingham closed to 4-3, with a 108 break in in frame seven but breaks of 54 and 65 put Scotland’s Dott one frame away from victory. However Shanghai Masters champion Bingham won the next two to force the decider which he won in style, with a 103 century break.

Bingham beat O’Sullivan at the quarter-final stage here last year and hopes for a repeat result.

“I just hung in there really,” said world number nine Bingham. “At 4-1 down I thought it was just going to be one of those days. Anything that could go wrong was going wrong and it just wasn’t happening. I managed to pinch one to 4-2 and I thought it’s still not over.

“I sat in my chair at 5-5 and I thought how am I level? I felt good but just a bit spaced out today – I don’t know why.

“Apart from one match, I’ve been on the table next to Ronnie in every game and he seems to be missing a few early doors. You’ve got to punish him. I’ve got to produce a bit better to have any chance against him.”


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Rocket Maximum UK Snooker 2014

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Rocket Flies To Magical Maximum

Ronnie O’Sullivan made a stunning 147, the 13th maximum break of his career, in a 6-0 victory over Matthew Selt at the Coral UK Snooker Championship.

By Mark Rawlinson

147 Facts
It’s the 109th official maximum in snooker history.
O’Sullivan has now made a record 13. Stephen Hendry has had 11.
The Rocket’s 12th came at the Welsh Open in March, in the last frame of the final.
He will win a £40,000 bonus from the rolling 147 prize pot, plus the £4,000 high break prize. However if someone else makes one during the Coral UK Championship, the prizes will be shared.
It’s the fourth 147 of the season. Aditya Mehta, Ryan Day and Shaun Murphy made the others.
It’s the third consecutive year that a 147 has been made in the final stages here in York. John Higgins made one in 2012 and Mark Selby last year.

O’Sullivan created another piece of snooker gold as he hit a brilliant maximum break in the final frame, bringing the York Barbican crowd to their feet.

The Rocket dominated the match from start to finish to secure his place in the quarter-finals, against Anthony McGill on Friday afternoon.

In the last frame, he had the reds open early in the break and cleared the 15 reds with blacks with little trouble. With the adrenaline pumping, the four-time UK Champion almost over-cut the blue to a middle pocket, but it just dropped in after hitting the jaw. Firing the pink into the middle and screwing back for the black, O’Sullivan gave a fist pump before sinking the black to send the near-capacity crowd into raptures.

Earlier, he eased into a 4-0 lead with top breaks of 76, 61 and 52. O’Sullivan then went for a 147 in the fifth frame, but could only make 89 before missing the 12th black.

“I’m lucky that I’m able to play to such a level and perform like that,” said O’Sullivan after winning his eighth consecutive competitive match. “I don’t think there are many sports people that feel that feeling in their job. So I feel extra lucky and special that I’m able to create the great moments.

“147s definitely still excite me and get the adrenaline going. I already had the record at 12 and I thought someone will have to go far to beat that, but it’s always nice to add to that and make it more difficult for someone to reach.

“The fans will go home and feel like they want to come back and watch another snooker game. I feel like I’ve done my job to make people want to come back and watch snooker again.

“I was shaking like a leaf at the end – the blue just about went in and on the pink I was shaking but I hit it good. I celebrated before the black because I thought I can’t really miss. Although Ken Doherty missed one once so I thought don’t make yourself look stupid.”

Selt said: “I just didn’t settle at all. I had a couple of chances early in the first frame – I think I missed the black and nearly fell over. I didn’t play how I wanted to and didn’t settle and I felt it was always going to be 6-0 from 3-0 onwards.

“I’m more happy than he is that he made that 147. It was a great experience and I had the best seat in the house to watch it. I was sat in my chair when he went up for the yellow and I could barely sit down, I was shaking that much for him.”

Stephen Maguire was the last man through to the quarter-finals as he beat David Morris 6-3 on the other table.

Morris was playing in the last 16 in York for the second year running, but he started tonight’s match slowly. Maguire led 3-1 at the interval, thanks to a top break of 108. Morris hit back to win the next two to draw level, with a 90 break in the fifth. But Maguire, who won the UK Championship ten years ago, saw out the win by taking the next three without reply, including breaks of 41, 74 and 41.

“It was a strange game,” said Maguire, who faces Marco Fu tomorrow evening in the next round. “I was looking at the score at 3-2 and I couldn’t believe it was 3-2 because I felt like I was the only one that was making chances.

“He had a couple of cracking flukes to get him involved in the game and it could have been anyone’s really. To pull away from 3-3, I was chuffed to bits.

“I’m pleased that I’m playing in the evening again tomorrow because I’m a little bit tired now. It means I can go out now and get a meal and watch everyone else twitching tomorrow afternoon.”

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Ronnie and Neil in Last 16 UK Snooker

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O’Sullivan recovered from a slow start against Woollaston, winning easily in the end to set up a match with Matthew Selt in the Coral UK Snooker.

The Rocket, who first won the tournament at the age of 17, said he felt much more at ease playing on his broken ankle today following extensive work with the physiotherapy team at Sheffield United during the past few days.But despite his improved health, O’Sullivan was struggling early on as Wollaston pulled out some excellent pots to win frames two and three – the second on the final black and the third with a well-worked 87 break – to lead 2-1. 

 Crucially, O’Sullivan took the fourth frame with a 56 break to head into the interval at 2-2. Following a chat with psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters at the interval, he found an extra gear and won the next four in a row thanks to runs of 65, 104 and 84.”I didn’t really settle in the first four frames but I managed to get it to 2-2 so I was pleased to come through in the end,” said O’Sullivan, five time winner of the World Championship. 

“If I’m in the right frame of mind and I feel like I’m cueing alright, the scoreboard doesn’t really play much of a part. I’d rather be 4-0 down and feeling good and positive about my game than 4-0 up and feeling rubbish. It’s just about getting your mind right really and I did in the end and felt a bit more settled.  

“The ankle is much better – today is the first day where I actually felt I could walk without worrying about whether I was going to fall over. I had total confidence in it so didn’t have to think about it. “It was still a bit sore because there is still a lot of swelling around it but I’ve been doing some exercises on it which has told my brain that it is strong enough to hold up. It’s just a twisting and turning that I’m not 100 per cent with it. 

 “Thanks to the Sheffield United physio team because without them I probably wouldn’t have been playing out there – I’ll be back down there tomorrow.”Defending champion Neil Robertson is also through to the fourth round following a 6-2 victory over Peter Ebdon. 

 The Australian went into the match with a poor record against the 2006 UK Champion, having lost all of their previous five meetings in full ranking events, and it took what he considered his best performance of the season to register his first win over the 44-year-old. 

Robertson started the match brightly, winning four of the first five frames thanks to breaks of 74, 108, 84 and 70. Ebdon closed to 4-2 by taking the sixth frame but Robertson, who could recapture his spot at the top of the rankings this week, finished the match off with runs of 78 and 65. 

“I’d say that was probably the best performance of my season so far, especially when you’re playing such a great player like Peter,” said the 2010 World Champion. “I had a different mind-set coming in, I knew I had to play well and to be at the top of my game to win and I was very pleased with my performance today. 

“The only ball that I can think of that I missed was a green in the second frame but other than that it was faultless. The only thing you could probably say is that maybe I could have had a few more centuries but perhaps that might be asking a bit much.” 

He faces Graeme Dott in the next round after the Scot put in a brilliant performance to whitewash world number 16 Robert Milkins, laying a dent into the Gloucester-man’s Masters qualification hopes. 

Dott, whose best run in this competition came back in 2006 when he reached the semi-finals, was in free-scoring form knocking in runs of 117, 120 and 127 as he consigned Milkins, who was still struggling with an eye infection, to a 6-0 defeat. 

Stuart Bingham is also into the last 16, although he was made to work very hard for his victory by a gritty performance from hot prospect Joel Walker, who took him to a final frame decider. 

20-year-old Walker was quick out of the blocks, winning the first three frames with top breaks of 59 and 56. The next two frames were shared but then Bingham, winner of the Shanghai Masters back in September, began to show his class, reeling off the next three to go within a frame of victory. 

Walker, who made it to the last eight of the Welsh Open earlier this year, hit a brilliant run of 83 to make it 5-5. And he had two chances in the decider but could only build a 35-0 lead, allowing Bingham to step in with a 95 clearance.


By Mark Rawlinson

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Phillip Hughes tribute: Australian snooker

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Phillip Hughes tribute: Australian snooker player Neil Robertson takes bat into the arena at UK Championships

Neil Robertson paid a poignant tribute to fellow Australian Phillip Hughes before battling back from the brink of defeat to stay in the hunt at the Coral UK Snooker  Championship.

The 32-year-old, a big cricket fan who made an unprecedented century of centuries on the baize last season, brought out a bat along with his cue for the York Barbican Centre second-round clash with Kyren Wilson.

Melbourne-born Robertson was joining in the appreciation of Hughesm which has come from around the world of sport since the batsman’s death on Thursday.

People across the world have posted photos of their cricket bats on social media under the hashtag #putoutyourbats as part of a worldwide tribute to the batsman.

The bat stayed out in the arena with defending champion Robertson, who at one stage looked to be heading out of the tournament but scraped a 6-5 win.

Robertson fell 5-4 behind when Wilson made 87 in the ninth frame, and when the 22-year-old English potter fluked the final red in the next he had a clear match-winning opportunity. Yet Wilson fluffed a crucial positional shot from green to brown, and a relieved Robertson was able to pot brown and blue to force the decider.

Wilson had the first chance of the all-important 11th frame, but missed a tricky red and left a half-decent chance. Robertson showed why offering him any such opening is a mistake by rattling in an 86 break to secure a pass to the third round.

Robertson said: “I noticed a lot of other Australian sportsmen doing it over the weekend. It was nice to be able to pay tribute.

“It was a really good opportunity for me to do that and show my respect to him and his family.

“I guess it made me just a bit more motivated to stick in there and try to get the win today.”