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World Championship Snooker 2016

World Championship Snooker 2016

World Championship Snooker 2016

World Championship Snooker 2016 Mark Selby became the 6th player to lift snooker’s most famous trophy more than once at the Crucible by beating Ding Junhui 18-14 in the final of the Betfred World Championship.

Mark’s safety game and match play snooker made some frames quite long and change the rhythm of many of the matches he played in. Basically it was Mark Selby not at his best but still able to compete and turn matches through not giving up and extending frames.

In Australia Selby’s safety and match play I would compare to Robby Foldvari in changing the rhythm of matches to a safety game. This to many of us changes a match from be able to play and get in a pace around the table and when you get chances you just can’t capitalize.

Selby, who first won the title in 2014 by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan by the same score line, joins Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams, John Higgins and O’Sullivan as the only players to lift the trophy more than once at the Crucible. Overall he is the 13th multiple winner in the sport’s history.

It was a remarkable night for Selby’s home city as Leicester secured football’s Premier League title just minutes before the last balls went down in Sheffield.

Collecting a record check for £330,000, 32-year-old Selby retains his world number spot and has now been top dog in the rankings at the end of the season for the past five consecutive years. This World Championship is his seventh ranking title and sixth success in a Triple Crown event having won three Masters crowns and one UK Championship.

However, Selby – who has remarkable mental toughness and never-say-die attitude – showed his experience to close out the match and the seventh ranking title victory of his career keeps him top of the world rankings for a fifth straight year.

The best matches I believe where Ding v McManus and the Upset of Ronnie v Hawkins. Alan McManus played some great snooker and attacked the balls which was great to see.

Ding’s scoring power in the Semi Finals made a new record for century breaks of 7 in the match and if another player was in the final it could have been a great scoring match.

Session 1 The Final

Session 2 The Final

Session 3 The Final – update when it comes in

LAST SESSION HAWKINS V RONNIE

 

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Dafabet Masters 2015 Ronnie O’Sullivan

Dafabet Masters 2015 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Dafabet Masters 2015 Ronnie O’Sullivan equalled Hendry’s Century record?

Ronnie O’Sullivan fluked ( or what I call the Dimitri a player I play with flukes a lot.) the final yellow in the tenth frame, and added the green, brown and blue to match Hendry’s record with a 116. Ronnie will now meet Marco Fu on Thursday afternoon with the chance to set a new record.

Over a 23-year career, O’Sullivan has established himself as the most gifted player ever to hold a cue and the greatest ever break-builder. He is now setting his sites on another Hendry record: six Masters titles. He’ll equal that if he triumphs at Alexandra Palace on Sunday night.

At the Start today They frames got messy and O’Sullivan led 2-1 after an hour’s play. He then stepped up a gear with breaks of 77, 91 and 100 to lead 5-1.

Walden, made a run of 100 to win frame seven and Ronnie looked set for victory when he made a 66 in the next, but Walden got a snooker and free ball on the last red and cleared up to a 5-3 score. Ricky  cleared with 73 in the next, an unlikely fight-back was in full flow.

But O’Sullivan responded by getting the frame and century he needed. In potting the black off the last red he failed to dislodge the yellow and brown from the baulk cushion, but a hit-and-hope yellow came off three cushions and dropped into a centre pocket, leaving him perfect position on the green. O’Sullivan went on to make 116 as a packed house of nearly 1,700 joined him in celebration.

Quotes from Ronnie

“I’ve been thinking about the (centuries) record since I got within striking distance and I’m glad I’ve equalled it now,” said O’Sullivan.

“I doubt Stephen Hendry is that bothered, he’s still got the seven world titles record which means more to him than anything. For me it’s more about winning this tournament now.

PICTURES by Tai Chengzhe

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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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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

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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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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

Added a video Clip : Dr Steve Peters Ronnie’s helper

 

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The Ronnie O’Sullivan Show

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The Ronnie O’Sullivan Show November 29 2014

Hi all,

Here’s the latest from the Ronnie O’Sullivan Show and number five of the series. If you’re after cues and accessories check out our store while you’re here.

Snooker legend Steve Davis has admitted that he hated rival Stephen Hendry when the Scot started to dominate the sport in the 1990’s. In a revealing interview with Ronnie O’Sullivan, Davis said that he coped badly with Hendry’s emergence as the game’s leading player and “didn’t even want to acknowledge he existed”.