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Title: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 16:38
The Masters are upon us:
 
Live here for those in Britain: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/16556502 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/16556502)
Snoooker seemed to have lost a bit of its magic without Ronnie but the sport is on the up I would say. It is certainly an open tournament, loved Selby's UK championship win but Trump is a force not to be trifled with and Robertson as well will certainly feature. Then you have Williams, Mcguire etc the list goes on. Its why I like the Masters as everyone is top quality and effectively anyone can win.

Some Snooker videos about current situation:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20957977 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20957977)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20957976 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20957976)
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 16:40
Robertson talks about his Masters defence:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20972600 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/20972600)
Quote
"Defending it is something that few players have done," Robertson told BBC Sport. "The way the standard is now, it is very difficult to defend titles.
"You have to play well from the start. Only a world class player can win it."
Robertson, who added the Masters to his 2010 world crown, starts the invitational event for the world's top 16-ranked players against China's Ding Junhui on Sunday.
The Melbourne-born left-hander believes the Masters is snooker's second most prestigious tournament, even though it is not a ranking event.
"The Masters is the biggest tournament after the World Championship as nearly every player is a tournament winner," said the 30-year-old.

It is immensely hard to defend, would be a great achievement to pull it off.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Slow Rider on January 13, 2013, 16:45
Cricket, darts, snooker.. You English sure have a weird definition of what constitutes as a sport.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 16:51
Snooker is a sport of immense skill and talent. Unlike say..Speed Skating :fp :P

Currently Ding has Robertson on the ropes, had a chance to take the winning frame but mucked it up. Still the 2011 winner has the ascendancy over last year's winner.

And..very good pot there, he is on the reds and black. This should be his game and an early exit for the defending champion. :wave

Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Slow Rider on January 13, 2013, 16:54
Hey, I was just about to write a post about the brilliant (for us Dutch) speed skating EC we just had.

I have to admit, it is very difficult and I suck at snooker. Still, there's a lot of things I'd rather do than watch snooker in my spare time ;)
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 17:04
Well as ashamed as I am to admit it I can barely skate. I have always been awful at it. My father came from Canada where he played Ice Hockey at a high level in his youth and all my family enjoy it, but I just cant abide it  :embarrassed

On the other hand I am pretty useful with a snooker cue.  :D

And Robertson comes back level effectively with Ding. Ding went into reds and could not get on any. Robertson took his chance and now it is up to him to take the game to a deciding frame.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 17:08
Deciding frame here :fanfare

Last 2 winners of this tournament. One has to go out. One frame to decide it all.  :D
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 17:17
And there it is :win :woohoo

Robertson does it. Comes back from near certain defeat and has saved his title defence.
And is now on his way to a fine century. Just potted a magnificent rebound of the side cushion.

Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: LukasCPH on January 13, 2013, 19:38
I only very rarely follow Snooker, it isn't shown on any channel I get. So I can't remember who any player is (I do recognize some faces though).
Having looked Robertson up, I remember seeing him play a few times. Certainly one of the better ones I've seen, so good luck to him.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 13, 2013, 19:48
Yep Roberston should go well. The Masters is only for the top 16 in the world though so every game is a battle with never any clear favourite. I would not claim to be an expert on snooker but the favourites for this tournament should be Robertson who is 5th in the world. Also Selby who won the last big tournament and is 1st in the world. Trump is the new star of snooker and has been stunning the snooker world for a while now. He was 1st until Selby won the Uk championships. I would say those 3 are probably the biggest favourites, but Higgins is one of the greatest players of all time and should do well likewise Maguire, Murphy and Willliams.

Currently it is Allen V Davis. Allen is certainly the favourite but it is a tight one. Allen is still young and looks to be a talent though he has a reputation as a tad feisty. He lost narrowly to Trump in the UK champs final in 2011 and could go far here though I dont see him beating all those other top players. Davis is a dark horse though and has shown himself capable of beating top guns a couple of times. I dont know all that much about snooker though, just follow Ronnie and the big tournaments but when I do follow it I cant help but admire the subtlety of the sport.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 14, 2013, 16:39
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/16556502 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/16556502)

Higgins V Carter. Higgins just needs to win this final frame so Carter is up against it.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on January 14, 2013, 19:37
Cmon Dotty
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 14, 2013, 21:37
Maguire is the favourite surely, but Dott is in a strong position in this frame. Poor shot to pot the cue ball but Maguire clips the red heavily and one or two more reds potted and Dott could level the game.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 15, 2013, 22:31
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21029345 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21029345)
Barry Hawkins did nicely against Trump but eventually Trumpt battled through to set up an enticing encounter with Graeme Dott. Dott's defeat of Maguire was a great moment I really thought he deserved it and I would not be complaining if he repeats his victory against Trump.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21020435 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21020435)

Whilst Ricky Walden battled really valiantly against Murphy but Walden just could not piece it all together in the end and Murphy seems to have capitalised. Murphy missed a blinder with the match seemingly won but in fact Walden currently needs a snooker to reverse it. Dont think he will do it, but after coming back from 4-1 it showed great resolve by Walden.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/16556502 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/16556502)
Shame I have exams next week as otherwise I would have liked to go to Ali Pali over the weekend.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 15, 2013, 22:43
Ricky is such a legend :win
Really love the guy. And then he went to the extent of declaring a foul on himself which lost him the match
:pray

So far only Dott's win has gone against what you may have expected and even then it was not all that much of a surprise.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 16, 2013, 22:44
Come on Stuart.

Brilliant Match but full credit to Selby for his comeback. Odds on favourite to win now though seeing he has won 4 on the trott. All the matches so far have been really close and this one will be surely down to the line.

Unlucky earlier on for Matthew Stevens who could not take it to the finishing line either against Williams.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 16, 2013, 22:47
Stuart misses an easy blue. It is clear that the pressure has got to him and Selby will certainly gobble up and opportunities presented his way. It seems bleak for Bingham atm I am afraid.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 16, 2013, 23:00
And that is it. Bingham seems bemused and he has a right to be. He probably cant seem to figure out how he lost the match. Really feel for the guy :hug
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 17, 2013, 23:10
This thread is turning into a monologue  :cheesy

Anyways great Snooker earlier on today with a fantastic fighting win by Robertson ahead of Allen.
And what a shot this was: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21069651 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21069651)
So the defending champion is still in this tournament.

Currently it seems like Higgins will finally wrap up this match against Murphy... actually no he misses a pot and now Murphy is back with a chance :woohoo Higgins still a frame ahead but Murphy into the reds and only a couple more pots needed and he will have sealed the frame. Will make an exciting final frame. Murphy already came back from 4-1 down here so this final frame is probably very hard to call..
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 17, 2013, 23:30
And Higgins can not believe it. He misses a simple blue and that is the match with Murphy clearing up the table and winning the frame and making his way into the Semi final. Higgins is surely enraged with himself after what at 4-1 and then 51 ahead should have been his win. But then again nothing has been certain in this year's masters so far.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on January 18, 2013, 15:28
Cmon Dotty
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on January 19, 2013, 21:19
Dotty going ok in his semi.

Cmon Dotty
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 19, 2013, 21:26
Dott is a legend :win

Robertson would be the favourite for the final I think. But if Selby gets back in this then that momentum could give him the upper hand. Dott's too lose though.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 19, 2013, 23:51
What a match. Selby now back up to 4-4 and this frame has been epic.
Dott required a snooker to force a re-spotted black. He managed it and now it is all or nothing..
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 20, 2013, 20:28
Selby ahead but I would not be surprised if we see more than one comeback in this match.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 20, 2013, 22:49
Robertson has come back well. But Selby is looking good for this frame and that would put him only one frame away from victory with Robertson 3 behind him.

Now he has a difficult blue. This could be the turning point in this frame and maybe even in the whole match.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 20, 2013, 22:50
Robertson back now at the table. And a very good shot to exploit the red at the opposite end of the table but he ends up on nothing and the pendulum may swing again..
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 20, 2013, 23:04
Selby close to being one frame away from winning. Robertson requires 2 snookers with only blue, pink and black in play. It is not impossible for Robertson to win all of the last 4 frames.. but it is unlikely, especially as Selby has played good snooker tonight.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on January 21, 2013, 18:33
And what a tournament it was :win

I guess I will be back for the World Champs.. until then :wave

Review of Tournament: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21112123 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21112123)

Selby wins: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21121289 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21121289)
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on February 17, 2013, 22:31
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17035273 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17035273)

Final of the Welsh Open the last frame, been an epic final so far and I am really hoping that Bingham triumphes
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on February 25, 2013, 07:42
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21553876 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21553876)

Ronnie press conference tommorrow, re his future. Should be interesting.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on February 25, 2013, 09:12
It's his last chance to give himself a chance of playing to defend his world title.
I can't imagine a player like him can keep away from the sport for so long but then again you can never know with Ronnie. The worlds would not be the same without him that is for sure so I really hope he says yes, but I really am not so sure about it.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on February 26, 2013, 13:23
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21575730 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21575730)

This is good news for Ronnie fans.
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on March 02, 2013, 21:34
Mark Allen v Matthew Stevens is the final of the Haikou.
Though Allen played really well beating Higgins 6-2 in the semi.
Allen ftw after that..
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on March 03, 2013, 15:50
Mark Allen beats Matthew Stevens to retain World Open title

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21647451 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/21647451)

Nice win and good call Archie.

Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on April 15, 2013, 12:31
Draw today for the World Championships, should be interesting, who will Ronnie get???

See Jimmy failed to qualify though..
Title: Snooker
Post by: kabloemski on April 15, 2013, 12:51
We used to have so much snooker on SA telly, and then I was so spoilt living in EU, these days there's only chick Billiards on ESPN now & then *sucks*
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on April 15, 2013, 13:44
Ronnie gets Marcus Campbell
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: Archieboy on April 15, 2013, 13:46
1st round draw made.

Dott vs Ebdon stands out.

A replay of their epic final.

Dotty to win that one..
Title: Re: Snooker
Post by: froome19 on April 18, 2013, 22:29
:fanfare

Spoiler (hover to show)

:fanfare


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/22180342 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/22180342)
Title: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: kabloemski on April 20, 2013, 07:17
You lucky bastards, I'd die to watch that!

*Love you Ronnie*
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: Archieboy on April 25, 2013, 17:36
Big win for Milkins, well done fella..
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: froome19 on April 25, 2013, 17:39
Lots of upsets.. Williams, Higgins, Robertson, Maguire etc

I would say Selby trumps Ronnie as the favourite for this tournament
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: froome19 on April 28, 2013, 22:31
And Froome's curse strikes  :D

I believe Carter is unlucky to have been drawn with Ronnie at this early stage as I would say these two could easily be the final not just a round of 16 match.

My brain says Ronnie to edge it, but my heart tells me I am possibly underestimating Carter who just seems to pick himself up and fight back everytime he looks down. Ronnie playing well but missing three blacks of the spot etc allows Carter a chance certainly.

Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: Archieboy on April 29, 2013, 08:26


I would say Selby trumps Ronnie as the favourite for this tournament

Hey Froomie, care to rethink that ??
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: froome19 on April 30, 2013, 16:54
Hey Froomie, care to rethink that ??

Whoops  :D

Ronnie looking rather good.

Quite an understatement that  :P.

Bingham once again just tripping up before he can close out the frame and playing like this you can't give Ronnie any chances...
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: froome19 on May 01, 2013, 22:51
Brilliant..  :lol

You couldn't make this up.. he just goes on and on.

Still I can't wait for the semi final; Ronnie V Trump should be an absolute cracker.

And he better be back next year.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: froome19 on May 05, 2013, 10:32
I am afraid you may be right Tom...

Ronnie should be too good for Barry, but you can't anything away from Barry who has done magnificently to get to this point. And of course nothing is over until the last ball is potted so who knows what can happen, Ronnie is always one for thrills and delights.

And his latest retirement plans put on hold.. :fp
I think he is just taking the mickey, wonder how the other players feel about it though  :rolleye
Title: Re: Snooker - World Championships 2013
Post by: Archieboy on May 29, 2013, 14:54
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/22689066

Well done lady.
Title: Re: Snooker - Masters 2014
Post by: froome19 on January 15, 2014, 21:46
Been tough in my mocks week to follow this all, but some epic snooker being played at Alli Pali this week.
It was lovely to see Ronnie's win, in dominating fashion as well. So far no upsets have really occurred, though Murphy did defeat the in form Ding. But it will definitely make the latter parts of this competition very interesting.
Title: Re: Snooker - Masters 2014
Post by: Havetts on January 15, 2014, 22:15
Snooker is one of these sports that is so peaceful to watch and I can enjoy it immensely. The silence in the snookerhall (?), the softness of the voice of the commentator and the skill required makes it a sport I watch with pleasure. But, I never really go out of my way to watch snooker.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: froome19 on May 02, 2014, 18:49
So, who has been watching the Worlds?

And Ronnie domination

:pray
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Gotland on May 02, 2014, 21:52
I'm looking forward to see the last chapter of the 'slugfest' between Selby and Robertson tomorrow. Talk about an intense game.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: froome19 on May 03, 2014, 22:20
It could be over quickly if Selby gets his frame. The final will be an interesting affair whoever faces Ronnie, but does anyone believe that they will have a realistic chance against Ronnie? Miracles can happen, but I see the final going only one way..

Lol you posted that yesterday Gotland, things have got even more sluggish in the interim.

Edit: All over and we have a Selby V Ronnie final :woohoo
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: sublimit on May 04, 2014, 12:13
Obviously I want the rocket to win but I wont be too disappointed if Selby gets it  - its probably about time he won a crucible title.      I'm thinking it'll be a blowout with Ronnie getting a day off and winning easily, Selby is very persistent though and reminds me of Steve Davis in a way. 
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Gotland on May 04, 2014, 20:12
Marc Selby has to wake up if this is going to be exciting at all.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: froome19 on May 04, 2014, 22:12
Selby will give Ronnie a tough time. I am pretty sure of it, he is a class player who is about as good as an opponent as Ronnie could wish for and the master of the comeback. Ronnie will only be happy when he was his 18th frame won...
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Havetts on May 05, 2014, 23:34
Holy crap has this match been awesome or what?
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Archieboy on December 05, 2014, 13:58
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/30339960

Genius at work.....
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: froome19 on December 05, 2014, 14:03
I watched his 147 live and the gradual excitement building was amazing. The possibility of a 147 is tantalising, but one error and it disappears down the drain. Only once the last Red or two has been cleared do you really think it is going to be happen for real!  :)

However, he is struggling just atm against McGill. 2-0 down so far. With Selby, Robertson and Ding out this has been made easier for Ronnie than it should be, Maguire could be the biggest challenge and Trump if he is on a good day.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Flo on December 05, 2014, 14:19
Never in my life have I seen such a British topic
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Archieboy on December 05, 2014, 14:20
The comeback has begun. Its only 14.20 bit early in the day for Ronnie.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: search on December 05, 2014, 14:43
Never in my life have I seen such a British topic

mmmh, I first thought one for the Darts could top that maybe - but that's something you Dutchies are good in as well, somehow.

but generally...for those pub games it surely must help to be brought there every day by your parents on from age 6, so we are lacking a bit of practice over here in continental Europe
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2014
Post by: Archieboy on January 15, 2015, 17:20
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/30831845

Another record for the genius that is Ronnie.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: froome19 on April 18, 2015, 22:11
:bump

Title changed.
Selby atm struggling, might be going out, Maflin needs two frames and he is ahead in this one..
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: LukasCPH on April 18, 2015, 23:38
Ooh, snooker is on again?
Might be worth it to find someting somewhere, I quite like watching it.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: froome19 on April 18, 2015, 23:43
Yep, its live on the BBC here in the UK.. which almost makes it too easy to access coverage seeing as exams are coming up.
Selby comes through... very narrowly. Too close for comfort that one.

Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: Archieboy on April 21, 2015, 20:12
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/32396914


Ding goes Dong.
How to cost yourself £30000.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: Archieboy on April 24, 2015, 22:11
Selby knocked out by qualifier McGill. Very nice :cool
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: Archieboy on April 28, 2015, 07:57
Quater finals start this morning,
Ding v Trump and McGill v Murphy. Hope to see McGill progress.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: Leadbelly on April 13, 2017, 18:22
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39581570

Quote
Ireland's Fergal O'Brien won the longest frame in professional snooker history to take the final place at the World Championship in Sheffield.

He beat David Gilbert 10-9 with the deciding frame lasting two hours, three minutes and 41 seconds - 44 seconds longer than the men's marathon world record in athletics.

The main event starts on Saturday, it's always worth dipping in and out of.
Title: Re: Snooker - World Champs 2015
Post by: Archieboy on April 22, 2017, 12:52
Ronnie looked good beating Murphy this morning