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Title: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on March 09, 2020, 04:56:00 PM
I think I'm minority here as far as I can see but not involved in much snooker talks online, aside my father and bandmate. Any fans?

Anyone got any WC predictions? I can see Trump or Ronnie doing it but still early days. Robertson in top form too.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Caomhaoin on March 09, 2020, 07:55:24 PM
I miss Alan McManus smoking fags whilst not at the table at the Irish masters. Lad.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on March 09, 2020, 08:01:52 PM
I love snooker but was always shit at it.

Looking forward to the worlds but ut's a pain in the arse that the BBC have most of their evening coverage on the red button, which isn't available in Sky. Eurosport's commentary/punditry is shite.

Trump would be my call for it, too.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on March 09, 2020, 08:28:21 PM
On current form you'd have to say Trump is the favourite going into the WC.  Winning 5 ranking events in one season just proves how consistent he's become.

Still two ranking tournaments to go before the WC so perhaps someone will hit a bit of form at the right time.

Ronnie, of course, is capable of winning it again but his cause won't be helped by slipping down the rankings. At the moment he's in line for a tougher draw compared to the top seeds.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on March 09, 2020, 08:31:24 PM
His apparent apathy towards the game as a whole is his biggest obstacle. I suppose he's done it all, made plenty of cash in the process and maybe just doesn't feel he has anything to prove. Picking and choosing his tournaments is costing him though, not getting enough table time and all that.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on March 09, 2020, 08:44:33 PM
Yep, Trump is looking good for it at the moment, though Robertson is coming back to form and looks strong too. Sad to see Selby has really slipped down the rankings these days, he used to be fantastic to watch.
And lads, what the fuck is going on with the back of Gary Wilson's head
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Doctor Crippen on March 09, 2020, 08:51:10 PM
What about John Higgins, can’t rule him out, love snooker myself
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on March 09, 2020, 09:01:00 PM
His apparent apathy towards the game as a whole is his biggest obstacle. I suppose he's done it all, made plenty of cash in the process and maybe just doesn't feel he has anything to prove. Picking and choosing his tournaments is costing him though, not getting enough table time and all that.

He seems to be just as happy/happier going to the tournaments and doing the tv work. He's been on Eurosport regularly in recent times doing comms and talking in the studio. The will to win and compete certainly seems to have faded somewhat.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on March 09, 2020, 09:12:15 PM
Yep, Trump is looking good for it at the moment, though Robertson is coming back to form and looks strong too. Sad to see Selby has really slipped down the rankings these days, he used to be fantastic to watch.
And lads, what the fuck is going on with the back of Gary Wilson's head

Don't write Selby off yet. He won the English Open and the Scottish Open this season. It's true he's not playing to the standard he was a while ago but he'll be there or thereabouts come the WC.

Gary Wilson's head is a sight to behold.
Part blowfish?  :laugh:
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on March 09, 2020, 11:52:57 PM
Don't know if Higgins has another final in him, probably looking at a semi-final in the worlds though. Ronnie depends on the weather but you can never rule him out. Would like to see Judd and Robertson though that would be a cracker.

Have a soft spot for Ding and David Gilbert though, be nice to see them turn up. Lisowski and Un-Nooh I like watching but not near final level (yet).

And yes, Eurosport has the worst coverage. Don't mind Jimmy but commentary is ridiculous. "He'll want to win this frame" is a frequent line, Michael Owen level of shite.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Doctor Crippen on March 10, 2020, 07:20:39 PM
Don't know if Higgins has another final in him, probably looking at a semi-final in the worlds though. Ronnie depends on the weather but you can never rule him out. Would like to see Judd and Robertson though that would be a cracker.

Have a soft spot for Ding and David Gilbert though, be nice to see them turn up. Lisowski and Un-Nooh I like watching but not near final level (yet).

And yes, Eurosport has the worst coverage. Don't mind Jimmy but commentary is ridiculous. "He'll want to win this frame" is a frequent line, Michael Owen level of shite.

Higgins is some dogged player in fairness I’m gonna stick a few quid on him, he’s never beaten in fairness to him
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on March 10, 2020, 09:08:55 PM
Higgins is some dogged player in fairness I’m gonna stick a few quid on him, he’s never beaten in fairness to him

Yep, only really beaten when the other player is playing their best. Can understand when he loses to top 10 players, he still plays well.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on March 10, 2020, 09:38:42 PM
Higgins is currently around 20/1 to win it so it's definitely worth a couple of quid especially considering he has made the last 3 finals. I think the longer format matches really suit him.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Don Gately on March 11, 2020, 09:42:55 AM
I like Selby. Would hate to see Higgins win but those odds!
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Doctor Crippen on March 11, 2020, 04:25:25 PM
Great odds for him
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on March 13, 2020, 09:51:04 AM
So the Gibraltar Open (ranking event) is going ahead today albeit with quite a few withdrawals which is understandable given the current situation. Higgins, Robbo, Mark Allen, Dave Gilbert, Stephen Maguire, Ali Carter and Graeme Dott have all pulled out.

However, Bingham, Trump, Selby, Kyren Wilson, Mark Williams, Yan Bingtao, Joe Perry, Jack Lisowski and Barry Hawkins, amongst others, are still playing so hopefully it will turn out to be a decent tournament.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on March 13, 2020, 01:42:03 PM
Will watch it, would have thought Williams wouldn't bother with his health issues last year.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on March 15, 2020, 07:35:37 PM
This final is shaping up nicely, two frames in and two centuries hit. Both players in good form.

It's strange without any fans or atmosphere. They restricted the audience to 100 on Friday then restricted it completely from Saturday. Understandable though.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on March 16, 2020, 11:54:27 AM
Trump unstoppable at the moment, not sure how the WC will pan out at the moment though.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on July 22, 2020, 06:25:23 PM
Ronnie's been in the news today for humming and hawing about his decision to appear in the World Championship. The prerequisite news story that means the World Championship is very much on, of course. I was quite excited to realise it's starting at the end of the month. I'm still working from home so it's the most frames of the tournament that I will conceivably be able to watch since a bunch of us lived together on the dole, where the BBC coverage would be the permanent backdrop to soapbar smog and cheap cider as a sort of baize endurance marathon.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on July 22, 2020, 06:29:52 PM
I wonder will they actually show it in the evenings instead of fucking off to the iPlayer/red button? It's just not the same on Eurosport, very much bargain bin commentary/punditry.

Either way, good to see that it's going ahead. Been missing the tradition of this and the likes of Wimbledon.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Caomhaoin on July 23, 2020, 12:07:07 PM
RTE used to show Wimbledon, Roland Garros, and the Irish Masters back when I was a chap. Whenever I go home, the sports coverage outside of GAA is absolute shite. Granted, you needed BBC for the snooker worlds, but unless it’s hurling, I wouldn’t be arsed with anything they put on. Trying to charge a fiver to watch League if Ireland matches now aswell the brass necked fuckers.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on July 24, 2020, 09:54:57 AM
BBC coverage is king. I cannot stand Eurosport or Quest or ITV. The house I'm with has Free to air box, so there's actually a red button channel.

Working (college thesis) at home is a blessing and a curse, once I get sucked into good snooker it's hard to get out. Here's hoping we get good quality.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on July 31, 2020, 09:50:50 PM
I'm away to Eurosport every time I hear Dennis Taylor, same as always, can't have is simpering.
Always back four (one from each quarter) to win it, this year I've gone for
Bingham 30/1
Higgins 18/1
Wilson 16/1
Murphy 16/1

Wish I had a fortnight  off work.
Looks like a run to the finish line for Trump here, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on July 31, 2020, 10:00:09 PM
At least bargain bin Eurosport are showing it in the evening (and a match on each channel, to boot), pricktease BBC just give you an hour to warm up and then fuck off.

Sad to see that the audience, limited though it was in numbers, will be gone from tomorrow. At least there was some kind of atmosphere for a few hours.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on July 31, 2020, 10:16:23 PM
Well, I've gotten use to it in the football so for a quiet game like snooker it shouldn't be overly offputting. Also there'll be none off the 'c'mon Ronnie' brigade.
I will miss the rather stately, posh looking old bird who has been sitting in the crowd for every match at every finals as long as I can remember though!
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on July 31, 2020, 10:31:09 PM
Not to mention the ubiquitous Nicko McBrain appearance.

Wadn't there a bit of a kerfuffle a couple of years ago over the guy who wears a football top every year, they banned them or something?
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on July 31, 2020, 11:50:24 PM
Yeah they made him stop wearing the, even Barry Hearne was moaning about him. Also missing from the crowd will be the snooker goths  :abbath:
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on August 01, 2020, 04:02:53 PM
I echo the shame on the audience being gone. Dwindled though it was, I'll accept any kind of spectator ambience at this stage.

I'm on the Eurosport because I don't have the beeb on TV and have an inherent mistrust of all these VPN yokes. There's no comparison obviously. The amount of video packages etc that they do for this tournament is half the fun, and turns it into not just a tournament but a sort of global convention/celebration of snooker.

Might have to sort something out to get iPlayer. Using the old man's Sky details to get a Sky Go login but it doesn't carry BBC.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on August 01, 2020, 09:55:06 PM
I'm delighted to be able to see snooker on BBC again. It's not just the awful commentators on ITV (captain bloody obvious Neal Foulds), but the table view is gack. They foreshorten the angle by quite a bit, to get the sponsor logo in view and it makes it hard to tell if something is on or how much space is between balls.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 02, 2020, 12:42:43 AM
It was on BBC4 for a couple of hours tonight, hopefully it'll be a regular thing.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: livingabortion on August 02, 2020, 10:53:44 AM
I liked it when Alex "Whirlwind" Higgins was playing. MAN that guy could drink and still play a great game  ;)
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 02, 2020, 04:58:41 PM
He was a complete cunt, though.

Who's that commentating in the Higgins-Stevens match with McManus, Ebdon? He's atrocious, whoever it is.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on August 02, 2020, 05:16:08 PM
I think it's Joe Perry.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 02, 2020, 05:17:39 PM
Cheers. He's more annoying than Thorne, if that were possible.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: livingabortion on August 02, 2020, 05:36:35 PM
He was a complete cunt, though.

Who's that commentating in the Higgins-Stevens match with McManus, Ebdon? He's atrocious, whoever it is.


How?
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on August 02, 2020, 05:45:31 PM
Well known fact. Look it up. Read his biography. Great player, wonderful personality, but without a doubt a total fucking prick.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: livingabortion on August 02, 2020, 06:37:19 PM
That's a shame.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 02, 2020, 06:43:53 PM
He was a complete cunt, though.

Who's that commentating in the Higgins-Stevens match with McManus, Ebdon? He's atrocious, whoever it is.


How?

(Assuming you're talking about Higgins), he treated everyone like shit, his family, friends, business partners. Drank and gambled his life away.

A friend of my uncle's went out with him in the '60s or '70s, said he was a right prick. Complete bigot, too.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: livingabortion on August 02, 2020, 06:58:41 PM
A great Snooker player but a shit human being it seems. Sad that.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on August 02, 2020, 10:52:35 PM
Kurt Maflin tonight running out of position on a 147 attempt and giving the cue ball the finger was hilarious. Got a warning for it too.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 02, 2020, 11:39:37 PM
Saw that, nice to see some genuine emotion from a player though, they're usually so restrained.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on August 03, 2020, 05:21:45 PM
Turns out O'Sullivan likes playing with no crowd, after all. Battered Un-Nooh 10-1, taking less than half an hour for the two final frames this morning. Looks like everyone else is fucked.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 03, 2020, 05:46:39 PM
He was quite critical, before he got to the tournament, about the decision to have a restriced audience in attendance, saying that the organisers were "using the players as lab rats" or words to that effect (Trump had a go at him, saying he should have pulled out along with Hamilton - who must be rightly sickened now). In his post-match interview he said he preferred it this way so it clearly suits him.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 03, 2020, 06:29:45 PM
Right stinker of a session that from Murphy
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 03, 2020, 06:38:29 PM
No harm. Arrogant twat, I can't abide him.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on August 04, 2020, 07:05:34 PM
Selby got away with murder in his last frame
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 04, 2020, 07:11:39 PM
Yep, some fluke to win it. He'll have to up his game but at least he scraped through unlike Murphy.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 04, 2020, 07:34:10 PM
He's a great player but terminally boring to watch. A shame Brown didn't go through (as parochial as it is, it's always nice to see up and coming Irish players doing well) but he played well.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on August 04, 2020, 08:38:26 PM
Word. Honestly, Selby frames drag on like sex scenes with your ma and da in the room.

Hope Mark Allen gets dumped out.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 04, 2020, 09:33:47 PM
Looking that way. Not a fan either, he's such a dour fucker.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 07, 2020, 06:06:47 PM
Worst afternoon of the Championships so far, a visit to the dentist would be more pleasurable than sitting through Selby's pondering .
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 07, 2020, 06:11:59 PM
Fucking torturous, and when I got in both the BBC and Eurosport were showing the same match (I presume the other one finished early), dreadful. I just stuck on DS9 instead. At least this evening we have O'Sullivan v Ding to look forward to.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 07, 2020, 06:17:04 PM
3 frames of it took as long as Ronnie's entire opening match apparently. I love  the safety side of the game but it really was  a challenge to sit through. Funny to put the missus through it though.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 07, 2020, 08:14:55 PM
Hmmm, ding dong indeed, This is like a different sport from earlier.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on August 08, 2020, 08:19:16 AM
Selbyball aside, this has been a fantastic tournament with a really high level of play so far. Snooker players are - on the whole - dour fuckers who come from gaming for cash in pubs and clubs. It's no surprise the vast majority of them are cool as ice without a crowd and don't need that famed emotional pull from them.

Great to see Maflin and Williams through in great matches.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 08, 2020, 11:12:43 AM
You'd miss the atmosphere an audience brings with it (as a viewer), but the players seem to be thriving on it alright. No John Virgo (stranded in Spain) or Hazel Irvine (a sickness in the family) this year either, it's an odd one. Great standard alright though, best it's been for years.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 09, 2020, 08:50:53 PM
Jaysus, Ronnie on fire there. Had the match won over 7 frames while the other match was still in its third (of the session). I can't see him being beaten if he holds this form.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on August 10, 2020, 09:22:29 PM
Well, Williams certainly stopped him in his tracks today. But, ya just never know with the 3 session matches how many twists and turns it can take.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 10, 2020, 09:30:16 PM
Didn't see any of that match today. This one between Trump and Wilson isn't exactly a thriller but I'd take it over Selby and Robertson any day of the week.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Mower Liberation Front on August 12, 2020, 10:36:17 PM
Worst afternoon of the Championships so far, a visit to the dentist would be more pleasurable than sitting through Selby's pondering .

https://twitter.com/Livesnooker/status/1293600719250087938

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Ronnie O’Sullivan made a 147 break faster than it took Mark Selby to play a single shot last year.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 12, 2020, 11:01:58 PM
Yeah, I'm really hoping he beats Selby. Anything is better than another Selby final, I doubt I'd bother watching if he goes through

Ronnie's become seriously arrogant lately, hasn't he? He's always been confident and cocky but the stuff he's come out with the last few days has been on another level. Disrespectful TBH.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 13, 2020, 03:39:43 PM
Worst afternoon of the Championships so far, a visit to the dentist would be more pleasurable than sitting through Selby's pondering .

https://twitter.com/Livesnooker/status/1293600719250087938

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Ronnie O’Sullivan made a 147 break faster than it took Mark Selby to play a single shot last year.

 :laugh: just after seeing this
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 04:55:15 PM
Feck off carrot top  >:(
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 06:32:23 PM
This is unreal stuff, absolute classic whoever wins
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 14, 2020, 06:47:33 PM
That was some frame, bit of a slog but it all happened there. Poor oul' Wilson is in bits in his interview.

Feck off carrot top  >:(

Did something specific happen? I was out all day, didn't see anything but the last half hour of the match.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 06:55:28 PM
Nah, just when Mc Gill went 16-15 I thought my few quid on Wilson was gone. Just an astonishing last frame, so glad I got to see that live.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 08:57:42 PM
Ronnie's having a laugh here, playing like he's down the club on a Friday night, shocking temperament, well not really I suppose for him
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 14, 2020, 09:12:54 PM
He's throwing it deliberately, he's not that reckless. Just can't see why.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 09:14:35 PM
Reckon Selby is playing even slower to wind him up and its working a treat
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 09:20:08 PM
From the ridiculous to the.sublime. He couldnt....   could he?
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 14, 2020, 09:22:21 PM
As soon as I say that he gets a 138 break in 7 and a bit minutes. 😂
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 09:30:32 PM
What a player :laugh:
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 14, 2020, 09:31:35 PM
Fucksake like. He's not well.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on August 14, 2020, 09:58:23 PM
Best day's snooker I've ever seen. Just, fucking, WOW
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 14, 2020, 09:59:33 PM
Well thank fuck for that. At least now the final will be watchable, I couldn't sit through 4 sessions of Selby on the table. Should be a good one.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on August 14, 2020, 11:55:39 PM
Anyone see any cue action going spare?  :laugh: What a fucking day of snooker that was. Mcgill V Wilson final frame was nuts. I was on the edge of my seat just watching that.

On another note, Ronnie is being excessively cuntish this week. I enjoy watching him play of course, but I'll be cheering for Wilson. Simply because it would be great to see him beat by a younger player after saying all the youngsters are shite.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 15, 2020, 12:19:23 AM
Anyone see any cue action going spare?  :laugh: What a fucking day of snooker that was. Mcgill V Wilson final frame was nuts. I was on the edge of my seat just watching that.

On another note, Ronnie is being excessively cuntish this week. I enjoy watching him play of course, but I'll be cheering for Wilson. Simply because it would be great to see him beat by a younger player after saying all the youngsters are shite.

Agree with all of this, serious tension in the Wilson McGill match, what I saw of it anyway. Ronnie really being an arrogant prick in interviews alright. Still glad it's those two in the final, the other two were completely dull and I probably wouldn't have bothered if either had made it through. Definitely not if they both did.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Airneanach on August 15, 2020, 12:57:32 AM
I love Ronnie O'Sullivan. I do. And I can also totally appreciate how if you're mad into snooker and don't like him, having such a singular personality dominating your interest must grate. Anyone who doesn't think he's living the gimmick at this point is fucking lost, though. Selby calling him out in that post match for showing disrespect by lashing into the pack - thereby interrupting Selbyball at all costs - was similarly lost.

That being said I wouldn't mind at all if he gets thumped in the final, just to draw narrative from that interview he gave a few nights back.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on August 16, 2020, 06:31:23 PM
Sadly my prediction / hope is going down the shitter. We could be looking at a one frame final session tonight. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti Rocket, in form, he is amazing to watch. Maybe even the best ever, I just would have liked to see him eat some humble pie.

Unfortunately, Kyren just can't keep up with him. It looks like both his cue ball control and snooker brain aren't up to the job. He seems to keep losing position by small degrees on every shot, which eventually leaves him compromised and under pressure. It's a shame really, I was hoping for at least a closer run final, but it feels a little like an anticlimax. Last day of semi finals was proper fucking thrilling though. They can't all be zingers.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 16, 2020, 07:57:13 PM
Was that it? Ah feck. Fair play to him I suppose, but I'd have preferred to see someone new win it, especially after Ronnie's comments during the week. Still, the best is the best.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Cailleach on August 19, 2020, 07:47:13 PM
He has lost finals playing a lot better. I did not like his comments towards the younger players, but I am glad  he won so he could go equal with Reardon and Davis. With his talent he should be out on his
own with  World Championship titles. I hope he get to 7 titles alongside Hendry, but i don't think he'll have a final as easy that again.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Blizzard Beast on August 19, 2020, 08:01:55 PM
He has lost finals playing a lot better. I did not like his comments towards the younger players, but I am glad  he won so he could go equal with Reardon and Davis. With his talent he should be out on his
own with  World Championship titles. I hope he get to 7 titles alongside Hendry, but i don't think he'll have a final as easy that again.
Yeah Id like to see him tie Hendry's record who was a brilliant player his day.

By the way how come Joe Davis's championship records are not taken into account and Hendrys  are,didnt he have 10 world championships or something like that ?
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 19, 2020, 08:57:05 PM
They frequently refer to 'the modern game' or 'the modern era', so I can only assume that there was a significant change to the rules along the way. Probably to accomodate the televising of tournaments.

What annoys me more is the constant reference to Doherty as 'the first overseas player' to win it. After Thorburn, Higgins, Taylor and some Australian chap who won it in the fifties, he's the fifth.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Blizzard Beast on August 20, 2020, 06:52:36 PM
They frequently refer to 'the modern game' or 'the modern era', so I can only assume that there was a significant change to the rules along the way. Probably to accomodate the televising of tournaments.

What annoys me more is the constant reference to Doherty as 'the first overseas player' to win it. After Thorburn, Higgins, Taylor and some Australian chap who won it in the fifties, he's the fifth.
I see.
If your referring to Robertson I think KD won it before him.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 20, 2020, 08:49:16 PM
Horace Lindrum, won it in 1952.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on August 22, 2020, 05:57:28 PM
For those interested in a bit of a nostalgia trip Jimmy White takes on Ken Doherty in the final of the World Seniors tonight. It's live on the BBC Sport website from 7pm.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Cailleach on August 23, 2020, 12:56:50 PM
Ah i missed it. Good to see he  beat Hendry on his way to retaining the Senior's title.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on August 24, 2020, 12:09:41 AM
It was an entertaining match. Ken lead 4-0 then Jimmy won 5 frames in a row to take the title.

It means he's now qualified for the Champion of Champions tournament later in the year. Not that I'm expecting him to do much damage in that but still good to see him at the table.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Caomhaoin on August 24, 2020, 11:49:26 AM
There is the 1991 junior worlds match between John Higgins and Mark Williams on YouTube, Higgins then cheeky laddie fae glesga and Williams the quiet, shy boy in the interviews, the opposite of what you’d have expected.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Cailleach on August 24, 2020, 01:37:33 PM
It was an entertaining match. Ken lead 4-0 then Jimmy won 5 frames in a row to take the title.

It means he's now qualified for the Champion of Champions tournament later in the year. Not that I'm expecting him to do much damage in that but still good to see him at the table.

Yes. It's good to see him back enjoying his snooker. As you say  due to his age we only see glimpses of  his former ability, so it's unlikely he'll win that tournament.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on August 24, 2020, 02:05:24 PM
Missed that seniors tournement, I'd like to have caught that.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on August 24, 2020, 09:11:53 PM
Wasn't online during the WC. As usual like the football, the semis were better. Overall would have liked to have seen Ronnie play a Ding or Robertson in the final, but Kyren probably deserved it. Ronnie should really match Hendry's record at this rate but we all know he will botch it on purpose.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Caomhaoin on August 24, 2020, 09:13:38 PM
I’ve liked Ding ever since he bashed his head off the table in frustration after a miscue, unlike those other pansies who just ‘punch me the thing,
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Blizzard Beast on September 02, 2020, 10:48:58 AM
Hendry coming out of retirement.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/snooker/2020/09/01/seven-time-world-champion-stephen-hendry-comes-retirement-return/
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on September 02, 2020, 02:32:47 PM
Hendry coming out of retirement.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/snooker/2020/09/01/seven-time-world-champion-stephen-hendry-comes-retirement-return/

Good to see him back at the table but I can't see him going deep in any tournament. I watched him during the Seniors event recently and his long potting was really good at times but his overall game was nowhere near where it used to be. Totally understandable given how long it's been since he's played competitively. Just can't see him doing anything of note but I hope he proves me wrong.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Carnage on September 02, 2020, 04:18:14 PM
It'd be nice to see hims doing well but 8 years is a long time out of competition. I wonder if the taxman has been to see him, or did Willie Thorne's situation shake him up a bit? I can't imagine him needing the money but I'm sure Thorne thought the same at one point.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on September 02, 2020, 04:59:24 PM
I think I remember hearing that his muscle / tendon problems in his arm are largely under control so fair play to him. But yeah, the schedule is a lot more gruelling these days, so it will be interesting to see how he fares.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Thorn on September 02, 2020, 05:49:26 PM
Be great to see him back at the Crucible next year with the prospect of meeting Ronnie somewhere with his record on the line.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Cailleach on September 04, 2020, 10:40:31 AM
I think I remember hearing that his muscle / tendon problems in his arm are largely under control so fair play to him. But yeah, the schedule is a lot more gruelling these days, so it will be interesting to see how he fares.

He can pick and choose what tournaments he plays in. I doubt he is coming back due to financial problems. I really can't see him going too far in tournaments. For a guy who was used to winning, he is going to find it hard being defeated by people he'd have hammered in his prime.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on September 25, 2020, 12:16:05 AM
The Rocket didn't last long at the European Masters. Well done Ireland's Aaron Hill.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/54289849
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on October 23, 2020, 11:00:08 AM
The Rocket didn't last long at the European Masters. Well done Ireland's Aaron Hill.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/54289849

He practices in the hall I go to, nice to have an Irish player come up, especially from the real capital.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: G-Force on October 23, 2020, 03:23:42 PM
The Rocket didn't last long at the European Masters. Well done Ireland's Aaron Hill.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/54289849

He practices in the hall I go to, nice to have an Irish player come up, especially from the real capital.

 :laugh: Nice one.

I take it you are practicing at a decent standard then? I love snooker but I'm useless at it.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on October 23, 2020, 04:03:52 PM
He practices in the hall I go to, nice to have an Irish player come up, especially from the real capital.

 :laugh: Nice one.

I take it you are practicing at a decent standard then? I love snooker but I'm useless at it.
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Good enough to beat my mates ha, anyone near amateur level would wipe the floor with me. Still there might be magic in the Lee waters to beat Ronnie.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: Scáthach on November 08, 2020, 12:39:53 AM
Cracking snooker the last few days, Selby V Robertson was fantastic last night. Very one way match tonight with Allen v Trump. Shaping up to be a tasty final on Sunday.
Title: Re: Snooker Thread
Post by: CorkonianHunger on November 08, 2020, 01:16:36 PM
Yep looking to be a good final. The snooker is perfect for the lockdown.