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Off Topic => Sports Arena => Topic started by: kippaxvilla2 on April 21, 2018, 01:24:35 PM

Title: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: kippaxvilla2 on April 21, 2018, 01:24:35 PM
From the Crucible.  Anyone interested?  Mr Jester from Leicester is in a bit of trouble in his opening match.  Is Ronnie playing this year?
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Legion on April 21, 2018, 03:06:19 PM
I'll probably dip in and out every now and then. Will watch most of the Final.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: kippaxvilla2 on April 21, 2018, 10:14:01 PM
Reigning champion out.  Beaten 10-4 by Joe Perry.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: devilla on April 22, 2018, 08:15:16 AM
Big shock about Selby although he did start slowly in the China open but got away with it. Didn't yesterday though. Makes things interesting in the top half of the draw.

 I've got a spare ticket for the morning session tomorrow as my daughter can't make it because of work. Any takers? Only asking face value £22.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on April 22, 2018, 09:28:11 AM
O’Sullivan in a spot of bother against Maguire too. Makes for an interesting competition should the two favourites go out straight away.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: kippaxvilla2 on April 22, 2018, 12:50:53 PM
He’s through but he had some right luck with the balls this morning.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: German James on April 24, 2018, 07:57:51 PM
Although his voice sounds just like Steve Davis', I really like Peter Ebdon commentating. Shame they've paired him with John "Where's the cue ball going?!" Virgo.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: kippaxvilla2 on April 24, 2018, 08:21:08 PM
‘THIS YOUNG MAN’
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: German James on April 24, 2018, 08:24:16 PM
‘THIS YOUNG MAN’
Don't! ::)
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Exeter 77 on April 24, 2018, 09:50:15 PM
Mark Williams snooker escape/fluke shot to pot a green was quite impressive.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/43882663
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 24, 2018, 11:38:16 PM
My favourite event of the year, I always try to watch as much as possible, albeit pesky work makes that difficult (though not impossible). I'm attending my first ever match this week. It's only MacGill v Day but I'm sure I'll still enjoy it.

Hoping we get a new champion, preferably Ding or Lisowski as I have money on them (plus I quite like both players anyway).

Please not the cheat Higgins.

Ding has been the most impressive of the big names so far.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 24, 2018, 11:41:00 PM
Although his voice sounds just like Steve Davis', I really like Peter Ebdon commentating. Shame they've paired him with John "Where's the cue ball going?!" Virgo.

The best thing about Peter Ebdon commentating is that it means Peter Ebdon isn't playing.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: devilla on April 25, 2018, 08:10:22 AM
My favourite event of the year, I always try to watch as much as possible, albeit pesky work makes that difficult (though not impossible). I'm attending my first ever match this week. It's only MacGill v Day but I'm sure I'll still enjoy it.

Hoping we get a new champion, preferably Ding or Lisowski as I have money on them (plus I quite like both players anyway).

Please not the cheat Higgins.

Ding has been the most impressive of the big names so far.

I went on Monday for the first time after watching it on the telly for 40 odd years. It was incredible, I know it's a cliche, but I can't describe the atmosphere as anything other than electric. I'll be applying for tickets for next year when they go on sale on 7th May. One thing I found was that they usually have a few tickets for each session that have been returned so if you wanted to watch another session on the day you go, you may be able to. I'm sure you'll have a great day.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 25, 2018, 08:16:37 AM
Cheers mate. I'll try for some returns for the day after.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Drummond on April 25, 2018, 03:49:39 PM
Despite living in Sheffield for over 15 years I've still not been...

Had a look yesterday and the cheapest session ticket was £55!!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: devilla on April 26, 2018, 08:30:24 AM
Despite living in Sheffield for over 15 years I've still not been...

Had a look yesterday and the cheapest session ticket was £55!!

Was that on viagogo? They're trying to clamp down n the secondary market charging rip off prices from next year. The tickets from the venue are a lot cheaper. Mine was £22 for a morning session and not much more for an afternoon. You can sometimes just turn up and buy tickets as they do get some returns.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 27, 2018, 12:09:45 PM
My tickets were thirty quid each. Was at the McGill V Day match. Far from a classic but enjoyed it a lot and already planning to go back next year.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Drummond on April 28, 2018, 12:14:36 AM
Despite living in Sheffield for over 15 years I've still not been...

Had a look yesterday and the cheapest session ticket was £55!!

Was that on viagogo? They're trying to clamp down n the secondary market charging rip off prices from next year. The tickets from the venue are a lot cheaper. Mine was £22 for a morning session and not much more for an afternoon. You can sometimes just turn up and buy tickets as they do get some returns.

It was all that was left. Via the official site.

Too late I think.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Villafirst on May 07, 2018, 06:46:34 PM
Williams 15-10 in front of Higgins....last session at 7:00pm
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: four fornicholl on May 07, 2018, 08:21:03 PM
I've watched a lot of snooker in the past, Higgins(Alex) was my hero, but  that from  Higgins(John) tonight was some of the best  I've ever seen!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 07, 2018, 09:44:53 PM
This match is fantastic. Want Williams to win but you can't fault Higgins' bottle to make this so close. A lesser player would have thrown in the towel.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: leylandalbion on May 07, 2018, 09:47:20 PM
This match is fantastic. Want Williams to win but you can't fault Higgins' bottle to make this so close. A lesser player would have thrown in the towel.
Brilliant stuff from both. At 4pm it looked like a none event
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: usav on March 05, 2019, 01:17:38 PM
Anyone seen Ronnie O'Sullivan's interview complete with Australian accent?  Bonkers.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on March 10, 2019, 10:59:47 PM
O'Sullivan makes thousandth century as he wins the Players Championship. Some effort.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: kippaxvilla2 on April 26, 2019, 09:33:39 PM
And promptly loses to an amateur in round 1.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 26, 2019, 11:17:33 PM
He deserved to lose, too. He treated the first session like he was playing his mate down the pub, going for stupid shots. He showed his opponent no respect whatsoever.

I have Quarter-Final tickets for Wednesday. Was hoping for something like O'Sullivan vs Ding but looks like I might end up with the slightly less-appetising Gilbert vs Hawkins or Kyren Wilson 😂

Robertson looks the player to beat so far, with Selby unconvincing. The winner of Trump vs Ding could have a decent chance.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Richard on April 27, 2019, 02:48:00 PM
Selby is out got to be Robertson I think
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 27, 2019, 06:26:07 PM
This is a great watch. 12-12 Maguire vs Cahill.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Villa Lew on May 05, 2019, 10:47:32 PM
Trump leading 12 - 5, needs just 6 frames from 18 tomorrow.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Villafirst on May 05, 2019, 11:17:17 PM
Trump played 8 of the greatest run of frames ever according to Steve Davis and Ken Doherty. Davis said it was annihilation!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Brazilian Villain on May 06, 2019, 08:57:10 PM
Cue everyone's favourite headline : TRUMP WINS!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: danno on May 06, 2019, 09:15:58 PM
Personally I'd have gone with: HIGGINS TRUMPED!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on May 06, 2019, 09:47:05 PM
He was fantastic. Happy to say I saw the World Champion. Admittedly he had arguably his worst session but never mind!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: kippaxvilla2 on May 07, 2019, 03:43:05 PM
‘HIGGINS SMELLS TRUMP’
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Brazilian Villain on April 23, 2020, 03:40:54 PM
Anyone been watching the old 80s finals on the BBC RB? Shocking how gung-ho and seat of the pants the play was compared to nowadays. Also you can almost smell the tobacco smoke off the velour. :)
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 23, 2020, 05:47:49 PM
Watched the Higgins vs Reardon one. It is amazing that Alex ever potted a ball, he jumps around like a bunny in a minefield every shot. He basically plays like me except that they go in. Also surprised they went with that rather than the semi-final against White, featuring possibly the best clearance ever.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: devilla on April 23, 2020, 07:43:42 PM
I watched the Reardon Higgins final they showed again. Higgins was all over the shop technically and the fact that he played as well as he did and usually being pissed as well, just shows what a genius he was. That clearance against White in the semi final that year was the greatest ever for me. I mean that blue when he had to screw back to the reds with a ton of side as well. Ridiculous.

This year's World championship has been re-arranged for 31st July to 16th August. Can't see it happening with a full crowd though. Hope it does as I'm going on the second Saturday and a mate of mine is coming from Qatar for it. He isn't sure if he'll be able to make it as they may still have 14 days quarantine for re-entering the country.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 23, 2020, 08:46:41 PM
I have tickets for the final afternoon of the Quarter-Finals. They say that if it is behind closed doors this season then tickets carry over until next season's event.

I would prefer that, to be honest. Would rather go when things are more likely to be back to normal, and I can enjoy myself in Sheffield for a couple of days rather than just be straight there and back as everything is shut. Sheffield is a good drinking city and I don't want to go when all the pubs are shut!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Rory Christopher on April 27, 2020, 12:33:31 AM
I have got excited every day this week when seeing Crucible Classics on BBC2. Once they show one that doesn't involve Jimmy White losing, I may tune in.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Brazilian Villain on April 28, 2020, 11:48:57 AM
Watched the Higgins vs Reardon one. It is amazing that Alex ever potted a ball, he jumps around like a bunny in a minefield every shot. He basically plays like me except that they go in.

Agreed, it's like watching club players compared to now with even Reardon going for pretty much everything. When did it switch to the more precise game we see nowadays? Was it the arrival of Hendry in 1990 or was it a progression during the mid-late 80s Davis era?
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: cdbullyweefan on April 28, 2020, 12:11:20 PM
I think Hendry revolutionised the game in terms of break building. They would always look to pick off individual reds and play zero risk breaks. If they fall for you, great, but if not I'll win the frame in thirty breaks. Hendry was the first to always be looking to smash the reds open at the earliest possibility even when there were other pots available. You could tell he was always pissed off if he didn't win the frame in one visit and would quite often drop frames to far inferior opposition if it went scrappy.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Brazilian Villain on April 28, 2020, 12:16:22 PM
I think Hendry revolutionised the game in terms of break building. They would always look to pick off individual reds and play zero risk breaks. If they fall for you, great, but if not I'll win the frame in thirty breaks. Hendry was the first to always be looking to smash the reds open at the earliest possibility even when there were other pots available. You could tell he was always pissed off if he didn't win the frame in one visit and would quite often drop frames to far inferior opposition if it went scrappy.

That sounds plausible. Watched some of the re-run of his first final against White and he was simply superb. Still felt sorry for Jimmy.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Exeter 77 on April 30, 2020, 10:12:30 PM
Just read that Peter Ebdon has retired and immediately found out he is a rabid anti-vaxxer!
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Brazilian Villain on May 04, 2020, 12:54:47 PM
1985 final reshown last night and amazing the amount of missed shots. Not BBC NI's greatest idea to show the Alex Higgins documentary at the same time as the final frame.
Title: Re: World Snooker Championship.
Post by: Damo70 on May 04, 2020, 01:03:09 PM
Wasn't there a final in the eighties when someone in the crowd shouted '"C'Mon" (whoever it was) which led to a crucial black being missed in the final frame? I think Jimmy White was involved. I'm not sure it was the World Championship final though.
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