Ronnie has arrived in China


The China Open 2018 starts on Monday, with Ronnie, Mark Selby, Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo all in action, playing their last 128 match, held over to the venue.

WSS Services have been hard at work to get the venue ready

Ronnie is already in China, and did an exhibition in Zhangjiagang city. This was reported on weibo, and, if I understand the post correctly he was in high scoring mood but didn’t make a 147; 140 was the HB on the day!

Photos shared on weibo

Ronnie wins the Players Championship 2018

Ronnie won his fifth ranking title of the season, a record he now shares with Mark Selby, Ding Junhui and Stephen Hendry, by beating Shaun Murphy by 10-4 in the final of the Players Championship 2018.

Congratulations Ronnie!

Here is the report on Worldsnooker:


Ronnie O’Sullivan won his fifth ranking title of 2017/18 – equalling the record for the most in a single season – by beating Shaun Murphy 10-4 in the final of the Ladbrokes Players Championship.

O’Sullivan was not at his best in the final in Llandudno, failing to score a single century break, but made several crucial clearances, winning five frames from at least 23 points behind, and that swung the contest in his favour.

Having already landed the English Open, Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and Ladbrokes World Grand Prix crowns this season, O’Sullivan matches the record of five in a single campaign, set by Stephen Hendry in 1990/91 and equalled by Ding Junhui in 2013/14 and Mark Selby in 2016/17. O’Sullivan has played in ten ranking events this season, winning half of them, and has taken the title every time he has reached the semi-final stage.

The £125,000 top prize takes O’Sullivan’s earnings for 2017/18 to £798,500, the second highest ever in one season, with Selby’s record of £932,000 within his sights. Indeed O’Sullivan could break the £1 million barrier by winning next month’s China Open even before he heads to the World Championship.

The 42-year-old’s career total of ranking titles now stands at 33, just three behind Hendry’s record of 36. In his current form and frame of mind, O’Sullivan could surpass all of Hendry’s records by the time he retires.

He remains second in the world rankings but closes the gap on first place, and could go to the Crucible next month with a chance to take the top spot from Mark Selby, who has held it for over three years.

Murphy has now lost all four of the ranking finals he has contested this season including the UK Championship where he lost 10-5 to O’Sullivan, though he did win the invitational Champion of Champions with a 10-8 defeat of the Rocket.

O’Sullivan led 6-3 after the first session and extended his advantage in the opening frame tonight, coming from 43-0 down to take it with a 92 clearance. Murphy pulled one back with a superb 137 total clearance and he had a scoring chance in the next frame but missed the blue to a baulk corner when trailing 40-7, and O’Sullivan made 54 to go 8-4 ahead.

Again in frame 13 Murphy missed a ball at a key moment – a red to a centre pocket – and again O’Sullivan punished him as his run of 76 made it 9-4 at the interval. Murphy also had first scoring opportunity in the 14th but could only make 23, and O’Sullivan’s 85 took him past the winning post.

Shaun didn’t play as well today as he did in the semi-finals which was a shame for the final,” said O’Sullivan. “I kept the pressure on and played decent snooker. In a lot of the frames he got in first but he kept breaking down on 40 or 50 and I made some good clearances. I did what I had to do although I didn’t have my scoring boots on. I feel quite drained because I put a lot of effort into the match.

“I have played better in other seasons but not won as many titles. I am pacing myself in terms of which tournaments I play in and travel to, and I have cut down on practice in order to just play when I feel like it. It seems to be working at the moment.

Asked about chasing Hendry’s record of 36 ranking titles, O’Sullivan responded: “I think it is well achievable to beat it. I always thought that record was more realistic for me than the world titles (he has five to Hendry’s seven). There are still a few records to go for. I think I will pass on winning seven or eight world titles. To get to 1,000 centuries would be a good one and to win 37 ranking events would be nice.

“It would be great to win the world title but I’ll just go out there and play on my terms and if it comes, it comes. I’ve had a fantastic season anyway. If I play my best game then it’s probably only John Higgins and Mark Selby who can play at the same level.

“The crowds here in Llandudno have been fantastic. This is one of our best tournaments and I hope it stays here.

Murphy, who has been affected by an injury which causes pain in his back and neck for the past few weeks, said: “To come here with no preparation and to have had a chance to take the trophy home on the last night against the best player ever – I have to count the week as a success. Obviously I would much rather have the trophy than the runner-up medal. I have had a very consistent season and there are two massive events to go.

“It was frustrating today because I have had matches against Ronnie where I have been swamped, but today I had chances to win almost every frame. Somehow I managed to lose a lot of frames I should have won. In the end I simply wasn’t clinical enough. Scrapping it out in the trenches when the balls are messy and the colours are safe is still the weakness in my game. My general safety has improved and my scoring has always been good. But in those scrappy frames I’m not as good as the likes of Mark Selby.

“Without doubt Ronnie can win more than 36 ranking titles. Stephen Hendry will probably go home and try to work out which records he still holds, because he might not have them for much longer! When Ronnie is in the right frame of mind he is the best.

“I’m looking forward to the China Open now although the journey won’t do me any favours and I’ll need to have some physiotherapy in the days leading up to it. Then looking ahead to the World Championship, I think if I keep my form going I might have a decent run in Sheffield.

Ronnie has now won five of the ten ranking events he’s played in this season.

Regarding the seeding at the Crucible, he’s now certain to be seeded n°2, whatever happens in the China Open: indeed his tally of ranking points at this point of the season is such that he can’t be caught by the players behind him, and himself can’t catch Mark Selby, who, anyway would be seeded n°1 being the defending champion.

2018 Players Championship Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy


2018 Players Championship: the preview of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final (Session1)

2018 Players Championship: MSI of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final (Session1)

2018 Players Championship: the review of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final (Session1)

2018 Players Championship: the preview of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final  (Session2 )

2018 Players Championship: MSI of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final  (Session2 )

2018 Players Championship: the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final – The trophy ceremony

2018 Players Championship: the review of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Shaun Murphy Final  (Tournament review )

This was Ronnie’s preparation, as shared by himself on Facebook:


Players Championship 2018 – Ronnie beats Judd Trump in the SF

Ronnie booked his place in his fifth ranking final of the season by beating Judd Trump by 6-5 in a very hard-fought semi final. He also set a new target for the tournament high break: 143. He will face Mark Williams or Shaun Murphy over a possible 19 frames on Sunday. If it were to be Mark Williams, it’s nearly 18 years that they last met in a ranking final: that was in the China Open in 2000, a match that Ronnie won by 9-3.


Here is the report on Worldsnooker:

Ronnie O’Sullivan won a dramatic contest 6-5 against Judd Trump to reach the final of the Ladbrokes Players Championship in Llandudno.

An exciting match which swung one way and the other came down to the last frame, and Trump suffered a slice of misfortune as his scoring chance ended when he got a kick then went in-off. O’Sullivan punished him in clinical style and goes through to the final on Sunday where he will face Mark Williams or Shaun Murphy over 19 frames.

Enjoying one of the best seasons of his glittering career, 42-year-old O’Sullivan is aiming for his fifth ranking title of the campaign, having already captured the English Open, Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and Ladbrokes World Grand Prix. Victory on Sunday would see him equal the record of five ranking titles in a single season, held by Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby. The £125,000 top prize would push his prize money for 2017/18 close to £800,000.

Defending champion Trump looked the stronger player in the early stages tonight, winning the first two frames with top breaks of 74 and 49. O’Sullivan hit back by winning the third then made a magnificent 143 total clearance – the highest break of the tournament – to level at 2-2.

A run of 71 from world number two O’Sullivan put him 3-2 up, then Trump, ranked third, made a 109 to win the sixth frame. The seventh came down to the last red and Trump doubled it to a centre pocket and added the points he needed to lead 4-3. O’Sullivan took the next with a top run of 53 then Trump regained the lead with a superb 123.

Bristol’s Trump had a chance early in frame ten but missed a red to a top corner, letting O’Sullivan in to force the decider. First genuine opportunity went to Trump but after splitting the reds off the black, he got a kick on 16. He still managed to pot the next red but the cue ball dropped into a centre pocket. O’Sullivan rattled in a long red, securing perfect position on the black, and went on to make a match-winning 67.

O’Sullivan, who has won 32 of his previous 46 ranking finals, said: “It was a good match. I felt a bit sorry for Judd because I know how hard he works. He had a good chance in the last frame. It’s tough on him but he’s a strong character and he’ll come back from it. You have to take the rough with the smooth in sport.

“I’ll go out there in the final and try to be as quick as I can, win or lose. I’ll try to keep it free flowing. I’m not the most confident player – I never fancy my chances until I hit my first ball. The build up is always the worst part for me.

“I’ve had fantastic support this week from a great crowd. It has been very noticeable that the crowd have really got behind me – I’m so pleased to have given them something to cheer about. This has been a quality event with quality players.

Trump said: “I got the balls open in the last frame then I had a kick. That left me awkward and I ended up going in-off. I think I would have gone on to win otherwise, the way the balls were. Anyone in the crowd could have cleared up from there. I felt I was the better player tonight but missed a couple of balls when I could have got it over and done with earlier.

“Ronnie struggled at the start, his safety wasn’t as good as usual and my long pots were going in. I didn’t play badly tonight, I felt relaxed and played some good stuff. It’s tough to take. I have had a lot of deciding frames this season and if I had taken my chances I could have won a lot more.

2018 Players Championship: the preview of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Judd Trump SF match

2018 Players Championship SF: the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Judd Trump  SF match

2018 Players Championship: MSI of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Judd Trump SF match

2018 Players Championship: the review of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Judd Trump SF match

Big thanks to Tai Chengzhe for those images

This was Ronnie’s preparation … climbing hills. Let’s hope he gets at the top on Sunday!


Players Championship 2018 – Ronnie beats Ding in the QF

Ronnie beat Ding Junhui by 6-3, from 2-0 down, in the quarter-finals of the Players Championship in Llandudno. He also made three centuries in the process.

Ronnie will now face Judd Trump or Neil Robertson in the semi-final, tomorrow night

Here is the report on Worldsnooker:

Ronnie O’Sullivan became the first player into the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Players Championship as he made three centuries in a 6-3 win over Ding Junhui.

It was a slow start for O’Sullivan in Llandudno tonight as he lost the first two frames and could have gone 3-0 down. But the Rocket soon gathered pace and eventually ran out a comfortable winner to set up a meeting with Judd Trump or Neil Robertson on Friday evening (tickets still available – click here for details).

World number two O’Sullivan is into his fifth ranking event semi-final of the season – and on each of the four previous occasions he has reached that stage, he has gone on to win the tournament. Victory this week would see the 42-year-old equal the record for the most ranking titles in a single season, held by Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby.

The key moments of tonight’s match came in the third frame when China’s Ding, leading 2-0, missed a pink to a centre pocket on a break of 40 and later played a poor safety on the last red, which allowed his opponent to clear and snatch the frame. O’Sullivan then made a superb 134 to level at 2-2, and he won the next as well to take the lead.

Ding hit back with a run of 119 to level at 3-3, but O’Sullivan moved up a gear and reeled off the last three frames with runs of 55, 100 and 121. The last of those breaks was his 67th century of the season and 941st of his career.

I’m pleased with how I changed the way I was playing after going 2-0 down,” said Chigwell’s O’Sullivan. “I decided to play aggressively, as if I was playing against a load of numpties in an exhibition, going for my shots and not caring if I missed. When I play my best, that’s how I’m thinking, playing the first shot that I see. That’s what helped me tonight. I wanted Ding to play well too because that spurs me on and makes it a great match.

“I’ll treat my next match like an exhibition as well, I’ll go out there and smash a few balls around and see what happens. If I lose I’ll still have fun. The key for me is to find ways to enjoy it, motivate myself and find that spark.”

Earlier, Judd Trump booked his spot in the QF, playing some good match snooker, and, quite surprisingly, Anthony McGill completely trashed John Higgins by 6-0.

Read Worldsnooker’s report here:

Anthony McGill ended a run of four consecutive defeats against John Higgins with a 6-0 whitewash to reach the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes Players Championship, while defending champion Judd Trump saw off Stephen Maguire 6-4.

Higgins has been in fine form this season, winning two ranking events and earning more money than any player other than Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams. He beat McGill at the Indian Open, Champion of Champions, the Masters and the Romanian Masters, but today the tables were turned.

World number 16 McGill goes through to face Shaun Murphy in Llandudno on Friday afternoon (tickets still available, click here for details).

In fact McGill was not at his best today but took advantage of numerous uncharacteristic errors from his fellow Scot. A break of 64 gave McGill the opening frame and he won the next two on the colours to make it 3-0. A run of 57 extended his lead before the interval.

Both players had chances in the fifth frame and it came down to a safety battle on the brown, McGill slotting in an excellent long pot for 5-0. World number five Higgins was on a break of 48 in the next when he ran out of position, and in frustration missed a near-impossible red. McGill kept his composure to clear with 61.

“It’s a strange result, especially as the way I played wasn’t incredible,” said 27-year-old McGill, who won two ranking titles last season and is chasing the third of his career this week. “We both played around the same level but I won all of the close frames. I know I’d lost four times to John this season but he’d probably do that against most players, that’s how good he is. It’s not a bad thing to lose to him because I always learn something and come away from it a better player. I tend to get more confidence from my performances than my results, although I’m delighted to beat John.”

Murphy is suffering from back and neck injuries, and McGill joked: “I’ll get him some extra hard pillows to make his neck even sorer – I’ll need all the help I can get! He has been one of the top players for well over a decade but I’ll give it my best shot.”

Higgins said: “It was a bad day at the office, my concentration was all over the place. My game wasn’t there and I didn’t put up any resistance. It’s disappointing because it’s a very big tournament. In the last couple of years I haven’t had many performances where there was just nothing there.”

Trump came through a tough battle against Maguire to set up a quarter-final clash with Neil Robertson on Thursday afternoon. World number three Trump is aiming to win the ninth ranking title of his career and to successfully defend a title for the second time this season having done so at the European Masters.

The Bristolian was off to a flying start today as breaks of 128 and 78 made it 2-0 within 13 minutes. Maguire hit back with a 129 then Trump’s 117 made it 3-1.

The high scoring continued after the interval as Maguire compiled runs of 58 and 102 to level at 3-3. The next two frames – scrappy affairs – were shared to leave the contest poised at 4-4. In the ninth, Maguire trailed by 33 points when he completely missed the last red while trying to play safe, and he conceded the frame in annoyance. Trump went on to clinch victory in the next with a 76.

“I felt good at the start, then started missing chances after the interval,” said 28-year-old Trump. “I’m happy with my game and this is an important tournament for me. I enjoy being in Llandudno, I always feel relaxed here. Neil Robertson will be a similar challenge, he plays a similar game to Stephen but scores a bit heavier when he’s playing well.”

The result means Maguire needs a deep run at the China Open – probably at least to the semi-finals – to have a chance of automatic qualification for the World Championship. Click here for the Race to the Crucible.

Thanks to Tai Chengzhe for those images

In case you missed it … as I did actually


2018 Players Championship QF: Ronnie O’Sullivan – Ding Junhui preview

2018 Players Championship QF: Ronnie O’Sullivan – Ding Junhui

2018 Players Championship: MSI of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Ding Junhui QF match

2018 Players Championship QF: Ronnie O’Sullivan – Ding Junhui review

And this was Ronnie’s preparation this time

I have been to Llandudno a few years back and I have to say the sceneries are breathtaking in the area. This hill Ronnie is climbing is situated at the end of the beach and it’s quite the sight… and most would be out of breath just walking to the top, it’s that steep in places!


And I also visited Anglesey (we had a day off).  Follow the link to see more images of this beautiful region, well worth a visit.


Players Championship 2018 – Ronnie beats Graeme Dott in the last 16

Ronnie beat Graeme Dott by 6-1 yesterday evening in Llandudno, to book a place in the QF where he will face Ding Junhui who beat Mark Allen quite convincingly. They will play tonight. It should be a good match.

Here is the report on Worldsnooker:

Ronnie O’Sullivan compared himself to a Ferrari after finding top gear to beat Graeme Dott 6-1 at the Ladbrokes Players Championship.

O’Sullivan is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, having won more ranking events, made more centuries and earned more prize money than ever before. He’s into the quarter-finals in Llandudno and will face Ding Junhui on Wednesday night in a repeat of last month’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix final, which O’Sullivan won 10-3 (tickets still available, click here for details).

Dott had chances in the opening frame tonight but couldn’t take them and he was eventually punished as O’Sullivan made a 48 clearance to win it on the black. World number two O’Sullivan then raced into a 5-0 lead with top breaks of 106, 62 and 51.

At that stage he had won 17 consecutive frames against Dott, across four matches, and he looked set to extend that sequence until Dott came from 40-0 down to snatch frame six. Scotland’s Dott also had a chance to clear from 50-0 down in the seventh, but missed a tough last red along the top cushion, allowing O’Sullivan to seal the result.

A lot of the other players are burned out. I just chip up now and then and nick a few trophies,” said 42-year-old O’Sullivan, chasing his fifth ranking title of the season. “I’m as fresh as a daisy because you have to pace yourself. I look at myself like a Ferrari – you can’t keep driving it every day, you have to polish it, clean it, keep it in the garage and keep the miles down. If you want to put 300,000 miles on the car you will wear it out pretty soon so I try to keep my mileage down.”

Neil Robertson was in superb form in a 6-2 win over Luca Brecel, setting up a quarter-final with Judd Trump or Stephen Maguire on Thursday afternoon. Brecel made a break of 130 in taking a 2-1 lead, and he potted the first red at the start of the fourth frame, but then failed to pot a ball in the remainder of the match. Australia’s Robertson piled in runs of 75, 72, 62, 103 and 107, scoring 432 points without reply.

I played pretty much perfect snooker from 2-1 down,” said world number 15 Robertson, aiming for his third title of the season having won the Hong Kong Masters and Scottish Open. “I’m really pleased because I played that well at the Welsh Open but still lost 4-3 to Ian Burns. My game has been in great shape and I feel fantastic.

“Ronnie has been the standout player this season, then you’ve got Mark Williams, John Higgins, Ryan Day and myself who have all won a couple of tournaments. We’re all looking at the next two events as a chance to keep the momentum going heading into the World Championship. There are a lot of players feeling really good about their game, which makes it great for everyone watching.

I didn’t see the match – I’m in Scunthorpe for the World Seniors Championship – but from what I understood, based on the pundits’ commentary, Ronnie played some excellent match snooker, relying on very strong safeties to give himself the chances he needed whilst restricting his opponent’s opportunities to a minimum. Nevertheless, century n° 938 duly came too …

2018 Players Championship: preview of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Graeme Dott L16 match

2018 Players Championship Last 16: Ronnie O’Sullivan v Graeme Dott

2018 Players Championship: MSI of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Graeme Dott L16 match

2018 Players Championship: review of the Ronnie O’Sullivan – Graeme Dott L16 match

And a few more pictures, thanks to Tai Chengzhe!

Elsewhere, Shaun Murphy, Mark Williams and Ryan Day also progressed. Ryan beat Mark Selby fair and square and is on course for a third consecutive title after winning the Romanian Masters last week!

Apparently this was Ronnie”s preparation… he likes to cook “in batches” and take his own food at tournaments


WSF Championships 2018 – Wins for On Yee Ng and Igor Figueiredo

The World Women’s Snooker Championship 2018 and the WSF Seniors Championship 2018 concluded yesterday evening with wins from On Yee Ng and Igor Figueiredo.

Here are the reports on WPBSA

On Yee Wins Third World Women’s Title

  • 17th March 2018

Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee has defeated Maria Catalano 5-0 to complete the successful defence of her WLBS World Women’s Snooker Championship title and claim her third world crown overall on Saturday.

On Yee completed a dominant week in Malta with a convincing victory against world number four Catalano, who earlier in the day had stunned 11-time world champion Reanne Evans with a 4-3 win to progress to her fifth world final and first since 2013.

It was also a fifth final for On Yee, who last month became world number one for the first time in her career and following previous victories against Belgium’s Wendy Jans and third ranked Rebecca Kenna, routed Catalano to seal the title without the loss of a single frame.

The success sees On Yee become only the third player ever to win the title on three or more occasions, joining an elite group comprising Reanne Evans (11), Allison Fisher (7), Kelly Fisher (5) and Karen Corr (3).

The 27-year-old will also extend her lead at the top of the WLBS rankings when they are revised next week, while beaten finalist Catalano will rise one place to number three following her run.

A delighted On Yee later revealed that she came into the tournament carrying an illness, but that this could have actually worked to her advantage.

“I am absolutely over the moon to win my third title,” said On Yee. “I did not have great expectations coming into the tournament as I was coughing and sick so just tried to play every game, every ball. But looking back now I think that this took a lot of pressure off me and I started to play a little better.

“When I saw the knockout draw I thought that was a tough draw, playing Wendy Jans in the first knockout match, but I just tried to focus and to enjoy the games. I would like to say thank you to all of my team, including family and friends, as well as my coaches at the Hong Kong Sports Institute who have supported me even late at night.”

And having enjoyed her time at the tournament in Malta, the Asian star now turns her attention to Sheffield where she will compete at the professional World Championship qualifiers following her latest triumph.

“It has been great to be here in Malta for the first time with very nice weather, a beautiful ocean view for breakfast in the morning and to be surrounded by nice people.

“As well as the title, the most important thing for me is that I have now qualified to player at the professional World Championship in Sheffield which I am really looking forward to.

“The first time there when I played Peter Lines [in 2016] I was so nervous about the atmosphere that I did not play well. Last year against Nigel Bond I had more expectations, but I still didn’t play well, so hopefully this year I can just enjoy the match.”

(source: )

Rebecca Kenna, who lost to On Yee in the SF, could be excused if she came into that match a bit jaded… Indeed she needed nearly six hours to defeat Yee Ting Cheung from Hong Kong in a true Selbyesque performance: she came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3. She was back on the table almost right away, this time facing the very dangerous Waratthanun Sukritthanes from Thailand who was seed n°2 after the knock-out stages. Again she trailed 2-0 before winning 4-2, past 1 am on the Finals day.

Maria Catalano played really well to defeat Reanne Evans by 4-3 in the semi finals. The match went on the last pink. For Maria this is a very important win because she had lost so many times to Reanne over the years that it must have been difficult for her to come into this match with the belief that she could win. But she did! It probably took a lot out of her though as she clearly had nothing left when facing On Yee Ng later that afternoon. Not taking anything from On Yee’s performance – she was the better player all week – but there wasn’t really a match, which, I’m sure, neither player liked.

Figueiredo Wins WSF Seniors Championship

  • 18th March 2018

Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo became the first winner of the WSF Seniors Championship on Saturday after he came from behind to defeat Welshman Darren Morgan 5-3 in the final.

The 40-year-old former professional from Rio de Janeiro reached the final following victory against Ireland’s Michael Judge earlier in the day, while Morgan held off UAE star Mohamed Shehab to book his place in the showpiece match.

It was in fact former world professional number eight Morgan who made the stronger start to the match, racing out of the blocks with a break of 116 in the opening frame on his way to a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval.

Back came Figueiredo however, winning four consecutive frames with a top run of 66 to claim the title and write his name in the record books as the first-ever winner of this prestigious new event.

The Brazilian most recently competed on tour during the 2016/2017 season, notably reaching the last 16 stage of both the Welsh Open and Gibraltar Open tournaments.

Both players will be back in action tomorrow in another historic new event, the mixed gender WSF Championships looking to emerge victorious from a 90-strong field containing many of the world’s finest amateur players.

(source: )

Both Darren and Igor would be great additions to the World Seniors Tour, if  things come to that!

Here are the images taken during the knock-out stages:

16 March 2018

17 March 2018

WSF Championships 2018 in Malta – Women and Seniors Groups round-up

Those who don’t follow me on Facebook or twitter might wonder why I haven’t posted anything in days… well I’m at the Dolmen Hotel in Malta, at the inaugural World Snooker Federation Championships, taking pictures.

And, no, despite the ones above, it’s not exactly holidays!

Over the last two days, the group stages of the World Women’s Snooker Championship and the WSF Seniors Championship have been played to a conclusion and you can find all the information you need here:



That includes live scores on all tables, and a streaming on table 4.

The World Women’s Snooker Championship is now at the last 16 stage with,  the four players who topped the groups, seeded right in the QF

The WSF Seniors Championship is at the last 28 stage, with the four top players seeded in the last 16.

This will be followed by a mixed event, starting on Sunday, men and women, seniors and under-40, and the semi finals of the Women and Seniors event qualifying for the mixed event.

The winners of the Women and Seniors event will be invited to play in the qualifiers of the World Championship in Sheffield come April. The winner of the mixed event will get a main tour card. You can read more about this here .

You can have a look at the pictures I took so far here (those are Facebook links, but they are open to all)

The Opening Ceremony

Day 1 – 14 March 2018

WSF Championships 2018 – 15 March 2018

And I want to apologise to every player I didn’t manage to photograph… the tables at the back of the two rooms in use at the venue are not accessible without risking to disturb the matches in progress on adjacent tables. This means that I could only take pictures of eight  tables out of the 14 in use.

I’m NOT following the Romanian Masters at all, haven’t seen a single ball of it – too busy here – si I won’t post anything about that one!