An article in the Chinese press

Ronnie is still in China actually, he’s currently in Shanghai and, apparently, very busy and very happy. He’s coming back on Friday, and back on the road next Monday for the second leg of his Irish Tour with Mark Allen. He’s looking forward to that one too!

Meanwhile this has filtered on weibo (google translation)

Liang Wenbo set up an exhibition match to return hometown friend O’Sullivan

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More stars will come to Huizhou in the future
Born in the northeast, Liang Wenbo grew up in Huizhou and eventually went to the world snooker stage. He gratefully acknowledged that he had started an exhibition match with Rockets O’Sullivan in the near future and stated that he will continue to invite more top stars to bring more exciting snooker feasts!

On the evening of June 16, 2018, the “Wonderful Huizhou· Wonderful Goose City” snooker world champion Liang Wenbo – O’Sullivan City Tour held its first place at the Jinshan Lake Stadium in Huizhou, Guangdong. A large number of Huizhou local audiences and billiard lovers at home and abroad visited the world championship. Snooker star Liang Wenbo from Huizhou to the world is grateful for this treasure in this way, and promised to make the competition a traditional project and bring many snooker superstars to benefit his hometown.

The theme of this event is “Grateful Huizhou Wonderful Goose City”. As we all know, Huizhou is the second hometown of China’s famous snooker star Liang Wenbo. Born in the northeast, he grew up in Huizhou and went to the world stage. Therefore, he also chose this as the first stop of the event to let more people pay attention to this treasure in Huizhou and expressed his gratitude to Huizhou. Feelings.

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In the afternoon of the same day, the new “Rock” O’Sullivan’s new book-sale ceremony was held. The most popular snooker player today has naturally attracted hundreds of billiard lovers to queue up for a bid. .

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At 8 o’clock in the evening, world champion Liang Wenbo finally staged the O’Sullivan’s exhibition match with great expectations. The unprecedented warm atmosphere also made both players excited. In the 4 games of the 4th round, the 2-2 draw between the two sides in the first half was tepid, after which O’Sullivan burst into power and ended the game with a perfect single shot of 121 points and 110 points. Atmosphere reaches a climax.

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In this event, CCTV’s famous billiard commentary, Mr. Jiang Yi, also made a special trip from Beijing to Huizhou. After the match, Jiang Yi also had a relaxed interview with the two superstars. O’Sullivan stated that Liang Wenbo invited him to visit his hometown on several occasions. This time he finally had the opportunity to realize that he knew how beautiful Huizhou was. city. He also did not hide his close friendship with each other. O’Sullivan admits that the two have known each other for more than a decade. In the past two years, they have frequently communicated and contacted WeChat almost every day. He even saw Liang Wenbo as his lifelong brother. The event ended successfully at 11pm.

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In an interview, Liang Wenbo told reporters that the successful organization of the event was just a beginning. They had reached a consensus with O’Sullivan and signed a long-term entry agreement, and from next year will also invite more top Snow. Star players bring more top-notch snookers to Huizhou. In addition, Liang Wenbo also said that the ticket proceeds from this event will also be used to establish a sports development fund that cares for his hometown, focusing on promoting the popularization and development of billiard sports in Huizhou.

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Exhibitions news … and naughty spirit.

Eventually some news filtered from the exhibition(s) Ronnie did in China. He was in the Hong Kong area seeing friends, amongst them Liang Wenbo as well as Patsy Cheung and her family who, in the past, have been closely involved in the organisation of the General Cup in Hong Kong .

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This venue is actually the Huizhou Olympic Stadium

Both Huizhou and Hong Kong are situated in the area of the Pearl River Delta, a region that is densely populated but also offers some stunning scenery if what Ronnie shared on his Instagram is anything to go by. The pictures above were also shared there.

Anyway… Ronnie and Liang did an exhibition in Huizhou, which Ronnie won by 4-2, making two centuries in the process, 121 and 108.

Patsy shared some images and a short video on her Facebook page. The video shows Ronnie, almost disappearing behind a gigantic bouquet of flowers made his entrance in the venue… She also allowed me to share her pictures. Thank you Patsy!

And Ronnie was quite active on twitter yesterday evening and in naughty spirit! Indeed he suggested that he might get to 999 centuries and then stop making them until he feels in the mood to clinch the 1000th … He also claimed that his 5’20” 147 was “disgusting” – mainly because he wasn’t in control of the white and was playing recovery shot after recovery shot to keep it going – and should be removed from youtube!

Oh and he’s looking forward to go back to Ireland to play mark Allen and get a good  bashing at his hands… he also intends to leave the 147s to Mark and take care of the 146s

 

Pro-am and Charity – the Pink Ribbon 2018

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The Pink Ribbon is a pro-am tournament created by Paul Mount to raise funds for breast cancer charities and research. It started in 2010 and honours the memory of Suzanne Kay, Paul’s sister, who died from this terrible disease at a young age. It’s always played in great spirit at the excellent south West Snooker Academy home, the Capital Venue, in Gloucester, England. It’s both competitive and a lot of fun.

This is currently on the South West Snooker Academy Facebook

Pink Ribbon Charity Snooker Pro Am 2018
28th – 31st July
Enter now @ www.swsasnooker.com

It’s a Saturday – Day 1 start this year !!

Its the SWSA’s 9th annual Pink Ribbon. We are once again raising money and awareness for breast cancer. All funds raised will be donated to the Breast Cancer Now Foundation.

We are starting on a Saturday this year and once again all amateurs will be allowed to enter the draw twice!

Pink Ribbon Polo shirts once again is the dress code. You can buy them now through our SWSA Website.

The Holiday Inn Express Gloucester South (300yrd walk from SWSA) will also be offering rooms at a discounted price £70 per room per night.
Room are available from Fri 27th through to 1st Aug.
Ring 01452 726400 and quote ‘Snooker’ when booking

ENTER NOW at www.swsasnooker.com

Unusually it starts on a Saturday this year. It’s a great idea because many amateurs will be able to compete without needing to take a leave from work, unless they qualify for the pro stages. The pro stages start on the Monday, right after the Riga Masters 2018. Unfortunately it clashes with the Challenge Tour Event 2 …

The defending champion is Robert Milkins. Previous winners were Michael Holt, Mark Joyce, Stuart Bingham, Joe Perry, Peter Lines, Ronnie and Jamie Jones. Twice did an amateur reach the final, so they have a real chance.

Here is the album I made when Ronnie won it in 2015

Don’t hesitate to enter even if you play only occasionally and are not that good. It’s a great cause, an opportunity to see pro players close-up; they are relaxed and approachable. And if you don’t play, why not just come and watch. There will be plenty of good snooker played, by top amateurs and pros alike!

All players will be in pink… and so will the photographer.

Come and support!

Exhibitions and Charity – Jimmy in Lincoln, January 2019

Ronnie just finished a week of exhibitions in Ireland, and, personally I believe that exhibitions are just as important for the promotion of snooker as competitive tournament. They offer a more relaxed and fun approach to the sport and are a perfect introduction for a younger audience who, maybe, has not yet the maturity and attention span required for more “serious” snooker.

When exhibitions also support charities, they deserve all the publicity they can get! So in the coming days, I will try to promote events that mix snooker, enjoyment and charity!

Here is the first:

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It is organised by Nigel and Ali Coton, who organised and hosted  similar events with Ronnie, in May 2017 and February 2018. Nigel is a disabled snooker player himself and he’s very aware that many disabled players aren’t as well off as he is himself, many of them are on benefits, and struggle badly with the costs associated with the events, even if they are kept to a minimum. One of those disabled players – who I won’t name – told me that the WDBS tour had become his family and massively helped him out of social isolation and depression. He’s not the only one in that situation. So, please, come and support these events. And Lincoln is a great place for a city trip as well!

I will be there taking pictures.

Wexford, Ireland – 7 June 2018

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Ronnie and Jimmy were in Wexford yesterday for the last exhibition of the “first leg” of Ronnie’s Irish Tour. Ronnie will be back from Monday 25th June, for another five nights, this time with Mark Allen. Don’t miss it if you are in Ireland!

Going by the feedback on twitter, Ronnie won the match by 5-3 and had three centuries during the night. One of those centuries came against the local amateur he played: the poor guy only had one shot – he broke off – then Ronnie stepped in and made a 140.

Jimmy who had been struggling a bit over the two previous matches, played better this time. agonizingly he got a kick on the 6th red when he looked good for a 147.

Here are a few images that were shared on twitter:

And before the match, Ronnie did indeed meet @coach_kavanagh who shared this on Instagram. There is also a video of the two in action…

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Ronnie really enjoyed the experience: this is what he put on his own Instagram

Had a great session doing some UFC training with the main man @coach_kavanagh what a top guy he was, absolutely loved it.