Ronnie was in Huddersfield yesterday for the second exhibition this week. As usual, feedback on social media has been excellent.
This is what Jason sent me yesterday after the exhibition:
131 and 103. We introduced safety measures so no meet and greet to protect people. Nice new club, ronnie was very impressed with young lad called Stanley. We are on shut down now but hopefully by the next exhibition on 16th April things will be better. Ronnie is very concerned about coronavirus and asks people to take it seriously and keep well
Yong Stanley lead Ronnie by 60 before Ronnie cleared with 61. Here is Stanley with Ronnie, and a view of the club …
Ronnie played in Derry again yesterday and going by reactions on twitter, the fans loved it. It wasn’t the highest scoring night by Ronnie, who had only one 105 … played left handed from start to finish. He also made another 50 clearance entirely left handed.
Ronnie, Jason and John Virgo were just happy that they all managed to make it for the fans after the problems they faced because of the Flybe airline collapse.
The, yesterday, this emerged on social media:
Ronnie in his first year as a pro, plays and beats Steve Davis at Pot Black Time Frame.
Twenty minutes, each player allowed 10 minutes play, each player controlling his opponent clock. Normal snooker rules – no shot clock – except that every foul gives the opponent a free ball. As many frames as fit in the 20 minutes. The goal is to have more aggregated points than your opponent when the time is over.
And, yes, Steve Davis was certainly capable of playing fast. And, yes again, seeing this, one can understand why Ronnie somtimes claims he was a better player at that age. He played with such freedom, he had no fear nor angst.
So there is no main tour snooker for the next five days, until the amateur rounds f the 2020 Gibraltar Open starts next Wednesday.
But there is still plenty going on on the green baize.!
Ronnie is in Derry, Northern Ireland for two nights of exhibitions.
The first one was yesterday and Ronnie had two centuries, 104 and 106, and missed the 12th red when on a maximum attempt (88).
He almost didn’t make it there though… indeed he was due to fly with Flybe and the company went into administration. It was only announced yesterday. Jason Francis who went to collect John Virgo late at the airport the previous evening, stayed there for a birthday drink and heard about it by chance…. phew!
The “Seniors” are battling it out in Pot Black Clacton, for a place in the 2020 WSS British Masters to be played early April in Plymouth.
Also starting tomorrow, there is the 2020 WDBS Belgian Open. It’s played at the “Trickshot” club in Bruges, and, again you can follow the event here. Like most “Disability Snooker” events, there are in fact several “sub-events” depending of the players type and severity of disability. There are a number of Belgian players in the draw, including Kurt Deklerck, a wheelchair player, and multiple World, European and Belgian Champion.
It’s not every day you get to meet one of your heroes. Even played a frame with @ronnieo147: he broke off and I played what I thought was a decent safety shot… then he cleared up with a 142 break! Still a night I’ll never forget.
And pictures shared by the fans:
And maybe Csilla can tell us more…
Also this short video popped up on youtube:
Arbroath itself is a lovely place, and not just because of the smokies…
Here are some pictures albums from three weeks ago
Ronnie and Reanne Evans played an exhibition in Circus Globul Bucharest last night.
At the start of the event, Ronnie payed tribute to Marius Ancuta, who sadly passed away in July last year; he was only 52. Marius was the Romanian “Mister Snooker”, Eurosport commentator, MC and passionate about the sport. He was the face of snooker in Romanian media.
Ronnie then played two local amateurs.
After a short break, the match with Reanne started and then this happened!
Thanks to Dana Motruna
Thanks to Jason Francis
Thanks to Ionut Gabriel
O’Sullivan makes a maximum break 147 against Reanne Evans in Bucharest! 5.10.2019
This was probably the first ever 147 made in Romania! Alex Crisan was the man in white gloves.
Ronnie won the match by 4-2. There was no other century. Reanne has a chance to have one but a kick when she was on 79, with two reds left, ruined it.
Stephen Maguire won a tartan tussle against John Higgins 8-6 in the final of the SangSom Six Red World Championship to win the title for the second time in Bangkok.
It’s a first individual title for world number 15 Maguire since he won the 2014 Lisbon Open. He also won the Six Red title earlier that year.
In an exciting final, Glasgow’s 38-year-old Maguire pulled away from 6-6 to win the last two frames, taking the trophy and top prize of four million Baht (£106,000) at the invitation event in the Thai capital.
It’s his second title of the season as he teamed up with 44-year-old Higgins to win the World Cup for Scotland in China in June. This time the two friends and practice partners went head to head, with Higgins playing in the Six Red final for the first time.
Maguire took an early 3-0 lead before world number five Higgins stormed back with four frames in a row. Frame eight went to Maguire and he nicked the ninth on the black to lead 5-4.
He won the tenth as well then squandered a clear chance in the 11th, missing a red to a centre pocket. Four time World Champion Higgins cleared the table then made a break of 58 in the 12th to level at 6-6.
With the match in the balance, Maguire made a vital break of 39 to regain the lead at 7-6. And he got the better of a tense 14th frame, the score 34-18, to secure the title.
“It feels good, I was very lucky,” said Maguire. “I’d like to thank the sponsor and promoter for putting on the tournament. All of the boys enjoy this, everyone loves coming out to Thailand.”
Aside from the tournament proper, there was a six-reds exhibition between two legends of the game: Stephen Hendry and James Wattana. My understanding is that Hendry won by 3-2.
Update! I was wrong! It’s James Wattana who won. This comes from Instagram:
The Thai MC, Twitah Warintrakom, a legend himself, told me that the decider was played with 15 reds to entertain the audience, and shared a few pictures on social media:
It’s fair to say that people turned up for it! Stephen Hendry – who was used to being hated for beating Jimmy White more often than not, and winning “too much” – is now hugely popular! Well, it’s nice that! And it’s nice as well that Stephen now seems to enjoy life to the full. His posts on social media are mainly about fine wines, premium cigars and food (plenty of it!).
As for Twittah, he also posted those two images side by side
… taken 26 years apart! They haven’t changed a bit, innit?