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

 

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.

Drogheda, Ireland – 6 June 2018

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Ronnie was with Jimmy White in Drogheda last night for the third of his nine Irish Tour exhibitions.

Here is Conor O’Boyle report (Conor is the organiser of those exhibitions and kindly agreed to keep me in the picture … )

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This last part was the answer to my question whether Benny was the same Benny  who made Ronnie suffer in their morning run!

Thank you Conor!

Here is frame 5 of the match

Ronnie also was out looking for the healthy eating option, and good company!

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No wonder he loves his exhibitions!

And here two images shared by a fan on twitter

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Letterkenny, Ireland – 5 June 2018

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Ronnie was in Clanree Hotel , Letterkenny, to play Jimmy White yesterday evening and here is Conor’s report. Conor O’Boyle is the organiser of those events, and I really appreciate his help!

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Peter O’Brien was the referee on duty and the setup looks very, very nice!

Prior to the exhibition Ronnie was interviewed by Gerry Kelly on 95.8 LM FM and here is the link to the podcast, thanks to Silvry, who found this gem. Ronnie is first on the show and the interview is about 16 minutes long. Nothing really new but quite nice all the same.

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And Ronnie found a great place to eat! He posted some images on his Instagram

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He loved it so much that he took some “lunch boxes” away to eat before the show later that day !

Monaghan, Ireland – 4 June 2018

Ronnie and Mark Allen were in Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan in Ireland yesterday for the first leg of Ronnie’s  Irish Tour 2018. There will be nine exhibitions in total, six with Mark, and three with Jimmy White.

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It was packed yesterday evening, as you would expect when those two play each other in Ireland.

They played 10 frames and made 5 centuries between them: Ronnie had three – including a 125 and a 132 – and Mark had two – including a 147. Ronnie won the match by 5-3 but Mark of course will be eager to get revenge!

He tweeted this:

Great show with tonight here in Monaghan. Best set up I’ve seen for an Exhibtion and what a crowd. Ronnie won night one but I’ll get him back later in the month!! Mad a max to keep the crowd happy though. 1-0 Ronnie

Here are two short videos. Like the pictures above, those were shared on twitter by fans who attended the event. Thanks guys!

The first one shows the final moments of Mark’s 147

The second shows the last (exhibition) black of Ronnie’s third century in four consecutive frames!

It’s fair to say that the standard must have been very high!

Well done and thanks to Conor O’Boyle, the organiser of the events, who sent me the final  results.

Back from Thailand …

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Ronnie has left Thailand, but the High-end Snooker Wanghin club has still more pictures to share …

and a great  gallery here

They also thanked their co- organiser, SUZURAN SUSHI with this little video …

No wonder Ronnie loved the place!

Meanwhile, Nutcharut Wongharuthai is in the UK, playing in the Q-school, in event 1. She won her first match, by 4-1, but lost, by 4-0, in the second round to Dechawat Poomjaeng. Dechawat of course has been on the main tour for years, is used to the conditions in professional tournaments and, we shouldn’t forget, played at the Crucible where he beat Stephen Maguire. No wonder he had too much for a young debutante.

She also entered events 2 and 3, and both times has a hard draw in round 1: Sam Craigie in event 2 and Sam Baird in event 3, both former pros. That will not be easy.

However, even if she doesn’t qualify for the main tour, entering the Q-school gives her a chance to compete on the Challengers tour next season and to gain experience. I’m wishing her the very best!