Belfast, Ireland – 30 June 2018

Ronnie won the last leg of the Irish tour 2018 in Belfast yesterday evening, beating Mark Allen by 5-1 over the whole series.

Big thanks to Conor O’Boyle the organiser, who kept me updated throughout. Much appreciated!

Here is his report on what happened yesterday evening:

Hello! Yeah, absolutely amazing. Mark started off with a century against Stephen Dempsey, and Ronnie then knocked in a century against Robbie McGuigan (Mark Allen’s stepson who had a maximum in practice and is only 13). The match then started with Ronnie taking a 3-1 lead. Ronnie had two centuries. After the interval Mark had back to back centuries to level at 3-3. Mark got in first in the 7th frame and broke down on 47, Ronnie cleared with a brilliant 78. The next frame Ronnie potted a great long red and made a maximum, incredible. He potted two plants during the break to keep it going including an extremely difficult one to the middle pocket early on in the frame. Pure class and I have the full video on my Facebook page 😃

And he also kindly shared those pictures:

Conor also shared a video of Ronnie’s 147 on his facebook page

as ell as another version, from a different angle thanks to Silvry! 

And another short video found by Rodkor, sampling the atmosphere at the event

And this concludes a fantastic series of exhibitions …

Monaghan, Ireland – 4 June 2018
Letterkenny, Ireland – 5 June 2018
Drogheda, Ireland – 6 June 2018
Wexford, Ireland – 7 June 2018
Mulligar, Ireland – 25 June 2018
Limerick, Ireland – 26 June 2018
Cork, Ireland – 27.06.2018
Kilkenny, Ireland – 28 June 2018

Clacton Pot Black – 27.05.2018

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Ronnie was in Clacton-on-sea, in Essex, yesterday evening for an exhibition. That’s close to home and his father and his son were there with him. The Pot Black club is very, very nice and, at bit bizarrely, situated just above an “Arcade”. Going by little videos shared by Ronnie Senior, Ronnie Junior and John Virgo had some fun there with some car driving simulation game…

The owner of the club, Aidan Owens, is a very good player, competing on the Seniors Tour and currently in the top 16 amateurs there. He’s beaten Ronnie twice on his own table before Ronnie got one back. I wonder what happened yesterday…

Well I got the answer thanks to Ben Sizer, a young player who played Ronnie himself yesterday: Aidan sent his wife at the table to play Ronnie!

Ben also shared those pictures on Facebook:

 

For all that transpired it was another great fun night, Ronnie won all his matches and made two centuries (Jason confirmed).

Here are two videos shared by Jason Francis on Facebook:

 

more photos added by Aidan Owens on his Facebook Page

Mansfield – 25.05.2018

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Ronnie was in Mansfield yesterday evening, with Willie Thorne as a host and Brendan Moore as the referee on duty. Also there were my good friends, snooker and pool players Deb Burchell  and Rachel Tucker. Going by reactions on twitter it was a great night, and here is Deb’s account on Facebook:

It was great.. slow start from the rocket.. once settled in.. got a century in about frame 2 or 3. then in frame 6 went for a 147… but missed a red at about 80 points. Guy at the end nearly beat ronnie.. was a pink battle. Ronnie played safe and the guy left him on. Great night though. Hugs xx

Here are a few images thanks to Deb and Jason Francis

as well as those two short videos shared on Facebook (live) by Jason

Lincoln – 11.02.2018

The second night of exhibition in Lincoln, on Sunday, was similar in its organisation to the first one: a welcome reception for the VIPs, followed by John Virgo’s trick shots, then Ronnie playing eight frames against local players, with a break after four frames. Ronnie won all matches easily, had 3 tons in the first four frames, but no 147 this time. Ronnie was  clearly impressed by WDBS player Joe Hardstaff, his last opponent.

There was something special to conclude the week-end though: Jason Francis was to conduct a Q&A session with John Virgo and Ronnie, after the matches finished, and VIPs were invited to write down their questions for both John and Ronnie whilst enjoying the VIP buffet. They could ask absolutely anything and, as you would expect, there were so many questions that Jason had to go through a very “harsh” selection process and eventually was only able to keep about one in 5! The very first question that was asked to Ronnie, and was answered,  was “Will you play in the World Championship?”. That question was always going to come out … and the answer it got was “Yes”. Which prompted a big cheer from the crowd.

Here are the images of the night:

A very big thank you and well done to Nigel and Ali Coton for this fantastic week-end: it was awesome, and you were awesome! 

Lincoln – 10.02.2018

It was another great event yesterday at the Drill Hall in Lincoln. Organised by Nigel and Ali Coton in collaboration with Snooker Legends, the exhibition aimed at gathering some money for two good causes as well as to provide a great night of entertainment. It was a success on both accounts.

Ahead of the action proper, there was un buffet for players and VIPs, with Nigel taking the opportunity to explain the evening program, as well as the nature and goals of the causes that were to benefit from the success of this exhibition

It was a packed house at the Drill Hall

With two lucky bastards being treated with very special reserved seats! Thanks Nigel!

The evening started with a few trick shots by John Virgo

The action proper came next with Ronnie taking 9 local players over one frame. Ronnie won all nine frames, quite comfortably, scoring three centuries: a 110, a 140 and a 147. The previous time Ronnie was in Lincoln, he had 7 centuries, including a 147. It was always going to be difficult to better that, but Ali Coton had been quite clear that she hoped for another 147. Ronnie obliged … and it was Nigel Coton on the receiving end!

Here are the action pictures. Yes, it’s mainly Ronnie, he didn’t give the opposition too many opportunities nor too much table time. The highest break against him was … 7!

There was an interval after the first four frames, during which

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Chris Kirkwood from the Drill Hall was presented with a cheque of £500

Learn more about the Drill Hall Charity

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Simon Berisford from WDBS and Matt Huart from WPBSA were presented with a cheque of £3000

And tonight we go again!

English Open 2017 – Day 4

Day 4 in Barnsley was even more eventful than the previous ones. We had some very surprising results indeed.

Last 32:

Yan Bingtao beat Liang Wenbo, the defending champion by 4-0. The match was actually very close judging by the frames scores but for Liang who yesterday hit a 147, not to win a single frame was a bit unexpected. Unless of course he celebrated the 147, and the £40000 coming with it a bit too much … (just joking here).

Mark Williams was outplayed by Jack Lisowski, who had 4 breaks over 50 in beating Mark by 4-2. Didn’t see that coming the way “Willo” was playing recently. Mark was full of praise for Jack afterwards.

Michael White beat Ben Wollaston by 4-0 with four breaks over 50. Again it’s more the manner than the result itself that’s surprising here!

James Wattana and Alexander Ursenbacker both progressed: those two are at opposite “ends” of their career. There is still some strenghts in the Thaiphoon!

Hossein Vafaei beat Stuart Bingham on the last black in a decider. Hossein had been 3-0 up only for Stuart to peg him back to 3-3. Hossein probably thought he had blown it and his roar of delight when potting the winning black told how much it mattered to him.

Xiao Guodong beat Mark Selby by 4-1, a comprehensive score. Selby’s form hasn’t really be there this season (yet), and they were on an outside table, but still a surprising scoreline.

Last 16:

Jack Lisowski, Hossein Vafaei, Alexander Ursenbacker and Michael White all confirmed their good form by progressing the QF. In the process Alexander beat Shaun Murphy very comprehensively, by 4-1. Jack beat his good mate Judd Trump, in a deciding frame. Jack in fact leads Judd in the head-to-head.

With Kyren Wilson and Anthony McGill also progressing, that’s 6 players born in the 90th in the QF. Good to see!

All detailed results are on Cuetracker

Interviews with Jack Lisowki, Hossein Vafaei, Michael White and more can be found on this youtube channel

About Ronnie’s wins and the floor invasion incident, read here.