Happy Exhibitions and CLS question mark

Ronnie played two exhibitions over the weekend. As usual Johm Virgo was the host and compère, and this time Brendan Moore was the referee on duty.

The Friday exhibition was organised bu ABC and this is the report they put on their facebook page:

Now on to the night.

The evening kicked off with a very warm welcome and a huge round of applause for the 1979 UK Champion, John Virgo. JV entertained the crowd with his world famous trick shot routine and hilarious impressions. After that, it was time for JV to introduce the six times world champion.

A huge round of applause welcomed Ronnie, and at 7.45pm the first frame broke off and it didn’t go too well for the first VIP player. In fact all 9 frames went to Ronnie. The highest break of the evening was a fantastic 140. During the interval the crowd were given the opportunity to have more photos taken with Ronnie’s world championship trophy which Ronnie later signed and also signed other memorabilia for guests. After the 9th and final frame, Ronnie and JV said their goodbyes and the raffle was drawn (congratulations to all winners). The evening finished off by presenting Nick Sewell with his VIP High Break trophy.

On Saturday Ronnie was at Jackson’s and after the exhibition tweeted this:

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Well done Ben for all the hard work you’ve put into getting Jackson’s club to where it is now. Look forward to coming back.

I didn’t find more details about what happened that night but will put more here if/when I find out.

Now here it is thanks to Kalacs

Melton goes snooker loopy as Ronnie O’Sullivan comes to town

Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan took Melton by storm on Saturday, with a thrilling evening’s entertainment – and he enjoyed the experience so much that he wants to come back.

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Excitement had been growing in the days leading up to the six-time world champion’s visit to Jackson’s lounge and ‘The Rocket’ did not disappoint.

The snooker hall had been transformed into a staging area with space for 110 spectators for the event, which had sold out within a matter of days.

And as the start time approached there was a buzz outside as the queue of ticket-holders, eagerly waiting to get inside the club to see their hero, stretched down King Street into Market Place.

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Another snooker legend, John Virgo, was compère for the evening and before play got underway he warmed up the crowd with some trick shots involving the audience, along with his witty repartee.

Eight lucky people took on The Rocket – with world-class referee Brendan Moore officiating.

Virgo introduced each player before they entered the hall to walk-on music they had chosen but despite some glimmers of hope none of them were able to pull off a shock upset.

Jackson’s assistant manager Karl Barratt was proud to be the only player to take a lead over Ronnie when he went 10-0 up and the highest break of a challenger went to Stuart Hammond with 22.

It was a real thrill for all who got the chance to take on the sporting superstar.

Ronnie, whose highest break was 114 on the night, is often called the most naturally gifted and greatest player of all time. Known for his fast and attacking style the event gave the popular 45-year-old Londoner the chance to wow the audience with his incredible skills.

During the interval fans had the chance to get autographs and chat with Ronnie as well as have a photograph taken with his World Championship trophy.

Excitement had been growing in the days leading up to the six-time world champion’s visit to Jackson’s lounge and ‘The Rocket’ did not disappoint.

The snooker hall had been transformed into a staging area with space for 110 spectators for the event, which had sold out within a matter of days.

And as the start time approached there was a buzz outside as the queue of ticket-holders, eagerly waiting to get inside the club to see their hero, stretched down King Street into Market Place.

It was the snooker legend’s first visit to Melton and he was full of praise for the town and the club.

“It’s good to be here,” he said. “The club is lovely, the crowd are great – very knowledgable about snooker. I hope to come again.”

Although Ronnie’s opponents never expected to get much of a look-in he was complimentary about their skills.

“It’s tough when you’re only playing one frame,” he commented.

“There were some good shots played, there are some good potters.”

One of Ronnie’s opponents Stuart Hammond used the opportunity to raise nearly £700 for MIND, the mental health charity.

Ronnie, who has struggled with depression in the past said: “It’s good that people are talking more about these issues and considering people’s well-being. Sports people struggling with mental health problems shouldn’t be penalised.”

Ronnie says he’s enjoying his snooker at the moment: “During the past few years I’ve been playing more exhibitions as well as the tour. I’m happy with how things are at the moment. It’s good to have a balance.”

Jason Francis, creator of Snooker Legends events, praised Jackson’s owner, Ben Jackson, for the hard work he had put in to making the event happen.

And the day after his Melton appearance, Ronnie posted on Twitter: “Well done Ben for all the hard work you’ve put into getting Jackson’s club to where it is now. Look forward to coming back.”


Ben said that although it had taken a lot of planning and hard graft he was delighted the event had been such a huge success.

Ronnie Jackson's 7.8.2021

Ronnie Jackson's 7.8.2021

 

Today will see the start of stage 2 of the 2021 summer CLS and Ronnie will be on table 1.

I’m not too sure what to expect. I know that Ronnie wasn’t impressed with the conditions when he played in his first group. but the table seemed to play a bit better towards the end of stage one, and of course, the heat wave is over. There are rumours on twitter saying that Ronnie has pulled out of the CLS but at the time of writing he’s still in it both on WST site and the CLS site.

Update: The withdrawal has now be confirmed.

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Not sure what that means in terms of prize money and ranking points.

This is not great although I’m not really surprised. Ronnie at this stage of his career wants to play on his own terms and enjoy himself. If he has to play in qualifiers for the Turkish Masters, I would not be surprised if he gave that one a miss as well.

No snooker? Fun snooker!

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.

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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.

Enjoy!

No snooker? More snooker!

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).

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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!

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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.

You can find more information here and follow the scores as the tournament unfolds here.

There is also a “Super Seniors” event being played at the same place during the week-end and that one can be followed here.

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.

Arbroath Nights of 1000 Centuries – 22/23 November 2019

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For what transpired it was a very good exhibition and Ronnie played really well.

Jason Francis on twitter:

Thank you @shotz147 great night with @ronnieo147

3 centuries and one of the best 79 clearances you’ll see… more of the same tomorrow we hope

And a few images shared by the fans

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Ahead of the show, Ronnie posted this on Facebook:

Looking forward to tonight with JV, jason and marc and Ryan
4 smokies done so far…

Earlier this week he had posted

Want to take me on Friday and Saturday? Bring smokies and we will play for them

Good to see the Scottish fans taking him to his word!

This is Jason’s report on twitter after the second nigth, another great one…

Sneaky 142 tonight and 2 other centuries. Thanks to @shotz147

The “victim” of the 142 wasn’t too dispirited. He tweeted this 

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

Walking around Arbroath harbour

Arbroath old Benedictine Abbey

The coastal trail between Arbroath and Auchmithie – sspectacular sceneries

Ronnie makes a 147 in Bucharest (5.10.2019)

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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

And …

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.

Two more frames found …

Here are some pictures …

Stephen Maguire wins the Six-Reds 2019 World Championship

Congratulations Stephen Maguire!

He beat John Higgins by 8 frames to 6, in a quality final. It’s Maguire’s first individual title in five years. Quite baffling for a player of his quality really.

Here is the report on Worldsnooker:

Stephen Maguire six reds champion 2019Stephen 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.

Six Reds 2019 actionMaguire 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.”

All results are on snooker.org

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:

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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?

And here is the exhibition. Big thanks to Silvry!

 

Huizhou Challenge Exhibition – 30 August 2019 – Full coverage.

Now the full coverage of the exhibition  

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O’Sullivan and John Higgins played against the Chinese team consisting of Marco Fu and Liang Wenbo. In the end, the UK team won with a score of 3-2 and won the competition. [mighty]At the same time, O’Sullivan also won the highest break in this competition [加油], O’Sullivan once again gave the trophy to the small fans in the audience. (source weibo)

There was an individual competition where everyone played everyone. Ronnie won his three matches and as such won the league (source Weibo).

“Double” matches were also on the program and the UK team won the competition.

This is the exhibition:

Plus a compilation on short videos – from Weibo – showing funny/endearing moments

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Ronnie welcoming the little fan is cute and endearing.

And also, of course, more images were shared on Weibo

Enjoy!