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!

Some Ronnie news …

Ronnie is in China already, with his good friend Liang Wenbo, and yesterday they did an exhibition in a place called Lian Yun Gang and Ronnie hit a 147 to finish their match, which he won by 5-2. Wenbo celebrated wildly whilst Ronnie stayed very cool …

You can watch most of this break here

Or better, the full break here thanks to Silvry again!

and some photos shared by Ronnie on twitter and by fans on weibo

Ronnie also shared the final 20 seconds of that break …

And now Silvry – thanks again! – has found it on youtube

He’s also apparently suffering from a serious bout of jet-lag as he is chatting, and being mischievous,  on twitter at truly ungodly hours China time! Hope he gets over it or he might not be able to perform in the coming tournament…

Other than that, Worldsnooker has conformed that Ronnie will play in the Noerthern Ireland Open

Ronnie O’Sullivan will continue his chase for an unprecedented £1 million bonus when he plays in the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast next month.

O’Sullivan is a quarter of the way to the winning the bonus having landed the English Open title in Barnsley last Sunday by beating Kyren Wilson 9-2 In the final.

That was the first of the season’s four Home Nations events and any player capturing all four trophies would receive the £1 million bonus, which would be the biggest prize in snooker history.

O’Sullivan resumes the quest at the Northern Ireland Open which runs from November 20 to 26 at the Waterfront Centre. Once again there will be 128 players battling for the title, with Shaun Murphy John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Jimmy White and home favourites Mark Allen and Joe Swail among the other star names who have already committed to the event. The entry deadline is November 1st, after which the full line up will be announced.

Victory for O’Sullivan gave him his 29th career ranking title, putting him level with John Higgins on the all-time list, but still well behind Stephen Hendry’s record of 36.

Asked about the £1 million bonus, he said: “I’d need to win another 21 matches and it is do-able. Anything is possible but over these short matches that are best-of-seven frames, it will be very tough.”

Tickets for the Northern Ireland Open are on sale now and start at just £10. With all 128 players in action over the first two days, it’s an incredible chance to see top class live sport.

For details CLICK HERE or call 028 9033 4455.

 

 

Exhibition Stuff

Jimmy and Ronnie were yesterday in London, at an event organised by Discovery/Eurosport UK promoting the Home Nations Series that starts next week with the English Open 2017. They played a few frames against each other, just exhibition stuff but clearly enjoyed by the audience, Andy Goldstein, the MC on the day, and the players.

Here are a few pictures, and the video that was shared by Eurosport UK, live, on Facebook. Enjoy!

Ronnie returns to Lincoln next February

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And once again, he will support WDBS, World Disability Billiard and Snooker as you can read in the local press.

Ronnie O’Sullivan to return to Lincoln – how you can see the ‘The Rocket’ in action

The five-time world champion hit a 147 during his previous appearance in the city

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Nigel Coton is a – very good  disabled player himself and a regular at WDBS events.

Circumstances permitting, I will be there taking pictures both days.

A week-end of speaches & exhibitions

Last week-end Ronnie was in the Sheffield area for a series of 3 events, where he spoke about his life as a sportsperson. On Sunday he also did an exhibition where he played, and beat, 8 amateurs. He had two consecutive centuries and one maximum attempt. Going by the comments on twitter all events were highly appreciated.

Here are a few images:

Ronnie loves Sheffield: he feels that he belongs there as an “adopted Northerner” and has many friends in the city. One of them has a barge on Victoria Quays and, apparently, Ronnie tried to convert him to his new diet, cooking salmon and sweet potatoes in the oven for him.

That’s only a small item in the flow of tweets he shared over the week-end. He took a lot of time interacting with the fans, very nicely, touching all sorts of subjects. Maybe the most interesting part was what he said about his stance about snooker. He definitely wants to play, but isn’t that happy with the players contract. Rings a bell? 2012/13? Basically, Ronnie’s opinion, and his agent (*) position, are that if players are asked to do things outside playing, that brings value to Worldsnooker, they should get something for it, and, of course, that top players shouldn’t need to qualify. No problem with starting at last 128, but at the venue.

(*) asked if his agent is Jason Francis, Ronnie’s answer was no. Jason does manage him, whenever someone asks how they can possibly organise an exhibition or get some support for a charity, Ronnie always points them to Jason. But there is someone else in charge of contractual matters obviously.

International Challenge 2017 – UK beats China by 26-9

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First of all, a big, big thanks to the readers of this blog who have been helping with finding videos, and interviews over the lasts days. I’m going to a difficult time privately and,  without you, i would not be able to provide content and keep the blog going!  Thank you! 

Congratulations to Ronnie, Mark, Joe, Michael and Graeme!

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Following a question by Mo, Silvry found this gem:

yesterday evening I came across a series of interviews of Ronnie made the day before the event started, In fact a team of camara men and interviewers followed him during part of the day.

Link: http://www.juxingzaixian.com/pc/pages/player/demandLive.jsp?courseId=1552
(When you start the first video/sequence and play it to the end the next one will be shown automatically.)

One of the questions was about his cue. In short, he told that he will put it to “rest” as soon as he is back in the UK. And that some work was done on it, but that it did not play well.
So, I assume that he is still playing with the reworked cue at the moment.

Other that confirmation that Ronnie was still playing with his old, repaired cue, we also learn that, there will be a third book in the “Frankie James” saga, due probably after the world championship.

Then, krdlr found a treasure of footages:

Day2 videos:

Zhou Yuelong-Zhao Xintong v Graeme Dott-Joe Perry: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkzMjE2NjM3Ng==.html?spm=a2hzp.8253869.0.0

Yan Bingtao v Michael Holt: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkzMjE1ODI2OA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8253869.0.0

Ding Junhui-Liang Wenbo v Graeme Dott-Joe Perry: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkzMjE0MDgzNg==.html?spm=a2hzp.8253869.0.0

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Zhou Yuelong: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkzMjEyMzE2OA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8253869.0.0

Ronnie O’Sullivan-Mark Williams v Ding Junhui-Liang Wenbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WwuVr0UxBw OR http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkzMjEyMzMwMA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8253869.0.0

Trophy presentation: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkzMjEyMzA5Ng==.html?spm=a2hzp.8253869.0.0

The trophy presentation is quite funny, as usual in China, and it’s heart warming to see how much the players enjoyed it. It’s been well documented that Graeme Dott has been struggling with depression in past years, and to see him laughing and enjoying himself like that is really nice. Hopefully, the event will be played again next year.

This is the double over 7 frames Ronnie+Willo vs Ding and Liang. Quality and fun!

Willo had a lot to say on twitter about this one! … about the event in general. Happy doesn’t even start to describe it. But he is right about the lack of coverage from Worldsnooker. Ok, this is not one of their events, but the World Games aren’t either and surely this one attracted more interest. But I can see where they come from. The World Games might be a step towards Olympics inclusion which in turn could boost snooker in countries where currently it isn’t officially recognised as a sport.

First time I ever played doubles with Ronnie, his positional play is exceptional, I have never been in position so much in my life.#loteasier

(About a certain plant …)

I said I don’t think it goes , he said it does now go for it, I said if tha goes in I will do an headstand on the table @ronnieo147 #wentin

Unreal, I would never go for it , he said u cant miss it, he WAS correct

Excellent comp, good format , great arena , great fans, Ronnie is box office, pay him way he wants to play wsa. #hesasbigasthegame

Do we get in the champion of champions???? Me dott perry holt o Sullivan demand the spots

Ps world games on your website and nothing for this event , #chairmanout

And here we have Ronnie vs Zhou Yuelong

The frame of the tournament was a 135 TC by Graeme Dott and Joe Perry, second and last frame in their double vs Ding and Liang. Doing that in a double with alternate shots is some feat!!!

Here is the match:

And to finish a “pot-pourri” of images shared on twitter and weibo!