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The snooker thread

Post by Jangloid Mark » Sat Oct 13, 2007 22:32

With the new snooker season upon us, I thought that Anorak should have a snooker thread :)

Let me start by saying that I watched an absolutely enthralling match between O'Sullivan and Ford, which *nearly* ended up with a scock result.

After O'Sullivan got a break of 123 in the opening frame, Ford took over, and took a 3-1 lead in a best of 7 (7 is *way* too low) match...he could have polished off and won the match 4-1, but for a bit of adrenalin on a relatively easy black).

It ended up going to Ronnie (who made 3 ceturies in 7 frames), 4-3.

Dont underestimate Ford, he's far from an easy opponent....

Too early to say who will win this championship, but, watch this space...
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Re: The snooker thread...

Post by sweepingthenation » Sat Apr 19, 2008 13:44

Oh, there already is one.

I really wanted to start a snooker thread now because I love the World Championships. To be precise, I love everything around the game and its broadcasting. Hour upon hour of soothing BBC2 coverage. The fact the studio is next door to the practice tables. Spectators asleep. Spectators in customised white T-shirts. Jokes about Terry Griffiths matches finishing in the early hours. Clive Everton's white hair. The miss rule. The big close-up on the face of the dejected player currently watching his opponent rack up a century break after he'd missed a pottable red. The cameras in dressing rooms. Dennis Taylor's catchphrase "where's the white?" Phil Yates. Kicks, and the way John Virgo goes into paroxysms of anger whenever one happens. The way that a player who's just sealed the frame on the last pink will smash the black towards the pocket at full velocity without a care as to where it ends up. The dull but worthy five minute feature about the Crucible Theatre's upkeep throughout the other fifty weeks of the year. The footage of the table being set up at triple speed. Those features of players striding around parks in Sheffield filmed at obtuse angles. Those players you only ever hear about when they're going out in the first round like Anthony Hamilton and Barry Hawkins. Wonderful stuff.

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Re: The snooker thread...

Post by caramarydaisy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 14:55

i know pathetically little about snooker, but i do love watching it!

its all just down the road from me here in sheffield, its great, i can go wander down to the crucible and theres massive screens and loads of stuff going on.. eee exciting!
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Re: The snooker thread...

Post by Mr Bear » Sat Apr 19, 2008 15:57

sweepingthenation wrote:Oh, there already is one.

I really wanted to start a snooker thread now because I love the World Championships. To be precise, I love everything around the game and its broadcasting. Hour upon hour of soothing BBC2 coverage. The fact the studio is next door to the practice tables. Spectators asleep. Spectators in customised white T-shirts. Jokes about Terry Griffiths matches finishing in the early hours. Clive Everton's white hair. The miss rule. The big close-up on the face of the dejected player currently watching his opponent rack up a century break after he'd missed a pottable red. The cameras in dressing rooms. Dennis Taylor's catchphrase "where's the white?" Phil Yates. Kicks, and the way John Virgo goes into paroxysms of anger whenever one happens. The way that a player who's just sealed the frame on the last pink will smash the black towards the pocket at full velocity without a care as to where it ends up. The dull but worthy five minute feature about the Crucible Theatre's upkeep throughout the other fifty weeks of the year. The footage of the table being set up at triple speed. Those features of players striding around parks in Sheffield filmed at obtuse angles. Those players you only ever hear about when they're going out in the first round like Anthony Hamilton and Barry Hawkins. Wonderful stuff.
Oh! That is a pretty much perfect summary of the little things that make me really enjoy the World Championship too. Can I add 'Steve Davis and John Parrott in dinner suits on the final session of the final' too? "where's the white?", classic.

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by humblebee » Tue Apr 22, 2008 15:58

I love this time of year, when the BBC are in town and they screen lots of lovely little pieces around and about Sheffield during the mid-session breaks. Right now John Parrott and Shaun Murphy are giving some coaching on stance and cue technique to a middle-aged lady on a full-sized table in the foyer of Sheffield station. Bless!

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Post by caramarydaisy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 16:03

humblebee wrote:I love this time of year, when the BBC are in town and they screen lots of lovely little pieces around and about Sheffield during the mid-session breaks. Right now John Parrott and Shaun Murphy are giving some coaching on stance and cue technique to a middle-aged lady on a full-sized table in the foyer of Sheffield station. Bless!
i totally need some tips.. i should get myself down and see if someone can help me! hee!
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Apr 22, 2008 22:05

The Fu Vs Ding match has been excellent today.
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Apr 28, 2008 15:31

Did anyone else see that just now? Fucking hell!

O'Sullivan just wrapped up his match against Williams with a 147 - the ninth of his career (more than anyone else ever, now!) and I can't remember seeing a better one. It was amazing. Flawless. He's just come out and played three of the best frames of snooker you will ever see. The lad's on fire!

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by darvé » Mon Apr 28, 2008 15:36

*grumble**grumble* stupid job..

I havent seen any of the snooker this year except for the last 2 frames of Hendry / Ding on saturday afternoon..

Pete, you've got me all excited now for the highlights tonight, i love a 147, who was commentating?
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Apr 28, 2008 15:50

John Virgo and, um, one of the others. Willie Thorne I think.

Halfway through the break they said "and play has stopped on the other table..." which was brilliant because it heightened the atmosphere on TV and really gave you an impression of what it was like in the room. The atmosphere at the Crucible is brilliant and it's quite hard for them to convey it on the telly. And at the end of it they had a shot of Robertson and Maguire (who are on the other table) coming over to congratulate O'Sullivan. Great bit of telly.

When you watch it tonight look out for the shot where he's got one red left, and it's tied up by the pink. He plays a fantastic positional shot off the black and the top cushion to cannon into the pink and red, half ball, and set up the red perfectly.

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by darvé » Mon Apr 28, 2008 16:04

humblebee wrote:John Virgo
I was hoping you weren't going to say that. Was he being his usual bitter, negative self..
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Apr 28, 2008 16:15

Oh, he's alright. I used to think he was awful - probably because of that awful programme he did with that awful Jim Davidson - but he's not too bad these days.

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by Life on Deck » Mon Apr 28, 2008 16:21

Jim Davidson was in a Peter Greenaway film once. This has to be the most oddest and illogical thing that has happened culturally EVER.

Anyway, this post isn't about snooker. Carry the on.
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Mon Apr 28, 2008 16:29

I was a tad obsessed with John Higgins when he first hit the circuit. I think mostly because he looked like my honorary uncle Mikey and that he's form my neck of the woods.
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Apr 28, 2008 19:12

Ive just watched it again and John Virgo wasn't commentating at all. It was Dennis Taylor.

The whole of Anorak can sleep soundly in their beds now that we have clarified this burning issue!

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by darvé » Mon Apr 28, 2008 19:27

I was coming here to post the same thing! That was some break, you were right about that shot where he split the red and pink. Mark Williams didn't seem to know how to react the whole thing, it must be tough knowing you're going out, but watching a 147.

This Liang Wenbo's a bit of a character isn't he.
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by islandhopper » Mon Apr 28, 2008 20:02

Jeezy Creezy wrote:I was a tad obsessed with John Higgins when he first hit the circuit. I think mostly because he looked like my honorary uncle Mikey and that he's form my neck of the woods.
Are you from the fine town of Wishaw then? Or just nearby?

I haven't watched a decent amount of snooker since my student days. I'll have to try and catch the highlights tonight.

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:57

islandhopper wrote:
Jeezy Creezy wrote:I was a tad obsessed with John Higgins when he first hit the circuit. I think mostly because he looked like my honorary uncle Mikey and that he's form my neck of the woods.
Are you from the fine town of Wishaw then? Or just nearby?

I haven't watched a decent amount of snooker since my student days. I'll have to try and catch the highlights tonight.
I have journeyed to Wishaw in my youth but hail from Glesga toon.

I too overwatched snooker in my student days but don't find time to watch any telly nowadays.
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Re: The snooker thread

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Apr 30, 2008 00:41

humblebee wrote:
When you watch it tonight look out for the shot where he's got one red left, and it's tied up by the pink. He plays a fantastic positional shot off the black and the top cushion to cannon into the pink and red, half ball, and set up the red perfectly.
I finally got around to watching this. Absolutely outstanding, and I loved Dennis Taylor's commentary on the above shot: "he's tried it...WHAT A SHOT!!!"

Without wanting to get overly sentimental about it, it's such a privilege to watch the best in the business at the top of their game, whatever the sport. What a player.

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Re: The snooker thread

Post by darvé » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:03

I was watching the Hendry / Ryan Day match last night as i thought it would be the more exciting of the two games that were on.

Now i find out that Ebdon missed his 15th black, only for Ali Carter to follow that up with a 147 of his own!

I love his comment, in response to Ronnie's on monday

I'm going to buy a Ford Focus convertible, I've been dying to get one!
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