February 17, 2010

Pro-Challenge Buckets and Latest on Ronnie Snr.

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:58 am

A World Snooker Official inspects the template for the Pro-Challenge pockets

What did I tell you about the pockets at George Scott’s Club? Huge! Just take a look at the list of breaks made on Day One of the Pro-Challenge below and you’ll get some idea:

138 Judd Trump, 137 Ken Doherty, 135 Liang Wenbo, 134 Rod Lawler, 131 Graeme Dott, 130 Craig Steadman, 129 Liang Wenbo, 128 Tom Ford, 128 Stuart Bingham, 125 Nigel Bond, 124 Mark Joyce, 122 Jamie Cope, 121 Liang Wenbo, 106 Simon Bedford, 106 Barry Hawkins, 102 Stevie Wonder.

Ok that last one is a lie, but you get the idea. They are up to the last 16 now and further information can be found updated througout the day by visiting the excellent Global Snooker website . But with the bookies giving this one the cold shoulder it is of little but, in the words of the great Clive Everton ‘academic interest’ to snooker gamblers.  

It is also being reported in a few newspapers today that it is still touch and go whether Ronnie O’Sullivan will get to play in front of his dad for the first time at The Crucible in April. Ronnie Snr is due for release from prison in April after serving 18 years for murder and he has never seen his son play on snooker’s biggest stage.

Will having his dad watching improve Ronnie's chances in Sheffield?

Ronnie Jnr is quoted as saying “Please God he can come. He has been a model prisoner. It’s down to the Home Office and prison authorities. I hope they feel he’s ready to come home and then I’m hoping the justice system will do the right thing.”

O’Sullivan Snr has been locked up for the last 18 years for the murder of Bruce Bryan, a driver for Charlie Kray – the brother of London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie. Though one paper wrongly states that this relates to the infamous twins father.

I have to say that I met Ronnie Snr once at a tournament on the Isle of Wight, he was a very engaging character and a really fun person to be around, he sat around the pool with Ronnie and a few others and I remember him driving all around the island to buy fresh fruit for everyone as it was a baking hot day. It can’t have been too long after that when the incident happened, one that Ronnie is the first to admit shook his entire world. It was obvious even back then that they were very close.

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