April 15, 2013

The World Championship according to Mrs Snookerbacker

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:51 pm
Mrs SB has spoken

Mrs SB has spoken

It’s been a while since my last written preview, my last year’s preview was just a quick head shot picture as I didn’t have time to write one and I don’t think at the time I could really be bothered, but this time after watching the qualifiers I’m really looking forward to it starting.

Also to Mr SB’s joy I have decided to take the whole 2 weeks off work and spend it with him, the dogs and the TV. Sounds like bliss. Though I am going to fit in swimming, cycling, shopping, tidying up, taking dogs out, making dinner and making my new dog coat range – plus I need my hair cut so will fit that in too.

Plus Mr SB has asked me to be the official reporter and photographer for the World Championships at Snookerbacker Mansions which sounds like loads of fun. I will be snapping away, reporting from the press box and have inside access to the BBC studios.

So here goes, here is my 2013 Mrs Snookerbacker World Championship Preview – it’s an overall summary of players and if I think they will get far, plus who I think will win it this year.

Match 1

Ronnie O’Sullivan 

I wonder if he will get his lucky hair cut from Tony & Guy in Sheffield this year, last year I sat next to him whilst getting mine done and he went on to win it and I had a lovely choppy bob, to be fair I am still growing it out and I have had in between some dodgy cheaper haircuts since. I also wonder if he gets a free supply of vodka for a year with his sponsorship deal? I think he’s T total and I like mine with some tonic and a slice of lemon. But he is really good at snooker when he feels like it.

Marcus Campbell

I don’t really know a lot about him apart from his name always reminds me of a can of meatballs. I think he is a big chap with a hairy face and always smiling which is odd from a Scotsman in snooker these days – as the rest seem like a right miserable bunch – apart from Dott and Higgins but Higgins has a lot of titles so that gives him something to smile about at least.

Winner: Ronnie

Well. This one is simple. Ronnie can win the whole thing depending on who he meets on his way to winning it and if he feels like winning it. I think he will be in this for a while.

Match 2

Ali Carter

You know I’m always going to favour the Captain. He is such a lovely chap and I love Manager Steve and last year we met the lovely Horsey too. I hope we can all catch up again for some red wine and a good natter (me and Manager Steve always end up talking about dogs and me showing pictures of ours – or is that just me??) but early to bed for the Captain as he needs his snooker sleep. It was brilliant though to watch him in Berlin at the German Masters where he flew his lovely girlfriend to the final to support him aswell. Go Team Carter, I believe you can win this one too.

Ben Woollaston

I don’t know much about Ben’s game but I have met him a few times at SWSA (SB: she hasn’t) and he seems like a lovely polite young man with good manners. I like a man with good manners and it’s nice to have gentleman around in a gentlemen’s sport,

Winner: Ali

Sorry Ben but I think Ali experience will win him through to the next round

Match 3

Stuart Bingham

I love a bit of Bingo. He’s got such a lovely happy cheeky face that makes me smile. I have never met him but I imagine sharing a big bag of crisps with him. I don’t know why crisps? I can’t see him being a chocolate eater and I don’t like to share my chocolate with anyone.

Sam Baird

Again I don’t know much about him but I recognise his name from live streaming. I hope to see more of him so next years preview I can write a bit more about him, or something at least (SB: she has mixed up Sam with Ben) 

Winner: Stuart Bingham

Sorry Sam, think Bingham will get through this purely on the basis I don’t know who you are. (SB – I won’t even comment on how funny that is, Sam also owes her a Gin and Tonic, I think we can call it quits)

Match 4

John Higgins

Don’t really know what to say about John, I used to like him but now I find him a bit boring to watch. He will win the first few rounds as he’s John Higgins, but I can’t see him making it much further nor am I that bothered either in all honesty. Seems like a nice chirpy chap but bit bored when I watch his matches. Blunt but true, sorry.

Mark Davis

Now this gets a bit interesting with the Dark Mavis – I hope he really is a bit evil but in a good way like Darth Vadar as we need some snooker villains. He is probably the most un-snooker villain there could be, but I hope his name lives up to his personality as we all love a bit of the dark side every now and again. Wahhh ha ha ha Waha ha ha haaaa (SB: I have no idea what that last bit means).

Winner: Dark Mavis

I am going to go for Evil domination purely for entertainment value and I don’t think John has been in good snooker form lately either.

Match 5

Shaun-Murphy_2462055Shaun Murphy

Good old dappa Shaun, he is starting to give Selby a run for his money in the style stakes. I like Shaun as he has got dogs, he plays far too much golf for my liking so must have too much time on his hands really, but he is nice chap. However he did promise me tea and cakes last year and he lost and went home. Next time Shaun it’s a prosecco and cakes – the bill has just gone up to make up for last year and you are paying!

Martin Gould

The little quiet one who if plays well actually beats people you don’t really expect him to. He won the Sky shot out thing didn’t he but I don’t know if that actually qualifies as a proper snooker tournament?? He did win though so will give him some credit. Was that the shot clock one?

Winner: Shaun Murphy

Shaun you owe me some nice things.

Match 6

Graeme Dott

I don’t know that much about Dott apart from our mate Allan Taylor does a really good impression of him and that he is a small Scottish player that people refer to him being like a terrier. I think he may not be much taller than me and I am about 5 foot 3 without heels, but I rarely wear then nowadays as I can’t walk in them so he would probably be the same height as me. He seems to have been around the snooker tables for a long time so I imagine him getting to the quarters or somewhere like that.

Peter Ebdon

He is vegan, he plays long matches and he is a mind reader – no I mean he gets into people head and messes with their minds, so much so that they feel like hitting him with their cue and they forget to pot balls therefore he wins. Think that’s his game plan and it tends to work.

Winner: Ebdon

Think he is working on his how to mess up the heads of people as we speak. I have also heard a rumour he and Dark Mavis are going to join alliances and rule the world. Ok that may not be true…or could it be?

Match 7

Matthew Stevens

Is it him they call the Welsh Dragon or do they do that for everyone from Wales? I need to ask Terry?? I’ve not met him though Mr SB says he a good laugh and an all-around good egg, I think they get drunk together and I told Mr SB off for putting him off. From what I have seen him play he seems to graft in there and wins frames. I think he has got to some finals in the past?

Marco Fu

Mr SB said he is one of the politest people he has met and I like that so I like him too.

Winner: Matthew Stevens

Think this one will be a close one but I think that Matthew may just win this on a decider.

Match 8

Judd Trump

Ok, I will make a public apology to Judd. I’m sorry for being not very nice to you and a bit mean when judging you about your love of money, flash cars and lads magazine spreads as that’s not really my cup of tea, like most ladies. Sorry for being mean and saying that some people may find these kinds of things lavish and a bit repulsive. I think you deserve a little bit more respect and I am sure when you grow older these things won’t matter to you. You are a talented player and I am sure your game will also improve with age.

Dominic Dale

I think Dominic has just got serious. I watched him on the live stream in the qualifying stage and not once did he run around the table, sing, tell a joke or anything like that. He has even got the Selby side over parting. Think he is in it to win it this year.

Winner: Dale

I am backing Dale as I think he is an interesting character and when he plays well he plays great. Watching him on the live stream I think he can beat Judd if he doesn’t get carried away and start being all TV host and a crowd pleaser, that’s Rob Walkers job.

Match 9

Robbo with CakeNeil Robertson

Nothing else to say apart from I LOVE YOU NEIL ROBERTSON. Don’t worry Neil not in a weird stalker/psycho kind of way, I know it may look like that after me asking you to pose with a cake (which you did) and I know you read the blog from the Best Hair Willie award you were pleased to receive (which I gave you). Just to reiterate the point again- I am not a weirdo. I think you are fab. Hold on – is it you that’s stalking me ??? Anyway’s- yep he is one of my favourite players and think he also too could win it.

Rob Milkins

Rob is a lovely chap, he also had one of my cakes at the Snookerbacker Classic SWSA round. He talks funny like Wizzy and as they all do from Gloucester, but don’t let that put you off,  he may sound soft but he can play well.

Winner: Robertson

You know it has to be Neil- but next time Rob you can have 2 cakes x

Match 10

Ricky Walden

Now I can’t remember what he looks like but I have heard his name a lot, so he must be winning PTC’s and other smaller things. If this is the case then he will probably do well into the mid stages of the competition. Is he the one with the long tongue??

Michael Holt

Now what can I say about Holt. I am sure you are reading this Michael, so I will be very nice as I can see me and you possibly being new best snooker mates. Don’t take offence as I know you can be a little on the touchy side but I think you are a really good player. It’s when you get off the table you get a bit, well, temperamental and a bit narky, but that’s ok, as I am too sometimes – so I think we would get on.

Winner: Michael Holt

Well if he doesn’t we will all know about it on Twitter! (just saying ..)

Match 11 

Mark Williams

Good old Mark Williams – I remember Mr SB publicly humiliating me letting me write in my first preview (not knowing who he really was) that he could win a few competitions as he has potential, not knowing he was World or a UK winner back in the days when he had long hair and a pony tail (SB: Oh dear me). Now I know him as Mr SB’s super twitter fan and they have some man love between them. Think him and his wife have had a baby – so I think he will do well this year and maybe there will be a baby Williams on the table with a cup this year- who knows??

Michael White

Sorry but again I don’t know who you are. I would like to say nice things at some point too so good luck.

Winner: Williams

It has to be otherwise Mr SB will be gutted his hero and his man love will be out.

Match 12

Stephen Maguire

I thought last year Maguire may have had a chance. I put my personal feelings about him aside and decided not to bear grudges and give him my backing to win. From what I’ve heard since on the circuits, he has had his last chance with me and I won’t be supporting him ever again. He is not the only one who can hold grudges and women tend to forgive but we don’t forget – plus us women never really forgive or forget. We hold everything you do wrong in a little place in our brains that we can call upon when we need to prove a point or use it wisely in times of our own needs. It’s part of the advantages of being female really sometime we can be a bit wicked too when we want to.

Dechawat Poomjaeng

Don’t know who you are but the best of luck.

Winner: Dechawat Poomjaeng

Fingers crossed. I don’t care if I am being mean – he says some mean things too.

Match 13

Mark Allen

I think Mark’s a really good player and I don’t think it will be long until he wins a title (SB: she doesn’t know he has already done that). I like that he is a grafter, that his cheeks go all rosy red and he does a side smirk when he gets down on shot to pot a ball. I think when he can be bothered and not have a tantrum which sometimes he does and spends half of his time looking at the table next to him when the games not going his way, he can go far – he just needs to concentrate on his own game not others in play. It’s just a matter of time with Mark I think. I am not sure whether this is his time this year – maybe. I can see him making his way up the through the lower half of the table and all of a sudden becoming a semi-finalist and a contender.

Mark King

Another happy face of whom I like – or do I just like bald men? Both he and Bingham are both bald and they both look cheeky. I am wondering now to myself do I like any more bald men?

Winner: Allen

I kind of wish these two did not meet just yet as I would have liked to see more of each player. But I think Allen may just have the edge.

Match 14

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Ding Junhui

Pinch those little cheeks and I love that little Ding smile. He is such a cutie. I don’t think he likes the crucible that much – was it last year when he got potty mouth? I think he plays better when he has more space. He may have a little claustrophobia in the small arena but I think he always does better away from the Crucible.

Alan McManus 

Is he the big hairy one and not Marcus Campbell or are they both big and hairy? (SB: She did really write this, I have no idea who she is getting mixed up with) I don’t really know about his snooker and I think he is a bit old school which is good as the older ones can show these young guns as thing or few.

Winner: Alan McManus

I think he may intimidate baby Ding (SB – again, I have no idea who she thinks he is)

Match 15

Barry Hawkins

I know what he looks like as I think I have seen his picture on the walls of the SWSA. Like a few of them I think will go far in the first rounds as they have experience and have been playing well in the PTC’s. I think he won’t get to the semi or quarters- what’s the one before that ? well that one I think he will get to.

Jack Lisowski

I think I like Jack. I used to like Jack but not really seen or heard much about him apart from of late where he is playing really really well. It’s good that he has been out of the spotlight and getting his head down, I like a grafter and we need some new players on the scene.

Winner: Jack

Think Jack is going to get far this year at the Crucible. (SB: she was getting bored by this point I reckon)

Match 16

Mark Selby

I like Selby’s style more than I like the style of his play lately. I liked him when he was a bit raw and edgy but he seems a bit safe now. I like him but I tend to not watch his games as I get a bit bored as they go on a bit and not in the good way. He again could win this or get to the final with Ronnie, though I can guarantee he will look impeccable, nice hair, clean shaved, shiny shoes and good tailored suit. I do like a man who makes an effort and gets a good thumbs up from me.

Matt Selt

He is bald and he is also quiet cheeky too. It must be a bald thing. He seems like a larger than life character but quite quiet around the table. Maybe quietly confident? (SB: she doesn’t know she has met him)

Winner: Selby

I think Matt has got a tough draw and Selby can be like a machine especially at events like these.

Overall Winner:

Ronnie v Selby in the final

Go on I am going with Selby- come on Selby bring back the fighter in you!


Mrs SB’s tip for the title.

World Championship First Round Draw and Match Times

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 1:42 pm

Following the draw that has just been made for the World Championship, here is a full list of the matches along with session times.

The next day or so will be spent getting to grips with a preview of the main event, I hope to have that up on here by Wednesday at the very latest. Until then I will be putting up Part Three of my ‘Countdown to the Crucible Trilogy’ to get everyone in the mood for Saturday.

Not long now……

Round 1 – all matches best of 19 frames (9 frames first session and remainder in second)


Match 1. Ronnie O’Sullivan v Marcus Campbell (20th April 10am & 7pm)

Match 2. Ali Carter v Ben Wollaston (22nd April 7pm & 23rd April 7pm)

Match 3. Stuart Bingham v Sam Baird (24th April 7pm & 25th April 7pm)

Match 4. John Higgins v Mark Davis (21st April 2.30pm & 22nd April 2.30pm)

Match 5. Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould (20th April 2.30pm & 21st April 7pm)

Match 6. Graeme Dott v Peter Ebdon (21st April 10am & 22nd April 10am)

Match 7. Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu (23rd April 10am & 24th April 2.30pm)

Match 8. Judd Trump v Dominic Dale (23rd April 2.30pm & 24th April 10am)


Match 9. Neil Robertson v Rob Milkins (24th April 2.30pm & 25th April 2.30pm)

Match 10. Ricky Walden v Michael Holt (20th April 10am & 21st April 10am)

Match 11. Mark Williams v Michael White (20th April 7pm & 21st April 2.30pm)

Match 12. Stephen Maguire v Dechawat Poomjaeng (22nd April 2.30pm & 23rd April 2.30pm)

Match 13. Mark Allen v Mark King  (22nd April 10am & 7pm)

Match 14. Ding Junhui v Alan McManus (23rd April 10am & 24th April 10am)

Match 15. Barry Hawkins v Jack Lisowski (20th April 2.30pm & 21st April 7pm) 

Match 16. Mark Selby v Matt Selt (23rd April 7pm & 24th April 7pm)     

You can view the format for later matches here

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