March 18, 2015

World Grand Prix Last 16

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:08 am

DoomWhile all the potters left in Clan-did-no are busy sucking on their sticks of rock, riding donkeys on the beach and trying on Kiss Me Quick hats in front of a distorted mirror, there’s been a right old to-do going on off the table.

For the 4th year in succession Ronnie is again threatening not to enter the World Championship in an expletive riddled interview in The Guardian here, poor old Ronald is bemoaning the lack of hard cash in snooker at the moment and the fact that Bazza won’t listen to him (or anyone else). If you are following him on Twitter you’ll also know that he’s so skint these days he’s even having to sell his flat in a premium rate telephone competition which lasts for a year, that’s how bad things have got for the poor old (SPOILER – The next word contains the correct answer to the competition question) Flash. 

On that facebook site things are even more downbeat. Stephen Lee has decided to break his silence and yesterday aimed both barrels in the directions of Shaun Murphy (‘brown nose’), his manager Brandon Parker (‘the master fixer’), Peter Ebdon (‘at it’), Mark Allen (‘2 faced’), Rob Milkins and Mark King (pair of degenerate gamblers – OK I’m paraphrasing that one). Anyway, it’s all in the book, which apparently is a roller coaster of humour, tales from the circuit and hard accusations designed to put the wind up the big wigs, top brass, hooky potters and fat cat hangers-on. I prefer a nice romantic novel personally but each to their own.

Stephen Hendry, remember him? Well he is another who’s full of the joys of spring, he warned us that the World Championship matches will be getting shorter in the future while asking what everyone else in snooker is asking, namely ‘WTF is with all these best of 7’s?’ I don’t know what’s gotten into everyone lately but it feels like the love affair with all things Bazza is coming to a rather abrupt end from where I am sitting.

With all this going on it’s almost making us all forget there is a tournament containing best of 7’s (yawn) going on at all. I’ve been dipping in and out of it and from what I’ve seen the coverage from ITV4 is excellent as ever, I also like the blue carpet. But the short matches and format in general is not for me.

Here’s the running order today, there is no play tomorrow and the Quarter Finals start up again on Friday.

Neil Robertson v Dark Mavis
Matthew Selt v Stuart Bingham

NB 2pm
Ricky Walden v Mark Williams
Joe Perry v Judd Trump

Robert Milkins v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Liang Wenbo v Graeme Dott

NB 8pm
Mark Selby v Martin Gould
Stephen Maguire v Peter Ebdon

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