Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

I am going to post this up now because no doubt I will forget later!!

Happy New Year from me and everyone at Billiards Boutique

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Snooker: Sir Rodney Walker re-elected

Walker is in pocket and still in the chair (Guardian Newspaper)

Sir Rodney Walker has been re-elected as Chairman of the WPBSA by a margin of 43-0 at an AGM in Sheffield.

The accounts of the WPBSA were not questioned even though a company owned by Sir Rodney received over £75,000 in commisions from the WPBSA.

Click on the title at the top for further article.

Friday, December 29, 2006

9-ball Pool: Get your entries in NOW!

The full scale national launch of APN-Leagues is only 1 week away - closing date for entries is Friday 5th January.

Only £35.00 to enter a league and with an estimated £35,000 in prize money and £5,000 guaranteed at the national finals why would you want to miss out?

All matches are handicapped and race to 9 and with two matches per week there is plenty on offer. Anyone can win!

Call 01305 779596 for further details or email

9-ball Pool: My Greatest Pool Moment

Back earlier in this year I recorded my greatest ever pool moment. I got invited to a Jimmy White exhibition in Bournemouth.

It was packed and the atmosphere was excellent. Jimmy played 3 frames of snooker and won all three then came the 9-ball. I was lucky enough to be drawn out of the hat and stepped up to the table (in front of around 200 punters!) and shook Jimmy's hand. He told me I could have the break and quite arrogantly I added "Are you sure?"

So anyway I give them an almighty wallop and make a ball off the break. I leave myself a difficult cut into the corner on the 1 ball but make it nicely.

The balls were all sat there and the only real difficulty position wise was the 7 to the 8. Needless to say I messed the position up by not really deciding on the shot to play. I left the cue ball touching the side rail with the 8-ball about 2 3rds away. I rolled it in dead weight to hold for the 9 and it sunk!

Now my heart was pounding and all I was saying in my head was DO NOT MISS. I didn't and the crowd were cheering, it felt like I had won the worlds!!!

Jimmy said "nice 8 it was tough!" I said "Thanks".

It is nice to have broke and dished a legend like Jimmy and I can now tell everyone that I have a 100% record against the whirlwind!!! Just wish I had bet the house on it!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Snooker: Ebdon wins the UK Championships

Stepehn Hendry failed in his attempt to win his 6th UK title and looked lacklustre in the final against Peter Ebdon.

Ebdon beat Hendry 10-6 in the final to join an elite list of players that have won both the UK and World Championship titles and from what I saw of him all week he deserved the victory.

9-Ball Pool: Gray wins another UK title

Peterborough's former main tour snooker professional Mark Gray has adapted to the game of 9-ball like a duck to water. Over the past 2 seasons he has won over 5 main BPPPA Tour titles.

Last weekend in Manchester he won yet another with an amazing 11-10 victory over former UK number 1 Daryl Peach in the final.

Mark now tops the rankings

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Petroni wins 9-ball title in Spain

Flamboyant Italian Fabio Petroni has won the Spanish Open 9-ball event held in the Costa Del Sol. Petroni destroyed dutchman Niels Feijen 10-1 in the final to lift his first title in a few years.

The win puts Petroni up to 4th in the official European 9-ball rankings.

Nick van den Berg keeps his top spot with Imran Majid and Daryl Peach of Britain in 6th and 12th respectively.

The Eurotour now stops for a winter break and is back in February 2007 with the Czech Open

Snooker: UK Champs semi-finals

Two fantastic matches and very close results were the order of the day at the semi-final stage. Ebdon and Dott werelooking to do a repeat of this years World Championships Final but Dott lost to inform countryman Stephen Hendry who was looking for his 6th UK title.

Peter Ebdon (Eng) 9-7 John Higgins (Sco)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 9-7 Graeme Dott (Sco)

Snooker: UK Champs Quarter-Finals

Peter Ebdon who has kind of gone unoticed so far in this tournament produced one of his best performances in a while to beat defending champion Junhui 9-5 in the quarter finals. Another astonishing result was the 9-1 victory by Stephen Hendry over Ronnie O'Sullivan, although not a real scoreline as Ronnie conceded the match in a bizarre turn of events when he was 4-1 down.

Ding Junhui (Chn) 5-9 Peter Ebdon (Eng)
John Higgins (Sco) 9-3 Joe Perry (Eng)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 9-1 Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)
Graeme Dott (Sco) 9-6 Steve Davis (Eng)

Snooker: UK Champs 3rd round results

The current world champion Graeme Dot continued his excellent form with a 9-1 demolition of Finlands Robin Hull. eigning UK Champion Ding Junhui also made it into the last eight with a 9-5 win over Stevens

Ding Junhui (Chn) 9-5 Matthew Stevens (Wal)
Stuart Bingham (Eng) 4-9 Peter Ebdon (Eng)
John Higgins (Sco) 9-2 Stephen Lee (Eng)
Joe Perry (Eng)9-6 Ken Doherty (Ire)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 9-6 Mark Williams (Wal)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) 3-9 Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)
Alan McManus (Sco) 7-9 Steve Davis (Eng)
Robin Hull (Fin) 1-9 Graeme Dott (Sco)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Snooker: UK Championships 2nd Round Results

Graeme Dott is in awesome form going into the last 16 and Robin Hull of Finland the world number 59 also reached the last 16 with a 9-4 win over Grand Prix champion Neil Robertson

Matthew Stevens (Wal) 9-5 David Gray
Ali Carter 8-9 Stuart Bingham
Peter Ebdon 9-6 Mark Selby
Barry Hawkins 4-9 Joe Perry
Stephen Lee 9-6 Rod Lawler
Mark Williams (Wal) 9-7 Gerard Greene (NI)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) 9-8 Joe Swail (NI)
Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-8 Ricky Walden
Steve Davis 9-5 Jamie Burnett (Sco)
John Higgins (Sco) 9-4 Mark King
Shaun Murphy 3-9 Alan McManus (Sco)
Neil Robertson (Aus) 4-9 Robin Hull (Fin)
Graeme Dott (Sco) 9-2 Scott MacKenzie (Sco)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 9-7 Dave Harold
Ding Junhui (Chn) 9-7 Ryan Day
K Doherty (Ire) 9-1 Mike Dunn

Monday, December 11, 2006

USA Retain the Mosconi Cup

From a 9-6 winning position overnight on Saturday Europe managed to throw away the Mosconi Cup last night.

Mika Immonen will be kicking himself as twice in the same match against Mike Davis he had the chance to not only win but win the Mosconi Cup for Europe for the first time in since 2002.

Earlier both Ralf Souquet and Nick van den Berg had fought back from 4-2 deficits to win vital points against Archer and Strickland respectively. The USA never laid down though and in the end retained the Mosconi Cup with the 12-12 scoreline.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

"Maharaja's" Magic sinks Archer

Imran Majid "The Maharaja of Pool", Britains Mosconi Cup debutant put Europe into 5-3 Mosocni Cup lead over the USA by beating Amercan captain Johnny Archer 7-2 in last nights singles.

Europe picked up 2 of last nights three singles matches to take a 6-4 lead into day 3.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

9-ball Pool: Mosconi Cup Preview

Over the last couple of years Europe have not had the best of times in this annual USA v Europe battle of the baize. On paper this year Europe look to have the strongest team for a while and with a non-playing captain taking the pressure off, plus the fact that the partizan Dutch crowd will be cheering them on it looks good for the team in Blue.

On the other hand the USA have not really impressed this year in terms of individual performances, apart from the runner-up spot that Rodney Morris achieved in the IPT World 8-ball Championships.

Team Europe:
  • Mika Immonen
  • Ralf Souquet
  • Thomas Engert
  • Nick van den Berg
  • Imran Majid
  • David Alcaide

Team USA:

  • Johnny Archer
  • Earl Strickland
  • Rodney Morris
  • John Schmidt
  • Mike Davis
  • Corey Deuel

My money is on Europe this year! First session is this evening with the first match involving all 12 players.

Snooker: UK Champs 1st Round Results

All of the first round results are below players are English unless stated. There were a few thumping victories in the first round this year with the biggest being Michael Holts 9-0 drubbing from Scotlands Scott MacKenzie. Other notable wins were the 9-1 victories by Mark Selby and Joe Perry.

Ryan Day (Wal) 9-5 Liu Song (Chn)
David Gray 9-2 Barry Pinches
Stuart Bingham 9-8 Rory McLeod
Mark Selby 9-1 John Parrott
Mark King 9-4 Adrian Gunnell
Anthony Hamilton 7-9 Rod Lawler
Joe Perry 9-1 Michael Judge (Ire)
James Wattana (Tha) 5-9 Mike Dunn
Robert Milkins 7-9 Dave Harold
Marco Fu (Hkg) v Gerard Greene
Joe Swail (NI) 9-7 Joe Delaney (Ire)
Ian McCulloch 6-9 Ricky Walden
Alan McManus (Sco) 9-5 Marcus Campbell (Sco)
Andy Hicks 3-9 Jamie Burnett (Sco)
Nigel Bond 5-9 Robin Hull (Fin)
Michael Holt 0-9 Scott MacKenzie (Sco)

Monday, December 04, 2006

Snooker: UK Championship starts today

The second most eagerly anticipated and prestigious events on the snooker calendar - The UK Championships - starts today at the York Barbican Centre.

Bookies favourite will once again be Ronnie O'Sullivan who only this weekend demolished Jimmy White 5-0 in the final of the Betfrad Premier League.