April 22, 2012, 7:46 pm
SHAUN Murphy will resume his first-round World Championship clash with a 5-4 lead over Jamie Jones when the pair return on Monday afternoon.
There was a bit of everything in a closely-fought first session, including a ton from both players - and a 44-minute epic seventh frame.
April 17, 2012, 10:20 am
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity (RMCH Charity) has hit pot luck with snooker star Shaun Murphy signing up to become a Patron.
Shaun, who lives near Manchester, decided to get involved after hearing all about the hospital and recently took time out to meet patients and staff at the largest children’s hospital in the UK.
Shaun will now be helping to raise awareness of the charity and lending a hand with fundraising so that the charity can continue to support excellence in treatment care and research and help to make a difference to the 185,000 children who visit the hospital each year.
Shaun is busy preparing for the World Championship, which starts this Saturday in Sheffield. His first-round opponent is Jamie Jones and Shaun will generously give a £100 donation to RMCH Charity for every century break that he makes at the Championship.
Shaun Murphy said: “I am very honoured to be a patron for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity. I recently visited the hospital and it's actually really difficult to describe the experience.
"Although, of course, there are some very poorly children there, such a lot of thought and hard work goes in that there is a very positive atmosphere around the place.
"What's really clear is that the children there receive the very best of care in every sense - Royal Manchester Children's Hospital really is making a difference.
"I live on the outskirts of Manchester and couldn't think of a better local charity to support than RMCH Charity."
Maurice Watkins, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity commented: “We are delighted that Shaun has pledged his support and I’m sure he will be a fantastic patron for our charity. We are excited to be working with Shaun as we continue to fundraise to ensure that our patients receive the very best treatment in the very best facilities.”
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the hospital – improving the lives of thousands of children each year across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and their families who use the hospital.
The charity has three main areas of work:
• to support research projects to improve our understanding of children’s illnesses
• to help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly
• to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.
For further information on the charity please visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk.
April 16, 2012, 5:37 pm
SHAUN Murphy's pursuit of glory at the Betfred-sponsored World Championship will begin with a match against Crucible rookie Jamie Jones.
Shaun, the 2005 world champion, will start out inSheffield this Sunday with a 2.30pm afternoon session. The match concludes on Monday afternoon with another 2.30pm afternoon slot.
The Magician said: "I'm very excited about playing in the World Championship and looking forward to my match with Jamie, who is a talented young player.
"I will have to bring my A-game and with that in mind, I have been in the club non-stop really putting the hours in to get prepared.
"Sheffield is somewhere where I've had a lot of success and I can't wait to get started."
March 19, 2012, 7:39 pm
"Hi folks - been a bit of a while since I wrote. Been keeping busy, not least in that I've had a new Star table installed at Sale Cons Club. It's only been a few days but I can already tell the difference in my game.
It was a bit of a body blow having to watch the PTC Finals in Ireland in the last few days, so as you can imagine I'm raring to go this Wednesday and Thursday at the Championship Finals at Crondon Park. Of course, there is a great prize on offer with a place in next season's Premier League up for grabs.
Day one and most of day two it's all about finishing in the top-four and getting through to the semi-finals to give you that chance of a Premier League spot.I'll keep you posted on my matches both on here and Twitter.
The end of the week and I'll be flying out for the China Open where, along with the snooker, I'm aiming to step up on my running ahead of the Sheffield Marathon.
Talking of which, I've just set up my sponsorship page at Justgiving.com/shaun-murphy147. I'm running for the Paul Hunter Foundation - please give whatever you can. No amount is too little or too much, and everything you give will make a difference.
The aim is to try and raise £25,000 and I'll update you with how I'm getting on, both with the running and the fundraising. Have a good week everyone."