Hats off Rory!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Hi Everyone, As promised we've relaunched my YouTube channel now with updated camera and sound equipment to try and bring you guys the best experience possible.

It has been a few months since we first started the channel but now we're fully tooled up to so we can film all the videos that you've been asking for, both on here and through my Twitter account. It's been a really exciting time to see that there are so many of you out there that want to see this content and the whole idea of it is that you guys will be in control. I'll be filming as much as I can around my practice and tournament schedule but if there's something specific that you really want to see then just leave a comment and I will do my best to cover it next time. I want to show you the things that you want to see, not the same old stuff that is already out there. I'm happy to help with any level too, so if you've taken up the game, play in a local league, compete on an amateur tour or anything else, I'll do my best to tailor the videos around you. We've already made some videos that are in the can waiting to be uploaded based on people requests and with your help there\ll be many more to come.
Away from the fun of YouTube, last week saw the return of the Ruhr Open in Mulheim. This time last year, I nearly had five or six 147s, eventually making one in the final and winning the tournament so going there this year I kind of knew where the bar was set. I played some nice snooker on Saturday to qualify for Sunday's last-16 stage but Tian Pengfei played superbly against me and fully deserved the win. He showed just how good he's playing at the minute by going on to reach the final eventually finishing runner-up to one of my longest-standing friends, on and off the table, Rory McLeod. To say I was proud watching him from home later that night lift the trophy I won 12 months before would be an understatement. As I say, I've known Rory some 20 years or more and to see him finally win a tournament on TV and to know what that means to him and his family, is very special.
Rory is one of snooker's hardest workers and fully deserves this win, for perseverance alone. It's not easy at the best of times practising day in day out and not getting the results but having to wait so long must've been a real test. They say that success likes to lurk around the corner of defeat and I'm so pleased that Rory didn't give up before he got there. He's a true sporting inspiration and a real life example of never giving up. Who knows, like a London bus, maybe this will be the first of many titles for the man we call Highlander. Only 80s film buffs need apply...........
For me, my next outing will be the International in Daqing, China, at the end of this month. We all had to play a qualifying round two weeks ago in Barnsley as I wrote about in a previous blog and I'm really looking forward to getting out there for the final stages of the tournament. The International is now one of the biggest events we have on tour, ranking fourth in terms of prize money, so it's going to be hard practice for me until I go over and I'll be hoping for good things. In the meantime, don't forget I'm reachable on Twitter and my Facebook page If you can think of any videos you'd like to see or anything snooker related you'd like some help or advice on, please feel free to get in touch.
Until next time, all the best.
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