Hi guys, So it wasn’t to be last week back at the Ally Pally for my Masters defence.
So like many of you out there on planet snooker I spent the week watching from home wishing I was there. It wasn’t easy to see everyone playing there when I can still remember the noise and atmosphere from when I won the event just 12 months ago. I made myself watch it though, almost as a form of punishment. Maybe next time I’m about to do something silly on the table, I’ll remember the pain of the last seven days.
As the disappointment started to lift though, I realised that there isn’t much time these days as a snooker player to be downbeat and have time away from the table. I always like to write down things of note as I think there’s quite a lot of empowerment in the written word, so I wrote out a list of all the events that I’m playing in between now and the end of the season and immediately felt inspired to get back on the table and working on my game. The World Championships is just 14 weeks away and there’s still the German Masters, Welsh Open, Gdynia Open, World Grand Prix, Tour Finals, Shoot Out and the China Open to play in before Sheffield so let’s go!!!
The next event on tour is the German Masters and I’m really looking forward to going back to one of my favourite cities, Berlin. We’ve already played the first two rounds of the event pre-Christmas and just 32 players will be making the trip over. It’s a fantastic event with a truly unique atmosphere and a superb open plan arena. In the past I’ve been to a semi-final and of course last year was runner-up to Mark Selby so it’s an event that I’ve done well at in the past and I’m looking forward to playing there again. Over the last few days since I lost at the Ally Pally my coach Chris Henry and I feel we’ve spotted a little technical fault creeping back in to my game after we changed it nearly two years ago, so I have been working very hard to make these changes stick and hopefully I’m on the right path. 20 odd years of bad habits take a lot of rewiring it seems.
I’ve received a lot of tweets and Facebook messages recently about the content of my Youtube channel. Firstly I’d like to thank so many of you for getting involved and letting me know exactly what you the fans would like to know about the game. Please keep that coming so that we can keep the channel current and full of content you want to see and that’s helpful to you. Secondly, I have quite a few videos to upload but at the moment I’m having some internet issues because we live in the countryside. It currently takes so long to upload a video that most of the time my computer just crashes halfway through out of boredom. So I am working to resolve these problems and when they are fixed and I’m back in the 21st century, more content will go up.
I really hope that all of you enjoyed the snooker at The Masters this year and that 2016 is treating you all well so far.
Until next time,