Notes from the Crucible...

Friday, April 24, 2015

So pleased to get through the first round and into the tournament. It was a bit weird watching it all from home for four days waiting to play and I wasn’t sure if that was going to make a difference or not, but thankfully it didn’t and I managed to get through.


I felt for Robin a bit during the game as he didn’t seem to settle at any point. The Crucible can do that to anyone, I should know, I’ve had bad sessions there like anyone else. I also had quite a bit of good luck during the game. Sometimes when I missed I left it safe or awkward for Robin and on another day or in another match things might have been different.


But fair play to Robin for what he has been through away from snooker and to come through that and back to his best in many years, shows a lot about him and what a strong determined and skilful guy he is. I have great admiration for him.


In parts I played some nice stuff too and potted some really good balls. The yellow and pink in frame 9 were two of my best, although I missed the black and they counted for nothing, but hey that’s how it goes. Between our first session and the final session World Snooker re-covered the table and introduced a new set of balls for us to play with. We both struggled to adjust to the new conditions we were faced with and kept losing the cueball quite a bit and missing some shots that we wouldn’t normally.


It took me until the final frame last night to get used to things and very nearly had a 147 but for a bad positional shot on 72. I still had a chance for a 146, an even rarer score, but missed on 111. But at least I’d finished the match off well. I really do think it’s time that World Snooker considered allowing us onto the match tables prior to the game to warm up so we can have a fair crack at adapting to the table on any given day.


It’s the same in football, tennis...even the darts boys get to throw nine or 12 darts each before the match starts! I think it would really raise the standard of play across the board and after all that’s what everyone wants to see right? Anyway, they currently don’t so we’ll just have to get on with it.


So it’s the last 16 against Joe Perry starting on Sunday. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and playing again. It truly is an honour to walk out at the Crucible and I know that one day I won’t be able to that, so I’m enjoying every match out there. I’ve been listening to a lot of Queen recently and their song, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, really says it all. It was also the music on the World Snooker montage from the Crucible in 1992, my first time there and so it’s really a special song for me.


Anyway, I hope that you’ve had chance to have a look at my Youtube channel and have enjoyed what you’ve seen so far. There will be much more content coming soon and I’ve already had some great feedback and suggestions for future videos...they’re on their way. If you haven’t had a look yet, click the link and don’t forget to subscribe.


Until next time guys,



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