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OUSCHAN IS INAUGURAL PREDATOR CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE POOL :​

 

church66

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Yes, well played and with great perseverance. If only he could be happier in his work.
Hi Bob !

This thread was created on the back of politicians saying we have to shut the country down for two to three weeks to flatten the curve of the Covid - 19 virus .

One year later and earlier on today I asked an old team mate if he knew when the Clydebank Pool League and the Snooker Halls would re open and he said he had packed it in and wasn't interested anymore but would put me in touch with a team mate.....

Covid - 19 has destroyed Billiards .

More to follow.....

 

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Mike Dechaine
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feeling angry.​

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Super billiards expo
NOTICE: 2021 CANCELLED****
Players, fans, exhibitors, and buyers - we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Super Billiards Expo. While the current covid climate is rapidly improving, we simply do not feel it would be prudent to attempt to hold an event of this magnitude at this time. Rather than host a capacity-restricted event or attempt to reschedule a few more months out, we have already begun a plan for an even bigger and better 2022. Based on current progress, we feel this will allow ample time for anyone who wishes to receive a vaccination to do so, and for the safety to gather in large numbers to return.
We are already looking forward to seeing you all in 2022 during the week of April 18-24th. Our tentative plan is to have an entire week of Super Billiards Expo, so that we can host the covid-delayed TAP Nationals as well! The 2022 Super Billiards Expo will be home to several back-to-back massive billiards events coupled with nightly Turbo events and multiple Pro Events at the Oaks Convention Center.

Timetable for further lockdown easing​

Published: 16 Mar 2021 15:45
Part of: Coronavirus in Scotland :
https://www.gov.scot/news/timetable-for-further-lockdown-easing/

Quote .

Further expected easing on 26 April includes:

  • all retail premises, libraries, museums and galleries, tourist accommodation would be able to open
  • the hospitality sector would be able to reopen outdoors for the service of alcohol, and potentially open indoors for non-alcohol service
  • up to four people from two households could be able to socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant
  • six people from up to three households could be able to meet outdoors and the limit on wedding and funeral attendance could be raised to 50 people
  • gyms and swimming pools would be open for individual exercise and non-essential childcare would be permitted
  • non-essential work in peoples’ homes and driving lessons could resume from this date

Mike Dechaine's Facebook post and the way it is here just now in Scotland and your guess is as good as mine as to when exactly Billiard Halls are allowed to re open .
 

church66

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17/04/2021 11:00

TAYLOR SWAPS DARTS FOR POOL CUE TO TAKE PART IN LIVE TV EVENT :​

https://dartsnews.com/pdc/taylor-sw...M50rK6S5XL85zhO3I8fxWLUIoxGlEeZqBYphcQzcFGthY

Phil Taylor will swap his darts for a pool cue for once later this month when he takes part in a pool tournament.
The 16-time world champion is one of 64 participants at the Ultimate Pool Masters. Taylor received a wildcard from the organisation to participate. The best pool players from England also compete in this event.
Taylor is in a group with former European 8-ball champion Rob Chilton. They will face each other on Monday April 26. The matches are played over a format of best of 15 frames and players have a shot-clock of 45 seconds to play their ball.

Also read​

Taylor signs contract for World Seniors Darts Championship​



If you know Phil Taylor from the PDC Darts world you will know how good he is at Darts , the best player ever ? I've no idea what he's like playing pool but he must be decent to accept a wildcard for this tournament .

Phil Taylor (darts player) :​

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Taylor_(darts_player)

If I find the streamlink I will be watching ! :ROFLMAO:;):cool:;)(y)
 

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How did Darts legend Phil 'The Power' Taylor get on at the Pool ?

 

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How did Darts legend Phil 'The Power' Taylor get on at the Pool ?

Just as well Phil 'The Power' Taylor signed up for The World Seniors Darts .

Don't give up your day job as they say ! ;) :unsure:(y):ROFLMAO:

World Seniors Darts Championship: Phil Taylor to be among inaugural event in 2022 :​

 

church66

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NEW DOCUMENTARY: MAKE OR BREAK :​

https://wst.tv/new-documentary-make-or-break/

SEPTEMBER 13-18, 2021HARRAH'S RESORT, ATLANTIC CITY :​

 

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A Special Snooker Moment :​

https://greenbaize1972.com/a-specia...ej-76PJjNCg_BfMsP2QNAf4S1EauOgT89zAYxTj02TqlI

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Snooker Loopy
The Trials and Tribulations of the Baize

A Special Snooker Moment​

By Elliott West

Introduction

Several weeks ago, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh was playing a practice session with Hossein Vafaei at the Q House Snooker Academy in Darlington, a routine that professional players use as training for any major tournament. Neither player could have imagined what would unfold next, turning out to be one of those rare and unique historic snooker moments. A moment that a snooker player craves for and remains a dream until it happens. An occasion that is often lost in time and whose survival relies on the word of mouth of those that witnessed it.

Gone in a Flash!​

The 36-year Thai player made history when he was gifted a free ball at the start of the frame by the Iranian and then went on to compile a very satisfying 147 break, meaning that in total, he had amassed a 155, something that is so rare to achieve in snooker. What is more, this break was done and dusted in a record time, in just eight minutes!
The currently ranked number 21 efforts could have never been captured on film due to it being a practice session but thankfully the CCTV cameras in the club managed to record the feat, providing footage of it from a distance. This was made even more special by the filming showing the Thai jump up and down in elated celebration after he pots the last black.
However, this moment of glory would be very brief for Thepchaiya as his opponent was in no mood for another frame loss and the chance of another showstopper. Hossein quickly picked the potted balls from their pockets and rearranged the table to its former configuration. Although the currently ranked world 31 player, must have been quietly proud to have witnessed this momentous effort.
Although rare, the 155 break has been achieved before with the then 20-year-old Jamie Cope completing one in the Summer of 2005 in front of a witnessed practice session. Cope, nicknamed the Shotgun, went on to become world number 13 and achieved three professional 147 breaks during his career.
Moving back to Thepchaiya, the Thai is said to be the fastest player on the tour, being the most successful snooker player to come out of his country since James Wattana. Unlike Wattana, who won three ranking titles and seven non-ranking titles, Un-Nooh has only won the 2019 Snooker Shootout, defeating Michael Holt in the final and one non-ranking event, the 2015 Xuzhou Open, beating Joe Perry 4-1. He also reached the final of the 2019 World Open, losing to Judd Trump 10-5.
Thepchaiya has also managed two 147 breaks in his career to date and 123-century breaks. A player that can blast an opponent off the table when in form and plays a fast and fearless type of game that causes you to miss multiple pots of you blink. Known as the ‘Speed King’ on the snooker circuit, this Thai player has so much potential but hasn’t fully matured despite his ranking title. His breakthrough to other major silverware will probably take slightly longer and so fans will have to be patient for slightly longer.
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Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

CCTV footage of Thepchaiya’s 155 practice break.
 

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...lots of dedication here Mr. church66, (y)
that post 425 reads and looks like heaven...
 

church66

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...lots of dedication here Mr. church66, (y)
that post 425 reads and looks like heaven...
Cheers Dan_B .

..... I was a young child watching Pot Black on a black and white TV and I asked my Dad what's this game called and he folded his broadsheet newspaper in half and said its a game called Snooker and I said what's this guys name and he said he's called Alex Higgins and from that day on I was hooked on Billiards .

Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins was making things happen with the cue ball that no other player was doing and that made me intriqued and before I knew it I was hooked into the Wonderful World Of Billiards.....

I've never played what we call here 'American Pool' , it was on the bucket list but then came lockdown and I'd need to find out what places have the tables .

We move on.....
 

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Earl the Pearl : https://greenbaize1972.com/earl-the...pC-cqN4OR8cVnJHyeyZNtUiE1CNRmtFTqvdPUvuM0kJvA :​


Snooker Loopy
The Trials and Tribulations of the Baize

Earl the Pearl​

By Elliott West

Introduction

Considered to be one of the finest nine-ball players of all time, Earl Strickland is now considered to be pool royalty on the circuit. A player who has defined the word longevity, Strickland never ceases to surprise. A volatile soul who is prone to outspoken outbursts and never shies away from vocalising what is on his mind, Earl has won numerous titles throughout his career and is highly rated as a player and always accepts a game against Ronnie O’Sullivan when he visits America. Someone who has been described as playing “like a polished gem”, Strickland continues to mature as fine wine and retirement seems at present, out of the question.

Career

Born in 1961, in Roseboro, North Carolina, Earl Strickland started playing pool at the age of 8. By the age of 16, after many hours of practice, Earl entered his first pool competition and in 1983 sealed his first victory in Lake Tahoe. This was followed by another glorious triumph in 1984 when he won the Caesars Palace Pro Billiard Classic in Las Vegas. Hotly tipped then as a major force in the sport and a potential future world champion, Earl possessed that chemical equation that few have, a combination of :
“skill, endurance, patience, temperament and tenacity of which champions are made”.
The National Billiard News
It was a dominance in the game that just grew and grew with Earl soon being named as the National Billiard News Player of the Year in 1984. He also won the 1988 World Open after a suspenseful final between himself and Mike Sigel. Strickland would go to win five US Open Nine-ball Championships and is the only player to have ever won the title in consecutive years. Earl also played for his country, part of the USA team in the Mosconi Cup from its foundation in 1994 until 2009.
Strickland once won 11 consecutive racks against Nick Mannino and won a staggering $1000,000 for the feat, breaking the record of 10 racks. This achievement, performed at the first PCA tournament in 1996, one where Earl “fired it in with authority” to win the cash prize. An achievement that was even more unbelievable as he had set up the challenge and it was achieved on the first day of the first staging of this tournament. However, the negative publicity surrounding him winning the money led to the quick demise of the tour.

Shrouded in Controversy

Earl Strickland is a player who is no stranger to controversy with various outbursts across the years. One such example was at the 2003 WPA World Nine-ball Championship where he complained about the audience booing him and feeling that the tournament was all centred around Steve Davis. A gripe that was fuelled by the event being staged in the UK and Sky Sports showing clips of Steve Davis winning the previous year’s Mosconi Cup against him. Strickland was also caught on the microphone, swearing and telling the referee, Michaela Tabb to “shut up” when she reprimanded him. This behaviour would not be unique to this tournament and Earl continued to frustrate the rules in future tournaments such as the 2007 Mosconi Cup and similarly the one the following year.

Summary

Despite his controversial character, Earl Strickland is still regarded as one of the best pool players that have graced the sport. A truly natural and someone who is fluent and truly educated in gamesmanship. Earl has proved that he had been able to sustain the course of time and still produces fine play despite his age. A force that still burns bright in the world of pool and a legend on and off the table.
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Earl Strickland

Earl 'The Pearl' Strickland is Box Office entertainment because you just never know what's going to happen when he's on the TV table and he played well at the US Open 2021 ..... :unsure: ;) :ROFLMAO: (y)
 

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John Virgo thinks BBC will replace him and Dennis Taylor on snooker commentary duty after next year's World Championship :​

https://www.sportinglife.com/snooke...ty-after-next-years-world-championship/194755 :



John Virgo on commentary duty

John Virgo on commentary duty

John Virgo thinks BBC will replace him and Dennis Taylor on snooker commentary duty after next year's World Championship​


By Sporting Life
13:20 · TUE September 21, 2021

John Virgo is expecting the BBC to axe both him and Dennis Taylor from commentary duty after next year's World Snooker Championship.
The 75-year-old has become one of the most iconic 'voices of snooker' since the 1980s and his catchphrase of 'where's the cue ball going' is one of the most famous in BBC sports commentary history.
Taylor, 72, is also a widely popular presence in the Beeb's commentary box for the major televised tournaments but in recent times there have been suggestions in some quarters that snooker coverage needs a more youthful change in direction.
Even world number two and 2019 Crucible champion Judd Trump told The Metro earlier this year: "There’s not enough trying out new things in snooker for me at the moment, it’s all the same every season, not enough excitement, not enough different dimensions. Change the coverage, the commentators who have been around a long time, change the way the game is spoken about."
Former UK champion Virgo, who played in the first ever World Championship to be played at the Crucible in 1977, told the Talking Snooker Podcast: "Listen, you never know what’s round the corner in life, but it looks like this will be my last season. Not my choice, theirs (the BBC). Along with Dennis apparently.
"Scoop or whatever it is, I don’t know, but that’s what we’re getting, that this will be our last season. I think that’s definite. The World Championship will be our last one. It’s not my decision, I love the game and everything else. But I understand, nothing lasts for ever, I understand that.

"That’s the decision they’re making, so yeah, I haven’t really felt it at the moment but I probably will do come the World Championship. There will be a lot of memories there, memories from when we first went there in ’77. So it will be hard, but as I say, nothing lasts forever, and I’ll give it my best shot and that will be it.
"I think they’re probably looking for people who are more in touch with the modern day player. Although I think all players are the same aren’t they? They play shots, there’s not many shots that people play that I haven’t seen, you know. I’m not criticising the decision, I know nothing lasts for ever.
"The BBC have been fantastic to me, in my commentary career, Big Break... if that’s the decision that’s the decision, we’ll just have to accept it and enjoy it on the telly."
On Trump’s comments, Virgo added: "I still think we’ve got something to offer. I don’t think the shots have changed, I don’t think the mentality [has changed]. When somebody misses an easy shot you can put your finger on why they did it.
"If someone’s in a spot of bother…Dennis is the best line-drawer in the business, if someone’s in a snooker. Being younger, you might put an emoji on the bottom of it, but how are you going to better it?
"But no, I understand. I think over the years we’ve had the experience to talk when we need to talk, to be quiet when we need to let the pictures tell the story.
"It will change, sooner rather than later, but I won’t have any complaints because I’ve enjoyed it.

Never mind "Where's the cue ball going ?" Where's John Virgo and Dennis Taylor going if the BBC get rid of them ?

Probably find them on the Exhibition circuits and Senior tours , Pubs and Bars , betting shops and golf courses doing their own thing.....:unsure:;):ROFLMAO:(y)
 

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Steve Longworth R.I.P.

STEVE LONGWORTH DEATH: DENNIS TAYLOR TRIBUTE TO FORMER PRACTICE PARTNER AND CRUCIBLE COMPETITOR​

1985 world champion Dennis Taylor has paid tribute to fellow former snooker professional Steve Longworth, who has died at the age of 73. Blackburn professional Longworth reached the last 16 of the UK Championship and the last 16 of the World Championship during his pomp. "An excellent snooker player from Blackburn. Condolences to all his family," said Taylor. :​

 

church66

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You couldn't make it up if you tried .

What a weekend for the Irish .

First up Mark Allen wins The Alex Higgins Northern Ireland Trophy 2021 :

RANKINGS BOOST FOR ALLEN :​

https://wst.tv/rankings-boost-for-allen/

Then Rory McIlroy wins at the Golf :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/58959761

Then Patsy Fagan wins the 14.05 at Pontefract :

https://www.sportinglife.com/racing...mb-quest-for-the-cheapest-pint-handicap-div-1 :

16:05 Pontefract
Monday 18 October 2021


All13:1513:4514:2014:5515:3016:0516:4017:15

  • Steve Lumb Quest For The Cheapest Pint Handicap (Div 1)​

    • 3YO plus | Class 5 | 6f | Soft | 12 Runners | Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:06 | Winning time: 1m 22.46s
Racecard
Live Show
Result
1st
Horse silk


9
(1)
Patsy Fagan
39-4
12/1
T: R A FaheyJ: P Hanagan
Held up towards inner, good headway over 2f out, switched stands side and led over 1f out, ran on until pressed well inside final furlong, just held on op 11/1

Of course I shut down the gambling then seen Patsy Fagan won @ 12/1 ! :ROFLMAO: :unsure: ;) (y)
 
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