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The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Tue 02 Dec 2014, 2:23 pm

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Now well under way at The Barbican Centre is The UK Snooker Championships. It has been expanded this year with more players making the TV stage and more tables in action at the same time. This format has been much-criticized by quite a few players with the tables being criticized and lack of atmosphere. However, I must say it is great to see some new faces get a chance to strut their stuff on TV. Anyway we are now nearing the Quarter-Final stage and today in action are Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Graeme Dott and Peter Ebdon (four ex-world Champions) this afternoon.......Enjoy and discuss.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:10 pm

Hold the front page. Trump blows a golden chance on almost match ball and Maguire scrambles back to take the frame and he is now back in the match at 4-5.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:13 pm

You might be saved yet! I saw the miss out of the corner of my eye. Is he going to choke it?

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:17 pm

If he does we can call this semi I'm a choking get me outta here.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:23 pm

Well Judd & Stuart would be joint winners...

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:24 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Well Judd & Stuart would be joint winners...

Very true.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:36 pm

I'd take a really tight match over one filled with centuries any day.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:42 pm

Finally, Judd Trump gets the job done and seals a tense 6-4 win. Ronnie for the title for me. Very tense stuff tonight.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:42 pm

The Special Juan wrote:I'd take a really tight match over one filled with centuries any day.

Yes I love the tight and tactical frames - it tests the players nerve and tactical game.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:44 pm

Oh Mags... That was a great snooker by Judd at the end but what were the odds of the cueball going in the pocket?? I think he'll take the title now.

MotD for me.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 06 Dec 2014, 10:48 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Oh Mags...  That was a great snooker by Judd at the end but what were the odds of the cueball going in the pocket??  I think he'll take the title now.

MotD for me.

No for me Ronnie scores heavier than Maguire when in the balls and Trump will not get away with so many mistakes tomorrow. Ronnie to win.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by JDizzle on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 12:13 pm

Think Trump will win today. Ronnie hasn't been in top form all week, and most plaers have been beaten before they get to the table. If Trump gets out quickly, I'll back him not to let RoS back in.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:00 pm

This is a hard one for me. I don't particularly like either player so I just hope it's a good match to watch. Judd 10-7.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:18 pm

For me Trump is not battle-hardened enough (yet) to beat Ronnie. Also Ronnie has that aura that all sporting greats have in that a lot of the time their opponents struggle with the idea of beating a legend.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:29 pm

Poor from Judd there. I would have played that shot slower to just nestle on the red, rather than go for a hit and hope.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:29 pm

And that first frame emphasises what I mean. Ronnie hung in there best and won a scrappy frame and see Ronnie doing that more times than Judd. Ronnie leads 1-0 - first chance in frame two to Trump.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:38 pm

A superb long pot from Trump at the business end of the frame helps him take the second frame and we are level at 1-1.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:39 pm

Ha, that was a massive frame for Juddley. They're not hanging about today.

Also, O'Sullivan's "fans" who shout out every time he gets half a chance continue to be up there with the worst in sport.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:41 pm

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Also, O'Sullivan's "fans" who shout out every time he gets half a chance continue to be up there with the worst in sport.

Yes - I agree and so does Stuart Bingham who was on the other day saying there are snooker fans and there are Ronnie fans and Ronnie fans tend to go home once their man is knocked out.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:43 pm

Good on Stuart, I couldn't agree more with him. Sadly, Judd's going to inherit them shortly.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:46 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Good on Stuart, I couldn't agree more with him.  Sadly, Judd's going to inherit them shortly.

Yes but one or two of the pundits (DT I think) later were denying it saying they applaud other good shots as well.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 1:54 pm

Judd's normally the luckiest git ever on a snooker table so I'm surprised that one never came off.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:05 pm

Ugh the morons are out in force today.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:07 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Ugh the morons are out in force today.

Shhh you aren't allowed to say that. Laugh

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:10 pm

Ronnie leads 3-1 at the interval. As I thought Judd just isn't scoring heavily enough when in.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by JDizzle on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:14 pm

Ronnie's kept the same level as he has all week and Judd is playing worse than he has. Whether that's because he's playing RoS, who knows. Probably. Some must win frames coming up for Judd, Ronnie is such a great fron runner. I suppose the positive is that Ronnie isn't winning frames in one chance, so Judd will get chances.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:14 pm

It's been scrappy and pretty ordinary so far. I'm expecting more tonight. Judd's now looking at getting out at 5-3 at the very worst.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:15 pm

Ah, I love a good montage!! Also, they're away to do the Masters draw.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:30 pm

Poor Ricky, there's another 6-0 already.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:42 pm

Pretty poor standard so far. Frames being won only after multiple chances, positional play off and safety not great but Ronnie in command.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 2:48 pm

Higgins or Williams or Hendry would never have let him get away with this.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 3:09 pm

10-1?

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 3:48 pm

Even if Trump wins this frame to haul it back to 5-3 to end the session my money would still be on Ronnie. At times Judd is just a little too careless/wreckless.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 3:55 pm

This hasn't been great. Aside from some superb long potting, the safety's been poor, the scoring's been poor and both players are well below par.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 4:08 pm

The Special Juan wrote:This hasn't been great.  Aside from some superb long potting, the safety's been poor, the scoring's been poor and both players are well below par.

I agree. Of course there has been (as always) the tension but standard has been pretty poor. JV was spot on in this frame and underlines what I said about Trump being careless when he went for a crazy pot turning down an easy snooker that would have surely won him this frame by now.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 4:15 pm

Wow this frame is like an 'Excuse Me' dance. After you - no after you and Trump finally takes it. He will be mightily relieved and trails 5-3. My money is still on Ronnie to win tonight perhaps 10-5 or 10-6.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:11 pm

Great, we've started where we left off picard I'm A Celeb it is then.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:18 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Great, we've started where we left off picard  I'm A Celeb it is then.

Be like that then - it is Strictly Come Dancing for me. thumbsup Yahoo notworthy drumroll

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:24 pm

Oh that's even worse!!!! Just don't put on Pop Idol.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:28 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Oh that's even worse!!!!  Just don't put on Pop Idol.

Na at least the celebs are tested artistically and good to see how they handle it. Love the costumes, the music and the atmosphere and is the only dance show on television.

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:33 pm

Judd's making an arse of this. A terrible final in terms of quality but it's somehow gripping, knowing that one of them is capable of turning it on.

Moron just shouted "get in there". I hope he was ejected.

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Post by Guest on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:34 pm

Unbelievable from Ronnie that was

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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:38 pm

Judd must make a century here.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:40 pm

Trump is not the type of player to cause Ronnie problems. He plays far too open a game going for crazy shots and giving Ronnie too many chances. Good tough match players are who cause Ronnie the most problems ie Selby and Higgins etc and Trump just ain't that type of player.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:43 pm

The H2H is surprisingly close (6-5 ROS) but I agree with you. Judd's doing his best Shaun Murphy impression - make just enough so that you've got a massive lead but the frame isn't over and somehow let your opponent clear up and pinch it.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:48 pm

But I bet Judd's wins have come in short matches and not in the pressure-filled matches like tonight. Ronnie hates playing grinders but Trump's style suits him down to a tee.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 7:51 pm

Yeah they have, the longest being over BO11. Good guess.

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Re: The UK Championships

Post by The Special Juan on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 8:17 pm

Maguire would have put up a better show than this.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 8:22 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Maguire would have put up a better show than this.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 8:24 pm

Now these are the chances real great players mop up in one go. Can Trump?

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sun 07 Dec 2014, 8:28 pm

And there you see why Trump still has some way to go before he can be classed a legend in the making.

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