2017 Masters (Day 3) - Marco Fu - the man to beat


The third day of cue action from Alexandra Palace in London witnessed a tremendous display of snooker talent as Marco Fu and Judd Trump delighted the audience with amazing shots and one ton after another, while Neil Robertson and Ali Carter took the story further.

Another day, another match that saw all its frames being played and played with style: Marco Fu managed to retain that out-of-this-world form he displayed when he won the Scottish Open, and beat Judd Trump 6-5.

The match had it all: century breaks (five to be more precise), great shots and drama, so the perfect recipe for a day of snooker entertainment.

Although Trump dominated at the beginning of the match, breaks of 102, 87 and 67 taking him 3-0 up, Fu was sure to come back and hit with a marvellous 130 to which he added an 88 break.

"The Ace in the Pack" fired a break of 79 to re-open the gap, but Fu was right there for the kill, runs of 58 and 110 making the scoreline go 4-4. This was sooooo game on! 


The 2016 European Masters champion found the perfect moment to produce one of his special breaks, this time a 112, to move ahead, but when he missed the black off its spot in frame 10, Fu was sure to take advantage and use an 80 break to force the decider.

It was with a century break that Marco closed the deal (102), the 2011 Masters runner-up now facing Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.

The evening came and with it the snooker encounter between Neil Robertson and Ali Carter, "The Aussie" prevailing 6-3.


The match refereed by Paul Collier, had a very balanced start as Robertson was the one to take the opener with a 85, to which his opponent responded with a slightly similar 83 to draw level.

However, runs of 78, 49 and 69 were taking the Australian player at 4-1 up, before Carter could shake things up a bit and fire in breaks of 73 and 93 to keep the hope alive.

Sadly though, the Englishman's comeback wasn't strong enough to face Robertson's consistency of breaks like 73 and 117 that secured him the match and a very interesting meeting with Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarters.

This beautiful snooker madness continues today with:

1pm
Mark Selby v Mark Williams

7pm
Shaun Murphy v Barry Hawkins

*all hours are UK time

Photos credit: World Snooker


PRESS RELEASE: Stephen Hendry to play again & go in search of another world title


THE 2017 WORLD SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIPS

STEPHEN HENDRY TO PLAY AGAIN AND GO IN SEARCH OF ANOTHER WORLD TITLE

Open to any player not currently on tour aged over 40 on Jan 1st 2017

Winner to receive £10,000 plus a place in the 2017 BetFred World Professional Snooker Championships.

It’s never too late to dream, win a qualifier and you could be just 7 matches from facing Ronnie O’Sullivan or Mark Selby in the Crucible Theatre.

This is Snookers equivalent to the Road to Wembley and the ‘King of the Crucible’ is back to give it another go.

4 Qualifiers will take place in Feb / March 2017:

17-19 Feb – The Crucible Sports and Social Club, Newbury (Southern venue)
22-25th Feb The Northern Snooker centre Leeds (Northern venue)
3-5 March – Ballroom Nuremberg Germany (European Venue)
10-12th March – D’Arcy McGees at Spawell, Dublin (Irish Venue)

Each winner takes their place alongside 8 invited legends in the World Seniors Championship at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe from 21-25th March.

WORLD SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDS

1. Stephen Hendry MBE(Sco)
2. Cliff Thorburn CA (Canada)
3. John Parrott MBE (Eng)
4. Dennis Taylor (N.Ire)
5. Joe Johnson (Eng)
6. Patsy Fagan (IRE)
7. Tony Knowles (Eng)
8. Willie Thorne (Eng)

Entries for the Qualifiers open Monday 23rd Jan. Details on www.snookerlegends.co.uk

We are delighted to announce the Heritage Room, last displayed in 2005, will be at our event for all four days. There is no greater collection around the history of snooker in attendance.
Further Information

1. How the seedings were chosen

Qualifying players ranked in order of:

1) Most world titles won
2) Most triple crown events won
3) Most ranking events won
4) Most total professional tournaments won (ranking or invitational)
5) Highest world ranking

All UK Championship titles are to be classed as full ranking event wins, including those during its period as a non-ranking event (1977-1983):

Invited Legends who declined participation in this event were Steve Davis, Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Tony Meo & Doug Mountjoy

2. Format of the event

All matches in qualifiers and up to the final in Scunthorpe will be best of 5 but if the match is 2-2 then the final frame is decided by a single black ball respot. The World Seniors Final will be best of 7 with a black ball to decide it if the match goes 3-3.

In the Final Stages in Scunthorpe a 30 second shot clock will be introduced with a player having two time outs in the match.

All matches will be played under standard WPBSA rules.

All venues can cater for disabled and wheelchair players and we welcome their participation.

3.  AOB

The World Seniors Championships is being promoted and produced by Jason Francis at Snooker Legends in partnership with Stephen Hendry MBE. It is only open to Amateur players, no player currently holding a professional tour card is eligible to enter.

The Baths Hall is owned by North Lincolnshire Council and managed, on their behalf, by SMG Europe. Opened in November 2011 the venue's flexibility is its strength. With retractable seating, The Baths Hall can cater for 1,024 guests when in all seated mode or 1,800 with a standing floor and seated balcony. Situated in Scunthorpe, just five minutes from the M180 and 20 minutes from the M18, The Baths Hall is the region’s newest and most exciting venue and perfect for hosting conferences and events.

A Launch Dinner will be held at the venue on March 21st – tickets will be available to buy to enjoy a great night with the legends.

1000 tickets are being put aside to use in the community to bring in school children, disabled groups and care homes from the local area.
A Golf Day will be held at local Forest Pines Course on March 21st. Our partners can enjoy a four ball with a legend. The course meanders through majestic pines, offering over 6000 yards of beautiful, scenery, and challenging holes.

Ranking list, provide by WPBSA, excluding players who declined an invitation were:

1. Stephen Hendry - 7 world titles, 18 triple crown events
2. Cliff Thorburn - 1 world title, 4 triple crown events
3. John Parrott - 1 world title, 2 triple crown events, 9 ranking events
4. Dennis Taylor - 1 world title, 2 triple crown events, 2 ranking events
5. Joe Johnson - 1 world title, 1 triple crown events
6. Patsy Fagan - 0 world titles, 1 triple crown events
7. Tony Knowles - 0 world titles, 0 triple crown events, 2 ranking events
8. Willie Thorne - 0 world titles, 0 triple crown events, 1 ranking event, 6 professional events

For all media and press enquiries please contact Jason@snookerlegends.co.uk


2017 Masters (Day 2) - Allen defeats Higgins in classical thriller


The second day of the 2017 Masters edition from Alexandra Palace and we had such a classical snooker thriller on our hands, Mark Allen managing to defeat four-time world champion John Higgins 6-5.

On a totally different note though, "Gentleman" Joe Perry hammered the 2015 world champion and recently father of a sweet baby girl Stuart Bingham, 6-1 in a beautiful display of solid breaks.

The meeting between Northern Ireland and Scotland (aka. Allen and Higgins) started on a balanced note as "The Wizard of Wishaw" took the first two frames of the match with a top break of 111, while Allen responded with a 51 to draw level as the interval was starting.


Another half-century break was taking Higgins back in the leading chair, this time though Allen firing in breaks of 81 and 104 to go 4-3 up.

However, John managed to level things up, only to miss a huge chance in frame nine which came down to a re-spotted black; a black that Allen potted in a brilliant way!

The Scotsman didn't give in and used a 77 to force the decider and seemed quite determined to close the deal but missed a red early in the frame (down on 30), Allen sealing his 6-5 victory with a just a top break of 44 points.


The evening came and with it Perry's landing in the quarter-finals, an achievement he's only marked once, so the 6-1 win over Stuart Bingham becomes even more important.

Joe opened by cashing the first two frames, the first with a 116 break and the second by potting a re-spotted black (theme of the day, one could say!), Bingham only managing to pull a 132 (the highest of the tournament atm, to be fair) before his opponent could end with breaks of 77, 76 and 107.

Perry will now meet Ding Junhui in his second Masters quarter-final.

Today's match schedule looks something like this:

1pm
Judd Trump v. Marco Fu

7pm
Neil Robertson v Ali Carter

*all hours are UK time

Photos credit: World Snooker


2017 Masters (Day 1) - O'Sullivan survives Wenbo


The 2017 edition of the Masters kicked off yesterday and we were so close to see the defending champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan losing the right to retain his crown, as he barely moved pass China's Liang Wenbo 6-5.

The Chinese fans were however "revenged" by Ding Junhui performance who beat Englishman Kyren Wilson by 6-3.

The man of the moment, the player that many snooker fans are rooting for this Masters' edition, "The Rocket" didn't seem to be at his best, despite the fact that he managed to rip off the first two frames, with a top break of 55.

By the mid-session interval though, Wenbo was catching up with his opponent thanks to solid contributions of 109, 48 and 39 to make the scoreline go two apiece.

But the mini-break seemed to do wonders for O'Sullivan who stormed in with runs of 89 and 80 to restore the two-frame advantage, only to see Wenbo doing the same and hitting with a 65 and an 83 to draw level at 4-4.


The pattern was soon to be broken, as the Chinese player was also adding a 50 break to take the lead for the first time in the match and situate himself strategically one away from victory.

Ironically enough though, frame 10 saw him missing the final black, O'Sullivan potting it to force the decider in which he typically made a 121 clearance to land in the second round.

After the match Ronnie openly admitted that he "didn't deserve to win" and that he "didn't play very, very well", to which he added that he "feels really tired and just wanted the match to be over."


In the evening session a more energised Ding Junhui managed to open the match with a 3-0 lead, thanks to breaks of 120 (which was initially a 147 attempt) and 65, to which his opponent managed to top by winning the next two frames.

Frame six and seven were easily cashed by Ding with runs of 73 and 65, Wilson's ton of 106 coming a bit too late in order to make a difference, as the Chinese player closed the deal with a half century to win 6-3.

The cue action continues today with the following matches:

1pm
John Higgins v Mark Allen

7pm
Stuart Bingham v Joe Perry

*all hours are UK time

Photos credit: World Snooker