|BBC 2 - the home of snooker|
For many of you this might come as a surprise, but this was my first Masters...I mean, this was my first Masters when I knew all the players, knew the scores, knew who’s playing who and at what hour...that kind of details that a year ago didn’t matter too much for me. Snooker has been an old passion of mine, revived by last year World Championship and has been sustained by this blog that I’ve decided to start. Now, I can’t imagine my world without it and I can’t imagine how on earth I was able to watch snooker all those years not knowing all these details I know now :-)) Anyway, for me it was a first (at a certain level) and it was great fun. Mainly because it was nothing I thought it would be. When the seed players left the competition I was something like " Oh, and now what?!" It was an odd situation I must admit it, but it was also a breath a fresh air that was brought to this tournament.
|A lot of limit situations were known at the 2011 Masters|
Also I want to mention that this was the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to watch the Masters on BBC 2 and it was awesome! I don’t know why but it gives the tournament such a personal touch and you as a viewer get such a cozy feeling when you are watching the snooker boys on BBC. Maybe is just me, but this television gives something special to this kind of events. And in my opinion, as a foreign person, BBC made me feel like I was part of the competition. :-)
|Michaela Tabb dusting the Masters trophy|
|On duty: Hazel Irvine, J. Parrott, S. Davis and Ken Doherty|
I just love the fact that I have had the possibility to see Michaela Tabb, Eirian Williams and Jan Verhaas on the screen as the refs in charge of the situation. These guys are so good at what they do and they are doing their job so gracefully and so natural that it’s almost abnormal not to say you don’t admire their strength and their tenacity.
|Ding Junhui is receiving the trophy|
With some really spectacular memories of what the Masters means for a snooker player and with yet a lot to be learn about the snooker business, I end this article by saying that what happened last week was a true lesson of life. One can be on top of the world, but that place is not something that you can hold forever. This doesn’t mean you have to be afraid of the competition, but it means you have to fight harder to maintain your position. Snooker is all about hard work and a bit of luck :-)