Oct 20 2014

Fin Ruane Appointed As RIBSA Public Relations Officer



Last week there was an interesting development in respect of the Irish snooker scene, as Fin Ruane was appointed as the new Public Relations Officer for the Republic of Ireland Billiards and Snooker Association.

A close friend of former world champion Ken Doherty, Fin has been in and around snooker for the best part of 40 years and in his new role hopes to be able to help promote the game back in Ireland and make the association more accessible to players and prospective sponsors alike.

For more on Fin and his hopes for the future, click here to read his Q&A over at SnookerHQ.

Oct 19 2014

AT2 – Starts Monday

Ding5Although these events tend to pass those in the UK by to some degree, mainly due to the fact that they are not televised over here, tomorrow does see the return of professional snooker as the second of this season’s three Asian Tour events gets underway in China.

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Oct 19 2014

Should Carter Be Sent To Coventry?


Following his fairy tale victory at the invitational General Cup tournament in Hong Kong yesterday, there has been some debate amongst snooker fans on Twitter as to whether Ali Carter should be awarded a place in next month’s invitational Champion of Champions event, set to be staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

On the face of it, the argument would appear to simply be one of sentiment against the rules, however looking beyond the surface there is perhaps another argument to be had, one already discussed here at PSB last month…

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Oct 18 2014

Carter Caps Return With General Cup Glory


Congratulations to Ali Carter, who has this weekend completed a fairytale return to professional action by defeating Shaun Murphy 7-6 to win the 2014 General Cup International in Hong Kong…

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Oct 17 2014

Champions Return To Coventry


In recent months it has become clear that with multiple winners of snooker’s biggest tournaments, that there would be a number of unallocated spaces at this year’s Champion of Champions event in Coventry and today World Snooker have announced that those spots will, as last year, be allocated by ranking.

As it stands there are four spots remaining, with last season’s World Seniors champion Steve Davis having been added to the 11 invites already known, while Marco Fu, Ricky Walden, John Higgins and Joe Perry are in line to take the remaining spots.

Click below for the official press release…

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Oct 16 2014

Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition Returns For 2015

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With more than 500 hundred years of development, billiard sport has always been distinguished as one of four greatest gentleman sports. Billiards has a broad mass base and a huge increasing number of consumer group internationally and nationally.

Although the global billiard market is still in depression, we can see from many aspects that billiard in China’s billiard market is less affected in this crisis. Because compared with those foreign countries with more than hundreds of years’ development history, billiard sports in China is still at the starting and developing phase. One with huge purchasing power, one has been placed great importance and being pushed forward by international federations, national government and mainstream news media, will absolutely have a very broad development prospect in China.

China Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition(GBE2015) happens to growing stronger with each passing day under such circumstances. The highly-anticipated GBE 2015 will be held from May 9th to May 11th in 2015. GBE provides incomparable opportunities for overseas companies in this line to explore Chinese market strengthen international market and establish strategic cooperation. With diversified products and innovative design showcased, all manufacturers, agents or dealers will participate in GBE to seek business opportunities and strengthen international cooperation.

For more detailed information on GBE2015, please go visit www.gbechina.com.

Oct 15 2014

Graham Miles Dies


Sad news today as it was announced that former world number five Graham Miles has passed away at the age of 73 after a battle against lung disease.

Sadly I am too young to remember Graham in action, however you can watch him in action against Alex Higgins back in the 1970’s here, while World Snooker Assistant tournament director Martin Clark has spoken about him at their website here.

If you have any memories of Graham that you wish to share, please do so in the comments section below.

Oct 12 2014

Attention All European Tour Refs


Whilst watching the recent European Tour three event in Sofia, one of the subjects that I received the most tweets on was not the matches in progress, nor the players involved, but in fact the referees in action, many of whom are familiar to those of us who watch regularly, but are not necessarily familiar by name, let alone any further information.

Whether it be by way of additional referee profiles, or by a blog article, I would like to give those referees a little more exposure to the wider snooker world, so if anyone would like to be featured, or can provide me with a little information on the regular European Tour referees, please feel free to contact me either in the comments section below, on Twitter or at the usual email address at the top of the page.

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