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Betfair World Snooker Championship 2013 Quarter Final Preview

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After a wonderful week and a halves Snooker, we have reached the business end of this years Betfair Snooker World Championship. This years blue ribbon event has been action packed and the quarter final promises much,much more.

I for one could defiantly not have predicted the 8 men who make up this years 4 quarter finals, stepping out onto the baize matching up will be;Ding Junhui and Barry Hawkins, Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham and Ricky Walden and Michael White.

The tie of the round for me is Shaun Murphy Vs Judd Trump a tie that would have made for a cracking final with both players in decent form all season and two real heavyweights of the sport. Both Sean and Judd have an aggressive style of play and this one promises to be a classic on and off the baize. The war of words leading into this game points towards a rivalry off the table, conflicting characters, the quiet respectful Murphy and the bashful young party boy Judd Trump.

China’s superstar Ding, faces a tricky tie against Barry Hawkins, Hawkins fresh from eliminating The Masters and Uk Championship holder Mark Selby will be brimming with confidence. Appearing in the quarter finals for the first time the Kent based que man will be dreaming of the semis, as will Ding. Ding has this season played some lovely stuff and after years of promise genuinely believes that this is his year. Ding has reason to believe after the simply stunning come back against Mark King in round two where he produced four centuries and seven further breaks over 50.

One of the most surprising aspects of this years tournament has been the ease Rocket Ronnie has returned to snooker with. The Rocket has powered through the first two rounds, few would bet against his chances of regaining his title after a years sabbatical. Standing in his way in this years quarter final will be Snooker Premier League winner and world number 8 Stuart Bingham. Bingham will be appearing in his first ever quarter final and will be looking to prove that he is a different player from the one Ronnie crushed 4 years ago in the opening round.

The final tie of the round may not have the big names of the other 3 but there is still an intrigue to this match. Ricky Walden came through a fascinating battle with Robert Milkins the man to topple Neil Robertson, to make it this far. Walden the world number 14 will be performing in his first quarter final as will his opponent Michael White. The young Welshman White will be wondering how far his debut adventure can go.

This years Quarter final has it all some new faces battling it out and some established stars squaring up all of which means as the tournament gets serious the action will be more than worth watching.

Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)

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The 2013 World Snooker Championship Draw

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The qualifiers for this years Snooker World Championship have now finished and the sad news is one of Snooker’s most likeable characters Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White won’t be making a first appearance in five years on Snooker’s greatest stage. Sad as this news is there are still some massive names taking place in this years tournament with some mouth-watering opening round ties, commencing with defending champion Rocket Ronnie taking on journeyman Marcus Campbell who Ronnie should beat with some ease.

Elsewhere last years runner-up Ali Carter will be opening his quest for the big one against first time qualifier Ben Woollaston. Chasing the triple crown The Jester Mark Selby will be hoping to start off in style against world number 45 Matthew Selt. The second favourite for this years tournament is a player I don’t give much hope to is the flamboyant Judd Trump who will open his campaign against the Space man Dominic Dale who will provide stiff competition. Third favourite with the bookies and my tip for the title The Thunder Neil Robertson will be playing Robert Milkins.

Other matches of interest will be youngster Jack Lsowski matching up against Barry Hawkins where there is in my opinion a very good chance of progress for the youngster. Flying the flag highest for China is Ding Junhui who will be hoping to defeat Alan McManus as will all of the Snooker loopy Chinese that will be making the pilgrimage to Sheffield and of course those back home.

There we go ladies and gents, now all that’s left is for the action to actually get underway this Saturday! Game on!

Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)

Snooker A Love Affair

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Sorted. I’m going to the Snooker World Championships in a fortnights time, I will be at snooker’s most prestigious event once more and i am buzzing!

To the people who say how can you like snooker it’s so boring here’s my argument. For the most part I’m your average 22 year old knuckle headed geezer, booze birds banter are the three b’s i live by a perfect week end for me like most blokes is caining the top shelf on a Friday waking up having a fry up on the Saturday heading down the football and getting straight back on one, Amstel and Mayfair jobs a good’un. There is the another side to me, the 60 year old man begging to get out and snooker nestles alongside this a charm, nice long walks, literally doing fuck all in a silent room watching countryfile and moaning about every single thing constantly. Theres nothing I enjoy more than plonking myself down on the sofa cuppa in one hand and a multipack of walkers on the side watching a days snooker, when I watch it I’m engrossed. The thing i love most about snooker is not the extremely impressive quick high breaks but the safety battles, these test a players mental strength and are what make the game truly great and to an outsider bore the tits off them.

I’ve always been abit fascinated by the green baize, my Grandad always had it on the idiot box when I was a nipper, snooker and horse racing, horse racing can fuck off. It was big break that got me into it and it was Stephen Hendry who made me like it and Rocket Ronnie who made me fall in love with it.

Say what you want about snooker but boring it ain’t you know what’s boring? Xfactor and all those other scripted ‘talent show’s’.

I cant wait for the Crucible on the 25th April, one session on the Thursday and then two on the Friday I will be in heaven. The element most people don’t get about snooker and I myself didn’t till I went last year is that snooker is pretty much a massive piss up! I will be ploughing through a fair share, the atmosphere is friendly, electric and booze filled.

I will be keeping you abreast of the tournament round by round starting with a full break down of the draw on Monday, so keep it TS for all your snooker news.

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Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)

Rocket Ronnie To Defend Crown

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‘@WorldSnooker1: Ronnie O’Sullivan has stated his intention to play in 2013 World Champs. We are awaiting his formal entry, required by Feb 28th.’

The news that every snooker fan has been eagerly waiting for, defending world champion Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan will be defending his crown in Sheffield this April/May. The last time the Essex cue man graced the baize was way back in September being beaten by snooker minnow Simon Bedford in a Players Tour Championship. Ronnie will now return as number one seed for the big one which is great news for the sport as a whole.

There were three possible routes it was believed Ronnie the four time world champion could have taken; returning, retiring or taking to the less pressure filled Snooker legends circuit. The great news is though he will be back.

Ronnie’s return from his snooker sabbatical is huge news, he will be the player everyone wants to beat at the Crucible. As snookers box office name and stand out star he will have the support of the vast majority of those in Sheffield who will be hoping that snookers most naturally talented player can find the impressive form of last year and be a real contender for snookers biggest prize.

Welcome back Rocket.

Aidan Fulham (@AidanFulham)