@TheCaptain147: Just had the best news ever! I’ve got the all clear! Will be back in action in the shanghai masters. Thank you everyone for all your support!
so glad to hear this :)
…who has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and undergoes surgery today.
We’re all behind you Ali and wish you the speediest of recoveries.
Rugby-based 21-year-old Wakelin had come from 2-0 down to lead Adam Wicheard 3-2 and was 23-0 up in the next frame. “I potted a long red and finished on one of the baulk colours,” he explains. “Adam was standing near the table leaning on his cue, when suddenly it snapped. He just came over the shook my hand. I suppose he could have gone to borrow another cue but perhaps he felt he couldn’t win after that.
So the second biggest (!) snooker awards ceremony took place on Thursday night at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Here are a full list of winners:
Full list of awards:
World Snooker Player of the Year: Mark Selby
Snooker Writers Player of the Year: Mark Selby
Fans Player of the Year: Mark Selby
Rookie of the Year: Ian Burns
Performance of the Year: Ronnie O’Sullivan
Magic Moment of the Year: Jimmy Robertson
147 Club (players making a 147 during the season): Stuart Bingham, Ken Doherty, John Higgins, Tom Ford, Andy Hicks, Jack Lisowski, Kurt Maflin, Ding Junhui.
Hall of Fame inductees: Terry Griffiths, Joe Johnson, Ken Doherty, Peter Ebdon, Shaun Murphy, Graeme Dott and Neil Robertson.
Golden cue winner: Neil Robertson
So, there we have it, another World Championship sewn up, another year retired to the history books, and another name added to that coveted trophy (The Joe Davis cup as some on twitter are hankering to have it named. But he was just a boring old dinosaur, from 3 million years ago, so what does he know?!) Admittedly, it’s not a new name, but a name that has been on there 4 times before. Yes the Rocket has done it again. But whilst everyone gushes and congratulates Ronnie, let us get down to real business, yes it is time for Fyeahsnooker’s awards of the Championships.
Firstly, a big thank you to all who follow the blog, I know it’s nowhere near the class of “The big boy” snooker blogs, but seeing the little notes for “likes” and “reblogs” really does make my day.
Shot of the tournament:
The first award, and for me the most difficult. I usually cheat a nick one from the BBC’s montage but as that has not yet gone out, I’m stuck on my own. So I’m going to say the snooker achieved by both players I believe (but Ronnie in the screen shot) last night behind pink and black:
The winner by a mile, of course is the first round tie of Peter Ebdon V Graeme Dott!!! Said no one, ever.
Sorry boys, but I have to give this one to the Quarter Final between Judd and Shaun. Shaun looked like running away with it but Judd came powering back and the last session was tit for tat.
Best final frame decider:
Surprisingly, we’ve only had 2 this championship. So in a close 2nd is Poomy and Mags in the first round. But the winner is, as the last award, Judd and Smurph, for their tense and tactical ending to a top match.
Let’s get the boys on the blogs (Best blogger):
Here at Fyeahsnooker, I pride myself on partiality and fairness, and so this next award is not at all influenced by the fact I have been RT’d and replied to several times by the winner of this award #starstruck. So of course, the best blogger goes to the ever funny, ever cynical Snookerbacker.
Best press conference:
Robert Milkins’s heartfelt exposé after his win over Neil Robertson came a close second, but I can’t ignore Graeme Dott’s completely exasperated and at times threatening (“If anyone labels me slow after that I’ll sue them!”) presser. Thoroughly enjoyable though if not at times objectionable. A shot clock at the Worlds? I don’t think so.
The Snookerbingo sponsored (I haven’t asked him, but I’m sure he’ll agree) biggest “character” award:
So we’ve had to endure thousands of Sheffield-ers trying to get their 1 minute of fame in Cue Zone behind an oblivious JP/Steve/Kendo/Hendry (essentially whoever isn’t commentating/drunk) all tournament, the most notable of these is “Beardy Medal Guy.”
but none of those comes close in this award.
It has to go to the “character” with the device that made flatulence like sounds during the Judd and Ronnie Semi Final. #tool.
The Dennis Taylor sponsored worst commentator award:
He’s been driving me scranny (and half of twitter) all tournament, with his inane rambles, bad shot calls, worse nicknames (Sat-nav Selby, really?!) and general wittering Yes, I refer to of course, of the BBC comms team: Dennis Taylor.
The Highland Water sponsored Best Dressed player award:
Dave Gilbert won this award back in December at the end of year awards, for his lovely white and grey crisp and clean look. I’m afraid I’m going to have to go for the same look, but on a different player, and that player is of course Mark Selby #classy.
The #WizardTours sponsored(again I haven’t asked him, but oh well) ”That was #careless” award:
There are a lot of nominations for this award, including this gem that I spied on the beeb website t’other day:
But the winner has to be man of moment: Dechawat Poomjaeng (Poomy) when he lost a frame by missing a red after 3 attempts. #carelesswithaC
JV’s “WHERE’S THE CUE BALL GOING?!” sponsored best commentating duo award:
I’ve gone for the super duo from British Eurosport of Alan McManus and Dave Hendon for their work on Ali and Ronnie on Sunday afternoon: really intelligent stuff, and they let the snooker do the talking when required. Top drawer.
Now, you would expect one of the big name fallers to be the winner here, or even Ronnie defending his title, but I think the biggest shock was when Graeme had a run in with static electricity. And then the table fitter started watering the carpet. Shocking.
The “not that old chestnut again” award:
I mentioned it in my final preview, it is an extension of “how can Ronnie cause a stir in this event” feature. It is of course, his threats (oh no not again!) of retirement. Though apparently, he has to keep playing cos he’s not got any dosh left. Poor Ron.
The Kendo giggle sponsored “lol” moment award:
A late entry, but this has to go to Ronnie’s slightly inappropriate comment, considering it was live on BBC2 just before the watershed, during his post-win interview: “up and down like a whore’s drawers.” #colourful
Fyeahsnooker’s player of the tournament:
In a close second, is Michael White, for a fabulous debut performance. Yes, he wasn’t challenged by Poomy in the 2nd round, but he definitely is a future star of Welsh Snooker. But the winner, having endured some stick and being the Underdog of the Final, has to be Barry Hawkins. He arguably had a tougher road to the Final than Ronnie (Lisowski, Selbs, Ding and Walden to Campbell, Carter, Bingham and Judd) and showed what a class match player he is. Hats off!
Tumblr choice player of the tournament:
And finally, we come to the big one, as voted by snooker fans on Tumblr, your player of the tournament is…………
(Photo by Monique Limbos)