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      16.03.2017 19:52

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      The Ladbrokes Snooker Grand Prix, Wales


      The Players Championship is the best 16 ranked snooker players by the end of the previous tournament (The Gibraltar Open last week) assembling in Llandudno, Wales for a big ranking points grab. Every player wants to be in this one. But it’s not exactly the most glamorous location for such a top qualify field and Ronnie O’Sullivan said so. It’s a similar set up to the ‘Champions of Champions’ top 16 British based invitational event that sees all 16 winners of ranking events from the previous season pitch up at the Coventry showpiece in November to do battle, both excellent events to attend for fans as you actually know who you will b watching and brilliantly priced at around ten quid a match for the early rounds to see the stars. The big players enjoy these events more and so perform in them as there is no chaotic 128 multi table qualifying and a mad scramble for practice tables. Ronnie O’Sullivan has certainly not enjoyed the flat 128 draw and underperformed in most of them. Only back him with money in the invitational’s if I was you.

      This event was screened on ITV4 and Eurosport and British venues and TV really getting behind snooker here. It’s never been so good, or busy, for the sport, the Ladbrokes final on Sunday completing 40 days straight of solid top level snooker played around the world although its reaching saturation point and so the top players having to miss events to try and stay fresh, which has produced some odd winners this season, like fortysomething journeymen Mark King and Anthony Hamilton, their first ever ranking event wins after 25-year careers. In fact the majority of winners have been over 30-years-old this year. Barry Hearn’s snooker revolution is backfiring. The older players have a few quid in the bank to fund the grueling schedule of flights and hotels and so win the events. The younger talented lads the 128 draw was supposed to drag up simply get priced out of the tour as any winnings quickly spent on survival. That stacks pressure on their game and the kids don’t win enough matches. Guys like Luca Brecel, Kyren Wilson and Michael White are behind where they should be because of.

      The first round saw Ronnie O’Sullivan arrive at the venue with just 5 minutes to go before he would have had a frame docked for lateness. For invitational’s he pulls rank and traditionally first match on so he gets the biggest gap to the second round to recover so to attend to any other of table business, deciding to base himself in a swanky hotel in Liverpool this week to avoid the manky Welsh seaside resort. Ronnie being Ronnie decided to tell the TV audience and the town exactly that live on air although most residents were pissed or signing on at the time. He can be such a wa*ker sometimes. Ronnie is currently in a massive sulk with the media because they misquoted him when he wanted exactly that and so only gives short curt answers to questions now. Alas Liang Wenbo had no answers as the Rocket swept him aside 5-1 and jumped in car back to Liverpool, no questions answered.

      Judd Trump is looking in great nick as the World Championships approaches and saw off Mark King 5-2 to set up a tantalizing ¼ final tie on Wednesday night with The Rocket. Trump is a confident kid and talks himself up against the top players to motivate himself and relishes trying to get at The Rocket. Defending World Champion Mark Selby is also tuning up for the Worlds and put away Ryan Day 5-1 and also 5-1 to excellent outside bet for Sheffield Marco Fu seeing off Anthony McGill. The ‘Sherriff of Pottingham’ in Nottingham boy Anthony Hamilton (the best nickname in the sport for sure!) supplied the big shock of the round seeing of recent Welsh Open winner and world number two Stuart Bingham 5-1.

      Neil Robertson looked imperious for his 5-0 thrashing of Barry Hawkins, two men that always go well at Sheffield, whilst Shaun Murphy was patted on the head 5-3 by Ali Carter. Shaun seems more obsessed with the science of the game and kicks and stuff than actually wining.

      Higgins raced into a 4-0 lead over a disinterested Ding who suddenly became interested and won 5-4! He looks so dodgy Ding and almost as is if he loses early frames for other reasons and can only start playing when he has done that. He has just 18 centuries all season in 18 tournaments. Chinese mafia have him in his pocket.lol.

      ===Second Round===

      Round Two exploded into action with Trump beating The Rocket 5-3 in an entertaining game, not only Trumps third straight win over Ronnie but Trump running the game from ball one. It was a rare case of The Rpcket playing his opponent, not his own game, why he lost. The Rocket is simply not a problem for Trump and the changing of the guard tonight. Ronnie had just one break of 36 in the first 6 frames at 2-4.
      Ali Carter saw off Neil Robertson 5-3 and the rapidly improving Marco Fu beat the world Champion Mark Selby 5-2. To point out the quality here five straight word champions lost their matches as the final four were decided when Ding beat Anthony Hamilton 5-2.

      ===Last Four===

      Semi-final one saw Judd Trump march on to beat Ali Carter 6-4 and beginning to look good in his fifth final of the season. Trump was just 10-years-old when he one the World Under 16s title and will forefill his destiny in May at Sheffield for me. Ding took on Fu in the all Asian semi final and Fu squeezed through on a final fame decider. The Honk Kong star is looking good to go deep at Sheffield and missing next weeks China Open and all that positive attention that brings to prepare for the Worlds. This guy will be right in there.

      ===The Final==

      After Judd opened up with both cannons to lead 2-0 Fu slowed it down to share the opening first session 2-2. After the break Trump wobbled with two bad misses and Fu surged to 5-2. It would be critical for Trump not to be down by more than two going into the evening session and he responded with two hundreds to close on 4-5. And it was six frames in a row as he took over the match to lead 8-5 in the evening, two needed. But Marco Fu’s season has been defined by fighting back methodically and Trump was pegged back to 9-7. But he was missing chances all match and Trump closed it out with a century, his fourth of the match, to win his second final of the season from five attempts and 125k in the top pocket. Trump looks almost there to take over the game and his win in the worlds in May will be the firing gun. This guy is Ronnie O’Sullivan box office, drives a Lambo and way better looking.

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      16.03.2017 19:43
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      The Ladbrokes Snooker Grand Prix

      The Players Championship is the best 16 ranked snooker players by the end of the previous tournament (The Gibraltar Open last week) assembling in Llandudno, Wales for a big ranking points grab. Every player wants to be in this one. But it’s not exactly the most glamorous location for such a top qualify field and Ronnie O’Sullivan said so. It’s a similar set up to the ‘Champions of Champions’ top 16 British based invitational event that sees all 16 winners of ranking events from the previous season pitch up at the Coventry showpiece in November to do battle, both excellent events to attend for fans as you actually know who you will b watching and brilliantly priced at around ten quid a match for the early rounds to see the stars. The big players enjoy these events more and so perform in them as there is no chaotic 128 multi table qualifying and a mad scramble for practice tables. Ronnie O’Sullivan has certainly not enjoyed the flat 128 draw and underperformed in most of them. Only back him with money in the invitational’s if I was you.

      This event was screened on ITV4 and Eurosport and British venues and TV really getting behind snooker here. It’s never been so good, or busy, for the sport, the Ladbrokes final on Sunday completing 40 days straight of solid top level snooker played around the world although its reaching saturation point and so the top players having to miss events to try and stay fresh, which has produced some odd winners this season, like fortysomething journeymen Mark King and Anthony Hamilton, their first ever ranking event wins after 25-year careers. In fact the majority of winners have been over 30-years-old this year. Barry Hearn’s snooker revolution is backfiring. The older players have a few quid in the bank to fund the grueling schedule of flights and hotels and so win the events. The younger talented lads the 128 draw was supposed to drag up simply get priced out of the tour as any winnings quickly spent on survival. That stacks pressure on their game and the kids don’t win enough matches. Guys like Luca Brecel, Kyren Wilson and Michael White are behind where they should be because of.

      The first round saw Ronnie O’Sullivan arrive at the venue with just 5 minutes to go before he would have had a frame docked for lateness. For invitational’s he pulls rank and traditionally first match on so he gets the biggest gap to the second round to recover so to attend to any other of table business, deciding to base himself in a swanky hotel in Liverpool this week to avoid the manky Welsh seaside resort. Ronnie being Ronnie decided to tell the TV audience and the town exactly that live on air although most residents were pissed or signing on at the time. He can be such a wa*ker sometimes. Ronnie is currently in a massive sulk with the media because they misquoted him when he wanted exactly that and so only gives short curt answers to questions now. Alas Liang Wenbo had no answers as the Rocket swept him aside 5-1 and jumped in car back to Liverpool, no questions answered.

      Judd Trump is looking in great nick as the World Championships approaches and saw off Mark King 5-2 to set up a tantalizing ¼ final tie on Wednesday night with The Rocket. Trump is a confident kid and talks himself up against the top players to motivate himself and relishes trying to get at The Rocket. Defending World Champion Mark Selby is also tuning up for the Worlds and put away Ryan Day 5-1 and also 5-1 to excellent outside bet for Sheffield Marco Fu seeing off Anthony McGill. The ‘Sherriff of Pottingham’ in Nottingham boy Anthony Hamilton (the best nickname in the sport for sure!) supplied the big shock of the round seeing of recent Welsh Open winner and world number two Stuart Bingham 5-1.

      Neil Robertson looked imperious for his 5-0 thrashing of Barry Hawkins, two men that always go well at Sheffield, whilst Shaun Murphy was patted on the head 5-3 by Ali Carter. Shaun seems more obsessed with the science of the game and kicks and stuff than actually wining.

      Higgins raced into a 4-0 lead over a disinterested Ding who suddenly became interested and won 5-4! He looks so dodgy Ding and almost as is if he loses early frames for other reasons and can only start playing when he has done that. He has just 18 centuries all season in 18 tournaments. Chinese mafia have him in his pocket.lol.

      ===Second Round===

      Round Two exploded into action with Trump beating The Rocket 5-3 in an entertaining game, not only Trumps third straight win over Ronnie but Trump running the game from ball one. It was a rare case of The Rpcket playing his opponent, not his own game, why he lost. The Rocket is simply not a problem for Trump and the changing of the guard tonight. Ronnie had just one break of 36 in the first 6 frames at 2-4.
      Ali Carter saw off Neil Robertson 5-3 and the rapidly improving Marco Fu beat the world Champion Mark Selby 5-2. To point out the quality here five straight word champions lost their matches as the final four were decided when Ding beat Anthony Hamilton 5-2.

      ===Last Four===

      Semi-final one saw Judd Trump march on to beat Ali Carter 6-4 and beginning to look good in his fifth final of the season. Trump was just 10-years-old when he one the World Under 16s title and will forefill his destiny in May at Sheffield for me. Ding took on Fu in the all Asian semi final and Fu squeezed through on a final fame decider. The Honk Kong star is looking good to go deep at Sheffield and missing next weeks China Open and all that positive attention that brings to prepare for the Worlds. This guy will be right in there.

      ===The Final==

      After Judd opened up with both cannons to lead 2-0 Fu slowed it down to share the opening first session 2-2. After the break Trump wobbled with two bad misses and Fu surged to 5-2. It would be critical for Trump not to be down by more than two going into the evening session and he responded with two hundreds to close on 4-5. And it was six frames in a row as he took over the match to lead 8-5 in the evening, two needed. But Marco Fu’s season has been defined by fighting back methodically and Trump was pegged back to 9-7. But he was missing chances all match and Trump closed it out with a century, his fourth of the match, to win his second final of the season from five attempts and 125k in the top pocket. Trump looks almost there to take over the game and his win in the worlds in May will be the firing gun. This guy is Ronnie O’Sullivan box office, drives a Lambo and way better looking.








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      04.10.2010 23:40
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      "Those who say it can't be done, shouldn't interfere with those who are doing it" - Billy Eberhart

      The Importance of Sports touches every culture on a global scale. Everyone is involved in sports whether playing or as a spectator etc. Sport teaches positive qualities such as teamwork, discipline, healthy competitiveness & respect to name a few.

      But the past few decades have seen a notable move onto the weird & wonderful sporting ventures whilst retaining the traditional beloved games of old. As I was browsing through the Dooyoo site, coming across 'Other Events', I thought of a challenging sport, but 'not as we know it Jim'!

      Did any Dooyooers know that Underwater Rugby is an actual and very popular sport in Europe? Because I didn't!

      ~The Team~

      As in the traditional game of rugby, there are fifteen players on a team; this is equaled out to six in the water, five substitute players and four reserves. Although the reserve players are not permitted to play in a game already started with the eleven players.

      ~The Equipment~

      The players adorn the usual under water paraphernalia of snorkels, mask, fins, and ear protectors and even numbered water polo caps.

      The teams must have matching swim suits; white/dark white or dark blue/black. With the home team wearing the dark colours.

      ~The Playing area~

      The playing area is between 3.5 and 5 meters deep, 12-18 meters long and 8 to 12 meters wide.
      The open wire basket goals are 40-45 cm in diameter and placed at the bottom of the pool at either end.

      ~The Ball~

      The ball is filled with salt water to retain negatively buoyancy, approximately 52 cm in circumference and is black and white or red.

      ~The Game~

      > Three referees monitor the game, two in the water and one on the deck.

      > The game is two 15 minute halves with a brief four minute half time.

      > Penalties incur two minutes out of the water leaving their team a player short.

      > Fouls can be for removal of an opponent's equipment etc.

      > The game begins by a referee placing the ball on the bottom of the pool at the center of play. With each team lining up at their end of the pool along the edge, at the sound of the whistle, all head for the ball. The one in goal defends but may not hold onto or put their body into the basket to prevent a goal being scored.

      And Finally...

      Apparently, it was as far back as 1961 that Ludwig von Bersuda, a member of the German Underwater Club in Cologne, came up with the idea of an underwater ball game.

      I feel that for entertainment value alone, apart from the fun competitors obtain from playing, these alternative games have a place in the sporting world!

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