Tag: Anthony McGill

Murphy and Maguire Beaten in Sheffield

Shaun Murphy and Stephen Maguire both exited the 2016 Betfred World Championship on Sunday at the Crucible. Opening day Saturday had witnessed the defending world champion Stuart Bingham knocked out in dramatic fashion and Murphy, the player who Bingham beat in last year’s final, followed suit after a 10-8 defeat[Read More…]

It’s There! The Return of Free Ball

Regular readers may remember that this time last year there was a ghostly (ghastly?) guest writer during the 2015 World Championship. Free Ball, as s/he mysteriously wishes to be known as, offered snippets of reflection on the various happenings at the Crucible that may have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye.[Read More…]

O’Brien Reaches Daqing

Another 16 players booked their places in the International Championship first round after coming through qualifying on a routine day in Barnsley. 2012 runner-up Neil Robertson was the highest profile player in action and survived a brief scare before coming from 3-1 down to beat amateur Kuldesh Johal 6-3. The Australian[Read More…]

It’s There! Character Building

Over the course of the World Championship I’ve challenged one snooker aficionado to highlight the best quirky, outlandish, unusual, laughable and questionable observations of each day. As if to further enhance his (or her!) alter ego as snooker’s sleeper, this spy has elected to go through the tournament in disguise. Read[Read More…]

Smiling Scotsman Stuns Selby

So the Crucible curse continues. Everybody must surely already be aware of the reality that defending champion Mark Selby’s reign ended on Friday at the hands of newcomer Anthony McGill. The debutant played superbly well to dethrone Selby and continue his own aspirations of joining the exclusive winners club in[Read More…]