Johnny Bravo wrote:Any recent news ?
I'm still waiting to hear from PLtheRef, SnookerEd25 and AcesInc.
Your breaks have been placed in the oven on low and are keeping warm.
Good morning all. I popped in this morning and saw these posts so I thought I would update. The guests are late for dinner so the roast beast may be burnt I am afraid. Sadly, my time on the table has come to a near standstill. I managed a session against my grinder nemesis (though a very dear friend) over the weekend and that is all so far. We played five frames but he utterly wore me down psychologically so I only counted the first four toward the competition. As is nearly always the case against him, I did quite well first frame and each one after that went downhill as he tightened up to the point that no scoring balls ever seemed to be available. First frame ran a respectable 30 minutes but each after that grew progressively longer until the fourth frame was over an hour. Anyone who has read my posts in the past will remember that frames with my son are generally 20, 25 minutes. And I play my same game as always so when a frame takes over an hour, it very likely means that I have been sitting in my chair waiting on a decision from my opponent for about 50 of those 60 minutes. So by the time we got to the fifth, I decided it is not likely to go well and I will try to get my last competition frames in somewhere else.
The highlight of the session was actually a come-from-behind frame victory. My opponent put together a very clean and respectable 32 with four Blacks which is extremely good for his standard. (Not to harp too much on the time factor, but let me also say that this eight ball break consumed about seven minutes of frame time.) Second to high breaks, my next favorite pastime in the World of Snooker is to snatch a frame from an opponent who presumably believed themselves to have an insurmountable lead. Those were in fact the first points of the frame so I was simply starting from a 32 point deficit with loads of points still on table. I won that frame quite handily when I potted the Brown I believe leaving him needing snookers. My lifetime best in this regard was to win a frame after an opponent joyfully ran a 45 against me giving him a strong lead with just a few Reds left. My son has often quipped that I always seem to play my best snooker when I am in dire straits like this.
So I am hoping to get the last five frames done over this weekend though I don't actually have a session scheduled yet. The very good news is that it is less than a month now until the boy gets home from Uni for a long break from school. Then, I will get plenty of snookering done as we generally have two or three sessions a week. And far more open style play with much better break building. Sadly, I expect the inaugural SIWC to be completed by then so just when I am likely to post my best numbers, the tournament will be over.