May 05 2008

O’Sullivan Clinches Third World Title

Published by at 9:13 pm under Blog

Ronnie O'Sullivan, World ChampionIn a disappointingly short final session at the Crucible this evening, Ronnie O’Sullivan took the World Title in two very short and uninteresting frames. It was a sad end to a tournament that saw some incredible Snooker from both O’Sullivan and his opponent, Ali Carter, who was his first World Championship final.

Making Snooker history, both players in the final managed to chalk up two 147 maximum breaks between them across the last few weeks. It was then fitting, perhaps, to see both make the final. A Valiant Effort from Ali CarterRonnie, playing some of the greatest snooker of his life, lacked any of his moody temperament and kept his cool to see off Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams (who has dropped out of the top 16 for the first time since the 1996/1997 season) into the final. Ali Carter had no easy journey either, seeing off Joe Perry, Peter Ebdon and Shaun Murphy in the final stages.

In the end, O’Sullivan had a comfortable 18-8 win over Carter and not even the streaker at the start of the final session could put him off his stride.

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6 Responses to “O’Sullivan Clinches Third World Title”

  1. Andrewon 06 May 2008 at 1:55 am

    Darren Byrne indulging in a little sports journalism, I never thought I’d see the day! Well I guess its not a complete shock after your revelation in response to that meme, but I’m still mildly astonished.
    I now fully expect future posts on the full implications of the Webster Clause for the European football transfer market and your hopes and expectations for the impending NASCAR season. Is it impending? I have no idea as it a fecking dreadful sport. No doubt you’ll have the answers and will win me round to it.

    And do you fancy Munster to regain the Heineken Cup?

    There’s no limits!

  2. Darrenon 06 May 2008 at 10:39 am

    According to many people, Snooker is not strictly a sport – if you can drink while doing it, it’s not a sport. I like that argument, it allows me to maintain my anti-sports demeanour.

    But things are changing: I’m looking forward to seeing Trappatoni take the Irish Rugby Team to the grand final of the Ashes Games.

  3. Andrewon 06 May 2008 at 11:52 am

    I have played both football and hockey while under the influence of alcohol and they are definitely both sports. Only vomited once.
    You can drink while doing pretty much anything, its just not necessarily a great idea. Particularly for Formula One drivers.
    There are those who take the other side of your view and argue that even the likes of chess and poker are sports (seriously, people have tried to get poker into the Olympics). I maintain that they aren’t sports because they don’t require any physical skill, just mental sharpness and endurance.

    Btw, O’Sullivan is now apparently hinting at retirement. If ever there was a guy suffering from depression…from waht i read of his post-match comment she just blathered on about how badly he had played. Talk about giving your opponent a kick when he’s down.

  4. Paddy Bloggiton 06 May 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I always like Ronnie ….. don’t know why but he reminded me of Roy Keane and Roy Keane reminded me of him … go figure!

    Anyways …. Ronnie deserves the breaks (forgive the pun!) … well done Ronnie!

  5. Darrenon 07 May 2008 at 9:59 am

    @PaddyB You are NOT forgiven. That was terrible!

  6. Gerryon 07 May 2008 at 1:37 pm

    hey Mr Otter:>

    You posted a comment on my blog(http://www.temple-bar.blogspot.com/) a while back and I have been meaning to comment you back – so hello from Everything and less. I like your blog – you appear to have settled in quite well to the auld blogging. The site looks great and some very cool stuff on it.

    Anywhoo, i just wanted to say hello.

    gerry

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