This year watching The Masters I really enjoyed it, was the first time i had properly watched Snooker again in a long, long while. The last 16, or rather the first 16 it should be called as there are only 16 people in the tournament, right through to the final was all quite gripping. Disappointing not to see Ronnie O’Sullivan in this years Masters though, hopefully he will make an appearance at the World Championships to defend his title.
Mark Allen I believe played an amazing game, in his quarter-final match against Neil Robertson he was pipped to the winning post by a lucky pot, which yeah was intended but by Robertson’s own admission it was a one in 30 chance of potting it. The final frame decider put Allen out of a tournament he definitely had a chance to win, at least he managed to win the high break prize of £8,000, now that’s not bad.
Many people believe that Neil Robertson was very unsporting in his first round match against Ding where he shouted out “You Beautay!” after potting a tricky red. This outburst of emotion is simply that, it’s not unsporting, different players act in different ways, you can be offended but you can’t make it so that you’re no longer offended, the world would not work.
There has been of course a spattering of exciting little things, Judd Trumps spiky shoes, Balls flying of the tables, many, many fluke shots, and of course if you were watching Mark Allen’s first round match his rest problems. Mark Selby laughing along with the crowd at jokes he couldn’t even hear was great, just goes to show how great the sport can be. And on the other side of the coin the frustrating moments, Stephen Maguire conceding in the middle of a frame, clearly very angry at his play. And John Higgins getting just as frustrated and leaving the snooker table as soon as he could after he got knocked out by an on form Shaun Murphy.
Another disappointment though for people was seeing Judd Trump leave the tournament earlier than expected after only the quarter finals, losing 6-1 to Graeme Dott who was playing his own game brilliantly it has to be said. Look forward to seeing Judd appearing at the World Championship there though.
The grand final though, was set up to be exciting with Robertson and Selby both being previous winners of the coveted Masters trophy, and both being world number 1’s at some point in their career, in fact Mark Selby is currently the number 1 ranked snooker player in the world. He stormed ahead 5-3 after the afternoons session. He carried the momentum on through to the evening session and managed to beat Robertson 10 frames to 6. Even though it looked to be close on the cards, it was more of a one-sided affair, Selby was ahead the whole time and Robertson was struggling to make big breaks.
Anyway, bring on the World Championship…