10.10.09

AND ANOTHER THING...

There's only ever been one ranking tournament final featuring two players from outside the UK.

That was the 1985 British Open between Silvino Francisco (South Africa) and Kirk Stevens (Canada).

So a Ding victory tonight will be significant...

17 comments:

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

you have hite the nail on the head David. The only occasions I am not a nutral, however is when I play. All other times I just find myself incredably fortunate to be able to watch a game I love, regardless of any result or standard at any time.

Anonymous said...

If Mark wins will this be the first all left handed ranking final?

Dave H said...

No!

1989 British Open: Tony Meo v Dean Reynolds

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

I beleive it was Meo's birthday at some point during this event. From 1 anarac to another, David, I beleive i am correct in saying that there has been 10 occasions on which a left- hander has got to a Crucible final. AM I correct? For the record, Iam thinkng the following.

Perrie Mans 1978
Jimmy White in 6 finals, 1984,1990,1991,1992,1993 and 1994
Mark J Williams 1999,2000 and 2003

Anonymous said...

Meo has just turned 50 last week
4th October 1959.

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

Am I corect regarding the left-handed crucible finalists David? As for Tony Meo's 50th birthday, I did belive October 4th to be the day and thanks for the confirmation

Dave H said...

Off the top of my head yes

Janie said...

As a biased Taff I'd love to see Mark get to the final,
but on balance I think it would be brilliant for the sport if we had a Ding v Neil final.
Either way I'm sure the final will be a cracker.

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

Every snooker tournament, I always think of, THE MAIN MAN, THE GOVENOR,I am of course refering to David vine. I think of him , as indeed I do of Paul Hunter,every day of a tournament.He will, I am sure, be watching tomorrow. Thankyou David Vine for all youve done for the game. R.I.P. David. As for the final, it has all the prospects and hallmarks, of been a cracker. I can't wait.

Ruthie said...

Am in great anticipation of Ding v. Robertson. And following on from Liang in the Shanghai final it's a terrific start to the season for the overseas contingent. Given the weirdness attached to the 1985 British Open final, it's rather odd to hear it mentioned in this happy context. I suspect the gap will be shorter to the next all-overseas final.

Andrew said...

Ding v Robertson is also interesting in that they each have 3 wins out of 3 in ranking finals. On the other hand, it's the first time Robertson has met a seeded player in a final.

Anonymous said...

It probably won't be long until the first ever all-Chinese final.

Anonymous said...

Should be a great match. Hope the venue is full.

Anonymous said...

and being held in every other Chinese province...?

Anonymous said...

silv v kirk

an example of two great and sqeaky clean sportsmen IMHO

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

I soppose it is to much to hope for to have a 9-8 rollercoaster on the final black. Yesterday, we had a, as I described, "mezmorizing" first semi-final. Higgins .V. Robertson 6-5 on the final black. so regardless of the result or standard, Ilove all kinds of snooker. in these circumstances, for me, it will be a craker what ever happens. I can not wait untit the 2 O'Clock start, an the final installment at 8 O'Clock final session, this evening. Bring it on boys...

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