26.8.11

MAXIMUM MAN

Away from the comments and the controversies, the travails and the tweets, what really matters about Ronnie O’Sullivan is this: when he plays his best he is the most awesome sight in snooker.

He proved this again in Fuerth tonight by making the 11th competitive maximum break of his career in reaching the last 16 of the Paul Hunter Classic.

This 147 included a brilliant shot on the last red to get round the table for the 15th black. It was sublimely skilful; it was Ronnie at his audacious best.

He beat Adam Duffy 4-0 after a great day at the office and is now back in front, 11-10 over Stephen Hendry in career maximum breaks.

It left a large crowd in Germany delighted and looking forward to O’Sullivan’s return to action on Sunday.

And with John Higgins surprisingly beaten 4-3 by Li Yan, O’Sullivan must surely now be favourite for the title.

Mark Selby, though, knows how to get him under pressure and will do all he can to frustrate O’Sullivan if they meet in two days time.

However, what we’ve been reminded of tonight is that talent and flair is what brings the crowds coming back for more.

Everyone would like to play snooker like Ronnie O’Sullivan. Very few can.

He has produced yet another moment to remember.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good break it was. I still don't know why centuries, let alone 147s, from these tournaments are included on official lists. Making a 147 there is hardly the same as in a proper ranking tournament.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave. Will Eurosport 1 or 2 be repeating this. Tuned in last night and sat watching tennis for an hour. Their schedules are all to cock. I only got Sky installed last week so I could watch this event. It seems to me that it is all about Eurosport HD which I didn't get. Daren't tell the Missus I want yet another payment channel, she'll get a gun out. Pretty scandalous tho

Nicky

Anonymous said...

When he's making 147s it doesn't even look like he's challenged by it. If ever proof was required that he is far and away the greatest snooker player that ever lived...

Anonymous said...

Not only was it a wonderfully skilled 147, it almost turned to pure lunacy as he was on his way to 147 in the next frame! What was it, 10 reds and blacks? Ronnie is a born entertainer. Thank you Rocket.

Now I hope Hendry can get his 11th soon and have this race continue on.

Johan said...

Yes, great break - don't forget the third last red in the green pocket: magnificent shot! Hope RoS keeps some of the momentum for Sunday - and for the rest of the season.

Shame about the yellow Jimmy missed, he also produced some great shots to get there.

Disappointing game from Hendry against Higgins and disappointing result for Brecel, losing 2-4 when 2-0 in front against Pagett.

Best belgians so far in Fuerth: Nico De Vos and Jan Scheers, bith doing an excellent job as referees :-)

As usual great crowd in Germany there!

Anonymous said...

The first poster hit the nail on the head. Great achievement, but it's not the same as making a 147 in a televised ranking event.

Anonymous said...

@6.56

i think this is quite good to count the centuries and 147s as official.keeps the motivation and the atmospehere an original one

This Ptc event is the only event i feel which has full packed crowds and makes it look like a normal ranking event

fun to watch

btw i think 147 are not easy to made the players make it looke like easy in our eyes

jamie brannon said...

Would like to put the first paragraph on my wall!

Really seeming to relish these PTC events.

Great to see him do it an event carrying the name of another great crowd-pleaser.

Anonymous said...

That's proper trolling 6:56. Good job.

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

Superb stuff!

147 said...

Unbelievable skill from the rocket.I thought it was over on the 13 red but he just got down and potted it and then the 15 red a spell binding positional shot and as Jamie Brannon said all done at a tournament that carries the name of another great crowd pleaser.

Maisie said...

What's with the Eurosport coverage?Somebody needs to get their act together because it's dire.The fans are not very pleased and it would be interesting to know what the WSA think about it.They must have some influence on the scheduling otherwise the contract is not worth the paper it's written on.It keeps happening, time and time again and it's so damn frustrating to be left hanging in this way.It seems to me like the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Anonymous said...

@Nicky 7:49 am

I watched it again after coming home from the venue.(What a thrill sitting next to the table)

Ny then it has already been posted on youtube...so we do not need ES

Anonymous said...

When I said "we do not need ES" a couple of minutes ago I meant it concerning the repeating of Ronnie's max. Especially on the continent most people would not take any notice of snooker without ES.

Seifer Almasy said...

Mark Selby, though, knows how to get him under pressure and will do all he can to frustrate O’Sullivan if they meet in two days time.
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Because unfortunately Snooker only adheres to 1 side of the coin.

Seifer Almasy said...

The first poster hit the nail on the head. Great achievement, but it's not the same as making a 147 in a televised ranking event.
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It is a televised ranking event.

Paul said...

The first poster hasnt a clue about the game.so in your opinion only maxis or centuries from ranking events should count so how about a 147 in the masters ?.that shouldnt count because its a non ranking event iyo.maxis and centuries cover all pro events not just rankers. i never heard such nonsense.

Anonymous said...

With super-fast cloths and shot clock events, it is pretty clear which side of the coin snooker adheres to. If anything, Mark Selby over-compensates for the disadvantage he faces; it's not pleasant to watch, but you can't blame him for it really, the guy is just trying to earn a crust. At least Barry Hearn knows he can count on him to turn up to events.

Anonymous said...

Seifer Almasy said...
The first poster hit the nail on the head. Great achievement, but it's not the same as making a 147 in a televised ranking event.
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It is a televised ranking event.

10:37 PM
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but the person who "quoted" my first post added in the televised part, which is not what i typed

Anonymous said...

Clive has said it many many times and it is so true.....the man is a genius. very happy to see him enjoying his snooker, he can be such a crowd pleaser !

Anonymous said...

i think clive talks a lot of nonsense at the best of times.

him saying a sportsperson of any kind is a genius is laughable!

Anonymous said...

Sportsmen can be geniuses, but the only genius snooker ever had was Alex Higgins. O'Sullivan isn't one, as Hendry once said "He plays all the same shots that I do".

Anonymous said...

Yeah to the earlier poster, Eurosport's coverage is shoddy, no frills, and a bit of a joke really. I know it's compromising Dave who is a fantastic journalist and a great commentator, but the station he works for provides nothing to entertain the arm chair viewer really.

Seifer Almasy said...

Sportsmen can be geniuses, but the only genius snooker ever had was Alex Higgins. O'Sullivan isn't one, as Hendry once said "He plays all the same shots that I do".
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Except he does it better. Kasparov plays all the same shots as any other chess player, the difference is when he plays them and how.

O'Sullivan is a genius because Snooker is a mathematical game. O'Sullivan is a mathematical genius at ball physics.

Anonymous said...

Ability isn't genius. Genius is creative intelligence: producing a line of thought that is without precedence. There are several sportsmen who have displayed this quality, but O'Sullivan isn't one of them.

Anonymous said...

i agree fully 805

too many people listening to commentators (not david) who bum kiss him....

Andreea said...

People, if you dislike the man so much, is there someone who's forcing you to watch?

Anonymous said...

No-one is saying they don't like watching him, or they dislike him. If you are going to join the discussion it would be a nice if you had a grasp on what was actually being said.

Anonymous said...

Andreea, nice try. youre obviously a blinkered Ronnie fan.

If a player i like is playing and he is playing Ronnie i am not going to refrain from watching just because i do not like Ronnie.

Ill watch, and if Ron does something i dislike, like have a go at the referee in touching ball gate, ill comment where appropriate....

thanks

Editha said...

I was life there!! It was so brillant!
Thank you Ronnie !

Anonymous said...

the nice decent human beings who can understand english and were there at his china press conference LIVE didnt think him so brilliant.

pity nice people forget that cos hes such a good player. gets to do what he likes most times.

LINDA said...

seriously! I noticed that whenever there's a mention of ROS in any blog the number of comments is exponentially larger than any other player. I WONDER WHY!

Anonymous said...

seriously! I noticed that whenever there's a mention of ROS in any blog the number of comments is exponentially larger than any other player. I WONDER WHY!

12:48 AM
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it might be because:

hes brilliant at snooker and his play is something to behold

and also / or

he is out of order with referees at times
he pulls out last minute of tournaments...
he feels unwell a lot of times come flight time.
he asks for oral sex at press conferences
he does many many other things that people dislike (and many can see through his great play to speak up about it)

maybe?


but then, i am sure you know all that about him and are just too blinkered to repeat it and just want to comment on his play.

pity when ROS fans slag a player off for playing slow (well slower than ROpeedygonzalezS) its ok.

Seifer Almasy said...

pity when ROS fans slag a player off for playing slow (well slower than ROpeedygonzalezS) its ok.
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Maybe that is because if you use half a brain you will realise that one is criticising PLAY and yours are criticising the PERSON.

What don't you get here?