Neil Robertson, the new Betfred.com world champion, was beaten 6-4 by Judd Trump in the final of the Austrian Open pro-am in Wels tonight.

Australia's king of the Crucible defeated Stuart Bingham, Peter Ebdon and Mark King to reach the final but 20 year-old Trump denied him more silverware.

The tournament was well attended by several prominent members of the main tour.

Results here.



Looks like a pretty decent tournament. The last 32 could have been any ranking event, and a good result for Trump, who was desperately in need of a confidence boost after his mauling by Ford in the World Qualifier.

Im surprised Robertson came so close to winning the event.

I expect him to struggle this year, with the expectation that comes with his territory, and also the fact that players will raise their game against him.

Good to see a bit of interest around the globe.

The Australians have just had the equivalent of Global Snookers' 147 tournament, and it was a success by all means, although Im struggling to envisage Robbie Foldvari pandering to a shot clock.

While I know speed snooker can never replace the real thing, it may prove to be a useful medium for attracting youngsters, some of whom, will become regular fans.

I know I'm switching topic again, but Phil Taylor picked up a cheque for £125,000 last night for the darts premier league.

I think the snooker equivalent offers in the region of £30,000 for the winner.

Its not so long ago that a snooker first prize was more than the total darts prizemoney for the year, so theres a fair bit to do in that regard.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but who was it who turned darts around?

jamie brannon said...

Phil Taylor hit two nine-darters in one match last night. Hopefully a snooker player will aspire to hit two maximums in one game.

Anonymous said...

what a rubbish comment jamie....

why? jeez, there never much point to your comments

and its off topic

so, well done Trumpy

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:08 PM - It's all about attack and speed with Brannon, he'll love all the new gimmicks being introduced to the game, as it will give the speed merchants who he adores a big advantage. He just doesn't appreciate the many different facets to the game.

jamie brannon said...

I think will you find on this blog I am an advocate of the longer-frame format. Also just a few days ago I said how much I prefer Test Cricket to 20/20. Most of all I want variety .