View Full Version : The Rocket V,s the Wizard

10-17-2005, 05:24 AM
Superb Higgins blows Rocket away

Scotland's John Higgins put on a record-breaking display as he blew away Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-2 in the final of the Preston Grand Prix.
Higgins set a new record for a ranking event of four centuries in a row to move 8-2 ahead and also posted a new mark of 494 unanswered points.

World number one O'Sullivan, who on Saturday had said he was "bored" with snooker, was in touch at 2-2.

But Higgins was in ruthless mood and swept the next seven frames.

He won the next two after the mid-session interval and a clearance of 103 gave him a 5-2 lead at the end of the afternoon session.

O'Sullivan did not pot a ball in any of the first three frames of the evening as the Scot reeled off further breaks of 104, 138 and 128, and sealed victory in the next frame. [ 2 total clearances back to back!]

That's a great reward, I don't think I've ever played better
John Higgins

O'Sullivan, who will now travel to America to try his hand at pool, said it was the best display of snooker he had ever seen.

"It was unbelievable, just amazing," he said. "I've never seen anything like it in my life.

"He made me look like an idiot. He just destroyed me but it was a pleasure to watch to be honest."

Higgins, who lost 10-3 to O'Sullivan in the Masters final in February, agreed with the world number one's assessment.

"That's a great reward, I don't think I've ever played better," Higgins, the world number six, said.

"Ronnie - to my mind - is the best that's ever played the game so I knew I had to play well and I have done, so I am over the moon."

It was Higgins' third Grand Prix title, and his 17th ranking title overall.

"I had a loss of form and loss of confidence, but I won it for my two boys tonight," he added.

R O'Sullivan (Eng) 2-9 J Higgins (Sco)

0-76 (68), 16-76 (67), 69-31 (69), 90-28 (62), 4-88, 60-70 (64), 5-103 (103), 0-104 (104), 0-138 (138), 0-128 (128), 49-67

John played better and better. At the end, the balls he potted never touched the sides of the pocket......brilliant,awesome.


10-17-2005, 05:43 AM
I have never seen snooker played that well in my life! Phenominal match and a phenominal series of frames by Higgins.

Best wishes


10-17-2005, 06:02 AM
Who says snooker is boring! /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

Qtec............. a Maryhill/Castlemilk refugee! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

10-17-2005, 07:26 AM
I just wish we could see some of this stuff. I have never witnessed in person,TV, computer any full length snooker matches like this. If anyone has any links that WORK it would be nice to see. Nice thread Q!

10-17-2005, 07:40 AM
I need to reinstall my TV card. Then I can record it for you and whack it on a DVD/CD.
I,m kicking myself that I couldnt record it. Blame pinnacle!


10-17-2005, 08:34 AM
Here is a good link to some other tourney final.

Click on the Murphy-Stevens WM - Finale Teil II

10-17-2005, 08:38 AM
These guys are crazy. My high run is 86 and haven't played very much. Love the game though, wish there were more big tables around.

10-17-2005, 11:19 AM

I used to love watching the snooker tournaments with my Sky card while in Germany. Higgin's was a real young pup then. Most of the folks here don't know how very accurate the UK snookers player are. Steve Davis was my all time favorite but they have many with great talent there. Do they still show the snooker night after night when the big torunaments are on?