Home Gloucester “Big Break” in Quedgeley – O’Sullivan / Stevens Snooker final – only 5 minutes from my house!

“Big Break” in Quedgeley – O’Sullivan / Stevens Snooker final – only 5 minutes from my house!

by Barry

The South West Snooker Academy Finals Arena

I have to be honest, I did not know who had made the final, after spending all weekend at the new Severn FM Studios and clearing a lot of the outside to make it much more presentable.  So imagine my delight to have 2 Snooker legends like O’Sullivan and Stevens walk in to fight it out.  I am still blown away to think that we have had such a final here in Quedgeley.

The match was an interesting one, best of 7 frames.  Ronnie took the first two, and then there was a rather scrappy frame which Matthew came out on top.  Ronnie took the next frame, making it 3-1, and just when we thought it could be an early finish, Matthew came out with a storming break of 127 to bring it to 3-2.    However, Ronnie prevailed and won the next frame to win 4-2.

While I’m a fan of watching the big competitions on the TV, this was my first live event and I was really taken by just how close you are to the action.  Also just how quiet it is, when I play snooker, I like a bit of banter and a chat as you do it, but it was really quiet and the players concentration was clear to see.  I guess the difference is that I’m not playing for my career and a £10k cheque.  I think that while you don’t have all the BBC multi angle views, and the commentary, it was really good to be in with the action.  What was also great was to see the St Johns Ambulance children as well at people from Carers Gloucestershire and being acknowledged for the great work they do.   The Gloucester Mayor, Andy Lewis who is a Quedgeley Councillor, was on hand to present the Trophy as well as the parents of Kay Suzanne for whom the event is named.

Would love to say I got a great photo of me with the players, but I didn’t 🙁  Must work on it!

I’m now looking forward to making some time to go and see the UK Qualifiers in November (Just don’t let on to Amanda yet, she doesn’t know).

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