In 2023: Nic Barrow Scoops Week 7 of 900:::

In 2023: Nic Barrow Scoops Week 7 of 900:::

“That is Steve Davis right there. It’s the Nugget…His head is completely still.”

Lee the Shirt Richardson lavished praise in commentary on the newly crowned week 7 winner and his former doubles pal Nic Barrow, in the fast and furious amateur snooker event the 900 on Wednesday.

Barrow, who has the famous SnookerGym coaching hub in Milton Keynes, and is a global snooker superstar, played last season’s week winner Andrew ‘Storming’’ Norman in the final and displayed some brilliant textbook technique throughout the event, especially with his long potting.

The Wheelbarrow, as he is nicknamed, came through a tough semi-final with the Byfleet League hotshot Woking and snooker and billiards jet-setter Ryan Mears, who had a great run in the event reaching the semi-finals of day 3 of week 7, after coming through the qualifiers and winning 9 matches on the bounce to get there.

Earlier in an interview with Rachel Casey and team, Barrow, 53, said that snooker was the ultimate test of psychology and competing like a Martial Art, which requires discipline on the mental side. He said he loved the test of it.

Richardson also said during the commentary in the semi-finals about week 7: “There’s been some strange shots, but there’s also been some blinding shots.”

He added on how you should play the shots in the 900: “You need to make your mind up and play what you see.”

Former World Women’s no 1 Maria Catalano, Ronnie Sullivan’s cousin did well to manage to get to Finals night of week 7.

Back to the shots…

On the shots, Richardson said if you know the shots to play, then just get down and get on with it. In other words, your first shot is usually the right one, then just get down and play the shot straight away due to the time constraint of the 20-second shot clock. If you know the shots, then get down and play them, said Richardson.

Barrow, in his post-match interview after the final, said that he just focused on the present moment and didn’t get ahead of himself thinking about whether he would get to the Grand Finals or not.

He reminisced about meeting Ronnie before he was a star at a ProAm at the Elephant and Castle.

“I remember saying to Ronnie after, congratulations Ronnie on your 117 clearance.”


At Woking, before he was a star, as a teenager, the now former World Champion Judd Trump made a century on Table 1  at the Surrey-based club where some good players have come to over the years and where the likes of the World no 15 on the Women’s tour Jasmine Bolsover has made a Youtube recorded 147, and also where Ryan Mears has made a handful of centuries on the BIG BREAKS BOARD at the club, as well as other top players there.

Top coaches such as Brian Cox have also coached there as well as played in tournaments as have many others, including Nic Barrow many moons ago.

SnookerZone is a proud member of the club since 2015.

Steve Davis once held an exhibition there at the club many moons ago. 

Barrow now plays in the Grand Finals on November 22nd with the likes of Michael Holt, Dharminder Lilly, Josh Thomond, Lee Walker, Harvey Chandler,  and others with a chance to pocket a hefty £10,000 prize pot, the biggest in amateur snooker.

Who will scoop Week 8?

There is one more week of TV qualifiers before the Grand Finals as another Snooker star from the amateur scene John Hunter enters the fray next Tuesday, the founder of the Cuestars tours.

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Well done to everyone who competed in week 7 of the event.

Catch the action again from Monday on SKY 427 and SportyStuff YouTube channel.

SEE ALSO: A list of the players from all the weeks, here…

PS: DO you want a shirt as snazzy as Lee Richardson’s? Then if you’re in Woking, pop down to the shop Red and have a browse in the shirts and their suits and waistcoats…#Woking #Red #Shirts 

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Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!