London Cheers Big for Snooker Again at Ally Pally in 2022…

NEW MASTERS WINNER Neil Robertson told a packed, pumped up crowd at the Alexandra Palace in London that it was fantastic to hear London cheer for a snooker table again as snooker returned to proper normality at the 2022 Cazoo Masters.

His comments came as he claimed his second Masters title of his career, having won the prestigious event back in 2012.

The Thunder from Down Under comprehensively beat Barry Hawkins 10 – 4 – also appearing for a second time in a Masters final as well as having reached a World Championship final.

After at least two years of restrictions and players playing behind closed doors in Milton Keynes, Londoners finally were able to sing, shout and hail their favourite players at the Ally Pally as the week treated snooker fans to thrills, spills and a few flies!

It was snooker though that was the winner with packed out crowds throughout the week as the players hailed Ally Pally as one, if not the best venue they had ever played in.

Said 39-year-old Robbo after: “I’m so happy to win this wonderful title again. I had my first win after Alexander was born at this event back in 2012. I always wanted to do a repeat with Penelope here as well, so I’m happy to do that.”

He added: “Barry was the underdog tonight, and, and I felt like I was the villain spoiling the fairytale at some points. He is such a wonderful player. He really deserves to win one of the big titles. I had to stay focussed with the job at hand. I knew that the majority of the crowd were with him. Luckily, with my experience, I knew how to silence that a little bit, play well and get a good lead.”

Hawkins was gracious in defeat and said he had made too many mistakes in the match and that if you did that against the great players like Neil, you’d get punished.

“I just made too many mistakes,” he repeated.

And he then went on to say: “This has been one of the best weeks of my life. The atmosphere at every match has been phenomenal. There aren’t many snooker players that will have experienced that. I am going to remember all of those cheers, and they will stay with me for a while.”

Neil Robertson looked like he was down and out in his semi-final match against Mark Williams, but managed to claw his way back from 5 – 3 to claim a thrilling decider, as did Hawkins battle his way past Judd Trump in his semi-final match in a deciding frame.

The referee in the middle was also appearing in her major final.

Desislava Bozhilova simply wrote on Facebook: “Had an amazing week at Ally Pally. An experience that will stay with me for the rest of my career.”

In Other Snooker News:

Mink Claims Terrific Reanne Scalp in Leicester…

Mink

Thailand’s Nutcharut Wongharuthai has claimed her second World Women’s Snooker event by claiming the 2022 British Open which saw her claim a terrific scalp over now tour professional Reanne Evans.

Wongharuthai, 22, was runner-up at the British Open in 2018 to Ng On Yee but went one better this time.

Her first event win was the Australian Open in 2019, where she beat Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee.

Wongharuthai has also been famous for making a maximum at the Hi End snooker club in Thailand and also when she played in the main tour event the Snooker Shootout, she unfortunately broke off and had a century made against her by Rory Thor.

Woking Snooker Centre’s talent Jasmine Bolsover managed a second last 16 place in Leicester in her second ranking event since returning to the green baize after graduating from university, but came up against a strong Mink in the last 16.

Harriet Haynes also managed a last 16 place, but was beaten by Emma Parker by the same scoreline 3 – 0.

 

 

 

 

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