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RONNIE'S 1000th SNOOKER CENTURY!

Ronnie O'Sullivan, aka 'The Rocket'made History in Snooker on Sunday evening by scoring his 1000th career Century!  He was playing in the Final of 'The Players Championship' at the Guildhall in Preston against 'The Thunder from Down Under' Australian Neil Robertson.

Right from the get go The Rocket laid his cards on the snooker table, (so to speak) showing his mettle as the Defending Champion by beginning with excellent long shot potting, easily winning the first frame. The Rocket had previously destroyed semi-finalist Mark Allen , 'The Pistol' by winning their match 6 frames to 0! He has met Robertson on twenty-one previous occasions, and won fourteen of those encounters. There was some high drama when Ronnie had a difference of opinion with the match Referee over the spotting of the black ball at one stage, but this didn't prevent The Rocket from continuing to play some lovely shots . He quickly stormed into a 3-0 lead. In the fourth frame Ronnie made a break of 65, and looked on the verge of his 998th career Century. Prior to this match he had said he might be saving his 1000th Century for the Shanghai Tournament... 

 

After the afternoon session Interval there was some more controversy when Ronnie punched the snooker table after missing an easy shot; he was furious with himself! This showed how much he wanted the victory, as he was actually ahead by four frames. Fortunately the Ref didn't give him a Warning -  which he could have done, in  light of what had earlier transpired. Still, Robertson stepped up to take full advantage of the situation by playing some of his best shots. The Rocket looked on despondently from his chair. After he also mis-timed a shot on the pink ball the Australian finally broke his duck, winning his first frame of the contest. However, The Rocket did go on to win the sixth frame with his 998th Century. This guaranteed him being in the lead when the final evening session was played, which would decide the winner of the trophy. 

The Aussie fought on in the evening to win the first two frames. The  next frame was crucial: if Ronnie won it he would be completely in the driving seat. But if Robertson won it he would still have a fighting chance of winning the Championship. The Rocket played magnificently to win the frame with superb focus. He now led by seven frames to three. He followed this up with fantastic shots, going into a 9-4 lead. He was now on the verge of victory. And how did arguably the greatest snooker player of all Time choose to win the Championship? Why with his 1000th career Century, of course! The crowd cheered him on, fully aware of this unique historic moment.

An overjoyed Ronnie took the beautiful glass trophy on a victory lap around the Guildhall. Many, many congratulations. 

 

Ahead of the prestigious Horse Racing  'Cheltenham Festival' starting  on Tuesday, there was some cracking racing on Saturday. At Sandown Park the conditions were tricky, making the pace slow. In the 'EBA Stallions's Race' 'Silver Forever' was the 11-8 Favourite. 'Redbridge Gold' was the early leader, ahead of the Favourite who raced just ahead of 'Misty Whisky'.As the horses entered the final mile, Silver Forever dropped back to fifth position . All quickened in the last two furlongs, with Silver Forever accelerating into the lead. Nevertheless, Misty Whisky sped ahead to just pip the Favourite at the Post, winning by three-quarters of a length. In the 'Best Value Exchange Handicap Chase', also at Sandown, 7-2 Favourite 'Commodore' hacked up to win the three mile race over a punishing twenty-two fences. Commodore  led after the first jump, until 'Loose Chips' took over the lead after seven more jumps. But the Favourite regained the lead after the Water Jump , and won by five lengths for top Trainer Venetia Williams. It was back- to -back successes for Commodore, and a big win for young, rising jockey Hugh Nugent.

 

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