08 August 2007
Judd Trump has been voted the landslide winner in worldsnooker.com's Ones To Watch poll.
The competition asked you to name the up-and-coming player most likely to make an impact this season. The player had to be under 25 years of age and outside the top 32 of the official rankings.
Trump received 84% of the votes cast, with Ricky Walden in second place with 8%. There were also votes for Michael White, David Morris and Ben Woollaston.
Aged just 17, Bristol left-hander Trump became the third youngest player ever to qualify for the Crucible last season and climbed to No 41 in the provisional rankings after just two seasons on the pro Tour.
The randomly-drawn winners of the competition were Sam Yarker from Stockport, who wins a Playstation 2 copy of the World Snooker Championship 2007 game, and Daniel Regueiro Fernandez from the Netherlands who wins the XBOX 360 version.
13 Jul 2007 13:52:00
Vote for who you think will be the emerging star of the coming snooker season for your chance to win a copy of the World Snooker Championship 2007 game.
In last year’s Ones to Watch competition, worldsnooker.com readers voted Jamie Cope as the young star who would have a real impact - and indeed the Shotgun went on to reach two ranking finals during the season.
So who do you think will make the grade in the new campaign? The only criteria for the player you pick is that he must be under 25 years old and must be outside the top 32 of the official rankings.
E-mail your vote to firstname.lastname@example.org putting ’Ones to Watch 07/08’ in the subject field, or send a postcard to: Ones to Watch, World Snooker, 14-16 Great Portland St, London W1W 8QW
Don’t forget to include your name, address and whether you would prefer the PlayStation 2 or XBOX 360 version of the game. Entries must be received by Friday, August 3.
There are two copies of the game to give away and the winners will be drawn at random.
06 Jul 2007 11:14:00
Win a copy of Lionel Shriver's new snooker-themed novel in our latest quiz.
Shriver’s new book The Post-Birthday World is the eagerly awaited follow-up to We Need To Talk About Kevin, which won the Orange Prize for fiction.
The storyline of The Post-Birthday World is split into two strands, followed in alternating chapters, hinging on the opening sequence as Irena McGovern has to decide whether to be faithful to long-term partner Lawrence, or cheat with suave snooker star Ramsey Acton - a six-times Crucible runner-up.
The novel makes reference to many snooker characters including Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, John Parrott and Dominic Dale as well as commentators Clive Everton and Dennis Taylor.
For a chance to win a hardback copy of the book, look at the comments below made during the 888.com World Snooker Championship. All you have to do is guess which player said each quote.
1. The way he plays is very frustrating. He’s up and down, cleaning the white, he knows the shot he’s going to play but takes ages to play it. - Graeme Dott
2. You don’t win this tournament if you’re a muppet. - Ian McCulloch
3. What I play for now is the enjoyment, and you don’t enjoy it when you have to sit around watching the rest of the tournament unfold. - Steve Davis
4. I’m just getting on with it and taking my brain out of the equation because I’m a bit stupid. - Anthony Hamilton
5. I think I’ve established myself as the next Willie Thorne, except I’ve got more hair. - Mark Selby
Send your answers to email@example.com putting ’Quotes quiz’ in the subject field, or send a postcard to: Quotes quiz, World Snooker, 14-16 Great Portland St, London W1W 8QW
Don’t forget to include your name and address. Entries must be received by Friday, July 27.
The winner is Samantha Holgate from Derbyshire
"Game of pinball, Wizard?"
Gary Burnhill from Kent attributes this line to Ray Stubbs, who sang Pinball Wizard by The Who on Fame Academy.
He wins a pair of tickets to a tournament next season.
Here are a few more of your entries:
"Well it's the latest ever finish John, do you think we should rename this the LateLateLate.com World Snooker Championiship?"
Stephen Meadows, London
"Yes pal, I do have change for the bus."
Benny Loi, Canada
"So, John, two world title in nine years, if you carry on at this rate you could equal Stephen Hendry's record by the age of 76."
David Nugent, Scotland
"I thought my game had gone to pot and I was feeling blue, but I'm no longer seeing red as I won right on cue!"
Mrs M Hill, Bath
08 Jun 2007 09:38:00
Enter our caption competition for a chance to win tickets to a tournament next season.
New 888.com World Snooker Champion John Higgins is pictured with BBC Sport presenter Ray Stubbs at the Crucible. But what is being said?
Send your amusing captions to firstname.lastname@example.org putting 'Caption Comp' in the subject field, or send a postcard to: Caption Competition, World Snooker, 14-16 Great Portland St, London W1W 8QW
Don’t forget to include your name and address. Entries must be received by Friday, June 22.
The winner will receive a pair of tickets to a choice of tournaments next season, and the funniest captions will be posted on worldsnooker.com
18 Jun 2007 12:27:00
Neil Robertson has been voted Player of the Season by worldsnooker.com readers.
The Australian left-hander made his major breakthrough during the 2006/07 campaign, winning the first two ranking events of his career.
The 25-year-old captured the Royal London Watches Grand Prix and Welsh Open titles, becoming the first player to win two ranking tournaments in a season since Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2004/05.
Robertson also climbed six places in the rankings to a career high of No 7.
A total of 261 votes were cast, with Robertson receiving nearly a third of those with 80.
Not far behind in second place with 63 was Mark Selby, who captured the attention of the snooker public with a brilliant run to the final of the 888.com World Snooker Championship. The Crucible runner-up also leapt into the top 16 for the first time.
SAGA Insurance Masters champion O'Sullivan was third with 42 votes, followed by 888.com World Champion and world No 1 John Higgins on 26.
The randomly-drawn winner of a pair of tickets to a tournament next season was Mark Hird from Heanor in Derbyshire.
Here are the vote results in full:
Neil Robertson 80
Mark Selby 63
Ronnie O'Sullivan 42
John Higgins 26
Andrew Higginson 9
Shaun Murphy 8
Ding Junhui 6
Jamie Cope 4
Ali Carter 4
Peter Ebdon 3
Stephen Hendry 3
Judd Trump 2
Graeme Dott 2
Michael Holt 2
Steve Davis 2
Ryan Day 1
David Gilbert 1
Ian McCulloch 1
Ken Doherty 1
Matthew Stevens 1
01 Jun 2007 10:19:00
Who do you think was snooker's outstanding performer of the 2006/07 campaign? Let us know and you could win a pair of tickets to a tournament next season.
John Higgins got your vote last year and is a strong contender again having captured the 888.com World Snooker Championship crown and world No 1 spot. Neil Robertson also enjoyed a brilliant campaign, winning his first two ranking titles. The other major trophies went to Ding Junhui, Peter Ebdon, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Shaun Murphy and Graeme Dott.
Or you might feel the Player of the Season accolade should go to a rising star like two-times ranking finalist Jamie Cope, or Mark Selby for reaching the Crucible final and breaking into the top 16, or even Andrew Higginson for his heroics at the Welsh Open.
E-mail your vote to email@example.com putting ’Player 0607’ in the subject field, or send a postcard to: Player of the Season, World Snooker, 14-16 Great Portland St, London W1W 8QW
The winner, drawn at random, will receive a pair of tickets to a choice of tournaments next season*.
Don’t forget to include your name and address. Entries must be received by Friday, June 15.
Look out for more competitions on worldsnooker.com in the coming weeks.
* Tickets up to and including quarter-final stage of any tournament except the 888.com World Snooker Championship.