Snooker: Local League Review I

Last Saturday, as mentioned in an earlier post, it took place the first tournament of the local snooker league. For me it went quite good I would say, winning 2 of my 3 matches from the group stage and qualifying in the last 16 but none of my matches were easy.

After my fist 2-1 win I had to play with the local coach from which I couldn’t snatch a frame, loosing 3-0. It wasn’t that I had played badly but, the fact that the match was getting interrupted from two to two minutes, really made me lose my concentration. Perhaps I should have stayed calmer and just focused on the game but it is easier said than done when all sort of toughs start roaming your mind.

Right after this game I got to play my last group stage game against a new comer (hat off to this kid who will probably turn to be a good player in the near future). I made an impressive start winning the first frame which was probably my best single frame of this year. I don’t know what happened next, maybe I just relaxed more than I should have done it but, very quickly I found myself leveled at 1-1 and with the pressure on me because my opponent was coming from behind. The next frame was crucial in the way of qualifying to the last 16, but luckily I managed to calm myself and provide a decent last frame which help me pass through.

In the last 16 I have encountered one of my best friends so it was a very nice game in which we both played relaxed. Although I could have snatched at least one frame and probably made my best game of the tournament  he won 3-0. I gave my best not missing easy shots, but he was a class above me. No wonder he is in the top 16 players from our country.

In conclusion: It was a very nice event and I am happy with the way I have played so I am looking forward to a good snooker year.


Song Of The Week (January 26, 2014)

This section is dedicated to music and artists, in no particular order and no particular genres. I will start this section with one of my favorite songs which I have found recently:

Jack Johnson – Good People


“Well, you win, it’s your show now
So what’s it gonna be?
‘Cause people will tune in
How many train wrecks do we need to see?

Before we lose touch of
And we thought this was low
It’s bad getting’ worse now

Where’d all the good people go?
I’ve been changin’ channels
I don’t see them on the TV shows, yeah
Where’d all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow, yeah

They got this and that with a rattle a tat
Testin’ one two, what you gonna do?
Bad news, misused, got too much to lose
Gimme some truth, man, who’s side are we on?

Whatever you say, I turn on the boob tube
I’m in the mood to obey
So lead me astray and by the way now

Where’d all the good people go?
I’ve been changin’ channels
I don’t see them on the TV shows
Where’d all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow
Where’d all the good people go?

Sittin’ ’round, feeling far away, yeah
So far away but I can feel the debris, can you feel it?
You interrupt me from a friendly conversation
To tell me how great it’s all gonna be

But you might notice some hesitation
‘Cause it’s important to you, it’s not important to me
Way down by the edge of your reason
Well, it’s beginning to show and all I really wanna know is

Where’d all the good people go?
I’ve been changin’ channels
I don’t see them on the TV shows
Where’d all the good people go?
We got heaps and heaps of what we sow
Where’d all the good people go?

With a rattle a tat, testin’ one two
Now what you gonna do?
Bad news, misused, you got too much to lose
Gimme some truth, whose side are we on today anyway?

Okay, whatever you say
Wrong or resolute but in the mood to obey
Station to station desensitizing the nation
Where’d all the good people going, going?”

Codfish With Vegetables And Vegetable Spring Rolls

I came home after the usual eight hours of work but happy because weekend is ahead.  It was 1:30 AM already but since tomorrow I will be busy most of the day with one of my favorite activities (the snooker tournament that I was talking in my first post) I decided to make a quick dish for tonight and to save some for tomorrow also.

I had some frozen codfish in the freezer and was just thinking what to make fast so I can could cook it and eat it in the next 30 minutes when I realized I have a variety of frozen vegetables and some spring rolls.

So here it is, my first dish shared with you:

Codfish With Vegetables And Vegetable Spring Rolls 



Ingredients for 2 portions:

  • 3 fillets of codfish
  • 6 Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Frozen Vegetables: Green Beans, Carrots, Pea and Corn
  • Spices: Marjoram, Basil, Pepper, Chilli and a bit of Salt
  • Palm Oil
  • Flour


  • Season the codfish fillets with salt, pepper,chilli and roll them in flour.
  • Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add oil then the codfish and season it on one side with basil. Cook them for about 3 minutes then turn the fillets on the other side and season with marjordam -usually I use only one of the 2 spices basil/marjordam but I just love them both:). When the fish is ready take it out and fry the spring rolls in the same pan for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • For the vegetables I have used my ‘Dry Cooker’ but you can use any pan. I added very little oil and let the vegetables to steam for about 7 minutes.

Snooker, a new year…

For those that are not aware what snooker is, it can be described as a game similar to billiards/pool but on a bigger table and with smaller balls. Sounds difficult? It really is. The thing that makes it so difficult, but exciting in the same time, is that it is also a mental game. You can have a good aim and pot balls but without mastering your emotions you can never be good at snooker.

I have been playing snooker for about 4 years and had lots of high and lows but this year I am expecting to be a better one and I am saying that because I proposed myself to practice more and have a different thinking at the table. The things changed in the last two years because I did not practice as much I should and there are more and more new players that come from behind. In fact, there were times when I was playing so bad that I tough it will be better if I just quit playing but, fortunately, I never did:).

This weekend is taking place the local league’s first snooker tournament (of a series of ten). I have finished on the 12th position last year and have been practicing more in the past few weeks so I expect a good first event.  I have already had a good start at this event with a narrow win (2-1, potting the last black ball) in the first match from a group in which I have three competitors, one of which is the local coach and current number one.

Tomorrow  morning I am going to do a final training session so I can be as ‘in form’ as I can be on Saturday.