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.

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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.