Romanian Snooker

I dedicate this post to all involved in this wonderful game (players, referees, organizers and all the other people that made this possible).

I have been involved in the game of snooker for nearly 5 years and have seen the evolution of it. When I joined the picture there were only a few clubs around the country and I believe you could have counted them using the fingers of one of your hands. In my hometown there were no clubs at that moment but several months later one was founded and what was then a 10 players snooker club with one table became to be today a 50+ players club with 4 tables. The similar thing happened in other main cities and now, with more and more clubs setting up and with the national championship getting bigger, players are coming to play from all over the country. It is good to see that there are many that start playing from a young age because they are representing the future of this sport  – keep in mind that last year’s winner of the National League is only 18 years old.

I remember when the first century was realized, it was a huge news, even a 50 break was  considered to be a very good break. The good thing is that now, there are more and more players that are able to make those 50+ breaks and now and then you hear that other centuries had been made.

Even if snooker is a new game practiced in our country it surely evolved a lot in the last years and I really hope that some day we will have a player to represent us in the most prestigious international events. We already have referees representing us at the biggest competitions so why shouldn’t we have players too?

I will finish this post with a video that really impressed me this morning, a maximum break made in practice by two of our best players:

Congratulation guys!

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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.

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.