interview

Brazil 2-0 Ukraine – International Friendly at Pride Park

On Monday 11th October 2010 I went to Pride Park, the home of Derby County, to watch an International Friendly match between Brazil, the 2014 World Cup hosts, and Ukraine, the Euro 2012 co-hosts.

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Mark Davis Q&A

The reigning 6 reds world champion Mark Davis is the latest snooker star to be interviewed on ryan147.com

Mark Davis turned professional at the start of the 1991/92 season. At 37 years of age he seems to have been playing some of the best snooker of his career over the past couple of seasons.

Last season Davis won the first ever 6 reds World Championship, beating Mark Williams 6-3 in the final, in probably the victory of his career. Other tournament wins have been the 2007 German Open and the 2003 B&H Championship, but Mark is yet to have won a ranking event.

Currently 2010 is one of the best years for Mark as he is currently ranked 18th in the World which is his highest ever ranking and in China in March he recorded his highest ever tournament break a 143.

Away from the Snooker table he also got married this year.

Read his Q&A below…

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EASB Snooker Finals Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday the 23rd and 24th of May I was invited to the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield as Media Officer for the EASB (English Association of Snooker and Billiards) finals weekend.

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2010 World Snooker Championship – The Final

On Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd May 2010 I was back at the Crucible for the final of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

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Mark Allen Q&A

 

Mark Allen is the latest snooker star to be interviewed on ryan147.com . I would like to thank Mark for taking the time to answer my questions this week with the World Championships just one month away.

Irishman Mark Allen burst onto the scene by winning the 2005 World Amateur Championship. After a promising amateur career, Mark got onto the main tour for the 2005/06 season and by the time the 2008/09 season arrived he was already in the elite top 16.

Mark has been quite successful in the world championships. In 2007 he qualified but lost to Ken Doherty in round 1, then in 2008 he pushed Stephen Hendry all the way but once again lost in the first round. Finally in 2009 he reached the semi finals, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan along the way before losing to eventual winner John Higgins.

Mark Allen won his first professional tournament in 2009, winning the Jiangsu Classic beating Ding Junhui 6-0 in the final. Despite this win Allen is yet to win a ranking event however at the age of 24 he still has plenty of time.

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Martin Gould Q&A

Welcome to my sixth Q&A with stars of the Snooker world.

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Up and coming star Martin Gould is the latest player to be interviewed by ryan147.com. Martin ended last season ranked 46th in the world rankings and starts the 2009/10 season ranked 37th on the one year list. Unfortuanetly he didnt get off to the best of starts this season losing 5-3 to Gerard Greene in the final round of qualifying for the Shanghai Masters despite beating Peter Lines 5-0 in the round before.

Martin Gould really made a break through last season. It was Martin’s first season back on the tour which he had qualified for by winning the English Amatuer Championship and he qualified for 3 final stages of events. His first appearance in the final stages came in the UK Championship in which he met eventual champion Shaun Murphy in the first round and lost 9-7.

His biggest win came at the Welsh Open final stages where Martin beat 7 times world champion Stephen Hendry 5-3 to reach the last 16. Despite losing to Joe Swail in round 2, this was a real confidence boost for Martin who went on to qualify for the World Championship at Sheffield by beating Rodney Goggins, David Gilbert and Matthew Stevens.

Sadly Martin’s debut at the Crucible turned out to be a disappointing one losing in the first round to Mark Allen 10-6. However Martin had a great season and looks like a great prospect for the future.

Please click below to read the interview

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