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Old 01-12-19, 15:56   #1321
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Terry Camilleri is the guy he hates.
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Old 01-12-19, 16:15   #1322
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Hi, he's as hard working as ever for sure and still loves the game & competes at a high level after 25+ years a pro which says a lot in itself

The standard in the game today is unreal. A match (shorter now, most best of 7) can often turn on one incident or shot. A player making a 60+ break, breaking down and the opponent clearing up is commonplace and happens very regularly.

Yes, he has his Star table in Celbridge and has been there since his previous practice residence in Lucan Village closed. Shaun lives in Ireland now (married an Irish girl) and until recently he too was resident in Celbridge but he has very recently moved his table to a private members club just off Stephens Green. They practice together regularly and will continue to do so swapping between Celbridge & Dublin CC. Fergal practices regularly with Shaun, Ken Doherty and up north with Mark Allen. Mark has some excellent pro's playing out of his club (Michael Georgiou, Jordan Brown) as well as some top amateurs, there's 2 Star tables and a better club you won't find anywhere. Ken has recently upgraded his table in The Radisson to a Star which has probably contributed to his upturn in form recently.

All in all plenty of players & quality facilities to keep all the Irish players sharp. Hopefully the new younger players (Ross, Aaron & whoever else) will get integrated bringing them on & injecting some fresh blood into the Irish scene. In any case would be great to see the Irish lads prosper and achieve more success. Mark Allen is just unreal & Shaun (up until this week ) has had an amazing start to the season.
Thanks for all the info, Im a Fergal drooler. I've followed his career closely for ages mostly on the world snooker live ticker. I remember being in the Submarine bar in Crumlin watching him on tv in the evening session of the 1999 British Open. The GF was trying to get me out of the pub as her parents were away that weekend but I wanted to keep watch Fergal. I remember when we got back later that night her concerned brother came in later and was banging down the bedroom door violently saying whos in there over and over and she was leaning the other side of it keeping him out for all her worth until it somehow subsided!.

Ever since then all I had was Fergals blog which he didnt continue but knew he was practicing out of Lucan at that time .And knew he had the shop on Capel street at the time. His professionalism ihas always been what impresses me most and is right up there and thats whats kept him around. Its easy to be impressed by the professionalism from someone whos winning frequently but for someone who isnt and keeps that line is so impressive.

Im intregued by this private members club off St Stephens Green, didnt know there was any snooker places around that way?.
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Old 01-12-19, 16:27   #1323
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Thought that was the ref that kept getting in his way, and was very slow to respot the balls? Didn't see it, just saw somoene post it on Twitter!
Thibk thats Leo Scullion your thinking of
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Old 01-12-19, 17:25   #1324
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Think he just hates all referees!

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Old 01-12-19, 17:51   #1325
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Think he just hates all referees!

Its not so much he hates them its just that hes impatient with them and tries to show up their slowness. Ive noticed recently hes giving refs a hard time with this. The ref needs to be more authoritative in these instances and make a stand.

What doesnt help is refs are more disadvantaged these days with having to stand behind players on their shot. I mean what a load of bollox. It means refs are sprinting around the table after spotting colours to stand behind the player. I mean do you really thing practice table ball spotters are doing this?.
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Old 01-12-19, 21:59   #1326
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Thanks for all the info, Im a Fergal drooler. I've followed his career closely for ages mostly on the world snooker live ticker. I remember being in the Submarine bar in Crumlin watching him on tv in the evening session of the 1999 British Open. The GF was trying to get me out of the pub as her parents were away that weekend but I wanted to keep watch Fergal. I remember when we got back later that night her concerned brother came in later and was banging down the bedroom door violently saying whos in there over and over and she was leaning the other side of it keeping him out for all her worth until it somehow subsided!.

Ever since then all I had was Fergals blog which he didnt continue but knew he was practicing out of Lucan at that time .And knew he had the shop on Capel street at the time. His professionalism ihas always been what impresses me most and is right up there and thats whats kept him around. Its easy to be impressed by the professionalism from someone whos winning frequently but for someone who isnt and keeps that line is so impressive.

Im intregued by this private members club off St Stephens Green, didnt know there was any snooker places around that way?.
Yep 1999 British Open was his only ranking tournament win. He did make the final of The Masters & Northern Irish Open as well

It's his dedication & professionalism that keeps him still playing at the top level after all this time He loves snooker and it's all he wants to do so that's more than half the battle.

To make it in professional snooker (or any sport these days) you not only need a talent & natural ability... you need an unbelievable work ethic. Look at Trump, probably the most talented player in the game along with Ronnie but Trump is also the hardest working player in the game right now. Since he teamed up with his brother and dedicated himself more to practice he has moved onto a different level and is the favorite in every tournament he starts now.

I've been around the game a lot of years now and I've seen so many incredible talents, 'future world champions' come & go. Most lack the self discipline & sheer total work ethic to succeed. I could rattle of a list of names....... but I won't

Fergal is my friend so I am biased but I have always admired his total dedication to the sport & his strong work ethic week after week, year after year. It's down to this that he has remained in the game and playing at the top level for so long.

As for Shaun Murphy's new 'home' I'm not 100% sure of the name but it's close enough to Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and it's a private club with only a few tables. Shaun has gotten himself right back on track this year and it's mainly due to a introspective revaluation during the summer and some tweaks (some minor, some major) to his game & everything around it. So far I'd say it's working out quite well
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Old 04-12-19, 16:53   #1327
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Maflins ego going for the brown lost him that decider. How could you go for the brown there rather than put a high colour safe. Im delighted to see him playing well and have tipped him to land something a while ago. Its probably a good thing that hes able to back himself taking these shots on but in this instance it was a bad choice.
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Old 04-12-19, 21:13   #1328
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Maflins ego going for the brown lost him that decider. How could you go for the brown there rather than put a high colour safe. Im delighted to see him playing well and have tipped him to land something a while ago. Its probably a good thing that hes able to back himself taking these shots on but in this instance it was a bad choice.
Didnt't see the shot, but read this from Mark Williams earlier. You got a clip?

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Old 04-12-19, 21:32   #1329
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Old 04-12-19, 22:24   #1330
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Hmmm, i don't mind going for that shot if you're forced into it, and there's no easy safety on. Putting blue/pink safe and leaving the cueball on the cushion looks the shot to be. Rolling it across the nap is never going to be easy. Tough one!
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Old 04-12-19, 22:44   #1331
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Good mate of mine played with him in Langans of Capel St around 89/90.
There was a good league scene back then amongst the twenty or more clubs in Dublin with most of the clubs entering multiple teams, and my mate tells me Fergal wasn't good enough to be close to Langans first team.

Lots of the players had far more ability but ultimately O'Brien stuck with it whilst they all fell by the wayside.
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Old 05-12-19, 09:22   #1332
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Hmmm, i don't mind going for that shot if you're forced into it, and there's no easy safety on. Putting blue/pink safe and leaving the cueball on the cushion looks the shot to be. Rolling it across the nap is never going to be easy. Tough one!
Pack the game in if you are not taking that brown on at that stage. 9/10 shot for a pro, the white isn’t even under the rail.
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Pack the game in if you are not taking that brown on at that stage. 9/10 shot for a pro, the white isn’t even under the rail.
No I can't agree. He had Allen dominated so he was underselling by putting the match on a 50/50 at best shot which Allen even admitted the only way he was winning was if Kurt missed that shot. Kurt went to the well once too often in that frame. If there was 1 other ball relatively safe then yes of course go for it but there wasn't. The still doesn't really indicate the pressure of the shot fully. Also the more you play safety the more chance of something else going safe.
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Pack the game in if you are not taking that brown on at that stage. 9/10 shot for a pro, the white isnít even under the rail.
9/10 is a pretty poor return on that shot, and even moreso when you add the pressure of where we are in the match, and the likely result if he misses it. If you're going for those and missing 1/10, it's the wrong choice imo, especially with other options available.
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No I can't agree. He had Allen dominated so he was underselling by putting the match on a 50/50 at best shot which Allen even admitted the only way he was winning was if Kurt missed that shot. Kurt went to the well once too often in that frame. If there was 1 other ball relatively safe then yes of course go for it but there wasn't. The still doesn't really indicate the pressure of the shot fully. Also the more you play safety the more chance of something else going safe.
Whether you agree or not turning that shot down to win the match is scandalous.

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9/10 is a pretty poor return on that shot, and even moreso when you add the pressure of where we are in the match, and the likely result if he misses it. If you're going for those and missing 1/10, it's the wrong choice imo, especially with other options available.
You have to take on a 6/10 at that stage surely, itís possible you donít ever get another change to win. The top lads will always take it on
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Hard not to root for Nigel Bond after that performance.
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Heres the decider, 9mins in but have to watch the whole frame for full context
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What do you make of this? The ref missed the foul, and the player didn't own up. Can't be having close ups of every shot and watching for fouls imo

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Its hard think a professional down on a shot like that wouldn't have noticed the feather unless his eyes in that split second traversed to the object ball and even then theyd usually cop it. But he mustn't have because Allen is part of snookers cheating polices best spotters against the Chinese especially. Even part of the handshake police after the bathroom incident.

An alternative explanation is that he did execute a rather lackluster shot on the blue suggesting right after the feather in frustration he played a penance shot in return for not going to the hassle of fessing up for the feather. Could have been hung over and been feeling flippant.

Fergal wont be happy either losing 4-2 to Andy Lee.
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This doesn't happen too often!

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