The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker competition is set to come to Sheffield for the first time with snooker legends Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Joe Johnson among 20 players from 16 countries competing for the trophy. The competition will run for five days from 14 August. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Ronnie O’Sullivan has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championship by amateur player James Cahill. The 23 year-old from Blackpool is the first non-professional player to qualify for the Crucible and he beat the world number one by 10 frames to 8. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Cahill after the match.
Reigning World Snooker Champion Mark Selby retained his title after beating former title-holder John Higgins. Snooker fans witnessed a spectacular final at the Crucible, with a controversial decision over the black ball in the 31st frame. Selby goes into the book of legends alongside the likes of Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry who have also won back to back titles. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Higgins and Selby after the match.
Commentator, coach and former world champion Terry Griffiths looks back on 40 years of World Snooker in Sheffield. Griffiths won the World Snooker Championship in 1979 at one of the earliest tournaments at the Crucible. He is coach to 2017 semi-finalists Barry Hawkins and Ding Junhui. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke with Terry Griffiths about how the game has changed.
The tournament, now into its fourth year, is hosted and managed by the Stephen Harrison Snooker Academy. Children under eighteen, with physical and learning disabilities, compete in knock out frames of snooker to win the prize trophy. Parents and carers assist to ensure the children are safe and fully supported. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
With snooker leading this week’s Sheffield sports news and resident snooker player Ding Junhui into the semi final, Sheffield Live! took a peek behind the scenes with MC Rob Walker. Azz Mohammed reports.
Sheffield-based Ding Junhui, the most successful Asian player in world snooker, spoke to Sheffield Live! on handling the pressure of top flight snooker. Ding is world number six, last year’s beaten finalist and set to face Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter finals of the World Snooker Championship 2017 at The Crucible. He has been an inspiration to the new generation of Chinese snooker players and has been training at the World Snooker Academy since moving to Sheffield in 2006. Ding spoke to Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed about setting up home in Sheffield, which football team he secretly supports and how he copes with life in the spotlight.
Four time World Snooker winner John Higgins tells Sheffield Live! how his priorities have changed over twenty years of top flight snooker. Higgins, known as the Wizard of Wishaw, remains one of the top sixteen players in the world as he competes at the World Snooker Championships 2017. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Local artist, Matt Cockayne, has been commissioned to produce a special artwork to celebrate 40 years of World Snooker at The Crucible. Cockayne of Goo Design has produced the limited edition print to mark the 40th anniversary of the World Snooker Championships coming to Sheffield. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Cockayne at his Chesterfield studio.
A groundbreaking Sheffield social enterprise is providing snooker coaching and competitions for young people with physical and learning disabilities. The Stephen Harrison Snooker Academy was set up by founder Stephen Harrison, in memory of his father Ray Harrison who was the 1985 Paraplegic World Snooker Champion, winning a gold medal. The Academy has shown that snooker can help children with numeracy and literacy including using specialised snooker balls with numbers and letters printed on them as a new interactive method of learning. Ut can also help with concentration, dexterity and hand/eye coordination. The Academy will be staging the National Junior Disability Snooker Championship on 23 April 2017 at the Green Room Snooker Centre, High Green. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Academy founder Stephen Harrison and some of the players.