The Rocket Hits Hamm


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This very successful event took place on 29-30 November in Hamm, Germany, organized by Dragonstars Event Management.

In the quarter finals, Barry Hawkins beat Ryan Day 5-4 and Mark Williams beat Neil Robertson 5-1. The two met in the semi-final with Barry beating Mark.

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In the meantime, Ronnie O’Sullivan played an exhibition match against Shaun Murphy which he won 3-2.

All players also took part in a speed snooker competition in which Neil Robertson triumphed, beating Shaun Murphy in the final.

In the final, Ronnie beat Barry Hawkins 6-2 to take the €10,000 prize.

The event was a sell-out with 1,800 fans enjoying both days’ play. After the event, they also had the opportunity to meet the stars, with autograph signing going on well into the early hours.

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Having flown in straight from Prague, Ronnie was delighted to be carrying on playing to large, appreciative audiences in Europe. He said, “It’s been a great week for me and I look forward to coming back in the near future to give more entertainment to European snooker fans”.

The event and Ronnie, in particular, received some excellent coverage out in Germany – even if some of the facts read out by the TV companies weren’t very accurate. ARD/WDR have since claimed that Ronnie admitted to them that he was drunk before the press conference. Of course, this was not true; Ronnie had just completed his match against Marco Fu. No such conversation took place between Ronnie and the TV companies.

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