Paul Hunter Classic 2008
6th September 2008
From 28th till 31st August was in german Fürth held another Paul Hunter Classic.This was my first action like that and I took with me Martina from Slovakia. We had VIP tickets and also tickets to Players party. I was looking forward to see professional and also amateur players together, and as a good snooker fan that I will enjoy this four days atmosfere. This year tournament collides with Northern Ireland Trophy. I suspected that there is a chance top players do not come. But this had made no problem to organisers and players who failed in main tour arrived as soon as possible.
On Thursday we saw first of top players. Matt Stevens went straight after arrival to the table, later did so Gerard Greene. And finally we saw also Tony Drago, Jimmy White, Mark King, Jamie Cope, Nigel Bond, David Gray, Ricky Walden, Michael Holt, Tom Ford and others. Tom Ford is from Leicester just like Mark Selby so I went to see his matches because I wanted to see them live. In the evening arrived in Stadthalle Shaun Murphy which we had a chance to meet just like Jan Verhaas in Prague. My older daughter called me late evening after the great drama Mark Selby lost his battle against Ian McCulloch in 3rd round of Northern Ireland Trophy by score
4-5. And I expected to arrived with him also Ryan Day and Joe Perry.
On Friday we were up from early morning and were in hurry to get to the hall for matches. Schedule for World Speed Team Cup was changed throught the day, so my hopes to meet Mark, which I am making site about, get smaller and smaller. I had bought a pint of water that costs 2,5 EUR and sat for a while in VIP restaurant. I wanted to give up my hoping. Fortunately I heard that there was not free flight and remaining 3 players would arrived on Saturday. We had seen qualification matches that we were interested in and
in the evening was held World Speed Team Cup. Welsh won it.
On Saturday arrived remaining players with Jan Verhaas and so I went where Mark had played. From then on I watched all of his matches and to my huge joy he get into the Sunday´s final against Shaun. He is a really great player and won´t the harm to any fun. He demonstrated it on Saturday´s Players Party where with Bernie draw raffle and then he played one frame with winner of it, which she won when Mark move a lot of points. It was a really great evening. I admit that it wasn´t my intention to get autographs and pictures, but to meet my friends and greet with them. I am happy that we have met. And another day was behind us.
Sunday passed very quickly. Final was played til 10 p.m. and I was sorry that I would have a chance to meet with people I like to see, next year. But snooker is played all year long and I realise how great is to be webmistress of Mark Selby´s unofficial site. On Fürth left me a beautiful memories, and to illustrate some of the photos for you. And I have the motivation to English...
Great thanks to Thomas Cesal for the organisation of the tournament. Thank you so much, Mr Cesal!
Pictures by Thomas Leichtenstern / Fotografie
Photos by Florian