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good evening, it is a packed house at the Palace, 2000 people making
their way into to enjoy this deciding session of the Masters
final. Ronnie O'Sullivan is the defending champion and has known
plenty of evenings like this. His 12 Masters final. But for his opponent,
42-year-old Joe Perry from Cambridgeshire, this is the first
time in his 26 year career that he has the chance of landing one of
snooker's major titles. There are three of them, this is the second in
the season. As an 80-1 shot, few people gave him a fighting chance
but after this afternoon's opening session, he's got one now... In the
first frame, it looks like the Rocket would take the opener but he
missed this straightforward scull into the pocket, and he asked the
referee to sort out is background noise in the auditorium.
Joe Perry was not bothered, and it was one nil to the gentleman. Midway
through frame two, Ronnie found himself 30 points behind. This
chance went astray... And Joe cleared to go 2-0 in front. 2-0
down, it was time for The Rocket to begin playing.
This was his first brain taken of the final. In frame four, this
misjudged attempt that Joe Perry and at the interval. -- the first frame.
In frame five, the first after the interval, Joe Perry pressed home his
advantage with a magnificent break, 115, the highest of the match. In
frame six, Joe needed this red to go 5-1 in front, but he missed. Roddy
Grant fully mopped up the balls. In frame seven, with Roddy sensing
danger of going behind in this final, he pulled this off. In frame
eight, it was not vintage Ronnie O'Sullivan. But this shocking miss
from Joe Perry gifted him the frame. 4-4 going into the evening, and it's
all to play for... ANNOUNCER: Please welcome the 20 15th grand final
champion... Joe Perry! # Clap along if you feel like
happiness is the truth # Clap along if you know what
happiness is to you # Because I'm happy...
# Pop along if you feel that's what you want to do #
FUNKY MUSIC ANNOUNCER: And here comes the
defending Masters champion... Ronnie O'Sullivan!
So, here we go. A possible 11 more frames tonight, the first to 10 will
win the ?200,000 first prize. He could step ahead of Stephen Hendry
to get that record of seven Masters titles, whilst Joe Perry can take a
big leap into the big-time as a major winner at last.
Over to our commentators, it is poised more finely than it everyone
expected? COMMENTATOR: It's an unbelievable
reception. The crowd are still cheering...
CHEERING An electric atmosphere for this
final session. There is the beautiful trophy. Thank you. The
ninth frame. Ronnie O'Sullivan to break. What a buzz for the
players... Fantastic! Just sitting here, enjoying the walk on and the
music... What it must mean for those players there, coming out to that
rapturous applause and welcome. Nothing like the Sunday night
Masters final at the Ally Pally... The question is, how much of those
few frames that Joe Perry let slip away, how much can he forget about
those? And have a fresh start again tonight?
It is a pretty good safety shot. Knowledge from Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Tapping the table. That was a thin one... What you call
a fine shot. Those two people, that is Paul Hunter's mother and father,
Christine and Allen, they will be delighted to be here, what an honour
to have this Masters named after their son, who won it three times. A
sad loss to the game, just 26 years old at the time, but what a player
he was. He certainly was. A straightforward escape shot here,
that is why Ronnie is coming off the escape cushion. Just a containing
safety. He did well. Coming back down behind the yellow, a nice angle
to come off those two oceans. -- oceans. He can play that one off the
white, to get down behind the yellow.
Another excellent safety. You need to be careful that he does not knock
the red towards this corner pocket... But he has played it very
well. I tell you what, we have had some cracking safety shot 's plate
already. Who is going to make the first mistake? Might be able to
sneak one in that is just above the black. And get the weight back down
the table. You can see just enough of it -- black Mac. As long as it is
not too thin. -- knock the white back down the table. That is pretty
good... An interested spectator, for the
first time that the snooker, Ed Miliband, I met him earlier on. He
loves snooker, and it is great to have him here. The leader of the
Labour Party for just under five years.
Is that a fluke? This is a thin one. Not straightforward. He will have
two hit it very thin... I can see with one eye, Ronnie Junior,
watching his father. It is never easy to roll up behind
the ball colour, Ronnie will be disappointed that he has left this
opportunity for Joe Perry. That is a bit unlucky there, Joe... Seeing the
red going over the bottom right-hand corner pocket. An easy starter, but
the paint is tied up, and the black is awkward. How does he get there?
Does he risk doing a cannon to get the blackout? -- the pink. He has
the cue power. He can get the cue ball behind the black and take it
into the same pocket... No. Trying to sneak past it... Just a safety
shot now... Still a little awkward with that
black near the bottom cushion tied up. This yellow... Switching hands
certainly helps, but not this time. He does not miss many with his
opposite hand. It is a cagey opening frame here.
It was tricky to get a position there where he can come off the pink
to get in behind the yellow again. This is excellent. A tough situation
there, for Ronnie. He has a similar situation here, Joe Perry. He will
have to Will Boyde the pink. Play a safety shot.
He goes around. Not on the colour. If that bounces... I do not think
that he can put the yellow in, though. It could be a useful fluke?
Has he covered it? CLAPPING
Joe Perry put himself into some trouble there. As he rolled up to
the brown committee was frightened of not reaching it. He would have
left a free ball, and hit it harder than he intended. And did not get
the snooker. Gradually, the frame is opening up.
There is a good length of shot. A fantastic pot. It would not have
mattered if you missed the cue balls. Safe anyway, but an excellent
pot. The yellow ball just comes off the side cushion. A yellow on the
way... Ronnie O'Sullivan, one. A series of breaks at the moment,
Dennis. Joe is a brilliant attacking player
as well. But this opening frame could suit him, after losing the
last three from 4-1 to 4-4. A bout of safety, that could get him used
to the evening's atmosphere. There is the Alexandra Palace crowd. 2000
people... It is just buzzing here this evening.
Is there a gap between the brown and the green? This red over towards the
pocket. Just about enough, but he needs to cue it well, though...
There. Perfect! He made a break of 59 this
afternoon, it was all over the table. So awkward. It was brilliant.
Going back up the table, back down the table... He screws it into the
middle... Foul. A little careless there. Getting into the screw shot
with his left hand too much. A nervy opening frame here this evening.
A great pot. Nicely held for the black.
Nerves a little too far for this red among the top cushion. But he has
the top corner pocket is available. Could go for the black or the blue.
This red along the top cushion is very difficult...
Look at those scores, four frames each, 14 points each. All of the
fours. It's just been an awkward opening frame... The way that the
balls went early on. Now you have all of the colours in pottable
positions. An interesting tactical battle coming up...
He had a quick glance at the red, to see if he can put it in off the
pink. But the White is tight off the cushion but this opening frame is
interesting, as the reds come out, into the table... Possibly sliding
off this red down the left-hand side. Put the cue ball up into the
jaws of the yellow pocket. Cover that up with the yellow, that is a
possibility. Be careful, a simple shot that Joe played there. But a
clever one, staying tied to the top cushion.
That is about all he could do. The only thing is that he has left an
easy shot for Joe Perry to send the red back up the table, and make it
quite difficult for Ronnie. That is careless... I think that he
has covered it but he did not want the red over the pocket. It is
covered, as you can see. Needing to pull up a little bit...
Does this red get to the pink? This could be a chance for Joe. Clearly
going into the middle pocket, as you can see. Wanting the White tight on
the cushion. Probably not as easy as it looked.
Still fancying him for that one, though... It is one of those shots
where if you do not get it clean into the pocket, it might have gone
in, after the pink... Now he has been given a chance, I don't think
he can win the frame in this position, but... The awkward couple
of reds will be the ones that are right.
If we can somehow get a nice angle on the. -- on the blue.
That looks about perfect on the blue, a lot of top spin.
CLAPPING Hmm, he has the white safe, but to
take this pot on the white, we go dangerously close to the middle
pocket. If he does not take it on and avoided, he could come back
towards the black. There is the cue ball...
If you can see enough of this red, you can pot it, with an even angle,
and bring that extra pink into play. I think that he has gone too far, he
is on the yellow now, he cannot do that.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, three. Joe may try and knock this red that he is
closest to on to the pink and the red.
It looks as if this will be the longest frame of the match so far.
We had a 22 minute 46 second frame, that was frame seven. This one has
been going not too far off 23 minutes. But it was awkward how
those high value collars went at the start of the frame. -- colours.
CLAPPING It was interesting to see Ronnie
after the session today, I saw him in the practice room with his
friend, Damien Hirst, they were practising for at least one hour, I
would say. Which is unusual, between sessions you want to try and
conserve energy and get ready for tonight. But obviously still
concerned about his tip and wants to break it in a bit more. And probably
concerned that his highest break in the first session was a break of 58.
In frame three. After his performance against Marco Fu,
another day, a different game. But I think there's opening frame is
much more important for Joe Perry, having lost the last three, just to
establish things get himself back the lead.
This looks pretty good. He has got the snooker behind the yellow. That
black is helping because he can't swerve around the yellow, so he
might try the two cushion escape here. He does not want to leave a
free ball. Will Ronnie have a go at this pink now? In fact, the pink
being safe, with Ronnie having the advantage, he needs that pink tied
up. Just checking the monitor. For Paul
Callier to get the pink back right. In the same spot. That's near
enough. I don't know if that is left a bit, writer bit, I'm not sure. --
right a bit. That is where it was. That is near enough. He needs a thin
slick on this. It could cost him the frame.
Ronnie did not see this coming. That first frame lasted so long. The
balls dictated that. 30 in front if he was to pot black,
37 in front. Black would need Joe Perry needing a snooker.
I'm not sure about that. He didn't have to get on the red. The only
needed the black but he played the normal shopper there, which added a
bit more pressure to it. Yes, I'm very surprised. -- shot. He is lucky
he has covered the red here, because he could be in trouble.
It could have been so much more difficult to hit this red. Hit and
hope for a bit of luck. He has got it.
30 ahead, so Ronnie needs the red and anything above the yellow. Job
needing a snooker. -- Joe needing a snooker.
He just needs the red, doesn't he? And any colour above in order to
win. Bit short of pace with the cue ball. A half chance. We know how
good of a long potter he is, Joe Perry. He is going to need one now.
Not quite sure what is going to take on. What it's shaping up to. It was
very difficult. Very difficult. He played it in a very clever way. The
possibility of always covering it with the yellow but still lucky.
Relying on a bit of luck. It will be interesting to see... Is
he going to try to get a bit of distance or just land on it? He is
going for the distance. He has left the red upper. He could have easily
nestled on the red. This red to secure the opening frame.
He had a glimmer of hope. Joe missed the black which could have put him
say. -- safe. Joe is thinking about it. He
is staying in his seat and he concedes and Ronnie O'Sullivan
carries on where he left off. It was a very long frame, just over 32
minutes but Ronnie has taken it and that is four in a row and he now
leads by 5-4. STUDIO: Significantly, for the first
time he's ahead in this final having trailed 4-1 this afternoon. A
palpable tension in the arena at there. Well over 30 minutes. Two
shots to the middle pocket that both seem to illustrate the pressure on
both of them, I would say. Yes, the first one was Joe Perry trying to
pot of this. Under normal circumstances, he would have got
that but there was a red over that corner pocket. This one, it's one of
those ones, tricky on the black. The pressure, you want to play the shot
but sometimes you don't need to, you need to put it in, but the first one
Joe Hart, I looked at it and I went, I don't fancy this. If you know
you're going to miss it, it gets magnified. When Ronnie O'Sullivan
decides to pop the black and goes for the red commie puts pressure on
himself by going for the red. If he parts black on his own, the public
gets it. We questioned whether that was the right decision or not. Even
the great Ronnie O'Sullivan looking back perhaps could have recovered
with snookers but would have been over the line. He was trying to kill
off the frame and did not think you would miss the back but it's a tough
game. It's taken Ronnie all this time to get ahead because if you
were not with us this afternoon, we were discussing the prospect for Joe
Perry and very few people, had a hope of beating Ronnie. Ronnie was
7-1 to win this match so they thought it was all over. It was a
surprise when he left for- a wonderful soppy Mr very important
red to leave 5-1, and since then, it has cost him. Joe is a higher ranked
player. Number nine. Ronnie is number 13. But it's Ronnie's
experience and his craft which stood him in such great stead over the
last three years. Back we go. Versus frame ten. -- this is frame ten.
Always handy, a few of those to get you amongst the balls.
What can he make of it? Back open into the bottom left-hand corner
pocket. This is a very poor shot from Joe
Perry. Anywhere in the middle of the table, the pink, a couple of reds,
into this pocket. Might just have gotten away with
that. The red to the left of the pink. It goes over to the corner.
But that is far from a gimme. Wasn't easy.
You are not helping the players when you call out. Would you settle down,
Well said. You don't want one or two
individuals shouting out on their own. It's nice to have a great
atmosphere but you don't want people shouting out at the wrong time. It's
not doing the player they are shouting for any good.
That was some shot, that pace, wasn't it?
You just sense that he's taking control now of this match. I think
he needed that opening frame just to settle down again. He started so
well. Could quite easily have won the first session 6-2. He probably
was thinking that. He can't let this man get on a roll, the way he did
against Marco Fu. Devastating. Didn't get the cue ball away from
it. Had the red on the left-hand pocket as insurance.
He has cued that are very, very well. He made it look ridiculously
easy. The action on the cue ball, fantastic. Does he go for the blue
or comeback for the black? Has he overrun it for the red to the
left of the pink? There was a planned there and that has helped
the situation. One thing for sure. This frame is
not going to last as long as the opening frame.
It's quite noticeable Ronnie has upped his tempo around the table, as
well. One little cannon into these reds
now. Decided to go for the loose red. Security, can we go to the top,
please? There seems to be a medical situation.
Just a bit of a disturbance at the top. A medic is required. Hopefully
the person is OK. Ronnie says he wants to carry on.
APPLAUSE 64 in front.
Still a possible 59 on the table. At the snooker required stage.
The referee has asked him to give it a few seconds. I think someone is
unwell, probably with the heat in the arena. Exhausting. He looks OK.
He looks fine to me. Yeah, no problems.
APPLAUSE He has done a pretty good job, you
would say. Ronnie, for the last four or five
years, a different player. He is in a pretty good place mentally,
Ronnie. I think he thought he had missed
that red. A break of 68. He finished the frame
off with a magnificent 56. Joe never really had a lock in in that frame
and he continues on the march, Ronnie O'Sullivan. He now leads Joe
Perry by 6-4. He's just starting to take control here. Joe is starting
to feel the pressure quite a bit. It is a big, big Dave. His first time
in a major. -- Dave. Those last couple of frames he let
slip, he could easily have had a 60 lead tonight. Maybe he's feeling it
now because of those few frames that went, going into any lead, he
would've felt very confident but Ronnie, the way he started, OK, it's
not a vintage and Sullivan, but he is certainly buzzing around the
table -- O Sullivan. Played some amazing shots. There is one shot.
You can see how well he's getting through the ball. Yeah, Joe Perry
needs to get off the mark. And very, very soon. Yes, two more frames
before the mid-session interval. Joe needs at least one of them to go to
the interval and maybe get some practice on the practice table and
tried to keep himself in this match now. So, a key frame coming up.
Thank you. Frame 11. Ronnie O'Sullivan to break.
Decent break off from Ronnie O'Sullivan. It has left the red into
the bottom left-hand pocket. Coming down towards the black with the cue
ball. Wow. That was a long, long way away.
Joe has played so well this week. 6-1 against Stuart Bingham. Then 6-1
against Ding Junhui. At the moment, that semifinal has taken its toll a
little bit. To come back from 5-2 behind and needing a snooker to beat
his good friend, Barry Hawkins, certainly takes a bit out of you
mentally. And that is a poor shot. He has
played some very good safety. There are just signs that he's losing a
little bit of concentration. Maybe just a little bit of confidence.
Tried to play a little cannon on those two read above the black but
it just slipped past him -- two reds.
I think all he has focused on now is beating Stephen Hendry's six Masters
title. I think that's what he is concentrating on. He's not worried
how he does it. He just wants the title so badly. At one stage, he was
trying a little bit too hard this afternoon. If Joe can just get
himself in with a decent pot, it will restore his confidence and it
wouldn't be a bad time to knock this longer red in the. He can get on the
black. The only red he believed is this one and it would be a terrific
confidence booster if he could get it.
Various one to the left. The pink and reds. Possibly into the right
corner. That is the one he is looking at. Ride in the centre of
the pocket. -- right. And that one shot, the new he was going to give
himself a terrific chance. Yes, and he's got a nice angle on the black.
Just play a little cannon. Tried to push one into the right-hand corner
pocket. It is still OK. This is where he is so good, in and around
the black. Small cannons into reds. His break-building is second to
none. At the moment, those two reds are
causing him problems. He would love to get the nearest one to the black
out of the way. He can't do that on this occasion.
There's plenty of reds in the open here, Dennis. Just keep the cue ball
down. He looks to have got into a nice rhythm.
Just overscrewed that slightly back to the blue again.
Ooh! That is a lapse in concentration... Nobody had seen
that coming. He was flying along, and suddenly, he lost concentration.
If you do that in this game, you can miss anything. 55 in front, he
should have secured third frame. -- that frame. It's time for Joe Perry
to go to work at the Alexandra Palace. A chance that you were not
expecting. Just running slightly out of
position, previously. It always seems to throw away few problems up.
This is a problem committee can pot the yellow but he will need an
extension on the cue, -- you can pop the yellow. There is two from the
pink that he needs to get into. He wants to get it past the blue. He
needed a lot of screw on the left-hand side to get on this red.
There is the screw at the bottom of the cue ball...
Probably overdone it, but I think that the red will go into the right
corner, as we show that action that he got from that, it was brilliant.
Two overscrew it from there. He still has the red into that pocket.
It is there. Excellent shot. He will play a cannon into that pink and
red. It may have been bad contact. Looking at Joe Perry's body
language. It looks like he got a kick on that. Let's see... Could not
have missed that by that much. 44 behind 51, still left on the
table. Just nestling into the red here. Not going to hit it, is it?
No. He has to get it this time. He will be 52 behind with 51 left if
he does not make contact with the red. Ronnie pushes the Green safe as
some insurance. On his previous shot. This is to make absolutely
sure of the frame. Just dropping it in...
That pink might stop Joe Perry coming back to the table. Nifty five
behind, 43 remaining. A snooker and a free ball -- 55. Joe Perry stays
in his chair... Ronnie O'Sullivan marches on, leading Joe Perry by
7-4. You have to feel that his challenge
will be wilting as Ronnie O'Sullivan goes through the gears? If he does
not win the next frame and he goes an 8-4 behind, it is curtains. As
simple as that? Yes, and Joe's reaction from the black, it was
immediate annoyance. I think that it was a kick. He did well to get as
far as he did in the frame but it has been tough for Joe, as he was
somewhere in front in the first session but it has gone haywire for
him. Six frames on the spin that he has lost. Ronnie the entertainer, he
says that he wants to win in style but he shows more maturity about
being Ronnie the fierce competitor. That is what is taking over for him?
It has been noticeable all week, shot selection bang on. A couple in
other matches, against Neil Robertson he could have taken
chances but he put the cue ball on the bottom cushion and said that he
would take his chance later. Still in the event and you can entertain,
if you have lost the match it is difficult! Now he is in front by a
few frames, maybe he has more breathing space? You might see him
move through the gears. I was one of the best entertainers on the M6
after I was beat! He shows acceptance when things don't go
wrong, he has patience and has been working... We mentioned Doctor Steve
Peters, the sports psychiatrist with whom he has been working over the
last few years. The aspect of his game there is so much better? It is
chalk and cheese. You can tell through his demeanour, Dennis made
that point in commentary, he is spot on and seems happy to be out there
competing. He is enjoying this scoreline because one more we go,
into the mid-session interval. Ronnie O'Sullivan is now three
ahead... COMMENTATOR: John Parrott was saying
that it is a must win frame for Joe Perry. 8-4, and his back would be
right against the wall. Is that red going to pull up? Might be able to
sneak it in. Going past the middle pocket slightly. Be careful it does
not go off but it was another to the right middle pocket. That is a
better choice. He can get on the black if you can pot it... It is
there, a great shot! Decided not to go into the pack. He
is going to leave the blue, going to the pink and the reds from the blue.
There is still one from the black that will go.
As you go straight in from the blue, you leave the red, pot the red, go
into the bunch. It depends on how he feels. He is playing for the red,
then into the pack, and if he can get himself away from the cushion,
and be on pink or black committee is going to disturb reds and the pink
year... -- he is going to disturb. He did
not hit it hard enough, what does that show? Play the deep screw and
open them up, make sure that you go back. He would love to have another
go at that. This match reminds me a bit of the
Scottish Open, John Higgins lead Marco Fu 4-1, Marco Fu 18 frames in
a row. Ronnie has already won six in a row here.
APPLAUSE Hmm... Possible pot for Ronnie here
into the bottom corner pocket. Beyond the black, if it went in.
That is brilliant! Fantastic. Beautifully cued. A great shot. If
he tries to put it back he could miss that blew. See where he wants
to Place the cue ball -- blue. If he tries to force in the blue from
where the cue ball is sat, he could miss the pot. If it is right down on
it... This is just a safety shots... That
is much better than trying to screw back and missed the blue, and leave
the red on. Look how dominant that kiss on the
brown is. This red is OK. That is very good. APPLAUSE
Joe Perry would be disappointed to hit the brown and leave this red
into the corner pocket. Have to get that black on the spot.
Just thinking, he has potted 17 out of 22 long pots which is a high
success rate. But committee was trying to do what you said, but it
has gone too far. He may have to take the blue. -- but, he was trying
to do what you said. He really miss hit it. He was
playing for the red to the right of the bunch there. Gray Ronnie
O'Sullivan, 12. The safety is improved as well. Finding the
cushion with more consistency, keeping the pressure on Joe Perry.
That is a nice target, the brown, and the green. He almost missed
that, just a containing pot, as you say... I do not think that he can
get over behind the green and brown from this position. Tip on the baulk
cushion, that is what he is after here. --
tight. He was able to get over there, and he has played it well.
That is a foul, and a miss. Can repot this and get on to the left at
the back of the blue? He was on the blue, perhaps the
black. Not the right side, take on the blue and get another read. A
better angle on the black. Next shops...
I think with Joe and this fast cloth, when you lose confidence, it
is easy to overcompensate. When you play well, with the speed of the
table, it is no problem, beautiful to play on but when you lose your
stroke, that is what has happened to Joe at the moment. A few chances in
that first session for Dennis, when he was leading 4-1. Doing so well,
missing a couple of Lindes. -- missing a couple of balls.
But, you always feel as long as your opponent leads two frames that you
are in with a chance but he has two up his game after the mid-session
interval. You have some time to think about it. The odds are, he is
going to lose this one as well. He is not completely out of this year's
final at the Masters but he has an awful lot to do and think about at
the mid-session interval. Of course, Ronnie O'Sullivan is on a
roll. He is such a hard player to stop. A great, tremendous
frontrunner. Running of frames in minutes.
It was 4-1 down committee is going to go 8-4, two frames away. And a
seventh Masters title. It is his 12th final in 20 odd years. An
incredible record here. He loves playing at this venue. He gets
support wherever he goes in the world, but in the London area... He
gets it especially. He is a delight to watch when he is buzzing like
this. That is his highest break in the
final, believe it or not. It is about winning the title which is
what he is after here... APPLAUSE That is seven frames in a row for
The Rocket, Ronnie O'Sullivan. 4-1 behind. He goes into the next
session needing two frames. He leads 8-4.
STUDIO: Since that 32 minute opening frame of the evening session, we've
gone 11 minutes, 12 minutes, 12 minutes, and suddenly, there are
seven in a row in this match... I wonder how much Joe's mind will go
back to that session where he may have gone 5-1 up? Joe was in command
this afternoon at one stage, 4-1 in front. He had a chance to have put
the pressure on Ronnie O'Sullivan. He did not have to do much on this
red, drop it in and it would have been a colour. There was a red on
the top cushion to get, but he could use it as a springboard to get back
into the match. He was struggling. There are certain points in the
match where someone can just press an advantage. And maybe, just a lack
of experience... I know he's been around the block playing but not
major finals. That one incident, you can stand back and concentrate as
hard as you can. It was important to have that parents. 5-1 and I
guarantee you are going into the lead in the opening session. Big ifs
and buts in this evening session, it could have gone anyway as well. If
you have the chance with someone on the ropes, it is good to keep them
there. If it goes wrong for Joe, he can go back and reflect on it and
think, what if? Is that an experience or a question of
experience? Is it the heat of the moment? You can argue that it is
like seeing the winning post too early. A number of things. Did he
just missed it? And not getting Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final,
that's not a big help! He has a fantastic record. This snooker
Masters is the second longest running event in snooker, going
since 1975. I'm sure many of you have wonderful memories over the
years, from Kirk Stevens's white suited maximum, to Mark Williams and
the black ball frame against Stephen Hendry. That list goes on and on,
but in this event, only the very best get to give their best. He was
in his white suit, playing in a classic match. Donald Sutherland was
in the player 's room. He came in and I thought, this is the first
game you've ever come to watch and he is in a 147 double. It bounces
off the cushion... It's not there yet.
Get in! Lovely, super! Brilliant, brilliant scenes in a fantastic
match. Never to be forgotten. # The crowd call out for more... For
Jimmy to follow it up in the decider... It's probably some of the
best snooker that you have ever seen.
CHEERING 112... Words have escaped me. Van
-- fantastic. My favourite would be the streaker, I remember thinking,
this could be an embarrassing day with Ronnie firing on all
cylinders... Not the Thunderbirds coming to my rescue, but the young
lady who takes off her clothes in front of the boards, and bounce
about in front of everybody will stop
# I should be so lucky # Lucky, lucky, lucky. I could not
see her face, let alone anything else! He put his hand on the
umpire's forehead to calm him down. I don't know why that is the most
memorable moment, but it is. We always used to walk into the
conference centre over there. There was always a sports car on show and
it was immaculate, gleaming. I thought, I would love to make a
maximum here... People always say, I remember you one the championship
there, but do you remember that Mr black for the 147? He must still
have nightmares... Missing the pink... It bounced off. The
disappointment... For him to miss the black. He wasn't in position
once. Putting so many fantastic shots. Every time I see it, I go,
cannot miss... That is painful! I still cannot
believe that he missed it. I was down on the black, thinking about
that car. And thought, how can I get it to Dublin? I didn't like the
colour anyway! I will never forget when they started to introduce
music, walk on music. And Jimmy White was playing Mark Kings. It is
the Whirlwind, Jimmy White! I remember sitting up with the crowd,
watching it. The place was heaving, and Jimmy got a wild card. I thought
that Kings would be up against it. King came out to some sort of rap
music. Doing the hands and all of that! It took everyone by surprise
and shock. I think he was trying to dance with Rob Walker, the MC! He
took it to the next level! Stephen Hendry, right down to the final
black in the whole tournament. He never reminds me of it, ever! (!) I
should have won that match. Playing that shot across the table. It
rolled off, slightly. I remember playing that kind of shot, that is
exactly what can happen. Is it in? No! It was far from a gimme. I did
not hit it as smoothly as I would have liked. Then Mark Williams
knocking the final black in... A tremendous cheer. Really deserved
for him. What a wonderful feeling it was.
1977... Doug Mountjoy versus Ray Reardon in the final. My very first
bet on snooker was ?40 to win on Doug Mountjoy at 33-1, to win the
Masters. They both played what we consider now to be average snooker
but at the time, it was Power Snooker, they were knocking in 50s
from all over the place. It was snooker from the gods! They put in a
great pink, from the Boult area. To win. Barry Hearn, as usual, backed
Doug Mountjoy and won a fortune! # Money, money, money!
# Must be funny... I won 1300 quid, it paid for my curtains, washing
machine and my fridge for my house. So, Doug Mountjoy? Thanks mate! Bill
the cap lost his cap. He was someone who came to all of the matches, love
snooker but liberty ever saw him without his flat cap on. Somewhere
down the line in his excitement, his cap must have dropped off, and he
went, where is my cap? We all collapsed in laughter, with a fit of
the giggles. Nobody ever saw Bill the Cap without his cap. It all
kicked off, we were up until past ten o'clock. What tonight we had.
Fantastic memories, those two in that final were a combined age of
85. This pair are combined at 83. It is younger. An interesting match.
But I bet that young Mark Williams is texting Stephen Hendry as we
speak... He has never let him forget it! He never will, they are still at
it now! The two of them have always been at each other. Ken's miss on
the black. He did not like the colour of the
car? The look on his face! It is the best producing their best. It has
produced magical moments over the years. Because you are seeing
well-known players in all of the matches, not only are they great,
but there are good memories as well. Great memories this week. You have
been voting for your shot of the tournament, and the results are
in... In the third-place, the positional
shot by Ronnie. What is he going to attempt on the
green? Something special? He is. Look at the action on the cue ball.
What a positional shot that is, by the way. Oh my goodness! What a shot
that is. To get that with the side around the angles, what a shot. In
second place, Ronnie again. His phenomenal pot to get out of trouble
against Marco Fu. Not often Ronnie thinks about a shot of this length
of time but it's very understandable here.
It was worth waiting on. I said he would do well to find a path down
the table. And he is on the brown to get back up to the reds. But, with
56% of the vote, it was shot J. Even ever got the right-hand side
question, he could miss. The yellow, the green. Good luck! Good luck with
this one! Great shot! What a shot! He practically got a standing
ovation for that one. Congratulations to Joe and thanks to
everybody who voted in this years shot of the tournament in agreement?
All the snooker fans know the right shot and that was a definite one.
The brown he got in the final frame decider was also a fantastic shot
and the blue, in fact. That drama last night until 11:30pm, we were
punch-drunk after that but it was a magnificent end to the match against
Barry. It certainly was. He came out all right this morning so we can't
complain but it's been a great journey for Joe this week especially
coming into the tournament with very little form. It is still a
waterfront crystal triangle both are playing for tonight, but whoever
hoists it this year will be officially lifting the Paul Hunter
Trophy. From this January, the Masters
trophy in perpetuity will be renamed the Paul Hunter Trophy. In memory of
Paul. I think, snooker fans around the world will appreciate that
gesture to a great, great player. I'm so pleased that we corrected an
earlier mistake of not naming something in his memory and of
course, the Masters is the name. Keeping his name alive, this trophy,
every time the Masters on, it will be called the Paul Hunter Trophy for
ever and ever. I think it's great, I think it's right. A great character,
great guy. Sorely missed. You don't want characters like that being
forgotten. Affectionately known as Beckham of the baize commie became a
hero to a generation. He was a great kid. Enjoyed
practising. A terrific player getting better and better. He just
enjoyed life. Had fun, wherever he went. A very laid-back character.
Yeah, just a great personality. Well liked by everybody on the circuit
and a great player as well. A fantastic player. He won it three
times, and each time he won it, he won it from ridiculous scores
behind. 7-2 down to Brian. 7-2 down to Ronnie O'Sullivan and I think
you're 63 down in the other one. It set a difficult tournament to win. I
remember the match, playing with him, 6-2, up, and it was mind to
lose. I got a bit defensive. Against most players, you could probably
scramble your way over the line but when he came out and started
attacking me, a lot of bottle and he had the game to win the world title.
He suited the modern day game or. In my mind, no doubt, he would have
been world champion. There was no doubt in my mind he would have been
world champion. Paul Hunter sadly passed away on October nine, 2006.
Five-day short of 28th birthday. His family set up the Paul Hunter
Foundation to honour his name with a mission statement to take snooker
out of disadvantaged communities throughout the UK and celebrate his
love for the game. Ten years on, having achieved so much, his father
Alan and coaches and youngsters from the Paul Hunter Foundation are here
in Ali Pali for a very special Masters. I think it could be a bit
emotional. Is seeing all of Paula's friends and colleagues, it's going
to be special. -- Paul. Such a great honour. A great tribute to his
memory. And a great legacy for his daughter. He loved the Masters. It
was his tournament in his time. Paul Hunter won the Masters three
times before he was the age of 25. One of our objectives is to put
smiles on kids faces, get them back into the game and ultimately, if we
can get one of them to be a champion like Paul, it will be fantastic. And
getting emotional now just talking about Paula. About the impact of the
foundation has on young people's lives. In today's society, Paul has
changed the life of 70 people. The final with Ronnie in particular,
that's what I'll always remember, the Masters. We know he would have
won the world title but he did the job and got the title and that can't
go away now, it's on the Trophy. I might be a bit emotional. Would you
please welcome Alan Hunter and the Paul Hunter Foundation players?
APPLAUSE Gird on the powers that be for
actually taking the bull by the horns and saying, yes, it's time to
call it the Paul Hunter Trophy. It is sure to be an emotional day
for the family. A day to celebrate a very special Masters champion. Well
played. Champion, Paul Hunter! APPLAUSE
Very special memories indeed of a very special man, and he won this
event three times before the age of 25 and always in his comeback style.
Whoever wins this this evening will have achieved that whether it's Joe
Perry or Ronnie. It will be a fitting end to this particular
final, but his legacy, you worked for the Paul Hunter Foundation, what
would you say in edges? His idea was, to get kids to play snooker and
I think he would be amazed at how long that has continued and to see
the enjoyment that kids get. We give as many free snooker cues as
possible. People from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the World Snooker
coaches put their heart and soul into making sure what they do for
them is good. It's a great community being built up and all the players
when they are asked to do something for the Paul Hunter Foundation do
it. Barry Hearn said they are writing a wrong this year. This is
long overdue, the Paul Hunter Trophy, isn't it? Absolutely. He was
a lovely lad. I a meeting at a young boy, a cocky lad with blonde hair,
but in a nice way. He had a good personality, someone you really
liked and all the players respected him. I can't look at his father
without feeling so sad every time I see him because nobody should see
their son go like that. We spoke to was mum earlier and she said his
daughter is doing fantastically well, so hello. She knows it's a
proud evening for her as well as the Trophy is handed over. Who is going
to lift it? It's looking as though it is business as usual now for
Ronnie O'Sullivan. The only hope is without the interval, it would've
been 10-4, the way it goes. Maybe he could come out and some confidence,
desperation, knock in a few balls but the way it's going, it looks
like it's all over but you never know. From Joe's perspective, it's
not time to throw caution to the wind but he's got to become pretty
aggressive from now on in because it's very difficult to go otherwise.
There's the vagaries of like in the game. When you consider all that Joe
has achieved in this week, and this is no disgrace, way to lose it at
this point, but he is still fighting and is in this. Also, this is
fabulous experience. The first time, in a major championship final, he is
playing in front of 2000 people who want the other fellow to win so this
is an unbelievable experience. As we say, let's get back to this. There
is a change of personnel in the commentary box. Stephen Hendry, John
Virgo. How much life is left in this final, guys? That's the big
question, Hazel. From what we've seen so far this evening, Joe will
really have to pick up his game. He had the dream start, led by 4-1.
Nothing to show for his efforts since then.
There was quite a few murmurings backstage. He wasn't happy with his
tip and was thinking of changing it at the interval, but I think the
scoreline has put him off doing that.
Much too thick. He's just not got his long pot curbing this evening.
Sometimes that's all the chance you get.
The is Alan and Christina Hunter. They will be very proud to have the
trophy named after their son Paul. . Pot from Ronnie and just about on
the black. He wasn't perfect on the black, but
tried to get it. It goes without saying, Stephen, he
needs to take every opportunity. Not that he has got one here. He has got
to forget the school board, basically, hasn't he? -- scoreboard.
Yes, it's just a hard situation he's got himself into. 4-1 ahead. If
there's going to be in? Yes. He did miss an opportunity this afternoon.
He could easily have won that session 6-2. Maybe a lack of
experience in these big matches, I don't know. He went 4-1 up, and then
started to show weakness. He should've started to show exactly
the opposite. As John Parrott said, he will learn from this experience.
Absolute perfect angle on the blue. Could not get the cue ball any
better. Couldn't have been in a better place.
Great shot. It will do his confidence the world of good if you
could win at this visit. Absolutely. And particularly if he could make a
century here. Nothing like a century. It proves to the audience
you have your right to be there. chance. Looks to be screwing across
to play the black in the same pocket as this red.
In the end, he decided not to risk that and played the blue but he has
played nicely. The only thing is, he is slightly on the wrong side of the
blue. He would have liked to have stayed at this end of the table.
When I suggested a play for the black in the same pocket as the red,
the black is now not available in either corner. He will have to
concentrate on the blue. No, it doesn't go.
It's not straightforward. It doesn't go on the left hole either. So just
a little bit of work to do. Perfect on that bed. You can always
tell when a player becomes perfect. He deals with this blue now, nice
angle. And now purposely playing for one of these threads, which will
make the black available. -- these reds. But this time he's just short
of a perfect position on the blue. You have to do is say that's a
little bit careless. Just the wrong side of the blue line. It's amazing
how often that happens. If you are too hard, you've got pink, yellow,
green, brown. It happened so many times, you just take the shot for
granted. He has put himself under pressure now if he's going to take
brown. No, he's going to play the easy blue. He will have a tough shot
now with the red. I would have been tempted to take the tougher Iran to
get nicely on the red. -- tougher brown. Struck Bardwell. 44. --
struck that well, 44. Good shot right in the heart of the pocket. So
now just one good positional shot, it all depends on the line and
length of this. If he can get perfect on the red, you think you
could win the frame now the black is available.
Remember, the black is only available into the left corner
pocket. He won't be able to play for it here. No, back-up for the blue.
He needs the angles this time. Not got it again. You can hear him tap
his chalk on the side of the table. Frustration.
If he takes the cue ball between green and brown, on the right-hand
side, the side caution, bring the cue ball down between those four
reds, that's what he has played. He was always going to be unlucky
there. Yes, he's on the red Line now because I don't think he will risk
playing for the black. At the moment, just 67 remaining. If he
goes for the blue, he will still need one more red. I don't think you
will risk playing for the black. It could go wrong.
And, this time, 54. He's got what he needs on the blue. Just the right
side of the blue line. This blue and one more red and he will have his
first frame on the scoreboard. For quite a while. The red to go 59
ahead with just 51 remaining. Well played.
He really will be concentrating here on making this century. It's very
important. He does not want to miss on a careless shot. 84. It build his
confidence. Appreciation from the audience that he can clear the table
here. And also he's got to think, Ronnie has not done anything special
tonight. During the interval, there were
rumours Ronnie was not happy with his tip and was going to change it.
And there he goes. Hez slams are not black and that will make him feel
real good. He is still a long way behind. On the scoreboard. But he
has shown everybody here this evening he is up for the fight. He
trails by three, 8-5. Ronnie O'Sullivan.
STUDIO: Joe's dad Peter is thrilled with that one of. The record, this
format, without the wild card event, it is 28, so we might get close to
that, you never know, but regardless of whether we do or not, it's the
fifth century of the week for Joe Perry and what a response. Seven
frames in a row. A fabulous character. He has come
back from the interval with a better attitude. He wasn't within himself
there. He got his chance and the boys said on commentary, if you
could make a century, that's great. In one visit, that's what is done,
well done. The second century of the night. I like the ending as well,
you knocked in the black with a bit of than. In a way, thinking of my
own game, you've got to start having a bit of attitude in your game -- a
bit of venom. Just get a bit stroppy Fulford it's all about me, me, me.
If he can change... Don't worry, you did it! You said venom with a bit of
venom, actually. He needs to go into himself and start looking nasty
around the table. OK, I don't know if you can convey that to Joe. Three
frames in it again. Although we are laughing, that's a
fair point Steve made. That's what he needed this afternoon, when he
was four up, that nasty streak, that killer instinct. He did not have it.
Is it too late now? Lovely shot. Is it going to pull up? Not quite.
Just an inch too far. Looks like a touching ball. That's
what the referee, Paul Callier, has called, so back to baulk for Ronnie,
because away from a touching ball, you are deemed to have hit it.
Good length with the cue ball. And, in these situations, you don't mind
being able to hit the reds. You never know, you could always knock
one over the corner. Is it too thick? Is it too thin? And he will
be bringing reds into play here, so he needs a good return. There is the
red going towards the corner. Come and have a look. It looks
mighty thin, though. Got it a mile to thick. You can see
on Ronnie's face. He played the right-hand side. Just
did not hit it well. Joe has just about got the angle on the blue. The
red next to the black could part into the right-hand corner. I'm sure
that's the one he wants to get to as quick as possible. -- pot. Good
chance, this. Especially coming hot on the heels of making a century in
that last frame. He should be feeling good.
On this black, he has got to be wary he does not make contact with the
red near the top cushion. He makes are certainly the pot. He
would liked to have played where Stephen mentioned before. But the
pot on the black was important. You just feel he needs one good
positional shot. Pot this red and go round the back
of the black. It's a tough shot. Playing for the black in the same
pocket as the red. Excellent touch. Making it a comfortable chance in
one visit. Straight screw back shot to the red, for the same pocket.
He winds up just below the pink but he desperately needs the right angle
for the blue, now. Well, maybe just about got it. He had like a little
bit more angle than this. -- he would like a little bit more angle
than this. It boils down to a good shot of this
green. It's a good line. And it's an excellent length, that's perfect.
APPLAUSE I would have been tempted to play
the other red. It means you'd leave more room to get properly on the
black. He's left himself with a slightly awkward angle.
The advantage of course, he only needs the red. 62 points ahead with
just 59 remaining. APPLAUSE He's on a roll, now, is Joe Perry.
And back centuries not out of the question. -- back-to-back centuries.
He has to think to himself how the scoring has gone in this match. The
total points, Joe Perry is ahead of O'Sullivan. Out of the two players,
he's the one that's winning his frames mostly in one visit. You've
got to take confidence from that. That's a pity, but nevertheless...
He's now just two behind. 8-6. STUDIO: He obviously heard that
lecture on venom from Steve Davis. What a complete turnaround and what
a very strange match. Its ebbs and flows. The intervals, if there'd
stayed out of it, it would have been 10-4. His attitude has come out,
he's hit the ball better than he's hit it in the match. His focus is
totally there. The thing to turn this much around, he's got to play
gnomish snooker and get some help from his opponent. The momentum
shifts are difficult to explain. Joe isn't going to question that right
now. And the change in attitude perhaps, the change in form is very
marked indeed. Very impressive, the last two frames. Joe has played well
when there's not much expectation on him, he's easier to play from
behind. Even though those last two frames have been wonderful, I'd be
far more impressed if he wins the next frame. This is the situation we
found ourselves in. Not quite on the brink last night against Barry
Hawkins. 2-5 behind against Barry and needed a snooker in the next
frame. Got it and extraordinarily clawed his way across the line. I
wonder how much comfort, how much inspiration you take from having
come through a match like that? There's nothing better than having
table time. He should be able to continue. If he gets the
opportunities, he's had the last frames. 8-4 behind, 8-5, 8-6, you
stop thinking, I'm back in this match. Can he play with the same
attitude he's played within the last two frames? That's the question.
Let's find out. Masters on Sunday night, you just can't beat it!
COMMENTATOR: You know now that Joe stepped up his game. Still got a two
frame cushion, has Ronnie. Since the interval, Joe Perry is just
beginning to steal the show. He won't be the first player to play
an aggressive shot. Ball spotted, 215 apiece. -- balls potted. Points
scored, Joe Perry in front, pickers the frames that he's one, he's been
able to win more of one visit. Ronnie purposely left him the chance
to hit that one. He's left a pot on, here. Right in the heart of the
pocket! Good cueing, that. Read at the bottom of the bunch will go to
the top 's corner. This looks absolutely perfect.
The reds just to the left of the bunch, excellent shot. The cue ball
ends up back in the black cushion. He's got one to the right middle.
He's got to do a little bit with the cue ball. Can't just drop it in.
Catching the bumper, the corner pocket, has left his cue ball very
close to the side cushion. Makes it a little bit awkward, now.
One of these type of shots, if you can plot the blue, then it's natural
to come off two cushions and play the red second night on the table.
It still needs potting. Obstructed him beautifully.
Once again, a trace of right-hand side on it and pushed the cue ball
in. That's exactly what Steve Davis
meant when he was saying he'd be more impressed if Joe Perry can win
this frame. It's all right in the last two frames when you've relaxed
a bit and you feel you're out of it. But that was a chance. To keep the
pressure on. Maybe the red just below the pink is available, into
the same pocket as the black. Just about on it. He'd like to have been
straight on it. That was a delightful shot. Judged the cannon
on the pink to perfection. I think he may just have one, to the
left corner. He set up the last two frames and
watched Joe Perry make 100 and a 90 odd. Ronnie would love to make a one
frame visit himself, here. Karen between the red, black and pink,
didn't get into the cue ball. Must have missed this red. Must have
really wanted to leave. Does this go to the middle? It does. He knew it
was running into the blue. The pot was more important than the
position. And now the blue has gone in on track to win the frame of this
visit. And the possible century. Damien Hirst, a great friend of
Ronnie's. Ronnie always tells me he keeps him happy during the
intervals. Always having a joke together. Has he missed it? Oh, he
nearly did. It was on the jaw. How has that gone in, John? This week
some balls have gone in which have baffled me. That's frame ball. I can
only put it down to the speed he played it. Surely a bit harder it
wouldn't have gone in. Joe Perry had a chance when Ronnie missed, but he
couldn't take it. Ronnie would love to make a century, here.
Well, there was a question being asked of Ronnie, and at the second
chance has taken these really well. The standard has certainly risen in
the last three frames. This'll be the first century of the
match from Ronnie. He seemed breaks of 92 in the last frame, from Joe
What a reply from the Rocket! Just when it looked as though Joe Perry
was getting back in this match, he's turned on the afterburner. Superb.
Ronnie O'Sullivan now is just one frame away from a seven Masters
title. 9-6. STUDIO: One frame away from back-to-back titles. His young
son is in their, very proud of his dad. And, guys, we are looking
potentially at a 17th major title in this board for Ronnie O'Sullivan.
And his competitive instincts are showing through. It's his first
century of the match. Vast experience, to break your heart a
bit. With Joe's perspective. There were still a few reds open at one
stage. He put in a great pink, smashed into the pack of reds and
forced an angle and open them up enough to make it a clear-cut
chance. He's such a great talent in all departments. Under pressure,
other players would have perhaps tried to wheedle balls out there but
he really tried to force the issue. You've got to cue those beautifully,
to get any work out of the cue ball, it was virtually straight there.
Kept the break going. A wonderful way to stem the mini revival from
Joe Perry. Renaissance Joe knows he's got to win the last four. It's
been done by Ronnie in the World Championship. He knows it can be
done but he's not done it yet. The last victory Joe had over Ronnie was
nine years ago. So, a long time. A mountain to climb to Joe Perry.
COMMENTATOR: Decent break off a shot. Any time you don't leave a pot
on... Ronnie is having a look at this end of the table. I don't think
he can get to the potting angle of this red. I think he can hit it, can
he pot it? Just had to play the containing safety. We've had three
marvellous frames of snooker. It was a little bit scrappy before the
mid-session interval. Since they've come back out, the standard has gone
up many notches. Former leader of the Labour Party,
Ed Miliband. He was chatting to Ronnie in the interval, telling him
how well he was doing. And there, peeping through is Ronnie
Junior. He's got away with it... I say he's got away with it, that red
he's played... If Ronnie has got the right angle, he may play this red to
the right middle. It all depends on the angle of the pot. Maybe he's not
got the right angle. Maybe he has. Does it reach? Does it reach... It's
always difficult sometimes, when you're very close to a ball and
you're frightened of playing a push shot. He's left his read on. -- his
red on. OK, maybe straight on the blue but there a red on the
left-hand side of the table. He has to screw back an inch and he'll beat
on that red. The black available into both corner pockets. A decent
chance. I can't see anything available. He
looks as though he's going to have to go into them, here. He's not got
the angle to play the red to the top vision. He's got to fully commit to
this but whatever you do, don't miss the black. Is he on this red? I must
admit I'm surprised he didn't go into the pace there. He opens
everything up. I don't think now is the time to play tentative shots. I
think you've got to attack. Considering to play this pot and
using a white -- a right-hand side swerve but this is dangerous. You
play it more out of frustration, and it being the shot to play, he's held
himself together and had to bite the bullet and play safe. A
disappointing finish. Careless. Schoolboy error. And that,
well, there's quite a bit to do, but could that be his last shot in this
year 's Masters? It's not beyond the realms of possibility. Because
there's one thing you know for certain, Ronnie O'Sullivan will not
shy away from the winning line. Trying to rough the tip up, he's not
happy with the tip. He's trying to press it with the groups in the file
to try and get a bit of softness into the tip. He feels it's too
hard, he's not getting the action of the cue ball, he's not getting to
screw back. That's more like it. Aggressive shot. Great chance, now.
Nicely played. All the reds he requires an now in pottable
positions. It's a case of holding yourself together, now. He knows he
can't afford a mistake. It's where the pressure's going to come from.
He's been gifted this opportunity, he's got to take it.
Is he on the pink? Did the cue ball just stop in time? It must have
done. A little shake off the head. I think he's on it. He's on it. He
just wanted to be slightly off straight. The other side of the pink
to get nicely on the next red. That wasn't the best of contacts. He's
going to have to play a tough pot here, to the far left corner. A 52
point lead, still a possible 83 points remaining. That equates to
three more of these reds needed. If he plays for the black, it's like a
shot to nothing. Can't leave anything. It was like a shot for
nothing but he should have got that. He knows it. He would pot that, nine
times out of ten. That is a nice nudge. Covering the
red. This time Joe can see the red.
Ronnie would not mind Joe playing that. No intention of taking that
red away from there. Another red safe here.
He will have a chance to take the red away from the safe position and
the cue ball behind yellow and brown. He just hit the red a bit
wide. Now the way the reds are spread, any mistake, even though Joe
has this lead, it could still cost him this match. He has to be very
careful he does not offer up a chance to Ronnie. Great shot! What a
shot that was! That will win the frame, surely.
I looked at Joe's dad, he did not clap, he just shook his head. It's
great! The pink will put him 67 points in
front with 67 remaining. Just looking for the red and he is nicely
on it, I think, to the left middle. He is looking at the one to the left
corner, but the left middle would be my choice. This for snookers
required. He is hanging on in there, Joe.
Every credit. He has shown great character, Joe
Perry. If he could just win the next game to get one behind. It would be
interesting to see what would happen. Still that two frame
cushion. Well he was trying to get the
cannon, but it does not matter. Both players are going to leave the
reader. Joe Perry brought it back to two. STUDIO: 42-year-old Joe Perry
has tried for 26 years to get into the final of one of snooker's three
major tournaments and what a performance he is putting up. He is
learning a lot about himself. How is the situation changing as he gets
closer and Ronnie has moved away? He was in -- impressive from 8-4 to 8-6
but it is different now. If he wins the nets, he has nowhere to go. He
can somehow, if he can play the superhero, he could get over the
line. It needs help from Ronnie O'Sullivan but Joe has a chance. He
is getting help. Ronnie missed a black, pretty straightforward. But
then Joe had a cracking shot from the cushion. He could not hit this
better. In the circumstances, fabulous. This is the form he has
shown all week. Beating two class players. Stuart Bingham 6-1. Ding
Junhui, 6-1. Coming back to beat Barry Hawkins. Ronnie is still
unhappy with the tip that was put on yesterday in dramatic circumstances
in the semifinal against Marco Fu. It would appear that the tip put on
was very hard, as well. But a very hard tip quickly becomes a very hard
tip. He is back to square one. This is why he was trying to soften it up
a bit. He will need help Ronnie. Ronnie will not need many chances to
get over the line and so Joe cannot make too many mistakes. He has
breathing space as long as he keeps up the pressure and does not miss
any easy ones. Joe Perry still has it all to do, but my goodness, what
a great fight. He has shown brilliant character in his first
major final. If he could just win this one, boy, would it get
interesting. We have known some very dramatic nights at the Masters
finals before. Paul Hunter, the man after whom the trophy has been
renamed was the master of it all, three times he came back. Huge
deficits. I wonder if there is a sting in the tail here tonight, as
well. Back we go. No pot left for Joe here. In the
last frame, Ronnie had a chance to clinch frame and match. Unlike him,
he missed a black from the spot. Oh, that makes a difference. Is he
on a baulk colour? He is, yellow or green. You cannot beat a bit of
luck. Can he take advantage? What a time of the match this would
be to start getting a good run of the ball.
He put the red into the right-hand side of the pocket which is why the
cue ball has travelled too far. I'm not sure he played for this red
at the back of the pack. I think he played for an open red but it looks
as if he can see enough of it to pot it and from the potting angle, can
he reach? He played it nicely. Not the best position shot, in all
honesty. It means he has more to do with the cue ball.
But not too much. I didn't realise the pink went.
So now a good angle needed. It depends where the pink goes. Does it
go of it spot? -- on its spot. He would prefer to play for the blue? I
think so, looking at the shape of the reds. If you place for the
black, there is only one red to hit, really. He is playing for the black.
Oh, dear. We will give him the benefit of the doubt and say it was
a massive bounce off the cushion. I cannot believe he has overhit it
that much. I still think he should have gone up for the blue.
This is a strange choice, the spider. He could have run off the
black the other side and come off the cushion.
He will be opening the reds, so he will need a good cue ball.
He has not got one. Hitting the baulk colour in the face. Never
good. Right in the middle. I think he has
a couple of reds that go to the left corner.
They looked tight. It may go to the same pocket as the black. Obviously
it does. He has finished low, not deliberately, I am sure, so he will
be disturbing some reds here. He could have done without the flick
on the blue. If he had, he would be nicely on the brown. You fancy him
potting yellow but it is getting the rest between the blue and the white.
It makes it awkward. The last thing you need on the vital pot is any
distraction. He has to put all his attention into
this pot. This could definitely be his last shot if he misses the
yellow. He left the rest on the table and he
has picked it up. As the yellow come to his rescue? REFEREE: Settle down,
please. I do not think he has left anything, nothing that will tempt
Ronnie. The safety shot, trying to get the cue ball in behind the
green. That yellow for Joe Perry would have been no problem
whatsoever, could he have put the rest in the normal position, but,
awkward as it was, and how he missed it, he was lucky not to leave
anything. He was lucky to have missed the yellow by so far, which
is why he did not leave the red. There we go. The red to the left of
the yellow is available. But, with Ronnie 39 points behind, pressure,
he needs to get it. But not an easy red. Ronnie just
smiling, I do not think he is smiling because he is happy. At the
minute, Ronnie O'Sullivan looks like he needs to fall over the line. Oh,
Joe. You feel this is what Ronnie was
looking for, and ICC starter. -- and easy starter. He has landed perfect
on the blue. He will have the red on the left-hand side cushion to
contend with if he is going to win the frame and match at this visit.
He needs to really focus here, Ronnie.
He played that well. Almost straight. He forced it into the top
cushion. A good positional shot. Joe Perry will be sitting there
wondering if he will ever get back to the table. He will be hoping, as
well, the red on the left-hand side cushion, the one that Ronnie just
glanced at, could be his saviour. He will be pinning his hopes on the
red. This is clever. He is purposefully
playing for the yellow, to get it on its spot because if he can get on
the yellow, it will be a nice cannon to disturb the red on the left-hand
side cushion. Talking about looking four shots ahead.
Having said that, he has not got the angle on the red to play for the
yellow, which I think was in his mind.
He has played for the yellow. It needs to slow down. He can get to
the yellow. And off the yellow he can disturb the red. What a snooker
brain this man has got. Well, just caught the red too thin. But to even
think of it. Still three points adrift. Whoever
puts this red, you feel, will win the frame. It will not be Ronnie at
this visit. Not got the snooker. But it is safe
enough. If he is playing the up and down he
will have to avoid the double-kiss. I thought when he got down quick, I
thought it is not as straightforward as that. Beware the double-kiss.
Well, in making certain he did not get the double-kiss, he did not play
the best safety. I do not think he has left a pot on but he could get
the initiative here, in the tactical battle, Joe Perry. For me, whoever
pots this red will win the frame. He might have rolled up the cue ball
behind the pink. There is pressure on every shot Joe
Perry plays. Every shot could be his last.
Yes, the point of no return. And this is a big ask, to get this safe.
You always think in these situations if you can leave distance between
the cue ball and the object ball, it might make it too difficult for your
opponent. But so many things can go wrong here.
Well, under the circumstances, that is a pretty good shot. Just
concentrating on making sure of getting the red say. -- save.
He did not want a kiss on the blue. Can Joe get through to the potting
angle? Just looking at his body language, maybe he can just hit
enough of the red. No, he is playing safe.
He avoided the kiss on pink and blue. But he has not got the
snooker. He has got it safe. Ronnie will try to get the cue ball in
behind green and brown. You feel if somebody could lay a snooker here,
they would be a big favourite for the frame. Not quite the line, but a
good length. Again, all he could do was
concentrate on getting the object ball safe.
Overhit it. This red does cut. It is thin. He may consider the safety the
easier option, but it definitely cuts. The only problem, they cut so
thin, if you missed it, you tend to leave it over the pocket. Where's
the cue ball going? O. If it goes in, match over. Fractions.
I think Ronnie caught that too thick, to say the least. I still
maintain whoever potss this red wins this frame and Joe Perry is taking
it on. Close. Is he going to leave it? I
think he has. Has the brown come to his rescue? I don't think it has.
He can pot that. Ronnie can get through to this red. So here is the
chance. For frame and match. This yellow will make the points all
square. He could have played it better.
You would have to say for most of the tournament he has been far from
his best but what he has shown is the phenomenal will to win. Once
again, not the best positional shot. But a tremendous pot. The blue will
put him 14 points in front with just 13 remaining.
In it goes. He has developed the pink. This is a big moment for
Ronnie to break Stephen Hendry's record of six Masters titles. He has
taken the tip off. He did not like it. Joe Perry says congratulations.
Joe Perry, boy, did he play hard tonight, absolutely brilliant. He
knew in the middle of the match he did not perform as he would have
liked. Ronnie O'Sullivan, takes the tip off and throws it to the floor.
Puts his cue on the table but he will be delighted when he reflects
on this because, for the seventh time, he is the Masters champion.
Congratulations. There is younger Ronnie getting a hug. He beats Joe
Perry 10-7. STUDIO: Ronnie is celebrating. Let me grab a word with
our gallant runner-up. Joe, what a week, what a performance, you prove
yourself this week with the fantastic run to the final and the
way you performed. I proved a lot. I proved there is life left in me and
it has given me believed to keep plugging away and try to win a big
one. He is a tough man to stay in front of? I got him on a good day.
He did not get into full flow. I lost my way at 4-1 and lost it a
little bit. 8-4 down I thought sod it, and I will go for it again. I
had my chances. Fair play to Ronnie. CHEERING. Joe, it has taken you 26
years of your career to get to one of these finals. It has had me no
end of taste. This crowd has been amazing and when I stand on those
steps, every time my stomach goes, I feel sick, but it is a great feeling
and that is what you take the game up for, nights like these. Joe
Perry. CHEERING. Ladies and gentlemen, your winner
for the seventh time, Ronnie, how tough did Joe make it for you today?
Joe played a brilliant tournament. A really good match. He should have
beaten me today. I really got lucky. He's going to come again and he's
going to win tournaments. The way he's played, he's a tough, tough
competitor. I'm just relieved to have got over the line. I've had a
great week, the fans have been unbelievable. CHEERING
I've really enjoyed the week. Today was a test. This whole week has been
a test. Not just for snooker reasons... There's no one beside
you, there's no one in front of you. It's just you out on your own with
seven Masters titles now, that must be a wonderful feeling. CHEERING
APPLAUSE Listen, it's great to get some
records. There's still the World Championships to get. I'll try and
make that one as well! Listen, when I was young I was just happy to have
won one. To have won seven, someone must be up there looking after me.
I'm not greedy, I just appreciate every opportunity I get to come out
here and play in front of these fantastic people. Finally, ladies
and gentlemen, I know that you will appreciate was about to happen.
You're about to lift the Paul Hunter Trophy. You've done this in a
comeback style Paul would have approved of. What kind of honour is
that for you tonight? I won the Paul Hunter classic in Germany, that
meant so much to me. A player of Paul's stature and what he did in
the game, he deserves to have his name on a tournament like this.
APPLAUSE He'll never be forgotten. All the
players love him. If he's up there, you are there in our hearts and our
minds and we'll love you. Well said, you are champion for a seventh time.
Ronnie O'Sullivan. APPLAUSE Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome
your presentation party. APPLAUSE Ladies and gentlemen, your
runner-up, what a fantastic week it has been. Collecting a cheque for
?90,000 and some fantastic memories, Joe Perry! APPLAUSE
And the winner, receiving a cheque for ?200,000, the Trophy and the
title 2017, Masters champion Ronnie O'Sullivan! APPLAUSE
Once again, ladies and gen -- ladies and gentlemen, your champion Ronnie
O'Sullivan! The 17th major title of his career, a seventh Masters.
Ronnie confirming he's still got a seventh world title on his mind. He
says he doesn't care about these records? A fantastic achievement. He
now owns the outright lead in one of snooker's three major titles. He's
been chasing you and Stephen Hendrie all of his career. This is a really
significant moment for him. It proves how great a player he is. I
know he what hasn't won as many were championships as Stephen Hendrie but
in a modern-day error his five is a worthy record in itself. To win
seven Masters, he's made this event his own. He's produced so much
astonishing snooker in such an entertaining way as well. It was
1999 the last time one of the snooker majors was owned outright.
This is a serious point of history for the snooker watchers amongst us.
Very much so, Hazel. It's fitting that is him. He's a local boy, his
performances have been nothing short of spectacular. To be in 12 finals
is an unbelievable record. He's an absolute class act. Despite the fact
he wasn't at his best, and he wasn't today, his application and attitude
has been spot-on. He was a deserved winner. The fact that he wasn't at
his best, he's still capable of winning an event, augurs well for
the future for Ronnie O'Sullivan should he wish to carry on playing.
It's not like he's got to be fit to the floor all the time to win the
events. He's still got something in the locker. That's a significant
point. He started the week saying he wanted to be the Lionel Messi of
snooker and he's entered it more or less the Roy Keane, that fearsome
spirit coming through the whole time. You could tell by his shot
selection this week, for people who play the game, refusing shots and
playing the safety and waiting and being patient, trying to trap his
opponent. He found the way to win this week and that was impressive.
Does that bode well for the World Championships? I think so. The
Masters seeking better. It's a shorter format and we'll struggle
and have done in the past with the longer format. He can take a lot of
confidence from this. As a joke, I asked whether it had given him a
taste for more at the age of 42. What a fantastic landmark
achievement for him to night. It makes two people to make a great
final. Earlier when I said it toughened him up, I meant to say it
made him more streetwise. His first major final, he had a fish on a hook
and he let it go. When he looks back, he'll learn from that. The
next snooker on the BBC is on BBC Two Wales from the 13th of February.
It is the Welsh Open. Ronnie with another title to defend in Cardiff.
Before you know it, The Crucible will be beckoning again. The 40th
anniversary year of the World Championship in Sheffield. 15th of
April is the start date for the annual 17 day marathon. That is it
from Alexandra Palace and will leave you with Ronnie O'Sullivan in
seventh heaven. Goodbye from us all here.
The Robshaws are going back in time again.