5 Superb Resources to Follow the World Snooker Championships
The 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championships is now 4 days old and we have already seen a number of surprises in the first round and none more so than Ding Junhui being defeated by world number 76 Michael Wasley late last night, and then a resurgent tartan clad Alan McManus beating fellow Scot John Higgins.
If, like me, you are not able to sit and watch the snooker in it’s entirety during the 17 days due to work or other commitments then what are the best resources to get your snooker fix?
The list below is ranked in order of importance to me, in terms of where I check, read or comment. It’s not a definitive list of course but my own subjective view:
- World Snooker Live Scoring – Always my first port of call to get the latest scores, results and the upcoming draw. Updated live directly off the score boards in the arena I believe. More of a mini site
- Pro Snooker Blog – Matt at Pro Snooker Blog has been writing about the game for about the last 6 years and his blog is always my first port of call during any tournament but especially throughout the World Championships. Also offers very solid insights into the rankings and the permutations of certain players performance on those rankings. Also has a very busy twitter account @prosnookerblog
- @snookerbacker Very entertaining Twitter account, follows every tournament with passion and anecdotal humour plus, hence the name, offers betting tips and advice on the world of snooker. Also has a blog.
- Inside Snooker – New (ish!) website set up by two very well respected snooker journalists in Dave Hendon (Snooker Scene and Eurosport Commentator) and Hector Nunns a freelance jounalist that writes for The Times amongst other newspapers. The site is fresh and cleanly laid out and the writing is of course of journalistic quality with interview and opinion pieces.
- CueTracker – A superb resource set up and run by Ron Florax over in the Netherlands, this is the place to go for all the stats and match facts – especially superb for those, that like me, like numbers! His aim is to document every snooker tournament.
There are hundreds of blogs, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels and Facebook groups that also cover this very interesting sport, what resources would you add to the list if I were to expand it?