Official Fergal O'Brien Website
January '06 Qualifiers
On the 12th of january I beat Matthew Couch
10 - 4
to progress to the last 48 of the 888.com World Championships.
From 2 - 2, I played well to get a 6 - 3 lead going into the evening sessions.
Matthew won the first in that session to make it 6 - 4
and when he lead by 48 points with four reds left in the next it looked like going 6 - 5
but I managed to make a great fifty clearance to lead 7 - 4 .
This proved crucial as I won the next three frames,
including two black ball games, to win 10 - 4.
Neither Matthew or I played our best but the result was all that mattered on the day.
I now play Marco Fu on March 14th to qualify
for the Crucible.
Its great news for snooker that 888.com are to sponsor the World Championship
in the Crucible on B.B.C. tv for the next five years.
It was vital for snooker that a new sponsor was found to replace Embassy,
who had sponsored the World Championship for thirty years.
On January 26th I beat Gary Wilson 5 - 3 to
qualify for the Welsh Open.
I was delighted to win from two nil down against a tough opponent.
I had my sixth century of the season also which is always a nice bonus.
I will now play my good friend Anthony Hamilton on February 27th in the last 48.
Whilst that is a tough match I, hopefully, can get through and have a good run in the tournament
and make an end of season push for a top 32 place.