Mixed feelings about this week’s snooker session. Larry started off well (yet again) with a 56 break, but neither of us really got off the mark all evening (except a determined 62 break from me – see below). The jukebox was on again at the club and the volume was ridiculous for most of the night, so much so that we moved table (to a worse one) so that we were a bit further away from the thumping speakers.
Me 4-1 Laurence
15-65 (56), 67-53 (32 [jimbo]), 60-59, 56-17, 66-46 (33 [jimbo])
Me 3-4 Laurence
40-52, 57-16, 52-38, 28-51 (31), 53-14 (31), 27-58, 16-53
Me 4-1 Laurence
54-64 (32 [laurence]), 65-23 (39), 65-14 (62), 56-28, 56-36
Me 1-0 Laurence
Time Taken: 4.5 hrs
Average Frame Time: 15 mins
Overall Frame Score: Me 12-6 Laurence
Jimbo breaks: 32, 33, 31, 39, 62, (6 x 20+ breaks)
Laurence breaks: 56, 31, 32, (4 x 20+ breaks)
Jimbo’s rating for Jimbo’s performance: 6/10
Jimbo’s rating for Laurence’s performance: 5/10
After the table swap, things started looking up a little and we got the desire to play again. We found out that they can turn off the speakers near the snooker tables so next time we’ll ask them to do this as soon as they pump up the volume. Normally I don’t like to complain since as there are loads of people up there us few snooker players are probably in a minority. That said however we’re still members and its not like we’re asking for them to turn the music off or anything – we just want it toned down a ‘bit’.
The biggest plus point for me during the evening was my 62 break. As I was a little disinterested (due to the noise/distractions) I was playing a bit quicker and a bit more carelessly than normal, so I purposefully slowed down a lot and tried to focus my head. I played some great shots in the break, including 2 plants (one 4-ball reverse-plant that I had to make). There *was* a ton on, but with 2 reds left I potted the blue into the green pocket and tried to deep-screw back for the next red into the center. I cued it delightfully but unfortunately kissed the red and stuck it against the cushion. I then continued to jaw the red in the center pocket whilst attempting the double. Shame. Still, slowing down a lot helped me get some timing back, and got me cueing smoothly. I wasn’t really taking much longer down on the shot, but I was walking around the table more slowly and taking a little longer on shot decision and thinking about position. I think sometimes if you do this you can almost go into a ‘trance’ like state, similar to what some people refer to as ‘dead stroke’.
It may seem like we’re using the loud music as an excuse for not playing well, but honestly its so loud sometimes that you can’t even hear yourself think, and you end up getting so frustrated and angry at it that you’re not really in the mood to play anymore. Still, now we know we can ask the staff to turn off the speakers near the snooker tables, perhaps it won’t affect us as much in forthcoming sessions. We live in hope! 🙂