Now Ladies, we’ve all been down the local bar or pub, had a few glasses of wine and won a game of pool that leaves us feeling we could take on the next world champ???
However, if you remove the beer goggles, enlarge the table to 12X6ft, and put a cue in your hand – it’s a very different story!!!
Invented in the 19th century, snooker has progressed from a recreation game to a huge franchise with big bucks advertising!
Like darts, it has moved on dramatically from the days of the televised games where players used to sit and have an alcoholic beverage whilst waiting for their shot. To present day tournaments andwhere players are sponsored by mineral waters and sports drinks companies.
Now snooker may not be the most glamorous or fast paced of sports. In fact, depending on the style of the players – it can be very slow at times. However, this is the nature of the game and the characters that play it.
The game is played by 2 players and is won by a ‘best of ‘ or a predefined number of frames, each frame won by a player getting the highest score. It is divided into rounds or ‘frames’ in which all of the balls on the table must be sunk or even ‘potted’ in a particular order, all using the white ball, commonly known as the ‘cue ball’. The order is to clear the reds from the table then move on to the coloureds, ending with the winning ball, the black.
Each colour of ball is worth a certain amount of points which a player must sink – 15 red balls worth one point each, and six balls of different colours – yellow (2 points), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6) and black (7).
A player continues to keep potting the balls until he misses one or commits a ‘foul’ (hitting the white ball which then doesn’t make any contact with another, hitting a coloured ball not in sequence or instead of a red ball or sinking the white for example), then the other player takes over and tries to ‘pot‘ as many as he can and gaining a higher score.
The highest and most prestigious event within a frame is for a player to get a consecutive ‘147’.
This is where a player steps up to the table and in one go, pots every single ball and accumulates the score of 147.
So there you go Ladies – a simple but very skilful game. We think you’ll agree.. it is far more difficult than initially thought!!!
The sport requires a great deal of patience, a tactical and strategic brain accompanied by a nice little waistcoat/trousers number, for all you fashionista’s out there!!