Almanac Snooker – World Championships: The greatest frame ever?



It was great to hear the ABC’s Catherine Murphy mention snooker on Offsiders recently when, during the World Championships, the (relative) veteran Ronnie O’Sullivan (a colourful snooker identity), gave an extraordinary interview after he’d won his Round of 16 match.




If that hadn’t captured the attention of snooker, and sports, fans then the semi-final between Kyren Wilson and Anthony McGill had.


Peter Flynn tipped us off and sent us the frame. Please trust P. Flynn’s judgement and have a look. The semi was locked at 16 frames apiece and this was the decider. If you decide to fastforward straight to the denouement (not advised), you will find a very unlikely score – the mathematics of which may have you scratching your head. But there is a rational explanation.






I’ll leave this with you and then later in the week, given Ronnie made it through to the final, and won it, I’ll follow up with P. Flynn’s tribute to Ronnie O’Sullivan.




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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Hamish Townsend says

    The double-kiss in-off, what the hell is going on!

    “this is a frame in which shredsville was invented”

    “He’s fluked a snooker.”

    ‘If you wrote a novel on this frame it would be rejected by the publishers as too far-fetched.’

    “How has it stayed out?!!”

  2. Extraordinary snooker. The tension!

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