Gallant Davis loses battle for tour survival

Six-time World Champion Steve Davis’ 36-year stint as a main tour professional was brought to an end in the early hours of Friday morning following a 10-8 defeat to Craig Steadman in the World Championship qualifiers. | 4/12/2014
 
CUE SPORT LV - par Steve Davis, Stīvs Deivis snukera spēlētājsThe 56-year-old has been relegated from the main tour after late-night defeat to Steadman ensured he would end the season outside of the world's top 64 - with only the top 64 retaining their tour cards.
 
The 28-time ranking event winner must battle through qualifying school at the end of May if he is to regain his spot among the sport's elite.
 
 Davis, one of snooker's greatest ambassadors and a household name during the sport's golden era in the 1980s, threatened a late fightback against Steadman in his second round qualifier for the World Championship, but it proved insufficient as he was edged out at approaching 1am.
 
A slow start saw Davis fall 6-3 behind after the first session, with Steadman producing a high break of 122, and when the 31-year-old added a 74 break after the restart, it appeared the beginning of the end for Davis.
 
The pair traded the next two frames for 8-4, before Davis fired in a notable 61 break to clinch frame 13, only for Steadman to move the brink of victory after edging a scrappy 14th.
 
In typical fashion though, Davis was to produce a fascinating display of match play snooker, kicking off with a 98 break for 9-6, followed by back-to-back tactical frames to claw back to 9-8.
 
A marathon 18th frame saw Davis draw upon more than three decades of experience at the highest level, but his resistance was finally broken as Steadman punished on the final colours to seal 'The Nugget's' fate.
 
Davis had continued to defy the age gap by remaining the elder statesman on the circuit, but when results began to desert him at the beginning of the season, the Romford star took the decision to swap the baize for the jungle.
 
He chose not to enter the UK Championship in York, instead swapping his cue for the jungle and ITV's reality show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”
This meant that he was to sacrifice valuable ranking points from one of the season's most important events and ultimately proved fatal in terms of his immediate snooker career.
 
The popular star, though, remains upbeat about his future, and told the Daily Star he plans to battle on.
 
"My ambition is that when I am 60, I am still playing on the tour. And falling off this season will not change that. Hopefully it would just be for a year.
 
"My father said he wanted to live until he was 90, so I said to him alright then, I will try to be on tour until I am 60'. So that is my goal and challenge.
 
"It would just mean I had to use whatever route to get back on next season, and that would be either the Q-School or more likely the PTC events," he added.
 
Also a BBC Sport pundit, Davis turned professional in 1978 and won his world titles between 1981 and 1989. He last made the Quarter-Finals of the World Championship four years ago.
He is remembered particularly for contesting the 1985 World Championship final with Dennis Taylor, with the famous black-ball climax attracting a record 18.5 million British viewers. 
 
He was awarded an MBE in 1988 and an OBE in 2001 for his services to the sport.
 
The next chapter of Davis' illustrious career will see him head to Q School from May 10-24 in Gloucester in a bid to earn a place back on the tour by right.Steve Davis - the Nugget Stīvs Deivis snukera spēlētājs, CUE SPORT LV
 
Posted 11 April 2014

Steve Davis decision

Sad Day for Snooker | 4/11/2014
Steve Davis 6 time World Snooker Champion, CUE SPORT LV It's all over, and after 36 years as a professional, six-time World Champion Steve Davis falls off the main tour following a second round exit in World Championship qualifying.

A gallant battle from the 56-year-old, but it's not enough to avert a 10-8 defeat to Craig Steadman which ends his professional career.

Davis will now head to Q School in May in a bid to regain his top flight status, but it would appear a long road back for the Romford veteran.

A sad day for snooker. Your thoughts? _

POOL on TV ALERT

OB cues in pool trick shots | 4/10/2014
 
CUE SPORT LV - OB kiju dīleris Baltijā, OB CuesPOOL on TV ALERT: OB Cues are the official cues of the 2013 World Cup of Trick Shots event which airs for the first time this Sunday, April 13th in HD on ESPN2 at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm EST. Each of these time slots will have a different and original show that has not been broadcast on TV yet. So make sure you watch or record all 3! (This event was filmed at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA)

The event features Team USA against Team Europe. Team USA consists of Andy Segal-The Magic Man, Bruce Barthelette-The Big Guy, Steve Markle-Triple 'C' and Jamey Gray-Sharp Shooter. Team Europe consists of Florian Kohler-Venom, Nick Nikolaidis-Quick Nick, Luke Szywala-Cool Hand Luke and Gabi Visoiu-Mr. Perfect.

Please support pool and OB by watching this event. If you already have plans on Sunday and can't watch at that time then please set your DVR's and record the pool so you can watch it later. We will continue to sponsor and support pool on TV for as long as we continue to receive the support of you, the fans who watch it! 

We would like to also ask you to help spread the word so please share this post on your wall and encourage all of your friends on Facebook to watch or record this pool event which will be very entertaining. The trick shot events make for great TV and are always a fan favorite.
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OB kijas un viņu komandas pool spēles guru Maiks Dečheins

OB Cues & Mike Dechaine | 4/9/2014

Mike "Fireball" Dechaine
Born:  May 30th 1987

Birthplace:  Waterville, Maine

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About Mike: 

CUE SPORT LV - OB kiju dīleris Baltijā,  Mike Dechaine"At the age of 11, my father took me into TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, Maine. This was the first time I had ever played the game and I loved it instantly. For the next few years, I would visit the pool hall as often as my dad would let me and spend hours at the table.  At the age of 14, my father allowed me to play in my first tournament, the 14 and under at the Super Billiards Expo (SBE). I won the tournament and from there, it was over. I decided that from that point on, I would strive to become one of the best pool players in the country. As I got a bit older, I would travel to every tournament in New England with some friends from Maine. I attended most of the Joss Northeast Tour Stops as well as many others. I quickly noticed that I was constantly getting better at a fast pace, which fueled my desire to pursue tournaments much bigger and further from home.

CUE SPORT LV - OB kiju dīleris Baltijā,  Mike DechaineAt the age of 19, I decided that after competing and winning both the 14 and under as well as the 18 and under at the SBE, it was time to dip my toes in the Amateur Open. With a field of 800+ participants, I found my way to the top, winning the $5k first prize and sealing the deal that I couldn’t participate in any other amateur events throughout the country. At this point, I consider myself to have gained “pro status.”

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Mike "Fireball" Dechaine
Born:  May 30th 1987
 
Birthplace:  Waterville, Maine
 
Resides:  Providence, Rhode Island
 
Other Sponsors:  Snookers, Rhode Island
 
Playing Cue:  OB-128 with an OB-1 Shaft (18.4oz)
 
Break Cue:  Brown OB Break Cue (18.7oz)
 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MDProPool
 
About Mike: 
 
"At the age of 11, my father took me into TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, Maine. This was the first time I had ever played the game and I loved it instantly. For the next few years, I would visit the pool hall as often as my dad would let me and spend hours at the table.  At the age of 14, my father allowed me to play in my first tournament, the 14 and under at the Super Billiards Expo (SBE). I won the tournament and from there, it was over. I decided that from that point on, I would strive to become one of the best pool players in the country. As I got a bit older, I would travel to every tournament in New England with some friends from Maine. I attended most of the Joss Northeast Tour Stops as well as many others. I quickly noticed that I was constantly getting better at a fast pace, which fueled my desire to pursue tournaments much bigger and further from home.
 
At the age of 19, I decided that after competing and winning both the 14 and under as well as the 18 and under at the SBE, it was time to dip my toes in the Amateur Open. With a field of 800+ participants, I found my way to the top, winning the $5k first prize and sealing the deal that I couldn’t participate in any other amateur events throughout the country. At this point, I consider myself to have gained “pro status.”
 
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Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry still sending snooker fans loopy

Interview: veteran players meet Jim White at the Seniors World Championship to discuss their generation’s enduring popularity | 4/3/2014


Steve Davis with Stephen Hendry - CUE SPORT LVBetween them, the two blokes sitting in the bar at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth have won the World Snooker Championship 13 times. In the Eighties and Nineties Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry bestrode a sport that regularly had as many as 20 million Britons transfixed in front of their television screens. On the day they meet The Daily Telegraph, however, the pair are playing in front of a couple of hundred diehards at the Seniors World Championship. And Davis reckons it is a pairing that should never have happened.

“By rights he shouldn’t be here,” he says, pointing his thumb at the still fresh-faced Hendry. “For this tournament there always used to be an age limit of 45. He’s 44, yet somehow he gets invited. Ken Doherty’s screaming. He’s only four months younger and he’s been told he’s not eligible. It’s absolutely outrageous they’ve let him in.”

“I got a call from the chairman about three months ago asking me to play,” says Hendry, by way of explanation. “I said I’m not old enough. He said, 'No the rules state as long as you’re 45 in the season you can compete’. So here I am.”

“That’s the most anyone’s got out of him in a decade,” says Davis of Hendry’s answer. “Boring sod.” Hendry rolls his eyes heavenwards and pretends to fall asleep.

The pair’s light-hearted bickering is being replicated all round the bar, which is the players’ green room for the tournament. There’s Tony Drago joshing with Joe Johnson. Dennis Taylor is sharing an apparently uproarious story with Willie Thorne. For the snooker nostalgist, it is like the grand old days again. Even Jimmy White is supposed to be playing. Though he was last seen heading off into the Portsmouth nightlife the previous evening, with a determined look on his face.