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2006 Northern Ireland Trophy

The 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy was the 2006 edition of the Northern Ireland Trophy snooker tournament, held from 13 to 20 August 2006, at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ding Junhui defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan by nine frames to six (9–6) in the final to lift his third ranking title whilst still a teenager. In the semi-finals, Ding defeated Stephen Lee 6–1, and O'Sullivan beat Dominic Dale 6–0. O'Sullivan made the highest break with his 140. The defending champion, Matthew Stevens, lost in round 3. The tournament, consisting of the top 32 and 16 qualifiers, was the first of seven WPBSA ranking events in the 2006/2007 season, preceding the Grand Prix.

Northern Ireland Trophy
Tournament information
Dates13–20 August 2006
VenueWaterfront Hall
CityBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Winner's share£30,000
Highest breakEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan (140)
Final
ChampionChina Ding Junhui
Runner-upEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score9–6
2005
2007

Tournament summaryEdit

The Northern Ireland Trophy was first staged in 2005 at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, as a non-ranking tournament featuring the top 16 and four wildcards, generally Irish. In the following year, it was granted ranking status and took the form of a regular tournament.[1][2]

The 2006 tournament was the first of seven World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) ranking events in the 2006/2007 season, preceding the Grand Prix, and the first event since last season's World Championship won by Graeme Dott, who defeated Peter Ebdon 18–14 in the final.[3] The defending champion was Matthew Stevens, who defeated Stephen Hendry 9–7 in the previous year's final.[4] Going into the tournament, Joe Swail, provisionally ranked number 13, said he was targeting a place in the top 16;[5] and Dott, the World Champion, said interest in his results would increase, and that he felt capable of winning more tournaments.[6] Shaun Murphy, the 2005 World Champion, said the pressure would be off him in the 2006/2007 season.[7]

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying stage took place between players ranked from 33 to 48 and those lower for one of 16 places in the final stage between 29 and 31 July 2006 at Pontin's Snooker Centre, Prestatyn, Wales. The matches were best-of-9 frames until the semi-finals. Successful qualifiers in this round included Northern Irish player Mark Allen, who defeated Tom Ford 5–3, and said the Waterfront—where he made his professional debut last year—was the best venue he had played at. Gerard Greene defeated Judd Trump 5–2, and Dominic Dale beat Dermot McGlinchey 5–1.[8] Jimmy White, who had slipped from 8th to 35th in the rankings, lost 3–5 to Jimmy Michie, and said he was "match-shy" rather than nervous.[9] Irish players Joe Delaney and Fergal O'Brien lost to Rod Lawler and Paul Davies respectively, both 3–5.[10]

Round 1Edit

In round 1 the 16 qualifiers went through to face players ranked 17–32. Swail lost 1–5 to Greene, who said the crowd was on his opponent's side. Tied at 3–3 Mark Selby won the seventh frame after Tony Drago missed a pink, eventually winning the match 5–4. Jamie Burnett made breaks of 117, 77, and 55 in defeating David Gray 5–2.[11] Allen lost 1–5 to Ryan Day, a match in which Day made breaks of 79, 73, 56, and 91, after which Day said, "as soon as I started knocking in some breaks they went a bit quiet", in reference to the crowd. Michael Holt lost 2–5 to Mike Dunn, a player ranked 34 places below him.[12] James Wattana defeated Michie 5–4 in a match that lasted over three hours. Michie was 1–3 down but went on to lead 4–3 and 30–0 points before he missed a straightforward pot, eventually losing the frame. Michie had the first chance in the next but also lost that frame. Tian Pengfei, on his 19th birthday, made breaks of 50, 62, and 115 in defeating Andy Hicks.

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"Super Stuart set to take on Rocket". Lancashire Evening Post. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

Round 2Edit

"Ebdon beaten by Dale in Belfast". BBC Sport. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

"Hendry goes through in NI Trophy". BBC Sport. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

Marshall, Alan. "I won't make it easy for my mate". Daily Record. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

"Dott digs deep". Irish Examiner. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

"Greene sinks Davis in Belfast". breakingnews.i.e. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

Round 3Edit

"Ding puts out Higgins in Belfast". BBC Sport. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

"Dott battles back for Dale date". RTÉ Sport. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2010.

Yates, Phil. "SNOOKER: Doherty on cue against Wattana". Irish Independent. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

Quarter-finalsEdit

"Speedy O'Sullivan into last four". BBC Sport. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

Semi-finalsEdit

"O'Sullivan storms to record win ". BBC Sport. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

FinalEdit

In the best-of-17 final Ding defeated O'Sullivan to lift his third ranking title whilst still a teenager.[13]

"Junhui takes title in Belfast". RTÉ Sport. 20 August 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

"Ding at the treble". Sporting Life (UK). Retrieved 14 October 2010.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[14]

  • Winner: £30,000
  • Final: £15,000
  • Semi-final: £7,500
  • Quarter-final: £5,600
  • Last 16: £4,000
  • Last 32: £2,500
  • Last 48: £1,625
  • Last 64: £1,100

Main drawEdit

  Last 48
Best of 9 frames
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
                                                         
22   David Gray 2     1   Graeme Dott 5  
  Jamie Burnett 5       Jamie Burnett 3  
  1   Graeme Dott 5  
  27   Mark Selby 4  
27   Mark Selby 5 27   Mark Selby 5
  Tony Drago 4     15   Allister Carter 4  
  1   Graeme Dott 2  
    Dominic Dale 5  
29   Joe Swail 1     11   Steve Davis 2  
  Gerard Greene 5       Gerard Greene 5  
    Gerard Greene 4
    Dominic Dale 5  
21   Marco Fu 3   Dominic Dale 5
  Dominic Dale 5     7   Peter Ebdon 3  
    Dominic Dale 0  
  4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6  
18   Joe Perry 4     8   Mark Williams 5  
  Andrew Norman 5       Andrew Norman 1  
  8   Mark Williams 2
  17   Ryan Day 5  
17   Ryan Day 5 17   Ryan Day 5
  Mark Allen 1     12   Barry Hawkins 1  
  17   Ryan Day 1
  4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5  
28   Mark King 5     14   Matthew Stevens 5  
  Rory McLeod 3     28   Mark King 0  
  14   Matthew Stevens 2
  4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5  
19   Alan McManus 2   Stuart Pettman 4
  Stuart Pettman 5     4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5  
4   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
26   Ding Junhui 9
24   James Wattana 5     3   Ken Doherty 5  
  Jimmy Michie 4     24   James Wattana 4  
  2   Ken Doherty 5  
  9   Stephen Maguire 4  
20   Michael Holt 2   Mike Dunn 2
  Mike Dunn 5     9   Stephen Maguire 5  
  2   Ken Doherty 1  
  26   Ding Junhui 5  
26   Ding Junhui 5     16   Anthony Hamilton 3  
  Paul Davies 4     26   Ding Junhui 5  
  26   Ding Junhui 5
  4   John Higgins 3  
32   Robert Milkins 5 32   Robert Milkins 3
  Rod Lawler 2     4   John Higgins 5  
  26   Ding Junhui 6
  10   Stephen Lee 1  
30   Andy Hicks 3     5   Shaun Murphy 5  
  Tian Pengfei 5       Tian Pengfei 4  
  5   Shaun Murphy 5
  13   Neil Robertson 4  
31   Nigel Bond 5 31   Nigel Bond 3
  Michael Judge 1     13   Neil Robertson 5  
  5   Shaun Murphy 4
  10   Stephen Lee 5  
23   Stuart Bingham 4     10   Stephen Lee 5  
  David Roe 5       David Roe 2  
  10   Stephen Lee 5
  2   Stephen Hendry 4  
25   Ian McCulloch 5 25   Ian McCulloch 3
  Matthew Couch 1     2   Stephen Hendry 5  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ February 2012 "Northern Ireland Trophy" Archived February 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk (Chris Turner's Snooker Acrhive). Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  2. ^ "New event to kick off next season". BBC Sport. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Dogged Dott wins epic world final ". BBC Sport. 2 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
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  5. ^ "Swail targeting place in top 16". BBC Sport. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Dott relishing Trophy challenge". BBC Sport. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Murphy takes 'lack of pressure' in his stride". Sheffield Star. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Allen secures place at Waterfront". BBC Sport. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  9. ^ "White loses in Belfast qualifier". BBC Sport. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  10. ^ "BRIEFS: Sligo swells hamper dinghies". Irish Independent. 1 August 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Swail beaten in N Ireland Trophy". BBC Sport. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Allen crashes out to Welshman Day". BBC Sport. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Ding beats O'Sullivan in NI final ". BBC Sport. 20 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  14. ^ "2006 Northern Ireland Trophy Player Prize Money". snookerdatabase.co.uk (Snooker Database). Retrieved 14 October 2010.

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