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The 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 24 and 31 August 2008 at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Trophy
Tournament information
Dates24–31 August 2008
VenueWaterfront Hall
CityBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£200,500
Winner's share£30,000
Highest breakEngland Stephen Lee (145)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upEngland Dave Harold
Score9–3
2007
Last →

Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed his 21st ranking tournament by defeating surprise finalist Dave Harold 9–3 in the final.[1]

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Notable comebacks in the qualifiers included: Li Hang coming from 0–4 down to beat Irish prodigy David Morris 5–4, and both Jimmy White and Ian Preece came from 2–4 behind to win their matches 5–4, against Jamie Jones and Paul Davies respectively.
  • Jimmy White qualified for the final stage of an event for the first time in over a year, stretching back to the 2007 China Open.
  • Long standing top-16 players, Mark Williams, Ken Doherty and Stephen Lee were playing in the qualifiers for the first time in over a decade.
  • Last year's runner-up, Fergal O'Brien fell at the first hurdle, losing 3–5 to Michael Holt.
  • In his match against Mark Selby, Andrew Higginson was playing in front of the TV cameras for the first time since his run to the final of the 2007 Welsh Open.
  • Dominic Dale came from 1–4 down against Mark Allen to level at 4–4, before Allen played superbly to take the decider.
  • In beating Ding Junhui 5–4, Mark Davis secured one of the best wins of his career.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan won three quick consecutive frames to oust former world champion Ken Doherty 5–4 in the last 32.
  • Stephen Maguire won the last three frames to beat Alan McManus 5–4, a player who had not reached the last 16 of an event the previous season.
  • Dave Harold beat Stephen Lee 5–4, a player who had been considered one of the tournaments in-form players, having knocked in three centuries, including a high break of 145.
  • Harold increased his head-to-head record to 3–0 over Stephen Maguire by beating him 5–2 in the quarter-finals, afterwards Maguire stated that he never seems to perform against Harold.
  • Barry Hawkins produced a brave fightback to recover from 1–4 to level at 4–4 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in their quarter-final match, before the world champion took the decider.
  • Dave Harold led John Higgins 5–1, but won only 6–4, to reach his first ranking final since 1994, the gap between those two ranking finals is the longest in snooker history.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[2]

Main drawEdit

[3]

  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
                                                         
24   Fergal O'Brien 3     1   Stephen Maguire 5  
  Michael Holt 5       Michael Holt 1  
  1   Stephen Maguire 5  
    Alan McManus 4  
17   Matthew Stevens 2 15   Mark King 3
  Alan McManus 5       Alan McManus 5  
  1   Stephen Maguire 2  
  28   Dave Harold 5  
28   Dave Harold 5     13   Graeme Dott 3  
  Ricky Walden 2     28   Dave Harold 5  
  28   Dave Harold 5
  27   Stephen Lee 4  
27   Stephen Lee 5 6   Stephen Hendry 1
  Judd Trump 3     27   Stephen Lee 5  
  28   Dave Harold 6  
  5   John Higgins 4  
30   Michael Judge 4     5   John Higgins 5  
  David Gilbert 5       David Gilbert 2  
  5   John Higgins 5
    Liang Wenbo 1  
29   Steve Davis 3 9   Peter Ebdon 0
  Liang Wenbo 5       Liang Wenbo 5  
  5   John Higgins 5
  25   Ian McCulloch 3  
25   Ian McCulloch 5     10   Neil Robertson 2  
  Mike Dunn 4     25   Ian McCulloch 5  
  25   Ian McCulloch 5
  4   Mark Selby 4  
31   Anthony Hamilton 3 4   Mark Selby 5
  Andrew Higginson 5       Andrew Higginson 1  
28   Dave Harold 3
2   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
22   Mark Williams 5     3   Shaun Murphy 2  
  Marcus Campbell 3     22   Mark Williams 5  
  22   Mark Williams 3  
  16   Mark Allen 5  
32   Dominic Dale 5 16   Mark Allen 5
  Adrian Gunnell 4     32   Dominic Dale 4  
  16   Mark Allen 2  
  7   Ali Carter 5  
20   Joe Swail 4     11   Ding Junhui 4  
  Mark Davis 5       Mark Davis 5  
    Mark Davis 2
  7   Ali Carter 5  
21   Stuart Bingham 4 7   Ali Carter 5
  Rory McLeod 5       Rory McLeod 1  
  7   Ali Carter 5
  2   Ronnie O'Sullivan 6  
23   Nigel Bond 1     8   Ryan Day 5  
  Stuart Pettman 5       Stuart Pettman 4  
  8   Ryan Day 3
  26   Barry Hawkins 5  
26   Barry Hawkins 5 14   Marco Fu 2
  Jimmy White 3     26   Barry Hawkins 5  
  26   Barry Hawkins 4
  2   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5  
19   Jamie Cope 5     12   Joe Perry 5  
  David Gray 4     19   Jamie Cope 2  
  12   Joe Perry 3
  2   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5  
18   Ken Doherty 5 2   Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
  Gerard Greene 2     18   Ken Doherty 4  

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Eirian Williams.
Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 31 August 2008.[3]
Dave Harold
  England
3–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan
  England
Afternoon: 63–14, 44–68 (68), 17–127 (103), 0–84 (84), 44–87, 13–84, 60–76 (76)
Evening: 76–41, 19–73 (64), 54–61, 88–0 (81), 22–80 (50)
81 Highest break 103
0 Century breaks 1
1 50+ breaks 6

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the tournament took place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales between 15 and 17 August 2008.[4]

  Round 1
Best of 9 frames
  Round 2
Best of 9 frames
  Round 3
Best of 9 frames
  Rodney Goggins 5     Rod Lawler 5     Michael Holt 5
  Declan Hughes 2     Rodney Goggins 0     Rod Lawler 2
  Paul Davison 0     Andy Hicks 5     Alan McManus 5
  Andrew Pagett 5     Andrew Pagett 4     Andy Hicks 2
  Daniel Wells 5     Barry Pinches 5     Ricky Walden 5
  Jin Long 3     Daniel Wells 1     Barry Pinches 3
  Patrick Wallace 5     Mark Joyce 5     Judd Trump 5
Bye 0     Patrick Wallace 0     Mark Joyce 0
  Supoj Saenla 2     Robert Milkins 3     David Gilbert 5
  Liu Chuang 5     Liu Chuang 5     Liu Chuang 3
  Peter Lines 5     David Roe 5     Liang Wenbo 5
  Andy Lee 0     Peter Lines 2     David Roe 0
  Matthew Couch 5     Andrew Norman 5     Mike Dunn 5
  Vincent Muldoon 3     Matthew Couch 3     Andrew Norman 1
  Robert Stephen 1     David Morris 4     A. Higginson 5
  Li Hang 5     Li Hang 5     Li Hang 2
  Lee Spick 5     Joe Delaney 5     Marcus Campbell 5
  Aditya Mehta 2     Lee Spick 0     Joe Delaney 1
  Jamie Jones 5     Ian Preece 5     Adrian Gunnell 5
  Stephen Craigie 2     Jamie Jones 4     Ian Preece 2
  Kuldesh Johal 5     Mark Davis 5     Jamie Burnett 2
  Michael Georgiou 3     Kuldesh Johal 1     Mark Davis 5
  Matthew Selt 5     Liu Song 5     Rory McLeod 5
  Chris McBreen 1     Matthew Selt 1     Liu Song 2
  James McBain 5     Stuart Pettman 5     John Parrott 4
  Stefan Mazrocis 1     James McBain 3     Stuart Pettman 5
  Jimmy White 5     Paul Davies 4     Tom Ford 2
  Atthasit Mahitthi 4     Jimmy White 5     Jimmy White 5
  Simon Bedford 5     David Gray 5     Jimmy Michie 3
  David Grace 1     Simon Bedford 4     David Gray 5
  Lewis Roberts 1     Martin Gould 5     Gerard Greene 5
  Wayne Cooper 5     Wayne Cooper 3     Martin Gould 3

Century breaksEdit

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

[4]

Televised stage centuriesEdit

[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Classy O'Sullivan wins NI Trophy". BBC Sport. 31 August 2008. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland Trophy 2008 – Prize Money". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Northern Ireland Trophy 2008 – Results". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Northern Ireland Trophy 2008 – Qualifying Results". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2011.