• Slessor through to Scottish Open second round

    Slessor through to Scottish Open second round

    December 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Gateshead’s Elliot Slessor booked his place in the second round of the Scottish Open for the first time, after beating Scotland’s Rhys Clark 4-2 on Tuesday. Clark set the tone of the match with a quick-fire start, winning the first frame 64-15, with Slessor struggling to get going. Slessor then responded perfectly, […]

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan poses with the trophy after winning the Betway UK Championship at the York Barbican, York.

    O’Sullivan cruises to sixth UK Championship title

    December 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-equalling sixth UK Championship trophy after defeating Shaun Murphy 10-5 at the York Barbican on Sunday. O’Sullivan demolished rival Shaun Murphy after an emphatic five consecutive frames saw him clinch the title – equalling the record of Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry. The first session ended with a […]

  • Elliot Slessor of Gateshead

    Elliot Slessor confident of success at Scottish Open

    December 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Gateshead’s Elliot Slessor will come up against Rhys Clark on Tuesday evening in the Scottish open opening round, as he aims to follow up his Northern Ireland open success. Slessor managed to reach the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland open in early November, defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan along the way, and […]

  • UK Championships: O’Sullivan cruises past Gould

    UK Championships: O’Sullivan cruises past Gould

    December 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Tournament favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised past Martin Gould to reach the semi-finals of the UK championships, winning 6-3 on frames. O’Sullivan took little time to get going after his late-night victory against Sunny Akani the night before, making back to back centuries and taking a 5-0 lead. Gould then showed signs […]

  • Elliot Slessor: The Gateshead man that conquered Ronnie O’Sullivan

    Elliot Slessor: The Gateshead man that conquered Ronnie O’Sullivan

    November 30, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Gateshead’s snooker star Elliot Slessor produced a shock victory against Ronnie O’Sullivan en route to the semi-finals of this month’s Northern Ireland open. Slessor, ranked 82nd in the world rankings, defeated O’Sullivan by four frames to one, which followed O’Sullivan’s claim that 70% of players on the tour are ‘numpties’. Slessor was […]

  • Williams too strong for Gateshead’s Elliot Slessor

    Williams too strong for Gateshead’s Elliot Slessor

    November 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Elliot Slessor advanced to his first ranked semi final, only to be beaten by six frames to two, by two time world snooker champion Mark Williams. Slessor revealed: “Basically [I] just tried to play my best all the time, to see how far it got me.” Slessor had the chance […]

  • North east duo stun the favourites at the Northern Irish Open

    North east duo stun the favourites at the Northern Irish Open

    November 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan were both knocked out of the Northern Irish Open by Tyneside’s Gary Wilson and Elliot Slessor. Slessor beat O’Sullivan  4-1 to progress to the last eight, ending Ronnie’s chances of a £1 million bonus. With an opening 62 to clinch the 1st frame Slessor controlled […]

  • John Astley in action during his first round match against Ken Doherty during day three of the UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York.

    Astley ‘close’ to top 64 after excellent season

    May 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    John Astley, 28, is closing in on his target of breaking into the top 64 ranking spots and is pleased with the snooker he has produced this season. He started the season in the 70’s but estimates when the rankings are published ahead of next season he’ll be around the 66 […]

  • File photo dated 02-05-2017 of Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betfred Snooker World Championship.

    Gateshead snooker player Astley hails ‘unstoppable’ World Champion Selby

    May 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Gateshead potter John Astley, 28, calls Mark Selby “unstoppable” after claiming the 2017 World Championship in Sheffield. The world no. 1 overcame John Higgins 18-15 in the final to pick up his fifth ranking title of the season and Astley feels that Selby is in the form of his career. […]

  • Gary Wilson will be met by Ronnie O'Sullivan on his Crucible debut.

    Gary Wilson to face Ronnie O’Sullivan in World Snooker Championship first round

    April 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    North East snooker star Gary Wilson will make his Crucible debut against five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 32 of the World Snooker Championship. Wilson, from Wallsend, qualified for the prestigious event after winning three gruelling matches, including making his second career maximum 147 break in his opening […]