Sunday, 20 November 2011

Gould captures Power Snooker title

Martin Gould added to his recent success of making the top 16 by winning his first trophy as a professional tonight.

The Pinner potter, who played well in Power Snooker all weekend long, slayed favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final and showed what he can do with his added confidence since joining the elite.

Martin has been knocking on the door of the big time for quite a while - and now he's finally joined the top order, he proved it's where he belongs.

In hindsight, his strengths were always perfectly suited to this kind of format. Gould is a talented raw attacking player and an excellent potter.

That proved a perfect recipe for success in Power Snooker but, his superb ability to break was another key factor.

There's a lot of people pleased for Martin tonight. Not only is he a tremendous character on the circuit but he's a real lover for the game too.

Repeatedly he's said he plays because he wants to, and not for the money. And, you just know he's telling the truth. Getting his hands on silverware will mean much more to him than the £25,000 winner's cheque.

Who's to say how far he can go now he's a member of the top 16. This weekend he proved he's not fazed by joining the big names of the game.

Power Snooker got a fair amount of stick this weekend. But all in all, I found it enjoyable to watch. I'm pleased to see the traditional format of the game return tomorrow when the German Masters qualifiers kick off but for one weekend a year, I think it's a great watch.

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