Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How to remember Hunter

Every snooker fan remembers where they were when the desperately sad news broke that Paul Hunter had died.

Six years ago today, the game's 27-year-old boy wonder lost his battle against cancer and is still sorely missed.

As well as his super talent on the green baize, Paul was one of the real characters of the game. He always played with a smile on his face and had the good looks and charm to attract fans to the sport.

He was quite simply an entertainer.

It's iconic of his career, although cut short, that his most triumphant moments were laced with excitement.

His three Masters titles were all won from behind and on a final-frame decider. This was fitting for a player who provided us with buckets of entertainment down the years.

Paul reached as high as number four in the world rankings and got as far as the semi-finals of the World Championship. Many people believe he would have gone on to become world number one champion by now.

It's difficult to know for sure but there are facts we cannot dispute. Paul was a much admired and loved player who could always be counted on to put on a magnificent show.

He was a crowd-puller and a gentleman with it.

The six years since his death have gone so quickly but he is still as missed as ever and will continue to be for many years to come.

If you are to remember Hunter in any way, this video is a fine place to start...

Feel free to leave your tributes to Paul below this blog post.

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