2008 Northern Ireland Trophy

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Northern Ireland Trophy
Tournament information
Dates 24–31 August 2008
Venue Waterfront Hall
City Belfast
Country Northern Ireland
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £200,500
Winner's share £30,000
Highest break 145
Final
Champion England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up England Dave Harold
Score 9–3
2007
Last →

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.

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

Tournament summary[edit]

  • 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 hadn't 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 fund[edit]

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

Main draw[edit]

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

Final[edit]

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

Qualifying[edit]

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

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

[4]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

[3]

References[edit]

  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.