2005 Northern Ireland Trophy

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Northern Ireland Trophy
Tournament information
Dates17–21 August 2005
VenueWaterfront Hall
CityBelfast
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£104,000
Winner's share£23,000
Highest breakScotland Alan McManus (140)
Final
ChampionWales Matthew Stevens
Runner-upScotland Stephen Hendry
Score9–7
← First
2006

The 2005 Northern Ireland Trophy was the first edition of the Northern Ireland Trophy snooker tournament, held from 17 to 21 August 2005, at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Matthew Stevens defeated Stephen Hendry by nine frames to seven (9–7) in the final. Alan McManus made the highest break with 140. This was the only year the tournament was held as a non-ranking event; it would become a ranking tournament for the next three seasons.

The top 16 ranked players were invited, Paul Hunter and Stephen Lee did not participate. They were replaced by Ali Carter and 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy. Northern Ireland players Mark Allen and Joe Swail were invited as wildcards along with Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1]

  • Winner: £23,000
  • Final: £12,000
  • Semi-final: £6,500
  • Quarter-final: £5,000
  • Last 16: £4,000
  • Wildcard round: £4,000

Players who entered as wildcards received less prize money: Robertson received £3,500 for reaching the semi-final, Allen and Swail received £2,000 for reaching the quarter-finals while Ding received £1,000 for reaching the last 16.

Wild-card round[edit]

[2]

Match Score
WC1 England Steve Davis 0–4 Northern Ireland Mark Allen
WC2 England Ali Carter 0–4 China Ding Junhui
WC3 England Ian McCulloch 0–4 Australia Neil Robertson
WC4 England Joe Perry 1–4 Northern Ireland Joe Swail

Main draw[edit]

[3]

Last 16
Best of 7 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
        
England Ronnie O'Sullivan 2
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 4
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 1
Scotland Alan McManus 5
England Peter Ebdon 0
Scotland Alan McManus 4
Scotland Alan McManus 3
Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
Scotland John Higgins 1
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 1
Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
China Ding Junhui 2
Scotland Stephen Hendry 7
Wales Matthew Stevens 9
Wales Matthew Stevens 4
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 1
Wales Matthew Stevens 5
Scotland Stephen Maguire 2
Scotland Stephen Maguire 4
Wales Mark Williams 3
Wales Matthew Stevens 6
Australia Neil Robertson 4
England Jimmy White 2
Australia Neil Robertson 4
Australia Neil Robertson 4
England Shaun Murphy 3
Scotland Graeme Dott 2
England Shaun Murphy 4

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