Northern Ireland Trophy

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Northern Ireland Trophy
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Tournament information
Venue Waterfront Hall
Location Belfast
Country Northern Ireland
Established 1981
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £200,500
Final year 2008
Final champion(s) England Ronnie O'Sullivan

The Northern Ireland Trophy was a professional snooker tournament.

History[edit]

First contested in 1981 and named Northern Ireland Classic. It was an invitational event held at Ulster Hall, Belfast, and Jimmy White beat Steve Davis in the final.[1]

The event was revived for the 2005/06 season as an invitational event and was contested by 20 players. From the 2006/07 season, it became a full ranking event, attended by the world's top 32 players plus 16 qualifiers.[2]

The event was the first ranking tournament to be held in Northern Ireland and has been staged as part of World Snooker's continuing efforts to popularise the game in more territories. The tournament took place at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.[2] It has been the opening event of the season, other than in 2007 when it was held in November. Prize money for 2006 totalled £200,500 with the winner receiving £30,000.

In the 2006 event Ronnie O'Sullivan broke a world record during his semi-final against Dominic Dale; he won the match in 53 minutes of play, which was the fastest ever time in a best-of-11 match. At the 2007 event, O'Sullivan established another record in his 3rd round 5–2 win over Ali Carter by becoming the only player to win a match in a ranking tournament by compiling a century break in every winning frame. O'Sullivan also compiled a maximum break in the same match.[3]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Venue Season
Northern Ireland Classic (non-ranking)
1981 England Jimmy White England Steve Davis 11–9 Northern Ireland Belfast 1981/82
Northern Ireland Trophy (non-ranking)[2][4]
2005 Wales Matthew Stevens Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–7 Northern Ireland Belfast 2005/06
Northern Ireland Trophy (ranking)[2]
2006 China Ding Junhui England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–6 Northern Ireland Belfast 2006/07
2007 Scotland Stephen Maguire Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9–5 Northern Ireland Belfast 2007/08
2008 England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Dave Harold 9–3 Northern Ireland Belfast 2008/09

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Chris. "Northern Ireland Classic". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Turner, Chris. "Northern Ireland Trophy". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 June 2013.