Quinten Hann

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Quinten Hann
Born (1977-06-04) 4 June 1977 (age 42)
Sport country Australia
NicknameThe Wizard of Oz[1]
Professional1995–2006
Highest ranking14 (2002–2004)
Career winningsGB£432,600[2]
Highest break143:
1997 Grand Prix
Century breaks41[3]
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2004 Irish Masters)

Quinten Hann (born 4 June 1977) is an Australian former professional snooker player. He was the 1999 WEPF World Eight-ball Champion and 1994 world under 21 champion.[4] His highest break is 143.[5] He was given an eight-year ban from snooker in February 2006, shortly before which he had resigned his membership of the WPBSA.[6]

Career[edit]

Growing up in Australia, Hann took up pool at the age of ten after being introduced to it through a friend in Brisbane.[7] He played pool during the weekends, until his mother swayed him away from playing it in public houses. She telephoned a snooker coach to teach her son the game.[8] At age 12, Hann became the youngest qualifier for the Australian Goldfields Open in June 1989, losing in the last 16 stage to the under-21 national champion Steve Mifsud. Although he broke his left wrist in a motorcycle accident, which caused him to play in a plaster, he won the Victoria Under-12 Championship in March 1990. Three months later, Hann finished runner-up in his group at the 1990 IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship, with six victories from eight matches.[7]

Hann's mother sold the family home and car in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and possessions to finance her son's career and moved them to England in late 1989.[7][9] She had written to Matchroom Sport founder Barry Hearn, who offered his services to Hann.[7] At the age of 13, Hann produced a break of 100 at the 1991 World Masters under-16 tournament, making him the youngest player to compile a televised century break.[9] He reached the final of the Australian Amateur Championship at age 14 and he then took part in the IBSF World Snooker Championship.[10] On 13 October 1991, Hann was given a suspended ban by the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council from all domestic and overseas competitions for spitting on a competitor's mother. This was invoked after the New South Wales country junior championship in January 1993 when he swore at the referee following a decision that favoured his opponent and entered the Lithgow Workmen's Club licensed poker-machine area.[11]

In the meantime, he won the 1992 Australian Open 8-ball Championship, defeating Lou Condo 6–1 in the final and later beat David Gray 11–10 to triumph in the 1994 IBSF World Under-21 Championship.[12] Hann was ranked in the top 16 for two seasons (2002–2003 and 2003–2004), ranked at No. 14 for both seasons. He reached the quarter-finals of several ranking tournaments and the semi-final of the 2004 Irish Masters.[13] He missed several ranking events after breaking his wrist and collar bone whilst motorcycle racing in 1999.[14] He also broke his foot in a parachute jump in 2000, and was forced to play shoeless in the UK Championship.[15]

At the 2004 World Championships, he was rebuked for making threatening comments to Andy Hicks[16] when he lost 10–4 to the unseeded outsider. After Hann had made offensive gestures and remarks throughout the match, Hicks commented at the end that the result would put Hann outside the top 16 (which it did). Following the acrimony over this defeat Hann challenged Hicks to a fight.[17] In the event fellow snooker player Mark King stood in for Hicks at a charity boxing match with Hann which the latter won.[18] Hann also fought Dublin GAA player, Johnny Magee, in a charity boxing match in Dublin in September 2004 after Hann suggested that Gaelic footballers were not as robust as Australia rules footballers; but he had his nose broken, with Magee winning in three rounds.[14][19][20]

In the 2005 World Championship Hann was forced to play with a new cue after his original cue was lost after the China Open earlier that year.[21] The original cue was eventually retrieved just before the World Championship but was found to be damaged and unusable. Having borrowed a friend's cue, he decided against practising, and instead went out drinking.[21] He played his first round match against Peter Ebdon hungover, and rather predictably lost the match by 10 frames to 2. When asked about the defeat to Ebdon, Hann said: "I intended to go out for a few beers but when the cue wasn't there I went out for a lot of beers. I had a hangover, and the migraine kicked in during the second session. By the end, I was in bits."[22]

Match-fixing allegations and resignation[edit]

The day after his 2005 sex attack acquittal The Sun alleged that Hann had agreed to lose his opening match against Ken Doherty at the China Open in return for large amounts of money.[23] The story had been held back so it would not prejudice the outcome of Hann's trial. A hearing at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association was convened after the WPBSA panel was shown transcripts of video and audio footage of the meetings which took place between Hann and the undercover Sun journalists in March and April 2005.

On 14 February 2006 he resigned from the WPBSA, just a couple of days before he was due to attend the hearing. Hann did not attend and was found guilty in absentia. The newspaper did not go through with any agreement, but by agreeing to lose the game Hann was in breach of rule 2.8, which states "a member shall not directly or indirectly solicit, attempt to solicit or accept any payment or any form of remuneration of benefit in exchange for influencing the outcome of any game of snooker or billiards." Hann was banned from snooker until 2014 and also fined £10,000.[6]

Outside snooker[edit]

Other cue sports[edit]

In 1998, he won the Lindrum Masters (named after fellow Australian Snooker/Billiard player, Walter Lindrum), an event consisting of Snooker, English Billards and US 8 and 9-Ball Pool. In 1999, he won the WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championship and also successfully defended his Lindrum Masters title. He also reached the semi finals of the World 8-Ball Championship in 2000 and the quarter finals in 2004.

Legal issues[edit]

Hann was known in snooker for his "bad boy" image, and in 2002 he was tried in the UK for allegedly raping a woman while both were intoxicated, but was acquitted.[24]

Hann was cleared of further sex attacks on two women in 2005. The women accused Hann of behaving like a "crazed animal" and said that they thought they were going to die. One of them claimed that he repeatedly struck her, an accusation that Hann strongly denied explaining that his mother had taught him to never raise a hand to a woman.[25] Ultimately the case turned on the credibility of his accuser, which was undermined when it was admitted she had lied consistently under oath throughout the trial.[25]

In October 2014, it was reported that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had started court proceedings at the Federal Court of Australia against Hann (now going under the name Quinten Hunter), general manager of broker Monarch FX (Monarch FX Group Pty Ltd). ASIC temporarily banned Monarch FX and Hann from offering financial services until November 2014 when the hearing resumes.[26] Hann was later banned from the financial services industry for four years.[27]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
Ranking[28][nb 1] [nb 2] 237 104 45 26 32 25 14 14 18
Ranking tournaments
Grand Prix[nb 3] 1R LQ 2R QF WD 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R
British Open LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R
UK Championship LQ 1R 2R 2R WD QF 1R 2R QF 2R
Malta Cup[nb 4] LQ LQ NH 1R Not Held 1R 2R QF WD
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ WD 2R LQ 1R 2R 2R
China Open[nb 5] Not Held NR 1R LQ LQ 2R Not Held 1R
World Championship WD LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ A A A A 1R 1R A
Former ranking tournaments
Asian Classic[nb 6] LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
German Open LQ LQ 2R NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 7] LQ QF LQ 1R WD QF 2R NR Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 8] LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R 1R QF 3R 2R NH
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event QF SF LQ
NH / Not Held event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event also ran under the name LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  4. ^ The event also ran as the European Open (1995/1996–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999)
  5. ^ The event ran under a different name as China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  6. ^ The event also ran under the name Thailand Classic (1995/1996)
  7. ^ The event also ran under the name Thailand Open (1995/1996–1996/1997)
  8. ^ The event also ran under the names International Open (1995/1996–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1991 Australian Amateur Championship Australia David Collins 4–5
Winner 1. 1994 IBSF World Under-21 Championship England David Gray 11–10

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. ^ Chris Turner / Eurosport. "Eurosport: On this week: Fastest frame". Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
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  6. ^ a b "BBC Sport: "Guilty Hann given eight-year ban"". BBC News. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  7. ^ a b c d "At 13, Quinten Hann just wants to pot gold". The Sun-Herald. 3 February 1991. p. 81. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via Infotrac Newsstand.
  8. ^ "Young snooker star Quinten Hann is hoping to follow the yellow brick road all the way to the top". Sale & Altrincham Messenger. 9 April 1998. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b Everton, Clive (21 January 1991). "Snooker: Hann's TV spectacular". The Guardian. p. 13. Retrieved 15 March 2019 – via General OneFile.
  10. ^ "Sport: Sixth Column". The Guardian. 29 May 1993. p. 19. Retrieved 16 March 2019 – via General OneFile.
  11. ^ "(Bad boy of snooker is grounded)". Sunday Age. 14 March 1993. p. 24. Retrieved 16 March 2019 – via Infotrac Newsstand.
  12. ^ Kershler, Ray (4 April 1998). "Hann's shot at the big time / Inside Back". The Daily Telegraph. p. 151. Retrieved 16 March 2019 – via Infotrac Newsstand.
  13. ^ "Results of the 2004 Irish Masters". Sportinglife. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Hann's controversial career seems over". BreakingNews.ie. Thomas Crosbie Holdings. 14 February 2006. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  15. ^ "BBC Sport: High, wide and Hann-some". BBC News. 22 November 2000. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  16. ^ Shea, Julian (18 April 2004). "BBC Sport: Bad-tempered Hann exits". BBC News. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  17. ^ "BBC Sport: Hannbags at dawn". BBC News. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  18. ^ "BBC Sport: Hann triumphs in Pot Whack". BBC News. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  19. ^ Bunce, Jane (11 May 2005). "Hann lost for cash – report". theage.com.au. The Age Company. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  20. ^ "Hann quits snooker". RTÉ. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  21. ^ a b Rawcliffe, Jonathan (20 April 2005). "BBC Sport: Crucible Diary – Day Five". BBC News. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
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  23. ^ "BBC Sport: Hann to face 'match-fixing' probe". BBC News. 18 May 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  24. ^ "Snooker player cleared of rape". BBC News. 2 July 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  25. ^ a b "Snooker ace cleared of sex attack". BBC News. 9 May 2005. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  26. ^ "Forex Magnates: "ASIC Banned Monarch FX and Quinten Hunter"". Forex Magnates. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  27. ^ "Subscribe - theaustralian".
  28. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.