Thursday, 14 June 2018

The world of boxing turns out in Sheffield to bid farewell to legendary trainer Brendan Ingle

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Sheffield today to bid a final farewell to legendary boxing coach Brendan Ingle at his funeral at Sheffield Cathedral.  The 77-year-old who famously guided Johnny Nelson, Naseem Hamed, Junior Witter and Kell Brook to world titles died at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital last month.


Suggestions have been made to create a permanent memorial for the trainer in Sheffield - Sheffield City Council have had discussions and former sports minister Richard Caborn has also backed the idea.

Monday, 4 June 2018

GB Elite Boxing Three Nations 2018

Magna in Rotherham was the venue this weekend for the GB Elite Three Nations boxing competition.

The contest of the day for me was definitely the Men's 75KG bout between Ramtin Musah (England) v Ayoub Darre (Scotland).

Ramtin Musah (blue vest) connects with Ayooub Darre (red)

It was hard-hitting stuff from the first bell, with plenty of blows traded and no quarter give.   won split points.  At the end a split points decision went the way of Ramtin Musah.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

World Snooker Championship 2018 - the final

Day 16 of 17 in the long-running competition that is the World Snooker final - held since 1977 at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield.

This year's finalists are four-time winner John Higgins and two-time winner Mark Williams.  Whoever wins it will be the longest gap for a player since their first win.

 The lady on top of the trophy, captured against the ceiling lights of the Crucible theatre.
 A view from the photographer's booth as the match gets underway.
 Referee Brendan Moore places the trophy at the end of the table at the start of the match, ready for...
 ...the traditional handshake shot between John Higgins and Mark Williams.
 Mark Williams at the table
John Higgins plays down the table

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A funny thing happened at the Crucible tonight....

Not something that has ever happened in my time there so far at the World Snooker Championships......

In the first round match between 2015 champion Stuart Bingham and qualifier Jack Lisowski with the match 4-5 after the first session, in the first frame (frame #10) of the second session, Jack Lisowski had rushed into a 60-0 lead and one of the lights over the table went out:
Referee Jan Verhaas looks at the light, Stuart Bingham points it out to the World Snooker crew.

After some discussions, the players agreed to complte the frame.  The light metres then came out and it was decided that the light was good enough all over the table to continue - the frame eventually going 76-22 to Jack Lisowski who then went on to win the game 9-7.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sheffield Hallam University - Men's Basketball Teams

Had a blast last night taking some team pix for Sheffield Hallam University Men's basketball teams.  Well done on the season so far - BUCS this weekend then Varsity to look forward to.....

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sheffield Sharks reach the BBL Trophy final!

Sheffield Sharks ran out 75-66 winners over Worcester Wolves in the second leg of the BBL Trophy semi-final at the EIS today to win 161-152 on aggregate and so reach the final in Glasgow on 4th March. 
Former Sharks Jerrold Brooks was in town to watch the game.
 Captain Mike Tuck goes for an early basket
 Zach Gachette tries a sideline shot
 Dirk Williams take a free-throw point
 Chris Alexander was a handful under the basket for Worcester
 Rob Marsden laying up
 Chris Alexander running in again
 Tony Wroblicky big on offence
 Mackey McKnight looks for a way through the Worcester defence

Saturday, 10 February 2018

It took double overtime to separate Sheffield Sharks and Leicester Riders

It was a late-night thriller at the EIS yesterday as Sheffield Sharks and Leicester Riders fought out a 92-98 duel that needed double overtime to separate them.

There were many contenders for MVP: Chris Alexander with his customary 21 points; Mackey McKnight recorded only the second triple-double of the BBL season and the first by a Sharks player since 2009 with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. But it went to captain Mike Tuck with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
Sharks need to regroup now to take on Worcester Wolves tomorrow in a winner-take-all semi-final for a BBL Trophy final place with both teams tied on 86-86 after the first leg away at Worcester.