There are some records in sport that will never
be broken, one of them is the four-minute mile, or so they believed. Another is
that in the modern world of Professional Snooker that no one could beat the
records of both Steve Davis and Ray Reardon in the World Professional Snooker
Along came a lone Scot with a cue action and
break making ability that were second to none. He re-wrote this piece of
folklore, forever writing his name in the record books, for you see, he has now
won seven World Snooker titles and he is still only 32 years of age.
In recent months Stephen Hendry has struggled
with his game and so has turned to the experienced player and coach Terry
Griffiths in an attempt to breath new life into his game.
Technically Terry Griffiths had a truly great
game in the late 1970s and early 1980s and gave Steve Davis many
frights over those years. Terry was a joy to watch, even though many people
considered him a slow player. He never seemed to give up and invariably chose
the correct shot option.
Perhaps Terry can help Stephen with the aspects
of his game that have been lacking over recent World Championship campaigns.
Those difficult to pin down factors, such as sustained concentration, the
correct attitude, even in adversity and self confidence, perhaps the most
important commodity of all for a winner at the highest level.
Steve Davis lost in two finals at the Crucible,
one against Dennis Taylor and one against Joe Johnson. Steve could have won
eight himself, so Stephen Hendry may well take a little comfort from the
comparison of their final appearance tally.
Just a final thought concerning another Crucible
favourite, could this be the year of the Whirlwind? Not much is expected of him
this year, so he may well pick up momentum as the tournament progresses. He is
one of only a few people who have dropped out of the top sixteen players in the
world who have had the fortitude to claw their way back in. Jimmy is also one
of an even rarer number of player that has beaten Stephen Hendry twice at the
Good luck to Jimmy and all the players for the
tournament, statistics not withstanding, let the best man win and let battle