CUEVIEW - Ian Powell
StBlazeySnooker | On 07, Nov 2012
Ian Powell of Bugle A highlights his Snooker Memories in our latest CUEVIEW
STBS – What is your full name please
IP – Ian Powell
STBS – Your Current Club/base
IP – Bugle Workingmens Club
STBS – Your Highest Break
IP – 133
STBS – Are you Left/Right Handed or both
IP – I’m right handed.
STBS – Bio about yourself (in no more than 200 words)
IP – I am a sport loving family man (married to Petra with 2 children Carla and Vaughan) As well as snooker I love my National Hunt racing and also play bowls during the summer months. Have worked for Royal Mail for 25 years based at St Austell. You can follow me on Twitter @arklesalias.
STBS – What was your first ever memory of snooker?
IP – I remember playing with my Dad at Butlins Minehead when I was 9 or 10 years old and thinking that the tables were so, so big! TV wise though I think it was probably Thorburns 147 at the Crucible.
“I have quite a strong view that the best TV commentator by a country mile is Clive Everton. Find it disgusting the way the BBC drop him every year once the one table situation comes into effect at the Crucible. His knowledge of the game and its history is second to none in my opinion”
STBS – At what age did you start playing snooker and why?
IP – You were not allowed to become a member of the club in our village until you hit 15 years of age so you can imagine how someone like me would be counting down the days for months on end waiting to get to play on the full size tables. Prior to this though I used to play at my mate Ian Ball’s place, in his front room on a 6 by 3 table that his Dad had knocked up.
STBS – What has been your greatest achievement in snooker?
IP – Probably winning the St Blazey League Singles Title in 1995 (beat Nick Kendall 4-1 in the Final at St Blazey) I am also proud of my five century breaks although I am disappointed not to have never made one in a match.
STBS – Who is the most famous professional player you have played or met? (can be modern or older era)
IP – I remember meeting the legend that is Ray Reardon at a Pontins camp in the early eighties. I was gutted not to win the junior tournament there that week as the winner got to have a frame with the great man as part of the prize.
STBS – Who is your favourite TV commentator?
IP – I have quite a strong view that the best TV commentator by a country mile is Clive Everton. Find it disgusting the way the BBC drop him every year once the one table situation comes into effect at the Crucible. His knowledge of the game and its history is second to none in my opinion
STBS – What is your Favourite professional player and why?
IP – For sheer entertainment value, I would say my favourite at the moment is probably Judd Trump. Would briefly like to mention a pro called Stuart Pettman though. I read his book entitled ’Stuart Pettman- As Sometimes Seen on TV’ recently and can highly recommend it. Not one to take himself too seriously (as you can guess from the title)it really is an excellent account of life as a journeyman professional. Go get yourself a copy!!
STBS – What has been the most memorable snooker match you have ever seen?
IP – Took a friend of mine to the Crucible for the first time in 2011 and we got to see Trump v Ding semi final. Traded centuries in the first two frames of the match and was such a high standard throughout.
STBS – Who is the best player in the league?
IP – Hmmm. Tricky question. Really wouldn’t want to single out any one player in particular.
STBS -Who is the most under-rated player in the league?
IP – You mean other than myself!!! No but seriously my good friend Ian Ball is very hard to beat in a match situation.
STBS – Funniest moment in your snooker experience?
IP – Probably more antics that involved breaking wind. I wont mention the player involved but suffice to say that League Secretary at that time Gordon Boynton ensured a decent write up in the paper the following week. I think the report said something like ****** ****** potted an explosive brown to clinch his frame (or something like that)
STBS – Who is your bogey player?
IP – Again, a tricky question. I have lost two singles finals to Andrew Best from our club so I suppose it would probably be Bestie. Cant really think of anyone from other clubs that I have played that often in the league.
STBS – Do you have any snooker ambitions you still have not achieved?
IP – Would really like to make a century under match conditions but think my chance of that is probably fading with my eyesight!!
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