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    The season just gone will be celebrated at the World Snooker awards in London tonight.


    The truth is, though, that there was no one definitive player of the year. At various points in the campaign, various players were on top.


    Mark Selby won two of the three big titles – the UK Championship and Masters – and ended the season as world no.1 but at other times, most notably the Crucible, did not impress.


    Neil Robertson was arguably the most consistent of all, reaching four major finals and winning one, the China Open.


    Judd Trump set a new centuries record, won the new International Championship and was twice world no.1


    All 11 ranking titles were won by a different player, the last of them by Ronnie O’Sullivan. The world champion is traditionally a strong contender for the overall prize but as O’Sullivan didn’t play in any of the other major tournaments his claim on the prize is tenuous.


    One player who deserves recognition of some sort is Barry Hawkins. He began the season outside the top 16 but has ended it as world no.9 having won his first ranking title and contributed to a terrific world final.


    Pankaj Advani must be favourite for the Rookie of the Year prize having reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open.


    Many players have enjoyed pockets of success during the longest, busiest snooker season in history. With nearly 30 tournaments big and small, the opportunity to play and to achieve has been unprecedented.


    There have been many great matches, frames, moments and stories but there almost isn’t time to consider them.


    Q School starts at the weekend to find new professionals for next season, and then we’re off and running again.


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  • #2
    Can't see it not being Selby, irrespective of his poor show at the Crucible. To win the UK and the Masters AND be Ranked No1 surely?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cyril View Post
      Can't see it not being Selby, irrespective of his poor show at the Crucible. To win the UK and the Masters AND be Ranked No1 surely?
      Yes, has to be Selby. He is the first player to win the UK Championship and the Masters back to back since the tournaments were put together on the calendar. He has another ranking final on top of that, and of course he is top of the rankings.

      Robertson's WC was equally unimpressive, and his other results compare unfavourably to Selby's anyway, so it's hard to make a case for him. Same with Trump...

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      • #4
        I wouldn't give it to Selby because of the manner in which he won the UK and Masters titles. It was only through pure gamesmanship and luck at times that he got through many of those matches and was very fortunate to land two big titles given the form he produced. He's been very average all season, culminating with yet another disastorous world championship campaign. Just doesn't seem right that he can land a title of player of the season given the form he has produced. trump would be more deserving because at the start of the season up until december he was by far the best player and being no 1 twice and reaching the semi of the world championship only losing eventually to the winner gets my vote.

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        • #5
          It's results that count, so Selby for sure

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jrc750 View Post
            It's results that count, so Selby for sure
            http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/New...253477,00.html
            "Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error"
            - Linus Pauling

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            • #7

              Truly deserved! Cheers Mark

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cueman View Post
                I wouldn't give it to Selby because of the manner in which he won the UK and Masters titles. It was only through pure gamesmanship and luck at times that he got through many of those matches and was very fortunate to land two big titles given the form he produced. He's been very average all season, culminating with yet another disastorous world championship campaign. Just doesn't seem right that he can land a title of player of the season given the form he has produced. trump would be more deserving because at the start of the season up until december he was by far the best player and being no 1 twice and reaching the semi of the world championship only losing eventually to the winner gets my vote.
                You obviously have no concept or how harder and more deserving winning is when your not at your best.....Trump was a close Second.

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