Terrestrial fans snookered…

LOCAL snooker fans – and there are more than a few – wanting to keep up with the first ever world-ranking tournament here can watch action from the final 32 players in the Northern Ireland Trophy on British Eurosport and Eurosport 2. Disappointingly, neither the BBC nor UTV opted to buy the rights for terrestrial-only viewers. Nor is there much ‘local interest’ left, despite NI’s past achievements on the baize. Nevertheless, I’m hoping to get down the Waterfront during the weekend to see it live (tickets willing). Wonder if they’ll let Alex Higgins in…

  • jim
  • Sammy McQuiston

    Yep TG4 have it well covered.

  • JR

    Good old TG4.

    It’s actually a very good channel, it shows a bit of everything. I watched some really good World Cinema that would not get a screening on the usual channels

  • audley

    As this is a UK event, I would appreciate it is posters would restrict channel selection to those television channels which operate here in the United Kingdom.

  • dub

    audley,

    tg4 DOES operate in the six counties of northern ireland.

    dub.

  • peter

    you should listen to yourself audley. it is a sport event after all. who cares what channel carries it as long as you can get it.

  • eranu

    how do you get TG4 in NI?
    i get it in dublin on basic cable. id disagree that its a good channel though, unless you like watching old black and white movies and alot of programs in some funny foreign language 🙂

    i saw the program about alex higgins last night. i had to laugh at the shot of his old snooker club ‘the jampot club’ it looked like something out of oliver twist. thankfully belfast has changed alot.

  • kensei

    “how do you get TG4 in NI?”
    “As this is a UK event, I would appreciate it is posters would restrict channel selection to those television channels which operate here in the United Kingdom.”

    Jesus H Christ.

    Well, the signal carries, and you’ve always been able to get at least some grainy RTE in a lot of places. TG4 is in fact the only RTE I get.

    “i get it in dublin on basic cable. id disagree that its a good channel though, unless you like watching old black and white movies and alot of programs in some funny foreign language :)”

    Or the OC, and American imports. I find it strangely relaxing sometimes watching the docs, knowing about 3 words, though.

  • kensei

    Well, ballsed that post up

  • eranu

    ive watched the odd documentary on it, just reading the subtitles. its reasonable to do if the programs interesting.

  • Glensman

    Im finding Snucar Beo very good for improving my irish, the commentator talks pretty slow and because its Snucar its pretty easy to know what she’s on about…

    Congratulations to Audley for the most childish post i’ll read today.

  • JR

    Audley, there is a good ‘Irish’ word for a person as intelligent as you. It’s Eijet.

  • I went last year, Gonzo. Watched John Higgins get thrashed by a Northern Irish kid making his professional debut, suffered a strong urge to tackle and shave Matthew Stevens hair, even so a bit of O’Sullivan’s match. And ran into Alex Higgins in the lobby. It was a great afternoon.
    Don’t know if the work schedule lets me get away this week.

    (I also think I was the only solo female in the hall).

  • Mad Max

    I must say I got a little engrossed with the final frame between Junhui and Davies last night, especially since I had placed an online bet for Junhui to win!

  • Yokel

    Audley well done for winding people up…you can take yer tongue out of your cheek now.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Kate

    Never had you down as a snooker fan, y’know!

  • Back in my teaching at a local university days, the world championships and exam marking would come along at the same time. I watched a lot of BBC2. Even my American friends know I can get a bit obsessive about snooker. And I know, I know, I never saw that final with the last black and oh the tension, blah, blah, blah. In fact, I will stop talking about snooker now just to say that I am also an Aston Villa supporter and its like all my christmases and hannakah’s have come at once.

  • willis

    TG4 is transmitted from Divis, as part of the Belfast Agreement.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TG4

    Also British Eurosport is part of TopUp TV and so is available to Digital Terrestrial Viewers (for a price)

  • TG4 started appearing on my skybox about six months ago. It means getting to watch The OC a few weeks ahead of E4. Better is rte2 which is a couple weeks ahead on CSI:Miami.

  • Rory

    I hope the yobs don’t start getting “terrestrial” mixed up with “terrorist” as they have with “paediatrician” and “paedophile” to the detriment of child health care professionals over here. Maybe just saying “old time tv” or something might be safer.

    Maybe we should ask Audley, she seems to be the expert on this kinda thing.

  • audley

    As this is a UK weblog, I would appreciate it if posters were restricted to those who reside in this part or indeed any part of the United Kingdom. I will not tolerate Eire-heads.

    Perhaps one day they will have broadband down there and will get blogs of their own, or indeed colour television.
    Many would indeed be surprised that snooker is a game of coloured balls, not just different shades of grey, interupted during each frame by the Angelus!! Keep tarmacing thse drives lads.

  • Rory

    Wonderful, Audley! A fresh breeze of chic international cosmopollitanism on Slugger. Where does it blow from, I wonder. The cafe society of Cullabackey perhaps?

  • audley

    One thing I don’t like a about snooker is its sinister symbolism.
    When you use the white ball to pot the yellow/orange ball into the green pocket, its reminds me of this so called ‘peace process’ (white) trying to push the decent law abiding people of Ulster (ornage/yellow) into the green skies of the Oirish bananaman republic.

  • kensei

    I’m not entirely sure which is worse, audley’s trolling or the fact we all thought the first comment could be real.

    Anyway, can someone start slapping down the trolls hard? It’s not big, and it’s not clever.

  • JR

    Audley your an ignoramous.

  • iluvni

    I cant speak Irish but yer woman on TG4 is making much more sense than Virgo and Throne usually do.

  • jerryp

    Audley, I have prayed at Knock for you ( and that’s not where the psni hq is !)

  • audley

    “A good troll can always be judged by how long it takes the masses to recognise him as one.” Thats waht my grandad told me on his death bed many years ago.

    Seriously though I do hope some of those weather girls are covering the event. I think I’ll be playing a game or two of pocket billiards if those bonnie lassies appear!!

  • robocop

    how do you get TG4 in NI?”
    “As this is a UK event, I would appreciate it is posters would restrict channel selection to those television channels which operate here in the United Kingdom.”

    Jesus H Christ.

    Was his middle name harold or henry or something?

  • cueball

    Seriously though I do hope some of those weather girls are covering the event. I think I’ll be playing a game or two of pocket billiards if those bonnie lassies appear!!

    Stop bluffing Audley-we all know you really prefer potting the brown to the pink.

  • Rory

    Audley,

    I had not heretofore considered that symbolism of the green/white and yellow/orange balls in snooker but now that you have pointed it out I shall take care, wishing to preserve my sanity, never to think of it again.

    Perhaps it would be best if you stuck to billiards bit do be careful in Missisippi or Essex, where the black/white symbolism may get you into trouble.

  • Cathal

    Jesus H Christ.

    Was his middle name harold or henry or something?

    Robocop: you must know it’s Harold. Don’t you remember?
    Our father, who art in heaven,
    Harold be thy name…

  • Rory

    “Harold”, Cathal? I always thought it was “Hollowed be Thy name”. which explained why all the statues were made of hollow plaster castings. Can’t trust nothing no way no more.

  • Herman

    Whatever happens; Eurosport is good for coverage in non-UK-countries. And since it’s the only channel over here that shows pictures of the Northern Ireland Trophy I’m quit happy with that.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Me too. Going to the Waterfront for the final though.

    By sheer coincidence, I was on the 8A bus today and it nearly knocked Alex Higgins down on Great Victoria Street.