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13 Apr 23 00:32
Date Joined: 28 Aug 07
| Topic/replies: 24,362 | Blogger: pandora1963's blog
Never been a massive fan but watching him in qualifying, how he played with his back against the wall, so so impressive. The guy is so cool under pressure. We all know he loved the crucible, just think his price is massive to win the event.
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Report jed.davison April 13, 2023 9:17 AM BST
Terrible draw for the boy I think, sort of player that Judd will know he has to be at it from moment one. Best match of the first round for me.
Report gjohn101 April 13, 2023 1:24 PM BST
Anto didn't have entirely smooth run through qualies but sounds like he is definitely on it to me so don't think judd will be relishing it but if it does serve to focus him then could work in his favour. Intriguing contest for sure.
Report stu April 13, 2023 3:54 PM BST
He was awful at times v Astley.

Should have put that kind of player away, but very nearly lost - fair enough turned it around, but shouldn't have had to.
Report stu April 13, 2023 4:49 PM BST
Having said that he faces Judd with no form either recent.
Report charlatan April 13, 2023 7:24 PM BST
Not sure why someone wants to back him at 60 when you could have him at 3.5 or thereabouts to beat Trump. That implies he should be 17 if he reaches the last 16 with four more games where he is likely to be odds against to win it.
Report thegiggilo April 13, 2023 8:21 PM BST
8-1 to Trump on head to heads,but Mc Gill is a better player here,if he plays his best then he gives anyone a match i suspect Trump will either  hammer him or Mc Gill win a close one..
Report peckerdunne April 13, 2023 8:57 PM BST
Always finds a bad session.
Report gjohn101 April 13, 2023 8:59 PM BST
Think the only relevant hth is their R2 match last year which could have gone either way, from memory McGill had decent chance to force a winona but balls just didn't fall right. Trump probably not at his best going into last year but definitely a lot better than this year. On balance, i think it's a worse draw for him, though thing with Anto is he'll never be a surprise package on this track again. I do think he might prevail though.
Report jed.davison April 14, 2023 10:59 AM BST
Think Trump's game is such now that he will beat any of these journeymen over bo19 without even finding second gear. He just won the last major with his **** hanging out.

And, whatever his form here, McGill is a journeyman.
Report gobelins April 16, 2023 9:55 AM BST
A bit harsh that jed - with best of 7s being the staple diet these days, players like McGill are massively disadvantaged. He's basically called a 'Crucible player' as it is the only tournament where multi-session matches are the norm (except the Tour championship - for which qualification is achieved primarily through winning short-format matches). I don't know if he'll beat Trump, but he's the player all the seeds wanted to avoid - given, he'd beat a lot of them.
Report gjohn101 April 16, 2023 10:28 AM BST
Hey gobe, good to hear from you and could not agree more. As I've said a few times before, took me a while to really understand McGill as a player and realise he's really a throwback, a 1980s player trapped in a 2020s world. Wouldn't dream of ever backing him anywhere else apart from here and I'm guessing you're on at the fancy pre qualifying prices?
Report stu April 16, 2023 11:19 AM BST
Butcher Goating at the moment - he does like this place...
Report stu April 16, 2023 11:20 AM BST
Oops sorry wrong thread.
Report gobelins April 16, 2023 6:55 PM BST
Hello gj - yes, it's been a while! McGill is a real throwback. It's good for the tournamant to have a few players like him in the draw. I haven't backed him, as I didn't want to take the chance he'd be knocked out in qualifying - which he very nearly was. What I do agree with Jed on, is that Trump's matchplay is now better suited for Sheffield. He has a better balance to his game now, and can mix it up when he needs to. Whether Trump is able to knock in enough mid-range to long-range reds is a question for me.

We had another throwback in Bingtao - whose performances last year marked him out, dare I say it, as a "future World Champion"! Sadly, we may never get the chance to see if he could have made the step-up to genuine title contender.
Report stu April 17, 2023 11:50 AM BST
I've been fairly amazed to get on Trump in the reasonable 1.42+ range before this match.

McGill can give anyone a game, but there's still a class gulf between these two IMO, especially when Trump is bothered - and when would he be more bothered than here.

I see it around 10-6 to Trump.
Report stu April 17, 2023 5:49 PM BST
My tissue price would have been about 1.3 Trump pre-match here.
Report stu April 18, 2023 2:51 PM BST
Price more like where it should have been now Mischief
Report stu April 18, 2023 3:46 PM BST
Fair play, McGill shows his trademark limpet play to level so far...
Report stu April 18, 2023 5:06 PM BST
Must admit, I feel I read this matchup wrong, Trump looks awful and McGill steady - took a loss and redded this one out.
Report starkeycars April 18, 2023 5:13 PM BST
Trump looks a bag of nerves not settled in this match
Report stu April 18, 2023 5:33 PM BST
Glad I got out before 6-3 now
Report starkeycars April 18, 2023 5:38 PM BST
Trump looks to have no confidence I would be very shocked if he can turn this match around
Report stu April 19, 2023 4:32 PM BST
Looks like McGill taking this one down now.

He's such an odd player - within a whisker of losing to a relative nobody in qualifying, then looks like he's beaten Trump relatively easy here...

The change in level is pretty crazy.
Report stu April 19, 2023 5:05 PM BST
Well I got the winning scoreline right MischiefLaugh
Report thegiggilo April 20, 2023 2:23 AM BST
Ever since he lost that final to Robertson it started,when he bottled it on the pink he played ok and still won some tiurnaments but has never been the same since,he looks scared to death makes absolutely no sense to me..He always seems self aware looking round under pressure,i never thought O'Sullivan would evr beat hi again over longer matches he simply had too much fire power,i don't think there's ever been a player that has played so well and dominated and completely lost it..Perhaps he doesn't enjoy playing either,if you look at all the other top players as they get older they still love the game just competing,a 2 year spell of playing poorly happens to every single player that's ever lived just looks to me though he's the exception.
Report bobweenit April 20, 2023 9:59 AM BST
Report alun2005 April 20, 2023 1:12 PM BST
I don't know about you Bob but I am counting the hours until McGill, Lisowski and and their Philosopher King/Advanced Psychoanalyst/Adviser assemble for Round 2. This will unquestionably be the greatest collection of brains all in one room since the days of Station X/Bletchley Park in WW2 trying to crack the German codes.

I just hope that the venue's security is strong enough to protect them from those who want to harm us.
Report Jumping-cuckoo-monk April 20, 2023 1:46 PM BST
I'm on McGill. Just hope people keep telling Jack that he can play right-handed then that'll make it easier for the nugget II
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