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On This Week: Rocket robbed by Weed

On This Week: Rocket robbed by Weed
By Eurosport

02/04/2009 at 06:14Updated

Snooker historian Chris Turner looks back at this week in the game's history, including the Ronnie O'Sullivan drug scandal of 1998.

29 March 1998 – RONNIE WINS ON THE TABLE BUT KEN TAKES THE TITLE

Ronnie O'Sullivan (pictured) beat Ken Doherty 9-3 in the Benson & Hedges Irish Masters final at Goff's - but he was later disqualified for failing a drugs test. The Rocket tested positive for cannabis after the event, and Doherty became the only player from the Republic of Ireland ever to win their highest profile event.

29 March 1987 – WILLIE LOSES OUT AGAIN AS DAVIS REGAINS IRISH MASTERS

Willie Thorne reached his second consecutive final of the Benson & Hedges Irish Masters at Goff's, but again he failed to take the title. Steve Davis beat him 9-1 to win the event for the third time in five years.

29 March 2008 – SECOND MAXIMUM FOR MAGUIRE

In his China Open semi-final against Ryan Day, Stephen Maguire compiled his second 147 break in professional competition. This was also the first in a ranking event in Asia.

30 March 2003 – BACK TO BACK TITLES FOR RONNIE

Just two weeks after winning the European Open, Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Citywest Irish Masters title for the second time beating John Higgins 10-9 in a classic final during which he clinched the deciding frame with a century.

30 March 2008 – MAGUIRE WINS CHINA OPEN

At the Beijing University Students' Gymnasium, Stephen Maguire collected his fourth world ranking title when he defeated Shaun Murphy 10-9 to win the Honghe Industrial China Open.

31 March 1985 – JIMMY DENIES ALEX AN IRISH MASTERS VICTORY

It was the first time an Irishman had made it to the final of the Benson & Hedges Irish Masters but there was no fairy tale ending for Alex Higgins as Jimmy White beat him 9-5 in the final at Goff's. It was also the first time since the event began in 1978 that no Welshman had reached the final.

31 March 1996 – DARREN TAKES IRISH MASTERS BACK TO WALES

Darren Morgan became the first Welshman to win the Benson & Hedges Irish Masters for 14 years when he edged Steve Davis 9-8 in the final at Goff's. The Welsh had dominated the early years of this event winning four of the first five finals.

1 April 1984 – DAVIS RETAINS IRISH MASTERS

Defending champion, Steve Davis retained his Benson & Hedges Irish Masters title at Goff's in Kildare with a 9-1 victory over three times former winner, Terry Griffiths. Wales thus maintained their remarkable record of providing at least one of the finalists every year since the event began in 1978.

1 April 1990 – IRISH MASTERS NUMBER FIVE FOR DAVIS

Steve Davis won the Benson & Hedges Irish Masters for the fifth time in eight years when he defeated Dennis Taylor 9-4 in the final.

1 April 2001 – RONNIE TAKES IRISH MASTERS TITLE – FOR REAL THIS TIME!

Having been disqualified from his previous &lsquovictory' three years earlier, Ronnie O'Sullivan won the Citywest Irish Masters with a 9-8 victory over Stephen Hendry at the sponsor's hotel in Saggart near Dublin. It was the sixth time in eight years that the final had gone to a deciding frame.

1 April 2004 – MARK ALLEN WINS ANOTHER TITLE

Already the holder of the European and World (Amateur) Championships, Mark Allen added the European Under-19 title beating Chris Norbury 6-5 in the final in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

1 April 2007 - SECOND RANKING TITLE FOR DOTT

Reigning world champion Graeme Dott won his second ranking title when he defeated Jamie Cope 9-5 in the final of the Honghe Industrial China Open at the Beijing University Students' Gymnasium.

2 April 1989 – ALEX BECOMES FIRST IRISH WINNER AT GOFF'S

The twelfth running of the Benson & Hedges Irish Masters at Goff's at last provided the fans with an Irish winner even if he was from north of the border. Alex Higgins beat Stephen Hendry in a final which had the Hurricane's supporters on the edge of their seats as it went to the final frame.

3 April 2005 – WILD CARD DING TRIUMPHS IN CHINA

Just two days past his 18th birthday and still ranked only 62 in the world, local hero Ding Junhui beat Stephen Hendry 9-5 in the final of the China Open to become the first Chinese player to win a ranking title. Ding had whitewashed Peter Ebdon and Ken Doherty on the way to the final but, as he was playing as a wild card, he did not receive any prize money or ranking points for his victory.

4 April 2007 – REANNE MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW

England's Reanne Evans won the Ladies' World Snooker Championship for the third year running beating Katie Hendrick 5-3 in the final at the Cambridge Snooker Centre.

Click the link beneath the picture to read more from Chris Turner's website, The Snooker Archive.

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