UK news 'Never give up': Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown's message of hope as Ronnie O'Sullivan salutes 'proper player' after shock success last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Northern Ireland's newest sports star has sent out a message of hope after pulling off one of the greatest shocks in the country's storied sporting history.

UK news 'Never give up': Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown's message of hope as Ronnie O'Sullivan salutes 'proper player' after shock success last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Northern Ireland's newest sports star has sent out a message of hope after pulling off one of the greatest shocks in the country's storied sporting history.

UK news  'Never give up': Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown's message of hope as Ronnie O'Sullivan salutes 'proper player' after shock success last news
21 February 2021 - 23:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Northern Ireland's newest sports star has sent out a message of hope after pulling off one of the greatest shocks in the country's storied sporting history. From Darren Clarke's 2011 Open Championship success through Carl Frampton's world title winning exploits in the ring and of course the Northern Ireland football team's victory over Spain at the 1982 World Cup to name a few, our wee country has long punched above its weight at the top level of global sport.But world number 81 Jordan Brown's victory over the greatest snooker player ever to pick up a cue is a story fit to hold its own amongst them all. To put it into context, his win over Ronnie O'Sullivan makes him the lowest ranked winner of a ranking tournament in 28 years.The Welsh Open win is the Antrim star's first ever ranking tournament victory; in fact prior to this week he had never so much as made it beyond the last eight in a top level championship. But over the course of a remarkable weekend, the pre-tournament 750-1 outsider smashed three top 10 players; Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire and then the legendary Ronnie O'Sullivan in a thrilling final to get his hands on the £70,000 prize - taking his winnings for the season into six figures - and the Ray Reardon Trophy.  He joins only Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor and his close friend Mark Allen as ranking tournament victors from Northern Ireland.And it's all just five years after he was working at petrol station in his home town while considering giving up on his sporting dream.The fact that many casual sports fans in his own country may not even have heard of him until this week says it all about his rags to riches tale. In the darkest of times for wider society, Brown's is a story of dreams persisting and prevailing against the odds - all 750 of them."Whatever you do, if you want something so bad and you feel like you can achieve it, never give up," said Brown, shortly before picking up the trophy. "I think I've shown this week that anything can be possible if you believe it."I always believed in myself. I had some dark days in my snooker life but that makes you a stronger person. I never stopped believing in myself. All of those sacrifices and hard work; I was working in the petrol station and playing full-time snooker as well. Five years ago I said I would give it a proper go because I had never really committed myself before that. It's all paying off now."Brown will now move up to 45th in the world, making ground on the top stars having begun the week 78 places behind world number three O'Sullivan."I knew if I got overawed by Ronnie I wasn't going to win today so I was focusing on playing the balls and on my own game. I've held it together so well all week. I'm getting used to the big stage now and I definitely feel like I belong here," he said, adding that it was a 'dream come true' to have his name mentioned alongside those of Higgins, Taylor and Allen.

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. I just want to say thank-you to all the guys at Antrim Sports Club. They've been absolutely brilliant and all my family and friends."There are three people in particular I want to thank; my coach Marty Brantwood who has really turned around my game the last few months, Catherine my girlfriend who is my absolute rock and last but not least my dad. He's the one who has stood by me and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be standing here today."Having trailed 8-7, O'Sullivan looked like he had sneaked an advantage after forcing a deciding frame when an opening red fluked its way into the yellow pocket. But even that couldn't deny Brown's courageous performance and, as the great man himself admitted, that was probably for the greater good."I've enjoyed every minute of that today," said O'Sullivan. "I loved playing Jordan. He's a great guy, he really is. I'm so happy for him to win. I fluked a red in that last frame and I could see the disappointment in his face. What a horrible way if I had won it (like that). I'm so happy for him. He's such a lovely guy and a fantastic player as well. You don't beat guys like Selby (if you're not). "And I played alright today. Not many people beat me when I play alright so he's a proper player. It's fantastic for Jordan. It's his night and you couldn't be happier for him. It's been great."It's the brightest night so far in the career of Northern Ireland's newest sports star but the feeling is that the 33-year-old is only just getting started." , "isAccessibleForFree": "False", "hasPart": { "@type": "WebPageElement", "isAccessibleForFree": "False","cssSelector": "#flip-pay"} }

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