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Northern Ireland Trophy
Invitation / World Ranking Event

Brief History of the Northern Ireland Trophy
 
This event was introduced to the circuit in 2005 as a season opening invitation event for the top 16 plus four wild cards, mostly Irish. It was held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast and was the first major event to be held in the province since the Northern Ireland Classic back in 1981. The event was won by Matthew Stevens. The following season it was given full world ranking status and Ding Junhui beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in a high quality final to collect his third ranking title. 2007 saw the event’s first maximum by Ronnie O’Sullivan. Stephen Maguire beat Fergal O’Brien in the final that year. O`Sullivan himself won the title for the first time in 2008
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Roll Of Honour             

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
2005* Waterfront Hall, Belfast none Matthew Stevens Stephen Hendry 9-7 £17,500
2006 Waterfront Hall, Belfast none Ding Junhui Fergal O'Brien 9-6 £30,000
2007 Waterfront Hall, Belfast none Stephen Maguire Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-5 £30,000
2008 Waterfront Hall, Belfast none Ronnie O'Sullivan Dave Harold 9-3 £30,000

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Final Stage
Ronnie O'Sullivan 2007 Last 16 v. Allister Carter


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