Potty Vlaar has some balls


AS­TON Villa skip­per Ron Vlaar has been brush­ing up on his de­fen­sive game – thanks to some safety tips from Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van.

Snooker loopy Vlaar is a long-time fan of “The Rocket” and got the chance to meet his sport­ing hero last week.

Hol­land ace Vlaar (left) got the chance to play along­side O’Sul­li­van as the “two Ron­nies” took on “Whirl­wind” Jimmy White and an­other snooker fan.

It came about thanks to his friend­ship with Dutch snooker ref­eree Jan Ver­haas.

“Snooker is so dif­fi­cult but I re­ally like it,” said Vlaar, whose high­est break is 34.

“I just played bil­liards when I was young with my grand­fa­ther who had a small ta­ble and I started prac­tis­ing then.

“Snooker is not re­ally that big back home in Hol­land and we only have Jan who is in­volved with the pro­fes­sional game.

“Jan and I got to play in an ex­hi­bi­tion game with Ron­nie and Jimmy.

“Dur­ing the break be­tween matches I played dou­bles – Ron­nie and me against Jimmy and an­other guy – which was re­ally fun. I felt pretty con­fi­dent ac­tu­ally.

“I had sorted Jan out with some tick­ets for the Hol­land game in Rot­ter­dam a few weeks back and he told me then there was this event.

“I started watch­ing about 10 years ago when I saw Ron­nie make a 147 break live.

“We were hav­ing din­ner but I said to my mum, ‘Hold the meal – I have to see this!’”

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