NEWS & INFORMATION
The Annual General Meeting of the VBSA will be held on Thursday 27th October 2016 at The Brunswick Club, 203 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, commencing at 7:30pm.
Nominations for any and all vacancies on the Board can be forwarded to the Secretary at email@example.com or by post to 22 Burns Street, Frankston, 3199. Nominations can also be made at the meeting itself. Apologies can also be advised in this manner.
Please refer attached Notice of Meeting for further detail.
NOTE. To be eligible to be elected to a vacancy, to vote or to speak at the AGM, a person must be a financial member of the VBSA.
The position of Score Registrar will be declared vacant at the AGM. Alan Croft has decided to not stand. If you are interested in this position and would like more information please email Alan. There is some remuneration and assistance for this position. The position requires a good working knowledge of computer based programs and data entry. The successfull applicant will be assisted by Alan until they are able to fill the role.
Globetrotting Melbourne referee Kim Ivett adds enormously to her CV as she takes charge of the Final of the Paul Hunter Classic for Ladies in Germany tonight after completing the final of the World Under 21 Girls Championships in Belgium last week. Her dedication and commitment to her craft is now paying off in a big way.
The final was contested by Ladies World Champion Reanne Evans from England against former Ladies World Champion On Yee Ng from Hong Kong.
On Yee Ng won this inaugural Ladies Paul Hunter Classic by 4 frames to 1.
The Saturday qualifying matches were played as a Swiss round robin (top 4 in the ranking excluded). Results are attached.
Knock-out results attached. Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final.
PLEASE NOTE - THE OCTOBER BILLIARDS RANKING EVENT FIELD IS FULL.
The best players in Australia competing for the coveted Australian Championship Venue - RACV Club, Melbourne. Starts - Fri 12th Aug. Final Sunday 14th Aug. Event is limited to 64 players.
Congratulations James Mifsud 2016 Australian National Champion!
Runner up in the City of Melbourne, runner up in the Lance Pannell, quarter finalist in the State titles, quarter finalist in the Fred Osbourne, A. premier grade pennant winner and No. 1 player with his team and also taking the high break (128) and most frames (37) for the season. And now the biggest of them all, the National title belongs to perhaps the most in form player on the circuit.
This tournament, once again under the directorship of Paul Cosgriff was one of the most memorable of recent years with the record for the amount of century breaks surpassed with a total of 9, the highest ever break of 143 equalled by the player that Matty Bolton describes as ‘a machine’, Peter McCullagh. The most century breaks in one match, three on the trot by that man Peter again and the final itself also graced by a magnificent 133 in the midst of 6 other high breaks of 50 or more.
The array of skills that were on display this year was only equalled by the displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the players, officials and spectators alike. Witness the refusal of Matthew Bolton to celebrate after the cruellest and physics defying in off on the final black of the match which sent Matty through at the expense of a desperately unlucky Peter McCullagh. The emergence of young gun Alex Pace at his first National tournament and certainly one to earmark for the future. Shannon Dixon also surpassing his previous efforts and going all the way to the quarter finals and only succumbing to eventual grand finalist Vinnie Calabrese.
And so to that awesome final display by Jimmy and although his opponent Vinnie, did not play to his usual high standard through no fault of his own and with an incredible effort just to get to this final, it has to be said that very few, if any, of all the best players would have been able to challenge him on the day.
Warmest congratulations to a very worthy winner – James Mifsud.
Team Entries are closed , please check your entries Not entered? Not in the draw!
Thank you all for your support, 62 teams have been entered. Appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes by all the club representatives and club management. There were 15 teams entered in C Willis on Monday nights, have split into 2 divisions - CWSeast & CWSwest (couldn't think of better names)
A provisional B Premier Billiards fixture is now available.
Further expanding on the social media network, the ABSC has now launched our first official mobile application leveraging the opportunities presented by Team App, a cloud mobility solution. This mobile app is not meant to replace other channels such as web and FaceBook but compliment these.
The ABSC also encourages each State to have their own mobile application and when searching you will notice that the NSW and Victorian Associations also have Team Apps.
The mobile application is 100% for both the ABSC and the users. Here is how it works on any Android or iOS device. Or if you have a windows device you can still access a web version through your browser.
Step 1 - Download TeamApp for free through one of the online stores
Step 2 - When registered search for snooker and you will see the various team apps including the ABSC
Step 3 - Join these groups to access information through our TeamApp including Events, Web links, Player Profiles, News and live chat. We will be introducing more functionality as time goes on. So make sure you keep the app updated for latest releases.
When registering make sure you allow for Push Notifications to be turned on. This way we can send you the latest flash updates loike closing dates, entry form releases, news items and much more. We also intend to use the app during tournaments as notifications for players and officials.
As a PROMOTION and to encourage uptake, we are giving away 1 free entry to the 2016 South Pacific Open Snooker and 1 free entry to the 2016 Bob Hawke Australian Open Snooker. Players will need to have downloaded and joined the ABSC Team App by the time of the event. Players who have entered and paid into any of the above events will then be drawn out of a hat to have their entry fee reimbursed.
Tip: When joining please add as much of your contact details as possible so that we can get in touch when needed. Notifications can also be sent to your email address provided.
We look forward to seeing you mobile!
ABSC Media Officer
The annual sojourn to the Victorian N.S.W. border town of Albury was this year taken by the fewest amount of players in recent memory. This however did not detract in any way from the quality tournament that remains one of the highlights of the season. The abundant talent that Australia is blessed with was on display despite the low numbers and the standard of the Snooker was in no way compromised with the total number of breaks making it to the list being 60, including 2 centuries. The highest, 103, was recorded by James Mifsud with the other being exactly 100 by perhaps the standout player of the tournament, Charlie Chafe.
Three very big names fell in the round of the last 16 including Shawn Budd at the hands of Vinnie Calabrese, Hassan Kerde, losing 2 – 3 to eventual finalist Joe Minici and perhaps the biggest upset, the loss of Australian No. 1 Matthew Bolton to a fired up Josh Gorski also 2 frames to 3.
It was also then Joe Minici on his way to the final, who stopped the run of Josh, tournament dark horse Charlie Chafe taking care of the challenge of top seed Adrian Ridley and Ryan Thomerson stopping the in form James Mifsud in his tracks. This match was unusual as well as highly entertaining as Ryan recorded a score of 86 in each of the three frames and also made breaks in each one (54, 54 & 60).
The semi-finals were then extremely well contested with both going the full distance and containing breaks of (100, 56, 76, 43, 47 & 40) Charlie Chafe and Aaron Mahoney going down to the grand finalists Ryan Thomerson and Joe Minici.
The wily old master against the young ambitious up and comer made for a very interesting match up in the final. Joe and Ryan had a toe to toe battle that made what was really a rather scrappy final all the more absorbing and a good crowd stayed on to see Ryan put an end to Joe’s dream in taking the title 4 frames to 2. Joe stayed true to form in his speech afterwards in giving all the credit to his young opponent in the gracious manner we have come to expect of this gentleman.
Ryan could hardly contain his excitement, even thanking his cue, as he took the winners cheque and the accolades with a well deserved victory.
The 2016 Fred Osbourne Memorial Classic at the Commercial Club in Albury. $17,500 prize fund. National Ranking tournament and a "Reventon ranking event". Starts - Friday 29th July to Sunday 31st July.
ENTRIES EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 22ND JULY Please support this tournament, it is an exceptional weekend!
Grand Finals - Monday 1st August
Grand Finals - Wednesday 3rd August
Thank you to all that participated throughout the season and in the finals. All Grand finalists received a VBSA polo shirt, the winners will receive a monogrammed jacket. These have to be manufactured so it will take 3 or 4 weeks. Will let everyone know when they arrive.
A hugely enjoyable Lance Pannell was at last won by the very likeable Shawn Budd. This tournament which was so expertly run in the hands of first timer as a snooker tournament director Jason Colebrook, was enhanced by his management of the weekend which included the hugely important decision to play the last 16 matches on Saturday when it became apparent that time was available. Credit must also go to the players who agreed to play one more match after what was for some a long and tiring day.
Sunday morning play then started with the quarter finals and the cream of Australian snooker on hand to thrill the many spectators that came for the entertainment. Hassan Kerde from N.S.W. briefly took the stage on Saturday with a magnificent high break prize winning 121 and then took just 80 minutes to win his first match of the day against Stan Gorski by 3 frames to 1.
Frankston Masters winner Shaun Dalitz came up against Aaron Mahoney and went down to a 3 frames to 1 defeat with all those frames except one going to the black and the last one even going to a re spotted black and a match that either player would have been unlucky to lose.
James Mifsud, just about everyone’s pick as the player of the tournament, never gave Charlie Chafe a real look at the balls in the 3rd quarter final starting that match with a frame winning 89 break and then going on to win it 3 – 1.
The last quarter final between Ryan Thomerson and Shawn Budd was where the action was with Shawn taking the first frame then Ryan taking the next two and racing into a 62 to 10 point lead in the fourth with just one red remaining and a seemingly hopeless position for Shawn. Where most players would have conceded defeat this just drove Shawn on to some great snooker and a thrill for all who witnessed events. With the pink ball balanced on the edge of a pocket Shawn manoeuvred the red into position next to it and almost touching and then left the cue ball in a very awkward position for Ryan. Ryan then attempted to move both the balls away from the pocket with a forcing stroke only to see the pink drop with the resulting forfeit of 6 points and also leaving a free ball for Shawn. The free ball followed by a black and then the last red and another black now left things in the balance with just one snooker required. This was also achieved and a clearance of the colours and a one point win took the match into the final frame which was then won by Shawn to complete one of the finest comebacks ever seen.
The semi final match ups were Shawn Budd vs. Hassan Kerde with Hassan unable to reproduce his earlier good form and going down 3 – 0 to a steady if unspectacular Shawn. James Mifsud hardly let Aaron Mahoney see the balls in the other semi and also ran out a 3 – 0 victor which included a very nice 91 break in the first frame.
The final was then completed in record time with Shawn absolutely on fire whenever he got any sort of chance in the first three frames and although he did get the run of the balls he was never guilty of not taking advantage when those opportunities arose. The final score was 4 – 1 to a very good Shawn Budd over a very unlucky James Mifsud.
25 year old Shaun Dalitz has taken off the much coveted 2016 Victoria Masters Invitational Snooker Tournament held at Frankston RSL on Sunday 26th June. Ranked No.14 in Australia, Shaun took all before him in out gunning the cream of Australia’s snooker players, including Adrian Ridley (Australian No.1 and the 2015 champion) and Aaron Mahoney (the 2014 winner and Australia’s No.3.) An engaged and exuberant crowd watched on as Shaun secured the title in the last frame of the day. As always the event referees and organisers did a wonderful job. Congratulations to all involved.
What a pleasure it was to Tournament Direct and referee the final of the Vic Open Women’s Snooker Championship for the 4year in a row. Unfortunately like last year the amount of entrants was low but despite this making my job easier, the final was a cracker. Anna was out to avenge her defeat last year to Kathy and naturally Kathy was out to defend her crown. Anna came straight out of the blocks with a commanding first frame. Kathy steadied and took the next 2 frames. With Kathy only needing one more frame to secure victory she was ahead but Anna came back strong including a clearance of the final 4 colours with some great pots to level it at 2-2. In that frame Kathy laid a very nasty snooker on Anna with virtually nowhere to go stuck hard up behind the brown and both balls just off the bottom rail with very little angle to work with to get out of and make it to the reds. I felt no matter what Anna tried it would be just a foul. Although she collected the yellow on the way through I stuck with the decision given the severity of the snooker and I knew Anna was doing her best in the attempt to get out of it. The girls were happy with that but Anna told me later she would have loved a couple of goes at trying it. Me too I guess, it certainly was, as they say in the classics, a Deusie. The men’s was played at the same time and despite them being 9 frames, and ours 5, our final frame was met with a large crowd watching the girls finish as Adrian Ridley had commandingly won 5-1 over Aaron Mahoney and his attempt at 3 in a row. Congrats Adrian. Thanks to all those guys and gals who waited and watched, the girls appreciated the attention and support. Kathy took control of the final frame with Anna trying very hard despite needing snookers before Kathy potting some final colours and putting the result beyond question, Anna graciously conceding. Some great safety and long pots played and if you want to see some of those great shots that put many of us blokes to snooker shame then watch the match on Cueball TV. It was fully recorded. Congratulations once again to Kathy and Anna, and thanks to Shelley for at least making it an event and Denis Coghlan for scoring for me.
By Mark Bini
Adrian Ridley finally managed to add the Victorian State Title to his already impressive C.V. in a fairly comfortable final victory over an unusually subdued Aaron Mahoney, temporarily I’m sure, out of form for this match. This should take nothing away from Adrian who played some superb snooker during this final and looked capable of making a frame winning break each time he approached the table. I do feel that Aaron may have left something behind after an incredible fight back from 0 – 3 down with a 4 – 3 quarter final victory over a very good Ryan Thomerson, after which he then met and overcame Rudy Sulaeman in the semi final.
The new format of split venues worked fairly well despite having to reschedule the quarter final matches. There was also the issue of a very inexperienced tournament co director at Brunswick (myself) and with George Hoy also having to act as director of referees along with his normal duties at Yarraville on Saturday.
Losing semi finalist, Rudy Sulaeman who was also in rare form in this tournament despite his long absence from tournament play until the City of Melbourne last month and who recorded the highest break for the whole tournament and the only century with a 102 which started, it has be said, with an outrageously fluked red.
The other semi final between Adrian and Josh Gorski was not without its own drama when the ferule of Josh's cue split very early in the contest with no replacement cue available. Josh was forced to play the rest of the match with his cue in this condition which surely must have played on his mind. As with the final however, nothing can be taken away from the excellent way that Adrian went about his business.
CONGRATULATIONS ADRIAN RIDLEY – VICTORIAN STATE CHAMPION 2016.
With sadness we advise our members of the passing of Bernie Partridge. Bernie (Seans Father) represented various clubs over the years.
The photo is of his most recent triumph in 2015 with the Dandenong RSL B Reserve team. You could always expect on open competitive match whenever you ran into Bernie at the table.
Our most heartfelt sympathies to family, friends and team mates. The funeral service: Wed 1st June at 10.30 am - Cirrus Chapel, Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Dandenong Frankston Road, Dandenong South.
The 2016 Lance Pannell Classic at the Yarraville Club. $8,000 prize fund, National Ranking tournament and a "Reventon ranking event"
Final: James Mifsud 1 was defeated by Shawn Budd 4.
The City of Melbourne tournament continues to be a highlight of the calendar and even with slightly reduced numbers this year it’s success cannot questioned.
A very warm welcome to all those interstate players who graced the weekend and who all made excellent impressions both with their skills and with their positive attitudes. Queenslander Daniell Haenga who took every one of his matches to the final frame each time, up to and including the semi final against James Mifsud and Peter McCullagh from W.A. also missing out in the other semi final by the odd frame in seven to the eventual tournament champion, spoke volumes for the skill in evidence.
The tournament kicked off on Friday with the players contesting the round robin qualifiers at the major Melbourne venues which saw the winners and the runners up from each group going forward to the last 32 knock out stages held at the magnificent room in the R.A.C.V. club in the heart of the city. It was here and during these opening rounds that Timothy Ng from N.S.W. made what proved to be the highest break of 108.
A very smooth and well run day on Saturday was a delight for the tournament director as much as it was for the players and the referees with the notable exception of one of the quarter finals that took proceeding into the days eleventh hour.
The four semi finalists then gathered on Sunday morning and as mentioned gave us two very well contested and high quality matches and congratulation as well as commiserations must go to both Daniell and Peter.
Neil Allison then took charge of the final of James Mifsud against Aaron Mahoney who both gave all they had in producing some fast open play and break building skills to the extent that not one miss had to be called from the referee during the 5 – 3 victory for Aaron.
Congratulations Aaron Mahoney 2016 City of Melbourne Champion
Victoria once again dominates the snooker scene and brings the inaugural City of Adelaide title back to Melbourne. Not only the two grand finalists but also one of the losing semi finalists, Adrian Ridley, as well as the grand final referee, Praveen Chandra, all proud Victorians. Kurt Dunham backing up his impressive win at Oceania makes it to another final where Ryan Thomerson was just a bit too good and brings home the winners trophy for the second of the Reventon Ranking tournaments and his first ranking title. Victoria also gets the high break through Ryan with his effort of 101. Magnificent work by all the Vics and a hat tipped to Shawn Budd and all the others involved in South Australia on a very successful first tournament.
Ryan Thomerson 6 - Kurt Dunham 4.
55-21, 72-48 (48), 48-42, 53-78, 64-41, 44 (42) -78 (47), 29-65 (44), 82-22, 24-75 (54), 82-16.
Congratulations Marc Fridman
Victorian Under 21 Billiards Champion.
Marc defeated Matt Fowlie in a very close final. Great stuff Marc and Matt !!!
VICTORIAN TEAM – D.COSGRIFF (CAPT.) D.TIPPETT, B.TAYLOR, R.THOMERSON, P.THOMERSON, D.MACKAY, R.COLE, J.COLEBROOK, D.PITT, A.LYNCH, M.FRIDMAN.
TASMANIAN TEAM – B.BOUCHER (CAPT.) D.MAYNE, G.WICKS, S.CARROLL, J.BURNS, J.BONNICI, G.BROWN, R.DUNHAM, K.DUNHAM, K.BELLINGER, A.PACE.
The 44th annual match between our two states was held over the weekend at the Brunswick club in a relaxed, friendly yet competitive atmosphere. With only two referees in attendance on each day and duties spread between Neil Brown, Brendon Lang and myself it fell to the billiards players to police themselves with Jason overseeing events in that competition and the snooker players also pitching in to cover the remaining matches.
The snooker competition proved to be very competitive with four of the matches going to the deciding frame and the overall result an eight to four victory for Victoria. Ryan Thomerson also recorded the highest break of the tournament with exactly 100 in his match on Saturday morning against Bob Boucher.
The billiards competition proved to be less of an even match up and a very strong Victorian team took this one out with a score of 7 matches to 2 with Jason managing a few large breaks including the highest of 78.
The women’s match, although won 2 – 0 by Tasmanian Kylie Bellinger over Anna Lynch, was highly competitive and either of the possible results was on the cards after the first 4 of their 10 frames. Kylie managed to get her nose in front in the final frame both times in a very entertaining match up.
Alex Pace and Marc Fridman contested the junior event and both enhanced their reputations as up and coming stars on the Australian circuit. Alex is just in front of Marc at this stage and proved to be too strong for the Victorian junior but without overpowering him completely. Marc made a very good showing in his first match taking Alex all the way and only succumbing in the final frame. The second match was a little more one sided but takes nothing away from the potential of either player.
The final results were :-
Snooker – Victoria 8 Tasmania 4.
Billiards – Victoria 7 Tasmania 2
Women’s Snooker – Victoria 0 Tasmania 2
Junior Snooker – Victoria 0 Tasmania 2
The scoring system has each snooker match worth 3 points and each billiards match worth 2. This gives an overall score of Victoria 38 pts. Tasmania 28 pts. with Victoria winning the 2016 Andrews Atkins Shield.
Congratulations to both teams on a very enjoyable event.
Victorian snooker seems to be in good hands with the emergence of some exciting young players that have come to the fore. Not least of these are Ryan Thomerson and Kurt Dunham.
At the recent Oceania championships held at the Mounties in Sydney two of the competitions were captured by these players.
Ryan was first to show what he could do in the 6 red tournament where he prevailed against Daniell Haenga in the final, winning by six frames to four and compiling breaks of 37 and 49 in doing so. Ryan was also a semi finalist in the men’s Billiards tournament and adds greatly to his reputation with his showing at this event.
The most prestigious tournament of the event was of course the men’s Snooker competition. Kurt (pictured) took on all comers to get to the final, overcoming luminaries such as Joe Minici at the last 16 stage then Paul Thomerson 4 – 0 in the quarter finals and Adrian Ridley 5 – 4 in the semis. So then to the final and a master of the game in the guise of James Mifsud to overcome. An epic final then ensued with first Kurt racing into a 4 – 0 lead only for James to show his true mettle in first catching then overtaking that lead. Kurt however, held his nerve and with a fortuitous fluke on the green notwithstanding, managed to get over the line 6 frames to 5 to take out the trophy and the accolades.
Congratulations Keenan Cigler
Victorian Under 21 Snooker Champion.
In a round robin event with 6 of our best juniors competing, Keenan proved to be too strong. Undefeated and Qualifying at 1 in the round robin he then played Marc Fridman in the final.
From the Score Registrar.
Fixturing for this season was incredibly difficult. So difficult in fact that I had to promote a team from C Reserve to B Reserve (Cheltenham Eagles) as it was impossible to create the Monday night fixtures. I sincerely hope they accept the challenge. If you see anomolies in your fixture eg imbalance in home and away matches it was the only way to achieve an outcome. I have attempted to keep the fixtures as fair as possible.
Look forward to seeing you all throughout the season.
Venue - Brunswick Club, Melb, Vic. 7th - 10th April. Entries Close Wed 10th March.
The Snooker WINNER will be considered to represent Australia in the 2016 IBSF World Under 21 Snooker Championship in Belgium
The Billiards WINNER will be considered to represent Australia in the 2016 IBSF World Under 21’s Billiards Championship
WINNER OF UNDER 21 SNOOKER EVENT WILL EARN A PLACE INTO REVENTON RANKINGS FINAL
With the new pennant season on the horizon it has come to our attention that many players are unaware of the ‘other rule book’ entitled the Code of Ethics. While this document contains things that will not result in penalty points for any non compliance, it is still a requirement that all participating players follow its conditions when playing in any of the sanctioned tournaments, including the Pennant and Willis competitions run by the V.B.S.A.
Many players including a large majority of those new to the sport are unaware of its existence much less its contents. Please take some time to read the attached document to familiarise yourself with these conditions.
In 2016 the VBSA are making some changes to both the way we run the week to week competition, membership and the Victorian rankings system.
MEMBERSHIP: PLEASE DO NOT PAY MEMBERSHIP
Membership will now be included in your weekly playing fee.
The playing fee has been increased to $7 per player per week. (invoiced at the end of the season)
Please adjust your weekly subs accordingly.
Definition of a member – A person is considered a financial member when
1. Have been granted Life Membership OR…
2. Have played 4 matches in either season 1 (S1) or season 2 (S2) in the current year OR …
3. Have paid the appropriate fee (for tournament play where a player is not playing weekly)
4. For the purposes of Tournament play
a. As both Victorian and Interstate tournaments require entrants to be a member of their home state association
b. In the early part of the year any player that was a member in the previous year will be considered a member for this purpose only
c. As the year progresses a player will need to either be playing on a regular basis or pay the nominated membership fee to enter tournaments
Why have the VBSA chosen to do this?
Refer the attached "Team Entry form" for more info. In the short term the by laws will be adjusted acordingly. The constitution regarding membership will be varied at the 2016 AGM
All grades will be limited to a maximum of 10 teams Please Note: While the VBSA have not adopted a formal promation / Relegation system, teams that have continually performed well in lower grades will be promoted to a higher grade if team entries are in excess of 10. Team and player performance from 2015 will be reviewed and some teams/ players will be advised to move to a higher grade. All teams will be assessed when entered.
Why? It is becoming increasingly difficult to fixture and there are too many teams / players overperforming in lower grades
Refer the attached team entry form.
When you play in the weekly competition you will accrue ranking points in the Victorian Tournament rankings. There are several changes to the way our ranking system will work, please read the attached for more information
Venue - Mounties, Mount Pritchard, NSW.
Billiards 25th - 28th Feb
Under 21 Snooker 25th - 28th Feb
Mens 6 Red 28th Feb to 1st Mar
Womens 6 Red 29th Feb - 2nd Mar
Mens Snooker 1st - 5th Mar
Womens Snooker 2nd - 5th Mar
Pennant Team entries close 28th Feb. First week of play will start mon 7th Mar. Why the late start? Oceania is on and many players will be competing. Pennant includes A,B,C,D Premier grades (All to be played on Wednesday night ), A,B,C,D Reserve grades (All to be played on Monday night).
New: Maximum team entries per grade is 10. Teams may be promoted / relegated based on previous performance. Grade will not be run if team entries are less than 5. Players / teams that performed exceptionally well in 2015 may be asked to move up a grade
Please note: All Premier grades A, B, C will run Wed night and all be 6 player teams. All Reserve grades A, B, C, D will run Monday night and all will be 4 player teams.
Team entry will be available soon
Melbourne’s favourite Snooker son wins the U.K. Championship. The worlds second most prestigious title won for the second time against China’s second best player, 10 frames to 5.
Not content with just winning the title Neil also becomes the first ever player to score a maximum 147 in a triple crown tournament final. Surely one of the most clinical total clearances ever witnessed, with the cue ball positioned so precisely for each stroke that it would have been difficult to do it better by hand.
A very worthy winner and a man that Melbourne, Victoria and the whole of Australia can be proud of.
Wednesday 2nd Dec - Grand Finals
Congratulations to all that competed, thank you for an excellent and well contested season. Look forward to seeing you all next year. To Larry Eforgan and his band of referees, thank you and well done. Having spoken to many during the finals it appears that the new finals system has been well received. If you have a comment please email me
Shirts and photos have been delivered to appropriate clubs. Thanks Henry Chetcuti for your assistance. Any problems please let me know
The final tournament of the year Pot Black, this year held at the Brunswick club resulted ultimately in a shootout between the recent Australian Open champion Charlie Chafe and The City of Melbourne champion from earlier in the year, Ben Judge.
Charlie was in excellent form carrying on from his triumph in the Bob Hawke and he started with a comfortable victory over Paul James which included the highest break of the tournament, exactly 100. The later rounds saw him pitched against Henry Lau with his very good safety game but he managed to overcome that quite easily in his 3 – 1 victory. Next came the quarter finals and a fairly quick 3 – 0 win over Ryan Thomerson who had had the wind knocked out of his sails by one of the stand out players of this weekend, Steve Ebejer. Ryan had advanced from that match only after a very hard fought 3 – 2 win. Charlie’s semi final opponent was James Mifsud who can never be discounted no matter what the company but it proved to be Charlie’s day once again with another quick victory 3 -1.
Ben had a very different journey to the final in first overcoming Ray Farley 3 – 1 then Daniel Faddoul 3 – 0. His quarter final match up was with Kurt Dunham who did not produce the exciting snooker we are accustomed to seeing from him in the face of Ben’s steady but accurate game, with Ben prevailing 3 frames to 1. So then to probably the best of his matches from a spectator point of view against a very much improved Shaun Dalitz. We all know Shaun to be a very good player but new heights to his game have now been found and I’m sure many good things await in the future. Ben proved to be best on the day and he got over the line 3 – 2.
And so to the final which in the end was pretty one sided with Ben at the races and winning the cup and Charlie not bringing his A game to a very poorly attended final.
The speeches included thanks to all who did turn up to watch with plenty of available seats and positions unused.
George Hoy was again the master with the reins in his hands and a smooth running of the tournament was again his legacy, notwithstanding having only six tables with which to get through all the matches in the two days available.
The referees were also a huge part of the success of the proceedings and thanks go to Brendon Lang, Michael Lang, semi final referees Neil Brown and Abraham Newman and a very competent and unobtrusive performance from the Grand Final referee Praveen Chandra.
*****CONGRATULATIONS CHARLIE CHAFE - 2015 Bob Hawke AC Aust Open CHAMPION. Outstanding performance and proudly bringing home the well earned trophy!!***** OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASEDated 19th October 2015 AUSSIE OPEN SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS COME TO AN END The Australian Open Snooker Championships came to end yesterday with the completion of the Bob Hawke AC Australian Open Snooker which was preceded by the IBSF-Australian Women’s Ranking Tournament. Both events were held at the Mount Pritchard Community Club - part of the Mounties group where the events have been hosted for the 19th time. Charlie Chafe (VIC) defeated Matthew Bolton (WA) 6-4 in the final of the Bob Hawke AC Australian Open Snooker Championship which attracted a record field of 88 players. In the final match the first two frames were shared, Matthew had breaks of 100 and 63 to lead 3-1. Charlie then hit back with 4 frames in a row to be 5-3, one frame away from victory. Despite coming back to 5-4 and then almost pinching the 10th frame, Matthew could not quite get over the line, Charlie took the title for his first time. The high break of the Championship was 119 by James Mifsud (VIC) in the first round. Adding to the buzz of the weekend was the attendance of Australia’s former Prime Minister Bob Hawke who was present for the beginning of the final and a luncheon held earlier in the day to honour his time as Patron. Unfortunately due to health reasons he is now stepping down from this role. Last week the IBSF-Australian Women’s Ranking Tournament was won by Chitra Magimairaj of India, defeating Theresa Whitten 4-0. The high break of 78 was made by Vidya Pillai (India). We return to Mounties in Sydney for the Oceania Championships, 25 February – 5 March 2016. This will include the U21, Billiards, Men’s & Women’s 6 Red, Men’s & Women’s Snooker. In the meantime the last of our Snooker tournaments on the national calendar is the Pot Black Open which will be held from 30 October – 1 November at the Brunswick Club in Melbourne. For full results of the Championship’s please visit the results pages at www.absc.com.au Alex Render National Media Officer Australian Billiards and Snooker Council - www.absc.com.au
Congratulations Rod Nelson on winning his first timed Victorian Billiards Championship.
Rudy Sulaeman won the Minor Championship.
Championship Final - Rod Nelson 1010 (144, 124, 75, 54, 49, 47, 44) def. John Schenck 929 (98, 85, 76, 69, 66, 50, 42).
Minor Championship Final - Rudy Sulaeman 405 (73, 43) def. David Pitt 341.
Semi-finals - Rod Nelson 721 (131, 83, 70, 42) def. Mac Rynkiewicz 452 (57, 54, 49); John Schenck 794 (89, 82, 42, 41) def. Graeme Wright 533 (45).
Ruby Roberts Memorial Victorian Women’s Billiards 2015.
This year was the 20th occasion for this tournament.held at the Brunswick Club on Sunday 30th August
Entrants: Anna Lynch, Lyndal Ellement, Karen Waugh, Heidi Stubbs, Yvonne Mahoney, Michelle Hanson.
Format: 40 minute round robin matches and a 90 minute final.
Winner: Anna Lynch, congratulations Anna, your 12th title. Runner Up: Karen Waugh
Thanks to the Sponsors: VBSA, Cannon Ball Billiards
VBSA Annual General Meeting Venue - Brunswick.Club - Thu 1st Oct.
Australia’s most prestigious tournament was this weekend held at Melbourne’s most prestigious venue. The National Championships were once again the highlight of the year at the City R.A.C.V. Club. The players were treated to a professional referee for every match and the hard working referees were treated to some sensational snooker for their efforts.
The field of 61 played each round to the best of 7 frames and although a lot of the first round matches were completed in the minimum time the standard of high class snooker was not compromised. The second day saw some very close matches that went all the way and a spot in the quarter finals very hard to come by.
The eventual takers of those spots were Matthew Bolton, James Mifsud, Paul Thomerson, Joe Minici, Aaron Mahoney, Hassan Kerde, Adam Waller and Daniel Thorp, names that would grace any tournament.
Matthew and Joe progressed to one semi final quite early in the evening and Aaron and Daniel to the other but not until Daniel had finished his hard fought, come back from the dead quarter final with a gallant Adam Waller at 1 a.m.
So then to Sunday with two mouth watering semi finals. Aaron overcoming a perhaps drained Daniel in one, with a four frames to two victory overseen by the highly experienced John Ivett. His equally competent daughter Kim was in charge of the other last 4 match between Matthew and Joe and it has to be said that Joe had the rub of the green in overcoming Matthew also four frames to two.
The magnificent surrounds of the R.A.C.V. Club was the setting for a very enjoyable lunch before the serious business of the best of nine frame final began at 3:30.
Aaron was certainly first and fastest out of the blocks in racing into a four to one frame lead with the ninety break in one of the frames threatening to be a total clearance at one stage. A scheduled break in proceedings may have given Joe a second wind and he came back after that break to take the match into the eighth frame. This proved to be the final frame of the match however, with Aaron proving to be a worthy winner five frames to three.
Joe did not hold back with his praise of Aaron in his runners up acceptance speech and proved once again how much of a gentleman and good sport he is, a very worthy finalist.
The Reventon Group was once again the major sponsor for this tournament and a huge debt of gratitude is owed to Chris Christoffi and his team. A very welcome and surprise addition to the prize giving party was the 2010 World Champion, Neil Robertson and a big thanks must also go to him for his support.
Congratulations Aaron Mahoney. 2015 Australian National Champion.
Do you have a question on the rules? If you want an answer please send it to me in an email ( the link is on the 'referee info' page)
I will post the best ones with the answers on the Q&A page.
The Fred Osbourne tournament in Albury for 2015 was successfully completed on Sunday the 2nd. August. Ian Dale, John Ivett and myself were the three referees that made the trip up from Melbourne this year due to the request for others to join us coming too late or clashing with alternative arrangements and in the case of Kim Ivett a less that perfect knee and a more than perfect head cold. Two other interstate referees that had made plans to be in Albury for the Classic were Frank Galanos who was laid up in hospital and David Fromm on a flight to America to redeem his winning ticket to a U2 concert in L.A.
Roger Davey was again the tournament director and Eddie Simmons was the tournament organiser. The weekend proved to be as enjoyable as any other except for the usual banter with the other referees and the absence of the Kiwi’s.
It was won by Adrian Ridley who continues his stellar year, against a very gallant Richard Peric in a rather one sided final. Richard to his credit, was rejoining the circuit after an eleven year absence and should be very proud of his performance over the whole weekend. His game is exciting to watch and he has some spectacular strokes in his armoury and the final was by no means a let down. Adrian though, was a worthy winner and was very complimentary to his opponent and the tournament as a whole in his acceptance speech.
VBSA Billiards & Willis Snooker Commences Starts - Mon 17th Aug & Wed 19th Aug. Team Entries are closed. Please check your team has been entered correctly. With so few teams entering A Reserve and B Reserve have combined the teams into A Reserve, thank you all for your co-operation. 6 teams in the B Billiards & Snooker (2 x 2), teams include Geelong and Frankston, now that's dedication for you!
Thank you, as always for your support. Currently have 63 teams. 45 of these are playing Monday night, 18 on Wednesday. Not sure why teams prefer Monday nights, would appreciate any insights. Email me any ideas
Fixtures are now available.
Players must be a member before play in week 5 of the season. If you paid your membership for season 1 you are financial until the end of the year.
PLEASE NOTE: A new finals system will be trialled in the Billiards and Willis Snooker season - Instead of the current system, a final 4 will consist of , Semi Fihnals, 1 will play 4 & 2 will play 3. Grand final will be between the winners of the semi finals. This will mean there will only be 2 weeks of finals. Please understand this is a trial only.
The weekend at Yarraville at times seemed like a hospital ward with so many players suffering from colds and other assorted ailments, including the Goldfields Open hero. The snooker however was of a much better standard with some very entertaining matches. Robbie Ganson rolling back the years to take a very well constructed frame from Kurt Dunham in his last 16,1 - 4 defeat. Marc Fridman enhancing his fast growing reputation by taking Mark Bullen all the way and at one stage leading 2 – 1 before being overcome by his much more experienced opponent. Bassam Elbelli must now surely be considered a threat to anyone in future tournaments after continuing his ascent to the top echelons of our sport this year, his match with Josh Gorski was a joy to referee with a front row seat to some absorbing snooker by both players and Josh very relieved to get up 4 – 3. Rod Nelson also deserves a mention after an awesome run to the quarter finals and only then succumbing to a final shootout on blue, pink and black in the deciding frame against Adrian Ridley. All the players involved helped to make this tournament memorable.
There were twenty two breaks above fifty, the highest (94) and most (8) from possibly the standout player of the weekend Aaron Mahoney.
The standard of refereeing continues to improve and some highly competent performances were seen from Jim Lewis, Mark Bini, Kim Ivett, Brendon Lang, Jon Loughron and Neil Allison who will take charge of Thursday’s Grand Final between Aaron Mahoney and Rudy Sulaeman.
George Hoy was again the man with the reins in his hands as Tournament Director and who was in no little part the reason for it’s success.
REPORT BY GRAND FINAL REFEREE NEIL ALLISON
The final of the 2015 Victorian State Snooker moved along at a brisk pace with completion around 21:40
Spectator turn-out for this event was poor. But those present were treated to a very fine display of Snooker in a match where Aaron crafted single visit frame winning breaks in 3 of the 5 frames he needed for victory including a magnificent 118 clearance in the 3rd frame.
Unfortunately, Rudy was unable to produce the quality Snooker that we all know he is more than capable of.
Rudy had more than his fair share of luck, though unfortunately it was all bad. He did have his chances throughout the match and if a ball here and there had travelled a few millimeters more or less, then things could have been very different.
These guys are an absolute pleasure to referee. They make the job so easy.
Frame Scores. Aaron first - 121 (73) – 0, 74 – 39, 118 (118) – 14, 80 – 28, 28 – 70, 72 (72) – 35. Result Aaron Mahoney 5. Rudy Sulaeman 1.
David Collins defeated Ian Gilbee on the last shot in a very exciting final. David Pitt defeated Brett Porter in the plate final. High break was Rudy Sulaeman, 115, his first 100 break in competition. Congratulations Rudy.
Referees Kim Ivett, Damain Wilcox and Denis Coghlan did a great job, assisted by virtually every player.
Full results attached.
Monday July 27th
A Reserve Billiards Grand Final at Yarraville - Ballarat 6 defeated Cheltenham 2
B Reserve Snooker at Kings - Bentleigh 3 were defeated by Dandenong RSL 7
C Reserve Snooker at Kings - Cheltenham Eagles 7 defeated Mulgrave CC 3
D Reserve Snooker at Kings - Kings Strikers 5 were defeated by Maccabi United 7
Wednesday July 29th
A Premier Snooker at Yarraville - Brunswick 8 were defeated by Dandenong RSL 10
B Premier Snooker at Yarraville - Cheltenham 8 were defeated by Yarraville Champs 10
C Premier Snooker at Kings - Kings 10 defeated Hit & Miss 6
A great final series, thank you to the referees, the organisers and the venues. Congratulations to those that made the finals and the eventual winners. To all the teams that did not, thank you all for your participation in a very competitive season and look forward to seeing you all in the Billiards and Willis competition.
Grand Final winners will receive a monogrammed long sleeved shirt and a copy of their team photo for their Club. Anyone that wants to purchase a copy of their team photo please go to the VBSA archives for all details. Please give us a few days to upload the photos.
George Spiteri ran a raffle for a framed piece of the Goldfields winners. Thanks George a great cause!
A nice bloke from Qld by the name of Dan Johnston won the raffle. He was landing at Gold Coast airport when we actually drew the raffle. Will be getting the piece to his son who is based in Melbourne.
Exactly $1200 was raised, selling tickets to punters from as far as New Zealand!
THANKS GEORGE - A GREAT FUNDRAISING EFFORT
Australian 6 Red Championships Venue - Yarraville Club.Starts - 12 Midday, Thu 25th June.
FRANKSTON RSL BILLIARDS & SNOOKER SECTION presents the ALCOCKS 2015 VICTORIA MASTERS INVITATIONAL SNOOKER TOURNAMENT
SUNDAY 21st JUNE 2015 10:30AM - 5:00PM.
CONGRATULATIONS ADRIAN RIDLEY - 2015 CHAMPION
Yarraville Club from Saturday June 13th to Saturday June 20th.
Timed Event - Matthew Bolton defeated David Collins in the final. High Break Matthew Bolton 513
By Mark Bini
On Saturday 30th May the Victorian Women’s Open Snooker Championship took place at Brunswick. It was a small affair with only Kathy Howden, Anna Lynch, Michelle Hansen and Shelly Ames. Unfortunately Kim pulled out earlier. The first rounds were a Round Robin with no Semi Final naturally and after two rounds Anna and Kathy had the most wins. So we jumped straight into the 7 frame final on Table 1. Shelly and Michelle played off for 3rd and 4th.
Kathy came out of the blocks with a 31 in first frame and a superb 46 in the second. She took the third and at the break had a commanding 3-0 lead over Anna. Anna came back from the break and secured the 4th frame but Kathy won the 5th and the title 4-1. Although it was just me and the 4 girls, it was a great day, all played with great sportsmanship and it was a real pleasure for me to be there. And I must say that all the ladies played some stunning snooker. Kathy’s superb breaks in the final plus Shelly had two breaks over 20, one of 25 and one of 23. Anna played some amazing safety and snookers. And to Michelle’s credit she navigated out of some tough ones, including a specific snooker laid by Anna nearly the full length of the table through the baulk colours on a tight angle back up the table to the last remaining red surrounded by pink and black. She made the out and didn’t leave the red on, it was accordingly acknowledged by Anna and I.
It was the 3rd straight year for me officiating at the final for the Women’s and I hope to be part of the tournament next year. Congratulation’s once again to Kathy our Winner and Anna our runner up.
2015 Victorian Junior Championship was held at Brunswick on Saturday 16th of May.
First of all I wish to thank all of the attending parents, for assisting with refereeing duties and a special thanks to our National coach Paul Thomerson.
Paul refereed from kick off through to 2:00pm and when not at the table he assisted the juniors’ with some very encouraging and thoughtful advice.
Thankyou must also go to the Brunswick Club for the use of their facilities.
Tania Ahmet did a great job as Tournament Director, the day ran very smoothly and the draw was very well organized. The round robin was best of 3 and the finals best of 5. It also was also greatly appreciated that Tania refereed during the day when required. Tania well done on a great job !!!
I wish to congratulate all of the junior participants on their behavior and was impressed by their shot selection, skill level and sportsmanship.
The future looks good for Victorian Snooker, although we still need to increase the numbers in our junior ranks.
Jack Green deserves a special mention as he was the only Under 12 participant and stepped up to compete in the under 15 Tournament, he played vey well. For such a young man his long potting was impressive, he also has a very good demeanor and attitude while at the table. The same can be said of the older brother Cameron Green, they both look to become very talented senior players.
The Junior National Championship will be held in Albury in July 6th - 10th. Our Junior Victorian State Snooker side, depending upon availability, will consist of the following players.
U12 Snooker - Jack Green U15 Snooker - Marc Fridman U18 Snooker - Arthur Lin
Once again congratulations to all of the participants.
Congratulations to Victorian Paul Thomerson on becoming 2015 Aust Masters Snooker Champion defeating a worthy opponent in Joe Minici from NSW 4-3. Well done!!! Paul's highest break in event was 84. Event highest break went to Stuart Duncan 87. Record entries this year of 53.
I believe this is the first time a Father & Son have held Australian titles in the same year!
Lance Pannell Report
Frankston Masters Report
6 new Billiards Referees and a new Billiards Class 1
City of Melbourne Tournament. Full refereeing report now posted
Q-School completed with Kim doing oustandingly and with a full report to follow
Profiles are also updated with new entries
Two new refs added to the active list.
Congratulations to Ryan Thomerson, U21 National Champion who defeated a worthy apponent in Arthur Lin 6-1 in an all Victorian final. Both displaying great snooker throughout the championship. Wishing Ryan the best for representing Australia at the World U21's.
Congratulations Ben Judge, 2015 City of Melbourne Champion
Thank you to all those that participated and made the event a success.
To all those that organised and ran the event, a huge task, congratulations and well done.
The most prestigious event on the Australian Calendar.
2 wildcards to the goldfields (refer entry for conditions). Round Robin format across number of venues.
Congratulations Ryan Thomerson
2015 Under 21 Oceania Champion.
Our 2015 Victorian U21 Snooker champion won the Oceania final in fine style defeating Louis Chand 6 - 1. For tournament results go to the ABSC website - absc.com.au
All the Victorian referees are approachable for discussions and corrections on all Snooker and Billiards rules which may crop up during Pennant matches. Most of the venues across Melbourne certainly and maybe in country Victoria too, will have at least one qualified referee in attendance as a participating player. All these referees have expressed their willingness to assist with any disputes or even just for a general query or discussion that may crop up on Pennant nights or any other occasion that brings players and player/referees together.
So that you may know who to approach, the referee info page on this site will eventually have all the referees listed, along with a photo and a record of their experience. We urge all participants to get to know them and take advantage of this facility. Common courtesy and etiquette however, demand that any query to a referee should be made when he is away from the table and in a manner that will not disturb other players.
World Snooker Tour Professional event. Hosted at Bendigo Stadium Venue - Bendigo Stadium June 29 to July 5. For ticket details please read the attached
The 2015 U21 Championship was held at Cheltenham on the weekend. The snooker was held on the Saturday and the Billiards on the Sunday Snooker - The finalist were, Ryan Thomerson vs Callum Murphy & Adam Bleumink vs Emran Ali. Ryan and Adam won the Semi finals to progress to the Grand Final. Although Ryan had many high breaks throughout the day he stepped up in the grand final. The first frame went down to the wire then Ryan knocked in a break of 44 in the 2nd frame and 63 in the 3rd frame to win the tilte in three frames.
I would like to congratulate all players for thier consistent and competent skills over the day and thank all of the parents supporting the event.A special mention must go to Tony Fridman for his enthusiasm and help for the U21 tournament, Cheltenham for the use of the venue (all tables had been reclothed the just days before the tournament) and Denis Coghlan for performing the refree duties for the weekend
Billiards - Unfortunately there were only three paticipants for the Billiards on Sunday, Marc Fridman, Costa Zygorodimos & Emran Ali. Marc Fridman was knocked out in preliminary round, so the grand finalist were Costa & Emran. At the 45 minute mark things were very tight, only 7 points seperated them, then Emran's game stepped up and he started to scramble away. Costa came back at him towards the end, but the timer went off and Emran had a healthy lead. Congratulations to Emran on his win and to all participants.
Jon Loughron Tournament Director
Despite any instructions to the contrary all official rules (as well as all the V.B.S.A. playing conditions) apply to all grades. This includes Section 3 Rule 14 which covers the Foul and a Miss instructions. The rule is to be administered as stated in the rule book. The main issue to remember with this rule in D grade is that all players acting as referees must be fair to all players and to take into consideration the difference in skill of the D grade players, which by definition must be lesser than higher grades. With this in mind and only when in snookered situations, all referees are admonished to be very open in their opinions when assessing genuine attempts at an escape.
When snookers are required to win a frame then a miss cannot be called.
In D grade 90% of the fouls caused by snookers should not be called a miss.
Referees must take into consideration whether the player from any snookered situation has struck intervening balls not on. A miss must be called unless the stroke is beyond the capabilities of the striker.
(A good rule of thumb for this situation is to consider if the snookering ball or balls are closer to the ball on or to the cue ball. If the former is the case then some leniency may be allowed and if the latter, then the escapee has more opportunity to avoid the offending obstruction and it should not be struck.)
Referees must take into consideration whether the player from any snookered situation has hit the stroke with enough force to reach a ball on. A miss must be called unless the stroke is beyond the capabilities of the striker.
The instructions in both the sentences above must be enforced if there is a straight line path from the cue ball to any part of a ball on but can also be ignored by referees if in their opinion the stroke was difficult enough to be beyond the capabilities of the player. An example of this would be if the cue ball was tight to a cushion and the ball on was only able to be struck at its finest edge and was some distance away. Other examples may also apply.
The skill level of the striker in any grade must be taken into account when making a call of Miss but is not a reason to avoid it.
Larry Eforgan. Director of Referees.
Church Billiards - Thurs night handicap Billiards - starts Feb 12, entries close end of Jan
BBSA - Ballarat Billiards & Snooker - Tues & Thurs nights dates not available yet
DVSA - Diamond Valley Handicap Snooker - Mon & Tues nights
GBSA - Geelong Billiards & Snooker - dates not available yet
MSBA - Metropolitan Handicap Snooker - Tues nights - Starts 27th Jan
Over 55's - Handicap Snooker - Friday - start Feb 10th (not confirmed)
RSL - 2 zones, North & Bayside - Handicap Snooker Thurs nights
SBSA - Southern Handicap Snooker - Tuesday night
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ASADA has approved the 2015 ABSC Anti Doping Policy which is effective 1 January 2015. All players should be aware that this policy has been included as a condition of membership and will be included in all tournament entry forms. In particular, the top players (junior and senior) who often represent Australia overseas should ensure they are well informed on this subject. It is their responsibility to be free of drugs and substances and to know exactly what is prohibited.
Received this from Alistair Macindoe from the Kooyong A Billiards team
What a fantastic night of billiards we had on Wednesday! I had the privilege of refereeing Eric Worsley's match against Simon Fortune.
When Eric arrived, Don Richter suggested that if he could outdo his run of 11 cannons cannons when we played them down at Cheltenham, he would give him a prize.
From the start of the match I could tell that Eric was looking for cannons. After a few minutes' play he got them together on the left side rail opposite the pyramid spot. Regrettably it was awkward cueing, and after about three cannons he had to look for another shot; he played an extremely thin in-off the white nine feet down the cushion to the bottom pocket. It went in like it was radar-controlled!
A little later he got them together on the side rail near the right top pocket, about 30 cm from the top cushion, and I noted to myself that the first cannon occurred when he got to 7. First he nursed them for a while, then he played rocker cannons for the rest of the 29 cannons. Then they turned awkward and he had to break them up. A couple of ordinary shots later he lost position and missed on 68. What a tremendous break!
Later in the match, he got to top of the table; he played floating white for a few turns, and then he did Postman's Knock! He missed on 48, which was a shame. Eric plays a nice all-around game too. The only thing he didn't do was to play the Spot Stroke; of course the current rules prohibit this.
How wonderful to see the complete game played right in front of me! And Don said as much at the supper, where he presented him with the best prize he could rustle up at the time – a new block of chalk (Come on Don is that the best you could summon).
The rest of the evening contained standard billiards for our epoch, with Dave Cosgriff making a lovely 82. The matches were played in a very good spirit; thanks to the small number of teams we are certainly getting to know one-another very well.
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Monday Night - B Premier 2x2 Billiards & Snooker - Congratulations Cheltenham 2014 Premiers
Monday Night - C Willis Grand Final at Kings - Dandenong RSL 1 were defeated by Maccabi 7
Monday night - A Willis - Grand Final at Brunswick. - Yarraville Tigers 1 were defeated by Brunswick United 7
Monday night - B Willis Grand Final at Cheltenham - Yarraville 3 were defeated by Hit Billiards 7
Monday night - D Willis Grand Final at Kings. - Maccabi Champions 6 were defeated by Kings Kreepers 7
Wednesday Night - A Billiards Grand Final at Yarraville - Yarraville 8 defeated Ballarat 4
Wednesday Night - B Reserve Grand Final at Kings - Cheltenham 7 defeated Bentleigh 4
Wednesday Night - C Reserve Grand Final at Kings - Kings Cubs 4 were defeated by Hit & Run 7
Thank you all for your support in 2014. Congratulations all for competing. The winning teams will have their monogrammed polo shirts and their club photo delivered in the next 2 weeks.
Final: John Schenck 1074 (128, 95, 85, 69, 61, 54, 45, 42) defeated Rod Nelson 853 (126, 74, 50, 46, 42)
John Schenck 870 (91, 81, 72, 69, 64, 57, 40) defeated David Collins 717 (116, 60, 54, 49, 47, 47, 43).
Rod Nelson 693 (132, 54, 41) defeated Jason Colebrook 557 (80, 71, 49, 46, 41).
Victorian Minor Billiards championship: Ryan Bowland 277 defeated Glen Taylor 228 in the final.
Please refer to link below for the Notice of VBSA Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 30th October 2014 at 7.30pm, location Brunswick Club. Submissions for Agenda items or Notice of Motion to be received by COB Wednesday 15th October 2014, email Secretary at email@example.com
Kim Ivett - Secretary
Please see attached "Information" for recent changes to the rules of snooker and billiards. The PDF will give you a quick overview and a complete copy of the rules may be downloaded from World Snooker's website. A new flowchart to assist with application of the Foul & A Miss rule has also been provided. This is from the Sussex referees' manual, a very handy reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the rules of Billiards and Snooker.
David Collins defeated Rod Nelson in the final. In the final of the Plate Peter Politis defeated Jacob Streiff by 1 point.
Did you know that you can check whether your tournament entry has been correctly processed,or can check whether you have entered, by clicking on "tournaments" on the main menu and selecting "check entries". Allow a couple of days for your entry to be processed and then check that your name is listed for the tournament.
Please be aware the VBSA By Laws have been amended 03.08.2014 to include ....
Rule 2 - Minimum dress - All leagues
a. The host club's rules for dress on their premises shall be observed by all players in all leagues and visiting supporters.
b. No headwear is permitted to be worn by players or officials at any time during the course of a match. This rule may be varied upon application for religious or medical reasons (providing it is acceptable under a.).
Rule 10 - Player Regulations All leagues
c. Players are permitted to play in any grade in both Premier/Reserve or Willis/Reserve. The VBSA reserve the right to advise any player to play in a higher grade if they are seen to be playing in a grade below their ability. Any player that is perceived to have played in a grade that is below his/her ability may forfeit all frames won.
The National 6 Red has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at the Executive meeting of the ABSC in October.
Photos and Polo Shirts will be delivered to your club this week. Any problems please email me
If you wish to purchase a copy of your team photo, or would just like to have a look at the photos that have been taken over the years you will find all relevant information here This page has been added to the archives
Congratulations Lyndal Ellement 2014 Champion - All results
The VBSA is offering a billiards clinic ( focused mostly on basic break building strategies) free to members and affiliates. It will be held on Saturday August 23rd at the Yarraville Club, approximately 9.15 am to noon. if you wish to attend please email Jason Colebrook at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
Team entries are now closed for this years Billiards and Willis Season. Have received a total of 60 teams so thank you for your support. Unfortunately we had just 2 teams entered for A reserve snooker so that grade will not go ahead. Any questions please email the Score Registrar at email@example.com
Fixtures are now available
Tournament has been cancelled due to lack of entries
The most prestigous event on the Australian calendar with the winner being considered to represent Australia in the IBSF World Mens Snooker Championship in Bangalore, India. At the RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne on the 15th - 17thAugust. All results are on the ABSC site
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In 2014 the VBSA are trying something a little different.
A framed photo of the WINNING TEAM only will be presented to their club. For the WINNERS of the grand final, each player that appeared in the photo will be presented with a monogrammed polo shirt. Both teams have been photographed and photos will be available if you wish to purchase, details of how to purchase photos will be available soon. All players that competed in the Grand Finals were presented a monogrammed hand towel.
A Reserve Billiards - Ballarat defeated Cheltenham
A Reserve Snooker at AK8 - Brunswick 7 defeated Legends 3.
B Reserve Snooker at Kings - Dandenong RSL 6 were defeated by Dandenong Club Knights 7,
C Reserve Snooker at Kings - Hit and Run 7 defeated Bentleigh 5.
D Reserve Snooker at Kings - Fast Eddies 4 were defeated by Maccabi Champions 7
A Premier snooker at Yarraville - Brunswick 10 defeated AK8 8.
B Premier Snooker at Brunswick - Cheltenham 10 defeated v Yarraville 8.
C Premier Snooker at Cheltenham - Hit on Fire 2 were defeated by Dandenong Club all stars.
Congratulations to all those that competed and thank you from the VBSA Board for making the season a success
Congratulations Matthew Bolton (WA) Australian National & Open Billiards Champion. For all results and information please go to the ABSC site
Victorian Under 15 and under 18 championships were played at Cheltenham - Sunday 25/05/2014
Jake Thompson won both the under 15 and under 18 competition
Marc Fridman was runner up in both divisions.
Costa Zygorodimos finished third in the Under 18 competition
All games were played in good spirit and the players called their own fouls, which was refreshing from such young players. Matches were very close and the fourth frame in the U18 final finished 62 all and was decided by a black respot. All players played high quality snooker and all proved to be very competent and with continuing coaching, practice and application will become very good players. Thanks to Tony Fridman and John Loughran for their assistance.
2014 Winner - Aaron Mahoney
Thanks to all those that attended and made the tournament a success. Thank you to the Frankston RSL for hosting the event and all those that assisted. Congratulations Mark Dunn the tournament organiser. All results
Congratulations Paul Thomerson on your appointment to the position of National Coaching Director. Paul, a level 2 coach and examiner, has a wealth of experience in coaching both juniors and seniors and will be a great asset in the future of billiards & snooker within Australia. Bob Turpin from Queensland, has accepted the role of National Junior Development Officer. Bob has a great record working with juniors and will now assist Paul in the growth of our juniors within Australia.
The juniors are a very important part of our future and without these future champions there is little future for our game.
Both Paul and Bob will be present at the National Junior Academy at Albury in July this year.
(From the ABSC site)
Congratulations Steve Mifsud
2014 Lance Pannell Classic Champion
Steve defeated Shawn Budd (NSW) in the final All Results
Thanks to: the Yarraville Club for allowing the use of their great venue. To all those that participated and made the tournament a success. To Colin Patterson, without Colin the tournament would not have happenned. The referees and all those that assisted.
Semi Final Results:
Margaret Gorski d Kolbe Poole 3-2
Emma Babauta d Kathy Howden 3-2
Congratulations to Margaret Gorski 2014 Victorian Women's Champion defeating Emma Babauta 4-2 in a great Final match.
Well done to all Women who participated in a fun championship. Thanks to Tania Ahmet, good job as Tournament Director and also to Jon Loughron as roaming / finals referee.
Congratulations Aaron Mahoney, 2014 Victorian Snooker Champion
Aaron defeated Kurt Dunham in a hard fought final.
To the Yarraville Club thank you for the use of the billiard room, the support of the staff and management is much appreciated. To all those that competed thank you for making the tournament a success.
To the refereees and organisers congratulations on a job well done.
Melbourne High School has taken up snooker as a school sport. This is a major initiative for snooker in Melbourne for its recognition in such an established school. Thanks to RACV Club for regularly hosting the Junior and Senior school students with the curriculum created and facilitated by Robby Foldvari. James and Arthur Lin were also instrumental in getting this program up and running.
Congratulations Matthew Bolton (WA), 2014 City of Melbourne Champion
Friday May 16th, Round Robin Group Stage played at 7 venues - AK8, Brunswick, Bentleigh, Cheltenham, Dandenong Club, RACV & Yarraville. Some extremely good snooker in the round robin stage with many groups being decided in the final frame. Congratulations Henry Lau with the highest break of 100. Group Results Last 32 Results Tournament Breaks
Are you a financial member?
It is important that you are as the VBSA carry an insurance policy, if you are not financial then you are NOT covered.
You may check if a player is financial here
There is a list of unfinancial members here All players MUST be a member before they play a 3rd match or they will lose all points gained. This cannot be reversed if a player then becomes a member. The VBSA allow players the first four weeks of any season to become a member, players MUST be a member prior to play in week 5.
Thank you to all players for your excellent response. Captains please ensure players are financial before they play a third match.
Tournament has been postponed to a date to be fixed due to lack of entries
The winner of this event to will win $750 to go towards travel and accommodation to the 2014 Australia Masters Snooker Championship in Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi NSW
Your date of birth must be before 1/1/1974 to be eligible to play this event
Thank you all for your support, 62 teams in total ! (make that 63 !!!)
Missed a B Premier tem from fast Eddies, please be aware fixture has been updated
Fixtures are now available
There are some significant changes to the way the VBSA competition will run.
A Premier & Reserve Grade Snooker: Matches will be timed (no 10 point rule will apply in A grade, A Grade finals will not be timed)
All Premier grades will be played on Wednesday nights, Reserve Grade on Monday nights, this effectively separates the competitions so players that wish to play twice a week may play in any grade (the VBSA reserve the right to refuse players considered to be playing in grades below their ability). By Laws have been revised to accommodate this. Please read: VBSA changes in 2014
2014 Pennant season team entries are now open. Download the team entry form in a word document or a .pdf . The season starts on Monday Feb 17 and Wednesday Feb 19. Team entries will close on Feb 10th. Please organise your teams as early as possible and email.
To assist Clubs/Captains in the selection of your teams a new page has been added to the archives, go to the archives and click last years date you will get all the ladders and player stats for that year. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can download the stats for your club in a pdf
Huge Congratulations to Victoria's very own World Snooker Champion Neil Robertson on being only the 8th player in history to win the Triple Crown (World Championship 2010, The Masters 2012 and UK Championship 2013) Absolutely fantastic effort, well done Neil!!!!
Wishing everyone a Merry Xmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
To the Board members, thank you for your hard work and support in 2013.
To everyone that participated and made 2013 a success, thank you.
Looking forward to a bigger and better 2014. See you all then!
Your team photos have been delivered to your club, please pick them up.
Congratulations to Adrian Ridley winning the 2013 Pot Black Open in Blacktown, NSW, defeating Shawn Budd 4-2 in the final.
Coming off recent form, from the 2013 IBSF World 6 Reds Championships in Ireland . Where Adrian made the semi finals, going down to the Runner-up Michael Judge.
Come along and support 4 of Victorian's best snooker players (Ryan Thomerson, Kurt Dunham, Paul Thomerson and James Mifsud) mix it up on Sat 14th Dec 2013 at North Brighton Club, 14 Warleigh Grove, North Brighton (9596 6203) (contact Tex 0407 407 524). Time 7.30pm. Goods on sale as well as Prizes to be won on the night!!!!!!
Thank you all for your participation in 2013. Your support has allowed the VBSA to host another successful year of Snooker & Billiards. The competition has been excellent and the VBSA will continue to strive to improve it. The competition concluded with some hard fought Grand finals:
Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the defeated and thank you all for your support in 2013.
Congratulations to Victorian Steve Mifsud - Winner of the recent 2013 Australian Open Snooker Championship, taking the title with a win of 6-3 over Alan McCarthy (NSW). Was a great final and tournament overall. Well done Steve.
Highest Break of 127 went to Victorian Steve Ebejer, great work!
Also note worthy is that 3 Victorians made the last 4 - Steve Mifsud, Charlie Chafe, Rudy Sulaeman.
Great effort by the Victorians!!!
Steve Mifsud wins his 5th Victorian Billiards Championship.
Final score: Steve Mifsud 1189 (104, 83, 66, 45, 71, 108, 55, 58) defeated David Collins 921 (58, 79, 41, 68, 87, 47, 98).
MInor championship Final: Simon Scerri 502 (57) defeated Jacob Streiff 347.
Semi-final results: Steve Mifsud 1167 (84, 50, 119, 80, 63, 91, 46, 237, 54) defeated Ian Gilbee 323 (47). David Collins 815 (54, 42, 60, 59) defeated Rod Nelson 615 (77, 60 unf)
Billiards Rankings have been updated after Vic 150 up
Congratulations Anna Lynch, 2013 Vic Womens Billiards Champion. This is Anna's 11th Title, awesome effort! Also well done to Lyndal making it into her first Billiards Final, great work.
Charlie Chafe made his first 147 at the Red Triangle last Friday (23rd Aug). Congratulations Charlie !!!
Please find below the link to the VBSA AGM Agenda for meeting to be held on Thursday Sept 26th, 2013, 7.30pm at the Brunswick Club. Would be great to see as many members as possible in attendance.
1) Motion from the Board: that the VBSA adopt the draft constitution that has been displayed on the website.
2) Motion from Carl Watts: that the VBSA reintroduce the handicap snooker tournaments.
3) Agenda item from Tania Ahmet: Junior Program.
4) Agenda item Rick Correnza: Review of current pennant scoring system trial.
Thank you from Kim - Secretary VBSA
Congratulations to James Mifsud defeating Ben Gorski 4-3 in the final played at Yarraville Club
Highest Break: James Mifsud 65
James will repersent Victoria at Australian 6 Red Snooker Championship, to be held on Thursday 10 October at Mounties, Mt Pritchard NSW..
Thank you to Brendon Lang for running the event.
All Season 1 photos have been delivered to your club. Please pick them up as soon as you can.
Thanks to Henry Chetcuti for his assistance
Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final.The plate was won by Rudy Sulaeman. High break 154 (David Collins).
The VBSA's constitution, most of which dates back many years and was last modified in 2007, has become out of date in many areas. In addition recent changes have been made to the legislation which relates to incorporated associations.
A new constitution has been developed. At this year's AGM (date to be announced soon) members will be asked to approve this new constitution. If any member wishes to provide feedback on the new constitution please direct your correspondance to the secretary.
The changes are mostly of an administrative nature, but also they recognise the way the board relates to the membership in the internet age, and recognise changes in legislation.
Will be held on 16th-18th August at RACV Club in Melbourne.
Congratulations to Steve Mifsud 2013 Australian Snooker Champion defeating Johl Younger in close match 5-4.
This is Steve 7th Australian Snooker Championship title.
Highest Break: James Mifsud 137
Mitchell Australian Junior Billiards & Snooker Championships
Team Victoria missed out on the Final losing to Western Australia.
CONGRATULATIONS Jake Thompson Australian Under 12 Snooker Champion defeating Marc Fridman (VIC) 3-1
CONGRATULATIONS Arthur Lin Australian Under 15 Snooker Champion defeating Hayden Goode (QLD) 4-1, with breaks of 133 & 109
CONGRATULATIONS Arthur Lin Australian Under 18 Snooker Champion defeating Ben Foster (WA) 5-4
Congratulations to Neil Robertson who underlined his status as snooker's world number one by beating John Higgins 10-7 in the final of the Wuxi Classic. Neil commented in his interview "To go to Australia as world number one and Wuxi Classic champion is fantastic and hopefully it will help give the tournament in Bendigo extra publicity. A couple of people came over from Australia to watch Vinnie Calabrese and I in this tournament so I want to say thanks to them, and to all the Chinese fans for their support." Bring on the Goldfield's for Victoria's very own World's No1 Snooker sensation!
In the final Matthew Bolton defeated Sourav Kothari 5 - 3
12 Players made 100 breaks under the baulkline crossing rule during the 150 up championship. 3 players made 150 breaks.
Australian National Billiards
Matthew Bolton 2039 def Michael Pearson 755. Championship high break Matthew Bolton 693. 4 Players made breaks over 200 and 10 players made 100's.
AT THE YARRAVILLE CLUB
Steve Mifsud d Robby Foldvari 5-4
Margaret Gorski d Kathy Howden 3-2
Saturday August 10th, Yarraville Club.
Won by Steve Mifsud.
Next ranking event - Victorian 150-up championship, Seprember 14 and 15, Yarraville Club.
Congratulations to Roger Farebrother 2013 Fred Osbourne Memorial Snooker Classic Champion defeating Shawn Budd 4-0
Highest Break: Adrian Ridley 125
Well done to Eddie Simmons and his team for running another successful tournament
CONGRATULATIONS STEVE MIFSUD defeating Robby Foldvari 5-4
CONGRATULATIONS MARGARET GORSKI defeating Kathy Howden 3-2
The final will be played with a new set of 1G balls and every entrant goes into the draw to win the balls used in the final.
WINNER of the 1G balls was SUMIT KAPOOR
Australian Open Billiards Championship semi-finals
Matthew Bolton 5 def Alok Kumar 2
Robby Foldvari 4 vs Sourav Kothari 5
Matthew Bolton 5 def Sourav Kothari 3
The new spotted Pro-Cup billiard balls are now recognised for pennant use in VBSA pennant.
For 2013 clubs may use the new balls or the old balls.
From 2014 only the Pro-Cup balls will be acceptable.
NEIL ROBERTSON performed brilliantly in his Qualifying Match for the Wuxi Classic, in China, next month. NEIL defeated Mohammed Khairy 5-0, and, in the second frame, made his 2nd Ranking Event Maximum Clearance - 147!! There were a number of difficult shots including "cannoning" the pink on the side cushion, when potting the brown.
VINNIE CALABRESE then produced his own great performance in defeating Anthony McGill 5-3 and obtaining "a ticket to China". VINNIE hopes to travel early to China, and play in the 1st Asian PTC Event before the Wuxi Classic. This is the best possible start to the new Season on the World Snooker Tour for VINNIE.
In associated news, the 9-times World Women's Champion, REANNE EVANS, has defeated Thepchaya Un-Nooh 5-4 and will travel to China. This is REANNE's first trip there, and many Chinese fans will be delighted with this opportunity to see a Champion Lady Snooker player. REANNE will play her first match in China against NEIL, and VINNIE will play against 4-times World Champion, JOHN HIGGINS.
Australia's world snooker tournament, the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open, welcomes eight of the top 16 snooker players in the world and two Australian wild card entrants to play in Bendigo from July 8 to 14. The Australian Snooker Goldfields Open is please to announce, home favourite and world #1 Neil Robertson, will contest along with defending champion and 2013 World Championship finalist Barry Hawkins for the 2013 trophy.
Please see media release for full details.
NEIL ROBERTSON (2013 CHINA OPEN Champion) has had an incredibly successful seaon in 2012/2013 and is at No.2 in the updated World Rankings, only 280 points behind MARK SELBY.
Australian Goldfields Open Champions 2011-STUART BINGHAM & 2012-BARRY HAWKINS are at 6 & 9 respectively.
1. Mark Selby 2. Neil Robertson 3. Judd Trump 4. Shaun Murphy 5. Stephen Maguire 6. Stuart Bingham 7. Mark Allen 8. Ricky Walden
9. Barry Hawkins 10. Ding Junhui 11. John Higgins 12. Graeme Dott 13. Mark Davis 14. Matthew Stevens 15. Mark J Williams 16. Ali Carter
World Champion RONNIE O'SULLIVAN is at 19 in the Rankings but retains a seeding as Number 2 for any other Event he chooses to enter (and No.1 for next year's World Championship).
JOE PERRY is at 20 and KEN DOHERTY is at 27. STEVE DAVIS is at 51 and JIMMY WHITE is at 55.
RONNIE O'SULLIVAN and BARRY HAWKINS have produced a Final for the Ages! Ronnie triumphed 18-12, but only the Best Player We've Ever Seen could have resisted so well against an inspired Australian Goldfields Open Champion!
The other professionals now understand the level to which they must raise their game to produce incredibly entertaining Snooker that also wins matches.
NEIL ROBERTSON won 10,000 English Pounds & "The BETFAIR Golden Cue" for his break of 143, in the first round loss.
Barry Hawkins, the 2012 Australian Goldfields Open Winner, has produced superb performances here in the Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield. Barry defeated World No. 1, Mark Selby, and then Ding Junhui in the Quarter-Final, both times as a "massive" underdog. After triumphing 17-14 against Ricky Walden in the Semi-Final, Barry has to face the defending Champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan, in the Final.
Ronnie had never trailed in any match this year, and lead 2-0, however, Barry produced his own high-class break-making skills and lead 3-2! Ronnie needed 2 successive centuries to lead 5-3 at the end of the afternoon session. Barry again "stormed" back to reach 7-7, after a break of 133, whereupon Ronnie produced 2 successive centuries again!
Barry was unlucky to lose a black ball game in the final frame of the evening and trails 7-10 overnight.
Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final. Mike Wollin defeated Simon Scerri in the plate final.
A good day was had by all (with the possible exception of the player who went to the wrong venue)!
Entries now being accepted in the VBSA shop for Billiards ranking event 2 - Saturday 10th August at the Yarraville Club.
The VBSA is pleased to announce the 2013 Scholarship Program to provide training and development support to Victorian billiards and snooker players who show potential to achieve success at the national and international level.
The Scholarship Program will provide a 7 month scholarship to selected Victorian players who show potential to achieve success at the national and international level. VBSA members are eligible to apply for one of up to five scholarships valued at between $3000 and $4000 for 2013
Submissions are closed. Recipients will be notified asap.
Come along to the Frankston RSL to view some of Australia's best snooker players challenge it out in the fast and exciting OneForSeven format snooker. There will firstly be some Juniors that will play on the Friday 3rd May from 6.30pm to qualify for one position in the main event on 5th May. Juniors are John Knis, Arthur Lin, Ben Pottinger and Scott Peel.
The main event held on Sunday 5th May from 10.30am is a great day with plenty of entertaining commentary by the Frankston RSL team. The players in the main event are Steve Mifsud, James Mifsud, Rudy Sulaeman, Adrian Ridley, Ryan Thomerson, Shaun Dalitz and Josh Goski who will be joined by the qualified Junior from above to make the group of 8.
Please refer to flyer for more details. Enquiries to Event Manager - Mark Dunn 0422 304 052
Well done to Ryan Thomerson (125c) & Arthur Lin (91) achieving their highest competition break at the 2013 John McKay Australian Under 21 Snooker Championships.
It is that time of the year! Starting this Saturday, Ronnie O'Sullivan taking on Marcus Campbell at 7pm AEST.
Our very own Neil Robertson will be to play Robert Milkins on Thursday 25th April at 12.30am AEST and again at 11pm AEST
After the passing of John McKay in December last year, with all the work he put into Juniors at state and national level throughout his life, Australian Billiards and Snooker Council rename the Australian Under 21 Snooker Champions in memory of the Great man. Having this Championship at the Brunswick Club, where John McKay played most of his snooker was very fitting.
Congratulations go to Charlie Chafe the 2013 Champion. Match Report
Thankyou to Tania Ahmet for her organisational skills and contribution to this tournament.
Congratulations Steve Mifsud - 2013 City of Melbourne Champion
Steve Defeated Shaun Dalitz in the final. For all Results please go to the ABSC site. Both Steve and Shaun have earned a wildcard entry into the Goldfields Open.
Thanks to Tania Ahmet for the organisation, George Hoy as Tournament Director and Michael D'Silva and his referees for making this tournament a success.
Please note that the John McKay Handicap Snooker noted in April has been postponed to a date to be advised. Notification will be on website in coming weeks. Thank you.
Congratulations to Victoria's very own World Champion Neil Robertson winning the Bank of Beijing China Open defeating Mark Selby 10-6 on 31st March. It's Robertson's first ranking title since the 2010 World Open and he's the tenth different winner in ten ranking events so far this season. Excellent work by Neil and we wish him well in the coming World Championship at the Crucible.
The Annual Andrews Atkins Shield Challenge will be held over this weekend at RACV Club.
Come down and support our Victorian Team.
Ryan Thomerson Has now won all Victorian titles u12.s, u15,s u18,s u21,s & he now has his sights on the mens to complete all the Victorian titles !
2013 Victorian Snooker Tournament Rankings have been updated view
Victorian Under 21's Snooker Championship will be held on Sunday 3rd March at AK8.
Sign in at 10am for a 10.30am start. The events that will be held are: Entry Forms: pdf docx
Winner of the Under 21's Snooker will represent Victoria at the Australian Under 21's Snooker Championship in April
Under 21's Snooker Championships (Open to all players under 21 on January 1st 2013)
*Please Note: To play in the Australian Under 21's Snooker Championship, you must be an Australian Citizen, as the winner gets a nomination to represent Australia at the IBSF World Snooker Championship.
Victorian Junior Championships
Due to low entries received, VBSA has postponed the Victorian Juniors till the weekend 25th-26th May. We apologise for the inconvenience.
NEIL ROBERTSON has played superbly over the last 3 months, and has been extremely unlucky not to have snared a Major Title.
NEIL lost 8-10 in the Final of the World Snooker International Championship to JUDD TRUMP, and then lost in the Final of The Masters 6-10 to MARK SELBY after having played brilliantly earlier in the week.
In the UK Championship, NEIL lost 4-6 to the eventual Winner, MARK SELBY, in the Quarter-Finals. In the German Masters, NEIL lost 2-6 to the eventual Winner, ALLISTER CARTER, in the Semi-Final.
Making Finals, or losing to the Eventual Winner earlier, can only reinforce the great form that NEIL is showing. NEIL is up to Number 3 in the provisional World Rankings and will undoubtedly snare a Title very soon.
THE ALBURY SNOOKER OPEN the first major tournament on the 2013 calendar. To be held on the 23rd and 24th Feb, with Prizefund $13,000
Thanks to all clubs and captains for your efforts in making sure your players are financial members.
Please be aware: players MUST be a member BEFORE they play their third match. So please check Currently unfinancial players from time to time. Players may pay membership at any time via paypal or by mail using the membership form.
When paying please make sure you give us your mobile phone number and your email address.
A new scoring system will be introduced in 2013 (decided at the 2012 AGM by a majority vote). The new sytem will be very similar to the AFL with a winning team recieving 4 points, a draw will recieve 2 points to each team, and a losing team 0 points. Frames for and against will decide percentage. Matches will still be the same with each player playing 3 frames. How it works
Team Entries for the 2013 Pennant Snooker season ARE CLOSED
Please check that your team entry has been received and your team details are correct current team entries, please contact the Score Registrar if your team has not been entered or details are incorrect.
Unfortunately, there will be no A Reserve Snooker competition this season, it became a mathematical impossibility to create fair and reasonable fixtures for all grades. Have spent the last 48 hours in a vain attempt to create a set of fixtures that would work for the Monday night grades - A Reserve, B Premier, C Reserve and D Premier. In all the years I have been doing this I have never come across a more complex problem.
With A reserve only having 4 teams, it became the most logical solution to not run this grade. All nominated captains for these teams will be notified.
Alan Croft - VBSA Score Registrar.
The VBSA would like to thank everyone for their support, over 60 teams have been entered.
Congratulations to Vic Junior, Arthur Lin who conquered his first 100 snooker break on 29th Dec 2012 against Kathy Howden at Brunswick Club, no doubt influenced by 3yrs of great coaching by Bruce McPhee since Arthur was 11yrs old. Just the start of Arthur's bright snooker future.
At the Culmination of the Billiards and Willis Finals Series I would like to congratualte the winners, commiserate with the losers, and thank you all for your participation in 2012.
May your Christmas, New Year break be safe and enjoyable. Looking forward to an exceptional 2013.
Thanks to my fellow Board members for their efforts in making 2012 a success.
VBSA President - Ron Cole
The framed photos have been delivered to all clubs. Thankyou to Chetcuti Picture Frames & Signs for your excellent work and support. (0403 372 144)
Congratulations to Anna Lynch Vic State Billiards Champion for the 10th time (Anna 400-Kathy 161) and Runner-Up Kathy Howden (90minutes)
It was Kathy's 2nd Final in a row for Billiards, well done!
It was with great sadness that the Snooker and Billiards Community acknowledged the passing of Henry John McKay on December 6th 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
John will be remembered as former VBSA President, VBSA life member, Victorian Champion and an all round nice guy. Thanks John, for your friendship and your contribution to our sport. Funeral Service is at 11.00am on Wednesday 12th Dec at St Ambroses 287 Sydney Rd Brunswick
Henry John Mc Kay July 7, 1937 - Dec 6, 2012. R.I.P.
All A & B Grade Billiards finals will be held at Yarraville Club
All Monday Night Snooker Finals will be at Kings
All Wednesday Night Snooker Finals will be at Princes
Captains - please have your team written down in the order they are to play and present to the venue co-ordinator prior to 7.15. Photos will be taken prior to the Grand Finals, would teams please arrive no later than 7.00 on grand final night.
Week 1 - Semi Finals, the Highest finishing side will be considered the home side for refereeing, Week 2 & 3 Prelim and Grand finals will have referees supplied
Please Note: All Finals matches will start at 7.30pm, if you or your team is late you will be penalised as per the bylaws.
Dress Code for all finals -
B Premier Billiards (2 billiards, 2 snooker) Finals - In the event of a tie in the final series the match will be decided by the total points scored over the 6 billiards matches. In the finals the number 2 billiards and the number 2 snooker players should play the first round, the number 1 billiards and the number 1 snooker players should play in the second round so if a tie is possible the captains may advise their players as to the score required to win the final.
The VBSA billiards Rankings have been updated to include the just completed billiard season & the 150 Up. For the new format "B" billiards 20 ranking points have been awarded per "frame" won. Thanks to Jason Colebrook for his efforts and assistance in maintaining and updating the Billiards ranking system.
The World Snooker International Championship (WSIC) has as much money, and as many Ranking Points, as the UK Championship - making it the most expensive Tournament ever held in China, and on an equal status with the 2nd Most Important Ranking Event on the Calendar.
NEIL ROBERTSON has played brilliantly to defeat SHAUN MURPHY 9-5 in the Semi-Final, but was unlucky to lose 8-10 to JUDD TRUMP, the new WORLD NO.1, in a very high quality Final. This is only the 2nd Televised Final that Neil has ever lost in 12 Finals appearances. Neil has certainly shown that he is capable of winning in China, and will look forward to having even more success at next month's UK Championship.
Judd is only the 10th player to have ever held the World No.1 position, and he replaces Mark Selby. Trump and Selby are the only No.1s who have not been World Champion. Neil has risen to No.5 in the latest Rankings.
World Snooker have effectively created a Grand Slam of the World Championship, The Masters, the UK Championship, and now the World Snooker International Championship. Neil has won 2 of these, and has been a Semi-Finalist at the UK last year, and now the Runner-Up at the WSIC.
Round 12 of the A Grade billiards has shown that a weekends practice is great for your game. 24 breaks of 40+ including Andrew Hicks 102 (scoring 619 in 80 minutes), Rod Nelson 126, 116, Steve Hanna 91. Should be some great Billiards tonight at the Yarraville club - Steve Mifsud v David Collins in a 4 hour final - starts at 7pm.
Congratulations to Darryl Tippett Winner of the 2012 George Ganim Handicap Snooker and Runner-Up Sumit Abrol. Semi finalists were Joe Manuatu and Daniel Cleworth. Quarter finalists were Mark Chambers, Alan Williams, Arthur Lin and Atif Paracha. Well done and thank you to all those that participated in this event and throughout 2012 Handicaps.
Notable breaks on the day were Darryl Tippett 46, Sumit Abrol 46, Daniel Cleworth 45, Atif Paracha, Josh Gorski 40, Sam Elbelli 40, see results list for more.. Results
Thank you to the Brunswick Club for hosting this event, and to Henry Chetcuti for all the great trophies. It has been an enjoyable time looking after these events and hope to see you all at future ones in 2013.
Kim Ivett - Handicap Snooker Tournament Director.
NEIL ROBERTSON has triumphed in EPTC2 in Gdynia, in Poland. Last year, NEIL won EPTC3 which was held in Warsaw, Poland's capital, so he has viewed this as a SUCCESSFUL defence of his Polish Title.
NEIL won 4-3 over JAMIE JONES, in the Round of 32, making 1 Century. In the Round of 16, NEIL defeated MARTIN GOULD 4-3 after making 2 Centuries!
In the Quarter-Final, he triumphed 4-0 over TIAN PENGFEI, and then defeated STEPHEN MAGUIRE 4-2, in the Semi-Final, making another Century.
In a gripping Final, NEIL made another Century to lead 3-0, however, JAMIE BURNETT was not to be denied and fought back to 3-3. JAMIE needed to make a clearance from 38 behind to snatch the Final frame on the black, however, when he missed a colour after the second-last red, NEIL cooly potted the balls required to ensure a famous victory!
NEIL has now been successful in 10 Televised Finals (out of 11 contested).
Well done Steve Hanna, on making a 100 break in A Billiards. Playing in the same side as Steve Mifsud this would normally go unnoticed.
Well done to our Vic Women in the Aust Open;
Lyndal Ellement Qtr Finalist losing to Ramona Belmont 0-3
Highest Break for tournament - Lyndal Ellement 46
Kathy Howden Qtr Finalist losing to Jessica Woods 2-3
Emma Babauta last 16.
Congratulations to all our Victorian Juniors for their awesome efforts in the 2012 Mitchell Cup National Junior Billiards & Snooker Championships held in Albury 24-30Sep. Well done!!!
The week was enjoyed by all involved. Special thanks goes to organisers Paul Thomerson and Sue Bleumink along with all parents, your help is appreciated.
Thanks also to ABSC - Frank Dewens, Commercial Club - Eddie Simmons and sponsors, for their efforts during this Championship.
(Photo from left to right Juniors; Heidi Fridman, Marc Fridman, Adam Bleumink, Arthur Lin, Ryan Thomerson and Jake Thompson)
Brad made an excellent break of 115 while representing the Yarraville Club in A Reserve. I had the opportunity to see the final stages of the break, Brad had the opportunity to make 133 but missed the blue.
Benny Giang from Princes made his first 100 (101). Benny was given the opportunity to play against Andrew Hicks in the A Grade Pennant finals, he defeated Andrew 2 frames to 1 and made his first ever 100 break
On behalf of the VBSA and it's members, heartfelt thoughts and best wishes go out to a wonderful personality and well known Vic Referee Peter Jackson who sadly had a stroke and heart attack last weekend and currently in the Geelong Hospital. We hope for a speedy and full recovery and look forward to having you amongst your snooker friends and family sharing stories and that famous cheeky humour again. Take care and all the best xx
Congratulations Steve Mifsud
2012 Victorian Billiards Champion Steve played some inspiring billiards with breals of 382 and 182 he defeated David Collins in the final. Vic Billiards Results
Rudy Sulaeman won his first Victorian Minor Billiards Championship . Vic Minor Results
Thanks go to Jason Colebrook for his efforts in organising and making this tournament a success
JUDD TRUMP and JOHN HIGGINS have produced the most amazing Final for this year's Shanghai Masters! JUDD came out "blazing" and lead 5-0. JOHN, with a new cue this Season, produced a 147 to win his first frame! JUDD immediately bounced back, and lead 7-2 when they took the break before the evening session.
In the evening, JOHN played flawlessly to rattle in breaks and lead 8-7. JUDD was not to be denied and fought back to 9-9! When JUDD failed to obtain position on the black, in with 36, in the last, he was forced to play safe. JOHN HIGGINS slammed in a "do or die" long red, and produced a 61 break which was able to seal his win!
After the win by ROD LAWLER at PTC3, he is still in 65th place, and over 9500 points behind the 64th place. Let's hope the new 2-year Ranking List recognises Rod's rich vein of form!
1. Mark SELBY 72780 2. Judd TRUMP 70995 3. John HIGGINS 69600 4. Mark J. WILLIAMS 63480 5. Shaun MURPHY 63340 6.Stephen LEE 59830 7. Stephen MAGUIRE 58760 8. Neil ROBERTSON 57100 9. Mark ALLEN 54560 10. Stuart BINGHAM 11. DING Junhui 12. Graeme DOTT 13. Ricky WALDEN 14. Matthew STEVENS 15. Barry HAWKINS 16. Martin GOULD 17. Ronnie O'SULLIVAN 18. Joe PERRY
Ken DOHERTY is at 31. Steve DAVIS is at 48 & Jimmy WHITE at 50.Pankaj ADVANI is at 73, and Ben JUDGE is up to 92.
Gary Cullen Handicap Snooker at the Yarraville Club on Saturday 6th Oct. Results
The VBSA website is continually evolving, now all board members may create an item on the front page of the site. While Paul Cosgriff is not a member of the Board he will still be posting information and reports from overseas. These items will not be removed, so you will be able to go back and see any item that has been posted. Naturally, over time, items will become difficult to find so "Searches" have been include so you can find any particular item either by it's title or a keyword in the content. Items will appear by their date with the newest first, some items will be selected to remain at the top of the front page as they are considered important.
10 Items will be listed on the font page and subsequent pages, just scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the page navigation links.
Please, if you see anything not working or broken links report them to Alan Croft
If you are playing in the current season please be aware that you must be a member before play in week 5 (Week 5 starts Monday 10th Sept) if you are not a member and have played more than 2 matches your team WILL be penalised. Please check the list of Unfinancial Members
VBSA 2012 Annual General Meeting at the Brunswick Club on Thursday 27th Sept commencing at 7.30pm. Interested in how the VBSA is being run then come along and find out exactly what has happenned in the last year. Interested in being involved in the operation of our sport please nominate for a position. Notice of AGM
The VBSA is pleased to announce a new Scholarship Program which will provide training and development support to Victorian billiards and snooker players who show potential to achieve success at the national and international level.
The recipients of the VBSA scholarship program for 2012 are:
Level 1: ($2000) Kurt Dunham , James Mifsud
Level 2 : ($1500) Ryan Thomerson , Jason Colebrook
Junior : ($1000) Arthur Lin , Adam Bluemink.
Women : ($1000) Lyndal Ellement , Tania Ahmet
Enquiries or further information about the Scholarship program can be directed to the Scholarship Program Administrator Paul Thomerson on 0400 995 210 or Ron Cole, President, VBSA on 0418 337 878
Two players from CHINA have contested the Final of the IBSF World Under 21 Championships, and 14-y-o LU HAOTIAN has defeated 17-y-o ZHUI YINGHUI 9-6, making the Tournament-high Beak of 139 in the Final. HAOTIAN becomes the youngest-ever Winner replacing RONNIE O'SULLIVAN and DING JUN HUI!
Sept 21st - 23rd at the Commercial Club, Albury. Entries close 15th Sept. Entry Form
Congratulations to David Collins on winning the inaugural Yarraville Billiards ranking tournament, defeating Mac Rynkiewicz in the final. The plate event was won by Simon Scerri. All who participated enjoyed the format of this new event - with play commencing at 10.30 am and the final finished by 5.00 pm.
Billiards Rankings have been updated
There was a small gathering yesterday at the Lindrum home organised by Graeme Mc Neil.
Dolly Lindrum, members of the VBSA Board and friends remembered the great Walter Lindrum on the 114th anniversary of his birth.
The cake was donated and presented by Graeme Mc Neil
After PTC 2, the World Rankings are: 1. Mark SELBY, 2. Judd TRUMP, 3. Mark J WILLIAMS, 4. Stephen MAGUIRE, 5. Shaun MURPHY, 6. Neil ROBERTSON, 7. John HIGGINS, 8. Stephen LEE, 9. DING Junhui, 10. Ricky WALDEN, 11. Matthew STEVENS, 12. Stuart BINGHAM, 13. Mark ALLEN, 14. Graeme DOTT, 15. Ronnie O'SULLIVAN, 16. Martin GOULD.
Martin Gould is now nearly 3000 points clear of Allister Carter who's Ranked at 17. Ronnie O'Sullivan has finally signed the contract with World Snooker and will return to Tournament play at the International Championship in November (when he will have had the 6-month beak he foreshadowed at the World Championship in May)! BEN JUDGE is working his way up the Rankings and is currently at No. 91.
BARRY HAWKINS' win in Bendigo has lifted him to 20th in the latest World Rankings. PETER EBDON has risen to 19th. 1. Mark Selby 2. Judd Trump 3. Mark Williams 4. Shaun Murphy 5. Neil Robertson 6. John Higgins 7. Stephen Maguire 8. Stephen Lee