Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.

Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria

VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

VBSA

(Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.)
VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.
Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria
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B - Billiards Season Report

Season Report: B-Grade Billiards

This season saw the renaissance of B-grade pennant billiards. 8 teams competed in B-Premier Billiards ("BPB"), and the standard of play was high. Combined with a strong 6-team APB competition, this created the most vigorous season of pennant billiards in well over a decade.

The 1990s brought the decline of pennant billiards. Before Willis snooker was introduced, pennant snooker was only played in the first half of each year, and pennant billiards was only played in the second half of the year. During that era, there were vigorous A-, B-, C- and D-grade pennant billiards competitions - all composed of 6-player teams - in addition to graded leagues of 4-player pennant billiards teams.

This year, the VBSA created a Billiards Sub-Committee. The re-establishment of a genuine B-grade billiards competition was the first step in it's plan to reinvigorate pennant billiards.

This season's BPB was designed as a competition whose standard was to sit just below A-grade standard. It set out to include developing players, as well as highly accomplished players who were either outside the pennant system, or not expected to be selected regularly in APB.

The result was that the standard of #1 and #2 players in BPB overlapped with the standard of #5 and #6 players in APB; while the lower slots in BPB accommodated less accomplished players. This outcome provided a pathway toward A-grade, for players of varying standards. Over the previous decade, there had been a chasm between the standard of A-grade billiards and the standard of all other billiards competitions.

The 8 BPB teams were Brunswick; Camberwell Cue Sports (formerly St Mary's); Cheltenham; Geelong (playing home games at Yarraville); Kooyong; RACV; and Yarraville (2 teams).

The season was full of closely fought matches and was played in a terrific spirit. We are not aware of any disputes.

Congratulations to Brunswick and the "Yarraville Eagles" for such strong seasons. Brunswick finished the home-and-away season on top of the ladder, narrowly ahead of an Eagles outfit that had gone undefeated for the first 13 weeks of the season. Congratulations to RACV and the "Yarraville Hawks" for ousting those two heavyweights in the semi-finals. Grand final glory was won by the Yarraville Hawks, whose regular players were Alan Croft, Robbie Ganson, Mick Williams (captain), Matt White and Neil Brown.

Glen Taylor, Ralph Gray and Rohan Liston tied for most wins (10) during the home-and-away season.

Glen managed to do this playing at #1, and after driving from Castlemaine each week in order to play. He also recorded more 50-breaks than any other player in BPB. Glen was one of those players previously outside the pennant system, who held their own against opponents who have played regular A-grade billiards in recent years.

Casey Russell, Terry Shiells, Ralph Gray and Neil Brown are other examples of players who were drawn into the pennant system, and who performed strongly throughout the season. (Yes, that's the same Neil Brown you may know as an expert referee - he can really play!)

Congratulations to Alan Croft, for making the highest break in BPB, 68. (Your humble scribe was on the receiving end of that, and remembers it well.) Pleasingly, 32 different players recorded breaks over 30.

Most improved players: Kane Chigwidden, Steve Murphy, and Terry Shiells.

The valiant-in-defeat award is shared. Alex Kay had a 67-break and played consistently well against Bruce Johnson, only to be beaten by a few points. Darrin McCann scored 263 points, playing at #3 against a pennant debutant, but it was not enough: he lost to Steve McIldowie by 60 points. Neil Brown had successive breaks of 30 and 23, to gain the lead in the dying stages of one match, only to see his opponent reply with an unfinished 14-break in the final 80 seconds to claim a 3 point victory.

Special thanks to those who travelled long distances, every week, to participate, including the entire Yarraville-Geelong team (from Geelong); Mick Williams and Matt White (Ballarat); Glen Taylor (Castlemaine); and most impressive of all, Brian Moulday (Albury).

More special thanks go to my comrades on the VBSA Billiards Sub-Committee, who worked so hard to make BPB happen: Jason Colebrook, Rohan Liston, David Chigwidden, Kane Chigwidden and David Pitt.

Extra special thanks to Peter Politis, for recording our scores, each week; and to Alan Croft, for an assortment of good deeds in the background.

And final thanks to those who went out of their way to help, when we were putting together all of the new teams, including Mike Wollin, Glen Taylor, Mick Williams, Steve Harper, George Hoy and Casey Russell.

Warwick Loton

By: Jason Colebrook  Thu 21st Dec 2017 - 5:11PM

Victorian Women's Billiards Championships

Çongratulations to Anna Lynch - 2017 Champion.

See the attached file for a full report.

By: Jason Colebrook  Wed 13th Dec 2017 - 1:33PM

2018 Victorian Junior Titles

The 2018 Victorian Junior Titles were held at the Reventon snooker academy last weekend, 25/26th November 2017.  

Marc Fridman won back-to-back  U18 snooker title, defeating Jake Thompson, and Jake turned the tables on Marc to win back-to-back U18 billiards title.  Fantastic effort from both players.

The Victorian team playing in the Australia cup in Adelaide in January 2018 is

    Marc Fridman U18 snooker (Victorian Champion)
    Mason Peters-Turner U18 billiards
    Sean Dempsey U15 snooker
    Jack Green U15 billiards (Victorian Champion)
    Ciaran Dempsey U12 snooker (Victorian Champion)

All these players showed their great playing ability throughout the tournament.

A special mention to 16yo Teah Raeburn who competed and played exceptionally well.  Teah will compete in the U18 Australian snooker girls and has the ability to win it.

Victoria has a very strong junior team that is very enthusiastic and capable.  The juniors are our future snooker champions so let's support them.

Many thanks to Jon Loughron for refereeing and assisting with the tournament.

And thanks to the parents who helped, some of whom travelled over 3 hours to get there.

Tony Fridman - Tournament Director & Victorian Junior Co-ordinator and Team Manager.

By: Jon Loughron  Fri 8th Dec 2017 - 9:49PM

Billiards Shot of the Year

I am delighted to advise that the VBSA judges have awarded Ron Cole the Billiards Shot of the Year prize.

 

Ron is undoubtedly a worthy 2017 recipient of this award, evidenced by the attached graphic. His winning shot is  clear evidence of outstanding cuemanship.

 

Congratulations, Ron, and please keep up the shot making in 2018.

 

Don Richter, Chief Judge

 

By: Mark Dunn  Wed 20th Dec 2017 - 1:45PM

Vale Terry Dodunski

Terry Dodunski, Dandenong Club and VBSA member, passed away at home on Friday 15 December 2017. Terry was a very accomplished B grade player who regularly entered tournaments with success in early rounds. His best run was at the Kings Cup, making the last 16 against Neil Robertson. It was a giant-slaying run to the last 16 earning him the nickname “Juggernaut” from tournament organiser Mal Gilbert. Terry withdrew from active competition and tournament play in recent years but maintained contact with his mates at the Dandenong Club, having a regular session on Saturday afternoons. He will be sadly missed by us.

The funeral service will be held on Fri 29 Dec, 12:00 pm at the Boyd Chapel, Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Michael D’Silva
President, Dandenong Snooker Club
 

 

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 23rd Dec 2017 - 7:52PM

Governor of Victoria's Christmas Tree Launch

Mark & Cheri Dunn had the great pleasure of representing the VBSA at the launching of our new Patron, the Honourable Linda Dessau, AC, Governor of Victoria's Christmas Tree on Friday 15th December at Government House. The special VBSA tree ornament was also on display. And, as an added bonus, a tour of the magnificent Billiard Room was provided. What a treat. Not sure how you referees would handle a snooker game with those pockets though!!

Photos clockwise from top.  Mark & Cheri with The Governor; The Billiard Table (Alcocks John Roberts, installed 1876); Special billiards pocket; VBSA reps, Mark & Cheri; The Governor's Christmas Tree; (Centre) VBSA Tree Dcoration.

A Merry Xmas and a safe and prosperous 2018 to all from the VBSA Board. Thanks for your participation in 2017.

 

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 16th Dec 2017 - 8:53AM

ANNOUNCEMENT RE WSF

Please click on this LINK to read a very important announcement from the ABSC.

By: Paul Coxgriff  Fri 8th Dec 2017 - 9:47PM

VBSA Final Results

Semi Finals Week 1 - Monday 27th Nov

BPB - SF1 Bruns 2 were defeated by RACV 6  Mike Kurts 44, SF2 Yarra Eagles 2 were defeated by Yarra Hawks 6 Rob Ganson  54

BWS - SF1 Bent Maccabi 7 defeated Dandy RSL 3 - Marc Fridman 34,  SF2 Yarra Lions 3 were defeated by Bruns 7 - Ankush Rana 53

CWS - SF1 Yarra Green 4 were defeated by Frankston RSL 7, SF2 Hit & Run 7 defeated Nth Brighton Legends.

DWS - SF1 Star 7 defeated Chelt Lions 2 - Gavin Langmaid / Matt O'Brien 22, SF2 Fast Eddies 2 were defeated by Bentleigh Maccabi 7 - Victor Hochberg 20

 

Semi Finals Week 1 -Wednesday 29th Nov

APB - SF1 Bruns 6 defeated  Kooyong 6 (on points) - James Mifsud 85, SF2 Yarra 10 defeated Ballarat - David Collins 114

AVS2 - SF1 Team Reventon 7 defeated Cheltenham 0 - Johl Younger 68,  SF2 Hit Billiards 7 defeated RACV 1

BVS2 - SF1 Bentleigh 7 defeated  Brunswick Rush 6 - Philip Vassallo 45,  SF2 Star Gold 7 defeated Yarraville Bulldogs 5

CVS2 - SF1 Star 7 defeated Mulgrave Miss His 4 , SF2 Brunswick 7 defeated Cue 8, 4 - Jason Zhou 32

 

Grand Finals

Monday 4th December


BPB - Yarra Hawks 6 defeated  RACV 2 - Rob Ganson 38

BWS - Bentleigh Maccabi 7 defeated  Brunswick 2 - Marc Fridman 33

CWS - Frankston RSL 7 defeated Hit & Run 5 - Dale Bolton 26

DWS - Star Ent 6 were defeated by  Bentleigh Maccabi 7

 

Wednesday 6th December

APB - Brunswick 8 defeated Yarraville 4 - Steve Mifsud 82

AVS2  - Team Reventon 7 defeated Hit Billiards 0 - Aaron Mahoney / Johl Younger 62

BVS2  - Bentleigh 6 were defeated by  Star Ent 7 - Baqer Ali 44

CVS2 - Star 6 were defeated by Brunswick 7 - Craig Van Stekelenburgh 31

 

Now the website is back on line all results are available or soon will be on the scores page

Congratulations to the Grand Final winners, commiserations to those that did not. Thank you all for your participation in 2017. All the best for the season and see you all in 2018.

The Grand Final winners will receive a sleeveless warm up jacket, monogrammed with the year and grade you participated in. These are custom made and will not be available until after the xmas break, will notify all when they arrive. Team photos for your club will be delivered with them.

By: Alan Croft  Fri 8th Dec 2017 - 9:40PM

December One-day Billiards Ranking Tournament

Sunday December 3rd - Maximum field 32 entries

One hour knock-out matches and half-hour plate matches Venue - Yarraville Club.

Entries close - Fri 24th Nov or when the field is full.

By: Jason Colebrook  Mon 20th Nov 2017 - 9:28AM

Welcome Ryan to the UK

CORRECTION - I got it wrong (fancy that) !!!!!!!!!

Ryan Thomerson recently arrived in the UK to pursue his career in snooker. Shortly after arrival in a practice session with Neil Robertson. Neil made a 149 (3rd Oct) and a 147 (5th Oct) !!!  The 149 - Neil broke off and snookered Ryan. Ryan attempted to come out of the snooker off 2 cushions to glance off the reds, missing the pack and leaving the white on the bulk cushion. Neil potted the brown in the middle as a free ball then opened the reds off the blue and went on to pot another 2 blues with the rest being blacks for a 149. Welcome to the UK Ryan !!!!

Interested in the stats on breaks over 147? Have a look at Wikipedia "Maximum Breaks"

By: Alan Croft  Mon 6th Nov 2017 - 12:53PM

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