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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Coming events
Australian National Womens Snooker
Starts: Jun 22, 2018

Victorian Mens Snooker Champioship
Starts: Jun 23, 2018

West Coast International Snooker
Starts: Jun 29, 2018

Victorian Womens Billiards Championship
Starts: Jul 08, 2018

Ian Chappell Open Snooker
Starts: Jul 13, 2018

Billiards One Day Ranking Event
Starts: Jul 29, 2018

VBSA Season 1 Grand Finals
Starts: Jul 30, 2018

Fred Osbourne Snooker Classic
Starts: Aug 03, 2018

VBSA News

Dolly's Day

Happy 96th Birthday to the amazing Dolly Ellis aka Dolly Lindrum.  The VBSA presented Dolly with a small gift to mark the occasion at her care residence in South Melbourne today.  A very long standing friend and one steeped in VBSA & ABSC history, Ron Stecum, made the presentation along with VBSA Secretary, Mark Dunn.  As the attached picture shows, whilst Dolly has some serious health issues, she still looks in fine fettle.  And the the term "lady" could not be more appropriate either.  What a treat for Ron & Mark.  All the best Dolly.  And like all the Lindrums before you, that century break is only a matter of formaility.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 12th May 2018 - 3:25PM

Reventon Classic Winner Aaron Mahoney

Of the ten names inscribed on the City of Melbourne trophy, winners in the 70s and 80s and highlighted further down this page, four of them, including Peter 'Hawkeye' Hawkes and David Collins, were once again protagonists in this year's event now sponsored by Reventon and renamed the Reventon Classic. The other two, Steve Mifsud and Robby Foldvari, were also qualifiers from the groups and competing in the knock out stages at the Reventon Academy in Yarraville.

There was some quite outstanding Snooker played around the Melbourne clubs on Friday during the round robin events, not least of which was what would ultimately be the highest break of the whole event made by Johl Younger with his prize winning effort of 126. Caroline Ruscitti is also on the list of prize winners with her break of 43, the highest by any of the ladies that entered the fray.

Just as in the World Championship Final being held at the Crucible in Sheffield on the same weekend between two experienced war horses in Mark Williams, the eventual winner and John Higgins, the same held true in Melbourne with the old guard still able to fend off any challenge from any up and comers. Semi-finalists were James Mifsud who came up against Ben Judge with Ben prevailing and Aaron Mahoney fending off Adrian Ridley. Both matches going the full distance. Aaron, whilst not managing the highest break was still the player with most with his eleven, five of these being made in the semi-final and final and included one of the four centuries made in the event. High class indeed!

Before the final started there was a great deal of fun had by all with the blue ball shoot out. This was aimed at raising funds for the white ribbon charity supported by this event and was won by Charlie Chafe amidst a great deal of hilarity.

Two new referees also cut their teeth during the weekend, these were Simon Lo and Anuj Rathee with Anuj also taking on his first final so early in his career when he oversaw the final of the Plate event won by Ben Foster and contested by the outstanding Victorian junior 15-year-old Marc Fridman.

Kim Ivett brought all her experience of handling some of the worlds best known players to bear as the Grand Final referee, the first following her deserved upgrade to Class 1.

It was Aaron then who was just too strong for everyone else including his worthy Grand Final opponent Ben Judge who also had a magnificent tournament, taking the plaudits, the fabulous new trophy and the $10,000 first prize.

Thanks to George Spiteri for the photos

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 8th May 2018 - 3:13PM

2018 Victoria Masters Invitational Snooker

Aaron Mahoney is our 2018 Champion, also taking out the top break prize with a well crafted 83 (much to the delight of John Ivett).  In a white knuckle finish, James Mifsud had a chance to snatch the title and claim a second year in a row win, but couldn't quite manage the points needed.

 

Rod Dunham teamed with Shaun Dalitz to take out the Pot Quiz segment; Rod doing the quizzing & Shaun doing the potting.  Plenty of laughs all round.

 

Pictured are M.C. Mike Poda, Aaron & George Taylor, MD of Alcocks.

 

All credit to the players, referees and tournament organisers for another great event.  See you in 2019!!

 

By: Mark Dunn  Wed 25th Apr 2018 - 5:29PM

2018 Victorian Under 21 Snooker Championship

This tournament will NOT be held on 21st/22nd April 2018.  It has been postponed to later in 2018.  All enquiries to Tournament Director, Tony Fridman, on 0414 534 575.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 19th Apr 2018 - 4:15PM

Billiards One Day Ranking Event

Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final.

Ricky Lo won the plate event.

Main draw results attached.

By: Jason Colebrook  Fri 13th Apr 2018 - 4:53PM

City of Melbourne - Reventon Classic

The original City of Melbourne Tournament Trophy hangs on the wall of the Billiard room in the Brunswick Club carrying the names detailed above on the two scrolls adorning each side. Those names cover the cream of Australian Snooker from that era with perhaps the notable exceptions of Stan Gorski and maybe one or two others, but only one or two.

The revitalised tournament has been played since its reintroduction, at various venues across the whole city including Prince's and King's, both now a memory and with the final knock out stages held at the R.A.C.V. Club.

This year sees yet another step in its development as the generosity of Chris Christofi and the Reventon Group adds significant sponsorship, a new home at the Reventon Academy and a place in the triple crown as the Reventon Classic to the event. Take the chance to add your name to the illustrious list by entering online through this website.

By: Larry Eforgan  Fri 13th Apr 2018 - 8:53AM

Australian Under 21 Championships

The Australian U/21 Championships for Billiards and Snooker were completed over the last weekend in the John McKay Billiard room at the Brunswick Club. The Billiards was contested by eight players from across the country and it was once again Tasmainian Josh Burns who proved to be the standout player, breezing through the round robin stage without dropping one game and amassing nearly 700 points over the three one hour timed games. This also included breaks of 32 and the highest of the weekend by far of 105. It was surprising then not to see Josh in the final as he was denied by the overall standout player of the weekend Matthew Curwood in the semi finals and who was himself denied in a close final by 14 y.o. New South Welshman Denzel Nicholson. This young man has natural talent in abundance and with a little work can go as far as he wants in the game.

With the Billiards competition able to be completed in one day, thoughts turned to Snooker on the Friday morning. This event also suffered from low numbers and only two more contestants than in the Billiards were in the field to commence hostilities. This however, distracted not one jot from the talent on display. The format was once again round robin with two groups of five bringing the event down the the quarter final stage on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning was the time for the semi finals showdown with Tasmanian Josh Burns once again up against his Billiards nemisis, Victorian Matthew Curwood with another Tasmanian Alex Pace, taking on the Australian U18 Champion, Victorian Marc Fridman. Both semi finals were extermely hard fought with Matthew in a come from behind win, 4 - 3 over Josh and a similarly intense battle between Alex and Marc finishing 4 - 2 in favour of Alex.

The battle for the title of 2018 Under 21 Champion then began at 3 p.m. with referee Neil Brown in charge of proceedings over the best of nine frames. Matthew was first off the blocks and took the opening frame 66-27 with Alex then pegging him back by taking the second frame 53-41 and also the third 87-41 with a break of 41. Matthew then took the fourth 57-24. The fifth also belonged to Matthew after his own 41 break proved too much for Alex to overhaul which sent us into a short break with the match poised at 3 frames to 2 to the Victorian. Alex then took the sixth frame to even the match up once again but this proved to be his last success as Matthew won both the next two to be crowned Champion with a 5 frame to 3 victory.

The talent and sportsmanship shown throughout by all these young men would grace any of the worlds competitions and all are a credit to themselves and their families.

An enormous thank you must once again go to the Brunswick Club for the use of the venue and of their ongoing support of the event. Fantastic work aslo by Tournament Director Frank Dewens with a big thank you to him too.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 9th Apr 2018 - 9:15PM

Suzanne Cory High School Comes to the Reventon Aca

In 2017, as the VBSA Media Officer, I was pleased to connect up with Danny Marcok of the Suzanne Cory High School, a selective entry school in Werribee for gifted and talented students.

Several discussions took place with the interest and proposal of adding Snooker or Billiards to the school’s sport and co-curricular program.  Danny himself was interested in the prospect of including cue-sports and thought it could potentially be a great and exciting option for the students as an alternative from the mainstream activities like cricket, basketball, tennis etc.

Full article below

Check out the terrific video presentation on FaceBook by clicking this LINK.

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 1st Apr 2018 - 7:29PM

WPBSA Directive for Sec.3 R.14 Interpretation

During Kim Ivett's recent offficiating at the Welsh and Gibraltar Open events, it was brought to the attention of all referees present that several countries were misinterpreting this rule. That also included Australia. She has been requested to relay the following.

In particular, the penalising of players who touch balls during consultation. Relevant parts below.

Snooker Rules. Section 2 14(f) & (g)

(f) When any ball is being replaced after a miss, both the offender and the next player will be consulted as to its position, after which the referee's decision shall be final.

(g) During such consultation, if either player should touch any ball in play, he shall be penalised as if he were the striker, without affecting the order of play. The ball touched shall be replaced by the referee, to his satisfaction, even if it was picked up. Section 3. 10 (d) iii)

It is currently common practice during our matches, that when a Miss is called by the referee, either player touching any ball is penalised seven points regardless of, or prior to, being consulted regarding the correct positioning of the balls being replaced. Example, the cue ball or object balls being retrieved from a pocket or new position by a player, after a request to have the balls replaced has been made.

It is now an instruction to all referees that, unless the referee has initiated consultation with players or requested such interaction, the penalty is not applicable!

It seems, contrary to our previous belief, that the key words are "during consultation" together with "in play" and are the drivers for interpreting the rule in the revised manner that is now declared. The balls would be considered 'in play' after being replaced by the referee.

It is also believed that formal changes to these rules are being considered for introduction soon and may offer easier application.

This directive applies across the board and is to be implemented in all competitive and/or refereed frames of Snooker.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 1st Apr 2018 - 8:14AM

Vale – Costa Zygorodimos

Further to below, Costa's funeral will be held at Saint Anargiri Greek Orthodox Church, 85-87 Willesden Road, Oakleigh, at 10:00am on Thursday 29th March.

Thanks to Tony Fridman for the attached image of Costa, 2nd from left, in the victorious Victorian team at the Mitchells Australian Billiad & Snooker Championships.  Also shown are Jake Thompson, Marc Fridman, Arthur Lin & Jack Green (front).

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It is with great sadness to inform everyone of the passing of Costa Zygorodimos, aged just 22.

Costa began playing in the Churches and RSL competitions as a junior member.
In 2014 he participated in a winning snooker grand final side for Cheltenham in the RSL competition, alongside his father, George.

Costa enjoyed playing billiards, and was always respectful and kind-natured to his opponents and around the supper table.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his father George, his mother Vass, his sister Athena, and all of his friends and family.

By: Alan Croft  Fri 23rd Mar 2018 - 11:15AM

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