Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.

Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria

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


(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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Starts: Jun 16, 2018

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Starts: Jun 22, 2018

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Starts: Jun 23, 2018

West Coast International Snooker
Starts: Jun 29, 2018

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Starts: Jul 08, 2018


Message from the President

Welcome to the new Season, everyone! Thank you for all the support that’s been shown with so many team entries.

As the VBSA President, I wish to thank everybody who attended the Appeal Meeting just before Christmas. The outcome was that the four week suspension incurred by Mr. Andrew Bergman was confirmed, and applies for this new Season.

There has been a re-write of the By-Laws, and Mr. Larry Eforgan, as Director of Referees, has provided guidance on the manner in which all team members must show complete respect for the Referee in every game. I urge everyone to read, and understand, their responsibilities.  See 2018 Pennant Guidelines & Code of Ethics article below.

The only real place for discussing any Refereeing decision is at the Supper table. That is an opportunity for all of us to learn about different aspects of our great games.

The Rules of Billiards and Snooker specify that “Ungentlemanly Conduct” is not acceptable. The use of the four-letter word “f*ck” in any of its forms as a part of speech, from team members, constitutes Ungentlemanly Conduct (even from ladies).

A player (striker or non-striker) will immediately incur a “Warning” which will mean that any further infraction will mean “awarding of a frame” to the opponent in Snooker, and the “awarding of the game” to the opponent in Billiards. In Snooker, a second transgression not only has the frame awarded, but a Warning is provided that says the third transgression will mean the “awarding of the game” to the opponent.

Any team member, who transgresses as a spectator, shall also be “Warned”.  If they are to play competitively in the match, after the transgression, they will have been “Warned” for their game in that match.

The VBSA needs every member to be accountable for their own behaviour, and to ensure that all these procedures are properly implemented.

The VBSA wishes everybody to enjoy their involvement in all our activities for the year. Play well, and have fun, everybody!


Paul Cosgriff
President VBSA


By: Mark Dunn  Sun 25th Feb 2018 - 8:33PM

2018 Pennant Guidelines & Code of Ethics The 2018 pennant season 1 will be played subject to compliance with all the By-Laws as in all previous and future seasons.

It is well to remind all that the terms and conditions of being eligible to play in any VBSA sanctioned tournament includes compliance with these By-Laws which are binding on all players.

There are a few changes to the By-Laws applying to pennant that will apply in the 1st season of 2018 and may well become permanent after this first trial period.

Otherwise, all By-Laws will apply whether new or established, including the responsibility of all participants to abide by the decisions of the referee at all times. This applies to any player acting as the referee in any match regardless of that person having any accreditation as a qualified referee or not. This is not to say that a decision may not be questioned, it may, but in a respectful, calm manner which may not develop into an argument.

The VBSA Board will be asking all referees and acting referees to enforce all the official rules during these coming and future seasons, including those to be found in section 4 of the WPBSA rule book entitled ‘Players’, which demands that players be warned for ungentlemanly conduct and that the frame under way will be forfeit for any repeat offence, or that the match be forfeit if the seriousness warrants it. Ungentlemanly conduct includes arguments with the referee and audible swearing primarily but does not rule out other things which the referee may interpret as such.

Any referee acting in accordance with these rules will have the full backing of the Board.

The conditions outlined in the current ABSC Code of Ethics (LINKED here) will also apply to all tournaments and competitions run under the auspices of the VBSA.

The VBSA encourages healthy and positive discussion over supper of any issues, including disputes, that have arisen during matches.

As a last resort, I am always awake until late on pennant playing evenings and would not be put out by a text or a phone call if a rules dispute cannot be resolved. Having said that, I must remind all that decisions of judgement, i.e. Section 3, Rule 14, cannot be definitively resolved without being an eyewitness.

The few and experimental or permanent changes proposed for the upcoming season mentioned earlier are: -
1. The dress regulations for all finals matches will now not include the option of a sleeveless vest. The dress combinations open to all players are either a waistcoat and a bow tie or one of either without the other.
2. A Grade will not be timed, as in previous years, but will play each match over 13 frames with the No. 1 players playing 4 frames. For all other grades the timings for finals matches will revert to the same conditions as the home and away matches. In addition, if a 13th and deciding frame is required, it will have a time limit of 30 mins. unless it is started before the completion of the 90 mins. allowed in which case any time remaining from the 90 will be added to the allocated 30 mins. The major change here is that each round of matches will have a maximum time allocation of 90 mins. not the 100 mins. previously allowed. All other pennant playing conditions will also apply, including the 10-point rule, for all grades except A grade.

Larry Eforgan
Victorian Director Referees
Mob. 0432 798 777   Please see the attached Guidelines for the 2018 Summer Pennant Season from Victorian Director of Referees, Larry Eforgan.  ALL players are urged to read, understand and practise Larry's contribution.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 10th Feb 2018 - 3:54PM

2018 Calendar of Events

Please Note -

1. The date for the Under 21 Victorian Snooker Championship has been changed to April 21st & 22nd. 

2. The VBSA Season 1 Pennant start date is Monday the 26th of February.

3. Colored Calendar PDF has been updated  accordingly.

By: Jon Loughron  Sat 3rd Feb 2018 - 3:56PM

Ron Atkins Classic - 18th May 2018 - Launceston

The weekend will honour the life and times of Launceston born sportsman Ron Atkins.

During his career Ron won 19 Tasmanian Championships, 4 Australian Championships and in 1980, in the IBSF World Snooker Championships played at the Albert Hall in Launceston, where he finished runner-up to the brilliant Jimmy “Whirlwind” White.

Ron played in seven IBSF World Championships, he was beaten by Doug Mountjoy in the quarter final of the 1976 IBSF World Championships, where Doug went on to win, Doug reached number 5 in the professional ranks winning the Masters in 1977.

Ron was also President of both Tasmanian Billiards & Snooker Association and Australian Billiards & Snooker Council, and attended several IBSF General Meetings as Australia’s delegate He was awarded “Life membership” to all three associations.  He has also been awarded an “OAM” for services to Billiards and Snooker and inducted into the Tasmanian Sports “Hall of Fame”

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 1st Feb 2018 - 4:53PM

VBSA Pennant Season 1

VBSA Pennant Season 1 Commences Monday Feb 26th & Wednesday 28th Feb.

Thank you all for your support, 60+ teams entered.
Fixtures are now available at
When fixturing we scheduled

  • No play on Mon 12th March & Wed 14th March - Labour Day / Oceania.
  • No play on Wed 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 11th June, Wed 13th June & Mon 18th June - Queens Birthday / Reventon Pacific International

Unfortunately this left us with no other option but to play on Easter Monday. If any teams see this as a problem please be reminded that there is an option to pre or post play matches by arrangement between the captains. If you need assistance in doing this please contact the Score Registrar




By: Alan Croft  Tue 23rd Jan 2018 - 4:49PM

Australian Under 18 Champions

The 2018 Australian Junior Championships were held in Adelaide from 7th to 14th of January and we had fantastic results from ALL Victorians.

Individual results were
• Ciaran Dempsey, U12 Boys Snooker Semi Final
• Sean Dempsey, U15 Boys Teams Billiards Grand Final
• Jack Green, U15 Boys Snooker Quarter Final
• Jack Green, U15 Boys Billiards Grand Final
• Teah Raeburn, U18 Girls Snooker Grand Final
• Marc Fridman, U18 Boys Billiards Semi Final
• Marc Fridman, U18 Boys Snooker Grand Final
• Devlin Praeger, U18 Boys Snooker Semi Final
• Mason Peters-Turner, U18 Boys Teams Billiards Grand Final

Victorians in Australian Grand Finals
• Teams: Victoria Vs QLD  - Victoria Runner Up
• U15 Boys Billiards: Jack Green Vic Vs Harry Mok QLD.  Jack Green Runner Up
• U18 Girls Snooker: Teah Raeburn Vic Vs Sarah Moeahu SA.  Teah Raeburn, 2018 Australian Girls Champion
• U18 Open Snooker: Marc Fridman Vic Vs Kyle Thompson Qld.  Marc Fridman, 2018 Australian Open Champion

Great Snooker and Billiards played by all the Victorian children and congratulations to our two Australian Champions, Marc & Teah.  Your potential for success is unlimited.

Special mention to newcomers Ciaran and Sean Dempsey, who both made finals. Watch out for these two future stars.

It was a delight to be team manager for such well-mannered and well-behaved children with most supportive and dedicated parents.  Your qualities are seen through your children’s behavior. BRAVO. The VBSA congratulates you all.

Report by Tony Fridman - Victorian Junior Co-Ordinator and Team Manager

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 13th Jan 2018 - 9:42AM

Disciplinary Appeal Meeting - Result

Further to previous advice, please be advised that at a Disciplinary Appeal Meeting held at 4:30pm on Saturday 23rd December 2017 at the North Brighton Clubrooms, the decision of the VBSA Board to accept the recommendations of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee was confirmed by a majority vote.  Subsequently, Mr. Andrew Bergman is suspended from participating in VBSA Pennant matches for 4 rounds (to be served at the beginning of the next season).

Mark Dunn
Secretary, Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association.


By: Mark Dunn  Fri 12th Jan 2018 - 5:44PM

Changes to A and B Grade Pennant Snooker 2018

The VBSA Board has decided to introduce changes to A and B Grade Pennant Snooker for Season 1 of 2018.


The changes are;

  • Both A and B Grade will be 4-player teams only, rather than 6 players as in previous years.
  • For A grade only, the number 1 players will play 4 frames irrespective of state of the match.  Due to the way our database operates, a 7-6 match score will result in 4 points for the winning team and 2 points for the losing team.
  • For A Grade only, no team may have more than two players on their team list from the following list of players, who have reached the semi-finals in National Ranking events in the last 2 years, or who we consider to be of similar standard: Aaron Mahoney, Adrian Ridley, Andrew Hicks, Ayaz Khan, Charlie Chafe, James Mifsud, Johl Younger, Rudy Sulaeman, Ryan Thomerson, Shaun Dalitz, Steve Ebejer, Steve Mifsud.

Our aim is to encourage more clubs and more teams to participate in these grades, and to make pennant participation more appealing to our elite snooker players.

We recognise that some Members may not like these changes, and can assure those with reservations that the decision to introduce them was not taken lightly.


The changes are being introduced on a trial basis, and will be reviewed at the end of Season 1. This review will involve consultation with those who have been affected and each member of that group will be invited to express their views.



The Board has been concerned about the diminishing number of venues with 3 tables. At the same time, a number of leading snooker players made suggestions that we should move to 4-player teams and, more generally, try to revitalise pennant snooker. Then, a formal motion about 4-player teams was put to the 2017 AGM. This was put forward by an ordinary Member, and supported by many of those present.

In response, the VBSA Board engaged in a process of informal consultation and then carried out a formal survey, inviting all Members' to have their say.


A large number of Members completed the Survey, including 59 A-grade players. A strong majority of snooker players favoured the move to eliminate 6-player snooker teams. This strong support was expressed by those respondents who would be affected by the change, as well as by snooker player from lower grades.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 12th Jan 2018 - 10:03AM

Lightning Billiards

Congratulations to Steve Thomas, winning the first Lightning Billiards handicap event (defeating Don Richter in the final).

High break 66 - Rod Nelson.

Everyone's form was a bit rusty this early in the season, but an enjoyable day was had by all who attended.

Results attached.

By: Jason Colebrook  Mon 8th Jan 2018 - 12:59PM

ABSC 200 Club

The ABSC 200 Club is a progressive lottery where numbers from 1 - 200 are purchased by individuals/syndicates/Clubs at a cost of $100 each.

All funds raised by the ABSC 200 Club go directly towards supporting Australia's players at the IBSF World Championships.

The VBSA Board strongly supports the 200 Club and urges all VBSA member Clubs & affiliates to consider purchasing a ticket.  Individual members are also encouraged to do so.

Please click on this LINK to be taken to the ABSC website page to learn more about the 200 Club and acquire a ticket online.


By: Mark Dunn  Thu 4th Jan 2018 - 2:24PM

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