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
Last Updates
BBSA - Sep 30, 12:33am
City Clubs - Sep 10, 11:15am
DVSA - Oct 05, 12:42pm
MSBA - Sep 25, 10:59am
Over 55's - Sep 14, 8:12am
RSL - Sep 30, 9:07am
SBSA - Oct 05, 2:51pm
VBSA - Oct 06, 8:10am
Coming events
Reventon Hat Trick Snooker Round 3 of 3
Starts: Oct 15, 2022

Victorian Billiards Championship (Timed)
Starts: Oct 22, 2022

Victorian 150 up Billiards Championship
Starts: Nov 19, 2022

Victorian Junior Championships
Starts: Nov 26, 2022

VBSA News

Victorian Billiards Rankings 2022

The updated Victorian Billiards Rankings are now available on our rankings page here

By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 6th Oct 2022 - 12:12AM

New membership packages available at Yarraville

As the new headquarters of the VBSA, it is with great excitement that the Yarraville Reventon snooker Academy is announcing new membership packages to their fantastic facility.

In a move to broaden and rejuvenate the cuesports community, junior and regional membership packages have now been established in order to encourage junior participation and allow members from outside the Melbourne Metro to enjoy the facilities when passing through town.

Juniors 18 years and under will enjoy free membership, while regional members (for those living 150kms or further from the venue) will pay only $40.
Also, for a limited time only, the initial $50 joining fee is being waived for these new memberships.
So there's never been a better time to become a member of one of this country's premier snooker and billiards venues.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of these fantastic new membership offers should email the club on YCBSC@yarravilleclub.com.au for more information...

By: Sam Malcolm  Sun 2nd Oct 2022 - 10:54PM

Robertson and Nutcharut Win Landmark Doubles Title

 

Neil Robertson and Thailand's Mink Nutcharut beat Mark Selby and Rebecca Kenna 4-2 in the final of the new BetVictor World Mixed Doubles at the end of a tournament which showcased women’s snooker to a vast audience.

Read the full story, and see Nutcharut's fantstic 74 clearance, at https://wst.tv/robertson-and-nutcharut-win-landmark-doubles-title/

 

 

By: Mark Dunn  Mon 26th Sep 2022 - 5:35PM

Pennant Singles Finals
We are thankful to everyone that completed the recent survey regarding pennant singles finals. The result from over 100 replies was that 90% supported the suggestion. We received some suggestions for improving on the idea and many words of encouragement for offering something different and we have taken these on board.
 
Accordingly, we will be aiming to run the first Pennant Singles Finals competition at the end of the year. 
 
Survey feedback
Our recent survey resulted in a lot of feedback. Below is a summary of the most popular questions and our answers. As always if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the people listed on our contact us page or email info@vbsa.org.au 
 
Live Streaming – Many asked for live streaming of this and other events
You may have heard we just set up our own inhouse streaming service & we ran this very successfully on our Facebook page at the National Snooker championships this year. We intend to stream every single competition we can (watch this space) next year and include more platforms such as YouTube.
 
Why don’t we have a separate and more singles events for most players, rather than just the top tier (during Pennant season or once a month etc) & add some novelty challenges to these events e.g., line up challenge, long blues etc?
This was a popular request, and we will be looking at adding events of this type next year (watch this space).
 
Why don’t we incentivise players (not just winners e.g., most improved etc.) with different prizes such as coupons, cash etc.? 
This is another popular suggestion and as you may have seen we started last season with Finals Pennant prizes. We plan to extend the variety of prizes and like the idea of added categories of prizes. We will take these on board and will look to implement something next year.
 
Why don’t we have a Pennant prize pool (either through sponsors or players who agree to adding to a prize pool), an opportunity to win some cash?
We have tried this in the past and it has not been successful. However sometime next year we will revisit this.
 
We need to encourage younger players
We currently have 2 schools where cue sports are part of their sports program. We are already working on increasing that number (watch this space). 
 
Players need to play in correct grade
There needs to be some flexibility with changing times. The rules regarding playing within the correct grade are within section 10 of the bylaws.
Please report any instances as soon as they occur. 
 
Pennant Finals should be longer – best of 5 or 7 
We have had pennant final that went on far too long and therefore we introduced timers.
 
Can pennant start earlier (7pm) so they finish earlier?
Teams should be encouraged to start as soon as they can (provided 7:30PM is the latest start time).
Changing the official start time for all teams will require a petition by those who support this.
 
Why don’t we have a presentation night at the end of the year like we used to?
There is a desire to host these again, but it takes a lot of work, and our volunteer resources are stretched. We also need to balance an ever-tightening budget and ensure we maximise any expenditure to help grow our sport. If a working group want to approach the board to do the work, we will certainly consider it.
 
Why don’t we have 6-man teams anymore?
There are insufficient players, or clubs with sufficient tables. We tried to bring this back a few seasons ago and the players did not support it.
 
By: Alec Spyrou  Fri 23rd Sep 2022 - 6:38PM

2022 Reventon Hat Trick III

 

Entries for Reventon Hat Trick III are now open. 

Starts: Friday 14th October - Sunday 16th October
 
Entries close: Sunday 9th October  
 
Venue: Yarraville Snooker Academy. 
 
To enter: visit our shop
To see entries: go to our entries page

See attached flyer for full details.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 8th Sep 2022 - 9:17AM

Victorian Billiards Championship (Timed)

 

Saturday 22nd October - Sunday 23rd at 10am (round robin 60-minute matches)

Semi-finals Tuesday 25th October (3-hour matches)

Grand Final Friday 28th October (4-hour match)

Entries close Friday 14th October 

Venue - Yarraville
 
See Generic conditions of play & tournament rules
 
 
To enter: visit our shop
To see entries: go to our entries page
By: Alec Spyrou  Fri 23rd Sep 2022 - 6:03PM

2022 Ruby Roberts VIC Womens Billiards C/Ship

Congratulation to Julie Watson on winning the 2022 Ruby Roberts Victorian Womens Billiards Championship at Cheltenham on Saturday in a thrilling last ditch win over Anna Lynch. 

That's the State Snooker & Billiards titles to Julie. 

Fantastic effort.

By: Mark Dunn  Mon 19th Sep 2022 - 12:47PM

VBSA ByLaws Amendment

In consideration of our members, the VBSA is instigating, with immediate effect, changes to the Pennant Dress Regulation; ByLaw No.2.

The changes relax the rules regarding permissible trousers and shoes and clarify clothing rules for females. 

Please note the relaxed rules DO NOT apply to the Finals Dress Regulations.

Click this LINK to view updated ByLaws.

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 21st Aug 2022 - 4:47PM

Victorian Snooker 2022

Victorian State Snooker Champion - Congratulations to James Mifsud

 

We had a family affair with James Mifsud V Steve Mifsud

The number 1 and 2 ranked players in Australia.

James came out the winner 4 frames to 1

Breaks James 52,53 Steve 67c 51 

 

This is the third time in 4yrs James has defended his Victorian title well done.

A big thank you to all involved with special thanks to Larry Eforgan and his team of referees. 

By: George Hoy  Mon 4th Apr 2022 - 10:58AM

Vale Harry Andrews

Further Update

For those attending Harry’s Funeral on Thursday, the refreshments following will be held at the Wantirna Hill Club, 715 Boronia Road, Wantirna.

Therefore, you are best to park in the Wantirna Hill Club Car Park, and then walk through the connecting gate to 733 Boronia Road, to attend at Heritage & Heritage Funerals.

 

Update.  Funeral arrangements for Harry Andrews.

Heritage & Heritage Funerals, 733 Boronia Road, Wantirna.
10.00am Thursday the 8th of September

All of Harry’s friends are welcome to attend.

 

The VBSA Members, and all involved with VIctorian Snooker, are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Andrews (92) on Wednesday afternoon.

An icon of our game, Harry won the Victorian Snooker Championship in 5 successive years, from 1967-1971. He was Runner-Up in the Australian Snooker Championship in 1970.

In 1966, and 1972, Harry was Runner-Up in Victoria’s State Title to Bob McLass, our other great Champion of the Era - making 7 Successive Finals.

Everybody who met Harry would have acknowledged a very fine person, who always competed strongly at our sports, and, with an appreciation of everyone else’s efforts.

Last Friday, the 50th Holding of the Andrews/Atkins Shield was a superb Event, highlighting the tremendous legacy that Harry Andrews, and Ron Atkins OAM, have bequeathed to our Sports.

We are saddened at Harry’s passing but thrilled to have had Harry’s presence in our Sports and our lives.

RIP Harry Andrews

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 1st Sep 2022 - 8:16AM

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