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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RSL - May 25, 5:46pm
SBSA - Dec 04, 3:19pm
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Coming events
Aust Junior Team Challenge
Starts: Jun 26, 2021

Australian Under 21 Billiards & Snooker
Starts: Jul 01, 2021

Ian Chappell Open Snooker
Starts: Jul 09, 2021

Reventon Hat Trick Series 2021 event 2
Starts: Jul 17, 2021

Victorian State Men's Snooker Championship
Starts: Jul 24, 2021

Pacific International Billiards
Starts: Jul 27, 2021

Australian National Billiards
Starts: Jul 31, 2021

Fred Osbourne Snooker Classic
Starts: Aug 06, 2021

VBSA News

COVID update 17th June

Whilst the VBSA has made the decision to refrain from returning to competition with the current face covering restrictions in place, we are pleased to advise that with the easing of restrictions from midnight tonight, venues are allowed to reopen. Please see below for the current restrictions as the VBSA understands them, with application to Indoor recreation venues;

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times when indoors unless an exception applies (eg: medical exemption)
  • Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
  • Maximum venue capacity of 50
  • Maximum group size of 10

For competition we understand the following restrictions to also apply;

  • Limited to minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (ie: players, coaches, officials) and there is a strict “no spectators” rule, with the exception  of (trainers, coaches and parents/guardians for juniors)

There is no change to the current VBSA guidelines regarding the use/handling of ancillary equipment and sanitisation procedures.

Please also consider that venue capacities will differ from venue to venue. 

By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 17th Jun 2021 - 8:33PM

Australian National Billiards New Date
New Dates due to Covid uncertainty 
This is a Double National Ranking points event 
Estimated prize pool $9,000 (subject to 40 entries) 
 
  • Venue: Yarraville Snooker Academy
  • Date: Saturday 31st July - Tuesday 03rd August
  • Entries Close: Sunday 20th July
  • Tournament Director: TBA
  • Enquiries to: tournaments@vbsa.org.au
  • Mobile: TBA 
 
Entry fees
Note: Only Australian citizens may enter. ABSC levies are waived
  • $105 or $200 to enter both this and the Pacific International Billiards event (usual cost $210)
 
Payment (entries only accepted with payment)
Pay via the VBSA shop you can use Paypal (no account needed) or use your credit card
To confirm your entry has been accepted view entries here (entries may take a few days to appear).
 

Entry details & conditions (prize money, schedule, dress code, late arrival policy etc.)

See PDF below

Conditions of entry 

By entering you acknowledge that you have read and understood and agree to abide by all tournament entry conditions
 
By: George Hoy  Mon 10th May 2021 - 12:21PM

Pacific International Billiards change of dates
Due to Covid uncertainty the dates have been changed
 
This is a Level 3 World Billiards Ranking Event
Estimated prize pool $7,000 (subject to 35 entries)
 
  • Venue: Yarraville Snooker Academy
  • Date: Tuesday 27th July - Friday 30th July
  • Entries Close: Sunday 17th July
  • Tournament Director: TBA
  • Enquiries to: tournaments@vbsa.org.au
  • Mobile: TBA
Entry fees
Pacific International Billiards $105 or $200 to enter both this and the Australian National Billiards event (usual cost $210)
 
Payment (entries only accepted with payment)
Pay via the VBSA shop you can use Paypal (no account needed) or use your credit card
To confirm your entry has been accepted view entries here (entries may take a few days to appear).
 

Entry details & conditions (prize money, schedule, dress code, late arrival policy etc.)

See PDF below
 

Conditions of entry 

By entering you acknowledge that you have read and understood and agree to abide by all tournament entry conditions
By: George Hoy  Mon 10th May 2021 - 12:15PM

Reventon Hat Trick Series 2021 event 2

Prize pool $3,600 (based on 64 entries)

High break (75+) $200 + $50 roll-over

15 red line-up challenge (dependent on schedule)

 

  • Venue: Yarraville Snooker Academy
  • Date: Friday 16th July at 7pm (if 54 or more entries are received) - Sunday 18th July
  • Entries Close: Sunday 11th July (midnight) 
  • Tournament Director: George Spiteri
  • Enquiries to: info@spiteriphoto.com
  • Mobile: 0412 574 830

Entry fees 

  • Adults $50
  • Juniors $20

Payment (Entries will only be accepted with payment).

We recommend event payment via the VBSA shop . This is the simplest and fastest way to pay!
You can use Paypal (no PayPal account needed) or use your credit card.
 
If you are NOT entering & paying via the VBSA shop & are paying via direct debit / bank transfer you will need to do more to enter, see below:
  1. Complete this form
  2. Send proof of the bank payment (a copy of the receipt or transaction) by email to Treasurer@vbsa.org.au AND Tournaments@vbsa.org.au
To view your entry go to this page (entries may take a few days to appear)
 

Entry details & conditions (prize money, schedule, dress code, late arrival policy etc.)

See attached

 

Conditions of entry

By entering you acknowledge that you have read and understood and agree to abide by all tournament entry conditions
By: George Hoy  Sat 8th May 2021 - 7:41PM

Victorian State Men's Snooker Championship 2021
This is a Victorian ranking points event
 
  • Venue: Yarraville Snooker Academy & Brunswick Snooker Club
  • Date: Saturday 24th July - Sunday 25th July
  • Entries Close: Sunday 14th July
  • Enquiries to: tournaments@vbsa.org.au
  • Format: Knockout  best of 5 frames semi best of 7 frames final best of 9
  • Tournament TD George Hoy 
Entry fees
  • $60 Adult
  • $30 Women & pensioners
  • $20 juniors
Only Victorian residents can enter.
You can move your entry from the City of Melbourne Championship to the Victorian State title by getting in touch tournaments@vbsa.org.au
 

Payment (Entries will only be accepted with payment).

Pay via the VBSA shop you can use Paypal (no PayPal account needed) or use your credit card.
To confirm your entry has been accepted view entries here  (entries may take a few days to appear)
 

Entry conditions (dress code, late arrival policy etc.)

Please review important event conditions here

 

Conditions of entry

By entering you acknowledge that you have read and understood and agree to abide by all tournament entry conditions
By: Alec Spyrou  Wed 21st Apr 2021 - 11:43AM

Message from the President
As the President, I thank all of you for your efforts during this year. After the loss of 2020, I am only able to have admiration for all that you have endured during 2021. 
For those of you who have been able to arrive at this point without becoming destitute, I would like to recommend two Charities to you: 
 
In March this year we lost Adrian Lawson, a strong VBSA supporter in a number of Pennant Teams, and an extremely nice person to meet, and have as a fellow competitor. Having come to Melbourne, from Sydney, with his lovely wife, Megan, Adrian contributed to many people in a variety of ways. 
 
Adrian was a fine Chef, a very capable Snooker player, a superb Spin Bowler in Cricket, and had obtained a Doctorate in Corporate and Criminal Law. All of us who knew him are poorer for Adrian’s passing. We convey sincere condolences to Megan, and all of Adrian’s family and friends. 
 
We lost Adrian, far too early, as a result of his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This terrible scourge has afflicted Neale Daniher, and this Queen’s Birthday Monday (14/6), the AFL are having the “Big Freeze” at the MCG to raise funds to “Fight MND”. 
 
For any of you - who remember Adrian so fondly - could I recommend to you that supporting these attempts to find a Cure for MND would be extremely appropriate? Thanks. 
 
Next week, on Thursday (17/6), Chris Christofi, and his wife, Billie, will be joining in the “Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout”, and they are Ambassadors for that Event. 
 
If you click on to their donation area through Reventon, every donation you make towards the cause of eliminating homelessness, will be matched by Chris and his company. 
 
This is an extremely worthwhile cause, and the “doubling” offer makes any contribution that you are able to provide, even more significant. 
 
Reventon, and Chris and Billie, have been fantastic supporters for the VBSA Members, and both Billiards and Snooker. We do not forget our supporters, and Sponsors, especially when all of us have had to go through such trying times. 
 
Look after yourselves. Stay safe. 
 
Paul Cosgriff 
President VBSA 
By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 10th Jun 2021 - 6:04PM

RIP Barry Lane

BARRY LANE: 5/7/1934 - 4/6/2021

The VBSA Board and members are saddened to learn of the overnight passing of Barry Lane, a long-serving Board Member of the Association, after a heart attack on Tuesday.

Barry and his wife, Eileen, were stalwarts of the VBSA, and managed a number of Billiards/Snooker venues in Melbourne and the City of Geelong.

With Johnny McKay, Barry and Eileen were the original architects of our Junior Development Program, and spearheaded a very successful sub-committee.  Through the efforts of that sub-committee, our juniors were able to showcase their talents in a number of Shopping Centres in the Metropolitan area. During these times the VBSA had the involvement of up to 30 juniors, and many have become champions at all levels of our sport.

The VBSA is extremely grateful for the services of Barry Lane, and passes our condolences to Eileen, and all of their family members.

Paul Cosgriff, VBSA President

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 4th Jun 2021 - 10:30AM

Prosponed to date TBA City of Melbourne Snooker
Due to the COVID uncertainty the VBSA have moved this event to a date TBA 
This is a National ranking event 
$8,000 Prize fund (subject to 96 entries)
$1,000 Plate event 
 
  • Venue: Various
  • Date: TBA
  • Entries Close: TBA
  • Tournament Director: George Hoy
  • Enquiries to: tournaments@vbsa.org.au
  • Mobile: 0403 047 840
 
Entry Fees 

Before paying confirm your Australian ranking at the ABSC ranking page

  • Top 64 Australian Ranked Players $100.00
  • Outside top 64 Australian Ranked Players $60.00
  • Junior Players (U18), Pensioners & Women $30.00

 

Payment (entries only accepted with payment)

We recommend event payment via the VBSA shop . This is the simplest and fastest way to pay!
You can use Paypal (no PayPal account needed) or use your credit card.
To confirm your entry has been accepted view entries here (entries may take a few days to appear).
 
If you are NOT entering & paying via the VBSA shop & are paying via direct debit / bank transfer you will need to do more to enter, see below:
  1. Complete this form
  2. Send proof of the bank payment (a copy of the receipt or transaction) by email to Treasurer@vbsa.org.au AND Tournaments@vbsa.org.au
 

Entry details & conditions (prize money, schedule, dress code, late arrival policy etc.)

See attached 
 

Conditions of entry 

By entering you acknowledge that you have read and understood and agree to abide by all tournament entry conditions
By: Alec Spyrou  Mon 3rd May 2021 - 7:55PM

Road to Recovery

Great to report that David Collins is making a great recovery from his recent illness.  David asked that his thanks be passed on to all those members who expressed their good wishes for his speedy recovery.

And on that note, Stan Gorski had a recent battle with a stroke but is now recovering well and expected to regain full use of his left arm.

Great news that these two stalwarts of Victorian and Australian billiards & snooker will be gracing the tables for many years to come.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 27th Apr 2021 - 8:32PM

2021 Victorian Junior Championships

The 2021 Victorian Junior Championships were held today at Yarraville.

Unfortunately numbers were down with the decision of Noah Newman (U12) not to enter this year leaving just brother and sister combination Mia and Luca Macheda from Yarrawonga as the only U12s. The decision was made not to hold the U12s due to vast difference in experience and ability between the siblings. Young Mia has been selected as the U12 Victorian representative for the State team. We also lost U16 Mia Newman to soccer. Mia is captain of her soccer team this year and we wish her all the best, but as a very talented cueist for her age we certainly hope we haven’t lost her forever. COVID also played a role in losing a few youngsters, as they had no access to tables some lost interest whilst a few others now have weekend jobs.

Congratulations to all the juniors who did compete today. We had a couple of new lads playing - Denzel Barkho who has played 8 ball but had never played snooker or billiards before and young Shan Thilakarathna who at just 12 years old has had some experience on the big tables with his coach George Spiteri. Shan had some success with two match wins one in the U18 billiards round robin and one in the U16 snooker round robin. Denzel was given the Encouragement Award for the day and we hope we have piqued his interest in both billiards and snooker.

I’d like to commend their more experienced opponents Sean and Ciaran Dempsey who both encouraged the new lads and were very understanding and happy for the referees to explain some rules to Denzel and Shan during the matches.

Both Sean and Ciaran were too strong on the day and finished on top of the round robins. Consequently, it was a family affair with the brothers playing each other for the U16 & U18 snooker titles as well as the U18 billiards title. Sean had a convincing win in the billiards, but Ciaran put up a good fight in the U18 Snooker to lead Sean at times.  In the end though Sean came out in front to win his third title of the day. Congratulations to both Sean and Ciaran who will be representing Victoria at the Nationals coming up in late June.

Pictured are (LtoR) Denzel Barkho, Sean Dempsey, Ciaran Dempsey and Shan Thilakarathna.

Shelly Ames Tournament Director 

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 18th Apr 2021 - 7:26PM

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