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 - Jan 22, 10:50am
City Clubs - Sep 10, 11:15am
DVSA - Oct 26, 1:32am
MSBA - Jan 28, 10:18am
Over 55's - Jan 21, 11:23am
RSL - Jan 29, 11:55am
SBSA - Nov 30, 3:38pm
VBSA - Dec 01, 7:38am
Coming events
2023 World Snooker Federation Junior Championship
Starts: Jan 31, 2023

2023 World Snooker Federation Championship
Starts: Feb 04, 2023

2023 APSBF 6 reds
Starts: Feb 19, 2023

Bob Mclass snooker tournament
Starts: Feb 19, 2023

Bob Mclass snooker tournament
Starts: Feb 19, 2023

Bob Mclass snooker tournament
Starts: Feb 19, 2023

2023 APSBF Open Snooker
Starts: Feb 22, 2023

2023 Victorian Seniors Snooker Tournament
Starts: Mar 04, 2023

VBSA News

NEW FROM 2023 - VIC Ranking Points Apply!

To help grow the sport and in response to the request by members at the last AGM to make ranking points more relevant the VBSA is making the following changes. 

This is the first of several changes in this area and more will be announced soon.

These events will attract ranking points that will be applied to the Victorian State Rankings for Snooker and Billiards:

  1. Victorian Women’s Snooker
  2. Victorian Women’s Billiards
  3. Victorian Juniors Snooker
  4. Victorian Juniors Billiards
  5. Victorian U21’s Snooker
  6. Yarraville U19 Junior snooker championship

 

Stage

Snooker

Billiards

Entry

20

20

Knockout events - points per match won

20

50

Round robin – Points per frame (Snooker) & match (billiards) won

6

50

Points for breaks 40-99

40

40

Points for breaks 100+

 100

100

 

By: Alec Spyrou  Sun 29th Jan 2023 - 11:42AM

Pennant Team Now Open for Season 1 of 2023

 

CLOSING SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY.  DON'T MISS OUT!!  SEASON STARTS ON MONDAY 13TH FEBRUARY.

Team Entries are now being accepted for Season 1 of 2023.  Go to https://www.vbsa.org.au/VBSA/vbsa_pol_proc.php to submit your team.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 3rd Jan 2023 - 8:22AM

2022 Singles Pennant finals

Last year, the VBSA proposed running a Pennant Singles Final event. Based on very supportive feedback in the survey, we are pleased to announce the details of the first such event. (Note: this does not replace any other VBSA awards or competitions.).  

When?

As Season 2 2022 finished late in December we are running this First Pennant Singles Finals event the week before the start of pennant season 1 2023 (season 1 2023 is due to start Feb 13th). See the attached poster for all details. 

Scoring system

The Pennant Singles System ranks the top two Players in each Grade into a Final.  

To identify the finalists, we utilised a scoring system that is:

  • Reasonably simple.
  • Rewards participation.
  • Recognizes the different standard/effort required to win at higher player positions. (e.g., a win at position 1 is ranked higher than a win at position 4)
  • Produces fair finals matches where players are evenly matched.

For players to qualify for Pennant Singles Finals, they must have played at least 75% or more of the Pennant season.

A player with a higher average playing position is considered over pure win rate e.g. A player with a 90%-win rate at position 2 will not rank as highly as someone with a 73%-win rate but an average position of 1.

Scoring is Percentage of Frames won divided by the Average Player Position in the Team.

The finalists are marked in green (see the attached finals poster). Because of the Scoring System, they may not be the exact “pairings” from the “Most Frames” pennant Tables of Season 2 2022.

What’s next?

Review the attached poster for all details

All finals players must confirm their availability by 30th January. Any players not confirmed by this date will be replaced by the next person in the table. 

We look forward to all feedback from our VBSA Members. 

Good luck to all competitors.

VBSA Secretary

By: Alec Spyrou  Sat 21st Jan 2023 - 1:43PM

WSF 2023 Championship Supporter Raffle

Tickets are now available for the World Snooker Federation 2023 Championship Supporter Raffle including

  • Two tickets to all sessions of Quarters, Semis & Finals
  • Travel Allowance
  • Spending money
  • Luxury accommodation
  • A personal “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Crucible hosted by WPBSA Chairman, Jason Ferguson
  • Total value $20,000
  • $5,000 2nd & $2,000 3rd prize

Held at the Crucible in April & May 2023.

Funds raised will go to the ABSC to support junior, coaching and referee development programs.  A portion of the funds will also be returned to the State Association.

See attached flier for full details and how to obtain tickets.

Follow this LINK to see VBSA Facebook video

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 1st Dec 2022 - 1:50PM

McKinnon Secondary College Development Program
The below message from VBSA President, Paul Cosgriff, to Pitsa Binnion, McKinnon Secondary College Principal, and Lachlan Noble, Deputy Principal. 
 
 
Dear Pitsa and Lachlan
 
Thank you very much for the opportunity to be at your very fine School yesterday. The time spent with your students was extremely rewarding, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
 
Please convey my appreciation to all the staff and students involved, and, especially your Snooker Captains Holly, Ashley and Tom. They are a credit to themselves, and to their School.
 
The time spent with the younger students was very pleasing since they showed such enthusiasm and well-mannered respect for both the facilities and the adults in the room.
 
It was terrific to have the time with you all, and I was especially pleased that  VBSA Marketing & Development Oficer, Jemma Wines, was able to be so involved and supportive. I very much enjoyed having Jemma's children, Beau and Finn, in the photos, and their pleasure in being part of your School Community is quite noticeable.
 
The visit to your School was a highlight for me personally, and the VBSA is greatly appreciative of the installation of the tables into the School, and the manner in which your students have been introduced to an appreciation of our great Sports.
 
All the Students comported themselves extremely well, and are a credit to your fine establishment.
 
See images from the day HERE
 
With gratitude
 
Paul Cosgriff, VBSA President 
 
By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 20th Oct 2022 - 3:38PM

2022 Australian Open Champion!!

Steve Mifsud triumphed 6-5 in the Australian Open Final, defeating Roger Farebrother in an exceedingly high-standard contest.

In the 11-frame final, Roger compiled 4 breaks of 45 or more, while Steve provided 5 breaks of 50 or more, showcasing the skill and precision we have missed, at this venue, since 2019!

The enthralling tussle had Steve leading 1-0 despite Roger’s break of 45. Roger then made breaks of 76 & 81 and “stole” the next on the final Black, to lead 3-1.

On resumption, Roger led 4-1, before Steve fought back to 4-3 with breaks of 64 & 65. Responding with courage, Roger’s 54 break brought him to the brink of victory at 5-3.

Then Steve provided a magnificent finish for the spectators, with breaks of 50, 61 & 64 to achieve the Championship Win 6-5!

Steve has now won the Australian Open Championship on 7 occasions, and the far wall of the “Mounties” Billiard Room had a montage of photos,  highlighting (a younger) Steve, and the Final, when he played Dene O’Kane in front of our former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke AC.

Attached image shows Frank Dewens (ABSC President), Steve Fitzpatrick (“Mounties” Vice-President), Steve Mifsud and Roger Farebrother.

 

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 11th Oct 2022 - 8:43AM

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

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

Bob Mclass snooker tournament

Venue Yarraville Snooker Club

Date 19th Feb 2023

Play begins at 9AM sharp

Come along and enjoy the day we have a sausage sizzle at 1pm should be a enjoyable day of snooker.  

Entries have now closed 

By: George Hoy  Wed 18th Jan 2023 - 5:59PM

Advertising club events

As previously communicated (below), please see the attached details of an event being organised at the Brunswick club.

 

To provide more visibility of club snooker and billiards events, the VBSA would like to advise all clubs that we are happy to promote these events to our large member base via our digital channels (web, social media etc.).

It is the sole responsibility of the clubs to provide the content in a format that can be posted efficiently. Acceptable formats include PDF, PowerPoint, MS Word, Google docs, plain text etc. Please send content to secretary@vbsa.org.au. The VBSA reserves the right whether, or not, to promote an event.

 

We hope that you will support the event, that it is a success and congratulate the organisers for their passion and initiative in supporting our sport.

By: Alec Spyrou  Fri 6th Jan 2023 - 2:35PM

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