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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Victorian State Men's Snooker Championship
Starts: Oct 02, 2021

Victorian 150 up Billiards Championship
Starts: Oct 23, 2021

IBSF World Snooker Championships
Starts: Oct 29, 2021

Australian National Mens Snooker
Starts: Nov 06, 2021

Victorian Junior Championships
Starts: Nov 13, 2021

Pacific International Billiards
Starts: Nov 16, 2021

Australian National Billiards
Starts: Nov 20, 2021

Queensland Open Billiards
Starts: Nov 26, 2021

VBSA News

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

Victoria Masters Snooker Tournament

The 2021 Victorian Masters Grand Final Result

 

After a very successful event we got to the finals day on Sunday.

The semi finals ended with unexpected defeats of the remaining favourites Paul Thomerson and Henry Lau by Brendan Taylor and John Walmsley. The final was a hard fought affair with Brendan Taylor finally winning against John Walmsley in the best of 7 final by 4 frames to 3.

Congratulations and good luck to Brendan who is eligible to play in the Australian Masters. Congratulations to all competitors, many thanks to everyone that contributed to this event. We hope you played well and enjoyed the championship. Special thanks to those that made this happen so quickly and the great work arranging and officiating to their usual high standard.

In addition it was great to see George Hoy with his never ending energy and positive approach back at the VBSA as the new tournament convenor. 

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.  

By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 15th Apr 2021 - 8:52PM

Victorian U21 Billiards Championship

Congratulations to Marc Fridman who took out his second State Title for the weekend. Marc won the Victorian U21 Billiards Championship today at Brunswick.

After the round robin Marc had won all three of his matches but the other contenders, Sean Dempsey, Harry Copperwaite and Pruthvi Mistry were all on equal match wins. Hence, all the necessary calculations were done and Pruthvi was the clear winner of the three, having accumulated the most points and the best points for and against percentage as well as beating the next closest to him in the Round Robin. Congratulations to Pruthvi on making it to both the billiards and snooker grand finals.

Marc made an early break in the grand final of 38, along with several scores in the teens and from then on Pruthvi was playing catch up. Pruthvi put up a good fight keeping his composure and going for the correct billiards shots but Marc’s potting skills were just too good giving him a convincing win in the 90 minute final.

Once again, thanks to the Brunswick club, thank you to Larry Eforgan for being the Grand Final referee and thanks to Tony Fridman for his help during the day.

Shelly Ames, Tournament Director 

By: Alec Spyrou  Sun 11th Apr 2021 - 8:19PM

VBSA 2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 AGM was held at Yarraville Club on 6th January, 2021.  Please find attached the relevant documents emanating from the AGM, including a Letter of Appreciation from our newest Life Member, Robby Foldvari.

All queries to VBSA Secretary, David Chigwidden, at secretary@vbsa.org.au

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 5th Feb 2021 - 1:13PM

VBSA Life Membership

At the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th January, 2021, Robby Foldvari was made a Life Member of the VBSA by unanimous vote.

Attached is the Nomination by fellow VBSA Life Member, David Pitt, as well as a thank you letter from Robby received after the meeting.

VBSA Life Member Don Richter was also quoted as saying  “Robby’s lifetime of achievement in billiards and snooker, including being the only Australian other than Walter Lindrum to win the World Professional Billiards Championship, establishes him as one of the all time greatest players ever to emerge from Victoria. I am delighted to support his nomination for Life Membership of the VBSA.” 

Congratulations Robby.  Very well deserved.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 21st Jan 2021 - 4:53PM

ANZAC WEEKEND 2021

" A Tribute to the Anzacs VC - The 2021 Charles Upham International "

The Tribute to NZ Heroes Association has been extremely busy this year organising a snooker event between Australia & New Zealand to honour our great Anzacs who fought courageously for our countries. For our freedom.

The main purpose of this snooker event is to raise awareness of mental health of our Veterans and to bring back the enjoyment of being entertained by cue sports which was a favourite past time of service men and women around the world.  
 
Each year the tournament will rotate between Australia & New Zealand with mention in later years that England may join this elite event.

Please see the attached flier looking for your support for this very important event.  The Board of the VBSA strongly recommends this event.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 24th Oct 2020 - 5:41PM

Changes to ABSC Anti-Doping Policy

The ABSC Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.

The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) which has replaced the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020. 

The changes are:

• Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);
• Replacing Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the  Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes;
• Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and
• Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.

For more details on the changes, please see the attached Factsheet

By: Alec Spyrou  Wed 12th Aug 2020 - 12:00PM

Urgent product recall

Dear members and affiliates, 

 

We have just received information that there has been a product safety recall for table irons from China due to the discovery of asbestos.

 

What are the defects?

The heat control pad and the heat resistant stand of the iron contain asbestos. Asbestos fibres may be released if the iron is disassembled, under certain types of use or with time as the iron and stand are handled and used.

 

Please find relevant information here: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/mal-atwell-billiards-and-bingo-pool-table-iron

 

We strongly advise anyone who has recently purchased a new table iron to check to make sure it is not one of the recalled units.

 

Thanks

Jon Moss

VBSA Secretary

By: Alec Spyrou  Wed 4th Aug 2021 - 1:45PM

Vale John Marcard

The VBSA mourns the passing of long-time member John Marcard, who died aged 81 on July 13th. John was a great supporter of billiards and snooker, competing for the RACV Club for many years in VBSA Pennant, and more recently in the VBSA City Clubs Circuit, where he represented the RACV every year since that competition’s inception in 1990. John was a keen clubman, golfer and bridge player, a great raconteur, and gave great service to others through his record 28-year term as an RACV Board member, as President of the Australian Club, and as Chairman of State Trustees, among numerous other board and committee roles.

Perhaps John’s greatest legacy to our sport is the present-day RACV Club billiards room. It is largely due to John’s unobtrusive influence in RACV Club affairs that Melbourne today has such a magnificent billiard room, comfortable and inviting for RACV Club members but at the same time capable of hosting major events, including the 2019 World Billiards Championship which drew universal praise from competitors officials and spectators alike.

The VBSA is extremely grateful for the services of John Marcard, and passes our condolences to his wife Mal and family members.

RIP John Marcard 10.1.1940 – 13.7.21

Paul Cosgriff, VBSA President

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 15th Jul 2021 - 2:16PM

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