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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VBSA News

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 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

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

Victorian U21 Snooker Championship

Congratulations to Marc Fridman on winning the Victorian U21 Snooker Championship held at Brunswick today. Marc defeated Pruthvi Mistry 3-0 in the grand final and put in an impressive performance throughout the day losing just one frame for the day and making numerous breaks over 30 with a 62 being the highlight.

All the entrants, including newcomer Harry Copperwaite, showed some very good potting skills and young Sean Dempsey at just 15 years of age was very unlucky to miss out on a spot in the grand final. Sean and Pruthvi battled it out in the final round of the round robin, and with the scores level at 1-all, the third frame was decided on the black ball with Pruthvi prevailing to go through to the grand final.

I’d like to thank Denis and the Brunswick Club for hosting and for their hospitality. Tomorrow we are back there at 11am for the U21 Victorian Billiards Championship.

Shelly Ames, Tournament Director.
 

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 10th Apr 2021 - 7:52PM

Further Postponement of 2021 Billiards

From ABSC website.

"The ABSC, World Billiards Ltd and the VBSA are disappointed to announce that the 2021 Pacific International and Australian National Billiards have again been postponed.  The current travel restrictions and ongoing uncertainty mean that it is not possible to hold truly representative events at this time.  The tournaments will be rescheduled once conditions are appropriate, and all players who are currently registered will be kept informed of developments personally.

The VBSA will now hold the Victorian State Billiards Championship on the weekend of 31 July and 1 August, with semi-finals and the final to be played in the following week.  Arrangements for entry to this tournament and for the refund of entry fees already paid will be sent to all participants and posted on vbsa.org.au”

Regards

Simon Fortune
Secretary General
Australian Billiards & Snooker Council"

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 3rd Jul 2021 - 9:21AM

Relentless Neil Robertson
Neil Robertson produced a sublime display to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 and win the Cazoo Tour Championship at the Celtic Manor Resort.
 
This evening’s victory marks the 20th ranking title of 2010 World Champion Robertson’s career, moving him ahead of Mark Selby who has 19.
The Australian had a fine first half of this season, capturing the UK Championship title in December. However, Robertson came into this week having won just a solitary match since then. He pulled out of the Scottish Open and Welsh Open and decided against entering the WST Pro Series.
 
Robertson’s selective schedule since the turn of the year has paid dividends, with this week’s win earning him the top prize of £150,000.
 
World Champion O’Sullivan leaves Wales with £60,000. He will now turn his attention to the defence of his World Championship title in Sheffield next month.
 
It’s sweet revenge for Robertson, who was defeated 13-11 in the 2019 Tour Championship final at the hands of O’Sullivan. This is the first time Robertson has ever beaten the Rocket in a match extending over more than one session.
 
O’Sullivan picks up the unwanted record of becoming the first ever player to lose five ranking finals in a single season. The 37-time ranking event winner was also runner-up at the Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open, Welsh Open and Players Championship.
 
This afternoon’s opening session left the tie finely poised after the pair ended in parity at 4-4. However, 39-year-old Robertson completely dominated proceedings this evening.
 
A break building blitz saw him charge clear, composing runs of 93, 75, 123 and 119 in consecutive frames to lead 8-4 at the mid-session interval. When they returned he fired in breaks of 48 and 42 to move one from glory at 9-4. He then clinched the title in style, finishing off the victory with a superb break of 114.
 
Robertson said: “Considering the opposition, it is the best I’ve played in a final. The Champion of Champions final with Judd Trump was up there, but that was a more complete performance. I didn’t really miss anything in the whole match. It is very pleasing knowing I’m capable of doing that going into the World Championship.
 
“I was just in the zone from the get go. It was somewhat made easier because I knew my preparation was really good. This week it was all about putting a lot of things in place so I could have the best chance of winning the World Championship as possible. That was about playing every match and session on my terms.
 
“It’s only going to motivate Ronnie more in the World Championship. He is going to be going there so determined. He may not say it, but that is going to really annoy him and fire him up. I feel sorry for whoever he is going to play in the first couple of rounds.”
 
O’Sullivan said: “I’ve never seen anyone play as well as that. His cue action is just ridiculous, straight through the ball, tempo doesn’t change and he opens his back hand like nobody else. It was unbelievable. He made it look like he was playing on a pool table today. There were balls that if you don’t cue right they hit the knuckle, but these were bang in the middle. I can’t compete with that. I just had to sit back and enjoy it. That was amazing play.”
 
VBSA President - Paul Cosgriff 
By: Alec Spyrou  Mon 29th Mar 2021 - 1:03PM

Cazoo Tour Championship

Neil Robertson has defeated Mark Selby (10-3) in the Semi-Final of the Cazoo Tour Championship. Neil now waits for the Winner of Ronnie O’Sullivan v Barry Hawkins (who defeated Judd Trump in the QF). FOXTEL is showing these matches through this week on CH505.

By: Alec Spyrou  Sat 27th Mar 2021 - 12:04PM

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