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

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

Referee ranks swollen.

Congratulations are extended to both Balraj Dhaliwal and Maurice Chilton who reached the conclusion of a course of seminars designed to instruct potential referees. Today both were subjected to a searching examination, made all the more daunting by the presence of not one Class 1 Examiner or even two but which also included a third examiner in the shape of a mentored referee on his journey to becoming a Class 1 Examiner.

With flying colours is a phrase lost in the maritime practices of yesteryear but is certainly appropriate to describe the outcome of their exam in the case of both candidates. The VBSA and the ABSC warmly welcome two new referees of whom high hopes are retained for future success.

Many thanks must go to the new VBSA Secretary and Class 2 Mentored Referee Jon Moss for his input over all five weeks of the course and his assisstance during the examination. Thanks also go to experienced Class 3 Referee Michael Lang for his assisstance during the practical seminar and to VBSA President and Class 1 Examiner Paul Cosgriff for his expert and insightful contribution, also during the examination.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 16th May 2021 - 5:12PM

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

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

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

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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