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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Coming events
Vic Womens Snooker Championship
Starts: May 29, 2021

Ruby Roberts Victorian Women's Billiards Champions
Starts: Jun 06, 2021

City of Melbourne Snooker Tournament
Starts: Jun 12, 2021

Pacific International Billiards
Starts: Jun 15, 2021

Australian National Billiards
Starts: Jun 19, 2021

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

VBSA News

ABSC Data Collection Request

The VBSA Board is working with the ABSC to provide basic membership information to the ABSC to enable electronic voting for Board elections, provide demographic information to assist with applications for funding and to allow the ABSC to continue to be a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) under the control of Sports Australia.  As an NSO, the ABSC will ultimately represent all cuesports in Australia.

One of the conditions of being an NSO is that affiliates must provide evidence of member numbers, including contact details.  To do this, the VBSA (and all other State Affiliates) have been asked to forward a list to the ABSC of our members providing name, e-mail address, gender, mobile number, sport preference, etc.

Whilst we went through a membership form "drive" a few years back that did ask for a lot of this information, system restrictions didn't allow us to store some of the key data.

So, to abide by the ABSC request and to update our own system, the Board is seeking your co-operation to submit a membership renewal using the online portal available by clicking on this LINK

You will see that the form asks for your VBSA membership Number & has a further link to a list of all member numbers.  

Your prompt and complete attention to this request is appreciated.

IMPORTANT.  Payment is NOT required when completing the form.

NOTE.  If you have completed an online membership form within the last 2 weeks, please disregard this request as your data will already have been collected.

Mark Dunn, Score Registrar

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 28th Jan 2021 - 4:31PM

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

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

Message from the President

The Chigwidden family has relocated to Queensland. (There is no truth to the rumour that being dedicated supporters of the North Melbourne Football Club has led to this decision!)

The VBSA is very appreciative of all the sterling work that has been done by a number of members of the Chigwidden family. The Treasurer role, which was originally with Sue Chigwidden, has been taken up by Heather Zappia as per the 2020 AGM.

David has been a very solid performer as our Secretary over the last 3 years and we wish Sue, David, Kane and Luke every possible success in all their future endeavours.

As President, I am extremely grateful to Jon Moss for having agreed to take on the role of VBSA Secretary, from David Chigwidden. Jon is available on both the secretary@vbsa.org.au and also the info@vbsa.org.au address.

I ask all VBSA Members to please be as helpful, and supportive, as possible to Jon Moss, especially since I am relying on him for a great many duties.  The same goes for Heather of course.

Thanks.

Stay safe everyone.

Regards


Paul Cosgriff, President VBSA
 

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 13th Apr 2021 - 3:52PM

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

COVID 19 - Return to Play

Please read the attached directive from the VBSA Board regarding the Return to Play as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Victoria.  Note that the VBSA requirements are in addition to the ABSC requirements, not in place of.

All enquiries can be directed to VBSA Secretary David Chigwidden

A copy of the ABSC Guideline and Quick Reference Guide/Poster is also attached for your convenience.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 19th Jun 2020 - 10:46AM

Federal announcement COVID-19

Dear Members,

As many of you would be aware the Federal Government through our Prime Minister The Honourable Mr Scott Morrison announced steps to reinstate community structure and ease COVID-19 restrictions.   This is to be done in three stages to be administered by the States via their own administration at dates to be advised.   The first step involves sports to a limited degree permitting small groups up to 10 only maintaining social distancing all the while.   Instructions handed down do not refer specifically to any particular sport.

This being in vogue represents to us a positive move to returning to normality in community functioning albeit specifics of our position is still undecided while we await our State Parliament advice.   This fortunately commences this coming Monday 11th May 2020 but its timing on the day in unknown.    Should any actionable advice arise from this delivery I will add an appropriate addendum.

The VBSA Board wishes you continued safety and good health, looking forward to cueing again.

Kind regards
 

David Chigwidden
Secretary

 

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 9th May 2020 - 10:25AM

A message from our Patron

Please find attached below a letter with our thanks for our Governors input and care for our constituents from our Patron, Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard AM, QC.

By: Alec Spyrou  Sun 22nd Mar 2020 - 3:59PM

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