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 Snooker Championship
Starts: Nov 13, 2021

Victorian Junior Championships
Starts: Nov 20, 2021

Queensland Open Billiards
Starts: Nov 26, 2021

Victorian Billiards Championship
Starts: Nov 27, 2021

Reventon Hat Trick Series 2021 event 2
Starts: Dec 04, 2021

VBSA News

Message from the President
As the President, I thank all of you for your efforts during this year. After the loss of 2020, I am only able to have admiration for all that you have endured during 2021. 
For those of you who have been able to arrive at this point without becoming destitute, I would like to recommend two Charities to you: 
 
In March this year we lost Adrian Lawson, a strong VBSA supporter in a number of Pennant Teams, and an extremely nice person to meet, and have as a fellow competitor. Having come to Melbourne, from Sydney, with his lovely wife, Megan, Adrian contributed to many people in a variety of ways. 
 
Adrian was a fine Chef, a very capable Snooker player, a superb Spin Bowler in Cricket, and had obtained a Doctorate in Corporate and Criminal Law. All of us who knew him are poorer for Adrian’s passing. We convey sincere condolences to Megan, and all of Adrian’s family and friends. 
 
We lost Adrian, far too early, as a result of his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This terrible scourge has afflicted Neale Daniher, and this Queen’s Birthday Monday (14/6), the AFL are having the “Big Freeze” at the MCG to raise funds to “Fight MND”. 
 
For any of you - who remember Adrian so fondly - could I recommend to you that supporting these attempts to find a Cure for MND would be extremely appropriate? Thanks. 
 
Next week, on Thursday (17/6), Chris Christofi, and his wife, Billie, will be joining in the “Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout”, and they are Ambassadors for that Event. 
 
If you click on to their donation area through Reventon, every donation you make towards the cause of eliminating homelessness, will be matched by Chris and his company. 
 
This is an extremely worthwhile cause, and the “doubling” offer makes any contribution that you are able to provide, even more significant. 
 
Reventon, and Chris and Billie, have been fantastic supporters for the VBSA Members, and both Billiards and Snooker. We do not forget our supporters, and Sponsors, especially when all of us have had to go through such trying times. 
 
Look after yourselves. Stay safe. 
 
Paul Cosgriff 
President VBSA 
By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 10th Jun 2021 - 6:04PM

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

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

Reventon Hat Trick Series 2021 event 1

Draw attached below

Please be there 15 minutes before your match and if you have any questions contact the Tournament Director George Spiteri

 

The highly popular and enjoyable Reventon Hat Trick series 2021 event 1 is now open! It includes a 1 minute 15 ball lineup challenge.

Starts: Sat 27th March - 28th March

Entries close: 21st March 

Venue: Yarraville Snooker Academy. 

Event details: See entry form   

By: Alec Spyrou  Sat 13th Feb 2021 - 7:40PM

COVID - Member Update

Dear Members,

We are sad to advise that the Victorian State Government has announced this morning that we won’t be coming out of lockdown as expected this Thursday, 2nd Sept. They’re yet to announce a revised date, however it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a few more weeks before we’re back to playing snooker.

In the mean time we can all do out bit to speed up the process by getting vaccinated. Vaccines save lives and they are the pathway to getting our lives back to normal.

Your fully vaccinated Secretary

Jon Moss

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 29th Aug 2021 - 1:07PM

Pacific International Billiards

Entry Details See event information at www.vbsa.org.au

. Venue - Yarraville Academy. Starts - Tue 15th Jun

By: George Hoy  Mon 10th May 2021 - 12:01PM

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: Mark Dunn  Sun 11th Apr 2021 - 8:35PM

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