NEWS & INFORMATION
Pennant Team entries close Feb 6. Pennant includes A,B,C,D Premier grades (All to be played on Wednesday night ), A,B,C,D Reserve grades (All to be played on Monday night). Grade will not be run if team entries are less than 5. A Reserve Billiards is also available pending team entries
Please note: All Premier grades A, B, C will run Wed night and all be 6 player teams. All Reserve grades A, B, C, D will run Monday night and all will be 4 player teams.
To play in any competition you must be a member.
Church Billiards - Thurs night handicap Billiards - starts Feb 12, entries close end of Jan
BBSA - Ballarat Billiards & Snooker - Tues & Thurs nights dates not available yet
DVSA - Diamond Valley Handicap Snooker - Mon & Tues nights
GBSA - Geelong Billiards & Snooker - dates not available yet
MSBA - Metropolitan Handicap Snooker - Tues nights - Starts 27th Jan
Over 55's - Handicap Snooker - Friday - start Feb 10th (not confirmed)
RSL - 2 zones, North & Bayside - Handicap Snooker Thurs nights
SBSA - Southern Handicap Snooker - Tuesday night
Visit their home page via the "Affiliates" link, for contact details or more information
Dr. C Jones Queensland Snooker Open Venue - Bribie Sports Club & Maroochy RSL Club. Starts - Fri 24th Jan.
ASADA has approved the 2015 ABSC Anti Doping Policy which is effective 1 January 2015. All players should be aware that this policy has been included as a condition of membership and will be included in all tournament entry forms. In particular, the top players (junior and senior) who often represent Australia overseas should ensure they are well informed on this subject. It is their responsibility to be free of drugs and substances and to know exactly what is prohibited.
Patrick "Paddy" Chung passed away at home on New Years eve. Patrick was one of the biggest characters in the sport and always a competitor. We will miss Patrick’s smile, his happy nature, his raucous laugh and his honest appraisal of your last missed shot – “you dumb bastard!” The Frankston RSL Billiard room will never seem the same. To his family and friends our deepest sympathy.
The funeral service to celebrate the life of Mr Patrick Chung will be held in the Weeroona Chapel, Bunurong Memorial Park Crematorium. Frankston-Dandenong Rd Dandenong South on Tuesday January 13th 2015 at 3:00pm.
There will be a wake in the Frankston RSL Billiards/Darts room from 4:00 pm.
Participants: Ryan Thomerson, Andrew Lang, Emran Ali, Marc Fridamn Callum Murphy & Arthur Lin.
This year’s under 21 competition was played at Cheltenham Snooker and Billiards Club. The number of entries was low with only 6 participants, but that was offset by the fact that the round-robin and finals could be completed in one day. The quality of the snooker by all of the participants was of a high standard, as can be seen by the number of high breaks.
It was a round-robin competition with two frames played in each round. Frames won and aggregate points scored decided the final four. After the round robin the top seeds, Ryan and Arthur, had 9 frames each and were only separated by 4 points on the aggregate score.
The Finalists: 1. Ryan Thomerson 2. Arthur Lin 3. Marc Fridman 4. Emran Ali.
During the Semi Finals, both Ryan and Arthur proved to be very tough to beat, but to their credit Marc and Emran played some excellent snooker to push the top seeds to play their best frames. Arthur had a break of 56 & 46 in his semi against Marc and Ryan was just too consistent for Emran to get a run at him.
So the top seeds made it through to the grand final (best of 5) with Ryan saving his best until last and knocking in breaks of 62 and 44 in the first two frames and going on to win the 2014 Victorian Under 21 Championship 3-0. Congratulations to Ryan, Arthur and to all of the competitors
The VBSA would like to thank Cheltenham Billiards and Snooker Club for once again making their venue available, Neil Allison for providing his services to referee the Semi-final and Grand-final, Michael D’Silva for his support and attendance, and Tony Fridman for his continued help, and support of the VBSA junior and Under 21 program.
Ryan Thomerson: 57, 72, Grand Final 62,44
Arthur Lin: 47, 80, Semi Final 56,46
Marc Fridman: 42
Jon Loughron - Tournament Director
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2015. Thank you all for your continued support through 2014.
To the Board, Referees and volunteers, thank you for your continued endeavour.
Looking forward to your company in 2015.
Received this from Alistair Macindoe from the Kooyong A Billiards team
What a fantastic night of billiards we had on Wednesday! I had the privilege of refereeing Eric Worsley's match against Simon Fortune.
When Eric arrived, Don Richter suggested that if he could outdo his run of 11 cannons cannons when we played them down at Cheltenham, he would give him a prize.
From the start of the match I could tell that Eric was looking for cannons. After a few minutes' play he got them together on the left side rail opposite the pyramid spot. Regrettably it was awkward cueing, and after about three cannons he had to look for another shot; he played an extremely thin in-off the white nine feet down the cushion to the bottom pocket. It went in like it was radar-controlled!
A little later he got them together on the side rail near the right top pocket, about 30 cm from the top cushion, and I noted to myself that the first cannon occurred when he got to 7. First he nursed them for a while, then he played rocker cannons for the rest of the 29 cannons. Then they turned awkward and he had to break them up. A couple of ordinary shots later he lost position and missed on 68. What a tremendous break!
Later in the match, he got to top of the table; he played floating white for a few turns, and then he did Postman's Knock! He missed on 48, which was a shame. Eric plays a nice all-around game too. The only thing he didn't do was to play the Spot Stroke; of course the current rules prohibit this.
How wonderful to see the complete game played right in front of me! And Don said as much at the supper, where he presented him with the best prize he could rustle up at the time – a new block of chalk (Come on Don is that the best you could summon).
The rest of the evening contained standard billiards for our epoch, with Dave Cosgriff making a lovely 82. The matches were played in a very good spirit; thanks to the small number of teams we are certainly getting to know one-another very well.
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Monday Night - B Premier 2x2 Billiards & Snooker - Congratulations Cheltenham 2014 Premiers
Monday Night - C Willis Grand Final at Kings - Dandenong RSL 1 were defeated by Maccabi 7
Monday night - A Willis - Grand Final at Brunswick. - Yarraville Tigers 1 were defeated by Brunswick United 7
Monday night - B Willis Grand Final at Cheltenham - Yarraville 3 were defeated by Hit Billiards 7
Monday night - D Willis Grand Final at Kings. - Maccabi Champions 6 were defeated by Kings Kreepers 7
Wednesday Night - A Billiards Grand Final at Yarraville - Yarraville 8 defeated Ballarat 4
Wednesday Night - B Reserve Grand Final at Kings - Cheltenham 7 defeated Bentleigh 4
Wednesday Night - C Reserve Grand Final at Kings - Kings Cubs 4 were defeated by Hit & Run 7
Thank you all for your support in 2014. Congratulations all for competing. The winning teams will have their monogrammed polo shirts and their club photo delivered in the next 2 weeks.
Final: John Schenck 1074 (128, 95, 85, 69, 61, 54, 45, 42) defeated Rod Nelson 853 (126, 74, 50, 46, 42)
John Schenck 870 (91, 81, 72, 69, 64, 57, 40) defeated David Collins 717 (116, 60, 54, 49, 47, 47, 43).
Rod Nelson 693 (132, 54, 41) defeated Jason Colebrook 557 (80, 71, 49, 46, 41).
Victorian Minor Billiards championship: Ryan Bowland 277 defeated Glen Taylor 228 in the final.
On Sunday the 28th of September Cheltenham Billiards and Snooker club had the pleasure of holding a junior snooker training session at thier clubrooms. The day was a great success and was coordinated by Tony Fridman and Jon Loughron.
The VBSA and the juniors were fortunate enough to have the Australian National Head Coach, Paul Thomerson running the 3 hour session. The Juniors that attended were Costa Zygorodimos, Jake Thompson, Mehdi Hendri, Callum Murphy, Heidi Fridman, Marc Fridman and Emran Ali.
The VBSA would like to encourage more juniors to participate in these events so please contact Jon Loughron at the VBSA if you interested in attending future sessions. Times dates and venue of future sessions will be published on the VBSA website when they become available.
Please refer to link below for the Notice of VBSA Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 30th October 2014 at 7.30pm, location Brunswick Club. Submissions for Agenda items or Notice of Motion to be received by COB Wednesday 15th October 2014, email Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Ivett - Secretary
Please see attached PDF for recent changes to the rules of snooker and billiards. The PDF will give you a quick overview and a complete copy of the rules may be downloaded from World Snooker's website. A new flowchart to assist with application of the Foul & A Miss rule has also been provided. This is from the Sussex referees' manual, a very handy reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the rules of Billiards and Snooker.
David Collins defeated Rod Nelson in the final. In the final of the Plate Peter Politis defeated Jacob Streiff by 1 point.
Did you know that you can check whether your tournament entry has been correctly processed,or can check whether you have entered, by clicking on "tournaments" on the main menu and selecting "check entries". Allow a couple of days for your entry to be processed and then check that your name is listed for the tournament.
Please be aware the VBSA By Laws have been amended 03.08.2014 to include ....
Rule 2 - Minimum dress - All leagues
a. The host club's rules for dress on their premises shall be observed by all players in all leagues and visiting supporters.
b. No headwear is permitted to be worn by players or officials at any time during the course of a match. This rule may be varied upon application for religious or medical reasons (providing it is acceptable under a.).
Rule 10 - Player Regulations All leagues
c. Players are permitted to play in any grade in both Premier/Reserve or Willis/Reserve. The VBSA reserve the right to advise any player to play in a higher grade if they are seen to be playing in a grade below their ability. Any player that is perceived to have played in a grade that is below his/her ability may forfeit all frames won.
The National 6 Red has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at the Executive meeting of the ABSC in October.
Photos and Polo Shirts will be delivered to your club this week. Any problems please email me
If you wish to purchase a copy of your team photo, or would just like to have a look at the photos that have been taken over the years you will find all relevant information here This page has been added to the archives
Congratulations Lyndal Ellement 2014 Champion - All results
The VBSA is offering a billiards clinic ( focused mostly on basic break building strategies) free to members and affiliates. It will be held on Saturday August 23rd at the Yarraville Club, approximately 9.15 am to noon. if you wish to attend please email Jason Colebrook at email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
Team entries are now closed for this years Billiards and Willis Season. Have received a total of 60 teams so thank you for your support. Unfortunately we had just 2 teams entered for A reserve snooker so that grade will not go ahead. Any questions please email the Score Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fixtures are now available
Tournament has been cancelled due to lack of entries
The most prestigous event on the Australian calendar with the winner being considered to represent Australia in the IBSF World Mens Snooker Championship in Bangalore, India. At the RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne on the 15th - 17thAugust. All results are on the ABSC site
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In 2014 the VBSA are trying something a little different.
A framed photo of the WINNING TEAM only will be presented to their club. For the WINNERS of the grand final, each player that appeared in the photo will be presented with a monogrammed polo shirt. Both teams have been photographed and photos will be available if you wish to purchase, details of how to purchase photos will be available soon. All players that competed in the Grand Finals were presented a monogrammed hand towel.
A Reserve Billiards - Ballarat defeated Cheltenham
A Reserve Snooker at AK8 - Brunswick 7 defeated Legends 3.
B Reserve Snooker at Kings - Dandenong RSL 6 were defeated by Dandenong Club Knights 7,
C Reserve Snooker at Kings - Hit and Run 7 defeated Bentleigh 5.
D Reserve Snooker at Kings - Fast Eddies 4 were defeated by Maccabi Champions 7
A Premier snooker at Yarraville - Brunswick 10 defeated AK8 8.
B Premier Snooker at Brunswick - Cheltenham 10 defeated v Yarraville 8.
C Premier Snooker at Cheltenham - Hit on Fire 2 were defeated by Dandenong Club all stars.
Congratulations to all those that competed and thank you from the VBSA Board for making the season a success
Congratulations Matthew Bolton (WA) Australian National & Open Billiards Champion. For all results and information please go to the ABSC site
Victorian Under 15 and under 18 championships were played at Cheltenham - Sunday 25/05/2014
Jake Thompson won both the under 15 and under 18 competition
Marc Fridman was runner up in both divisions.
Costa Zygorodimos finished third in the Under 18 competition
All games were played in good spirit and the players called their own fouls, which was refreshing from such young players. Matches were very close and the fourth frame in the U18 final finished 62 all and was decided by a black respot. All players played high quality snooker and all proved to be very competent and with continuing coaching, practice and application will become very good players. Thanks to Tony Fridman and John Loughran for their assistance.
2014 Winner - Aaron Mahoney
Thanks to all those that attended and made the tournament a success. Thank you to the Frankston RSL for hosting the event and all those that assisted. Congratulations Mark Dunn the tournament organiser. All results
Congratulations Paul Thomerson on your appointment to the position of National Coaching Director. Paul, a level 2 coach and examiner, has a wealth of experience in coaching both juniors and seniors and will be a great asset in the future of billiards & snooker within Australia. Bob Turpin from Queensland, has accepted the role of National Junior Development Officer. Bob has a great record working with juniors and will now assist Paul in the growth of our juniors within Australia.
The juniors are a very important part of our future and without these future champions there is little future for our game.
Both Paul and Bob will be present at the National Junior Academy at Albury in July this year.
(From the ABSC site)
Congratulations Steve Mifsud
2014 Lance Pannell Classic Champion
Steve defeated Shawn Budd (NSW) in the final All Results
Thanks to: the Yarraville Club for allowing the use of their great venue. To all those that participated and made the tournament a success. To Colin Patterson, without Colin the tournament would not have happenned. The referees and all those that assisted.
Semi Final Results:
Margaret Gorski d Kolbe Poole 3-2
Emma Babauta d Kathy Howden 3-2
Congratulations to Margaret Gorski 2014 Victorian Women's Champion defeating Emma Babauta 4-2 in a great Final match.
Well done to all Women who participated in a fun championship. Thanks to Tania Ahmet, good job as Tournament Director and also to Jon Loughron as roaming / finals referee.
Congratulations Aaron Mahoney, 2014 Victorian Snooker Champion
Aaron defeated Kurt Dunham in a hard fought final.
To the Yarraville Club thank you for the use of the billiard room, the support of the staff and management is much appreciated. To all those that competed thank you for making the tournament a success.
To the refereees and organisers congratulations on a job well done.
Melbourne High School has taken up snooker as a school sport. This is a major initiative for snooker in Melbourne for its recognition in such an established school. Thanks to RACV Club for regularly hosting the Junior and Senior school students with the curriculum created and facilitated by Robby Foldvari. James and Arthur Lin were also instrumental in getting this program up and running.
Congratulations Matthew Bolton (WA), 2014 City of Melbourne Champion
Friday May 16th, Round Robin Group Stage played at 7 venues - AK8, Brunswick, Bentleigh, Cheltenham, Dandenong Club, RACV & Yarraville. Some extremely good snooker in the round robin stage with many groups being decided in the final frame. Congratulations Henry Lau with the highest break of 100. Group Results Last 32 Results Tournament Breaks
Are you a financial member?
It is important that you are as the VBSA carry an insurance policy, if you are not financial then you are NOT covered.
You may check if a player is financial here
There is a list of unfinancial members here All players MUST be a member before they play a 3rd match or they will lose all points gained. This cannot be reversed if a player then becomes a member. The VBSA allow players the first four weeks of any season to become a member, players MUST be a member prior to play in week 5.
Thank you to all players for your excellent response. Captains please ensure players are financial before they play a third match.
Tournament has been postponed to a date to be fixed due to lack of entries
The winner of this event to will win $750 to go towards travel and accommodation to the 2014 Australia Masters Snooker Championship in Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi NSW
Your date of birth must be before 1/1/1974 to be eligible to play this event
Thank you all for your support, 62 teams in total ! (make that 63 !!!)
Missed a B Premier tem from fast Eddies, please be aware fixture has been updated
Fixtures are now available
There are some significant changes to the way the VBSA competition will run.
A Premier & Reserve Grade Snooker: Matches will be timed (no 10 point rule will apply in A grade, A Grade finals will not be timed)
All Premier grades will be played on Wednesday nights, Reserve Grade on Monday nights, this effectively separates the competitions so players that wish to play twice a week may play in any grade (the VBSA reserve the right to refuse players considered to be playing in grades below their ability). By Laws have been revised to accommodate this. Please read: VBSA changes in 2014
2014 Pennant season team entries are now open. Download the team entry form in a word document or a .pdf . The season starts on Monday Feb 17 and Wednesday Feb 19. Team entries will close on Feb 10th. Please organise your teams as early as possible and email.
To assist Clubs/Captains in the selection of your teams a new page has been added to the archives, go to the archives and click last years date you will get all the ladders and player stats for that year. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can download the stats for your club in a pdf
Huge Congratulations to Victoria's very own World Snooker Champion Neil Robertson on being only the 8th player in history to win the Triple Crown (World Championship 2010, The Masters 2012 and UK Championship 2013) Absolutely fantastic effort, well done Neil!!!!
Wishing everyone a Merry Xmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
To the Board members, thank you for your hard work and support in 2013.
To everyone that participated and made 2013 a success, thank you.
Looking forward to a bigger and better 2014. See you all then!
Your team photos have been delivered to your club, please pick them up.
Congratulations to Adrian Ridley winning the 2013 Pot Black Open in Blacktown, NSW, defeating Shawn Budd 4-2 in the final.
Coming off recent form, from the 2013 IBSF World 6 Reds Championships in Ireland . Where Adrian made the semi finals, going down to the Runner-up Michael Judge.
Come along and support 4 of Victorian's best snooker players (Ryan Thomerson, Kurt Dunham, Paul Thomerson and James Mifsud) mix it up on Sat 14th Dec 2013 at North Brighton Club, 14 Warleigh Grove, North Brighton (9596 6203) (contact Tex 0407 407 524). Time 7.30pm. Goods on sale as well as Prizes to be won on the night!!!!!!
Thank you all for your participation in 2013. Your support has allowed the VBSA to host another successful year of Snooker & Billiards. The competition has been excellent and the VBSA will continue to strive to improve it. The competition concluded with some hard fought Grand finals:
Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the defeated and thank you all for your support in 2013.
Congratulations to Victorian Steve Mifsud - Winner of the recent 2013 Australian Open Snooker Championship, taking the title with a win of 6-3 over Alan McCarthy (NSW). Was a great final and tournament overall. Well done Steve.
Highest Break of 127 went to Victorian Steve Ebejer, great work!
Also note worthy is that 3 Victorians made the last 4 - Steve Mifsud, Charlie Chafe, Rudy Sulaeman.
Great effort by the Victorians!!!
Steve Mifsud wins his 5th Victorian Billiards Championship.
Final score: Steve Mifsud 1189 (104, 83, 66, 45, 71, 108, 55, 58) defeated David Collins 921 (58, 79, 41, 68, 87, 47, 98).
MInor championship Final: Simon Scerri 502 (57) defeated Jacob Streiff 347.
Semi-final results: Steve Mifsud 1167 (84, 50, 119, 80, 63, 91, 46, 237, 54) defeated Ian Gilbee 323 (47). David Collins 815 (54, 42, 60, 59) defeated Rod Nelson 615 (77, 60 unf)
Billiards Rankings have been updated after Vic 150 up
Congratulations Anna Lynch, 2013 Vic Womens Billiards Champion. This is Anna's 11th Title, awesome effort! Also well done to Lyndal making it into her first Billiards Final, great work.
Charlie Chafe made his first 147 at the Red Triangle last Friday (23rd Aug). Congratulations Charlie !!!
Please find below the link to the VBSA AGM Agenda for meeting to be held on Thursday Sept 26th, 2013, 7.30pm at the Brunswick Club. Would be great to see as many members as possible in attendance.
1) Motion from the Board: that the VBSA adopt the draft constitution that has been displayed on the website.
2) Motion from Carl Watts: that the VBSA reintroduce the handicap snooker tournaments.
3) Agenda item from Tania Ahmet: Junior Program.
4) Agenda item Rick Correnza: Review of current pennant scoring system trial.
Thank you from Kim - Secretary VBSA
Congratulations to James Mifsud defeating Ben Gorski 4-3 in the final played at Yarraville Club
Highest Break: James Mifsud 65
James will repersent Victoria at Australian 6 Red Snooker Championship, to be held on Thursday 10 October at Mounties, Mt Pritchard NSW..
Thank you to Brendon Lang for running the event.
All Season 1 photos have been delivered to your club. Please pick them up as soon as you can.
Thanks to Henry Chetcuti for his assistance
Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final.The plate was won by Rudy Sulaeman. High break 154 (David Collins).
The VBSA's constitution, most of which dates back many years and was last modified in 2007, has become out of date in many areas. In addition recent changes have been made to the legislation which relates to incorporated associations.
A new constitution has been developed. At this year's AGM (date to be announced soon) members will be asked to approve this new constitution. If any member wishes to provide feedback on the new constitution please direct your correspondance to the secretary.
The changes are mostly of an administrative nature, but also they recognise the way the board relates to the membership in the internet age, and recognise changes in legislation.
Will be held on 16th-18th August at RACV Club in Melbourne.
Congratulations to Steve Mifsud 2013 Australian Snooker Champion defeating Johl Younger in close match 5-4.
This is Steve 7th Australian Snooker Championship title.
Highest Break: James Mifsud 137
Mitchell Australian Junior Billiards & Snooker Championships
Team Victoria missed out on the Final losing to Western Australia.
CONGRATULATIONS Jake Thompson Australian Under 12 Snooker Champion defeating Marc Fridman (VIC) 3-1
CONGRATULATIONS Arthur Lin Australian Under 15 Snooker Champion defeating Hayden Goode (QLD) 4-1, with breaks of 133 & 109
CONGRATULATIONS Arthur Lin Australian Under 18 Snooker Champion defeating Ben Foster (WA) 5-4
Congratulations to Neil Robertson who underlined his status as snooker's world number one by beating John Higgins 10-7 in the final of the Wuxi Classic. Neil commented in his interview "To go to Australia as world number one and Wuxi Classic champion is fantastic and hopefully it will help give the tournament in Bendigo extra publicity. A couple of people came over from Australia to watch Vinnie Calabrese and I in this tournament so I want to say thanks to them, and to all the Chinese fans for their support." Bring on the Goldfield's for Victoria's very own World's No1 Snooker sensation!
In the final Matthew Bolton defeated Sourav Kothari 5 - 3
12 Players made 100 breaks under the baulkline crossing rule during the 150 up championship. 3 players made 150 breaks.
Australian National Billiards
Matthew Bolton 2039 def Michael Pearson 755. Championship high break Matthew Bolton 693. 4 Players made breaks over 200 and 10 players made 100's.
AT THE YARRAVILLE CLUB
Steve Mifsud d Robby Foldvari 5-4
Margaret Gorski d Kathy Howden 3-2
Saturday August 10th, Yarraville Club.
Won by Steve Mifsud.
Next ranking event - Victorian 150-up championship, Seprember 14 and 15, Yarraville Club.
Congratulations to Roger Farebrother 2013 Fred Osbourne Memorial Snooker Classic Champion defeating Shawn Budd 4-0
Highest Break: Adrian Ridley 125
Well done to Eddie Simmons and his team for running another successful tournament
CONGRATULATIONS STEVE MIFSUD defeating Robby Foldvari 5-4
CONGRATULATIONS MARGARET GORSKI defeating Kathy Howden 3-2
The final will be played with a new set of 1G balls and every entrant goes into the draw to win the balls used in the final.
WINNER of the 1G balls was SUMIT KAPOOR
Australian Open Billiards Championship semi-finals
Matthew Bolton 5 def Alok Kumar 2
Robby Foldvari 4 vs Sourav Kothari 5
Matthew Bolton 5 def Sourav Kothari 3
The new spotted Pro-Cup billiard balls are now recognised for pennant use in VBSA pennant.
For 2013 clubs may use the new balls or the old balls.
From 2014 only the Pro-Cup balls will be acceptable.
NEIL ROBERTSON performed brilliantly in his Qualifying Match for the Wuxi Classic, in China, next month. NEIL defeated Mohammed Khairy 5-0, and, in the second frame, made his 2nd Ranking Event Maximum Clearance - 147!! There were a number of difficult shots including "cannoning" the pink on the side cushion, when potting the brown.
VINNIE CALABRESE then produced his own great performance in defeating Anthony McGill 5-3 and obtaining "a ticket to China". VINNIE hopes to travel early to China, and play in the 1st Asian PTC Event before the Wuxi Classic. This is the best possible start to the new Season on the World Snooker Tour for VINNIE.
In associated news, the 9-times World Women's Champion, REANNE EVANS, has defeated Thepchaya Un-Nooh 5-4 and will travel to China. This is REANNE's first trip there, and many Chinese fans will be delighted with this opportunity to see a Champion Lady Snooker player. REANNE will play her first match in China against NEIL, and VINNIE will play against 4-times World Champion, JOHN HIGGINS.
Australia's world snooker tournament, the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open, welcomes eight of the top 16 snooker players in the world and two Australian wild card entrants to play in Bendigo from July 8 to 14. The Australian Snooker Goldfields Open is please to announce, home favourite and world #1 Neil Robertson, will contest along with defending champion and 2013 World Championship finalist Barry Hawkins for the 2013 trophy.
Please see media release for full details.
NEIL ROBERTSON (2013 CHINA OPEN Champion) has had an incredibly successful seaon in 2012/2013 and is at No.2 in the updated World Rankings, only 280 points behind MARK SELBY.
Australian Goldfields Open Champions 2011-STUART BINGHAM & 2012-BARRY HAWKINS are at 6 & 9 respectively.
1. Mark Selby 2. Neil Robertson 3. Judd Trump 4. Shaun Murphy 5. Stephen Maguire 6. Stuart Bingham 7. Mark Allen 8. Ricky Walden
9. Barry Hawkins 10. Ding Junhui 11. John Higgins 12. Graeme Dott 13. Mark Davis 14. Matthew Stevens 15. Mark J Williams 16. Ali Carter
World Champion RONNIE O'SULLIVAN is at 19 in the Rankings but retains a seeding as Number 2 for any other Event he chooses to enter (and No.1 for next year's World Championship).
JOE PERRY is at 20 and KEN DOHERTY is at 27. STEVE DAVIS is at 51 and JIMMY WHITE is at 55.
RONNIE O'SULLIVAN and BARRY HAWKINS have produced a Final for the Ages! Ronnie triumphed 18-12, but only the Best Player We've Ever Seen could have resisted so well against an inspired Australian Goldfields Open Champion!
The other professionals now understand the level to which they must raise their game to produce incredibly entertaining Snooker that also wins matches.
NEIL ROBERTSON won 10,000 English Pounds & "The BETFAIR Golden Cue" for his break of 143, in the first round loss.
Barry Hawkins, the 2012 Australian Goldfields Open Winner, has produced superb performances here in the Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield. Barry defeated World No. 1, Mark Selby, and then Ding Junhui in the Quarter-Final, both times as a "massive" underdog. After triumphing 17-14 against Ricky Walden in the Semi-Final, Barry has to face the defending Champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan, in the Final.
Ronnie had never trailed in any match this year, and lead 2-0, however, Barry produced his own high-class break-making skills and lead 3-2! Ronnie needed 2 successive centuries to lead 5-3 at the end of the afternoon session. Barry again "stormed" back to reach 7-7, after a break of 133, whereupon Ronnie produced 2 successive centuries again!
Barry was unlucky to lose a black ball game in the final frame of the evening and trails 7-10 overnight.
Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final. Mike Wollin defeated Simon Scerri in the plate final.
A good day was had by all (with the possible exception of the player who went to the wrong venue)!
Entries now being accepted in the VBSA shop for Billiards ranking event 2 - Saturday 10th August at the Yarraville Club.
The VBSA is pleased to announce the 2013 Scholarship Program to provide training and development support to Victorian billiards and snooker players who show potential to achieve success at the national and international level.
The Scholarship Program will provide a 7 month scholarship to selected Victorian players who show potential to achieve success at the national and international level. VBSA members are eligible to apply for one of up to five scholarships valued at between $3000 and $4000 for 2013
Submissions are closed. Recipients will be notified asap.
Come along to the Frankston RSL to view some of Australia's best snooker players challenge it out in the fast and exciting OneForSeven format snooker. There will firstly be some Juniors that will play on the Friday 3rd May from 6.30pm to qualify for one position in the main event on 5th May. Juniors are John Knis, Arthur Lin, Ben Pottinger and Scott Peel.
The main event held on Sunday 5th May from 10.30am is a great day with plenty of entertaining commentary by the Frankston RSL team. The players in the main event are Steve Mifsud, James Mifsud, Rudy Sulaeman, Adrian Ridley, Ryan Thomerson, Shaun Dalitz and Josh Goski who will be joined by the qualified Junior from above to make the group of 8.
Please refer to flyer for more details. Enquiries to Event Manager - Mark Dunn 0422 304 052
Well done to Ryan Thomerson (125c) & Arthur Lin (91) achieving their highest competition break at the 2013 John McKay Australian Under 21 Snooker Championships.
It is that time of the year! Starting this Saturday, Ronnie O'Sullivan taking on Marcus Campbell at 7pm AEST.
Our very own Neil Robertson will be to play Robert Milkins on Thursday 25th April at 12.30am AEST and again at 11pm AEST
The VBSA requires more Billiards referees. We want to create a group of 4-6 dedicated Billiards referees who will make themselves available for most, if not all, upcoming VIC Billiards events. Candidates will need to be current members of the VBSA, or an affiliated body, and will be required to attend a free rules seminar on Sat, 11 May, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, venue TBA. Training will be conducted by Michael D'Silva and Henry Chetcuti. If you would like to become a Billiards referee, please register your interest with Michael D'Silva, Victorian Director of Referees, on 0419-898-750 or e-mail: email@example.com
After the passing of John McKay in December last year, with all the work he put into Juniors at state and national level throughout his life, Australian Billiards and Snooker Council rename the Australian Under 21 Snooker Champions in memory of the Great man. Having this Championship at the Brunswick Club, where John McKay played most of his snooker was very fitting.
Congratulations go to Charlie Chafe the 2013 Champion. Match Report
Thankyou to Tania Ahmet for her organisational skills and contribution to this tournament.
Congratulations Steve Mifsud - 2013 City of Melbourne Champion
Steve Defeated Shaun Dalitz in the final. For all Results please go to the ABSC site. Both Steve and Shaun have earned a wildcard entry into the Goldfields Open.
Thanks to Tania Ahmet for the organisation, George Hoy as Tournament Director and Michael D'Silva and his referees for making this tournament a success.
Please note that the John McKay Handicap Snooker noted in April has been postponed to a date to be advised. Notification will be on website in coming weeks. Thank you.
Congratulations to Victoria's very own World Champion Neil Robertson winning the Bank of Beijing China Open defeating Mark Selby 10-6 on 31st March. It's Robertson's first ranking title since the 2010 World Open and he's the tenth different winner in ten ranking events so far this season. Excellent work by Neil and we wish him well in the coming World Championship at the Crucible.
The Annual Andrews Atkins Shield Challenge will be held over this weekend at RACV Club.
Come down and support our Victorian Team.
Ryan Thomerson Has now won all Victorian titles u12.s, u15,s u18,s u21,s & he now has his sights on the mens to complete all the Victorian titles !
2013 Victorian Snooker Tournament Rankings have been updated view
Victorian Under 21's Snooker Championship will be held on Sunday 3rd March at AK8.
Sign in at 10am for a 10.30am start. The events that will be held are: Entry Forms: pdf docx
Winner of the Under 21's Snooker will represent Victoria at the Australian Under 21's Snooker Championship in April
Under 21's Snooker Championships (Open to all players under 21 on January 1st 2013)
*Please Note: To play in the Australian Under 21's Snooker Championship, you must be an Australian Citizen, as the winner gets a nomination to represent Australia at the IBSF World Snooker Championship.
Victorian Junior Championships
Due to low entries received, VBSA has postponed the Victorian Juniors till the weekend 25th-26th May. We apologise for the inconvenience.
NEIL ROBERTSON has played superbly over the last 3 months, and has been extremely unlucky not to have snared a Major Title.
NEIL lost 8-10 in the Final of the World Snooker International Championship to JUDD TRUMP, and then lost in the Final of The Masters 6-10 to MARK SELBY after having played brilliantly earlier in the week.
In the UK Championship, NEIL lost 4-6 to the eventual Winner, MARK SELBY, in the Quarter-Finals. In the German Masters, NEIL lost 2-6 to the eventual Winner, ALLISTER CARTER, in the Semi-Final.
Making Finals, or losing to the Eventual Winner earlier, can only reinforce the great form that NEIL is showing. NEIL is up to Number 3 in the provisional World Rankings and will undoubtedly snare a Title very soon.
THE ALBURY SNOOKER OPEN the first major tournament on the 2013 calendar. To be held on the 23rd and 24th Feb, with Prizefund $13,000
Thanks to all clubs and captains for your efforts in making sure your players are financial members.
Please be aware: players MUST be a member BEFORE they play their third match. So please check Currently unfinancial players from time to time. Players may pay membership at any time via paypal or by mail using the membership form.
When paying please make sure you give us your mobile phone number and your email address.
A new scoring system will be introduced in 2013 (decided at the 2012 AGM by a majority vote). The new sytem will be very similar to the AFL with a winning team recieving 4 points, a draw will recieve 2 points to each team, and a losing team 0 points. Frames for and against will decide percentage. Matches will still be the same with each player playing 3 frames. How it works
Team Entries for the 2013 Pennant Snooker season ARE CLOSED
Please check that your team entry has been received and your team details are correct current team entries, please contact the Score Registrar if your team has not been entered or details are incorrect.
Unfortunately, there will be no A Reserve Snooker competition this season, it became a mathematical impossibility to create fair and reasonable fixtures for all grades. Have spent the last 48 hours in a vain attempt to create a set of fixtures that would work for the Monday night grades - A Reserve, B Premier, C Reserve and D Premier. In all the years I have been doing this I have never come across a more complex problem.
With A reserve only having 4 teams, it became the most logical solution to not run this grade. All nominated captains for these teams will be notified.
Alan Croft - VBSA Score Registrar.
The VBSA would like to thank everyone for their support, over 60 teams have been entered.
Congratulations to Vic Junior, Arthur Lin who conquered his first 100 snooker break on 29th Dec 2012 against Kathy Howden at Brunswick Club, no doubt influenced by 3yrs of great coaching by Bruce McPhee since Arthur was 11yrs old. Just the start of Arthur's bright snooker future.
At the Culmination of the Billiards and Willis Finals Series I would like to congratualte the winners, commiserate with the losers, and thank you all for your participation in 2012.
May your Christmas, New Year break be safe and enjoyable. Looking forward to an exceptional 2013.
Thanks to my fellow Board members for their efforts in making 2012 a success.
VBSA President - Ron Cole
The framed photos have been delivered to all clubs. Thankyou to Chetcuti Picture Frames & Signs for your excellent work and support. (0403 372 144)
Congratulations to Anna Lynch Vic State Billiards Champion for the 10th time (Anna 400-Kathy 161) and Runner-Up Kathy Howden (90minutes)
It was Kathy's 2nd Final in a row for Billiards, well done!
It was with great sadness that the Snooker and Billiards Community acknowledged the passing of Henry John McKay on December 6th 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
John will be remembered as former VBSA President, VBSA life member, Victorian Champion and an all round nice guy. Thanks John, for your friendship and your contribution to our sport. Funeral Service is at 11.00am on Wednesday 12th Dec at St Ambroses 287 Sydney Rd Brunswick
Henry John Mc Kay July 7, 1937 - Dec 6, 2012. R.I.P.
All A & B Grade Billiards finals will be held at Yarraville Club
All Monday Night Snooker Finals will be at Kings
All Wednesday Night Snooker Finals will be at Princes
Captains - please have your team written down in the order they are to play and present to the venue co-ordinator prior to 7.15. Photos will be taken prior to the Grand Finals, would teams please arrive no later than 7.00 on grand final night.
Week 1 - Semi Finals, the Highest finishing side will be considered the home side for refereeing, Week 2 & 3 Prelim and Grand finals will have referees supplied
Please Note: All Finals matches will start at 7.30pm, if you or your team is late you will be penalised as per the bylaws.
Dress Code for all finals -
B Premier Billiards (2 billiards, 2 snooker) Finals - In the event of a tie in the final series the match will be decided by the total points scored over the 6 billiards matches. In the finals the number 2 billiards and the number 2 snooker players should play the first round, the number 1 billiards and the number 1 snooker players should play in the second round so if a tie is possible the captains may advise their players as to the score required to win the final.
The VBSA billiards Rankings have been updated to include the just completed billiard season & the 150 Up. For the new format "B" billiards 20 ranking points have been awarded per "frame" won. Thanks to Jason Colebrook for his efforts and assistance in maintaining and updating the Billiards ranking system.
The World Snooker International Championship (WSIC) has as much money, and as many Ranking Points, as the UK Championship - making it the most expensive Tournament ever held in China, and on an equal status with the 2nd Most Important Ranking Event on the Calendar.
NEIL ROBERTSON has played brilliantly to defeat SHAUN MURPHY 9-5 in the Semi-Final, but was unlucky to lose 8-10 to JUDD TRUMP, the new WORLD NO.1, in a very high quality Final. This is only the 2nd Televised Final that Neil has ever lost in 12 Finals appearances. Neil has certainly shown that he is capable of winning in China, and will look forward to having even more success at next month's UK Championship.
Judd is only the 10th player to have ever held the World No.1 position, and he replaces Mark Selby. Trump and Selby are the only No.1s who have not been World Champion. Neil has risen to No.5 in the latest Rankings.
World Snooker have effectively created a Grand Slam of the World Championship, The Masters, the UK Championship, and now the World Snooker International Championship. Neil has won 2 of these, and has been a Semi-Finalist at the UK last year, and now the Runner-Up at the WSIC.
Round 12 of the A Grade billiards has shown that a weekends practice is great for your game. 24 breaks of 40+ including Andrew Hicks 102 (scoring 619 in 80 minutes), Rod Nelson 126, 116, Steve Hanna 91. Should be some great Billiards tonight at the Yarraville club - Steve Mifsud v David Collins in a 4 hour final - starts at 7pm.
Congratulations to Darryl Tippett Winner of the 2012 George Ganim Handicap Snooker and Runner-Up Sumit Abrol. Semi finalists were Joe Manuatu and Daniel Cleworth. Quarter finalists were Mark Chambers, Alan Williams, Arthur Lin and Atif Paracha. Well done and thank you to all those that participated in this event and throughout 2012 Handicaps.
Notable breaks on the day were Darryl Tippett 46, Sumit Abrol 46, Daniel Cleworth 45, Atif Paracha, Josh Gorski 40, Sam Elbelli 40, see results list for more.. Results
Thank you to the Brunswick Club for hosting this event, and to Henry Chetcuti for all the great trophies. It has been an enjoyable time looking after these events and hope to see you all at future ones in 2013.
Kim Ivett - Handicap Snooker Tournament Director.
NEIL ROBERTSON has triumphed in EPTC2 in Gdynia, in Poland. Last year, NEIL won EPTC3 which was held in Warsaw, Poland's capital, so he has viewed this as a SUCCESSFUL defence of his Polish Title.
NEIL won 4-3 over JAMIE JONES, in the Round of 32, making 1 Century. In the Round of 16, NEIL defeated MARTIN GOULD 4-3 after making 2 Centuries!
In the Quarter-Final, he triumphed 4-0 over TIAN PENGFEI, and then defeated STEPHEN MAGUIRE 4-2, in the Semi-Final, making another Century.
In a gripping Final, NEIL made another Century to lead 3-0, however, JAMIE BURNETT was not to be denied and fought back to 3-3. JAMIE needed to make a clearance from 38 behind to snatch the Final frame on the black, however, when he missed a colour after the second-last red, NEIL cooly potted the balls required to ensure a famous victory!
NEIL has now been successful in 10 Televised Finals (out of 11 contested).
Well done Steve Hanna, on making a 100 break in A Billiards. Playing in the same side as Steve Mifsud this would normally go unnoticed.
Well done to our Vic Women in the Aust Open;
Lyndal Ellement Qtr Finalist losing to Ramona Belmont 0-3
Highest Break for tournament - Lyndal Ellement 46
Kathy Howden Qtr Finalist losing to Jessica Woods 2-3
Emma Babauta last 16.
Congratulations to all our Victorian Juniors for their awesome efforts in the 2012 Mitchell Cup National Junior Billiards & Snooker Championships held in Albury 24-30Sep. Well done!!!
The week was enjoyed by all involved. Special thanks goes to organisers Paul Thomerson and Sue Bleumink along with all parents, your help is appreciated.
Thanks also to ABSC - Frank Dewens, Commercial Club - Eddie Simmons and sponsors, for their efforts during this Championship.
(Photo from left to right Juniors; Heidi Fridman, Marc Fridman, Adam Bleumink, Arthur Lin, Ryan Thomerson and Jake Thompson)
Brad made an excellent break of 115 while representing the Yarraville Club in A Reserve. I had the opportunity to see the final stages of the break, Brad had the opportunity to make 133 but missed the blue.
Benny Giang from Princes made his first 100 (101). Benny was given the opportunity to play against Andrew Hicks in the A Grade Pennant finals, he defeated Andrew 2 frames to 1 and made his first ever 100 break
On behalf of the VBSA and it's members, heartfelt thoughts and best wishes go out to a wonderful personality and well known Vic Referee Peter Jackson who sadly had a stroke and heart attack last weekend and currently in the Geelong Hospital. We hope for a speedy and full recovery and look forward to having you amongst your snooker friends and family sharing stories and that famous cheeky humour again. Take care and all the best xx
Congratulations Steve Mifsud
2012 Victorian Billiards Champion
Steve played some inspiring billiards with breals of 382 and 182 he defeated David Collins in the final. Vic Billiards Results
Rudy Sulaeman won his first Victorian Minor Billiards Championship . Vic Minor Results
Thanks go to Jason Colebrook for his efforts in organising and making this tournament a success
JUDD TRUMP and JOHN HIGGINS have produced the most amazing Final for this year's Shanghai Masters! JUDD came out "blazing" and lead 5-0. JOHN, with a new cue this Season, produced a 147 to win his first frame! JUDD immediately bounced back, and lead 7-2 when they took the break before the evening session.
In the evening, JOHN played flawlessly to rattle in breaks and lead 8-7. JUDD was not to be denied and fought back to 9-9! When JUDD failed to obtain position on the black, in with 36, in the last, he was forced to play safe. JOHN HIGGINS slammed in a "do or die" long red, and produced a 61 break which was able to seal his win!
After the win by ROD LAWLER at PTC3, he is still in 65th place, and over 9500 points behind the 64th place. Let's hope the new 2-year Ranking List recognises Rod's rich vein of form!
1. Mark SELBY 72780 2. Judd TRUMP 70995 3. John HIGGINS 69600 4. Mark J. WILLIAMS 63480 5. Shaun MURPHY 63340 6.Stephen LEE 59830 7. Stephen MAGUIRE 58760 8. Neil ROBERTSON 57100 9. Mark ALLEN 54560 10. Stuart BINGHAM 11. DING Junhui 12. Graeme DOTT 13. Ricky WALDEN 14. Matthew STEVENS 15. Barry HAWKINS 16. Martin GOULD 17. Ronnie O'SULLIVAN 18. Joe PERRY
Ken DOHERTY is at 31. Steve DAVIS is at 48 & Jimmy WHITE at 50.Pankaj ADVANI is at 73, and Ben JUDGE is up to 92.
Gary Cullen Handicap Snooker at the Yarraville Club on Saturday 6th Oct. Results
The VBSA website is continually evolving, now all board members may create an item on the front page of the site. While Paul Cosgriff is not a member of the Board he will still be posting information and reports from overseas. These items will not be removed, so you will be able to go back and see any item that has been posted. Naturally, over time, items will become difficult to find so "Searches" have been include so you can find any particular item either by it's title or a keyword in the content. Items will appear by their date with the newest first, some items will be selected to remain at the top of the front page as they are considered important.
10 Items will be listed on the font page and subsequent pages, just scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the page navigation links.
Please, if you see anything not working or broken links report them to Alan Croft
If you are playing in the current season please be aware that you must be a member before play in week 5 (Week 5 starts Monday 10th Sept) if you are not a member and have played more than 2 matches your team WILL be penalised. Please check the list of Unfinancial Members
VBSA 2012 Annual General Meeting at the Brunswick Club on Thursday 27th Sept commencing at 7.30pm. Interested in how the VBSA is being run then come along and find out exactly what has happenned in the last year. Interested in being involved in the operation of our sport please nominate for a position. Notice of AGM
The VBSA is pleased to announce a new Scholarship Program which will provide training and development support to Victorian billiards and snooker players who show potential to achieve success at the national and international level.
The recipients of the VBSA scholarship program for 2012 are:
Level 1: ($2000) Kurt Dunham , James Mifsud
Level 2 : ($1500) Ryan Thomerson , Jason Colebrook
Junior : ($1000) Arthur Lin , Adam Bluemink.
Women : ($1000) Lyndal Ellement , Tania Ahmet
Enquiries or further information about the Scholarship program can be directed to the Scholarship Program Administrator Paul Thomerson on 0400 995 210 or Ron Cole, President, VBSA on 0418 337 878
Two players from CHINA have contested the Final of the IBSF World Under 21 Championships, and 14-y-o LU HAOTIAN has defeated 17-y-o ZHUI YINGHUI 9-6, making the Tournament-high Beak of 139 in the Final. HAOTIAN becomes the youngest-ever Winner replacing RONNIE O'SULLIVAN and DING JUN HUI!
Sept 21st - 23rd at the Commercial Club, Albury. Entries close 15th Sept. Entry Form
Congratulations to David Collins on winning the inaugural Yarraville Billiards ranking tournament, defeating Mac Rynkiewicz in the final. The plate event was won by Simon Scerri. All who participated enjoyed the format of this new event - with play commencing at 10.30 am and the final finished by 5.00 pm.
Billiards Rankings have been updated
There was a small gathering yesterday at the Lindrum home organised by Graeme Mc Neil.
Dolly Lindrum, members of the VBSA Board and friends remembered the great Walter Lindrum on the 114th anniversary of his birth.
The cake was donated and presented by Graeme Mc Neil
After PTC 2, the World Rankings are: 1. Mark SELBY, 2. Judd TRUMP, 3. Mark J WILLIAMS, 4. Stephen MAGUIRE, 5. Shaun MURPHY, 6. Neil ROBERTSON, 7. John HIGGINS, 8. Stephen LEE, 9. DING Junhui, 10. Ricky WALDEN, 11. Matthew STEVENS, 12. Stuart BINGHAM, 13. Mark ALLEN, 14. Graeme DOTT, 15. Ronnie O'SULLIVAN, 16. Martin GOULD.
Martin Gould is now nearly 3000 points clear of Allister Carter who's Ranked at 17. Ronnie O'Sullivan has finally signed the contract with World Snooker and will return to Tournament play at the International Championship in November (when he will have had the 6-month beak he foreshadowed at the World Championship in May)! BEN JUDGE is working his way up the Rankings and is currently at No. 91.
BARRY HAWKINS' win in Bendigo has lifted him to 20th in the latest World Rankings. PETER EBDON has risen to 19th. 1. Mark Selby 2. Judd Trump 3. Mark Williams 4. Shaun Murphy 5. Neil Robertson 6. John Higgins 7. Stephen Maguire 8. Stephen Lee