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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Starts: Jan 26, 2018

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Starts: Feb 04, 2018

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Starts: Feb 17, 2018

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VBSA Pennant Season 1 Commences
Starts: Feb 26, 2018

Oceania Championships
Starts: Mar 07, 2018

VBSA News

VBSA Pennant Season 1 - Teams Wanted

VBSA Pennant Season 1 Commences Monday Feb 26th & Wednesday 28th Feb. Team Entries close - Fri 16th Feb.

Please use the attached entry form with ALL player details to submit your team. ALL TEAMS ARE 4 PLAYER TEAMS

Monday nights - State Grade Snooker (A. B, C & D), State Grade Billiards (A & B)

Wednesday nights - Premier Grade Snooker (A, B, C & D)

Grades must have a minimum of 5 teams to compete. All grades are limited to a maximum of 10 teams.

 

PLEASE NOTE: THERE HAS BEEN SOME CHANGES TO THE TIMED FORMAT IN FINALS - READ THE ENTRY FORM

By: Alan Croft  Tue 23rd Jan 2018 - 4:49PM

Changes to A and B Grade Pennant Snooker 2018

The VBSA Board has decided to introduce changes to A and B Grade Pennant Snooker for Season 1 of 2018.

 

The changes are;

  • Both A and B Grade will be 4-player teams only, rather than 6 players as in previous years.
  • For A grade only, the number 1 players will play 4 frames irrespective of state of the match.  Due to the way our database operates, a 7-6 match score will result in 4 points for the winning team and 2 points for the losing team.
  • For A Grade only, no team may have more than two players on their team list from the following list of players, who have reached the semi-finals in National Ranking events in the last 2 years, or who we consider to be of similar standard: Aaron Mahoney, Adrian Ridley, Andrew Hicks, Ayaz Khan, Charlie Chafe, James Mifsud, Johl Younger, Rudy Sulaeman, Ryan Thomerson, Shaun Dalitz, Steve Ebejer, Steve Mifsud.

EXPLANATION
Our aim is to encourage more clubs and more teams to participate in these grades, and to make pennant participation more appealing to our elite snooker players.

We recognise that some Members may not like these changes, and can assure those with reservations that the decision to introduce them was not taken lightly.

 

The changes are being introduced on a trial basis, and will be reviewed at the end of Season 1. This review will involve consultation with those who have been affected and each member of that group will be invited to express their views.

 

WHY DID THE VBSA DECIDE TO INTRODUCE THESE CHANGES?

The Board has been concerned about the diminishing number of venues with 3 tables. At the same time, a number of leading snooker players made suggestions that we should move to 4-player teams and, more generally, try to revitalise pennant snooker. Then, a formal motion about 4-player teams was put to the 2017 AGM. This was put forward by an ordinary Member, and supported by many of those present.

In response, the VBSA Board engaged in a process of informal consultation and then carried out a formal survey, inviting all Members' to have their say.

 

A large number of Members completed the Survey, including 59 A-grade players. A strong majority of snooker players favoured the move to eliminate 6-player snooker teams. This strong support was expressed by those respondents who would be affected by the change, as well as by snooker player from lower grades.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 12th Jan 2018 - 10:03AM

Lightning Billiards

One-day round robin handicap billiards tournament.

Venue - Reventon Academy. Entries close - Fri 26th Jan. Starts - Sun 4th Feb

Clinic at 9.30 am (attendance optional), play starts at 10.15 am.

Lunch included in the entry fee.

By: Jason Colebrook  Mon 8th Jan 2018 - 12:59PM

ABSC 200 Club

The ABSC 200 Club is a progressive lottery where numbers from 1 - 200 are purchased by individuals/syndicates/Clubs at a cost of $100 each.

All funds raised by the ABSC 200 Club go directly towards supporting Australia's players at the IBSF World Championships.

The VBSA Board strongly supports the 200 Club and urges all VBSA member Clubs & affiliates to consider purchasing a ticket.  Individual members are also encouraged to do so.

Please click on this LINK to be taken to the ABSC website page to learn more about the 200 Club and acquire a ticket online.

 

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 4th Jan 2018 - 2:24PM

2018 Calendar of Events

Please click link below for 2018 Calendar of events

Note - Dates for Vic Womens Snooker Championship have been altered

Note - City Of Adelade has been cancelled 

For more information on all 2018 events, click "Calendar of events" link on the left hand side of the home page 

By: Jon Loughron  Fri 29th Dec 2017 - 5:33PM

VBSA Member Survey

VBSA MEMBER SURVEY
NOVEMBER 2017


The VBSA strives to keep abreast of current trends.  Indeed, we’d like to think we are trend setters in some aspects of the game.  To do this requires the involvement of many dedicated and forward-thinking people who are constantly assessing the environment in which we operate, including both nationally and internationally.

In this survey, you are being asked to provide feedback on the following topics, being

  • Dress Code
  • Pennant Changes
  • Communication Preferences

that, if the suggested changes are accepted, may be put in place for the 2018 competition year.  Accordingly, your prompt response would be appreciated.

We would also like your input into Participation & Improvement.

And because especially the Pennant Changes issue has major ramifications, the VBSA strongly urges you to participate in the survey so that a meaningful assessment can be made of the responses.

Please click on this LINK to commence the survey.

Whilst the Survey is targetted at VBSA members, the input from Affiliates is also welcome but please indicate your status when asked to do so in the survey.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact info@vbsa.org.au.

The Survey will remain open until Friday 8th December, 2017.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Mark Dunn
SECRETARY

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 16th Nov 2017 - 3:30PM

Australian Under 18 Champions

In a fantastic result for Victoria, Teah Raeburn & Marc Fridman have just taken out the Under 18 Australian titles in Adelaide.  More pictures and reports to follow.  Check Facebook.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 13th Jan 2018 - 9:42AM

B - Billiards Season Report

Season Report: B-Grade Billiards

This season saw the renaissance of B-grade pennant billiards. 8 teams competed in B-Premier Billiards ("BPB"), and the standard of play was high. Combined with a strong 6-team APB competition, this created the most vigorous season of pennant billiards in well over a decade.

The 1990s brought the decline of pennant billiards. Before Willis snooker was introduced, pennant snooker was only played in the first half of each year, and pennant billiards was only played in the second half of the year. During that era, there were vigorous A-, B-, C- and D-grade pennant billiards competitions - all composed of 6-player teams - in addition to graded leagues of 4-player pennant billiards teams.

This year, the VBSA created a Billiards Sub-Committee. The re-establishment of a genuine B-grade billiards competition was the first step in it's plan to reinvigorate pennant billiards.

This season's BPB was designed as a competition whose standard was to sit just below A-grade standard. It set out to include developing players, as well as highly accomplished players who were either outside the pennant system, or not expected to be selected regularly in APB.

The result was that the standard of #1 and #2 players in BPB overlapped with the standard of #5 and #6 players in APB; while the lower slots in BPB accommodated less accomplished players. This outcome provided a pathway toward A-grade, for players of varying standards. Over the previous decade, there had been a chasm between the standard of A-grade billiards and the standard of all other billiards competitions.

The 8 BPB teams were Brunswick; Camberwell Cue Sports (formerly St Mary's); Cheltenham; Geelong (playing home games at Yarraville); Kooyong; RACV; and Yarraville (2 teams).

The season was full of closely fought matches and was played in a terrific spirit. We are not aware of any disputes.

Congratulations to Brunswick and the "Yarraville Eagles" for such strong seasons. Brunswick finished the home-and-away season on top of the ladder, narrowly ahead of an Eagles outfit that had gone undefeated for the first 13 weeks of the season. Congratulations to RACV and the "Yarraville Hawks" for ousting those two heavyweights in the semi-finals. Grand final glory was won by the Yarraville Hawks, whose regular players were Alan Croft, Robbie Ganson, Mick Williams (captain), Matt White and Neil Brown.

Glen Taylor, Ralph Gray and Rohan Liston tied for most wins (10) during the home-and-away season.

Glen managed to do this playing at #1, and after driving from Castlemaine each week in order to play. He also recorded more 50-breaks than any other player in BPB. Glen was one of those players previously outside the pennant system, who held their own against opponents who have played regular A-grade billiards in recent years.

Casey Russell, Terry Shiells, Ralph Gray and Neil Brown are other examples of players who were drawn into the pennant system, and who performed strongly throughout the season. (Yes, that's the same Neil Brown you may know as an expert referee - he can really play!)

Congratulations to Alan Croft, for making the highest break in BPB, 68. (Your humble scribe was on the receiving end of that, and remembers it well.) Pleasingly, 32 different players recorded breaks over 30.

Most improved players: Kane Chigwidden, Steve Murphy, and Terry Shiells.

The valiant-in-defeat award is shared. Alex Kay had a 67-break and played consistently well against Bruce Johnson, only to be beaten by a few points. Darrin McCann scored 263 points, playing at #3 against a pennant debutant, but it was not enough: he lost to Steve McIldowie by 60 points. Neil Brown had successive breaks of 30 and 23, to gain the lead in the dying stages of one match, only to see his opponent reply with an unfinished 14-break in the final 80 seconds to claim a 3 point victory.

Special thanks to those who travelled long distances, every week, to participate, including the entire Yarraville-Geelong team (from Geelong); Mick Williams and Matt White (Ballarat); Glen Taylor (Castlemaine); and most impressive of all, Brian Moulday (Albury).

More special thanks go to my comrades on the VBSA Billiards Sub-Committee, who worked so hard to make BPB happen: Jason Colebrook, Rohan Liston, David Chigwidden, Kane Chigwidden and David Pitt.

Extra special thanks to Peter Politis, for recording our scores, each week; and to Alan Croft, for an assortment of good deeds in the background.

And final thanks to those who went out of their way to help, when we were putting together all of the new teams, including Mike Wollin, Glen Taylor, Mick Williams, Steve Harper, George Hoy and Casey Russell.

Warwick Loton

By: Jason Colebrook  Thu 21st Dec 2017 - 5:11PM

Billiards Shot of the Year

I am delighted to advise that the VBSA judges have awarded Ron Cole the Billiards Shot of the Year prize.

 

Ron is undoubtedly a worthy 2017 recipient of this award, evidenced by the attached graphic. His winning shot is  clear evidence of outstanding cuemanship.

 

Congratulations, Ron, and please keep up the shot making in 2018.

 

Don Richter, Chief Judge

 

By: Mark Dunn  Wed 20th Dec 2017 - 1:45PM

Victorian Women's Billiards Championships

Çongratulations to Anna Lynch - 2017 Champion.

See the attached file for a full report.

By: Jason Colebrook  Wed 13th Dec 2017 - 1:33PM

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