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

 

Referees

Want to be a referee?

Contact: Larry Eforgan

Victorian Director of Referees

Ring: 0432 798 777

Or, Email Larry

 

Coming events
Australian National Womens Snooker Championship
Starts: Aug 25, 2017

August One-day Billiards Ranking Tournament
Starts: Aug 27, 2017

Illawara Open Billiards
Starts: Sep 02, 2017

South Pacific Open
Starts: Sep 08, 2017

Pot Black Open
Starts: Sep 29, 2017

Victorian Billiards Championship (Timed)
Starts: Sep 30, 2017

IBSF Australian Womens Open
Starts: Oct 07, 2017

Bob Hawke AC Australian Open
Starts: Oct 12, 2017

Referee News

Realised Ambition

Praveen Chandra had a wish which was to take charge of the Grand Final of the Australian National Championships. The 2017 tournament was where that ambition was realised. The match between winner, Adrian Ridley and runner up, Steve Mifsud despite being played over 11 frames, 9 of which were completed, did not come anywhere near being the most difficult of the weekend. I must say that Praveen did a good job even though nothing contentious came up during the proceedings.

This was not the case for all referees in attendance however. Jim Lewis had a 6 hour match first up, Colin Winter and Mark Bini were both thrown to the wolves with back to back 7 framer's. Colin's legacy was a popped knee which kept him at home the next day unable to walk very far. Mark also suffered as his broken foot was not yet fully healed and he was only able to complete one match on Saturday before succumbing to the pain.

Despite these setbacks the referees performed well enough that nobody noticed them, which is as it should be. Long stints at the tables was the lot for most of them on Friday and Saturday but the result was as smooth a running of a tournament as one could wish for.

Congratulations for a job well done to Praveen, semi final referees Jim Lewis and Abraham Newman along with John and Kim Ivett, Neil Allison, Neil Brown, Mark Bini, Denis Coghlan, Michael Lang, Adam Beitner and Colin Winter from Victoria, with special thanks to Glenn Domeika, who travelled from S.A.

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 - 12:47PM

First time and after a long time.

Jon Loughron was the tournament director and roving referee for the ladies Victorian titles held at Cheltenham and then match referee for one semi final and then his first ranking final with those matches being played alongside the mens finals at Brunswick on Sunday. He proved to have the competence and the stamina to withstand a very long and tiring day as both of his matches went to the deciding frame.

Neil Brown returned to the No. 1 table arena to take charge of the mens final after a long time between drinks and continues to prove what an asset he is to Victorian and indeed, National Billiards and Snooker. The best of nine final was over after only 7 of those frames and in Neil's own words, probably one of the easiest he has done.

Well done to both Neil and Jon.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 24th Jul 2017 - 11:14AM

Chinese success

Jon Moss has now completed all his matches in Beijing and is headed home. Lots of positives from the trip and experiences to treasure. He has represented Australia, Victoria and Maccabi with distinction after following in the footsteps of Kim and John Ivett who have both also represented Australia and Victoria in overseas events in recent years. All three have enhanced the growing reputation in far flung corners of the globe of the competence of our referees. 

By: Larry Eforgan  Sat 15th Jul 2017 - 5:27PM

China Referee

The IBSF World U18 & U21 Snooker Championships will this year be held in China between the dates of 7th and 17th of July. Expressions of interest were called for from Australian referees to officiate at this prestigious event which prompted a response from Jon Moss.

I am delighted to announce that this application has been met with an affirmative answer.

Jon will be travelling to China with the blessing and encouragement of the V.B.S.A. as well as the other Victorian referees.

Jon has had a meteoric rise as a referee since first being accredited and has elicited admiring comments from many of his senior comrades.

His profile along with those of other Victorian referees can be found on the referee profile page on this site.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 31st May 2017 - 8:37PM

City of Melbourne

Venue directors for the 2017 City of Melbourne tournament were George Hoy at the Reventon Academy, the new HQ in Yarraville, Jim Lewis at the R.A.C.V., Praveen Chandra at the Brunswick Club, Jon Moss at AK 8, Colin Winter at North Brighton, Adam Beitner at Cheltenham and Larry Eforgan at Bentleigh.

Referees assisting with roving duties were Jason Colebrook, Denis Coghlan and Neil Brown. A big thanks to Adam, Colin, Jason and Neil Brown for stepping in at the last moment when circumstances made it seem that not enough referees would be available on the day.

Saturday morning brought all sorts of problems, with referees calling in sick or having to leave early because of previous engagements. These were alleviated in a very large part by the addition of Jason to the Snooker ranks and what an excellent job he did. The other things that took the pressure off were the speed of the early matches and the decision not to use one of the tables after round 2.

Semi-final referees were Neil Brown who took charge of the match between Johl Younger and Shaun Dalitz, a match won by Johl but graced with two marvellous breaks by Shaun, one of 86 and another of 94. Praveen was the referee for the other semi-final between Steve Mifsud and up and comer Cale Barrett with Steve on fire in the last 3 frames after a very close first and the second taken by Cale in some style.

Neil Allison then had a very enjoyable time refereeing a grand final between Steve and Johl with no contentious decisions to make and two absolute gentlemen to take charge of. He, nonetheless performed as a grand final referee should with a very competent performance.

George Hoy was again Tournament Director and helped in a big way to make this tournament one to be proud of.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 22nd May 2017 - 12:03PM

Finals for Jon Moss and Neil Brown

Jon Moss and Neil Brown were the referees involved in the under 21 Billiards and Snooker Championships which were contested at the Brunswick Club on 6th, 7th, & 8th April.

A very small field of junior players from around the country meant that all the matches could be covered by just these two referees and myself and is a major disappointment for this tournament and the future of the sport in general. The standard of refereeing was not compromised however with Neil as ever, doing a very competent job in the Billiards final held on Friday night. The performance of Jon in particular must be noted as he took charge of one semi-final and then the Snooker final itself without a stumble and whilst nerves must have come into play, none were shown and he deservedly received the thanks of the players and the tournament director. 

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 9th Apr 2017 - 8:48AM

Pennant ByLaws

The board of the VBSA wish to advise all pennant players that Rule No. 8 of the current ByLaws (Matches) has been revised to clarify that if any player were to be in arrears by 10 points plus the value of the colours remaining after potting the final red, then the player would be allowed to finish that turn at the table and that the frame may only be claimed or awarded if the 10-point rule can be invoked at the conclusion of the turn.

It is also to be understood that any player with the advantage of that rule and is ahead in the frame by enough points has the right to claim the frame at any time during any turn at the table as soon as the rule comes into effect.

Please refer to below LINK to view updated ByLaws.

Thanks to Shelly Ames for highlighting this issue.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 - 4:32PM

World Stage for Kim

Kim Ivett continues to be the face of Australian refereeing on the world stage as Neil Robertson and Matthew Bolton are to Snooker and Billiards respectively.

 

Her recent sojourn to the holiday town of Mol in Belgium for the World Under 21 Championships saw her take charge of the Women’s final between Nutcharat Wongharuthai and 3 – 1 winner Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan, both from Thailand. Fabulous names but surely a little challenging for an English speaking referee when calling the scores!

 

Her travels now take her to Fürth, near Nuremburg in Germany where she will officiate at the Paul Hunter Classic. 

By: Larry Eforgan  Fri 26th Aug 2016 - 10:32AM

National Championships

The culmination of the season at the R.A.C.V. last weekend with the Australian National Championships saw maybe the best of all the tournaments this year.

 

The high standard of refereeing along with the adequate numbers, especially on Saturday when there were perhaps even too many, did not make the absence of some of our luminaries too much of a problem. With Kim on her way to Belgium for the World U/21s where she has met up with the Australian boys Adam Bleumink, Alex Pace, Ben Foster and Cale Barrett, and John Ivett and Abraham Newman also with prior commitments, it was left to many of the new boys to fill in and with the very encouraging words from the A.B.S.C. President about the refereeing side of the tournament, I would also like to add my appreciation of all the work done by those involved. Jim Lewis who had a sensational, if a little one sided, final to oversee, the two semi-final refs, Mark Bini and Neil Allison, Praveen Chandra, Neil Brown, Denis Coghlan, Jon Loughron, Jon Moss, Colin Winter, Brendon Lang, Michael Lang and Gordon Males.

 

In stark contrast to the issues of last year the Victorian refereeing standards continue to lead the way. Well done to all. 

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 23rd Aug 2016 - 2:59PM

Victorian Referees in Albury

The Victorian referee convoy on the highway to Albury this year included John and Kim Ivett travelling up with Polly to keep us all under control, Neil Allison after a long absence from the Fred Osbourne, Jon Moss for his first time with myself as his passenger and in transit listener.

A much easier work load than in previous years due to the low entry numbers and the assistance of local referees Leigh Condon, Don Walker and Graham Tucker made the weekend that much more relaxing and enjoyable as we availed ourselves of the very warm welcome and fantastic facilities of the Commercial Club.

 

The snooker tournament itself was run without a hitch and with little or no controversy, many favourites falling by the wayside and a final contested by one of the old guard in Joe Minici against new blood in the guise of Ryan Thomerson.

 

This final, as have many others in the past, was overseen by the highly experienced John Ivett conducting things in his own inimitable style. Ryan was the eventual winner taking the final 4 frames to 2 over a rather subdued Joe Minici.

 

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 2nd Aug 2016 - 2:52PM

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