Saturday and Sunday results attached.
Semi-finals (2 x 90 minutes) - Steve Mifsud 830 (100, 77, 57, 54) vs Rudy Sulaeman 439 (52); David Collins 757 v John Schenck 783 (114, 109, 95, 67)
Final (2 x 120 minutes) Steve Mifsud 1339 (171, 106, 103, 100, 66, 65, 53) defeated John Schenck 680 (93, 51)
John Schenck defeated Robbie Chilcott in the final. Losing quarter-finalists were Mac Rynkiewicz and Jason Colebrook. High break was John Schenck with 146. The plate was won by Rudy Sulaeman, defeating Charlie Lowe in the plate final.
The Annual General Meeting of the VBSA will be held on Thursday 27th October 2016 at The Brunswick Club, 203 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, commencing at 7:30pm.
Nominations for any and all vacancies on the Board can be forwarded to the Secretary at email@example.com or by post to 22 Burns Street, Frankston, 3199. Nominations can also be made at the meeting itself. Apologies can also be advised in this manner.
Please refer attached Notice of Meeting for further detail.
NOTE. To be eligible to be elected to a vacancy, to vote or to speak at the AGM, a person must be a financial member of the VBSA.
The position of Score Registrar will be declared vacant at the AGM. Alan Croft has decided to not stand. If you are interested in this position and would like more information please email Alan. There is some remuneration and assistance for this position. The position requires a good working knowledge of computer based programs and data entry. The successful applicant will be assisted by Alan until they are able to fill the role.
UPDATE 12 OCTOBER 2016. At the AGM, proposed changes to the current VBSA Rules (Constitution) & ByLaws will be tabled. A copy of the amended Rules & ByLaws is now attached with the proposed changes shown in RED. An explanatory document is also attached to support the changes. Please take the time to consider the changes prior to attending the meeting.
Globetrotting Melbourne referee Kim Ivett adds enormously to her CV as she takes charge of the Final of the Paul Hunter Classic for Ladies in Germany tonight after completing the final of the World Under 21 Girls Championships in Belgium last week. Her dedication and commitment to her craft is now paying off in a big way.
The final was contested by Ladies World Champion Reanne Evans from England against former Ladies World Champion On Yee Ng from Hong Kong.
On Yee Ng won this inaugural Ladies Paul Hunter Classic by 4 frames to 1.
Runner up in the City of Melbourne, runner up in the Lance Pannell, quarter finalist in the State titles, quarter finalist in the Fred Osbourne, A. premier grade pennant winner and No. 1 player with his team and also taking the high break (128) and most frames (37) for the season. And now the biggest of them all, the National title belongs to perhaps the most in form player on the circuit.
This tournament, once again under the directorship of Paul Cosgriff was one of the most memorable of recent years with the record for the amount of century breaks surpassed with a total of 9, the highest ever break of 143 equalled by the player that Matty Bolton describes as ‘a machine’, Peter McCullagh. The most century breaks in one match, three on the trot by that man Peter again and the final itself also graced by a magnificent 133 in the midst of 6 other high breaks of 50 or more.
The array of skills that were on display this year was only equalled by the displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the players, officials and spectators alike. Witness the refusal of Matthew Bolton to celebrate after the cruellest and physics defying in off on the final black of the match which sent Matty through at the expense of a desperately unlucky Peter McCullagh. The emergence of young gun Alex Pace at his first National tournament and certainly one to earmark for the future. Shannon Dixon also surpassing his previous efforts and going all the way to the quarter finals and only succumbing to eventual grand finalist Vinnie Calabrese.
And so to that awesome final display by Jimmy and although his opponent Vinnie, did not play to his usual high standard through no fault of his own and with an incredible effort just to get to this final, it has to be said that very few, if any, of all the best players would have been able to challenge him on the day.
Warmest congratulations to a very worthy winner – James Mifsud.
Further expanding on the social media network, the ABSC has now launched our first official mobile application leveraging the opportunities presented by Team App, a cloud mobility solution. This mobile app is not meant to replace other channels such as web and FaceBook but compliment these.
The ABSC also encourages each State to have their own mobile application and when searching you will notice that the NSW and Victorian Associations also have Team Apps.
The mobile application is 100% for both the ABSC and the users. Here is how it works on any Android or iOS device. Or if you have a windows device you can still access a web version through your browser.
Step 1 - Download TeamApp for free through one of the online stores
Step 2 - When registered search for snooker and you will see the various team apps including the ABSC
Step 3 - Join these groups to access information through our TeamApp including Events, Web links, Player Profiles, News and live chat. We will be introducing more functionality as time goes on. So make sure you keep the app updated for latest releases.
When registering make sure you allow for Push Notifications to be turned on. This way we can send you the latest flash updates loike closing dates, entry form releases, news items and much more. We also intend to use the app during tournaments as notifications for players and officials.
As a PROMOTION and to encourage uptake, we are giving away 1 free entry to the 2016 South Pacific Open Snooker and 1 free entry to the 2016 Bob Hawke Australian Open Snooker. Players will need to have downloaded and joined the ABSC Team App by the time of the event. Players who have entered and paid into any of the above events will then be drawn out of a hat to have their entry fee reimbursed.
Tip: When joining please add as much of your contact details as possible so that we can get in touch when needed. Notifications can also be sent to your email address provided.
We look forward to seeing you mobile!
ABSC Media Officer
The Saturday qualifying matches were played as a Swiss round robin (top 4 in the ranking excluded). Results are attached.
Knock-out results attached. Steve Mifsud defeated David Collins in the final.
PLEASE NOTE - THE OCTOBER BILLIARDS RANKING EVENT FIELD IS FULL.
The annual sojourn to the Victorian N.S.W. border town of Albury was this year taken by the fewest amount of players in recent memory. This however did not detract in any way from the quality tournament that remains one of the highlights of the season. The abundant talent that Australia is blessed with was on display despite the low numbers and the standard of the Snooker was in no way compromised with the total number of breaks making it to the list being 60, including 2 centuries. The highest, 103, was recorded by James Mifsud with the other being exactly 100 by perhaps the standout player of the tournament, Charlie Chafe.
Three very big names fell in the round of the last 16 including Shawn Budd at the hands of Vinnie Calabrese, Hassan Kerde, losing 2 – 3 to eventual finalist Joe Minici and perhaps the biggest upset, the loss of Australian No. 1 Matthew Bolton to a fired up Josh Gorski also 2 frames to 3.
It was also then Joe Minici on his way to the final, who stopped the run of Josh, tournament dark horse Charlie Chafe taking care of the challenge of top seed Adrian Ridley and Ryan Thomerson stopping the in form James Mifsud in his tracks. This match was unusual as well as highly entertaining as Ryan recorded a score of 86 in each of the three frames and also made breaks in each one (54, 54 & 60).
The semi-finals were then extremely well contested with both going the full distance and containing breaks of (100, 56, 76, 43, 47 & 40) Charlie Chafe and Aaron Mahoney going down to the grand finalists Ryan Thomerson and Joe Minici.
The wily old master against the young ambitious up and comer made for a very interesting match up in the final. Joe and Ryan had a toe to toe battle that made what was really a rather scrappy final all the more absorbing and a good crowd stayed on to see Ryan put an end to Joe’s dream in taking the title 4 frames to 2. Joe stayed true to form in his speech afterwards in giving all the credit to his young opponent in the gracious manner we have come to expect of this gentleman.
Ryan could hardly contain his excitement, even thanking his cue, as he took the winners cheque and the accolades with a well deserved victory.
Team Entries are closed , please check your entries Not entered? Not in the draw!
Thank you all for your support, 62 teams have been entered. Appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes by all the club representatives and club management. There were 15 teams entered in C Willis on Monday nights, have split into 2 divisions - CWSeast & CWSwest (couldn't think of better names)
A provisional B Premier Billiards fixture is now available.
The best players in Australia competing for the coveted Australian Championship Venue - RACV Club, Melbourne. Starts - Fri 12th Aug. Final Sunday 14th Aug. Event is limited to 64 players.
Congratulations James Mifsud 2016 Australian National Champion!
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