Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association Inc.

Representing & Developing Billiards & Snooker as a sport in Victoria

VBSA Patron: The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.


(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: Apr 05, 2018

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Starts: Apr 06, 2018

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Starts: Apr 21, 2018

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Starts: Apr 29, 2018

Reventon Classic
Starts: May 04, 2018

Ron Atkins Classic
Starts: May 18, 2018

Billiards One Day Ranking Event
Starts: May 27, 2018

Victorian Womens Snooker Championship
Starts: Jun 02, 2018


Ron Atkins Classic - 18th May 2018 - Launceston

The weekend will honour the life and times of Launceston born sportsman Ron Atkins.

During his career Ron won 19 Tasmanian Championships, 4 Australian Championships and in 1980, in the IBSF World Snooker Championships played at the Albert Hall in Launceston, where he finished runner-up to the brilliant Jimmy “Whirlwind” White.

Ron played in seven IBSF World Championships, he was beaten by Doug Mountjoy in the quarter final of the 1976 IBSF World Championships, where Doug went on to win, Doug reached number 5 in the professional ranks winning the Masters in 1977.

Ron was also President of both Tasmanian Billiards & Snooker Association and Australian Billiards & Snooker Council, and attended several IBSF General Meetings as Australia’s delegate He was awarded “Life membership” to all three associations.  He has also been awarded an “OAM” for services to Billiards and Snooker and inducted into the Tasmanian Sports “Hall of Fame”

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 1st Feb 2018 - 4:53PM

VBSA Pennant Season 1

VBSA Pennant Season 1 Commences Monday Feb 26th & Wednesday 28th Feb.

Thank you all for your support, 60+ teams entered.
Fixtures are now available at
When fixturing we scheduled

  • No play on Mon 12th March & Wed 14th March - Labour Day / Oceania.
  • No play on Wed 25th April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 11th June, Wed 13th June & Mon 18th June - Queens Birthday / Reventon Pacific International

Unfortunately this left us with no other option but to play on Easter Monday. If any teams see this as a problem please be reminded that there is an option to pre or post play matches by arrangement between the captains. If you need assistance in doing this please contact the Score Registrar




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

Australian Under 18 Champions

The 2018 Australian Junior Championships were held in Adelaide from 7th to 14th of January and we had fantastic results from ALL Victorians.

Individual results were
• Ciaran Dempsey, U12 Boys Snooker Semi Final
• Sean Dempsey, U15 Boys Teams Billiards Grand Final
• Jack Green, U15 Boys Snooker Quarter Final
• Jack Green, U15 Boys Billiards Grand Final
• Teah Raeburn, U18 Girls Snooker Grand Final
• Marc Fridman, U18 Boys Billiards Semi Final
• Marc Fridman, U18 Boys Snooker Grand Final
• Devlin Praeger, U18 Boys Snooker Semi Final
• Mason Peters-Turner, U18 Boys Teams Billiards Grand Final

Victorians in Australian Grand Finals
• Teams: Victoria Vs QLD  - Victoria Runner Up
• U15 Boys Billiards: Jack Green Vic Vs Harry Mok QLD.  Jack Green Runner Up
• U18 Girls Snooker: Teah Raeburn Vic Vs Sarah Moeahu SA.  Teah Raeburn, 2018 Australian Girls Champion
• U18 Open Snooker: Marc Fridman Vic Vs Kyle Thompson Qld.  Marc Fridman, 2018 Australian Open Champion

Great Snooker and Billiards played by all the Victorian children and congratulations to our two Australian Champions, Marc & Teah.  Your potential for success is unlimited.

Special mention to newcomers Ciaran and Sean Dempsey, who both made finals. Watch out for these two future stars.

It was a delight to be team manager for such well-mannered and well-behaved children with most supportive and dedicated parents.  Your qualities are seen through your children’s behavior. BRAVO. The VBSA congratulates you all.

Report by Tony Fridman - Victorian Junior Co-Ordinator and Team Manager

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

Disciplinary Appeal Meeting - Result

Further to previous advice, please be advised that at a Disciplinary Appeal Meeting held at 4:30pm on Saturday 23rd December 2017 at the North Brighton Clubrooms, the decision of the VBSA Board to accept the recommendations of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee was confirmed by a majority vote.  Subsequently, Mr. Andrew Bergman is suspended from participating in VBSA Pennant matches for 4 rounds (to be served at the beginning of the next season).

Mark Dunn
Secretary, Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association.


By: Mark Dunn  Fri 12th Jan 2018 - 5:44PM

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.

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.



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

Congratulations to Steve Thomas, winning the first Lightning Billiards handicap event (defeating Don Richter in the final).

High break 66 - Rod Nelson.

Everyone's form was a bit rusty this early in the season, but an enjoyable day was had by all who attended.

Results attached.

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

Vale Terry Dodunski

Terry Dodunski, Dandenong Club and VBSA member, passed away at home on Friday 15 December 2017. Terry was a very accomplished B grade player who regularly entered tournaments with success in early rounds. His best run was at the Kings Cup, making the last 16 against Neil Robertson. It was a giant-slaying run to the last 16 earning him the nickname “Juggernaut” from tournament organiser Mal Gilbert. Terry withdrew from active competition and tournament play in recent years but maintained contact with his mates at the Dandenong Club, having a regular session on Saturday afternoons. He will be sadly missed by us.

The funeral service will be held on Fri 29 Dec, 12:00 pm at the Boyd Chapel, Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Michael D’Silva
President, Dandenong Snooker Club


By: Mark Dunn  Sat 23rd Dec 2017 - 7:52PM

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

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