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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VBSA News

2017 State Titles

A competition that was started at the Yarraville, Brunswick and Cheltenham clubs on Saturday morning where 56 men and 10 ladies vied for the prestigious and very competitive Victorian Championships, while presenting some administrative challenges nevertheless proved to be successful and enjoyable. With both the new Reventon Academy room at Yarraville and the revamped room at Brunswick bearing very little resemblance to when these championships were first held, the history of the titles was still there to be admired with some very evocative names, especially on the mens trophy and the nostalgic photos in both rooms.

The play itself was worthy of the history and the effort with some very high class snooker on show including many excellent breaks. These included an 80 from Jason Black, a 96 from Rudy Sulaeman, although he did admit to a fluke in the middle of it, and the top break of the tournament from a very in form Johl Younger, of 125.

The ladies had their competition at Cheltenham which was overseen by Jon Loughron who was also hand on Sunday at Brunswick to referee one semi final and then to take charge of his first ranking final. Caroline Ruscitti took on the formidable opponent that is Theresa Whitten and it proved to be a very tight affair that went down to the wire with every scheduled frame being played. Theresa took the first and the third for a 2 - 1 lead but Caroline secured her first title by taking the penultimate and final frames of a very hard fought match.

The winner of the mens draw was James Mifsud winning his second title after a nine year gap. His quarter final being a walk over after his opponent could not be at the venue in time and was forced to forfeit, James had no table time on the day before his semi final against Johl Younger but this did not put any sort of falter in his step as he posted a 4-0 victory in almost record time.

His opponent in the final was Charlie Chafe who came through a tough semi 4-3 against Rudy Sulaeman playing at the top of his game, with the help of a couple of fifty breaks in 2nd and 7th frames.

The final was then played alongside the ladies final with the winning score 5 - 2 to James, again in record time, 3 big breaks and some awesome potting skills.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 24th Jul 2017 - 10:39AM

VBSA Administrator new role

Congratulations are in order, VBSA Billiards Coordinator, Jason Colebrook, has just been appointed a director of World Billiards Limited. This is in recognition of the work that Jason and the VBSA have put into billiards in recent years. We wish Jason every success in his new role.  Click this LINK for more information.

By: Alan Croft  Thu 29th Jun 2017 - 1:35PM

Ron Cole - A Legacy

Following is a speech by George Hoy at the 2017 AGM about his great mate and our immediate past President, Ron Cole. 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

Throughout its history the VBSA has been very fortunate to count amongst its members some special individuals.

These are people who not only love the game but also seek to give something back so that others can likewise enjoy billiards and snooker in Victoria.

And our Association has a very appropriate way of acknowledging those rare individuals who make an exceptional contribution.

Life Membership of the VBSA is the ultimate accolade we can bestow on someone in recognition of such contribution. And because it is such a special recognition, it is never granted lightly.

Tonight, however, I am delighted to say that we are adding a new name to the ranks of Life Membership.

His continuous involvement in Victorian Billiards and Snooker spans over 35 years. Throughout that time he has been a dedicated supporter of the game at all levels. Most importantly, however, he has – for the past 17 years – taken on the role of VBSA President. It is a term of office that very few could lay claim to and one for which I think we all owe him a great debt of gratitude.

What better way then, to express that gratitude, than by announcing the newest Life Member of the Victorian Billiards and Snooker Association ……………….. Ron Cole. 

 

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 18th Aug 2017 - 7:15PM

A Change of Guard

At the 2017 VBSA AGM on Wednesday 16th August, a few new faces and a few old faces emerged.  After 17 years at the helm, Ron Cole stood down (more on that in a 2nd post) and the eminently qualified Paul Cosgriff was elected your new President.  Jon Loughron (Vice President), George Hoy (Treasurer) & Mark Dunn (Secretary) are going around again.  But the biggest change was that joining Jason Colebrook on the Board are Steve Ebejer & Warwick Loton.  Congratulations to all Board Members and a big thank you to those who nominated but were unsuccessful; your contribution will be sought after.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 18th Aug 2017 - 7:07PM

Vale Ron Atkins OAM

The Andrews/Atkins Team Challenge played annually between Tasmania and Victoria will have a deeper and sadder meaning following the passing of Ron Atkins OAM, long a Tasmanian stalwart and legend of our sport and who earned the respect and affection of his peers and challengers. Deepest sympathy to his family from his sporting family and friends at the VB & SA.

Ian Dale attended Ron's funeral and presented a wreath on behalf of the VBSA.  The following is a message from Leanne Atkins, Ron's wife, following the funeral.

Letter of Thanks,

Dear Mr Dunn,

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Board of the VBSA for their kind donation  made on your behalf by Ian Dale, at the recent passing of my husband and former Victorian Snooker Champion, Ron Atkins.

With sincere gratitude,

Leanne Atkins.

 

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 7th Aug 2017 - 1:18PM

Reventon’s Chris Christofi talks with the VBSA

VBSA Media Officer, Kim Ivett, recently caught up with Chris Christofi for an interview. See the attachment for the very interesting & insightful outcome.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 27th Jul 2017 - 8:38AM

VBSA finals

Grand Final Results

 

Monday 31st July Billiards - Brunswick Club

AVB / A State Billiards - Geelong 2 were defeated by Kooyong 6 - Steve Mifsud 203

 

Monday 31st July Snooker - VBSA Headquarters / Reventon Snooker Academy

AVS1 / A State Snooker - Hitmen 7 defeated Cheltenham Pirates 6 - Gus Di Giorgio 51

CVS1E / C State Snooker  East - Hit & Run 7 defeated Bentleigh 1

CVS1W / C State Snooker West - Bentleigh Bandits 2 were defeated by Nth Brighton 7 - Neville Ingels 20

DVS1 / D State Snooker - Star Wars 7 defeated  Maccabi  Champions 2 - Rob Alexander 25

 

Wednesday 2nd August - VBSA Headquarters / Reventon Snooker Academy

APS / A Premier Snooker - Brunswick 10 defeated Team Reventon 8 - Rudy Sulaeman 85

BPS / B Premier Snooker - Yarraville Champs were defeated by Brunswick 10 - 9 Phil Vassalo 49

CPS / C Premier Snooker - Box Hill RSL 5 were defeated by Stars 7

 

An extremely competitive final series at the new VBSA headquarters / Reventon Snooker Academy. Congratulations to the winners, maybe next year for the defeated. Thank you all for your participation. Thanks to Larry and his band of referees for their excellent work in the final series.

 

Have you got your team entry ready for next season?

By: Alan Croft  Thu 20th Jul 2017 - 1:57PM

Billiards & Willis Snooker season (S2)

Thanks for your support 60 + teams entered, fixtures are now available.

By: Alan Croft  Wed 12th Jul 2017 - 11:59AM

Pacific International & National Championships

The Pacific International Billiards and Snooker festival immediately followed by the Australian National Billiards Championship were completed on Tuesday of this week.

Little did we all know what an amazing spectacle it would turn out to be when it started with the Lance Pannell snooker event.

The recently appointed and magnificent new room made possible by the Yarraville club and Reventon, 8 tables all with new cloths and in magnificent condition, owes its existence not only to them but is also a testament to the unstinting work by Jason Colebrook and his many willing volunteers.  

The Billiards started on Tuesday 13th June and ran continuously until the 21st with the prestigious Pacific International Australian Open held first and graced by some marvellous players, both Australian and International. Matthew Bolton, in his last home tournament before heading to England, along with Steve Mifsud, Joe Minici and Michael Pearson, the leading home grown lights. World No. 1 Peter Gilchrist along with Glenn Yeo from Singapore and Dhvaj Haria from India some of the overseas players competing in a very high class field.

Paul Cosgriff was the tournament director for all three events and he spared no expense in competence, efficiency or lollies to ensure the smooth running of this cue sports festival.

Paul along with Neil Brown shared the grand final refereeing duties for the Australian National, the timed event that followed the Open which was a 150 up event. That final was taken charge of by Neil as a best of 11 games conclusion and was won by Lance Pannell winner Matthew Bolton by 6 games to 3 over Peter Gilchrist, the latest in a series of many battles for supremacy by these two awesome players.

The National Timed event was special and historic. Matthew Bolton treated all who were present and those watching on Cueball TV to some billiards play the like of which has not been seen in Australia since the days of the incomparable Walter Lindrum. I know Matthew will be embarrassed to see his name in the same sentence as the national cue sports hero and legend but it is fully deserved. His mauling of top player and perfect gentleman Joe Minici by 3370 points to 1110 over the 6-hour final was only the culmination of the spectacle he produced in the preceding days. A record breaking total of 809 was accompanied by one of 620, four more in the 400s, a 317, nine double centuries, twelve century breaks and numerous others between 41 and 89.

All this means that Matthew takes the triple crown, victorious in all three disciplines and setting a bench mark that will take some beating.

CONGRATULATIONS MATTHEW BOLTON – PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL DUAL CHAMPION AND NATIONAL CHAMPION.

By: Larry Eforgan  Thu 22nd Jun 2017 - 6:02PM

Lance Pannell 2017

The Lance Pannell held on the long weekend can be counted as another success with all matches completed on time. The new facilities at the Yarraville Reventon Academy proving to be first class with many of the players commenting on how good the tables and amenities were. These sentiments were also reiterated by the referees and officials. 33 x 50+ breaks were made including three century breaks, the highest of 133 by eventual winner Matthew Bolton. Cale Barrett continued his stellar rise up the Australian rankings after his recent successes in the National Under 21 and the City of Melbourne with another semi final spot in which he gave Matthew a huge fright as he raced into a two nil lead and a huge chance of taking the third only to lose that frame due to Matthew’s skill in laying snookers and his incredible tenacity. Cale along with James Mifsud were the other two century break makers. The other semi final between Johl Younger and Charlie Chafe ended in the same score line as the first with the 4 – 2 victory going to Johl. It is the opinion of many in the game that Charlie's time is not far away. It must be said that the best of nine final between Matthew and Johl was more a game of attrition than excitement, though fascinating for the purist with some excellent safety by both players. Matthew finally managed to get over the line with a score of 5 frames to 3. Johl finishing runner up for the second time in two consecutive ranking tournaments. Kim Ivett with sore feet did not lose concentration once in a trying match for any referee and her international experience carried her through with no mistakes and the appreciation of both finalists. Jon Loughron must also get a mention taking on his first ranking tournament semi final letting nobody down and also receiving the appreciation of his charges.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 14th Jun 2017 - 5:52PM

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