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

Australian Under 21 Championships

The Australian U/21 Championships for Billiards and Snooker were completed over the last weekend in the John McKay Billiard room at the Brunswick Club. The Billiards was contested by eight players from across the country and it was once again Tasmainian Josh Burns who proved to be the standout player, breezing through the round robin stage without dropping one game and amassing nearly 700 points over the three one hour timed games. This also included breaks of 32 and the highest of the weekend by far of 105. It was surprising then not to see Josh in the final as he was denied by the overall standout player of the weekend Matthew Curwood in the semi finals and who was himself denied in a close final by 14 y.o. New South Welshman Denzel Nicholson. This young man has natural talent in abundance and with a little work can go as far as he wants in the game.

With the Billiards competition able to be completed in one day, thoughts turned to Snooker on the Friday morning. This event also suffered from low numbers and only two more contestants than in the Billiards were in the field to commence hostilities. This however, distracted not one jot from the talent on display. The format was once again round robin with two groups of five bringing the event down the the quarter final stage on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning was the time for the semi finals showdown with Tasmanian Josh Burns once again up against his Billiards nemisis, Victorian Matthew Curwood with another Tasmanian Alex Pace, taking on the Australian U18 Champion, Victorian Marc Fridman. Both semi finals were extermely hard fought with Matthew in a come from behind win, 4 - 3 over Josh and a similarly intense battle between Alex and Marc finishing 4 - 2 in favour of Alex.

The battle for the title of 2018 Under 21 Champion then began at 3 p.m. with referee Neil Brown in charge of proceedings over the best of nine frames. Matthew was first off the blocks and took the opening frame 66-27 with Alex then pegging him back by taking the second frame 53-41 and also the third 87-41 with a break of 41. Matthew then took the fourth 57-24. The fifth also belonged to Matthew after his own 41 break proved too much for Alex to overhaul which sent us into a short break with the match poised at 3 frames to 2 to the Victorian. Alex then took the sixth frame to even the match up once again but this proved to be his last success as Matthew won both the next two to be crowned Champion with a 5 frame to 3 victory.

The talent and sportsmanship shown throughout by all these young men would grace any of the worlds competitions and all are a credit to themselves and their families.

An enormous thank you must once again go to the Brunswick Club for the use of the venue and of their ongoing support of the event. Fantastic work aslo by Tournament Director Frank Dewens with a big thank you to him too.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 9th Apr 2018 - 9:15PM

Suzanne Cory High School Comes to the Reventon Aca

In 2017, as the VBSA Media Officer, I was pleased to connect up with Danny Marcok of the Suzanne Cory High School, a selective entry school in Werribee for gifted and talented students.

Several discussions took place with the interest and proposal of adding Snooker or Billiards to the school’s sport and co-curricular program.  Danny himself was interested in the prospect of including cue-sports and thought it could potentially be a great and exciting option for the students as an alternative from the mainstream activities like cricket, basketball, tennis etc.

Full article below

Check out the terrific video presentation on FaceBook by clicking this LINK.

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 1st Apr 2018 - 7:29PM

WPBSA Directive for Sec.3 R.14 Interpretation

During Kim Ivett's recent offficiating at the Welsh and Gibraltar Open events, it was brought to the attention of all referees present that several countries were misinterpreting this rule. That also included Australia. She has been requested to relay the following.

In particular, the penalising of players who touch balls during consultation. Relevant parts below.

Snooker Rules. Section 2 14(f) & (g)

(f) When any ball is being replaced after a miss, both the offender and the next player will be consulted as to its position, after which the referee's decision shall be final.

(g) During such consultation, if either player should touch any ball in play, he shall be penalised as if he were the striker, without affecting the order of play. The ball touched shall be replaced by the referee, to his satisfaction, even if it was picked up. Section 3. 10 (d) iii)

It is currently common practice during our matches, that when a Miss is called by the referee, either player touching any ball is penalised seven points regardless of, or prior to, being consulted regarding the correct positioning of the balls being replaced. Example, the cue ball or object balls being retrieved from a pocket or new position by a player, after a request to have the balls replaced has been made.

It is now an instruction to all referees that, unless the referee has initiated consultation with players or requested such interaction, the penalty is not applicable!

It seems, contrary to our previous belief, that the key words are "during consultation" together with "in play" and are the drivers for interpreting the rule in the revised manner that is now declared. The balls would be considered 'in play' after being replaced by the referee.

It is also believed that formal changes to these rules are being considered for introduction soon and may offer easier application.

This directive applies across the board and is to be implemented in all competitive and/or refereed frames of Snooker.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 1st Apr 2018 - 8:14AM

Vale – Costa Zygorodimos

Further to below, Costa's funeral will be held at Saint Anargiri Greek Orthodox Church, 85-87 Willesden Road, Oakleigh, at 10:00am on Thursday 29th March.

Thanks to Tony Fridman for the attached image of Costa, 2nd from left, in the victorious Victorian team at the Mitchells Australian Billiad & Snooker Championships.  Also shown are Jake Thompson, Marc Fridman, Arthur Lin & Jack Green (front).

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It is with great sadness to inform everyone of the passing of Costa Zygorodimos, aged just 22.

Costa began playing in the Churches and RSL competitions as a junior member.
In 2014 he participated in a winning snooker grand final side for Cheltenham in the RSL competition, alongside his father, George.

Costa enjoyed playing billiards, and was always respectful and kind-natured to his opponents and around the supper table.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his father George, his mother Vass, his sister Athena, and all of his friends and family.

By: Alan Croft  Fri 23rd Mar 2018 - 11:15AM

MONDAY NIGHT FIXTURES REVISED

All Monday night fixtures have been revised, please delete any previous copies and download the revised version.

There will be NO play on Easter Monday.

Matches have not changed, just the dates

By: Alan Croft  Wed 21st Mar 2018 - 12:16PM

2018 Oceania Snooker Championship

Victorian player, Adrian Ridley, has swept all before him to take out the 2018 Oceania Snooker title that concluded at Mounties on 17th March.  In a seesawing final, where either player may have scraped in, Adrain saw off Dennis Paul 6/4 to take the title.  Congratulations Adrian.

See full match details by clicking on this LINK.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 20th Mar 2018 - 11:59AM

Reventon Rankings Update

The above chart shows the leading 12 players in the rankings following the Queensland Open Snooker tournament recently held in January and won by Aaron Mahoney.

 

 

By: Larry Eforgan  Fri 9th Mar 2018 - 8:05PM

Andrews/Atkins Shield - 2018

The 46th annual Andrews/Atkins Shield has been run & won by Victoria in grand fashion. 

The camaraderie at Brunswick was quite exceptional, with Ron’s widow, Leanne, in attendance for the first time since his passing.

Our Tasmanian visitors were full of praise for the this years's staging.  Well done to Ron Cole & his cohorts in conducting this very popular event.  All the Members of the Victorian Team wanted to have their gratitude conveyed to the VBSA Board.

See attachment for the detailed results. 

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 27th Feb 2018 - 7:25PM

COMMUNICATION, SPONSORSHIP AND APPLICATION

VBSA BOARD STATEMENT

The Board has been reviewing a range of VBSA practices, and wishes to inform the Membership of several initiatives.

COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES
The Board has, for some months, been working on ways to improve its ability to convey messages to its Members. We knew that some Members weren't receiving our messages in a format that they would see or read. Anecdotal feedback indicated that some Members wanted to receive messages as emails but not as text messages; others wanted to receive texts but not emails; others wanted to be informed primarily through social media...

Several questions in the recent VBSA Survey addressed this issue. Based on a careful analysis of Survey responses, the Board is going to focus of 4 channels for delivering information to Members:
- The VBSA website
- The VBSA Facebook page
- Emails
- Text messages
The Survey indicated that almost all Members wish to be informed about VBSA matters through one or more of these channels. In addition, the Board has resolved to ask Members to individually indicate how they would like to receive VBSA communications.


INCREASING SPONSORSHIP
In order to be able to offer more tournament prize-money and to be able to provide better services to Members, the Board has been looking at ways to increase sponsorship.

To this end, the Board has decided that, it future, it will be willing to offer some sponsors the opportunity to send marketing material directly to some VBSA Members.

The Board will only allow third party marketing material to be sent to those Members who advise the VBSA in writing that they are willing to receive such material.

A Member who agrees to receive this material may, at any time, change their mind and inform the VBSA that they no longer agree to receive such material. Your preferences will be respected.

This initiative will require the Board to amend its Privacy Policy.  This will be attended to ASAP.


MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORMS
In accordance with our constitution, the "Rules of the VBSA", all those wishing to join the VBSA or to renew their Membership in 2018 will be required to submit a Membership Application Form.  In recent years, the Board has not enforced this Rule.

The annual Membership fee arrangements (ordinarily satisfied by paying your normal match fees for your first 4 pennant matches of the year) will not change.

The decision to re-introduce an application form was based on legal advice. This matter will be addressed further at the 2018 VBSA AGM.

The 2018 VBSA Membership Application Form asks you to indicate your communications preference, and to indicate whether you agree to receive third party marketing material.

The Membership Application Form is attached.

Team captains are requested to print off copies of the Form, and have their players complete and return the Form during the evening of their Round 1 pennant matches.

Completed Forms may be photographed and returned by email, or may be returned by conventional mail. Further details are contained on the Form.

We ask all those intending to play Season 1 pennant to ensure that your Membership Application is submitted by the end of the second week of competition (ie 11 March).

VBSA Board
25th February 2018

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 25th Feb 2018 - 9:03PM

Message from the President

Welcome to the new Season, everyone! Thank you for all the support that’s been shown with so many team entries.

As the VBSA President, I wish to thank everybody who attended the Appeal Meeting just before Christmas. The outcome was that the four week suspension incurred by Mr. Andrew Bergman was confirmed, and applies for this new Season.

There has been a re-write of the By-Laws, and Mr. Larry Eforgan, as Director of Referees, has provided guidance on the manner in which all team members must show complete respect for the Referee in every game. I urge everyone to read, and understand, their responsibilities.  See 2018 Pennant Guidelines & Code of Ethics article below.

The only real place for discussing any Refereeing decision is at the Supper table. That is an opportunity for all of us to learn about different aspects of our great games.

The Rules of Billiards and Snooker specify that “Ungentlemanly Conduct” is not acceptable. The use of the four-letter word “f*ck” in any of its forms as a part of speech, from team members, constitutes Ungentlemanly Conduct (even from ladies).

A player (striker or non-striker) will immediately incur a “Warning” which will mean that any further infraction will mean “awarding of a frame” to the opponent in Snooker, and the “awarding of the game” to the opponent in Billiards. In Snooker, a second transgression not only has the frame awarded, but a Warning is provided that says the third transgression will mean the “awarding of the game” to the opponent.

Any team member, who transgresses as a spectator, shall also be “Warned”.  If they are to play competitively in the match, after the transgression, they will have been “Warned” for their game in that match.

The VBSA needs every member to be accountable for their own behaviour, and to ensure that all these procedures are properly implemented.

The VBSA wishes everybody to enjoy their involvement in all our activities for the year. Play well, and have fun, everybody!

Cheers

Paul Cosgriff
President VBSA
 

 

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 25th Feb 2018 - 8:33PM

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