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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Coming events
Reventon Hat Trick Series 2020 event 2
Starts: May 29, 2020

Pennant S1 - Weds Snooker & Billiards Semi Finals
Starts: Jun 03, 2020

Reventon Classic Snooker Championship
Starts: Jun 06, 2020

Pacific International Billiards
Starts: Jun 09, 2020

National Billiards Championship
Starts: Jun 13, 2020

Pennant S1 - Monday Snooker Semi Finals
Starts: Jun 15, 2020

Pennant S1 - Weds Snooker & Billiards Grand Finals
Starts: Jun 17, 2020

Victorian Snooker Championship
Starts: Jun 20, 2020

VBSA News

Reventon Hat Trick Snooker Series - Event 1

Cheltenham Club's ROD NELSON has taken out the opening event in the REVENTON HAT TRICK Snooker Series for 2020.

Rod overcame Ban Bain in his morning match and then Michael Zhang in his semi final encounter.

The final however was a much scrappier affair against Ben Gorski, who was hoping to get the Gorski name etched onto the perpetual trophy once again.  Rod took an early 2 frame to nil lead but couldn't make the most of the opportunities given to him by Ben, who then started to mount a challenge to find himself 2-1 then 3-2 down. But in the end Rod was able to get over the finish line and claim his maiden Hat Trick Title.

REVENTON SNOOKER wishes to congratulate Rod on his victory and looks forward to seeing both he, Ben and the rest of the field in late May for Event number 2.

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 8th Mar 2020 - 8:28PM

Health Warning

Given the current concerns about the spread of Coronavirus, the VBSA Board wishes to bring to the attention of its members the following.

Handshaking is something we do in our sport every time we meet our opponents and typically at the start and end a match. One of the precautions advised by Federal and State Health Authorities is to avoid contact such as handshaking.

Therefore, and in the best interests of all, the Boards position is that handshaking is no longer recommended while this global threat looms over us.

Paul Cosgriff
President

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 5th Mar 2020 - 7:20PM

Reventon Hat Trick Series 2020 event 1

Financial Report 

After another successful Reventon Hat Trick event we are pleased to provide the financial report for the event

By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 23rd Jan 2020 - 8:31PM

Neil Robertson Coral World Grand Prix Champion

 

Dott Dashed by Five-Ton Robertson!

 

Neil Robertson has for the first time won the Coral World Grand Prix by beating Graeme Dott 10-8  whilst firing in 5 centuries in the final and making it his 2nd title this year. 

 

He collected the $100,000 top prize and also took the highest break prize with a magnificent 142, breaking the highest break of the competition of 140 which he made earlier in the competition! 

 

That makes it 3 finals in 3 weeks, 2 wins, and 18 wins of his last 19 matches, an incredible performance and stunning record!

 

See the full story at the World Snooker Tour Site 

By: Alec Spyrou  Tue 11th Feb 2020 - 2:49AM

Major Announcement - A Grade Pennant Snooker

Hi all, I wish to convey a Happy New Year to all VBSA Members and their collective families.

After many years of slowly watching participating numbers declining and the competition becoming stale, I have been charged with reinvigorating and giving some new ideas, with Your Boards blessing, to do just that.

I formed a Pennant Sub-Committee, comprising Aaron Mahoney, Marc Bullen, Paul Thomerson, Sumit Kapoor, Phil Vassallo and yours truly.
After a hash up of ideas, the outcomes are truly revolutionary and exciting and have the full support of the Board. These New Outcomes are going to, I believe, bring some real excitement to the A Grade Pennant Season, with the B Grade and C Grade to follow in the coming seasons.

So here it is,

  1. All players will be graded into Tiers; Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and so on based on current VBSA Snooker rankings.  
  2. The Sub-committee will be charged with allocating players to Tiers and of course discretionary powers will be used to determine players that are able to play but not necessarily well known to the Rankings.
  3. Timed Pennant Matches to be kept at 1 hour and 20 Minutes.
  4. Team entry of $500 consisting of 4-man teams with reserves, payable on team entry.  Normal pennant fees will also apply at the end of the season.
  5. VBSA sponsoring up to $2000 towards the Overall Prize Money for the season.
  6. Finals to be a Carnival atmosphere with all Teams participating on Grand Final night for a share of “Prize Money“ to 8th Place out of a minimum of 8 A Grade sides.

A brief explanation on how a Team will be made up is;
One Tier 1 player to play in number 1 position, one Tier 2 player to play in number 2 position and the rest of the side is to consist of Tier 3 players.  If a Team cannot field a Tier 1 player, the Team can consist of two Tier 2 players and the rest with Tier 3’s.

The New Tier System List is now attached.  The Pennant Sub Committee will have Final Say with Discretionary Power to change Tiering as required.

It goes without saying that these are major and fundamental changes and we need a minimum of 8 sides to compete for a minimum of $6000 to a possible $8000 with some small Club Sponsorship to achieve this.

I encourage and look forward to your feedback.  Please send all feedback and queries to me manny.stefanou@vbsa.org.au.

With this modification to the A Grade Snooker competition, the closing date for entries for ALL grades has now been extended to Friday 31st January 2020. Team entries are now being accepted online by clicking this LINK.

Yours Truly,

Manny Stefanou

 

 

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 12th Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

VBSA ByLaws Update February 2020

ByLaw 17, Procedure for referee rules interpretations disputed by players, has been updated in line with recent changes to the ABSC structure.  See Policy & Procedures page to view VBSA ByLaws & Rules.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 4th Feb 2020 - 7:09PM

Australian Juniors Championship Report

Read about athis years Australian Juniors Championship, a truly fantastic event in which our juniors took on the battle and performed admirably (report attached).

By: Alec Spyrou  Sun 2nd Feb 2020 - 11:01PM

2019 Reventon Financial Report

We are pleased to distribute the Reventon financial report with our thanks to Chris Christofi and staff for their brilliant support and assistance during 2019. We wish them every success and look forward to their continued support in helping grow our wonderful sport in 2020 and beyond.

 

By: Alec Spyrou  Sat 1st Feb 2020 - 11:46PM

Neil Robertson European Masters Champion

Neil Robertson became the second player ever to whitewash his opponent in a two-session ranking event final as he beat Zhou Yuelong 9-0 to win the BetVictor European Masters in Dornbirn.

 

It’s a piece of snooker history for the Australian as it’s the first ranking final to finish 9-0. The only previous whitewash over a similar length came at the 1989 Grand Prix when Steve Davis beat Dean Reynolds 10-0.

Robertson destroyed China’s 22-year-old Zhou, who was playing in his first ranking final, with a cold-blooded display. Four frames were won in single visits, the other five demonstrated his tactical supremacy as he cruised to the £80,000 top prize. He has now won 17 ranking titles, bringing him level with Mark Selby in sixth place on the all time list.

Most ranking titles
Ronnie O’Sullivan 36
Stephen Hendry 36
John Higgins 30
Steve Davis 28
Mark Williams 22
Neil Robertson 17
Mark Selby 17

 

 

See full report at World Snooker Tour Website here

VBSA Facebook page

 

By: Alec Spyrou  Mon 27th Jan 2020 - 4:03PM

VALE CATHY MORROW

When the VBSA faced difficult times, there were four people who worked assiduously to preserve our VBSA. George Morrow became VBSA President, and Cathy Morrow was the incredibly hard-working VBSA Secretary.

Together with our Life Members George Hoy and Alan Croft, these four managed to achieve the preservation of the Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association - the State Sporting Association for our Sports.

It is with great regret that we advise that Catherine (Cathy) Morrow passed away in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Boxing Day, after a period of severe health issues. Her funeral is being held in Belfast this Saturday.  Cathy was 67.

The VBSA will always owe an enormous debt to Cathy Morrow, and we express our sincere condolences to George Morrow, and all of Cathy’s family and friends.

Rest in Peace, Cathy.  A Great Friend of the VBSA.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 4th Jan 2020 - 9:40AM

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