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 Pennant - Return to Play

The Victorian Government, via Sports & Recreation Victoria (SRV), has advised that mask wearing is no longer mandatory for Indoor Recreation & Sport.  The full details re mask changes are available here Face masks | Coronavirus Victoria

However, the following conditions have been agreed with SRV to allow competitive play to commence on 15th February:

(a) A limit of one person per 4 square metres in the billiard room.  If a QR code system has been implemented, then that becomes one person per 2 square metres.  Refer Victorian Government QR Code Service | Coronavirus Victoria for information on setting up a QR code.

(b) Referees and players must carry a mask at all times.  If they need to be within 1.5 metres of another person, the mask must be worn.

(c) Apart from the players and referees, no other persons are to be in the billiard room, however during competition all team members are allowed in the billiard room, subject to room limits in point a)

(d) Provision of suppers is at the discretion of the clubs, though sharing of food platters, for example, is not recommended.

(e) These requirements are in place until 29th January and therefore may change in the future.

Club Managers are required to observe the above conditions and are to liaise with venue owners in this regard.

David Chigwidden, Secretary.

By: Mark Dunn  Wed 20th Jan 2021 - 5:47PM

2021 Season 1 Pennant

Team entries for Season 1 Pennant are now called for.  Click on this LINK to be taken to the online entry form page and select relevant option at top of page.  ALL entries must be online.

Entries close on Sunday 31st January so prompt attention is required.

Monday comp starting on Monday 15th February & Wednesday comp starting on Wednesday 24th February.  It will be a 14 round comp but due to numerous interruptions/clashes, rounds & finish dates will vary.

COVID restrictions will be strictly adhered to based on DHHS, ABSC/VBSA & individual venue advice.  These may alter on short notice.

All enquiries to Scores Registrar at scores@vbsa.org.au on 0422 304 052.

By: Mark Dunn  Mon 18th Jan 2021 - 12:49PM

VBSA Life Membership

At the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th January, 2021, Robby Foldvari was made a Life Member of the VBSA by unanimous vote.

Attached is the Nomination by fellow VBSA Life Member, David Pitt, as well as a thank you letter from Robby received after the meeting.

VBSA Life Member Don Richter was also quoted as saying  “Robby’s lifetime of achievement in billiards and snooker, including being the only Australian other than Walter Lindrum to win the World Professional Billiards Championship, establishes him as one of the all time greatest players ever to emerge from Victoria. I am delighted to support his nomination for Life Membership of the VBSA.” 

Congratulations Robby.  Very well deserved.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 21st Jan 2021 - 4:53PM

COVID Update re Masks

Please find below an update on the State Restrictions in force from 5pm tonight.

The most significant is that we have to wear masks indoors, unless eating or drinking. It therefore follows that everybody playing Snooker or Billiards MUST be wearing a Mask!

The following restrictions will be in place in Victoria from 5pm tonight:

  • The limit of people gathering in the home will be reduced to 15 from 30.
  • Masks will be mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask. It needs to be worn anytime you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking.

 

We all need to be COVID Safe – don’t go into the city unless you have a booking, wear a mask indoors, practice good hand hygiene and if you are sick – stay at home. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/new-years-eve-restrictions

 

You can help by:

Directing people to the Victorian Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website for current information and updates: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/guidance-sectors

 

Keeping an eye on the locations where there have been infections and following the guidance. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks

 

There is also a free QR Code Service which all Victorian organisations are invited to use to record details of visitors to a venue. The Victorian Government QR Code Service will assist the contact tracing team if a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case is identified Victorian Government QR Code Service | Coronavirus Victoria

 

Additional guidance, including the COVIDSafe plan template, can be found at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/sport-exercise-and-physical-recreation-services-sector-guidance

Please remember you can find more information and the latest restrictions as announced on Thursday 31 December at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

 

Take care, and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Paul Cosgriff - VBSA President

By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 31st Dec 2020 - 7:12PM

World Grand Prix on Matchroom Live

Discussions have been ongoing with the U.K. to ascertain how we might be able to see the Snooker live here in Australia. Contractual obligations with Eurosport have been a “stumbling block”.

With the World Grand Prix running till Sunday 20th December, the WPBSA have now provided Australian coverage through Matchroom Live.  Click on this LINK to be directed to the website.

You can get a "Snooker Pass" from 12th December to 4th January for $7 or there is a Monthly subscription available.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 18th Dec 2020 - 7:40PM

VBSA Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Yarraville Club (not Reventon Academy) on Tuesday 5th January 2021 at 7:00pm.

At the AGM, Minutes of previous AGM will be confirmed, Reports received from President, Secretary & Treasurer and Election of Office Bearers conducted.  Life Memberships and General Business, including tournament & pennant competition, will also be discussed.

Your attendance at the AGM is highly recommended.  Refreshment will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting.

David Chigwidden, Secretary.

By: Mark Dunn  Mon 14th Dec 2020 - 2:15PM

Vale Margot Taylor

The Board and all members of the VBSA, along with the broader cuesports community, extend their deepest sympathies to George Taylor on the passing of his beloved wife and partner in business, Margot, on Saturday 21st November.  Our thoughts are with George, Michael, Kate, Alexandra and their extended families.

 

George & Margot simply WERE Alcocks, a major sponsor and supporter of all things cuesports in Victoria and Australia over many decades.

 

Margot's funeral is being held on Friday 27th November at 2:00pm at Allison Monkhouse in Brighton.  Due to COVID restrictions, this will be a private funeral.  However, the service is being live streamed and recorded.  You can watch the live stream by clicking this LINK at the time or watch the recorded service at any time afterwards. 

 

No flowers by request of family.

By: Mark Dunn  Mon 23rd Nov 2020 - 7:50PM

Corona Virus - Return to Play

A clarification has just been received for Sports & Recreation Victoria.  Initially, and pursuant to the latest Restricted Activity Directions, as of 11:59pm on 8 November 2020:

  1. Physical recreation that is indoors and non-contact can resume for all (adults and children).
  2. Community sport that is indoors and non-contact is allowed for those aged 18 years or below (children).
  3. Community sport that is indoors and non-contact is not allowed for those aged 19 and over (adults).

The clarification has determined that casual/social play is now classified as “Recreation” and is therefore allowed under Section 1 above.  “Sport” is defined as an official competition endorsed/run under the auspices of the relevant peak sporting body and is currently not allowed for adults (Section 3 above).  Organised pennant or even club competiions are still not permitted.

There are restrictions applicable to such allowed indoor recreation, and they can be found at: https://sport.vic.gov.au/our-work/return-to-play/restrictions-for-Victoria.  For your convenience, they are copied below.  Club/venue managers are to pay particular attention to these requirements.

Indoor physical recreation (including classes,gyms and personal training)

Adults:

  • Strict density quotient of 1 per 8m2.

  • Patron cap of up to 10 per space and 20 per venue with a maximum group size of 10 per session.

  • Patrons continue to wear face masks unless out of breath.

  • Staggered class times and time gap of 15 minutes to avoid congregation and exceeding group limits.

  • Required to have a COVIDSafe Marshal onsite. (Requirement now withdrawn as at 13/11/20)


Children (18 and under):

  • Non-contact activities permitted where a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained for a maximum of 20 people.

  • Spectators are limited to one parent, guardian or carer only, where child requires supervision.

For club/venue managers, the latest guidelines on reopening can be found at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-arts-and-recreation-services#covidsafe-plan-for-community-sport-and-recreation

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 12th Nov 2020 - 7:48PM

Corona Virus - Easing of Restrictions

Indoor Community Sport, including Billiards & Snooker, has been opened for Under 18 year olds from midnight tonight, 8th November, BUT NOT FOR ADULTS and therefore the vast majority of VBSA members are still unable to play our game.  It is expected that it will be opened for all ages from Sunday 22nd November in line with projected "Last Step" further easing.  Contravention of these restrictions can incur a fine of $10,000.

This advice has been provided today by the Victorian Government.  Attached is the latest schedule setting out these restrictions.  Refer to the Indoor Community Sport section; 2nd page, middle column.

Please adhere to the current restrictions.

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 8th Nov 2020 - 7:03PM

Vale - Denis Coghlan

The VBSA Board, all Members and Players, are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Denis Coghlan earlier today from pneumonia (not the coronavirus).

Denis has been a magnificent stalwart for our sports, and especially our Juniors, for many years. As the host of National, International and World Billiards Championships, the VBSA has been blessed to have Denis involved, with his unbounded enthusiasm and unstinting support.

Denis has been the first person to make himself available for any Refereeing or Official responsibilities to support the VBSA. As the President, and often Tournament Director, for VBSA Events, I have always been delighted to have Denis attending at Tournaments.

Denis also attended as many events for the Juniors as possible, and his keen eye was able to identify talent, and potential, for all our Australian Juniors.

Camberwell Cuesports (ex-St Mary’s) and Burwood RSL have been extremely fortunate to have Denis acting as “the heart and soul” of both those Clubs. Denis displayed magnificent professionalism in Office Bearer positions for both Clubs, as well as the Over 55's Association, and he will be sorely missed.

All of us who have had Denis in our lives as a fellow Team-Member, Club-Member, Association Supporter, Referee and great Friend, will sorely miss his presence in our lives, and his professionalism, cheerfulness and enthusiastic cooperation.

Paul Cosgriff, VBSA President

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 25th Jul 2020 - 4:30PM

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