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



Want to be a referee?

Contact: Larry Eforgan

Victorian Director of Referees

Ring: 0432 798 777

Or, Email Larry


Coming events
2023 Australian Junior Team Challenge (AJTC)
Starts: Jan 02, 2023

2023 Australian 8 Ball Federation (AEBF) Juniors
Starts: Jan 09, 2023

2023 Dr Clem Jones Queensland Open Snooker
Starts: Jan 26, 2023

2023 World Snooker Federation Junior Championship
Starts: Jan 31, 2023

2023 World Snooker Federation Championship
Starts: Feb 04, 2023

2023 APSBF 6 reds
Starts: Feb 19, 2023

2023 APSBF Open Snooker
Starts: Feb 22, 2023

2023 Victorian Seniors Snooker Tournament
Starts: Mar 04, 2023

Referee News

Relaxation of COVID Restrictions

It has now been officially announced by the State Government that from 11.59pm on Friday February 25, masks will no longer be needed in most indoor settings, including at workplaces.  This includes Billiard Rooms so with the removal of the need to use QR codes recently announced, VBSA players can now play their sport unhindered after Friday.

More details can be found on the State Government webpage by clicking this LINK

All players are reminded to be conscious of good hygiene practises whilst we return (hopefully) to normal settings.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 22nd Feb 2022 - 12:38PM

Message from the President
As the President, I thank all of you for your efforts during this year. After the loss of 2020, I am only able to have admiration for all that you have endured during 2021. 
For those of you who have been able to arrive at this point without becoming destitute, I would like to recommend two Charities to you: 
In March this year we lost Adrian Lawson, a strong VBSA supporter in a number of Pennant Teams, and an extremely nice person to meet, and have as a fellow competitor. Having come to Melbourne, from Sydney, with his lovely wife, Megan, Adrian contributed to many people in a variety of ways. 
Adrian was a fine Chef, a very capable Snooker player, a superb Spin Bowler in Cricket, and had obtained a Doctorate in Corporate and Criminal Law. All of us who knew him are poorer for Adrian's passing. We convey sincere condolences to Megan, and all of Adrian's family and friends. 
We lost Adrian, far too early, as a result of his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This terrible scourge has afflicted Neale Daniher, and this Queen's Birthday Monday (14/6), the AFL are having the "Big Freeze" at the MCG to raise funds to "Fight MND". 
For any of you - who remember Adrian so fondly - could I recommend to you that supporting these attempts to find a Cure for MND would be extremely appropriate? Thanks. 
Next week, on Thursday (17/6), Chris Christofi, and his wife, Billie, will be joining in the "Vinnie's CEO Sleepout", and they are Ambassadors for that Event. 
If you click on to their donation area through Reventon, every donation you make towards the cause of eliminating homelessness, will be matched by Chris and his company. 
This is an extremely worthwhile cause, and the "doubling" offer makes any contribution that you are able to provide, even more significant. 
Reventon, and Chris and Billie, have been fantastic supporters for the VBSA Members, and both Billiards and Snooker. We do not forget our supporters, and Sponsors, especially when all of us have had to go through such trying times. 
Look after yourselves. Stay safe. 
Paul Cosgriff 
President VBSA 
By: Alec Spyrou  Thu 10th Jun 2021 - 6:04PM

Referee ranks swollen.

Congratulations are extended to both Balraj Dhaliwal and Maurice Chilton who reached the conclusion of a course of seminars designed to instruct potential referees. Today both were subjected to a searching examination, made all the more daunting by the presence of not one Class 1 Examiner or even two but which also included a third examiner in the shape of a mentored referee on his journey to becoming a Class 1 Examiner.

With flying colours is a phrase lost in the maritime practices of yesteryear but is certainly appropriate to describe the outcome of their exam in the case of both candidates. The VBSA and the ABSC warmly welcome two new referees of whom high hopes are retained for future success.

Many thanks must go to the new VBSA Secretary and Class 2 Mentored Referee Jon Moss for his input over all five weeks of the course and his assisstance during the examination. Thanks also go to experienced Class 3 Referee Michael Lang for his assisstance during the practical seminar and to VBSA President and Class 1 Examiner Paul Cosgriff for his expert and insightful contribution, also during the examination.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 16th May 2021 - 5:12PM

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

VBSA Board & Administration Contacts

Following the recent Annual General Meeting, there have been a number of changes to the Board and support roles.  These changes, and the relevant contact information, can be found by clicking on this LINK.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 30th Aug 2019 - 3:59PM

Official Rules of Snooker and English Billiards

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association announces the launch of a new version of the Official Rules of Snooker and English Billiards.


Refer VBSA website Help Page for details.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 13th Aug 2019 - 10:26AM


The VBSA ByLaws have been updated to clarify and simplify the playing conditions for Pennant competition.

It is strongly recommended that ALL team captains familiarise themselves with these ByLaws.

Click this LINK to be taken to the Policies & Procedures page where you can view the updated ByLaws.

Thanks to all involved in reviweing the document.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 27th Jul 2019 - 10:56AM


On Wednesday 5th June 2019, a Semi Final was held in C Grade Snooker between Bentleigh 2 and a team from Cue 8 Bar at Bentleigh Club.

 An attempt was made by the Cue 8 Bar team to have a superior player compete under another player’s name in this Final. Cheating is never acceptable in Snooker and Billiards. We pride ourselves on playing Sports with the highest standard of Sportsmanship.

The VBSA Board is determined that all of us should recognise our responsibility to compete with the highest possible standards.

The four Members of the Cue 8 Bar Team from that evening have been Banned from Snooker and Billiards Competitions held by the VBSA, or any VBSA Affiliates, for a period of 6 months.

The Cue 8 Bar Management have been placed on notice that they have a responsibility to ensure that their Teams are operating responsibly, in all regards of our Sports. If there is any attempt to have a player from Cue 8 Bar to play under another player’s name, then severe sanctions will be imposed on Cue 8 Bar.

The Board is saddened that such behaviour has occurred, and regrets having to provide this response. However, the Board is determined that such behaviour, and any consideration of cheating, must never occur again.


Paul Cosgriff, President

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 13th Jul 2019 - 9:45AM

2019 World Billiards Championship - Early Ticket R

Early release tickets for the World Billiards Open (October 6-7) and the World Billiards Championship (October 8-12) at RACV Club, Melbourne, go on sale on Monday July 1.

For more information see attached Information Sheet.

For ticket sales click this LINK.

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 30th Jun 2019 - 12:29PM

Vale Daryl Ferenbach

It is with great sadness we advise the passing of Daryl Ferenbach last weekend.  Darryl was only 60 years old.

He was a member of the Maccabi Snooker Club for 26 years, a VBSA member for many of those years and also a former class 3 Snooker Referee. 

The VBSA Board expresses its condolences to Daryl's family and the Maccabi community.


The funeral for Daryl was held at Springvale Cemetary on Friday 21st and a memorial service was then very well attended at the Bentleigh Club on Sunday 23rd. Daryl had no surviving immediate family and the packed Legends Room upstairs at the club, very appropriately adjacent to the Snooker room, was a testament to the esteem he was held in by his remaining family, his very many friends and his Snooker comrades at Maccabi.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 20th Jun 2019 - 5:20PM


This time of the year is always extremely crowded, and the VBSA is greatly appreciative of all the efforts that are made by so many of our Members. All these events would not be successful without the support that all of you show.

The Reventon International was a terrific success, and we are confident that all who attended found it a very enjoyable experience. The promotion of our Sponsors is extremely important for the health and strength of our great Sports.

Thank you to all the Members who will compete in the Reventon Classic this coming weekend. It is vital that the Classic is successful in its own right, as well as leading in to the Billiards Events. An enormous amount of work goes in to these Events, and we obviously enjoy seeing great players from Interstate, and Internationally.

World Billiards, and especially Jason Colebrook, have created a marvelous Festival for us here in June. And, in October, we are fortunate enough to have the 2019 World Billiards Championships here at the RACV, through the superb efforts of Warwick Loton, and his cohorts, especially David Pitt.

You have all done incredibly well, supporting the VBSA over these last weeks, with Pennant Finals, and so many Tournaments. Let’s thoroughly enjoy ourselves through these days of the Festival, and Remember: The 2019 Victorian State Snooker Championship is only a fortnight after the Billiards finishes! Please make sure you enter.

George Hoy has done a magnificent job in accepting all the Entries for so many Events. Please try to assist George as much as possible, and don’t place any extra pressure on him. The VBSA could not exist without the tireless endeavours of so many people.

Please consider how you may assist the VBSA as the State Sporting Association. We have to have more people involved, and working for the good of our Sports. Please consider how you might contribute, and provide assistance when there’s always so much “work” to be done!

When the World Billiards is on especially, we will need as many of our Members as possible to contribute their own physical support, and presence. Please consider how you might contribute, and support. When our Annual General Meeting is held, in a couple of months, it would be very satisfying to find a Membership base that all want to help, and contribute, in any way possible.

Please remember that your own health, and the health and well-being of your loved ones, comes first. Second, never imperil your own work situation. However, if you then have time, and the physical capability to contribute, then please do so!

The responsibilities incumbent on the VBSA have grown exponentially in the last 5 years. Please provide support for all the Board Members, and all who work so tirelessly for our Sports in Leadership roles.

Thank you for all that you have provided up to now. We now embrace a most exciting Future, and are grateful for all that you provide.



By: Mark Dunn  Tue 4th Jun 2019 - 9:13PM

Australian National Titles

Not one speech was made at the championships that failed to mention the referees and rightly so. The winner Steve Mifsud, the runner up Charlie Chafe, the ABSC President Frank Dewens and the TD and VBSA President Paul Cosgriff all had something positive to say.

The referees in question were, in no particular order, Abraham Newman, Praveen Chandra, Neil Brown, Mark Bini, Anuj Rathee, Colin Winter, Kim Ivett, Jim Lewis, Jon Moss and Brendon Lang.

It was originally the intention of Tommy Watson of Tasmania to join the ranks but personal issues finally prevented that.

Brendon Lang was also an entrant in the event itself but made himself available as soon as his match finished on Friday despite a heavy cold, he was fortunately able to be available on Saturday after recovering somewhat overnight.

Colin Winter and Mark Bini also managed to beat the pain barrier to participate as did Kim Ivett, all with various leg and other aches and pains and a big thanks go to all of them.

Neil Brown was once again tireless and completed 8 matches over the weekend, not all of them as easy as the 5 - 0 semi-final that he took charge of on table 5 between eventual winner Steve Mifsud and his victim on this occasion, Matthew Bolton.

The easiest match by far however was the one the gods reserved for myself, ably assisted by George Hoy on the scoreboard. This match was held in the pit between Adrian Ridley and Tyson Crinis, it took 55 minutes to complete the four frames which also included a toilet break and contained 5 breaks over 40. As awesome a display of potting by any player we have ever seen and agreed by both George and myself that it would have been hard even for the players on the professional circuit to have lived with Adrian.

That match was a quarter-final and the semi-final that it got Adrian into was at the other end of the room on table 1 and overseen by our newest Class 1 Snooker referee Kim Ivett. This proved to be another very easy match to referee once the lighting in the room was made satisfactory. Adrian started this match as he had finished his last with breaks of 59 and 61 with a foul by Charlie to let him in which saw the frame score showing a lopsided 124 - 0. This did not faze Charlie in the slightest and he took the next four frames with his own display of attacking snooker to almost make the match a formality. Adrian, not one to give up at any time, did take the 6th frame but Charlie ran out the winner in the 7th frame with another 57 break after making the same score in frame 5.

The quality of the play earlier witnessed in the pit did not desert the final that was so ably officiated by Jim Lewis. Steve Mifsud took the 1st frame, Charlie the 2nd and Steve the 3rd and 4th. Charlie then took another four in a row to leave Steve trailing 3 - 5. Steve Mifsud has not been the Australian Champion 7 times previously without being a very dangerous opponent in that type of situation and so it proved once again as he took the last 3 frames, including  two sizeable breaks, to equal the record of wins for this event with his eighth.

The performance by Jim Lewis in this final was almost flawless apart from one brain fade on the scores at one stage of the match which did not have any bearing on the players or the result. His many years of experience was otherwise on display and he was deservedly thanked for his performance by both players and officials.


By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 21st Aug 2018 - 1:15PM

New Referees

We welcome Simon Lo and Anuj Rathee to the refereeing fraternity after their success in gaining Class 3 Snooker accreditation. Both candidates proved to be intelligent and enthusiastic in completing the course and successfull in their examination. They have both committed to being fully inclusive in as many tournaments as they can and will be new yet very welcome faces at Yarraville early next month for the Reventon Classic.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 25th Apr 2018 - 7:42AM

COVID Exposure

Unfortunately Larry Eforgan our Director of Victorian referees has tested positive for COVID on the 18th March and he would have been infectious for upto 7 days beforehand. He is now isolating.

We strongly recommend anyone who was at the Yarraville Hat Trick event or has been in contact with Larry or anyone who may have been in contact with Larry (effectively anyone in our community) gets a RAT test. If you can its best to test for a couple of days as COVID is not always detected on the first test. 

Please follow all government guidelines to help keep your friends and family safe. All information can be found at

By: Alec Spyrou  Mon 21st Mar 2022 - 11:35AM

Return to Play - Season 2
The following is subject to change with little notice dependent on the changing situation and the availability of venues.
The VBSA Board has decided, in conjunction with Sports & Recreation Victoria, the ABSC and relevant health authorities, to commence the Season 2 Pennant competition on Monday 20th July, 2020.  Season 1 has been abandoned with no team and individual awards to be made.  Pennant registration fees for the first 3 rounds of Season 1 will not be charged.
Note that all grades have been set at 4-man teams and that the provision of supper, including post match drinks, is banned to avoid compromising social distancing measures.
All members, team organisers & club managers are asked to start organising teams for entry into Season 2.  Team Entry can be made online by clicking on this LINK or click on the blue panel "Membership & Team Registration Forms" on the left of this page
Your attention is drawn to the Mandatory requirement for players, teams and Clubs to adhere to Federal/State Government guidelines, as well as those imposed by the VBSA with guidance by the ABSC.  Details of these are available in below post.  All Team Entries require sign off of your agreement to these requirements.  Player, team and Club expulsion for non-adherence, as well as government fines, will be the responsibility of the Clubs.
Clearly, the major issue will be the availability of venues to conduct competition.  It is hoped that the proposed relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on 20th July will mean that sufficient venues are available.  Should the COVID-19 restrictions be reinstated resulting in venues not being available and indoor recreation again being banned, then the season start date will need to be postponed with a resulting shortening of the season.  Of course, some venues may not be available till later in the year irrespective of the relaxation of restrictions.  Bottom line is that nothing is “set in stone” but the Board will be making every effort to maximise the opportunity that now presents itself.
Pennant specific queries should be directed to Score Registrar, Mark Dunn
COVID-19 or policy specific queries should be directed to the VBSA Secretary, David Chigwidden
By: Mark Dunn  Tue 23rd Jun 2020 - 7:25PM

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

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

2019 VBSA Season 2 Finals

Congratulations to our 2019 Season 2 Champions.



A Premier (APB) – Kooyong 8 def Yarraville 4

B Premier (BPB) – RACV 4 def Yarraville 4; on points

C Premier (CPB) – Brunswick 6 def RACV 2


B Willis (BWS) - Bentleigh Ball Breakers 7 def Cheltenham Panthers 1

B State (BVS2) – Cheltenham 7 def DC Warriors 5

C Willis North (CWSN) - Bentleigh Club 7 def North Brighton Legends 6

C Willis South (CWSS) - Frankston RSL 7 def Mulgrave CC 2

C State (CVS2) – BC Demons 7 vs Mulgrave Miss Hits 3

D Willis (DWS) - Bentleigh Maccabi 7 vs Brunswick Rebels 6

Polo shirts for both teams will not be available until approximately February 2020 due to Christmas/New Year close down.

Thank you all for your participation & co-operation in 2019. All the best for the festive season and see you all in 2020. 

NOW is a great time to start preparing your team for 2020.  Entry forms will be available soon.



By: Mark Dunn  Tue 19th Nov 2019 - 5:43PM

VBSA ByLaws Update November 2019

Changes have been made to Sections 2 & 10 of the VBSA ByLaws governing Pennant competition.  An e-mail will be sent to all registered VBSA players detailing the changes and a summary is attached here.

Go to this webpage to see current ByLaws.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 9th Nov 2019 - 9:15AM

Class 2

Jon Moss today underwent the process to complete the transition from Class 3 to Class 2 in Snooker that he described as gruelling. As his examiners, Paul Cosgriff and myself are pleased to announce that Jon has negotiated the fire to emerge unharmed and has successfully achieved that step up in class. 

Congratulations Jon Moss.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 18th Sep 2019 - 3:02PM

VBSA Annual General Meeting & Special Resolution

The VBSA is the State Sporting Association (SSA) for Billiards and Snooker in Victoria. The State Government requires that all SSA's have a Quota of 40% Women on their Board. This requirement became effective on 1st July 2019.

After discussions with the State Government, we provided an undertaking to have our Rules (Constitution) amended at this year’s AGM, to come into line with their requirements.

A notice of Special Resolution was posted to the VBSA website 21 days ahead of the AGM allowing all members to view it in a public domain prior to casting their vote.   A vote was held passing the Special Resolution almost unanimously with only one voter abstaining.  The revised Rules can be viewed here

Prior to the 2019 AGM, we have targeted a number of women to join our Board adding appropriate qualifications and talent to enhance the performance of our Board.  Voters successfully installed four women to the Board.

The VBSA Board for 2019 consists of the following members:
Mr Paul Cosgriff             President
Dr Shelly Ames              Vice President
Mrs Sue Chigwidden      Treasurer
Mr David Chigwidden     Secretary
Ms Kathy Howden          Board Member
Ms Kim Ivett                   Board Member
Mr Manny Stefanou        Board Member

Assistants to the Board:
Mr Larry Eforgan              Director of Referees
Mr Mark Dunn                  Score Registrar
Mr Alec Spyrou                 Tournament Convener/Webmaster

There are a number of other willing participants:
Simon Fortune                  Pennant Fixturing
Kane Chigwidden              Assistant to the Board
David Pitt                           City Clubs delegate and game historian
Jason Colebrook               Billiards tournaments
Tony Fridman                    Junior Development
Rohan Liston                     I.T. 

The Board would like to thank the outgoing members of the last Board for their dedication and hard work throughout their time on the Board and all contributions made over their time involved.

Kind regards

David Chigwidden

By: Mark Dunn  Wed 21st Aug 2019 - 7:21PM

VBSA Annual General Meeting

The 2019 AGM is scheduled for Thursday 15th August at 7:15pm at Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville (NOT Reventon Academy)

Please see attached documents

  • Notice of Meeting
  • Agenda
  • Board Nomination Form
  • Notice of Special Resolution

Please note that you must be a financial member of the VBSA to vote at the AGM.  A member is defined as

  • a Life Member, or
  • an "Active" referee, or
  • played at least one VBSA match in the current year, or
  • paid a $20 membership fee in the current year, AND
  • submitted & had accepted a Membership Form. 
By: Mark Dunn  Wed 24th Jul 2019 - 7:17PM

By: George Hoy  Sat 11th May 2019 - 1:36PM

Reventon Presentation


All VBSA Members, and Members of our Affiliates, would be aware of the manner in which the Reventon Group, and the CEO and Founder, Chris Christofi, have been so supportive of our sports.

The VBSA wishes to recognise the Reventon Group, and provide an opportunity for our Members.

There will be a Presentation of “Make the most of the money you earn” by Chris Christofi, in April. Having attended previous presentations, I am relieved to report that there is no “hard sell”, and that it could be quite beneficial to some of our Members, Families, Friends and Staff.

The Presentation is at the Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville 3015 on Tuesday April 16th. Food & Drinks are served on arrival at 6pm. The Presentation should commence at 6:45pm.

This opportunity is for anybody who is a home owner, with a mortgage. Couples should have a combined income of $120,000 or more, and singles $80,000 or more.

The Reventon Group are offering $2000 towards your investment, for any Member or Associate of the  Australian Snooker Community, and a $2000 VISA Card for anyone providing a Referral.

Any VBSA Members, or their families and friends, who would like to attend the Presentation, to see & hear how they might benefit, should click on this LINK to register.

The VBSA would never wish anybody to place themselves under financial pressure. The Reventon Group is providing advice for those people, who are able to freely utilise an investment opportunity, without any pressure from anybody.

Thank you for your time and attention.


By: Mark Dunn  Fri 15th Mar 2019 - 5:49PM

Reventon International at Albury

Entry closing date extended to Friday 18th May at 12PM. Reventon have did it over 106 entries great effort from everyone who entered in supporting our great game


Australian Snooker's largest ever cash prize is coming to the Commercial Club in Albury...

The REVENTON/COMMERCIAL CLUB INTERNATIONAL SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP boasts a $50,000 prize pool including an amazing $8,000 Consolation Plate.

Come and be a part of Snooker's biggest event and this year's first REVENTON TRIPLE CROWN event on May 24-26.

Get your entry in today via the VBSA Shop or from the entry form below.


UPDATE.  See the attached document regarding a terrific accommodation offer at the COMMODORE MOTOR INN.


By: Mark Dunn  Wed 13th Mar 2019 - 5:03PM

Realised Ambition

Praveen Chandra had a wish which was to take charge of the Grand Final of the Australian National Championships. The 2017 tournament was where that ambition was realised. The match between winner, Adrian Ridley and runner up, Steve Mifsud despite being played over 11 frames, 9 of which were completed, did not come anywhere near being the most difficult of the weekend. I must say that Praveen did a good job even though nothing contentious came up during the proceedings.

This was not the case for all referees in attendance however. Jim Lewis had a 6 hour match first up, Colin Winter and Mark Bini were both thrown to the wolves with back to back 7 framer's. Colin's legacy was a popped knee which kept him at home the next day unable to walk very far. Mark also suffered as his broken foot was not yet fully healed and he was only able to complete one match on Saturday before succumbing to the pain.

Despite these setbacks the referees performed well enough that nobody noticed them, which is as it should be. Long stints at the tables was the lot for most of them on Friday and Saturday but the result was as smooth a running of a tournament as one could wish for.

Congratulations for a job well done to Praveen, semi final referees Jim Lewis and Abraham Newman along with John and Kim Ivett, Neil Allison, Neil Brown, Mark Bini, Denis Coghlan, Michael Lang, Adam Beitner and Colin Winter from Victoria, with special thanks to Glenn Domeika, who travelled from S.A.

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 - 12:47PM

Chinese success

Jon Moss has now completed all his matches in Beijing and is headed home. Lots of positives from the trip and experiences to treasure. He has represented Australia, Victoria and Maccabi with distinction after following in the footsteps of Kim and John Ivett who have both also represented Australia and Victoria in overseas events in recent years. All three have enhanced the growing reputation in far flung corners of the globe of the competence of our referees. 

By: Larry Eforgan  Sat 15th Jul 2017 - 5:27PM

China Referee

The IBSF World U18 & U21 Snooker Championships will this year be held in China between the dates of 7th and 17th of July. Expressions of interest were called for from Australian referees to officiate at this prestigious event which prompted a response from Jon Moss.

I am delighted to announce that this application has been met with an affirmative answer.

Jon will be travelling to China with the blessing and encouragement of the V.B.S.A. as well as the other Victorian referees.

Jon has had a meteoric rise as a referee since first being accredited and has elicited admiring comments from many of his senior comrades.

His profile along with those of other Victorian referees can be found on the referee profile page on this site.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 31st May 2017 - 8:37PM

Pennant ByLaws

The board of the VBSA wish to advise all pennant players that Rule No. 8 of the current ByLaws (Matches) has been revised to clarify that if any player were to be in arrears by 10 points plus the value of the colours remaining after potting the final red, then the player would be allowed to finish that turn at the table and that the frame may only be claimed or awarded if the 10-point rule can be invoked at the conclusion of the turn.

It is also to be understood that any player with the advantage of that rule and is ahead in the frame by enough points has the right to claim the frame at any time during any turn at the table as soon as the rule comes into effect.

Please refer to below LINK to view updated ByLaws.

Thanks to Shelly Ames for highlighting this issue.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 - 4:32PM

Victorian Referees in Albury

The Victorian referee convoy on the highway to Albury this year included John and Kim Ivett travelling up with Polly to keep us all under control, Neil Allison after a long absence from the Fred Osbourne, Jon Moss for his first time with myself as his passenger and in transit listener.

A much easier work load than in previous years due to the low entry numbers and the assistance of local referees Leigh Condon, Don Walker and Graham Tucker made the weekend that much more relaxing and enjoyable as we availed ourselves of the very warm welcome and fantastic facilities of the Commercial Club.


The snooker tournament itself was run without a hitch and with little or no controversy, many favourites falling by the wayside and a final contested by one of the old guard in Joe Minici against new blood in the guise of Ryan Thomerson.


This final, as have many others in the past, was overseen by the highly experienced John Ivett conducting things in his own inimitable style. Ryan was the eventual winner taking the final 4 frames to 2 over a rather subdued Joe Minici.


By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 2nd Aug 2016 - 2:52PM

State Titles Refs

The Victorian State Titles was this year contested using two venues. The referees in attendance at Yarraville were John and Kim Ivett, Neil Allison, Jon Loughron, Neil Brown and Denis Coghlan.

The attendees at Brunswick were unusual because of the fact that all these referees came from the Maccabi Club and to my knowledge the first time that one club has supplied all the referees for one venue. It did not come about through design but because of the venue preference of all referees being taken into account and just the way it turned out.

Those referees were Abraham Newman, Brendon and Michael Lang, Colin Winter, Jon Moss and myself.

With the rescheduling of the quarter finals from Saturday to Sunday morning there was an added necessity for extra troops and the call was answered by Denis Coghlan and Abraham Newman. Neil Brown who was in attendance as a semi final referee did the 3rd quarter final whilst I took charge of the last one.

John Ivett and Neil then oversaw the two semi finals with Kim Ivett once again and very ably, taking on the final.


By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 6th Jun 2016 - 11:13AM

Welsh Open Referee - Kim Ivett

Our world travelling referee Kim Ivett is now on her way home from the U.K. after playing a prominent part in the Welsh Open Snooker Championships. In the course of her participation as an official there she has taken charge of matches that have included the players Tom Ford, Jason Weston, Luca Brecel, Ian Burns, Ben Woollaston, Jamie Cope, Dechawat Poomjaeng, Robert Milkins, Ali Carter, Fergal O’Brien, Robin Hull, Mark Allen, Ken Doherty, Joe Perry, Graeme Dott and  Marco Fu. She has also marked for the referees in charge of the matches between Neil Robertson V. Marco Fu and Ronnie O’Sullivan V. Yu De Lu. Some awesome names there I think you would agree, including four world champions.

Safe trip home Kim where a warm and congratulatory welcome awaits.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sat 20th Feb 2016 - 12:39PM

2015 Statistics

The attachments here are the general statistics, mostly in chart form, for the refereeing activity in 2015. No stigma or kudos should be attached to the amount of commitment from each referee, as work, study, health and lifestyle will always dictate how much each person is able to contribute. Even officiating in one match adds to the riches that Victoria possesses in its professional guardians of the rules.

A debt of gratitude, duly paid here, is owed by the board and members of the V.B.S.A. as well as the players Australia wide, for the commitment and professionalism displayed by all the Victorian Referees.

Wishing all a restful break and a pleasant festive season.


By: Larry Eforgan  Thu 3rd Dec 2015 - 9:12AM

Tournament Charts

Here are the chart graphs showing referee activity in all the Melbourne based tournaments for 2015

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 18th Nov 2015 - 5:50PM

3 New Colleagues

Adam Beitner, Jon Moss and Colin Winter have joined our ranks with their successful negotiation of the examination for Class 3 Snooker referees.

All three are long time pennant players and members of the Victoria Maccabi Snooker Club and have had a good working knowledge of the rules for some years. Their accreditation as qualified referees comes after some intense sessions with the rule book and assessments of their time at the table. I am sure that all three will in time, enhance the established and enviable reputation of the Victorian referees.


By: Larry Eforgan  Thu 12th Nov 2015 - 9:59AM

Henry and his Referees

On 16th of July at the opening ceremony for the Australian Open Billiards Championships Henry Chetcuti was presented with his certificate which shows his status to now be Billiards Class 1.

An overdue and well deserved upgrade due to his work both with Mike D’Silva in previous years and with myself and John Ivett this year in promoting many new Billiards referees.

The latest members of that fraternity were also deservedly honoured with their newly acquired Class 3 certificates at the same time. Welcome Jason Colebrook, Ian Gilbee, Warwick Loton, Jacob Streiff, Mick Williams and Mike Wollin.

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 16th Jun 2015 - 8:58PM

New Referees

Paul Thomerson and Daryl Ferenbach have now both completed the course for referees and have also passed the examination.

They are both very welcome additions to our ranks and Daryl in particular is keen to be active and will soon, I'm sure, be a well known face.

Paul is someone who is familiar to all in the sport and although he is expected to be playing at the pointy end of most tournaments his accreditation will be valuable to him and us in his position as National Coaching Director. Paul has been added to the list of referee profiles with Daryl to follow soon.

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 26th May 2015 - 2:22PM

Guidelines for Rule 14 for D Grade Pennant

Despite any instructions to the contrary all official rules (as well as all the V.B.S.A. playing conditions) apply to all grades. This includes Section 3 Rule 14 which covers the Foul and a Miss instructions. The rule is to be administered as stated in the rule book. The main issue to remember with this rule in D grade is that all players acting as referees must be fair to all players and to take into consideration the difference in skill of the D grade players, which by definition must be lesser than higher grades. With this in mind and only when in snookered situations, all referees are admonished to be very open in their opinions when assessing genuine attempts at an escape.

When snookers are required to win a frame then a miss cannot be called.

In D grade 90% of the fouls caused by snookers should not be called a miss.

Referees must take into consideration whether the player from any snookered situation has struck intervening balls not on. A miss must be called unless the stroke is beyond the capabilities of the striker.

(A good rule of thumb for this situation is to consider if the snookering ball or balls are closer to the ball on or to the cue ball. If the former is the case then some leniency may be allowed and if the latter, then the escapee has more opportunity to avoid the offending obstruction and it should not be struck.)

Referees must take into consideration whether the player from any snookered situation has hit the stroke with enough force to reach a ball on. A miss must be called unless the stroke is beyond the capabilities of the striker.

The instructions in both the sentences above must be enforced if there is a straight line path from the cue ball to any part of a ball on but can also be ignored by referees if in their opinion the stroke was difficult enough to be beyond the capabilities of the player. An example of this would be if the cue ball was tight to a cushion and the ball on was only able to be struck at its finest edge and was some distance away. Other examples may also apply.

The skill level of the striker in any grade must be taken into account when making a call of Miss but is not a reason to avoid it.

Larry Eforgan. Director of Referees.

By: Larry Eforgan  Sat 21st Feb 2015 - 5:41PM

ABSC Anti Doping Policy

All members should have read, understood and agree to abide by the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, effective from 1 January 2021, and found on the Sport Integrity Australia website being the anti-doping policy adopted by The Australian Billiards & Snooker Council and applicable to all members, participants and non-participants.

By: Alan Croft  Thu 15th Jan 2015 - 1:13PM

VIC Referee Activity 2014

I have uploaded a PDF of the stats for the work done in 2014. I do not have individual details for CofM as I wasn't there on the Sat and Sun. But all referees who officiated have a "Y" against their name. The same format is used for other events where I do not have more details. If I have missed anyone, please let me know so I can amend it forthwith. Thanks for all the hard work in 2014...

By: Michael D'Silva  Fri 9th Jan 2015 - 8:03AM

WPBSA Rules Changes Aug 2014

Please see attached "Information" for recent changes to the rules of snooker and billiards. The PDF will give you a quick overview and a complete copy of the rules may be downloaded from World Snooker's website. A new flowchart to assist with application of the Foul & A Miss rule has also been provided. This is from the Sussex referees' manual, a very handy reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the rules of Billiards and Snooker.

By: Michael D'Silva  Wed 17th Sep 2014 - 3:52PM