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


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Referee Profiles

Larry Eforgan
Examined and first accredited - 1996

Upgraded to Class 2 -2002

Upgraded to Class 1 Examiner 2008

Officiated at all major Victorian tournaments including taking charge of all major finals - Australian National titles, Fred Osbourne Classic, Princes Cup, Kings Cup, Lance Pannell, C.O.M. and A grade pennant finals.

Appointed Director of Referees for Victoria March 2015

Elected State Representative to the ABSR November 2015

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 11th Mar 2015 - 12:52PM

John Ivett

First accredited - 1986

Upgraded to Class 2 - 1993

Upgraded to Class 1 Examiner – 1995


Major Achievements

Officiated at all major Victorian and National Snooker & Billiards tournaments including Oceania and Professional events..

Officiated at IBSF World Snooker Championships in Bangalore, India (creating history, becoming the first Father/Daughter combination to officiate at the same World Championships).

Refereed numerous Tournament Finals including Fred Osbourne Championship, Albury (12 consecutive years).

Developed and examined many Snooker & Billiards referees together with providing ongoing guidance over many years.

Managed and coordinated numerous major cue sport events over long period.

Held position of Victorian Director of Referees for several years as well as Convener/chairman of the ABSR committee.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 16th Mar 2015 - 9:28AM

Jon Moss

Class 3

First accredited November 2015

Jon is one of three along with Adam Beitner and Colin Winter who are welcomed to the refereeing fraternity this summer.

Jon is, as are Colin and Adam, long time and dedicated snooker aficionados who have taken pride in their knowledge and observance of the rules of our game over many years, both as playing members and pennant representatives of Maccabi.

Their stripes are well earned after takiing charge of at least one match per week since joining and passing the intense sessions and examination with John Ivett.


By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 23rd Nov 2015 - 7:01PM

Kim Ivett

First Accredited Class 3 Snooker - April 2008

Upgraded to Class 2 Snooker - June 2012

Upgraded to Class 1 Snooker - April 2018

First Accredited Class 3 Billiards - April 2013

Upgraded to Class 2 Billiards - July 2015

Q School Qualification - England 2015

Major Achievements

Officiated at all major Victorian & Australian National Billiards & Snooker tournaments. Refereed many major ranking event finals, the first being the Princes Cup 2009, also the Lance Pannell, the Victorian Title, the City of Melbourne, the Australian Nationals, the Fred Osbourne Albury and the Australian Open.

Officiated at the Oceania Championships 2011-2015 and took charge of the Women's final 4yrs consecutively, 2011-2014. Took charge of the Women's 6-Red final and the Men's Billiards Semi final in 2015.

Officiated at IBSF World Championships in Bangalore Nov 2014, refereed the Men's Quarter final. Made history with John Ivett being the first ever Father/Daughter referee team at a World Championships event. Assessed and received an official IBSF badge.

My first Professional World Snooker event was the Nov 2013 PTC Antwerp Open, Belgium, which also had the European Amateur Players Event running along side it. I was honoured to ref the Final along side the Semi finals for the Antwerp Open. Officiated at World Snooker Q-School, May 2015 both Event 1 and 2.

Officiated at the Professional World Snooker Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo 2014, 2015 (including taking charge of a match).

Kim has now enhanced her ever growing reputation with her performance at the IBSF World Billiards Championships in Adelaide which included the honour of officiating in the Grand Final of the Women's event.


By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 6th May 2015 - 6:30PM

George Hoy

Class 3

First accredited in the 1970s

The V.B.S.A. Treasurer has been a qualified referee for 40 years (and it don’t seem a day to much) He is one of the faces of Victorian Snooker and usually takes on the role of Tournament Director for the major events.

The highlight of his career as a referee came a few years ago at the Brunswick Club where George was the official in the match between Ray (Dracula) Reardon and Alex (Hurricane) Higgins, under the watchful eye of his coach and Billiards champion ,Tommy Cleary.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 11th May 2015 - 8:47PM

Neil Allison

First accredited 2008.

Class 3 Snooker.

Upgraded 2015

Class 2 Snooker


Neil is a veteran of many tournaments with a C.V. that includes lots of quarter and semi finals. He was in charge of the recent (2015) Lance Pannell grand final and has previously refereed the final of the Australian National Championships.

A long time stalwart and No. 1 player for the North Brighton club, Neil is also somewhat of a trivia buff on all things Snooker.

His other, successes have come in the City of Melbourne, the Nationals, The Fred Osbourne in Albury and many pennant finals matches.

He was also the grand final referee for the 2015 Victorian State Championships

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 30th Jun 2015 - 6:07PM

Martin Deeley

First accredited 2005

Class 3 Billiards and Snooker


A stalwart at many major championships including Oceania 2007, The City of Melbourne titles, Victorian and State Billiards and Snooker championships.

Martin also keeps himself in trim by riding his bike over 200 kms. per week . That’s a push bike not a motor bike.


By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 13th Apr 2015 - 10:19AM

Damian Willcox

First accredited - 2005

Upgraded to Billiards Class 2 -2008



Officiated at all major Victorian tournaments, Australian National titles,  Princes Cup, Kings Cup, Lance Pannell and pennant finals.

Specialises in Billiards tournaments and has officiated in the Victorian and National titles including the finals in each of these events. He has also refereed at 3 World Billiards in Singapore, Bangalore and Leeds and refereed a Semi-final in all of those events

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 16th Mar 2015 - 9:40AM

Paul Thomerson

First accredited 2015

Class 3 Snooker


Paul is newly appointed as a referee this month but has already proved his competence at the National Junior Titles held this year at Brunswick and enhanced that reputation with his work at the West Coast International where he refereed a total of 12 frames including those of one of the quarter finals.

Paul brings a wealth of snooker knowledge to the fraternity and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s top players. His latest claim to fame was his triumph in the 2015 Australian Masters which completed a first time father and son same year double after son Ryan’s U21 Oceania title.  Paul is also the National Director of Coaching and is accredited with Level 2 Examiner status that qualifies him for that position, he is also one of Snooker’s (and life’s) nice guys. 

By: Larry Eforgan  Tue 26th May 2015 - 2:07PM

Mark Bini

First accredited  2012

Class 3

Mark is another competent and reliable Victorian Referee and usually one of the first with his hand up whenever we are required for tournaments.

He has been an ever present at all the Melbourne events since accreditation including all Pennant finals.

He refereed in the final stages of the City of Melbourne tournament last year and has taken charge of the final of the Victorian Women’s Open Snooker Championships two years running.

For all those pennant players wishing to solve any rules disputes you will find Mark to be very approachable, don’t be put off by his height and imposing physique.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 11th May 2015 - 2:31PM

Denis Coghlan



Examined and first accredited :  2013

Class 3 referee – Billiards and Snooker

Officiated at all Billiards tournaments played in Victoria since May 2013, including the finals of the 2013,  2014 and 2015 State Titles and all other ranking events. Also refereed at the Oceania Billiards tournament held at Albury in 2014 and more recently at the IBSF World Billiards Championships held in Adelaide.

By: Larry Eforgan  Wed 1st Apr 2015 - 6:46PM

Craig Smith



First accredited 2006

Class 3

Craig has been a member of a Kings pennant team for every season since Kings opened. He became a passionate student of the game in all its guises including the rules. He became one of John Ivett’s star pupils and since accreditation he has officiated at many tournaments including Kings cup, Princes Cup, Pot Black, Fred Osbourne, Lance Pannell, COM and the Frankston Invitational and was in charge of many Sunday matches. He is warmly welcomed back after a short absence.

By: Larry Eforgan  Mon 16th Mar 2015 - 7:51PM