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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North Brighton is upgrading!

Please see attached for news about the North Brighton Club

By: Alec Spyrou  Mon 6th Jul 2020 - 5:57PM

Chris Christofi Book Launch

Chris Christofi is very excited to finally announce the release of his much anticipated book Your Path to Wealth: Brick by Brick which is now live on Amazon. Hold off on purchasing for now as he has an exciting announcement coming tomorrow 9am AEDT on his social medias where the book will be offered at a special price for 3 hours only. All proceeds from the book sales are going to charity.

 

By: Alec Spyrou  Tue 17th Mar 2020 - 8:56PM

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

ANZAC WEEKEND 2021

" A Tribute to the Anzacs VC - The 2021 Charles Upham International "

The Tribute to NZ Heroes Association has been extremely busy this year organising a snooker event between Australia & New Zealand to honour our great Anzacs who fought courageously for our countries. For our freedom.

The main purpose of this snooker event is to raise awareness of mental health of our Veterans and to bring back the enjoyment of being entertained by cue sports which was a favourite past time of service men and women around the world.  
 
Each year the tournament will rotate between Australia & New Zealand with mention in later years that England may join this elite event.

Please see the attached flier looking for your support for this very important event.  The Board of the VBSA strongly recommends this event.

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 24th Oct 2020 - 5:41PM

Changes to ABSC Anti-Doping Policy

The ABSC Anti-Doping Policy has been amended and is effective 10 August 2020.

The changes bring our sport in line with the establishment of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) which has replaced the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) as the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Australia from 1 July 2020. 

The changes are:

• Replacing the words Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) with Sport Integrity Australia (SIA);
• Replacing Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with the National Sports Tribunal (NST) as the first-instance hearing body for all athletes and the  Appeals Division of the NST for appeals for ‘non-international level’ athletes;
• Amending the definition of ‘National Level Athlete’ to introduce the Lower-Level Athlete category to allow greater flexibility in dealing with and sanctioning athletes below International or National level; and
• Removing the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.

For more details on the changes, please see the attached Factsheet

By: Alec Spyrou  Wed 12th Aug 2020 - 12:00PM

Corona Virus - Important Announcement

UPDATE 8/7/2020.  All Indoor Sport banned from midnight 8th July for at least 6 weeks in ALL Melbourne Metropolitan & Mitchell Local Government Areas.  VBSA Board to update as information comes to hand.

 

Following today's announcement by the Victorian Premier that Stage 3 Restrictions are to be reinstated from midnight on 8th July 2020, the VBSA Board, in conjunction with Sports & Recreation Victoria (SRV) and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), has decided to cancel ALL Pennant competition for the remainder of 2020. Apologies to those teams & players who submitted entries for Season 2; your efforts are appreciated.  Team captains will be contacted directly to advise this decision.

Further, it is very unlikely that ANY form of tournament competition will be possible for the remainder of 2020. 

Pending further advice from SRV & DHHS, it is also likely that local club play, either competition or social, may also be affected.  The VBSA will attempt to keep clubs informed of the extent & impact of restrictions as they are announced but Clubs are urged to make their own enquiries & practise due diligence in this regard.

Whilst this is a regrettable situation, the Board believes the health of our members & our communities is paramount and that we all should play our parts in responding to the challenges ahead.

By: Mark Dunn  Tue 7th Jul 2020 - 4:24PM

COVID 19 - Return to Play

Please read the attached directive from the VBSA Board regarding the Return to Play as COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Victoria.  Note that the VBSA requirements are in addition to the ABSC requirements, not in place of.

All enquiries can be directed to VBSA Secretary David Chigwidden

A copy of the ABSC Guideline and Quick Reference Guide/Poster is also attached for your convenience.

By: Mark Dunn  Fri 19th Jun 2020 - 10:46AM

Federal announcement COVID-19

Dear Members,

As many of you would be aware the Federal Government through our Prime Minister The Honourable Mr Scott Morrison announced steps to reinstate community structure and ease COVID-19 restrictions.   This is to be done in three stages to be administered by the States via their own administration at dates to be advised.   The first step involves sports to a limited degree permitting small groups up to 10 only maintaining social distancing all the while.   Instructions handed down do not refer specifically to any particular sport.

This being in vogue represents to us a positive move to returning to normality in community functioning albeit specifics of our position is still undecided while we await our State Parliament advice.   This fortunately commences this coming Monday 11th May 2020 but its timing on the day in unknown.    Should any actionable advice arise from this delivery I will add an appropriate addendum.

The VBSA Board wishes you continued safety and good health, looking forward to cueing again.

Kind regards
 

David Chigwidden
Secretary

 

By: Mark Dunn  Sat 9th May 2020 - 10:25AM

Privacy Policy - April 2020

The VBSA Privacy Policy has been updated and is now available from the Policy & Procedures page.

By: Mark Dunn  Thu 30th Apr 2020 - 1:06PM

A message from David Chigwidden, Secretary VBSA.

Dear Members

I hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy Easter and Anzac celebration period amid unusual circumstances and others engaging in Ramadan which commenced on the 23rd April.
  
Upon reflection, our communities have endured a number of challenges in health & well being, financial hardship, job losses, family pressures or even COVID-19.   Even though the virus is still very much a part of our daily existence, so too is the effort we apply to overcoming it and this is evidenced by the flattening of the curve of cases and the wonderful work done by our nursing and medical staff.   My heartfelt thanks to all those people dedicated to the safety of us all.

I also want to recognise the effort put in by the Victorian public who have responded responsibly to isolation and social distancing facilitating the efficiency in defeating the virus much more readily than a large percentage of our global nations who are continuing to suffer long and painfully.

On behalf of the VBSA Board, I wish each and everyone of you peace and happiness along with the hope of a return to our beloved cue sports soon. The VBSA is in constant consultation with the Victorian Government and Sports Recreation Victoria preparing ourselves to be ready and able to re-engage competition the moment we are allowed.   Likewise we are connected with our parent body, the ABSC, through whom we align our discussions and commitment to sustaining our sport working to ensure the procedure is measured and accurate in application.

Cue sports nationally have halted until June 30th although this is open to change should the authorities relax the stages of isolation.   Our Prime Minister has hinted that a return to sport is high on the priorities, but to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 the process of return needs to be of flawless design.
We may face unusual circumstances in our very social game style and this could well affect how and when we return.   The government has nominated their next review date as 11th May 2020.   I ask that we all remain conscientious in protecting ourselves and others in the push to relax restrictions as early as is utterly possible.

In the meantime I recommend some time visiting YouTube to remember the highlights and achievements of some of Victoria’s greats such as Neil Robertson’s win over Judd Trump in the 2019 Champion of Champions that historically went down to the wire in an epic event.

Kind regards

David Chigwidden
VBSA Secretary
26th April 2020

By: Mark Dunn  Sun 26th Apr 2020 - 7:09PM

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