Message from the President
Please see attached application form for the 2019 U/21's Australian Snooker Championships.As the entry form states there will be a girls event this year and the option of playing in the mixed gender snooker (Open)I have also included billiards which there is no entry fee for some who may wish to play.Please make sure you have your entry into me so you will not be disappointed.Selection for the world U/21 snooker will be made from this event.I look forward to seeing you at the Brunswick Club.
Frank Dewens - PRESIDENT
Australian Billiards & Snooker Council
2019 Oceania Billiards Championship
We can now advise members that the Oceania Billiards Championship has been confirmed for September 3rd to 5th; followed by the NZ Open billiards from September 6th to 8th. Both events will be played in Christchurch, New Zealand at the Woolston Club. All 8 tables will have new cloths in June. There are quite a few moderately priced motels nearby.
More details will be available nearer to the event.
The 2019 World Billiards Championship Website
The 2019 World Billiards Championship now has it's own web site.Please bookmark the site, there will be regular updates.Don't forget to the visit the "Expressions of Interest" page!https://www.billiardschampionship.com/
2019 Ron Atkins Pot Black - Tasmanian Open Snooker Championships
Dates - 28/03/2019 to 31/03/2019
The Thursday night will be the official opening, at 6.00pm, with some matches played after the opening ceremonyThere has been some correspondence and talk about the dates being changed, this is not true.The reason this happened is that the WSF were planning a Championship in China starting on the 1/04/2019, and up to 5 Australian players were interested in playing.Some of those players had already entered the 2019 Ron Atkins, Pot Black - Tasmanian Open Snooker Championship, and were keen for a change of our dates.That WSF Championship has now been cancelled.Due to this confusion the date for close of entries has been changed to Midnight on Monday 11th March, which was the original date for close of entry.Late entries after the 11th March ($50 surcharge) may be accepted depending on availability and the tournament's discretionWe would like to see your entry so that this can be a successful championship, also successful for the Workers Club, as it was last year.Colonial Motor Inn in Elizabeth Street is the preferred accommodation, just 200 metres up the roadTo enter Go tohttps://goo.gl/forms/VM1EtfBBEJbH1Vtj1Please let me know if you have any concernsRex SwainTournament Directormatpine@bigpond.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>0408 132 699
2019 Mitchell Billiards Australian Junior Team Challenge
Sat 19th – Thurs 24th Jan 2019
2019 Australian Junior Championship
Ian Chappell Invitational Tournament
On Saturday, the 11 January, the Association held the 2018 Ian Chappell Invitational tournament. Ian Chappell is an icon of Australian cricket and the Patron of our Association.
The tournament was played as a double 147 handicap tournament. The 20 players who competed attended by invitation as you would expect there was some very entertaining snooker played in excellent spirits.
After the round robin was over, the top 2 from each group qualified,with the two highest 3rd place finsihers - Hilton Moeahu and Chris Sharpley – making up the final 8.
Our current State Snooker champion Phuntsok showed us why he holds that title as he went on to win the tournament with Hilton coming runners up. Phuntsok played exceptional snooker throughout the whole day and also showed great sportsmanship. in 4 out of 7 frames played in the qualifiers round, Phuntsok scored over a century! Congratulations Phuntsok you played exceptionally!
All in all, it was a great day to honour the Patron of our Association, Ian.
2018 John Gilbert Memorial Tournament
On Monday the 28 January, Snooker SA held the 2019 John Gilbert Memorial Tournament. Johnny was a unique character to have around the snooker room. Whilst Johnny was small in stature he was a larger than life character with a very generous heart. He was also renowned for his consistent and persistent flukey pots he always seemed to make!! He was a gentle man and the Association and Snooker SA take great pride in conducting the Memorial Tournament in his name.
Johnny was a very selfless person and did the best he could to help out around in the snooker room and with those less fortunate than himself. In recognition his charitable nature all of the entry fees were donated towards a charity of the winner’s choice or in support of a charitable cause.
Throughout the day, the standard of snooker was very high with a fair smattering of Johnny “jags”. The event was played in a handicap 147 format.There were 2 groups, and after a 147 round robin was completed, the top 4 of each group qualified to a final 147 round. Congratulations to all the players that qualified, some excellent snooker was played and you should all be proud of yourselves!
Many thanks for Chris Wignall’s generosity in providing lunch for free and donating all the entry fees. Thanks also to Craig Hese for donating the signature mugs for the winner runner up and best Jag shot
At the end of the day the winner was Barry Jenner who won his second John Gilbert trophy in succession. He narrowly defeated Mohan who was very solid all day. Col Conlon received the Johnny Gilbert JAG of day award. There were some very large scores recorded. The highest was Peter Udycz which included breaks of 59.
In addition to the main final there was a consolation plate 147 event. The twins Sarah & Hilton stayed the top of the ladder the whole time with Sarah taking out first place to Hilton coming in a close second. Well done to you both. Sarah played very well for her first time back on the tables in 7 months. Overall, this day was a great day to celebrate the life of a good friend the Association, Johnny Gilbert.
Under 21’s Oceania Trans Tasman Challenge.
Snooker SA are proud to announce that our very own Hilton will be travelling to New Zealand on the 14th of February to compete as part of the Australian team in the Under 21’s Oceania Trans Tasman Challenge against New Zealand. Hilton started playing snooker a few years ago and has excelled so much in snooker and billiards. Hilton has won a few 147 competitions and does very well in tournaments and competitions. Hilton is in a team with 2019 newest Under 18 Snooker Open Champion, Kyle Thomson (QLD).
Goodluck to all the Under 21’s who are going overseas to represent Australia in snooker. You are all a great ambassadors of the game, congratulations and good luck to all involved.
The ABSC is running a “GoFundMe” campaign to raise funds for the five team members. Please go to the website here https://www.gofundme.com/under-21-trans-tasman-challenge?teamInvite=JbuXjgRQDFkue7TBfwFzgXiMqypJRQzLjyGMFShFT1LR4bA36OsUnQEgqLitcpZ8 and give generously.