Message from the President

Dear all,

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!

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 to let me know if you have any concernsRex SwainTournament<>0408 132 699

Australian Juniors

2019 Mitchell Billiards Australian Junior Team Challenge
Sat 19th – Thurs 24th Jan 2019

2019 Australian Junior Championship

ABSC Competition

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   and give generously.

EuroSport to broadcast live Snooker in Australia

ABSC | News | by Alex Render

Many of snooker’s biggest tournaments will be televised live by Eurosport in Australia for the first time this season.

EurosportFans throughout Australia will be able to watch huge events including the World Championship, UK Championship, the Masters and the Home Nations series. Coverage will start with next week’s Shanghai Masters (September 10-16).

Eurosport already broadcasts snooker to 137 million homes in 54 countries and will now grow its reach by televising the sport in Australia. World Snooker has a long term partnership with Eurosport which runs until 2026.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: "This is fantastic news for fans in Australia, who have been asking us for years for live coverage of our biggest tournaments. We know there is demand in the region and we hope that regular broadcast of snooker will help our sport grow in Australia.

“Eurosport has been one of our key partners over the past 15 years in terms of developing our sport across the planet and growing our global footprint. Every move into another territory is a step forward. I look forward to seeing strong viewing figures from Australia.”

Former World Champion Neil Robertson, Australia’s best ever player, said: “Over the years I have had so many fans, friends and family asking me when they can watch live snooker in Australia. Now we have the answer! And all of the big events will be covered on Eurosport. I’m delighted and I really hope this will help snooker to grow Down Under because kids need to see the sport on TV before they want to give it a go. We have a lot of sports to compete with in Australia but I would love to see snooker become more popular. I’ll be trying to win more big tournaments this season to give the fans back home something to cheer.”

Jonathan Rudd, Vice President Factual and Sports Products, Discovery Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, added: "We’re proud to be working with World Snooker and IMG to deliver Australian audiences live coverage of the biggest snooker tournaments. This deal strengthens our offering in market, with snooker to be positioned as one of the channel’s key sports alongside cycling, athletics and winter sports.

“We know that snooker has a passionate and dedicated fanbase here in Australia, so I’m sure they’ll be thrilled with the news that they now won’t miss a minute of the action from key events around the world.”

The full list of tournaments to be covered by Eurosport in Australia during the 2018/19 season is:

Shanghai Masters

September 10-16, 2018

China Championship

September 24-30, 2018 European Masters

October 1-7, 2018

English Open

October 15-21, 2018

International Championship

October 28 to November 4, 2018

Northern Ireland Open

November 12-18, 2018

Betway UK Championship

November 27 to December 9, 2018

Scottish Open

December 10-16, 2018

Dafabet Masters

January 13-20, 2019 German Masters

January 30 February 3, 2019

Ladbrokes World Grand Prix

February 4-10, 2019

ManBetX Welsh Open

February 11-17, 2019

Ladbrokes Players Championship

March 4-10, 2019

Gibraltar Open

March 15-17, 2019

China Open

April 1-7, 2019

Betfred World Championship

April 20 to May 6, 2019 

WSF Meeting in Thailand

ABSC | News | by Alex Render

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) held its latest board meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on the 4th of September during the staging of the 2018 SangSom 6-Red World Championship.

For many years Thailand has played host to meetings involving international federations from across the globe. This year’s meetings were held as part of the ongoing sports development plans by the WSF and WPBSA.

Topics discussed at the meeting included the future strategy of the WSF, multi-sport games and the support of the bid for cue sports to be included as part of the programme at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Delegates in attendance included WSF President Jason Ferguson, WSF Vice Chairman Nigel Mawer QPM, WSF General Secretary Maxime Cassis and WSF Treasurer Mike Peachey.

On the 5th of September the WSF board were joined by its regional and continental members. The European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) was represented by John Terry, the Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association (PABSA) was represented by President Ajeya Prabhakar and the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation (OBSF) by President Frank Dewens. The Billiards and Snooker Association of Thailand (BSAT) were also respectfully invited as observers. 

87th Annual General Meeting of the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council

We have posted the PDF giving notice of the 87th Annual General Meeting of the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council that will take place on Saturday, 20th October, 2018 commencing at 10am at Mounties Club, 101 Meadows Road, Mt. Pritchard, NSW. 

The Committee will be appointing two delegates to attend on the Association’s behalf.  Each of the Association’s Members are Ordinary Members of the ABSC and are entitled to attend the AGM.

The format that the AGM will take is explained in detail. 

Could you please let the Committee know if you plan to attend and would be willing to be a delegate for the BSASA.

For your information we have also included the draft Minutes from the last AGM.

Players Advocate Executive Positions

September 04, 2018

The Executive Committee of the ABSC is in the final stages of redrawing the existing ABSC Constitution. The New Constitution will be sent to the Affiliated Members shortly ahead of its formal acceptance at the next AGM in October this year.

As part of the Executive's ongoing commitment to the improvement, one of the important changes that will be implemented in the New Constitution is the introduction of "Appointed Executive Members" which will comprise two Players' Advocates on the Executive Committee to be elected by the Ordinary Members and the election (as opposed to appointment) of a Women's Delegate on the Executive Committee.

The three elected positions are all "full executive committee" positions with the successful candidates being actively involved in the Executive Committee and entitled to propose motions, vote etc etc. An overview of the role and responsibilities for the Appointed Executive Members is provided with this announcement. 

ABSC joins the World Snooker Federation

December 3, 2017
The ABSC has been invited to join the WPBSA's World SnookerFederation. The Executive stated that they would make a decision regarding this invitation after hearing the positions put forward at the recent IBSF AGM. Wewere happy to hear from Jason Ferguson that the IBSF and WPBSA are indiscu...
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