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Hamilton Billiards Open & Champion of Champions 2018

Hamilton Billiards Open & Champion of Champions Report   Saturday the 3rd of March saw the longest day on the New Zealand billiards calendar with six hours of section play in the Hamilton Billiards Open and then after a meal break the Champion of Champions tournament.   The Hamilton Billiards Open saw an increase in field numbers this year after its initial running twelve months ago. Combatants included four New Zealand champions (23 out of the last 25 years), two NZ B-Grade champions and the current North Island champion.  The field was split into two sections of seven playing hour long games to determine the top four who would progress past group play in a straight cross over draw. After 42 hours of play there were a few upsets that meant that Sunday’s play was still anyone’s. In the quarter-finals Gary Oliver beat Mike Harris, Mark Taylor recorded his first ever victory over Paul Stocker, Wayne Carey outplayed Darren Taylor and Adesh Shekatkar beat Derek Gibb. One semi-final pitted the two players who have dominated NZ billiards since the turn of the millennium and Oliver proved too strong for Carey. In the second semi-final Shekatkar’s experience in match play at the pointy end of a tournament proved the difference in seeing him through to the final outscoring Mark Taylor. The semi-final stage in the main draw saw the plate final being decided between Andrew Draper and Russ Delahunty. Draper copped the section of death in pool play and was unlucky to miss out on qualifying through to the championship draw, but recovered on the Sunday to overcome Delahunty’s challenge. Draper also made the plate high break with a well compiled 70 break. In the main final Oliver got out to an early lead over Shekatkar and the latter couldn’t find the form that got him to the final to stage any form of comeback against the current New Zealand champion. Oliver also made two centuries during the weekend with the best being the tournament best of 124 unfinished.   In the Champion of Champions, which is set under Speed Billiards rules saw some decent billiards being played at the end of what was already a big day. In the blind drawer Derek Gibb beat Paul Stocker, Russ Delahunty beat last year’s champion Wayne Carey, Adesh Shekatkar beat Darren Taylor and Gary Oliver beat Mark Taylor. The winner’s names were put back into the hat to find the semi-final draw and Gary Oliver met Adesh Shekatkar and Derek Gibb met Russ Delahunty. Oliver crushed Shekatkar 211-83 in the 30 minute game. The second semi was a little closer and saw Gibb defeat Delahunty 116-86. In the final Oliver proved too consistent and ran out the victor over Gibb 154-64.   Therefore Oliver had picked up the double for the weekend emulating the feats of Wayne Carey one year ago.    

 Cheers   Darren Taylor Tournament Convenor

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Oceania 2018

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We can now say " WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS"

Congratulations to Mario Hildred and Adam Lilley for making the the final of the Oceania U21s.

An all NZ Final which saw 11 frames being played including a rerack in the final frame.

Mario Hildred ended up coming out on top to win 6/5 over Adam Lilley.

Also the NZ Team took out the Trans Tasman Test Series 9/1 result for the Gary Hale trophy.

Included in the NZ Team photos are ...Adam Lilley (Captain) Ryan King, Dnaiel Cole, Mario Hildred, and Cody Turner

Team Managers, Dave Judd and Dan O'sullivan.

 

NEW ZEALAND BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

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Player Membership and Association Levies

To all players of Billiards and Snooker Associations,

Now that the official season has begun and underway already with a ranking tournament of both codes being  played already,it is NZBSA policy that each playing member of your association has paid his/her  membership/subscription fee to be financial to play in any ranking events for 2018 including the Association A grade.

IT IS UP TO YOU AS THE PLAYER TO SORT YOUR PLAYER MEMBERSHIP/SUBSCRIPTION VIA YOUR ASSOCIATION SECRETARY OR TREASURER.

Also Levies are due to be paid from your Association Membership,

Please contact NZBSATreasurer (N.GYDE) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To discuss your Associations status.

If a player has not paid there subscription to the association before playing any ranking event,the player is NOT eligible to play and entry forfeited by the host,

It is up to the host association to check all players before draws are completed, this not only safe guards you as the host but also the player as to save any embarassment at the start of the event.

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Oceania 2018 Update

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PLAYERS

Dear Players

The entries to the Oceania Championships to date have not been as expected and the OBSF Executive have had to take the decision to reduce the prize monies relative to the entries for each of the events. This was a very hard decision, but one necessary to ensure that the Championship can go ahead as a number of regional players have already booked their flights to attend the events. However, if the numbers do increase then the proposed prize pools will be honoured in full.

There will be Test Matches between Australia and New Zealand in the U21 and Women’s which is important for the region.

The introduction of the Masters to replace the 6 Red Championship has not been as well supported as we expected and the fact may be that to have the Masters followed directly by the Oceania Championship is too long for players to be away from work or other commitments they may have and with this in mind we have decided to not run the Masters, all Master entry fees paid to date will be fully refunded. We are hopeful that anybody that had entered only the Masters will now switch their entry to the Oceania event. We apologise for this but we need to be mindful of the responsibility to the financial viability of the OBSF for the future.

In the future Championships it might well be that the events are to be split and there be more than one Championships to accommodate the categories without requiring too long a period for the events.

The Billiards has also not been supported to date, even with the resurgence in recent times for the discipline, and again it has been decided that unless there is a drastic change in the entries in the next few days it might well have to be cancelled. It is all very disappointing for everybody and especially after the OBSF managed to find a replacement to host the Championships after New Zealand had some difficulties and had to withdraw from hosting the Championship.

Mounties, as always have been fantastic in taking on the Championships at such short notice and I think we need to get behind them and support all the events wherever possible. They have been a stalwart of the Billiards and Snooker fraternity for many years and to see the lack of support at this time is a travesty. All the tables have being reclothed and new balls are provided for the events so we have the best conditions we can provide.

There are some with personal agendas that are actively urging players to not enter and that is such a destructive approach for our sport, so I urge you to not listen to the protestation of some that are not aware of; or in some instances choose to ignore, all the efforts that people are going to in both the preparation for these Championships, but also the future of our sport worldwide. It is to be hoped that in the near future we can see some conciliation between all major parties that will benefit all the players.

Therefore finally, we would strongly urge you all to support both the OBSF and Mounties and to enter the Championships as soon as possible to ensure they are a success.

The OBSF Executive

NZBSA New Ranking Co-ordinator and NZBSA Web Site Controller

Attention all Associations. Mark Hannah Capital City is now the new Ranking Co-ordinator for NZBSA. Please forward all Tournament results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible after your event is complete.Thankyou to Paul Stocker for your time over the years hope you enjoy your spare time.

 

NZBSA Web Site Contoller and Updater is Dave Judd,if you have information to be posted on the NZBSA Web Site, please forward to the following email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

The NZBSA Website takes no responsibilty for any miss print of events and or information related to the NZBSA on the social media Facebook page "NZ Billiards & Snooker".  

World Snooker Federation Championships 2018

 

 

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11th January 2018

World Snooker Federation Championships

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) has today announced the beginning of its own official WSF Championships, which will run from 14-24 March 2018. The event will be played at the Dolmen Hotel, Malta and provide new and exciting opportunities for amateur players.

The winner of the main WSF Championship will receive a first prize of €10,000 and earn a two-year tour card for the World Snooker Tour. The four semi-finalists of the event will all be invited to compete at the 2018 World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, England, which this year carries a record first prize of £425,000. The event will run from 18-24 March.

The WSF Championships will also consist of the official 2018 World Women’s Snooker Championship, the champion of which will receive €6,000 and again the winner will qualify to enter the 2018 World Snooker Championship in April.

There will also be an event staged for players over-40 years of age, to be known as the WSF Seniors Championship. There will be a first prize of €6,000 for this competition, and following the recent WPBSA announcement regarding an official World Seniors Tour, the winner will receive a personal invitation to compete in a major international World Seniors event.

The top eight players of both the Women’s and Seniors events will automatically qualify to play in the main WSF Championship, providing equal opportunities for both men and women to earn a two-year tour place on the World Snooker Tour. Both of these events will be played during 14-17 March.

The events will also be played on Star tables, further preparing players before they join the lucrative professional circuit.

WSF President Jason Ferguson said: “The announcement of our first WSF Championship marks the beginning of a new dawn for amateur snooker across the globe. The Championships will provide equal opportunities, exciting bonuses for elite performers and a clear a pathway to a career in our wonderful sport.”

Further information, including event entry details, will be released in due course.

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IS THIS THE FUTURE PATHWAY FOR NEW ZEALAND?

In October 2017 the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) announced its involvement in a new era of sports governance for snooker and billiards with the official launch of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).

The WSF brings together both amateur and professional snooker and will be a key organisation as snooker looks to take its place on the Olympic and Paralympic programme.  The WSF has been formally established as a not for profit International Sports Federation (IF) in Switzerland. The WSF will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland, home to many influential international sports organisations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Regional & National Federations

The WSF is open to accepting membership from Regional Bodies and National Federations across the world that share its vision to grow the sport at all levels.

With the support of these Bodies and Federations the WSF will now form part of an international structure for snooker and billiards in which National Federations can develop new and exciting opportunities.  For the past seven years the WPBSA and World Snooker have established many new events working in close co-operation with National Federations such as the Indian Open, Riga Open, 6 Reds World Championship in Thailand and various ranking events in China.

The growth of the sport through these relationships and the increased commercialisation of the tour through World Snooker has enabled the WPBSA to make significant investments in grassroots development projects. Projects such as World Disability Snooker, the World Women’s Snooker Tour, Cue Zone into Schools supported by accredited coaching programmes are all now gaining momentum. It is the WPBSA’s wish to work closely with many more National Federations around the world and this can now be achieved through the World Snooker Federation members.

The WSF will also provide vital playing opportunities through the staging of a unified WSF Amateur Championship.  This new, mixed gender event will be open to the elite performing players of National Federations who are members of the WSF and provide an opportunity to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour.  The first staging of this Championship will take place before the start of the next (2018/19) World Snooker Tour season.

The WPBSA has already announced that it will assist with the funding of a new Challenge Tour which will work alongside the World Snooker Tour to developing elite pathways for top amateurs and new emerging talent. National Federations who are WSF Members will have further opportunities to host some of these events.

Governance

The WSF will be run by a board of directors who will ensure that appropriate governance and accounting practices are in place. The board will be supported by a newly constituted Council comprising up to 10 people from across the globe representing different regions and continents. The WSF is committed to bringing together a truly diverse and multinational team.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said “Following a restructure of the professional sport in 2010, the World Professional Snooker Tour has never been stronger. We have seen unprecedented growth and we are now a truly global sport. With this growth comes a responsibility for us to ensure sustainable career pathways for elite talent and playing opportunities for all at all levels. We must ensure there are no barriers in our sport, no matter of politics, race, gender or disability. Only when we achieve this, can we be considered to be a ‘true sport’. There are some incredible people around the world, company directors, players, officials and referees, many of whom serve our sport as volunteers. It is the vision of the WSF to engage with these individuals from within our sports international community.”

2017 North Island Snooker championships

A solid field of 24 contested the 2017 North Island Snooker championships held at Petone Workingmen’s Club 3-5 June.

Day one saw all competitors play 3 section games each and at that point all for sections results were in order of seedings.

The tables were playing fast and there was a steady procession of Breaks with 10 players contributing breaks over 40.

After Rain set in on Sat evening Sun was a different matter, the tables slowed and made playing a little more difficult. There were

a few surprises with Matt Scarborough beating Chris Maltby 3-0, Mario Hildred beating Harry Haenga 3-1 and Mark Hannah (the only

player not to drop a frame on day one getting rolled by both Peter Lesslie (respotted black in decider) and Rob Redgrove (3-1) to finish 3rd in section 4. Only two players went

through to the last 16 unbeaten Bayden Jackson HB top Qualifying and Defending Champion Matt Scarborough qualifying in 2nd spot.

The Last 16 was played on Sun afternoon with some very good matches. New comer Ian McDonald from CC taking Bayden Jackson HB to a decider in

what was a cliff hanger with Jackson eventually falling over the line.

Another mention was 15 year old Cody Turner who after dropping only one match in section play looked in good form against Mark Hannah before the tip

came off his cue and he was given 15 mins to re tip but it wasn’t the same and he was force to finish the match with a rack cue. To his credit he maintained his

composure but it wasn’t enough going down 3-1 in a match that was closer than the score indicated. (one to watch in the future)

Peter Lesslie and Craven Teua were also going to be hard to pick with Peter stealing his third match of the tournament on a final frame black ball. Its was

certainly his weekend for black to wins.

Bayden Jackson bt I McDonald 3-2

Mark Hannah bt Cody Turner 3-1

Rob Redgrove bt John Lancaster 3-1

Chris Maltby bt John Starkey 3-0

Harry Haenga bt Darryl Jensen 3-1

Peter Lesslie bt Craven Teua 3-2

Mario Hildred bt Ron Wilkie 3-0

Matt Scarborough bt Sunil Durga 3-0

In the quarterfinals looked a strong line up on the final day.

Bayden Jackson dominated the table against Mark Hannah and was on a 147 in his first visit in frame one when he had a chance to take his 10th black but opted for an easier pink to

ensure the frame was safe only to realise that Mark had fouled off the break so snookers were already required and as a result broke down on 75.

Peter Lesslie after leading Harry 2-1 let Harry in for a very good 76 in frame four to set up yet another decider. You guessed it another Black ball game and yes Peter stole his 4th match in what was a thriller.

Mario Hildred was another who was impressive as he disposed of defending champion Matt Scarborough.

Bayden Jackson bt Mark Hannah 3-0

Chris Maltby bt Rob Redgrove 3-0

Peter Lesslie bt Harry Haenga 3-2

Mario Hildred bt Matt Scarborough 3-1

The semi finals were looking tantilising.  Mario Hildred was impressive against Peter Lesslie who while playing well didn’t have an answer to great tactical play and when Mario compiled an lovely break

Of 78 in the 3rd frame it was all over.

The other semi which promised to be a cracker failed to deliver with both players struggling. Messy ball layout combined with a lot of unforce errors saw a match that was hard to predict. At 2-2 however we always

knew that one player would have to step up at take control and on this occasion it was Chris who suddenly found some form and got home 3-2

The final was all Taranaki, Chris Maltby and Mario Hildred. Good tactical play by Chris meant he was in control early on winning the first 2 frames. Mario playing good consistent snooker pulled back the 3rd and looked good at 2-1 however the fairy tale wasn’t to be and Chris piled on the pressure laying some good snookers in the next two frames to run out the winner 4-1. This was great effort for Mario who is soon to head to China to represent NZ at this years world U21s. He can move forward with confidence after his Finals Effort at this years Oceania U21s and now North Islands.

 Plate Final

John Hapimana bt Wayne Naysmith 3-0

High Breaks

Harry Haenga: 89 76 61 60 56 55 50

Mario Hildred: 78 48 46 44

Bayden Jackson: 75 61 57 49 48 43

Craven Teua: 74 55 41

Mark Hannah: 73 55 50 46 40

Peter Lesslie: 69 44 44 43 41

Chris Maltby: 58 56 55 47 46 42 40 40

Matt Scarborough: 56 56 49 48

Cody Turner: 54 41 40

John Starkey: 49

Ron Wilkie: 47 43