2017 Barton McGill Open Billiards
played at the Papakura Club, Auckland ... 13-14th May 2017
Younger Snooker talent in the form of Cody Turner (Capital City) who played in the Clubs NZ Billiards Championship at Tauranga during the week and the 2016 NZ u21 Snooker Champion Mikey Stewart are both now `tampering' in Billiards, this bodes well for the future of this wonderful Cue Sport game. Also Gavin Kershaw (UK) visiting New Zealand on a working holiday added excitement with his entry into this tournament.
NZBSA Board Member Neil Gyde was up from Wellington, evergreen 82 yr old Ron Milicich, English born Andrew Draper (WK) who is now living in and working out of Tokoroa, Auckland's Wayne Carey, and Darren Taylor (WK) who had recently played in the Christchurch Open Billiards `dealing' to the Southerner's and almost bought back a 'Christchurch Trophy' to the North Island, something none of the Rugby Teams look like doing this year.
Section play was all 60 minute games with Grant Hayward (AK) going thru unbeaten. Hayward, who has had a Billiard World Ranking #25, only enters the odd tournament every year, wins most, but seems to prefer the 18 pocket game - "Glof". He is a pleasure to watch, confident potter, a wonderful cueist with huge experience in Cue sport having excelled in Snooker, Pool and Billiards.
90minute semi's saw Hayward attracting a watchful crowd, was on fire with two century breaks .. 121 & 101 against Draper winning 573-111 . The other semi had the consistent Carey (47,54,84,69) getting past Taylor 525-195 .
2 hour Final had Carey (42,50,73) winning 517-245 over Hayward (42) who just couldn't get the flow on as he had done over the most of the weekend.
60minute Plate Final had Mikey Stewart winning over Englishman Gavin Kershaw in a close game 165-147
Breaks over 100 .. Grant Hayward 121, 101. Wayne Carey 114,102,100
This is Carey's ... 120th recorded Provincial and NZ Championship's win !