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Canterbury Open Billiards 2017

The Canterbury Open Billiards Championship was played over the weekend of 11/12th March at the Woolston Club

10 initial entries dropped to 8 and was decided amongst the entries to play 1 section of 8 so everyone present got to play each other at least once. Section play was therefore over 1 hour games with the Semi’s and Finals of the Main draw and Plate both over 2 hours.

There was some interesting results which ensued. Maurice Lancaster beat Peter de Groot, Bill Earle beating several players higher ranked than himself ( not that he can’t play, he is afterall NZ B Grade champion)

Biggest result thou was Darren Taylor beating NZ Champion Gary Oliver in the last Game of the day….. as Taylor has lost to de Groot, seedings for semi’s ended up being Oliver(1) v Earle (4) and de Groot (3) v Taylor (2)

Plate semis saw Peri Lilii play Maurice Lancaster with Lancaster prevailing 382-312…

Lyndon Bradford played Geoff Lilly and won 404-377… both close fought contests to the wire

Bradford prevailed in the Plate final over  Lancaster by 385-346 in another contest which could have gone either way

The main draw semi’s saw Oliver dominating against Earle with breaks of 88 and 109 to win 773-338 Earle not to be outdone constructed a good break of his own of 68 highest of the tournament

2nd semi saw Taylor with the aid of a century break of his own (neat 100) beat de Groot by 559-398 Taylor was looking ominous leading into the final and confident after beating both Oliver and de Groot for the 1st time in tournament play

Final saw Taylor raced out of the blocks with Oliver struggling for any form at all. With a couple of breaks in the 40,s Taylor was cruising along 100 odd points in front, Oliver finally replied with breaks 63 and 79 to get his nose in front by 2 points. Lead was tied twice more in the 2 hour period at 412-412 and 443-443 Oliver managing to grab the table with 3 minutes to go and compiling a break of 25 before missing and Taylor didn’t have time to reply. Oliver winning by 468-449

Oliver conceding in his speech afterwards that the better player had not won and that it was only his experience in finals that was the difference. Taylor will learn from this and be better for it. Also acknowledged Darren’s century break in Semi. Oliver made 4 in the tournament with highest break being 111

This is Oliver 15th Canterbury Open Billiards title

Massive thank you to all the players who entered, Darren for travelling from Hamilton to play, CBSA for their financial support to the tournament and Woolston Club for the excellent facilities and hospitality.

Great weekend had by all

Champion of Champions Billiards 2017

4th March 2017

The inaugural Champion of Champions tournament was held this evening under Speed Billiards rules at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club. An invite was extended to 2016 NZBSA tournament winners and the balance of the field was comprised of ‘wild card’ players dependant on ranking list position to make up a tournament friendly number.

Speed billiards was a new format for seven of the eight competitors and it became evident that strategy differs quite a bit from a standard game of billiards.

Quarter finals and semi-final ties were drawn out of a hat for 40 minute games. Players could also win automatically by scoring a 10-shot or making 15 consecutive hazards.

1/4s results were Andrew Draper 162 – Mark Taylor 122, Wayne Carey 219 (52) - Paul Stocker 120, Darren Taylor 173 - Adesh Shekatkar 163, Russ Delahunty 116 - Kevin Crighton 113.

Semi finals results were Darren Taylor 212 - Andrew Draper 114 and Wayne Carey 135 - Russ Delahunty 89.

Final result was Wayne Carey 113 - Darren Taylor 89.

Wayne scored the victory by making a 44unf with 15 consecutive hazards.

Congratulations to Wayne Carey - the inaugural winner of the Champion of Champions tournament.

2016 Association A Grade Billiards


Over 150 years of experience played out this Final!

Auckland Billiards AGrade
Played at Snooker World, 713 Mt Albert Road, Royal Oak.
Final: Wayne Carey bt Ron Milicich 556-227
Highest break: Wayne Carey - 98

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2016 Canterbury Open Billiards

The Canterbury Open Billiards was played over the weekend of the 12th-13th March at the Woolston Club.

There were ten entries divided into 2 sections of 5. Section play being over 1.5 hours and post section of the Main draw being 2 hours Semi and Final. Plate ¼ and Semi were 1 hour matches with a 2 hour final.

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Auckland Open Billiards

20th - 21st February 2016
Played at Snooker World, 713 Mt Albert Road, Royal Oak

2016 02 21 16.38.07
Semi's: Wayne Carey (AK) bt Neil Clarkson (AK) 581-141, Ron Milicich (AK) bt Mark Taylor (BOP) 361-341.
Final: Wayne Carey bt Ron Milicich 492-267
Highest Break: W.Carey 92uf
Plate Final: Bryce Good (AK) bt Ken Goebel (BOP) 319-186