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Taranaki's Mario Hildred finishes runner-up in under-21 Oceania Snooker Championship

Taranaki's Mario Hildred finishes runner-up in under-21 Oceania Snooker Championship

Cale Barrett and Mario Hildred ahead of the under-21 Oceania Snooker Championship final.

Cale Barrett and Mario Hildred ahead of the under-21 Oceania Snooker Championship final.


After a valiant effort, Taranaki's Mario Hildred came within touching distance of taking out the under-21 Oceania Snooker Championship.

Hildred, 16, was one of six Kiwis to attend the event in New South Wales earlier this month and finished runner-up to Australian Cale Barrett, losing 6-3 in the final.

Barrett would have gone into the final as the favourite, having beaten Hildred 3-0 in pool play, but Hildred was able to put up a fight in the best-of-11 final format.

The New Plymouth Boys' High School student sneaked his way into the playoffs after finishing with three wins and three losses in pool play, but came into his own in the knockout stages.

In the quarterfinal, Hildred managed to get the better of Australian Hayden Goode 4-3, before thrashing fellow Kiwi Pravil Kant 5-0 in their semifinal.

New Zealand junior snooker team manager Agnes Kimura said she was thrilled with the results the Kiwi boys produced at the tournament.

"It was wonderful," the current New Zealand women's champion said.

"Of the eight players to make it to the knockout stages, five were New Zealand boys. I don't think the Australians would have seen that coming."

Fellow Kiwi team member Louis Chand won the event last year, but was easily put away by Barrett in their semifinal 5-0.

Hamilton Open Billiards 2017

Hamilton Open Billiards

Held at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, Hamilton on 4th-5th March 2017

Great to see Auckland's Bryce good back playing again, and Kevin Crighton (WK) qualifying into the 'last 8'. UK's Andrew Draper had a very close game with Darren Taylor(WK).  Adesh Shekatkar was on a 94 break when the `bell' went against Mark Taylor (BOP). A wonderful cueist with heaps of ability and knowledge of Billiards, Shekatkar has had a tournament break of 278 in India, and been in New Zealand for some years now, has married here and it thought by plenty to be a "New Zealand Champion" in waiting now that he has residency.

In the semi's, Paul Stocker (HB) bt Englishmen Andrew Draper and Wayne Carey got a off to a `flyer' against Adesh Shekatkar (WK) with breaks of 78, 119. 90 and 70 to avenge his defeat by Shekatkar who won the Auckland Open Billiard against Carey a week earlier.

The FINAL was another `Carey vs Stocker'.  Apparently, these two have played each other 110 times over the years with results being pretty evenly shared. Stocker is a terrific `hazard' player who has 3 'NZ Open Billiard' titles, a 'NZ Champion'  title and he has also been the North Island Billiard Champion 9 times. Carey is not short on `Titles' either ... 5 `NZ Billiard Open's, 3 `NZ Champion`,  and also 9 N-Island titles.  This final could have gone either way,  Carey opened up early with a 109, and this one break seemed to be the difference with the players matching points with a 140 point winning difference being in Wayne Carey's favour when the bell went at the end of 2 hours.

Quarters:  Paul Stocker (HB) bt Bryce Good (AK)  511-311,  Andrew Draper (UK)  bt Darren Taylor (WK) 444-422. Wayne Carey (AK) bt Kevin Crighton (WK) 570-248,  Adesh Shekatkar (IND) bt Mark Taylor (BOP)  686-291,

Semi's: Carey bt  Shekatkar 619-258,  Stocker bt Draper 522-243, 

FINAL:  Wayne Carey (AK) bt Paul Stocker 444-304

Highest break ... Wayne Carey 119

Plate:  Russ Delahunty (CC) bt Paul Wilson 360-209

Tournament Director : Mr Dan O'Sulllivan, Waikato.

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