President's Blog

NZBSA President's July Blog

By now you will be aware that the National Championships are on soon.  Look on this website for details of the sections, draws etc.  Why not come along and support those players who are playing.  The venue is great.  Pop in and see how it is going.  If you are out of town then you can watch the results be posted on this website.

On Sunday the 21st July is the NZBSA AGM being held at 10.30am at Snooker World in Auckland.  If you can, come along and support those who have put themselves forward to represent you on the Board.  No pressure, as all positions have already had sufficient nominations, so you don't have to feel that you must put your hand up.   This is your chance to have your say in your sport.  Thanks to those who have offered to serve on the Board.   An important vote will take place during the meeting on our constitution.  It has been circulated around the regions.  Are you aware of this?

Funding has become a serious issue with the decline of every application submitted this year.  We need to look to the future and what we can do.  Hopefully everyone has sold the raffle tickets sent out last month.  This is one way we have to help ourselves.  Remember that regions can earn themselves a bonus by selling all allocated tickets.   Keep in touch.

I wish all competitors and officials all the best for the championships.

See you at the AGM.

Alan Parris

NZBSA President's October Blog

Over the last twelve months the NZBSA has been in negotiations to host two world ranking Billiards events in Hamilton in 2014. There were held in September 23 – 28. The semi-finals and the final was filmed for SKY SPORTS TV and shown at least 6 times in the week of 8Th October. There were 8 overseas entrants in the Hamilton Open and the NZ Open. On the Thursday night between the two events we went to the Cambridge Trots. Race 9 was named after the World Ranking Billiards event and after race 2 a twin sulky race was run with an Englishman, Australian, Indian and New Zealand player competing. It was an astonishing race with a photo-finish for three of them over the last 10 metres. This was recorded for TV and is up on the website. There were some 250,000 punters watching the races on Trackside and was fabulous promotion for our sport with the numerous mentions of World ranking Billiards throughout the evening. Thank you Wayne Carey for the fabulous effort in organising this.

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NZBSA President

Welcome to the 2013 year of Billiards and Snooker. Last year was an interesting year with some real successes and some disappointments.

The coaching was a highlight with a number of coaches accredited and a significant number of juniors upskilled through regional seminars. Over the last 12 months Cue Sports Coaching New Zealand has gone from strength to strength. When we started we had no official Coaches with Cuesports qualifications (there were 2 that had done a Sport NZ Qualification). Also most Clubs in NZ had never seen a Coach or had any structured coaching. Gary Gillard is pleased to report that in this last 12 months we have now recruited, trained and certified a further 20 Coaches, held 30 Cue Sport Coaching Seminars from Invercargill to Whangarei, and combined the Coaches have coached over 700 people from 6 year olds to 82 year olds, all with a passion for the game.

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28th March 2011-03-28

Oceania 2011

Oceania event in Auckland has been a great success and to all those that made it happen congratulations. A big thanks to our main sponsor Auckland Confederation of Billiards Sports and especially to Malcolm Beehre, Clive Thompson and Mandy Hughes, also to the staff that provided excellent service. It was good to see many supporters in the crowd, and some players from way back looking on ie Laurie Glozier, Kel Tristam and Glen Kwok to name a few. Dan Osullivan did a tremendous job administrating the event - well done Dan (even with his injured leg). To all the referees from Australia thanks guys, and also to all the referees from NZ thanks , our Chief Referee Cliff Hazelton - great job.

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February 2011

To all our members on behalf of the NZBSA, we would like to convey to all those who have been affected by the recent tragedy in Christchurch, our deepest sympathy for any loss of life and trauma. May God be with you and that you all heal in time.

World Billiards 2011- this was meant to be hosted in Christchurch, however due to the earthquake/s and severe damage to the city we are advised that this will not happen in Christchurch but will be moved to another city. The likely host will be either Hamilton, if not there then Auckland may run with it. Either way an enormous amount of support will be needed as we have only 6 months to put a contingency plan into place. I am confident that we will be able to host this event in our country.

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November 2010

Kia ora tatou o te iwi o Aotearoa - greetings to the people of NZ

My first presidential blog for our members and the general public. Since my appointment in this position and with some of the new members of the board we have been busy getting things organised for the next 12 months. A busy year is upon us with two major events ahead in 2011, this being the Oceania in Auckland and the IBSF World Billiards in Christchurch. Clive Thomson is the coordinator for the Oceania and Alan Parris is dealing with the World Billiards in Christchurch.

As you know our NZ U21 team of Ryan Knott, Shannon Swain and Sam Bond, under the close eye of their team manager Gary Gillard just returned from attending the IBSF World Under 21s, they did us proud - great going guys and thanks Gary, also to all those individuals and organisations that supported the boys in their fundraising efforts.

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