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.
6 Reds - Dene O'Kane showed his prowess in taking out the finals of the 6 Red event defeating Gary Gillard 5-0, well done to both NZ players for getting to the finals. Dene will represent Oceania in the World 6 Red event this year.
U21 - The inaugural event got under way with Jessica Woods from Australia being the only girl in the field. In her first round of the post section she came up against our own Lee Paul from Auckland, it came down to a drawn game in the fifth frame, Lee won the toss and decided to take the shot, he spotted the white ball on the green spot and proceeded to take his shot, yes, he cut the black off its spot and potted it to win the match. A real crowd pleaser. Lee was beaten by Kurt Brown in the next round, Kurt went on to win the event defeating fellow countryman Sean Dalitz. Louis Chand NZ, played well, and at only 12 yrs old this is a tremendous achievement to qualify in an international event.
Womens - Jessica Woods 17yrs from Australia proceeded to the semi finals of this event but was beaten by Ramona. Shirley Smith from Australia was in form and pushed out her fellow country rival Kathy Parashis in the quarter finals then defeating Kathy Howden of Australia 3/2 black in the fifth frame. The last years defending Champ Ramona Belmont was successful in defeating Shirley Smith 4/0 all frames were very close, this gives Ramona a spot at this year's IBSF world championships 2011.
Billiards - Some awesome results in the billiards, Wayne Carey NZ defeating Gary Oliver our current national Champ, by a single point. Steve Mifsud Australia went on to win the event over Wayne Carey. Congradulations Steve.
Mens Snooker - Some upsets in the mens snooker, one of these was Danny Ryan defeating one of the hot favourites Dene O'Kane 4/1 in the last 16. On the other side was another upset with Gary Gillard 3-1 down against Glen Wilkinson and fighting back to win the match 4-3, wow what a comeback. Young Shannon Swain was on form defeating Danny Ryan in the quarter finals, a close fought out battle. Joe Minici was also on form defeating Gary Gillard in the semi. Steve Mifsud went on to defeat Shannon Swain in the other semi final. An all Australian final between Joe and Steve. Joe got an early lead and at 4-1, Steve had to get back into the game and he did, at 4-5 with Joe leading he kept the pressure up and held his form to close out the match 6-4 in the final and to take out the Oceania title for 2011. Well done Joe.
Raffles - raffles are out on sale, thanks to Gary Gillard these will be available and anyone wanting to support Junior Development please help out by buying a ticket. Some snooker associations in the regions have raffle books so get in contact with your regional executive committee. Thanks to all those who support this national fundraising scheme.
147 Televised - The ACBS have compiled an event which involves 4 kiwis and 4 Australians, top players from both countries. Under the new format of 147 the rules are slightly different to the ordinary rules of snooker. The controversial ‘foul miss rule ‘ does not apply and the is replaced by any foul committed the in coming player or striker has the option to place the cue ball anywhere on the table. This should speed the game up and you should see a lot more potting skills from the players. A time limit of 21minutes per frame and aggregate scores taken will determine the winner.
Tune in to Stratos TV if you have Sky. This is part of getting snooker back on TV and in front of the general public. Keep an eye on this website and we will tell you when it is televised.
Events coming up - NZ U21 Champs and the NZ Masters will be held in ACBS Auckland. Get those entries in fast and don't miss out. Dates are - 30th April and 1st May. Winners of these events will represent NZ at the World Champs this year.
Any ideas or positive feedback you may have in respect to snooker or billiards that can help promote the sport in NZ please feel free to converse with any of the NZBSA executive or do it through your own regional association.
Thats all for now folks - more blogg later.
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