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.
Oceania 2011 - Auckland
This is underway with the entries closing on the 1st March. If you are contemplating playing in this then you need to get your entries in fast. Clive, Malcolm and Mandy have this well under control. We will have referees from both NZ and Australia assisting with the event, thanks all. This year will be the first U21 snooker event and we hope to get a reasonable field. Good luck to everyone participating in the various events.
Syria 2010 - World Snooker
Our representatives have recently attended the event in Syria. Results were:
Senior Men's Snooker - Both Jason Todd and Gary Gillard represented NZ at these champs and Gary qualified to the last 16 of this event and was defeated by Roy Stolk 4/0. A great effort to get to post section of the worlds - congratulations Gary.
Masters Snooker - Clive Thompson and Paul Bason represented NZ in this event with Paul progressing past the first round last 32 defeating Brynar Valdmarsson 4/0, and being defeated by Phil Williams 4/0, Phil won the championship 6/4 over the Thailand player Chuchart Trarattanapradit.
Women's Snooker- Our 3 ladies stepped up to the challenge. Nita Clarkson had a victory over Sabah Amoush 3/0, Nita also recorded the longest match at this event, nevertheless a tremendous effort.
Kim Cullen's first time at the world champs, she took a frame, great experience. Ramona Belmont qualified 2nd in her section and was beaten in the first round of post section 4/1 by Jaique Ip Wan In of China.
Overall ladies a great effort, lots of experience and memories of the 2010 world champs.
Gary Gillard has been busy travelling the country and carrying out training for individuals and certifying other coaches, this gives the various Associations the ability to have local coaches available for training new players into the game. Canterbury are working on establishing an Academy for our junior and top players. A coaching plan has been developed and implemented. The most recent coaches to be passed in the Wellington area are Mark Hannah, Harry Haenga, Willie Florence and Frank Adams, congratulations guys and nice work Gary. More later.
Our constitution has been updated with recommended changes to be put to the next AGM in July this year. It is important we get this right.
Don't forget what's coming up for tournaments and good luck.
That's it for now everyone, more blogs later.
Our thoughts are with those in Christchurch and special thanks to the international helpers.