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Episodes were being captured, processed and converted online weekly, but this was proving to be a challenge, both technically and timewise. The intention is to make the whole series available on the website when Stratros release a DVD.

With an 80mm pocket opening it could be either 2 1/16" or 2". The important measurement I need to know to be able to answer the question is the height of the cushion from the table bed to the top nose of the cush rubber.

We are sorry that after extensive consultation around the country we can not find any definitive answer to this query. If anyone else out there has any information to help this enquiry further please get in touch.

In checking with possible accommodation the Waikato organisers were advised that there was a clash with a Rugby world Cup match in town that weekend and that the cost of accommodation was an issue along with lack of availability. Ie NO suitable accommodation was available. The management at the venue had also expressed a wish for the event not to be held on the RWC weekend.

The general consensus was:
1) it wouldn't make sense to hold the event on a weekend with a RWC match in the city due to lack of accommodation.
2) the NZ Open snooker and billiards should ideally be held on separate weekends so that players and referees can attend both.

Moving the tournament forward one week has sorted that problem and the issue of lack of accommodation for those coming from outside of Waikato. While it is clear that this may have inconvenienced some players who booked flights etc earlier, it does say clearly on the NZBSA calendar that players should check with local associations before booking travel/accommodation etc. and there is a real risk of the tournament having a very small field or being cancelled altogether if the dates weren't moved. Unfortunately, it's one of those situations where you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. A decision had to be made, and quickly. The situation has come about due to some miscommunication and the inconvenience of the Rugby World Cup.

We did receive the results from you and thank you very much for that. Unfortunately the archives section of our website has had to take a back seat at the moment due to other committments. We are hoping to once again start adding to the archives section in the near future.

Thank you for your interest in our website. The NZBSA relies on the generosity of people to volunteer their time in maintaining the website. Unfortunately there are times when personnel change some things get overlooked.

Hi and thank you for your question, and a very good question it is.

I agree it is an area of concern (break building), and yes we are doing something about it.

As National Snooker and Cue Sports Coach I have a segment of each seminar dedicated to attacking play and break building. So there is that in place. However I would like to draw your attention to one or two facts about break building in NZ.

Basically up until 1980 or there abouts, break building was unheard of. In fact the high break at the Nationals was 78 for many years. Then along came a group of players who took the game to the next level, people like Harry, Dave Merideth, Dale and Glenn Kwok, Steve Robertson, Bruce Anderson and of course Pat Edwards etc. These players were exceptional players, and to be frank there is not that depth at present. Part of the reason why these players flourished in the 80's and early 90's was that there were big money tournaments around, the likes of Browns Bay, Heretunga, Bells Whiskey etc. These were tournaments with around $10,000 in prize money, with the winner getting between $3,000 and $5,000. So a lot of these great players were able to have an income from snooker. As you know this is far from the case at present. The winner of most ranking tournaments at present is lucky to get $500 which doesn't even cover costs if he/she is a travelling player. So it is no wonder that "high profile" players opt to not travel, they just can't afford it and there is not the incentive to do so.

If we were to look at this sensibly and factually we could note that Dene O'kane who is a three time World Masters Champion has already failed to win two tournaments entered already this year due to the improved standards of some more Junior players. Also add the fact we had two NZers in the top four at this years Oceania Championships as well as Shannon Swain taking the top break with his century. If we hadn't invested the time in exposing him to competition at the World U21s would he have been able to attain this standard?

In summary you have raised some good points, however for the amount the game is played at present we are performing about par. Of course my challenge and that of the administrators of the game is to raise the bar, and that is what we are doing. The first ever Cue Sports Academy is being held in Christchurch 23 to 26th July. This is for 20 Juniors and 10 coaches from around NZ. It will be interesting to watch the progress of those attending.

Thanks for your question, it is a good one

Gary Gillard
NZ Cue Sports Coach & IBSF Examiner

Thank you for you enquiry, When a country hosts the Oceania Championships there is provision within the rules that they may award ranking points for this event. The NZBSA Board discussed prior to the event if they would allocate points and if so what those points would be. It was decided by the board prior to the event that triple ranking points be awarded to NZ entrants during the 2011 Oceania Championships for Open Mens Snooker and Billiards. Due to an oversight this was not advertised on the entry forms therefore points were not initally allocated. At the meeting of the board in April it was decided to retrospectively award the points as this was previously agreed prior to the tournament.