Focus moves to snooker season

13 Apr, 2011 12:00 AM - Courtesy Examiner

WITH the billiards final won by Works Blue, all attention is on the upcoming Northern snooker season.

Teams have been nominated from the Working Men's Club, Launceston RSL, Exeter RSL and also a Longford team, which will possibly play out of one of the Launceston clubs.

The competition is played from handicap with teams of six on Wednesday nights, and four players on Thursday nights. Players range from a 14-year-old through to an 82-two-year-old.

Last year's rosters had closely matched teams, and this season is shaping up as another great competition.

Defending A-grade (Thursday night) snooker champion Exeter RSL has nominated the same team that won the premiership in September last year and will again play from the Exeter club.

The A-reserve (Wednesday night) premier Works Amber, will again be the team to beat in that grade

Any player, male or female, wanting to join a snooker team on either Wednesday or Thursday nights is asked to contact their local club, or call 0408 132 699.

The Australian masters championship will be held at the Miandra Club, Queensland, starting this weekend.

Three Launceston players, Northern billiards champion David Bates, along with Peter Donati and Gary Bjarnoe-Elliott, are competing in the event with all three having a strong chance of bringing home titles.

The Doug Salter Shield, 50-up billiards, will be held on the North-West Coast on May 15-16, where the Northern team of David Bates, Graeme Pickett, Peter Donati, Roydyn Bishop, Adrian White, Terry Adams, Gary Bjarnoe-Elliott and Keith Coomber will start favourite.

State 8Ball

Congratulations to David Lee on defending the State Calcutta that he won last year by winning this years State Calcutta. This year was a family affair with David defeating his brother Ricky Lee in the final 5 - 4.

Special mention must go to Ricky who beat the current World 8 Ball Champion Michael Hill from the UK, who is currently touring the State with some exhibition shows, Ricky defeated Mick twice in the double elimination format, a great effort by Ricky.

In all 27 people played in the event which was our highest number of entries in recent years and those present were treated to some high quality games, not only by Mick Hill but also the Lee boys (Some video footage will be uploaded to the Eightball Tasmania Facebook page).