This is by way of an end of year message for all members in
the Oceania region. By now I am sure you know the 2017 Oceania Billiards &
Snooker Championships will be hosted at the Commercial Club in Albury 8th
– 18th March 2017.
The Entry forms for all the events to be held during this
time are now available on the OBSF website.
The Calendar of events as been posted for some time now and
can be seen here. In addition to those
advertised events I am pleased to advise that there will be an U21 Test Match on
the 7th March
between Australia and New Zealand and it has been confirmed that 5 players will
be traveling to the Championships from New Zealand. Furthermore it is highly likely
that there will be 4 NZ female players contesting the Women's Championship so
there is a strong likelihood that we will also host a Trans-Tasman Test for
This was for many years an annual event but in recent times not been
able to be held during to player numbers. So we are hopeful this can be
contested once again, and who knows continued as an annual event in the future.
There has been some conjecture regarding a Women's event
being held in Singapore which clashes with the Oceania Championships. A lot of
misinformation has been proffered by a number of people who are not aware of
any of the salient facts regarding this clash. Firstly, it needs to be noted
that the event in Singapore is not recognised by the IBSF and is run by a
private company registered in England. At no time did this body, the WLBSA,
approach either the ABSC or the OBSF regarding the hosting of such an event
in what is the historic period for the OBSF Championships. The ABSC has been
negotiating with the major sponsor for the Oceania Championships from last year
and when no other nomination was forthcoming finalised the arrangements
including special deals for accommodation for the players attending the
Championships. When it was realised that there was a clash I spoke via Maxime
Cassis to the organisers of the event in Singapore and asked if they could move
their event out 1 week so the Oceania females players would not be put it bad
situation regarding what event to participate in.
I received a reply that basically said no, and made a number
of statements that they had communicated with the ABSC regarding the event and
that there was no reply. They also stated that our historic dates were in
February as they were earlier this year 2016. We all know this to be incorrect
as it was moved to February this year because Easter was in the middle of March
and we couldn't host a Championship during that time. Prior to that, if anybody
had checked they would have seen it was in March.
That all being said it needs to be recognised that the ABSC
and the OBSF put a lot of time and effort into hosting the Championships for
its members and trust that the players will support their efforts by attending
this year's Championship. The winners of each of all the Championships will as
usual earn a spot at the IBSF World Championships in Malta in November 2017.
This year there will be a Welcoming dinner that will be held
on the evening of the 11th March and for this there will be a cost
of A$30 per head to include a 3 course meal. If you wish to attend this we need you to indicate this when completing
your entry form so the club can make all the necessary arrangements for the
The AGM for the OBSF will be on the 14th March at
2pm in the club, details of where will be advised soon. Notices for this will
be sent out in due course subject to the Constitution.
As you might be aware also this year the main competition
which carries a WPBSA Main Tour card for 2 years will be open to Men and Women
from within the region in answer to the female players request last year. I
trust there will be some female entries and I wish them all well in the
Before closing I would like to thank all the sponsors
Shender, Strachan 6811, Aramith, CL&S. Mounties, and the Commercial Club
Albury. The Referees for their tireless contribution to our sport without whom
our sport would be the poorer, and finally the all those people who give so
generously of their time to ensure our players get opportunities to play our great
sport both domestically and internationally.
I would like to take this opportunity sincerely wish all the
players and officials from within the Oceania region a very Merry Christmas and
a happy, healthy and successful 2017.
Hope to see you all in Albury in March.