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 2020 Women's and Under 21's Oceania Billiards & Snooker Championships were held in Tauranga New Zealand. Congratulations to the BSANZ for two successful events. Cody Turner won the U/21 snooker while Kimberly Cullen won the women's. New Zealand went down to Australia in the U/21 Trans Tasman Challenge but the New Zealand women's team were far too good for our Aussie team.
The Oceania Masters will now be called the Oceania Seniors Qualifier to the Crucible and scheduled for May 19th to 21st in the clubrooms of Snooker SA in Adelaide, South Australia. Furthermore it is highly likely that there will be strong representation from countries within the Oceania region particularly when the ROKiT Seniors World qualifier to the Crucible follows straight after 22nd to 24th May.
This year has been a difficult one regarding our state of finances. I am yet to secure a sponsorship agreement with Shender and hope to have some good news on our proposal to them by the end of March. I am also looking at the possibility of working with another table manufacturer in China. I hope to set up a market for their tables in Australia which I hope will help secure a sponsorship deal.
If Oceania is to survive as a Region we must look at other countries with the hope of affiliating them with the OBSF. We have looked at Samoa and Vanuatu to no avail, but would consider any recommendation for any country within the Oceania region to join us. We have another option and that is to change the name and constitution of Oceania and invite countries from within the South East Asia region. Some of these countries do not have an opportunity to play in a championship to gain a two year main tour ticket and they are eager to do so. This is most certainly an opportunity worth consideration.
This year the Oceania Open snooker carries a WPBSA Main Tour card for 2 years and the winner will have an opportunity take up the spot. We again have a spot in the Sangsom 6 Red in Thailand for the winner of our 6 Red championships. These are wonderful incentives for our leading players to fulfil their ambition.
The IBSF and WPBSA are still agreeing to disagree in all aspects of our sport. I, along with Barry Jenner have worked tirelessly to fix the rift but I regret to say we are no closer now than we were two years ago. Very disappointing.
Before closing, I would like to thank all our sponsors, Consolidated Leisure and Sport, our sponsor of record, WSP Textiles for supplying the Strachan Superfine cloth, Aramith for the 1G snooker balls, and finally Mounties and the Commercial Club Albury for their generous sponsorship of funds and use of their Billiard room. 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.