2013 Southern Tasmanian 6 Red Snooker Championship
The STBSA  recently held is Sth Tas 6 Red Championship at the Claremont RSL Club with Les Higgins defeating Justin Van Diepen in the final.
Even though it was only a small field everyone had a great day and this format of the game is slowly becoming more and more popular.  Les had the highest break of the event with a clearance of 69. Les,
Les is now off to compete for Australia at the World 6 Red Championship’s in Ireland, more on the results from that trip in the next edition of Cue Sports Tasmania. With Les away representing Australia the four (4) players to represent the STBSA at the TBSA Tasmanian 6 Red Snooker Championship on the  5th & 6th October at the Burnie Club will be Justin Van Diepen, Alex Pace, Jason Featherstone & Darren Hay.
The North West Billiards & Snooker 6 Red Championship was won by Cale Barrett who defeated Bob Boutcher in the final.
The Northern Tasmanian Championship will be held in the coming weeks.
2013 Annual Dinner & Trophy Presentation Night
Friday 22nd November 2013
Claremont RSL Club

$30.00 per head (All Inclusive)

TBSA Tasmanian Snooker Championship

Cale Barrett - 2013 State Snooker Champion
The rising star of Tasmanian Cue Sports Penguin's Cale Barrett has shown just why he is going to be a force in the sport with an outstanding effort to win this years State Snooker Championship defeating Les Higgins (17 times state champion) in the final 6-2, also defeating Gregg Watt 5-2 (5 times state champion) in his Semi Final. Cale is only the 2nd player from the North West Coast to win the state title. At only 17 years of age Cale has a huge future in all versions of cue sports.

  Rob Higgins, Andrew Fisher, Bob Boutcher
                                                 Les Higgins & Cale Barrett                                                

Australian Junior Billiards & Snooker  Championship
The Matchroom - Adelaide 30th

June - 5th July
Southern Tasmania's young gun Alex Pace has been beaten in the Semi Final's of both the Under 15 & Under 18 Australian Snooker Championships in Adelaide.
Burnie's Joshua Burns is into the final of the Australian Under 15 Billiards Championship again and is in great form and hopefully he can defend his Australian championship he won last year.
Penguin's Cale Barrett is into the final of the Australian Under 18's Billiards Championship and has been producing great scores (599 in 90 mins) and is in a great postition to add another Australian Title to his bulging trophy cabinet.
Tasmania having finished top of the table in the Teams Event are in a strong positon to defend the Australian Junior Teams Event Championship they won last year. After this event Cale Barrett is of to Bejiing China to compete for Australia in the Under 21 World Championships, this is after he just got back as Australia's rep at the Asian Snooker Acadamy where he spent a few weeks recieving coaching from the world's best coaches. I have included links to all the events if you wish to check them out.

Event Update
Tasmania retains the Australian Junior Team Challenge defeating WA 3 - 2

Joshua Burns Runner Up Australian Under 15 Billiards
Cale Barrett Australian Under 18 Billiards Champion
Cale Barrett (TAS) d Keiran Frettingham 335 (QLD) 338-335
Cale took the lead for the first time in the match with seconds to go.

Australian Juniors Team Challenge
Australian Under 18 Billiards Championship     Australian Under 18 Snooker Championship

Australian Under 15 Billiards Championship     Australian Under 15 Snooker Championship

2013 Southern Tasmanian
  Ladies Snooker Championship Final

Pam Robertson Perpetual Shield
Tracey Baylis
Jane Nichols

Tracey Baylis, Jane Nichols & STBSA President & the new Pam Robertson Perpetual Shield

New Life Members for STBSA

Jody (Pam Robertson's daughter) Carlton (Ronnell's son) Dencil McGifford with their Life Membership Certificates

On Tuesday 18th June the STBSA inducted three (3) new Life Members into the association. These were Pam Robertson, Dencil McGifford & Ronnell Brady. Unfortunately due to ill health Pam was unable to attend with the award great fully accepted by her daughter Jody, Ronnell was also unable to attend due to work committments with Ronnell's award accepted by her son Carlton. Dencil McGifford who has been playing continuously in the STBSA since 1979 was on hand to accept her award with her husband Russ who is also a Life Member of the STBSA. These three (3) ladies are the first female life members of the STBSA and are very much overdue.
As well as recieving Life Membership the STBSA has renamed the STBSA Ladies Snooker Championship Shield in honour of Pam who has won the championship a total of 24 times with an unprecidented winning streak of 16 years from 1989 - 2004.

The Staff and Residents of the home that is now caring for Pam, ADARDS honoured Pam by having an afternoon tea in her honour recently and Pam was presented with her Life Membership Certificate, Pam had some of her family members present although Pam was not aware of what it as about she had a good time. Her sister Kay Priest sent the STBSA the photos below of Pam with her family and also a photo of Jody recieving Pam's certificate from Rob Higgins.

Kay Priest (sister), sister-in-law & brother Helen & Alan along with Pam & Jody, also Rob presenting Jody with Pam's certificate.

2013 TBSA
John Williams Shield

Ulverstone Returned Services Club - June 15th & 16th

NTBSA - Winners of the 2013 John Williams Shield
Full Details of all matches can be found by clicking on this link.

2013 Southern Tasmanian
B Grade Billiards Championship Final
Craig Douglas
John Eadie

Full details can be found by clicking this link.

2013 TBSA
  Tasmanian Billiards Championship Final

Graeme Pickett
Peter Donati

Full details can be found by clicking on this link

BYC - Black Pull out of the A Grade Roster
BYC Black has had a couple of players suddenly become unavailable to play in this season's roster, this mean's that all their respective games will now become byes. Player qualification for finals will now be four (4) games in A Grade.

Cale Barrett - Australian Under 21 Representative
at this year's
2013 World Under 21 Championship in Bejing, China

July 11th - 19th (Link to be provided when available)

2013 Southern Tasmanian
Billiards Championship Final
Les Higgins
Steve Cowie

Les Higgins has continued his domination of the STBSA Billiards Championship winning the 2013 title and now has the unbeilveable record of winning the Southern Championship 28 times in the past 30 years. Well done to Les and congratulations to Steve Cowie on making this year's final.
Full details of all matches are available here, just click here for the link.

2013 TBSA
Doug Salter Shield

Claremont RSL&A Club - May 4th & 5th

STBSA - Winners of the 2013 Doug Salter Shield

Basil Claridge, Justin Van Diepen (Capt), Mick Pollard, John Matthewson, Wayne Stokes, Steve Carroll
Click here for the link to detailed results

2013 Andrews/Atkins Shield - March 8th - 10th
RACV Club, Melbourne, Victoria
         Tasmania          Snooker                Victoria
Steve Carroll
David Cosgriff
Bob Boutcher
Daryl Tippett
Gerrad Wicks
Charlie Chaffe
Luke Webb
Brendan Taylor
Robin McEnnulty
Dale McKay
Gary Bjarnoe-Elliott
Harry Andrews
Justin Van Diepen
Jason Colebrook
David Bates
Ron Cole
Peter Donati
Ian Dale
Nel Walton
Anna Lynch
Cale Barrett
Ryan Thomerson
                              Final Score

STBSA Board of Management
President                                                 Peter Randall
Vice President                                          Terry Collins
Treasurer                                               Robert Higgins
Director of Referee's / Rules              Tommy Watson
Secretary                                                Robert Higgins
Assistant Secretary                     R Higgins / P Randall

B.O.M Directors (4)                        John Toogood OAM
                                                                 Jeremy Morris
                                                                    Steve Cowie
                                                                   Steve Carroll

Junior Development                   Sharon Featherstone
Social Director / Inventory                 Denise Loveless
Publicty Officer / Website                       Tony Cannan
Ratings Officers                       G Lindridge / T Cannan
Delegates to the State Council       T Colins / J Morris

Australian Goldfields Snooker Open
Tickets Available Now - Book Early

July 8th - 14th
Tickets can be purchased via Bendigo Stadium and RACV
www.bendigostadium.com.au/tickets - Phone 03 5440 6214

www.racv.com.au/travel - Phone 13 13 29
2013 STBSA A Grade Grand Final
       Claremont RSL Gold (3)                   BYC Billiards & Snooker (0)
The Claremont RSL Gold on Monday night made it 4 out 5 STBSA A Grade Grand Finals with a 3 - 0 win over the Bellerive Yacht Club at the Claremont RSL Club to make up for loosing last year's Grand Final when hot favouites. The Grand Final drew a great crowd to watch the game and were treated to some great billiards & snooker. In the first billiards game Luke Webb def John Matthewson while in snooker Les Higgins def Steve Hayes 2 - 0, the Grand Final was decided when the MVP of the Grand Final Tracey Baylis fought back from being one (1) frame down to beat young gun Alex Pace 2 - 1, in the other billiards game Justin Van Diepen was in front of Steve Carroll in the unfinished game.
The final game between Gregg Watt
& Mark Hudson was not required.
Willis/Higgins Trophy for Grand Final MVP
Tracey Baylis

Paul Lennon Trophy for Highest Break Snooker - Les Higgins (47)
Bill Wedd Snr Trophy for Highest Break Billiards - Luke Webb (50)
Les Higgins - Australian 6 Red Snooker Champion 2011LES HIGGINS WINS INUAGURAL AUSTRALIAN

Mounties Club, Mt.Pritchard -13th October 201

Tasmania has once again been firmly hoisted back into the national spotlight in Cue Sport, when Tasmanian player Les Higgins stunned top seed and hot favourite Joe Minici, of New South Wales, to take out the inaugural Australian 6-red Snooker Championship five frames to three.
By winning the event Les has earned a fully-funded berth into the World Championship to be played in India early next year.

This concept, which employs only a 6-red ball racked pack as opposed to the “normal” 15 red balls, is fast taking off in developing nations such as China and the Asian Region and given the cut-throat nature of the shortened version of the game, played under modified rules, it is fast and spectacular with frames sometimes only lasting several minutes.

Higgins had been off the National scene for a number of years until recent times, but because of a restructured funding scheme which now sees the Tasmanian Snooker Championship winner fully funded to travel up to the Australian Open at ‘The Mounties’ in NSW, he has started to work his way back up the National rankings.

Higgins was considered by many to be one of the outsiders in a quality field, coming off a less than ideal preparation with a nagging shoulder injury.  He also started the tournament poorly, with a first up nail-biting three frames to two loss to Minici in the round robin section and after losing his third game 3-1 to rising superstar Ricky Emery from South Australia, his tournament looked over.
However the 17-time Tasmanian Snooker Champion and former Oceania Champion turned back the clock to produce some of his career best form and with a high break of a 71-clearance (75 is a maximum in the shortened version) to conquer former Australian Snooker Champion Aaron Mahoney of Victoria to clinch a berth in the final and a rematch against the unbeaten Minici.  Needing to defeat Mahoney 3-1 to make the final, after upsetting Queensland sensation Kurt Brown, which kept his hopes alive, Higgins lifted to qualify to the final by a mere frame, on a count-back.
This time it would be Higgins who seized the opening initiative against Minici, grabbing the early ascendancy in the final when he raced to a 2-1 lead. With a 56-clearance in the fourth frame this advanced him to 3-1 and when he won an important and absorbing fifth frame to take a 4-1 lead in the best of nine-frame game, the Championship looked to be at his mercy.
Celebrations were very much premature however, when, with the Tassie contingent watching, a resurgent Minici claimed the sixth frame. Despite clinching the seventh frame with a tournament equalling 71-clearance, Higgins looked to be in trouble, albeit still leading 4-3, but the momentum seemed to have shifted.
The clincher came in the eighth frame, when Minici, seemingly in control, missed a critical black ball pot and Higgins seized the initiative to notch up his first National Title for almost 15 years, the last being the Oceania Snooker in New Zealand back in 1995.

Full Results can be found on the
Australian Billiards and Snooker web site

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