NZ Billiard players `cueing up for Leeds’
Provincial Billiard Championships have been held around New Zealand with the Qualifying Cueists getting automatic entry into the `Blue Ribbon Event’ , the NZ Billiard Championships to be held at Auckland’s home of CueSports, SnookerWorld on Mt Albert Road at Royal Oak in July this year.
New Zealand’s recognized IBSF Cuesport Coach, Mr Gary Gillard, held in February this year for `Billiard players’, a `Billiard Coaching School’. The benefits of this `special coaching’ was very much appreciated by all Cueists who attended.
Current and 11 times NZ Champion, and Christchurch’s Champion, Gary Oliver has boldly let his Cue do the talking this year when winning two weeks ago with two double century breaks (240-252). Oliver has recently had major shoulder surgery and he will again be the one to beat in July. Others to be going to the NZ Champs from the South Island are past NZ Champion Peter deGroot, Indian born but now a NZ resident Adesh Shekatkar, Peri Lilii, Peter Gormley, George Robertson and the NZBSA President, Mr Alan Parris.
Hawkes Bay Champion cueist and a past NZ Champ, Paul Stocker has booked his entry into this years NZ Champs by winning at the NZ Open Billiards held in Hamilton last September when taking out some English and Australian cueists.
Wellington will have their Champion Derek Gibb (also a past NZ Champion), along with Russell Robinson (a Legend in NZ), Zac Guja, Russ Delahunty, Neil Gyde, Jim Parkin and the very fine cueist at both Snooker and Billiards, Mark Hannah.
Waikato will be represented by their 2013 and 2014 Champion Darren Taylor, multiple Trophy winner Joe Ifa, ever improving Billiard players, Mark Taylor and Kevin Creighton along with two players who are also International Referees, Cliff Hazelton and Dan O’Sullivan whose services will be required at the WORLD BILLIARD CHAMPIONSHIPS to be held at Leeds, UK in October.
At this stage Auckland will be represented by another Billiard Legend, Ron Milicich, along with Bryce Good, Gordon Fletcher, Dennis Yin and the current Auckland Champion Wayne Carey (also a past NZ Billiards Champion)
With `wildcards to come’, SnookerWorld in July will host a fine exhibition of NZ’s talented Billiard players.
Current record highest break in a NZ Billiard Championship belongs to Mr Gary Oliver (Ch/Ch) … 303
There is plenty for NZ’s Cueists to strive for as this years NZ Billiard Titleholder will get automatic entry along with the NZBSA’s next #1 player into the World Championship at Leeds in October.
The NZ Snooker Championships will be held at the same Venue, straight after the Billiards.