New Zealand fully supports World Championships and supports players attending that instead of the planned … 4x NZ world ranking tournaments.
The NZ Open Billiards has been around for over 60 years (actually, apparently first dated 1908) and in the last 20 years, they were held in late September/early October of which, in the last 11 years they have definitely been held last weekend in September.
In the last 15 years, the IBSF has held only 3 Billiard events September, so it is a long call to say it is `traditional’.
The last time New Zealand held it’s hand up was 2011. The Christchurch earthquake` flattened that’ and we were gratefully saved by Ireland who took it over at such short notice.
Because of a number of people who have booked air tickets etc for NZ, we are still going to hold all four tournaments, but at very much reduced levels as we have lost the sponsorship and the `live SkyTV’ coverage.
Therefore, as confirmed on the WBL website, the four NZ September world ranking Billiards events are being held at the below venues.
Woolston Club, Hartood Street, Woolston, Christchurch
Airpark Canterbury Christchurch City Open … Friday 11-13 Sept — billeting accommodation is expected to be available for this … please contact Alan Parris … firstname.lastname@example.org
Snooker World, 713 Mount Albert Road, Royal Oak, Auckland
Outer Limits World Ranking Billiards … Thursday 17-19 Sept
Next two are both at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, Claudelands Road, Hamilton
Hamilton Pacific International Billiards … Tuesday 22-24 September.
NZ Open Billiards … Friday 25-27th Sept
As always, we take everybody to the Cambridge night Trots .. horse racing … 24th Sept … this is an enjoyable relaxed outing. This is another reason why we have the dates we have, because this race meeting is held then.
All at least half point World Ranking … NZD 2500 each
Each tournament has an entry fee of ..NZD 80 … and if you play in all four … NZD 300
All tournaments are under the `time format’.
Thoughts are that some players can go to Christchurch, compete … then have a few days to get themselves to Auckland by Wednesday 16th Sept. They can spend a few days touring the South Island – back to Christchurch and fly directly to Auckland for about NZD60pp ? … on Jetstar or AirNZ .. maybe an extra $15 for your Cue… please be sure to mention the cue case when booking.
The Auckland tournament finishes on the Saturday 19 Sept and this gives everybody a day in Auckland on the Sunday (if they choose) and then head to Hamilton on the Monday…. 90min easy drive Auckland to Hamilton.
We very much hope that we will have sponsored people carriers for this part week in Auckland and the whole week in Hamilton… not confirmed at this stage.
Accommodation: we will put more data on this next week
We hope to billet everyone in Christchurch…. for those that prefer there is a Motel within 5min walking .. hope to have people carriers.
Auckland has the `Dukes Motel` within about 5min walking…. other Motels are 5-10min drive.
Hamilton has lots of Motels handy … but the closest is the very nice … Brooklyn Motor Lodge… 6-8min walking .. we have a deal there at NZD 120 twin share including Continental breakfast …. when booking, advise them that you are with the “NZBSA Billiards.” They do have 3 people share rooms too.
Please keep checking the WBL website … flyer(s) out soon.
There will be questions .. please email me … will answer them … email@example.com
Wayne Carey 🙂