Players cued up for tournament
Onehunga is set to host a cue-sports extravaganza.
The New Zealand billiards and snooker champs are heading to the Onehunga Workingman’s Club in July.
The champs also coincide with the 100th anniversary of billiards in New Zealand.
New Zealand Snooker and Billiard Association president Warren Burke says it’s fantastic that the tournament has been running for so long.
“We think it’s probably one of the very few continuously held sports tournaments.
“It was played all through the war years,” he says.
“It’s a great achievement to reach 100 years of play in what’s classed a minor sport.”
Auckland Confederation of Billiards Sports secretary Malcolm Beehre says they are hoping to have 32 players take part in the event.
Two of the top players at the championships include Wayne Carey and Oceania championship finalist Gary Oliver, with the winner set to take away $5000.
Mr Beehre says billards has struggled to attract new players in recent years, but believes it and other cue sports are booming overseas.
“The only thing in front of us in the US is tenpin bowling.”
And while it will be a big weekend for the players, the Mt Albert resident thinks the referees have one of the hardest jobs at the tournament.
“It’s a pretty hard game to referee, especially going from nine in the morning to 10 at night.”
The New Zealand snooker champs take place at the Onehunga Workingman’s Club from July 7-12 while the billiards champs take place from July 15-19.
Visit www.acbs.org.nz for more information.
Line it up: Malcolm Beehre demonstrates what the billard and snooker players will be trying to do at the New Zealand champs in July.