One­hunga on cue for champs

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

One­hunga is set to host a cue sports ex­trav­a­ganza.

The New Zealand bil­liards and snooker champs are head­ing to the One­hunga Work­ing­man’s Club next month.

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 as 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,” he says.

The New Zealand snooker champs take place at the One­hunga Work­ing­man’s Club from July 7 to 12 while the bil­liards champs take place from July 15 to 19.

Visit www.acbs.org. nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Line it up: Mal­colm Beehre demon­strates what the bil­lard and snooker play­ers will be try­ing to do at the New Zealand champs in July.

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