Illawarra snooker and billiards

Illawarra Snooker And Billiards

Illawarra Snooker And Billiards

Illawarra Snooker And Billiards Illawarra Snooker And Billiards

PLAYERS PROFILE

REG MARTIN

Reg Martin won the inaugural NSW Billiards Masters Championship. reg also won the Ill Minor zone title 5 times Ill major zone 4 times and played in every final from 1979-1989 . Reg won the Illawarra Champion of Champions  in 1988 was named player of the year in 1987 . reg also won the Minor zone Snooker title in  1971, 76 and 81. reg was an outstanding and popular player, a true sportsman and a fine ambassador for the  sport

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DARREN MARTIN

Darren  started playing snooker at age 12 under his father Reg's guidance, he  became the NSW junior snooker champion at age 18   Darren traveled around the tournament circuit  with  champions such as Don Spence Stuart  Duncan Chris Staples 3 of Illawarras best.  In 1989 Darren won the NSW Minor Snooker Championship. In 1991 Darren made the decision to follow in his  Fathers  footsteps and play Billiards as his main game . That year Darren won all 3 Billiard tournaments and Player of the year . In 1994 he made a break of 69 and won the Illawarra open Billiads championship. He made his first century break in competition of 106 in 1995. In 1996 he won the NSW minor billiard championship for the next 6 yeras in a row. In march 2005 he made a break of 200 in the NSW Open Billiards  championship . Overall Darren has won more than 50 individual tournaments including 3 state titles and more than 10 Illawarra  open Billiards titles

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ANNE GREEN

Anne was the first woman to play competition snooker in the Illawarra. She started playing in 1970 at Corrimal RSL . She won her first Illawarra singles along with the NSW title in 1976  Since then she has won the NSW title a further 8 times and the Illawarra title 27 times between 1976 and 2004. While part owner of pockets at fairy Meadow she started to play competitive eight ball in Sydney and won  numerous NSW and Australian titles. In 1996 she traveled to Las Vegas where she represented Australia in the eight and nine ball international championships. In a field of 1500 Anne reached the finals where she was narrowly defeated. Anne captained the Australian Womens team for many years reaching the semi finals  on 3 occasions In 1997-2003  Anne represented Australia in the Trans-Tasman team in which they were victorious on most occasions. Anne  also won the Australian Womens Open and national title in 2000 and traveled to England to play in the world snooker titles reaching the last 32

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STUART DUNCAN

Stuarts career began after a bike accident in which he  could no longer play guitar and decided to take up Snooker . He played his first years out of Port Kembla Leagues  and won the F grade championships and also the under 28 title . In his early years he was an agressive player and under the guidance of a coach by the name of Murt O' Donahue  he became the player he is today. As Stuart was born in Scotland his passport allowed him to travel to England where he played a lot of Snooker in London. Not liking England he came home . In 1985 things started to happen  and he became the dominant player in the Illawarra , winning the Dapto Invitational without losing a frame. Stuart had made loads of century breaks and in the NSW state championships he made a break of 129 the highest break of an Australian amateur in a state or national event. He retired in 1990 only to come back in 1996 and within 18 months was ranked 7th in Australia.

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DON SPENCE

Don was one of the greatest Snooker and billiard players. He was flamboyant to say the least . The legendary Murt Donahue  had never seen such a fine cueist, Don was a genius on the snooker table. Don played former Australian Champion Warren King in a Televised final. His followers had backed Don to win , But they had to give King a frame start before he would except the $1,000.00 wager. The ever flamboyant Spence attempted a double "Jacky"  and left the ball on the lip of the pocket, King cleared the table and won. Spence could have played save and won but that wasn't Don's style. Don won his first Illawarra title in 1965 and his last in 1984. Amoung his achievements were  Illawarra Champion of Champions 6 times, The Illawarra zone of the state major title 5 times and the minor state zone once. Don was Illawarra player of the year 5 times, Illawarra Billiards champion twice ,Won the Pellas Shield 5 times with the Workers Club  and twice with Wollongong Leagues. He held the highest Pellas Shield break of 104 and the following week made a 127 break.

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MICHEAL HOUGH

Mick started playing the sport when he was 18 years of age, with his home club being Dapto Leagues,  where he would practice every day of the week returning home for tea then back to the club for more practice . This paid off as soon won his first title being that of the E grade championship.He was introduced to the NSW official coach Jack Morgan  who took him under his wing and taught him how to play the game properly. In 1982 he won his first money tournament The Fraternity handicap tournament. In 1984 he won the under 23 tournament. Mick then went on to represent  Illawarra  in the NSW state titles which he won. This was a great achievement as Mick had only been playing for 3 years. Micks first century break came in 1986  at the Cadbury Schweppes tournament  where he made a break of 124. Mick   has won every Illawarra  Division 1 snooker  championship. He reached the last 16 of the City of Melbourne tournament as well as the schweppes Pro-Am. He holds the record for the highest break in competition in the Illawarra with a break of 135. In 1998 Mick won  NSW Intermediate Players Championship. There were 5 tournaments leading up to the final. Mick was seeded number one.