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Source of Article: Macksville Guardian Newspaper

The Macksville Ex-Services Club celebrated its 25th Tournament at the weekend, and the level of play at the Ex-Services Club was outstanding.

The Snooker 1000 Championship (now the Allan Gillett Memorial) has been held at the Macksville Ex-Services since 1988, and fast won a reputation as one of the best weekend snooker tournaments in NSW regularly attracting players from Sydney to Brisbane.

This year’s event was won by Michael Cosh of Port Macquarie. Michael is the reigning king of the Port Macquarie district and is the Mid Coast Handicap Snooker Champion.

He was also runner-up in the 2011 NSW State Minor Snooker Championship held at Toukley and runner-up in the 2011 Champion of Champions tournament at Taree.

At Macksville, Michael played quality snooker to defeat well-known Tweed Heads cueist and past Macksville winner Peter Watt. Peter has been a regular sight at the Macksville tables, attending no less than 20 of the 25 years.

Michael won the five frame final 32-54, 81-17, 58-31, 63-26. Losing semi-finalists were John Hudson and Himona Remana. Hudson hails from Elanora, Queensland and Remana is from Sawtell.

Local area players from Stuarts Point to Coffs Harbour were rewarded with prizes for their progress throughout the tournament. Best performed was John Horvath of Coffs Harbour then Selwyn Branford of Macksville, while highest break for a local went to Andy Yusuf also of Macksville.

Macksville Ex-Services Snooker Club president Ron Smith and the members would like to thank all who participated in this years Allan Gillett Memorial and for making the tournament such a success. Macksville Wreckers from the Industrial estate provided all the raffle prizes on the day and an extra special thank you to Judy Ward & Mick McKay for their cooperation & fine speeches.

 Michael Cosh (Winner) and Ron Smith
   Peter Watt and Committee

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