2011 saw the creation of the inaugural BSA NSW Snooker League which turned out to be a great success!
The Sydney based Snooker League was made up of 20 teams across the city and consisted of 5 zones. Teams were made up of 4-6 players with 4 players playing 3 frames of Snooker on the night. The first stage of the League was a round robin format and went for 12 weeks. The 10 teams that qualified then progressed to the second stage which lasted a further 9 weeks leading up to the finals. In total, the League ran for 23 weeks and was completed by the end of October.
We were fortunate enough to have the endorsement of our very own World Snooker Champion Neil Robertson!
“The BSA NSW Snooker League is set to be the most exciting thing to happen to Snooker in NSW for a long time. Snooker has seen a decline in recent years and I am glad to see further promotion of this sport by the BSA NSW.
I look forward to checking in on results and keeping up to date with proceedings online.
Thank you for supporting Snooker in Australia.” - Neil Robertson, 2011
The teams that participated in the 2011 League were:
Blacktown Workers (2 teams)
Coogee Randwick RSL
Guildford Leagues Club
Club Marconi (2 teams)
Maroubra Seals Community Club
North Ryde RSL
North Sydney Leagues Club
Rooty Hill RSL
The winners of the main part of the League were Kingsgrove RSL who defeated North Sydney Leagues Club in the final. The Kingsgrove team was made up of Jeff Farrugia (c), Nick Vasic, Ali Ganji, Terry Emmett, Irene Emmett and Frank Karaberas. They received a total of $5,500 in prize money for their efforts. Congratulations!
Hornsby RSL was the eventual winners of the minor series League defeating North Ryde RSL.
After initially advertising $8,000 in prize money at the early stage of the League, a total of $22,968 was eventually returned to the players in prize money, trophies and official team shirts, which was a great result for the League's first year.
This was achievable with the help our major sponsor STRIKE BOWLING BAR who contributed $2,500. In addition to financial support, STRIKE also provided their Chatswood venue and food for our presentation night which was most appreciated. It was a shame the night was not better attended by players. Hopefully this will improve in 2012.
Thank you to all the hard work put in throughout the year by Jeff Farrugia and Liam Smyth and other members of the BSA NSW. Also, thank you to the team captains and players for their cooperation throughout the season. This helps us run a much smoother competition for all.
Hope to see you all for the 2012 BSA NSW Snooker League which we expect to commence in early April.