AUSTRALIAN 8 BALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS DARWIN 2006 OPEN TEAM MANAGERS REPORT Introduction.  The open team was determined through a series of qualifying competitions played during the year and this was finalised approximately six weeks before the championships were due to start.  Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, some players were not able to fulfil their original […]

2006 State Singles

POPPY SAYS:        NSW 8ball singles championship.

The NSW 2006 8ball singles title was played on Sunday 18th June at the Coolangatta Hotel. A pretty handy field of 24 runners contested the best of 15 games event, 23 males and I female in Joe Buckley turned up to play which was great to see (Mel Malone is still overseas after the world titles so was unavailable). Joe was outed in the first round by a rampant Oscar Wild but a $100 consolation event for first game losers was played and that saw her go through to the final only to be touched out by Dean Heremia.

2006 Ladies

POPPY SAYS: The ladies had their day on Sunday 30th July 2006 at the Coolangatta Hotel, playing a round robin best of 3 event to decide the NSW ladies national team and the NSW ladies single champion. Everone was “smoking” and I mean smoking, smoke breaks were the order of the day one of the drawbacks of the no smoking policy in hotels especially for pool players. Never mind the day went well and all the 12 ladies put in their very best efforts.

2006 5th Ranker


The 5th and final qualifying playoff for the NSW open team was played at the Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday the 9th July. A really good field of 38 players turned out with many playing although they had already qualified and Rusty who is already in the team via his singles title victory there as well, and for the team spirit down the track that is a really positive thing. The committee will be pushing hard to get crown lager on board as a sponsor and save the boys a small fortune.

2006 3rd Ranker

POPPY SAYS: Another successful playoff was held at the Coolie Hotel to start and finished at Dolphins Hotel at Tweed Heads, our thanks go out to both venues especially to Wayne at Dolphins for saving our butts and giving us a table to finish it up on for as long as we needed it after we had to finish up at Coolie at 5pm (No fault of Geoffrey’s). 56 players turned up to do battle, and it was a great day had by all. Many old faces (some very old, sorry Captain) were there and some refreshing new faces as well, Jo Buckley came from afar (Yamba) and played really well and brought her own cheer squad which was great and will add a lot of starch to the ladies comps. Rusty Cheshire came out of hibernation, Matty and Vanessa came to the party and Vanessa played the best I have seen her play and finished equal 2nd with Anne McLaughlin behind Mel Malone for the highest placed lady.  The potential ladies team is shaping up really well with Sammy, Judy, Jamie, Kristy, and Tracey and a few more in the mix it looks to be a very competitive team.

2006 2nd Ranker


        POPPY SAYS: Well the 2nd NSW playoffs have been run and won and what a successful day it was at the Great Northern Hotel in the heart of Byron Bay. Each player was presented with a Byron Bay Classic 2006  t-shirt sponsored jointly by Rick Slater (who played) and Rick Christian of www.byron-bay.com (the site to go to for all Byrons entertainment and news), the Great Northern Hotel who also provided a splendid venue and our many thanks to Laurie, Robbie and all the staff who helped make the day the success it was, and last but not least the hard working tournament director Damien Smith who along with his lovely wife Jodi manage Gosamara Luxury Apartments 53 Shirley Street Byron Bay ph (02) 6680 8711, fax (02) 6685 8067. The logo was designed by Tom Denham of Creative Tattoo Art at Byron and the final product was excellent. Thanks to them all for their support.