TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR’S REPORT – GARVIN GRAY
The 2019 Queensland Mens Residents Snooker Championship saw Daniell Haenga join elite company in Qld snooker history with his sixth victory in this event. Daniell Haenga now joins Rodney Ferminger and Phil Perkins on six wins and only Angelo Siokis has won seven state titles since the Second World War.
This event saw 40 players start out on their journey to test their snooker games and skill against the best our state has to offer, with 8 groups of 5 players at different venues across QBSA Affiliated clubs of Kedron, Matchroom, Redlands, Redcliffe, Sherwood and Southport on the first weekend of 11/12 May.
There was a lot of high-quality snooker across the groups, including Steve Donohoe at Southport recording the tournament high break of 96.
The tournament format was designed to offer those who finished first in their group a bye past the round of 24 and straight passage through to the round of 16. These spots were keenly contested and highly sought after in each group and also across the groups as everyone’s results decided their seeding from 1 to 8 for the round of 16.
Those that finished second and third in their groups would have to contest the round of 24.
After the first weekend of play, Daniell Haenga finished as the number 1 seed, with Phil Haycock and Peter Kitchener as number 2 and 3 seeds. Daniell Haenga showed on the first weekend at Redcliffe Snooker Club that he was playing well and was going to be very hard to beat on finals weekend at Kedron Wavell Snooker Club, Club Chermside.
All 24 qualified players turned up at Kedron Wavell Snooker Club on 18/19 May, once again prepared to see how their snooker games fared against Qld best players. A special mention goes out to Xavier Daw and Josh Hands, who for young teenagers, made it through to the final 24 and Xavier Daw managed to qualify for the final 16.
Our best players did not disappoint with the standard of play on offer, with plenty of 50 + breaks on offer and closely contested games.
After the Saturday’s play, the Semi-Finals were Daniell Haenga v Steve Donohoe and Phil Haycock v Peter Kitchener.
Daniell Haenga once again showed that his game was in fine form in the Semi’s, with a convincing 4-1 victory and passage through to the final.
The second semi-final was a very close and nervous affair, with both Phil and Peter having plenty of opportunities to win. The game went down to the final frame, with Peter Kitchener emerging victorious after 4 and a half hours and making it to the final.
Just before the final started, Nate O’Connor, QBSA President made a special ceremonial presentation to Lilly Meldrum, announcing a $250 financial sponsorship and also presented her with one of our new QBSA polo shirts.
Lilly Meldrum has been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming world under 16’s snooker championship to be held in Russia in August.
The Final started at 2:30 pm, best of 9 frames. Daniell Haenga won the first frame.
The second frame would prove to be a turning point in the match. Peter Kitchener moved to a lead of 40 to 1, but then Daniell Haenga struck back with a 76 break to take the frame and establish a 2 frame to zero lead.
Daniell then started moving into top gear and managed to win the next three frames for a 5-0 victory and his sixth State title.
With all tournaments, a lot of people helped to make this event such a wonderful event to be involved in.
Without our very experienced and tireless referees, who give up their time and show their experience to make our top events a pleasure to play in, their efforts across the two weekends helped to make this event an event worth coming back for.
At each venue on the first weekend, all venues were especially helpful in making their venues playing conditions the best they could possibly be and this was reflected in the breaks and the general standard of play. Without our QBSA Affiliated clubs giving up their venues for the first weekend, this event would not share the all-encompassing nature that it currently invites.
On the second weekend, finals weekend, QBSA is in a very fortunate position to be able to hold the entire finals at a first-class venue in Kedron Wavell Snooker Club at Club Chermside.
As Tournament Director, I would like to extend a large thank you to Kedron Wavell Services Club Board for their assistance across both weekends in providing such excellent facilities for everyone to use who was involved in the event.
I also saw a lot of players improve their snooker games over the two weekends and also saw some of our keen referees getting the opportunity to referee important games, to which this event allows.
It is my pleasure as Tournament Director in my final duty of this report to announce that 2019 is the final year of the Queensland Mens Residents Snooker Championship. This event has served us well over the years, but next year, the event will be called the 2020 Queensland Residents Snooker Championship, with both males and females of all ages being able to compete.