InterClub Billiards 2017
The format is as follows:
- Teams may register 6 players.
- Each match is for 4 games of 1hr Billiards.
- Handicaps to be decided by the Handicap Committee.
- Where possible, the draw will allow for an equal number of home and away games.
Update from the Secretary 1st Aug 2017
I write to you to provide some recent updates to the Division 1 Interclub Billiards.
As you may recall it was announced by the Western Districts Billiards and Snooker Association that the 2017 Interclub Billiards Competition would be an open competition with no handicaps consistent with International and National Events. I can inform you that this has now changed as a result of Jim Hull, Peter Bourke and Fred Attard requesting that a handicap system be reintroduced and a meeting be held to discuss this matter.
A meeting was held last Wednesday 26 July with all Division 1 Team Captains invited to represent the Clubs that participate in this part of the competition. This included representatives from Penrith Panthers, Club Marconi, Guildford Leagues, Hornsby RSL, Blacktown Workers and Rooty Hill RSL.
While the Secretary felt the Division 1 Competition needed an identity and was suffering form a shortage of highly skilled players and a focus was needed on player recruitment and development it was felt by the general consensus that a handicap system was needed for players to be competitive and to encourage numbers. As a result the following actions were agreed based on majority votes by those in attendance:
1. Division 1 would be a handicap competition using a four tiered handicap system;
2. The four tiers would be determined by an elected handicap subcommittee;
3. The handicap subcommittee will consist of Peter Bourke, Joe Minici, Vic Sacco and John Carbines;
4. Playing order would revert back to a seeding playing order with the top players being able to alternate in 1 and 2 spots, and likewise for spots 3 and 4.
5. The handicap subcommittee will meet once and determine the handicaps that will be set for the reminder of the competition. There will not be any handicap changes during the course of the competition.
6. This Division 1 system will be in place for a period of three years allowing sufficient time for the system to develop.
7. A meeting is to be held later this year to discuss if this system will be introduced into the Western Districts Competition for Snooker and Billiards in the 2018 season.
At this stage I believe we are attempting to get the Interclub Billiards competition running by the 10 of August depending on getting teams in, the handicap subcommittee determining the handicaps for players and completing the draw however will keep you all updated on this.
Good luck with the new season and hope it continues to be better than the last!
Peter Higham - Secretary WDB&S Assn 2017