Andrew Kruger with Rhys O’Brien taking a practice shot. The Brisbane Electrical Gold City 5000 tournament starts today.
Andrew Kruger with Rhys O’Brien taking a practice shot. The Brisbane Electrical Gold City 5000 tournament starts today. Renee Pilcher

Late entries save snooker contest

THE biggest snooker tournament in town has narrowly escaped the axe this year, with organisers waiting until the last minute in order to count up enough nominations for the Brisbane Electrical Gold City 5000.

The event will run as planned from today and on the weekend after scraping in enough entrants for it to go ahead.

Gympie Snooker Club secretary Andrew Kruger said organisers waited until Monday to make a call on the event, after extending the cut-off date for nominations.

While the number of entrants was slow to clock up, there was no shortage of talent in the competition's 2012 line-up.

There was a field of 28 players including former Australian champion Vinnie Calabrese, reigning Queensland champion Stephen Burford, reigning Australian under-21 champion and Wide Bay Open winner Kurt Brown. Also contesting the tournament are three former New Zealand champions: Austin Farnworth, Ben Farnworth and Daniell Haenga.

Kruger said the players would be competing for more than $6000 in prizemoney and prizes.

Today would see the players competing in the Performax Power Play competition, which would run from 1pm.

"This shot clock event gives competitors 10 seconds to make a shot once the ball has stopped," Kruger said.

"Each game has a 10-minute time limit and is great to watch," he said.

Kruger said prizemoney for the event had again come from donations from supporters including Brisbane Electrical, Performax International and Great Eastern Motor Inn, plus new sponsors Velmec Automotive, Maroochydore Billiard Shop, Gympie RSL and Gympie RSL Sub-Branch.

Kruger said spectators were invited.

The Gold City 5000 competition starts at 5pm today and continues from 9am tomorrow and on Sunday with the final on Sunday, about 1.30pm.

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