Power play on cue
AUSTRALIA’S snooker greats will come up against the best from the Gympie Snooker Club tonight in the Madill Motor Group Gold City 5000.
The tournament begins today with national snooker champs arriving at 2pm ahead of the Performax Power Play.
A new addition to the competition, the power play is a whirlwind tournament with timed frames.
Players will have only 10 seconds to take a shot and the best in 10 minutes will win.
There will be plenty of pressure. If they don’t take the shot in the time limit they incur a time penalty.
Only 16 contenders have been allowed to take part in the quick-fire competition.
Seven Gympie Snooker Club members will compete over the three days of play (today until Sunday) bumping the field out to 32 contenders – all vying for $6500 in prize money. Club Captain Viv Mitchell is one of them.
“I’m going to perform and try my hardest. I am honoured to play with some of the best in the nation,” he said.
Vice-captain Rob Cleverly has been busy ironing and brushing tables to make sure they are in tip-top condition ahead of the competition.
Along with Mitchell, John Baker and Stan Zischke, who just won the Col and Beryl Pye memorial competition by beating Baker, have also nominated.
There will be some rivalry among the Gympie players to see who will finish best.
Renowned snooker players like Shawn Budd will be competing.
Budd is the current Oceania Men’s snooker champ and has won competitions all over the world.
He won the Valley national open 8-ball championship in Las Vegas in 1994, which attracted more than 5000 entries from around the globe.
Joining him is Vinnie Calabrese, who holds the 2010 Australia South Pacific Open title.
With some top-level competition coming to town you can see why the Gympie Snooker club is starting to buzz with excitement.
Gold City 5000 co-organiser Cliff Hanson said there was a hot field that would be playing some top-class snooker during the event.
It has been 20 years since the last Gold City 5000 tournament was held.
If you have an interest in the game get down to the RSL snooker room today, tomorrow and Sunday.