SUCCESS has potted Kingsgrove RSL Snooker Club with dual champions – members Alex Ganji and Vinnie Calabrese.
Vinnie Calabrese won the Oceania Men’s Snooker Championship 2013 held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on March 18-23.
The event was an Oceania region qualifier where Calabrese won a spot on the World Professional Tour (128 Pro Tour) and will travel to England on May 27.
In a round robin (best of seven games), Calabrese won five out of five matches to head to the last 16 players knockout draw where he won his way through to a place in the final.
It was a very close final match, in the best out of 11 games against Matthew Bolton from WA, and Calabrese won 6-5.
Calabrese also had the tournament high break of 130 where the maximum possible break is 147.
Calabrese said he was confident about performing well because he had good results in matches leading up to the championship.
‘‘I was one of the favourites going in and I knew if I continued doing well I’d be in with a good chance to win it,’’ he said.
Friend and training partner Alex Ganji won the NSW State Minor Snooker Championship at Toukley RSL Club on the Central Coast on April 6 and 7. Ganji won 3-0 in the final against Port Macquarie’s Michael Cosh who was runner-up in 2011.
Ganji said this was a prestigious event where once you won, you could not play in the tournament again.
‘‘It’s a great event and it’s an event that Eddie Charlton has won as well,’’ Ganji said.
The two snooker players train out of Kingsgrove RSL Club where Ganji is the snooker club president.
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‘‘Both of us playing there have made us better, the tables are tournament quality and have great conditions,’’ he said.
Ganji said he played snooker for the mental challenge. ‘‘The game is really challenging of the mind, it’s a very hard game but it makes you more determined to keep going,’’ he said.
In the recent State Snooker Championships at Blacktown Workers Club on May 4 and 5, Ganji reached the quarter finals and Calabrese made it to the semi-finals.