English Billiards - 2016 Oceania Billiards Championship
25th-28th February 2016 / Mounties, Mount Pritchard, Australia
MINICI IS CONTINENTAL BILLIARDS KING
Joe Minici (top left) of New South Wales, Australia regained the Oceania Billiards title for the first time since 2010.
The 24 player field, from all across Australia, were divided into 6 round robin groups of 4. The top quartet from each would qualify for the Last 16 knockouts.
Minici came through in second, only behind promising youngster Ryan Thomerson, who was his only defeat.
In the two hour Last 16 and Quarter-Final ties he eliminated George Chammas (781-316) and David Pitt (634-350) respectively. His victim in the semis was the previously unbeaten Michael Pearson, who he saw off 659-566 over 2 and a half hours.
His final opponent was Todd Hayward, who too had not dropped a match. Hayward had dispatched Thomerson in their Last 4 clash.
Minici perhaps made his experience count, as he beat his younger rival 821-700 over the three hour spectacle, despite trailing at the halfway mark.
Joe also had the event's highest break with a 234.
For full results, please visit the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation website here.
Picture credit - Billiards and Snooker Association of NSW's Facebook page
Written and published by Michael Day on the 29th February 2016