Hudson chalks up break of lifetime
TWIN Towns snooker hot-shot John Hudson has fulfilled a life-long dream to break through on the world scene.
Hudson, 53, finished in the top 10 at the recent International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championships in the Masters division, for players aged over 40.
The tournament was held in Bahrain, and Hudson, whose highest break is 140, was one of only two Australians selected to take part.
It was the first time the Elanora-based player, who played some of the greats during a spell in England in the 1980s, had represented his country since he started playing as a teenager.
Against some of the greats of the game, Hudson was narrowly knocked out in the quarter finals by Pakistan's Muhammad Yousef (the 1994 champion) four frames to three, the final frame coming down to the final balls.
In the earlier qualifying stages, Hudson won six of his eight matches and pushed eventual winner and top seed Joe Delaney, from Ireland, all the way before losing on the pink ball in the last frame, 3-2.
Delaney was unbeaten at the tournament.
Hudson, a full-time motivational speaker, said the highlight of his championships was carrying the Australian flag and leading the other 35-countries around the stadium in an Olympic-style opening ceremony.
"It's a dream I have had for years and to finish in the top 10 in in the world, for me I was rapt," Hudson said.
He said it made the long hours of practise worthwhile. He spent between eight and 10 hours a day with cue in hand before the titles.
The 2004 Queensland State snooker champion will this weekend compete at a national-ranking event in Melbourne, The Princes Cup.