Masters take shot at titles
By HUGH KEARNEY
THERE'S the soft, low lights, the gentle snick of ball hitting ball, the coloured balls on the green baize, the white gloves and hushed tones of the referees - it's a snooker tournament.
Some of the most experienced snooker players in the country have gathered this week at Club Banora for the inaugural Australian Masters Snooker Championships.
The championships is being held over four days at the Banora Point venue, with the final to be played Sunday.
The 24 contestants, all aged over 40, are competing not just to be named Australia's masters snooker champion. They also are vying for selection in the Australian teams to contest the World Masters Championships and the World Cup Teams Challenge later this year.
Twin Towns Services Club Snooker Club which is hosting the tournament has several members competing, including Tom Lucas, Steve Springer, Chris Dietrich and six-times club champion John Hudson.
Players will contest a round-robin series of matches over five frames in their pool of six, with two players from each pool progressing to the quarter-finals.