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Prasad wins title

Arin Kumar

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NATIONAL number one Jiten Prasad took out the Fiji International Open Snooker title over the weekend.

Prasad defeated New Zealand-based veteran and former national champion Suman Lal 4-0 in the final of the Rattan Investments-sponsored event at Fiji Club.

Earlier in the quarter-finals, Prasad faced off against Epeli Bua who had defeated him 4-1 in the final of the Merchant Club Open Snooker tournament last month.

Prasad won that match 3-0 to book his place in the semi-final where he defeated Viliame Umu 3-1.

In the other semi-final, Lal overcame Rahil Prasad 3-0.

Prasad said it was a tough tournament that brought out the best in him.

"This is one of the toughest tournaments I have played in these past few months," he said.

"All opponents were tough and I had to play well to win the tournament."

Southern Division Billiard and Snooker Association and Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji president Riffat Bhatti said it was a good tournament overall and they would try and make next year's event bigger and better.

"We will try and get more international players for next year's event so the local players get good exposure against overseas players," he said.

Meanwhile, up next for Prasad is the National Ranking tournament where he hopes to retain his number one spot.

"There were three nationals earlier of which I won two and reached the final of the last one.

"I hope to win the last one of the year early next month in order to remain the national number one."


Reaching Out To Senior Citizens

The Southern Division Billiard and Snooker Association donated $1500 to the Samabula Senior Citizen’s Home yesterday.

Apart from the cheque donation the association also gave clothes and a pool table for the senior citizens to use during their leisure activities.

Nurse Neelum Kumar received the donation and said it came at the right time.

The SDBSA is the first sporting organisation to assist the Home this year. SDBSA finance and events manager Keshwan Nandan said they have been fundraising for some time and were happy to be there and see the smiles on their faces.



Sixteen teams for charity snooker tournament

Arin Kumar
Saturday, October 04, 2014

SIXTEEN teams will battle it out for a good cause when they compete in the Charity Snooker tournament in Suva today and tomorrow.

Organised by Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association (SDBSA), the tournament intends to raise funds to be given to the Senior Citizen's Home in Samabula.

Other items given in kind would be given to the Salvation Army for distribution.

Competition official Keshwan Nadan who would be in charge of collecting the donation said they were looking forward to giving back to the community.

"This tournament is part of our social responsibility towards the society," he said.

"Already some people have been donating as silent sponsors and we expect more to come forward during the tournament.

"Also we are requesting our players and other business houses to donate generously and whole-heartedly to the cause."

The tournament is a three-player team event and veteran player David Ratnam was among the first to confirm his team Ratnam Investment.

Ratnam was out of the snooker scene for a few months because of ill health but intends to make his comeback with the charity tournament.

"The tournament is for a good cause and I want to contribute towards it to help the underprivileged," he said.

"Also, I had stayed away from the snooker table for a while now because of sickness but now that I feel better, I think I would be able to perform well."

Other teams confirmed for the event are Kaks Marketing West, Carz and Carz, Kaks Marketing Central, Sam Superpool, Quick Cash Gold, Quick Cash Silver and Wilderness Adventurous.


Prasad brothers out to create snooker A grade upsets

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE Prasad brothers Rahil and Sahil are expected to create upsets when they are promoted to the Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji A Grade next year.

This is after the duo impressed at the Deo Shankar-sponsored North West Billiards and Snooker Association Open Championship in Lautoka on Saturday.

They showed a lot of class to reach the final.

Younger brother Sahil who leads the national B Grade rankings defeated Rahil 3-2.

In the semi-finals, Rahil defeated Nitesh Chand 3-1 while Sahil beat his father Yogen 3-0.

Association vice president Raymond Reddy said Sahil and Rahil were in hot form.

Reddy said they were bound to create upsets when they moved up to the top tier competition next year.

"Rahil defeated Nitesh who recently won the A Grade National Rankings Championship," Reddy said.

"That was the biggest upset of the tournament. Rahil's cueing was perfect.

"The association will be staging more tournaments in the coming months."

All together the Prasad family walked away with $600 from the one-day event.

Cen wins Lautoka snooker championship

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, September 28, 2014

TONY Cen won the Six Reds Snooker Championship at the Lautoka Club on Friday. He defeated former Fiji number three Nitesh Chand 2-1 in the final.

Cen the 2013 North West Billiards and Snooker Association Six Reds League champion played patiently without taking any risks.

In the semi-final Cen beat Suresh Chauhan 2-1. In the other semi-final, Chand downed Simon Reddy by the same score line.

At the Nadi Sports Club, Rimal Narayan defeated William Lee 2-1 in the final.

In the semi-final Narayan beat Munesh Prasad 2-1 while Lee defeated David Reddy 2-0.

Chauhan who is also the association president said the Six Reds event served as the ideal buildup for the Fiji International in Suva next month.

The Fiji International has attracted players from Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Sponsored by Rattan Limited of Sigatoka, it will be held at the Fiji Club, Merchants Club and Defence Club from October 11-12.


History in snooker

Arin Kumar
Sunday, September 28, 2014

FOR the first time in the history of cue sports in the country, all games in a tournament were being videotaped.

Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association (SDBSA) introduced cameras for the LB Masters-sponsored Merchants Club Open Snooker tournament in Suva.

SDBSA president Riffat Bhatti said this was their way of moving towards professionalism.

"We are going to host the Fiji International Open-sponsored by Rattan Limited next weekend," he said.

"And today (yesterday) we tried out the camera recording devices for all the games that were played because the same would be done during the Fiji International."

Two cameras were allocated per table at the Merchant Club and Bhatti said they would host the Fiji International at Fiji Club, Merchants Club and Defence Club.

"Three venues would mean we would need more camera but it is something we are willing to invest in a bid to raise the profile of the sport and move it towards professionalism.

"The videos from the Merchants Club Open would be given to the players that competed for them to watch their games and see the areas they are weak in.

"They can use the videos to improve on their games in a week before the Fiji International."

Meanwhile the quarter-finals of the Merchant Club Open were in progress when this edition went to press yesterday.


New snooker farmat

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE North West Billiards and Snooker Association will commence its league competition in December.

The league competition will involve players from Sigatoka Club, Nadi Club, Nadi Sports Club, Lautoka Club, South Seas Club, Ba Central Club and Tavua Club.

Association president Suresh Chauhan said matches would be played between the clubs on a home and away basis.

Chauhan said the league concept would generate interest at the club level.

"The matches would be played every second Saturday starting from the second week of December," he said.

"There will be four singles matches, two doubles matches and a billiards match during every round. A total of seven clubs will be involved and the league would run for six months.

"After the completion of the round robin format, the top four clubs will qualify for the semi-finals. Together with the league competition, we also hope to conduct coaching and referees clinics.

"The competition will help groom the upcoming players so we can be competitive with the Southern counterparts."

The league competition will be sponsored by Coastal Rentals and Foodhall Supermarket.


Deo wins North West title

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, September 29, 2014

NADI businessman Mahendra Deo relied on his experience to take out the Coastal Rentals/Foodhall Supermarket-sponsored North West Billiards Snooker Association Open Championship at the Lautoka Club on Saturday.

Deo with his sparring partner Rimal Narayan in support was against all odds but pulled off a remarkable win after a slow start against home favourite Nitesh Chand.

Chand won the first frame 81-22. Deo bounced back to take the next two 51-42, 56-36. Chand with backing of the home fans won the next frame 50-30 to set up the decider.

The final frame went down to the wire with Deo clearing from the colour balls to claim victory as Chand watched in despair rueing his missed chances.

Deo said he played really well.

"All the opportunities that were there I looked to make a break," he said.

"That was the winning note for the game. I collected as many points as I could rather than playing scrappy snooker.

"I targeted positional play and break building which was the feature that got me through."

Deo showed his class in the quarter-final beating Nitendra Michael 3-1.

In the semi-final Deo beat Tony Cen 3-0.

Chand downed David Reddy 3-1 in the quarter-final and defeated Rahil Prasad 3-0 in the semi-final. It was sweet revenge for Nitesh after going down to Prasad in the semi-final of the previous tournament last month.

Deo said experience counted a lot on the day.

He said the next target was the Rattan Limited- sponsored Fiji International next month.

"Experience counts because in positional play you have to know where to place the white ball especially during safety to lock the opponent by putting them in a tight situation," he said.

"The Fiji International Open is next but I haven't played in the tournament often. However the target is there to achieve the dream.

"I have won all the other tournaments but not the National Rankings Championship. Hopefully one day winning the nationals will come true."

In an upset Michael beat former Fiji Games billiards gold medallist Vineel Nand during the eliminations.

Ba's Ismail Wali made a highest break of 36 points.


15 year old wins Fintel sponsored Super Six Championship
Tuesday, September 27 2011

Fiji Times
Arin Kumar

SAHIL Prasad created history by becoming the youngest ever champion of the Fintel sponsored North West Billiards and Snooker Association Super Six Championship which was held at the Tavua Club on Sunday.
The 15-year old Nadi Sangam College student defeated his father Yogen Prasad in the final 3-0.
Fiji Billiards and Snooker Association president Philip Gock said fathr and son created history by playing in the final.
"This was the first time for a father and son to play in the final," Gock said.
In the semi-finals Sahil defeated Pranil Singh 3-0 while Yogen beat defending champion Mahen Deo 3-0.
Gock said this was the first time for the six red game to be played in Tavua.
"The tournament was a very successful one because it attracted 32 players from all over the country and we thank FINTEL for sponsoring the tournament," he said.
"I heard comments that the games were very interesting and the frames finished very quickly."
Other top players that took part in the tournament were Deepak Jai Ram, Mahen Deo, Yogen Prasad, Riffat Bhatti, Suresh Chauhan and Nitesh Chand.
Also, a meeting was held during the tournament between the different district associations to discuss future plans for the sport.
"We have requests from Tavua for referees and coaching clinics which we will be conducting soon.
"For our next tournament we are planning to have a pool tournament in a club to attract pool players ù hopefully they will then start to play snooker," Gock added.
NWBSA president Suresh Chauhan said FINTEL had given $1000 towards the tournament.

Sahil holding his prize money, flanked by Fintel representative Pranesh Sahay immediately on his right and tournament officials




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