Passing of Bill Bates

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Bill Bates from the Newcastle Tennis Club Snooker. Bill will be sorely missed both as a gentleman of the game and for his tireless work improving Newcastle Snooker.

Bill’s Funeral will be on Monday 9th of November at 11am – North Chapel, Newcastle Crematorium.

At this stage, due to COVID-19 safety measures, there can only be 24 people inside the Service which is reserved fro family. Friends of Bill wishing to pay their respects can do so outside the Chapel.

Important Announcement re Covid-19 [Coronavirus]

            The rapid onset of Covid-19 [Coronavirus] in the global community and its classification by the World Health Organization as a ‘pandemic’, has prompted many sporting organizations to act swiftly to assist in preventing the spread of the virus. Most recently the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council has posted a recommendation to alter established etiquette procedures, and the Victorian Billiards & Snooker Association has cancelled all calendar events until the end of June.

            With the health and well-being of our members as our primary concern, NDBSA has decided to suspend all current tournament activity with immediate effect. We have not set a specific time period to adhere to in the hope that regular monitoring of State and National health updates will allow us to recommence tournament play at the earliest possible convenience. It is our intention to update all club secretaries and team captains on a fortnightly basis. The next announcement is scheduled for March 30, 2020. We trust that our members will take any and all precautions to ensure their own safety during the cessation period.

Richard Evans
President NDBSA

2019 Handicap Billiards Tournament

The annual NDBSA Handicap Billiards Tournament will be held on the 8th of December at the Toronto Workers Club.

Prizemoney: Based on Entries Received
Entry Fee : $20

  • Handicapped Tournament for NDBSA members only
    Entries close on Thursday 5 th December 2019 at midnight
  • Draw will be done on Friday 6 th December and posted to and Facebook by 8pm
  • Format : 200 up + handicap (Based on 2019 Elwyn Jones)
  • Matches will commence at 10am
  • Wangi Workers will be used for some first round matches if entries are over 8
  • Players must be currently financial.
  • Tournament director/s decisions are final
  • Loser must mark matches – failure to do so may result in NDBSA sanctions
  • All players are bound by the NDBSA Code of Conduct
  • Dress code : collared shirt , short or long sleeve , dress pants and dress shoes
  • If first round matches are allocated to Wangi Workers , they will start at 10am – winners will then need to travel to Toronto Workers for next round
  • All spectators are welcome to attend to watch matches
  • Nominations to Andrew Clark : phone 0412 617 673
    and entry fee to:
  • NDBSA BSB: 637-000 Acc: 716 695 654 (Name as reference) or on morning of 8 th December

Rex Smith Grand Final

Cessnock Comets defeated Belmont 16′ Sailing Club No.1 2-0 in the preliminary final to progress to the Grand Final where they will meet Wangi Workers Club No.2. Thank you to Wangi Workers Club for hosting the preliminary final.

The Rex Smith Over=50s Grand Final will be at Toronto Workers Club 1pm on the 5th December. Good luck to both teams and as always – Spectators Welcome.

2019 Rex Smith Summer Finals

Wangi Workers Club no.2 beat minor premiers Belmont 16′ Sailing Club No.1 in Major semi final.


Cessnock Comets beat Nelson Bay Community Club in minor semi final.

Next week Belmont 16′ Sailing Club No.1 play Cessnock Comets at Wangi Workers next 1pm next Thursday 28/11/19 in Preliminary Final to see who will progress to play Wangi Workers no.2 in the grand final. Good luck to both teams

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