Author Archives: Grant Schubert

Mick Ashton – RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Mick Ashton from Nelson Bay Community Club. Mick passed unexpectedly Wednesday after a heart attack and will be sadly missed by the close Nelson Bay Community and the Newcastle Snooker membership of which he was a long time and well respected member. He was a fine competitor and always made time to have a chat and a laugh with everyone in the room after a match. Mick currently holds the highest break in the Over-50s competition – an impressive 62. The Committee will post funeral details here on the website as soon as they are known.

Rest In Peace Mick

New NDBSA Committee for 2019

The NDBSA is pleased to announce the new Committee for 2019. After a bumpy start at the AGM where a Committee was unable to be formed the members dug deep and came up with a Committee at a subsequent meeting. The new Committee are keen to not only build on the work of the previous Committee but also contribute with new ideas and enthusiasm. The new members are:

President: Richard Evans (Kahibah Sports Club)

Vice President: Andrew Clarke (Wangi Workers Club)

Secretary/Treasurer: Bill Marshall (Nelson Bay Community Club)

Committee members:

  • John Duchatel (Wangi Workers Club)
  • Charlie Brown (Nelson Bay Community Club)
  • Ian Olson (Belmont 16′ Sailing Club)
  • Grant Schubert (Kahibah Sports Club)

Outcome of 2019 NDBSA AGM

Unfortunately the 2019 AGM held on the 4th of February failed to establish nominations for a Committee. As such the previous Committee has decided to stay on until a General Meeting can be held to elect a new Committee. This meeting will be held on the 27th of February, 6:30pm at Kahibah Sports Club. Should the General Meeting fail to elect a new Committee then the Newcastle District and Billiards Association will be dissolved.

The existing snookers competitions, the Rex Smith Over 50s and the Two-Up summer comp will continue to run but no new competitions will commence until a new Committee is up and running.

Should you wish to nominate for a position or discuss what’s involved in being a Committee Member then please don’t hesitate to contact any of the existing Committee Members to discuss. Or alternately, come to the Special General Meeting to express your interest.

Below is a brief example of some of the expectations of positions however, there is flexibility in how a committee can run its affairs provided there is no breach of the Constitution (See Constitution here). The constitution also goes into greater details on the position descriptions.


Generally chairs committee meetings

Part of the Executive Branch of the Committee

Has input and voting rights on the direction of the Committee

Vice President

Steps into the President role when President unavailable

Part of the Executive Branch of the Committee

Has input and voting rights on the direction of the Committee


Takes the Minutes

Accepts and delivers Committee correspondence

Part of the Executive Branch of the Committee

Has input and voting rights on the direction of the Committee


Manages the financial business of the Association

Part of the Executive Branch of the Committee

Has input and voting rights on the direction of the Committee

Committee Member

Has input and voting rights on the direction of the Committee

Any Committee member may be asked to be Grade Secretary or Tournament Director for a particular competition or tournament. Alternately the Committee may request a sub-Committee be formed to assist with various Committee tasks.

Face to Face Committee Meetings

Committee meetings can be held as frequently or infrequently as the Committee sees fit. An AGM must be held every 12 months within 6 months of the end of the Associations financial year (Jan 31st).

Minor Premiers Kahibah Sports Cobras to meet Toronto Workers Club in Billiards Grand Final

Congratulations to the Kahibah Sports Cobras who pipped Toronto Workers Club to take out the 2018-19 Lightning Billiards Minor Premiership. Both teams will now face off in Grand Final 7pm this Monday the 28th January at the Belmont 16′ Sailing Club. Good luck to both teams.

The 2019 Billiards season, the Elwyn Jones Shield, will commence on the 18th Feb – if you are interested in submitting a team please contact Grant Schubert, Neil Pratt or Ian Callaghan by the 4th of February.

Morisset Country Club wins 2018 Rex Smith Over-50s Shield

Congratulations to the Morisset Country Club who defeated the Minor Premiers, the Kahibah Sports Panthers in the Grand Final. This is Morisset’s first season the Competition and we look forward to them defending their shield in 2019. Thanks to Neil Pratt and Ian Callaghan for being there to officiate on behalf of the Committee and their fine stewardship throughout the year. Also thanks to those who also assisted with the refereeing and the Belmont 16′ Sailing Club for hosting the Grand Final.



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