The 15th Australian Masters Games have just been completed and Queensland (QB&SA) was represented by 3 old fogies namely, Terry Stewart (Life Member and past QB&SA President), Austin Taylor (Terry prodigy and all round good bloke) and John Osterman (current President QB&SA and feeling old)
There were some really capable players at these games and while a very social event, there was competition on the table and some excellent performances.
Surprise surprise, when we arrived we found one Shaun Budd behind the counter, congratulations to Shaun as he has taken the position of General Manager of the newly created Oceania and SA Cue Sports venue located at the West Adelaide football club. 12 Shender tables brand new and they play really well, the latest World Championships Billiards was held there just prior to the Masters Games.
Star of the week was our own Austin Taylor, didn’t lose a billiards match or a frame of snooker and won gold in both Billiards and Snooker for his age group, gotta wonder why he isn’t playing in the current billiards season. Terry caused more than a few headaches and was unlucky not to take home a medal. Twice he finished 3rd in the round robins and eventually losing in the bronze medal playoff. So close were the matches that he beat the eventual bronze medal winner in the old farts snooker, Roger Davey, only to not qualify for the play-off. John won the bronze for this same age group billiards and qualified for the bronze playoff for the snooker but age won out. Ian Gilbee proved his talent again, taking out the gold in the 60+ billiards and Snooker however, John was stoked to have taken his scalp in the snooker round robin 3-1, John has been losing to Ian for longer than he cares to remember.
I have been going to the Masters Games since 1999 and would thoroughly recommend the week to anyone looking for a great social and competitive week on the Baize. Mostly you are entitled to free public transport, there is always a village for socialising and each sport arranges their own special evening (sadly not there this year). The next games are in Tasmania in 2017 and I hope to see more Queensland players represented.
A great vote of thanks must go to Roger Davey for his tireless involvement as the convenor of this years Cue Sports, congratulations to the venue facilities which were great and as always, Adelaide was the place to be.
John was interviewed after his win over Ian Gilbee which was reported in the games news