Snooker: One slip, you?re gone
By STEVE SPINKS
ADRIAN Ashford dropped his head.
The Brisbane snooker player knew he had just handed the quarter-final match of the Lismore Workers Open Handicap Tournament to Coffs Harbour's Dave Laneyrie.
It was just the one false shot over five frames and more than two hours play that cost him the match.
Snooker can be an unforgiving sport.
Ashford held a 2-1 frame advantage but Laneyrie, the defending tournament champion, fought back to claim the win and a spot in the semi-final.
Unfortunately, Laneyrie's hope of defending his title was thwarted by fellow Coffs Harbour player Bob Nicholls who defeated him in the semi-final 3-1.
Nicholls in turn met his match in the form of Harry Nenadich, from Oxenford, in the final.
Nenadich won a tough best of seven frames decider 4-2 to pocket the $800 prizemoney.
Nenadich is a semi-professional from Twin Town Services Club who often competes in major tournaments and league events.
Best of the locals was Lismore Workers Snooker Club secretary-treasurer and chief cook and bottle-washer Geoff Vitnell.
Vitnell, who helped organise the tournament, was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Tweed Heads player Willie Rawiri.
Vitnell lost 3-1, but he had a chance to knock the game into a fifth and deciding frame only to miss a simple shot on the black ball.
"I missed a sitter," Vitnell lamented.
But the local still had plenty to smile about.
His quarter-final appearance was the furthest he had progressed in the competition in seven years of trying.
Such was the standard of snooker, that Australian Under-21 champion Adam Kinghorn was knocked out in the first round.