October 5, 2019

If a ball on may be struck at either or both of its extreme edges by the cue-ball travelling in a straight line, when penalty points are not required to win or tie the frame by either player, then it is almost always the obligation of any referee to call a miss. There could be some very rare exceptions to this depending on the skill of the player, or lack thereof, in combination with a stroke of extreme difficulty, but in general terms the first statement holds true.

The key words in the statemen...

September 18, 2019

The enthusiasm shown by Jon Moss early in his career when he asked how long he would have to wait after becoming accredited before he would be eligible to be upgraded to Class 2, has ever since been in evidence.

He has, at every opportunity, made himself available to officiate at tournaments and for Pennant finals whenever work commitments and the requirements of his Pennant team to compete in finals, has allowed.

His desire to learn and gain experience and so improve is somewhat of a role model f...

August 22, 2019

The sporting world is awash with nefarious participants and activities, Cricket has been the victim of the most recent major scandal of Sandpaper gate, with sledging also an ugly but long accepted part of the game. But Australia is not alone, with India previously tarnished, as well as, most famously South Africa, with Hansie Cronje and the dark path he walked in match fixing that some say saw his eventual death in a plane crash. Nor is the ignominy confined to just Cricket, many other sports su...

August 1, 2019

It is my suspicion, although one can never be sure, that this rule was first introduced to stop players sitting on cushion rails or resting torsos on the table to ease the difficulty of reaching the cue ball in those circumstances where it was not easily accessible or within normal reach. A great many players are not fully comfortable with rests and will do all they can to avoid using them. This often sees those players stretching across the table to their fullest extent still knowing, throughou...

July 27, 2019

Sec. 3 Rule 12. After a foul, if the cue-ball is snookered, the referee shall state FREE BALL.

Sec. 2 Rule 17. The cue-ball is said to be snookered when a direct stroke in a straight line to every ball on is wholly or partially obstructed by a ball or balls not on. If one or more balls on can be struck at both extreme edges free of obstruction by any ball not on, the cue-ball is not snookered.

In judging whether the extreme edges of a ball may be struck by the cue ball it is important to consider...

July 16, 2019

During the 2019 Australian U/21 championships held at the Brunswick Club I had occasion to referee a frame where, by the process of the colours being potted and their spots being occupied at the time, the green ball had ended up on the Centre Spot. The Pink was on The Spot and a number of red balls were clustered around the Pyramid Spot. The Black, Blue, Yellow and Brown balls were on or near the baulk spots so that those were also unavailable.

The very talented Tasmanian junior, Alex Pace was at...

May 27, 2019

The points raised in the blog ‘Conceding’ were again in evidence at the first of the three Hat Trick events.

There were three incidents where the rule needed enforcing, two involving very highly experienced and successful players. In the first incident a player had occasion to use a new cue due to unfixable problems with his old one. This new cue proved to be less than satisfactory to him after finding a kink in the shaft and continually trying to use the cue with the kink in the same position an...

May 7, 2019

A set of micro scales is not an essential item of equipment but it can be useful if there is ever any dispute about the relative weights of the balls within a set, especially the cue ball.

On this set of scales, the 1/0 symbol is the on/off switch, the M symbol will switch between metric and imperial measure with the lower case ‘g’ in the top left corner of the screen indicating grams and changing to a lower case ‘oz’ to indicate ounces with a press of the symbol. The T is the Tare symbol and C w...

April 23, 2019

Desislava Bozhilova, Crucible debutante referee but with lots of experience at other tournaments and venues, took charge of the match between Shaun Murphy and Luo Honghao in round 1. Desislava is one of two female referees from Sliven in Bulgaria, the other being Proletina Velichkova, and was actually the grand final referee for the Shoot Out won by Michael Georgiou, the first round opponent of Neil.

She is a very good referee and has an excellent command of English that allows her to control the...

April 22, 2019

This was the lie of the balls during the eighth frame between these players in the first round match of the 2019 World Championships which was refereed by Olivier Marteel, who is one of the best in my opinion.

Michael Georgiou having failed to strike a red in trying to escape a snookered situation, when the cue ball was left after the previous stroke, a fluke by Neil, between the Brown and the side cushion and close to the Brown.

After a very close scrutiny by Olivier he decided to award a free ba...

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