READY TO PLAY: Ballina’s Allan Philp, 91, with (from left) John Stoker, Toby Towner and Shaun Quinlan, lines up a shot in preparation for this weekend’s Ballina Billiards and Snooker Club’s Southern Cross Snooker Classic.
READY TO PLAY: Ballina’s Allan Philp, 91, with (from left) John Stoker, Toby Towner and Shaun Quinlan, lines up a shot in preparation for this weekend’s Ballina Billiards and Snooker Club’s Southern Cross Snooker Classic. Graham Broadhead

Ballina’s sharp shooter of snooker

BALLINA'S Allan Philp has been training daily.

He will take part in the Ballina Billiards and Snooker Club Southern Cross Snooker Classic to be held at the Ballina RSL Club this weekend, from Friday.

There's $2200 up for grabs for the winner of the competition.

And Allan is keen to play well to vie for the prize - even at the age of 91.

Allan was the driving force behind establishing the competition back in 1976.

It was called the Kingsford Smith Invitation Classic back then to coincide with the annual Kingsford Smith festival.

The competition in the past has attracted Australian champions.

Allan has been involved in every competition since, even after the name changed to the Southern Cross Snooker Classic in the late 1990s.

There will be 32 players taking part this year - Allan is the oldest and the youngest will be a 13-year-old.

Allan is a bit coy on his chances, but last year he won the club's round-robin tournament and other club members reckon he is definitely in with a shot at the Southern Cross title.

Club and community members, and other people, can watch the action.

Snooker Classic

Details of the event, including all prize money categories, may be obtained from the Ballina RSL Club's website at http://www.ballinarsl.com.au or from the president of the snooker club, Shaun Quinlan, on 0427 878 170.


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