CLEAN BREAK: Dave Den shows Bill Ellis his style ahead of this weekend’s event.
CLEAN BREAK: Dave Den shows Bill Ellis his style ahead of this weekend’s event. Bruce Thomas

No easy wins

IF reigning champion John Hudson thinks he can just swan into town and collect the $1500 first prize on offer this weekend in the Bill Ellis Snooker Open he better think again.

A crack field has entered the event this weekend at the Sawtell RSL and club president Derek Buckley believes that any number of players could be walking away with the prized trophy tomorrow afternoon.

“We’ve got some players who’ve entered and we don’t know their talents coming in from Queensland and Sydney,” Buckley said.

As he was helping to set up the spectator viewing area Buckley rattled off a list of names that he thought could pose a serious threat.

He believes that Craig Mills and Jeff Sharkey could easily walk away from the newly clothed tables as winners.

Others sure to shine include Gary Shalk who’s travelled from Armidale along with the father and son combination of Brendan and David Passey. Gary and Rhonda Knight have made their way up the Pacific Highway from the Central Coast while Roy Paisley and Carl Wiggins are both eager to return to Taree as winners.

Local players who will be trying to thrust their name into the limelight include Hamona Ramona and John Hovarth.

Whatever the result Buckley is pleased that the tournament has become such a success and is attracting such a strong field in this the sixth incarnation of the event.

“Six years now and everyone said it wouldn’t last,” he said with more than a touch of pride.

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