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The Southern Cross Classic 2024 annual snooker tournament will be held over the long weekend in June and it has attracted a full house of 48 entrants.

‘It is a handicap event welcoming men, women and juniors and attracts healthy spectator interest also,’ Alyssa Paton, Vice President of the Ballina RSL Billiards  and Snooker Club said.

The total prize pool is worth $6,500.

‘We have entrants from Gympie, Redcliffe, Southport, Gold Coast, Banora, Cowra, Batemans Bay, Port Macquarie, Tamworth and quite a few local players too,’ she said.

‘Amongst this year’s entrants, we have five junior players entered and seven women including Jessica Woods and Lilly Meldrum (junior) both of whom feature in the World Women’s Snooker Association.

Lilly is ranked in the world’s top 25 female players and was a finalist in the World Women’s Under-21 Championship in 2022, while Jessica is fresh from winning the NZ Women’s Open Snooker Championship, and is ranked in the world’s top 20 players.

Last year’s men’s winner, Paul Norris, is back to defend his title, while Jessica Woods was runner-up last year so will be hoping to do one better this year.

The event runs over three days with rounds over the first two days, and the finals taking place on Monday (June 10), at the Ballina RSL Club.


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