Bala to lead Fiji’s campaign

NEW Zealand-based Deepak Bala will represent Fiji at the Oceania Snooker Championship which starts at the Mounties Club in Mt Pritchard, New South Wales, Australia tomorrow.

Bala is ranked 22 in New Zealand. He is a former Fiji number one winning numerous titles.

Bala, formerly of Suva’s Merchant Club, became the first snooker player in Fiji to score a century break in a tournament.

He achieved the milestone during the Southern Snooker Championship in November 2011.

Bala made 32 consecutive pots without a miss to score 101 points.

He will be joined by current Fiji number one Walter Robinson and rising star Sahil Prasad at the regional championship.

Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji president Riffat Bhatti said it was encouraging to have Bala on board to fly Fiji’s flag.

Bhatti said Bala had a lot of experience playing in tournaments across New Zealand.

Bala is in Group C with Sam Cuschieri (NSW), Kiah Bloomfield (NSW), Joe Caccamo (NSW) and James Mifsud (Victoria).

Prasad has drawn Group J with Kerry de Pradines (Western Australia), Dennis Paul (NSW), Terry Emmett (NSW) and Glen Wilkinson (NSW).

Robinson will feature in Group K against Rob Elsley (NSW), Alex Pace (Tasmania), Craig Mills (NSW) and Mitchell Handley (NSW).