THE North West Billiards and Snooker Association is planning to revive its league competition after a lapse of five years.
The league competition will involve various clubs from Tavua to Sigatoka.
The format for the league will be four singles matches, two doubles games and one billiard match. Out of the four singles matches, one will be a six reds event. NWBSA president Suresh Chauhan said the aim was to generate more interests in the sport this year.
He said the involvement of all the clubs would spice-up the competition.
“The more teams involved in the league competition will help in the development of the sport,” Chauhan said.
“With all the clubs involved, it will create healthy rivalry. Certainly the interest of the players will increase. They will be eager to take on players from other clubs.
“The format for the league competition will be simple. At the end the team with the most number of points will win. We are negotiating with potential business houses to sponsor this concept.”
Snooker at the Ba Central Club was revived by enthusiast Byrne Niven Lal last year. Soon after the revival, Ba veteran Ali Boy won the NWBSA tournament sponsored by Chinese Palace Restaurant. Chauhan said the first NWBSA Open Singles Championship would be held next month.
He said an under-20 category would be introduced during this tournament.
“There are many junior players coming up,” Chauhan said.
“We do not want to just draw them against the senior and experienced players whereby they lose in the first game and then start to lose interest.
“We want to build these players. Get them playing on level terms before moving up to the main competition. However, if the young players are capable of competing against the top guns then we will give them a chance.”
Nadi’s Prasad brothers Sahil (16 years) and Rahil (17 years), two players classed as the rising stars of the sport have created upset wins against ranked players in national tournaments.