27 February, 2016, 12:00 am
RAHIL Prasad made a bright start at the 2016 Oceania under-21 Snooker Championship at Mounties, Mt Pritchard in New South Wales, Australia.
He won both of his opening games. Rahil defeated Mikey Stewart of New Zealand 3-2 and Damon Siu of Australia by the same score line in Group C.
Rahil’s younger brother Sahil unfortunately lost both his games. He went down to Ryan King of New Zealand 3-2 and Jaymie White of Australia 3-0.
Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji president Riffat Bhatti said the Fiji contingent received their visas late to travel to Australia. Bhatti said Walter Robinson representing Fiji in the men’s snooker event next week flew out yesterday.
“I had to fork out the airfare and the other expenses for Walter from my pocket,” Bhatti said.
“Fiji is in a State of Emergency because of the Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. The association plans to hold a few tournaments to collect funds to support those affected by this disaster.”
Labasa Club’s Krishneel Naicker who left for Australia on Thursday morning had his match shifted because of his late arrival.
Naicker lost to Kyle Renton of Australia 3-2.
Bhatti said the national players should do well despite all the setbacks.
“I will be attending the annual general meeting of the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Association on March 4.”