John 'Rusty' Wheeler - QLDJohn Wheeler

Category: Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
A relatively unknown player that just breezed into town. He has picked up the odd title here and there, and may fancy himself to win a few games in this tournament.
I don't think we can expect him to wear that red jacket during the comp, as apparently he was forced to burn it when pulled over by the fashion police.
I think he escaped with a warning and was asked not to dress himself ever again.
A red hot chance to be the 2010 Big Gun.
I have him at $7.50 to win... he has got himself at even money!  

Travis Crawley - (NSW)Travis Crawley


Category: Professional
Hardest Player to Beat: Sonny Lister
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* Australian Singles Champion - 2001, 2006
* Australian Singles R/Up - 1999, 2004
* Australian Singles 3rd Place - 1998
* Australian Singles Semi Finalist - 2007
* Australian Doubles R/Up - 1994
* Australian Team Selection - 6 Times
* Attended Every National Championships Since 1993
* Ballarat Singles Champion - 2007
* Selected in World Team - 2000
* Top 16 in World Singles - 2000 & 2002

 

James DelahuntyJames Delahunty SA
Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
This galloper only knows one speed... FLAT OUT!!!!!
Young Dela has an eye like a lazor and shoots just as straight.
His cueing style resebles a drunk frog in a slowly moving blender but gee is it effective.
A champion player with only one outcome in mind... VICTORY!
One of the genuine top chances in this comp... at $6.50, we are keeping him safe.
Alec Evreniadis - SAalec evreniadis
Professional
The list is far too long!
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Big Guns Comment:
Where does one begin!!!
Widely regarded as Australia's best ever pool player, Alec has done it all.
He has dominated the sport from the early 90's and has continued to be a major threat in any tournament.
The list of achievements will only embarass us all, so I will not mention them.
Does tend to be a lot grumpier these days, but still shoots a good stick!
He makes no secret who he would like to avoid in this tournament... He says that Travis Crawley is like a gun that never runs out of bullets. He would be happy to be in seperate halves when the draw gets done.
Alec rates very highly in the market. At $9.50, your money will be alive for a long time.
Alan BrownAlan Brpwn - WA
Professional
STARTED PLAYING 1980
(UK) CHESHIRE COUNTY TEAM      1985,86
WA STATE TEAM SELECTION         1999,00,02,03,04,05,06,07,09
WA STATE SINGLES RU-UP           2003,05,07,08
WA STATE DOUBLES WINNER       2005,07
WA STATE DOUBLES RU-UP          1998,00,02,03,07,09
WA PLAYER OF YEAR                   2005,07
AUSTRALIAN DOUBLES WINNER    2002
AUSTRALIA TEAM SELECTION        2007
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Big Guns Comment:
Hmmm, Alan Brown!
What to say........
Can he play... Yes! For sure. 
Can he win... If at his best, he can certainly put himself in some handy situations.
A rock solid player under pressure and has been the 'Go-To' man for WA at big moments at national titles.
He tells me that since his, 'bogey man', Stevie Woods withdrew, he has felt a lot better about his chances.
We believe that he needs to be at his best to push into the money positions.
At $17.00 to win the tournament, he will give a bold showing.
Ron KellyRon Kelly - WA
Professional

* 2000 – WA Singles Champion
* 2001 – Player of Carnival (Nationals), Australian Team.
* 2002 – WA Singles Champion
* 2002 - Aus Doubles Champion (Alan Brown) 
* 2002 - Last 16 World Singles
* 2003 – Aus Singles Champion
* 2003 - Strachan Cup Pro-Am Winner (def Gareth Potts 11-9)
* 2003 - Australian Team Selection
* 2004 – Member of World Cup Champion Team
* 2004 - World Cup Player of the Series (topped averages)
* 2004 - Aust Titles (topped averages), Aust Team Selection
* 2006 – WA Singles Champion
* 2007 – WA Singles Champion
* 2009 – Australian team selection (Vice Captain)

Almost back to his best after a few years off from national competition.
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Big Guns Comment:
Now this guy CAN PLAY!!!
Before his self imposed spell from the game, Ron Kelly was establishing himself as the Australia's top player and nobody could stop him.
He now finds himself in the position of re-proving himself. But, for the people in 'the know', that is not required, as we all know, Ronny could split this field in half if he finds his old form. A very entertaining player to watch... a big gun from the west looking to take home some big cash!!
At the single figure odds of $9.00, we believe Ronny will be still flying the flag well into the Sunday!
 

 

 

 

Justin SajichJustin Sajich
Professional
WA
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Big Guns Comment:
The shinning light of WA 8-Ball. Two time (and current) Australian Singles Champion, and has won a thousand junior national titles and a million state comps and local comps.
In a poll at the 2009 Nationals, the nations top womens players voted Justin as the 2nd hottest male player in Australian 8-Ball. He just missed out by a few votes and was defeated by South Australia's Jack Hunter.
Justin has the goods to be the 2010 Big Guns champion. At $7.50, he's a big chance.

Paul Dickinson - (WA)Paul Dickinson

Category: Professional

Coached By: Jim Bonner

Mentored By: Phil Reilly

Hardest Player to Beat: Alec Evreniadis (Ace)
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Began playing 1995
1996 SA Open Team - Winners
1998 Top 4 Brunswick Open
1998 Top 4 Mildura Open
1998 SA Open Team
1999 Berri 8 Ball Pot the lot -  9 racks in a row defeated Leon Hogg in Final
1999 Lost 5 - 3 to Shaun Budd in $1000 knock out at Casino
1999 SA Open Team Winners.  Topped the averages for SA
2000 WA Open Team
2000 Australian Team Selection
2000 Australian Double Runner up with Ben Vidot

Retired from Competition 8 Ball till September 2009 now back with a vegenance.
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Big Guns Comment:
I would love to say how great Paul is at 8-Ball, but to be honest, does anybody know who he is?
Can somebody please email me with some onfo on this guy. :)
Back on the scene after a long lay off, we hear he got put out to stud!
A former top SA player that mixed it and matched it with the best.
Can pot, can think, can stay.... can he win??? Hmmm.
I think at $17.00, Paul may be some value if he gets some luck early.

 

 

Johl YoungerJohl Younger
Professional
NSW
Johl started playing pool as a young child, and at age 12, he was a star Aussie rules footballer, and junior Motorcross champion. He was forced to choose between his three favorite sports at a young age, and his love of pool took over as his number one interest. So he embarked on a professional cue-sport career. Johl became Australian junior 8-ball, 9-ball and Snooker Champion a few years later. He then went on to become a professional Snooker player for 7 years. Johl later turned his hand at 9-ball and he became the best Australian player, winning the Australian 8-ball and 9-ball champs. Later in Australia, he earned a spot in the World 9-ball in Cardiff, Wales and was and was narrowly defeated, by a 13-11 score line. Johl developed a growing frustration with cue-sports in general, with the prize money that was constantly decreasing in the UK. With Snooker also loosing major sponsors, Johl was forced to quit playing professional cue-sports. He now co-owns two different highly successful businesses in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia, the tourist capital of Australia. After hearing of the exciting new International Pool Tour, he could not wait to get back into the game, and Johl is counting the days to set foot in Las Vegas to take on the best players in the world!
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Big Guns Comment:
A true world class performer. This guy just oozes talent. If Johl took this game seriously, he would be a seriously tough player to beat and would certainly cause many headaches at a world championships.
Even with half a preperation, Johl is playing to win and he will be someone most will be looking to avoid.
I have him at a $6.50 second favourite to win. No suprises if he ends up with the cash! 
Justin ThursbyJustin Thursby - QLD
Professional
2007 U/21 AUS 8Ball Champion
2007 QLD 8Ball Singles Runner Up
2006 U/21 QLD Champion
2005 AUS 8Ball Quarterfinalist
2005 U/21 QLD Champion
2005 U/21 AUS 8Ball Runner Up
2004 QLD Champion
2003 U/18 AUS 8Ball Champion
2002/03/04 U/18 QLD Champion
2001 U/15 QLD 8Ball Champion
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Big Guns Comment:
Don't let the smile fool you... this baby faced assassin is ruthless!
Althouth not considered one of the finest potters in the field, Justin's unorthadox game makes opponents uncomfortable and his ability to win games from knowhere is uncanny.
If Justin settles early, he will be difficult to remove.
However, Big Guns believes becasue he is untested over this distance against this quality field, Justin may struggle in latter rounds. At $17 to win, he may be value.
Brent ReadBrent Read - QLD
Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
The Big Guns have learned that Snooker World is where Brent gets all his mail posted too. Apparently he resides under table seven!
Talk about Home Ground Advantage!!!!
Brent will be looking to use his local knowledge to give himself the edge when things get tight. A good player that just lives and breathes pool. This will be a good hit-out for Brent as he is off to England to play in the World Championships in June.
Big Guns is thinking about hiring a full time umpire to follow Brent around for his games... many people have suggested, he plays that slow, he should have started on Wednesday.
A little bit of value at $21.00 to win the title.
Adam List - QLDAdam List
Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
Has to be considered a geniune 'smokey' in this tournament. Has the type of game that sends his opponents cold!
A very clean potter and at times his positional play is majestic.
Can his game stand up over this sort of distance against such a high quality field?
We rate him a $15.00 chance to win the title.
Chris BingleyChris Bingley - QLD
Amateur
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Lots of Trophies in this guys cabinet.
pity they are all for fishing.
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Big Guns Comment:
If Chris wants to go fishing... I am in.
You can't beat skull-dragging a 40kg monster up from the deep blue with a 200kg line!!!! Oh yeah!!!
Coming down to have a crack at Australias best from up North Queensland way. There is no better way to learn the craft then up against the best in the land. Good on ya Chris.
Big Guns has Chris at $151.00 to win the title.
David EaglenDave Eaglen
Amateur
QLD
Werner FonteinWerner Fontein - QLD
Amateur
NZ 8 ball Team 1992-1998, 2003

·         World Champs 1993 – Top 16 Singles

·         World Champs 2003 - Captain NZ Team

·         9 x Auckland Titles

·         3 x North Island Titles

·         1 National Title & 4 x r/up L

·         2009 QLD Pairs Champ

NZ Achievements:

  • 1992 : Winner : ABSA B-Grade Snooker
  • 1993 : Runner-up : APA Regional Men’s 9-Ball
  • 1993 : Runner-up : NZPA National Men’s 9-Ball (hosted by APA)
  • 1995 : Runners-up : APA Open 8-Ball Pairs (with P Rinii)
  • 1996 : Winners : APA Open Mixed 8-Ball Pairs (with L Frost)
  • 2005 : Runners-up : APA Open 8-Ball Pairs (with P Smith)
JJ SpinkJohn 'JJ' Spink - QLD
Amateur
started playing 1990
Alice jnr champ 91, 92
Alice Springs Champ 93, 94, 95, 96, 99, 2000
Youngest ever State Singles Champion in Australia (at the time) 1994 NT at 20 yrs of age. (yes its true Rav!! i know its well been beaten several times now.)

NT representative at National Titles 94  96  97  98  99  2000 including being Singles, Doubles reps and Vice cap.
NSW Captain at Nationals 2004 & 2006
Moved to "Paradise" Sunshine Coast and Started Sunny Coast Cue Sports Assoc inc. in 2005 and currently still run and promote 8ball as El Presidente on the Sunny Coast.
Sunshine Coast Singles & Doubles Champion 2005-2010.
Looking forward to Las Vegas in a couple of months for 9ball & 8ball.
Hardest player to beat  -  Jimi "Giant Killer" Serci   :-)

JJ is well known around Oz for various reasons including pool! Coupla interesting stories people can tell:-)
Retired from National competition after 2006 to concentrate on  JJ Enterprises and Totally Smoked! Businesses which are thriving. ( if you havent tried JJ's Smoked Tomatoes your missing out big time!!)

note for the punters: JJ has rarely been beaten over a best of 21
Darryl JamesDarryl James
Amateur
QLD
Ricky ShawRick Shaw
Amateur
QLD
2003 QLD State Player
Joe SeovicJoe Seovic
Amateur
QLD
Rob MunsterRob Munster - QLD
Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
Please excuse my ignorance, but I know very little about Mr. Rob Munster apart from the fact he knocked off a very handy North Queensland field to claim a spot in the 'Big Guns' field.
Word on the street is that he can handle himself quite well, and the more fancied 'Pros' should not take this Queenslander too lightly.
We have Rob at a $34.00 chance to win the crown.
Jake McCartneyJake McCartney - VIC
Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
Jake is the youngest player in the field and the only reason he is allowed to play in the 'Big Guns' is because I promised his mum that I would have him in bed by 7pm every night!
The Ballarat youngster is backing his ability and is looking to 'tear it up' ths weekend!!
A very capable player with a mountain of skill and ability.
His capability is unquestioned... he strolls into the Victorian state team every year and is very tough to knock over at nationals. 
With his 'Trade Mark' hair style, Jake will be looking to leave a big impression on a few of the more experienced players when the whips start cracking.
We have him an $11.00 chance to win Big Guns.
Ben NunanBen Nunan VIC
Professional
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Big Guns Comment:
Here we go ladies and gentlemen... introducing the star of the show!!! Benny 'Big Time' Nunan
Ohhh, can you feel the goose bumps tingle all over your body at the mere mentioning of his name!!!
I hear that Benny is to appear in the next Gillette ad, along side Woods & Federer... that's how big this guy is!!!
A huge talent with massive ability.
A raging red hot favourite in our books at $5.50

Kingsley TowellKingsley Towell

Ameatur

QLD

 

Has always performed well in these events. Always shoots very respectable in the local team fixtures.

Peter NorthPeter North

Amateur

QLD

 

Always got a tip for you!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter North

Jason 'Chopper' Casey - QLDJason Casey

Category: Intermediate

Craig JohnstoneCraig Johnstone
Amateur
QLD
Damien SmithDamien Smith - NSW
Amateur
Started playing 1992
TAS STATE TEAM
1993,94,95,96,97,2001
TAS DOUBLES WINNER 1995,2001
AUST DOUBLES RU-UP   2001
Moved to Byron Bay NSW in 2003
NSW STATE TEAM
2004,05,08,09
NSW SINGLES RU-UP 2005
NSW TEAM CAPTAIN 2005,09

Hardest player to beat,   Anyone with a cue.
Love playing pool for fun and the great people you meet.
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Big Guns Comment:
A former Tassie star that now lives on the NSW north coast who has little fear of the big names. He has played them all a thousand times at national titles and other tournaments. Damo can handle himself quite well on the pool table, although, the best of 21 may be a big test his long range fuel tank when he is deep into a big match.
Last years NSW team captain will be tough to beat if not treated with respect. I can't believe I let him in for $250! The bookies have him placed at $41.00 to win the title.

 

Mark ProcivMark Prociv
Amateur
QLD
Craig Stevens - QLD
Amateur
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Chris BeagleyChris Beagley
Intermediate
NT
3 time (and current) NT Singles Champion
2003 Australian Singles Semi Finalist
2001 NT Doubles Champion
Big Guns Comment:
This guy is the 'Ice Man' of Territory 8-Ball, underestimate
him at your peril.
He may look like a well seasoned drunk from Darwin, but let
me assure you all... he was only holding that Jim Beam
for somebody else while they went to the toilet.

Chris rates as a $26.00 chance to be the 2010 Big Gun.
Scott TorrensScot Torrens
Amateur
QLD
Bruce McQuillanBruce McQuillan
Amateur
QLD