Category 2010 Gold Coast Big Guns

Tournament Report: Big Guns Gold Coast 2010

‘2010 BIG GUN’

Congratulations to Ben Nunan who produced a super-human effort to win the inaugural ‘Big Guns’ tournament.
Ben was forced to come from the losers side after he was eliminated by Joel Younger in the semi final of the winners side.
Ben then went on to defeat Victoria’s Jake McCartney, Queenslander Adam List and then got his revenge against Gold Coast local Joel Younger…. and don’t forget, all these games happened on the Sunday!!!
Then, he had to go into the Grand Final and take on the Red Hot West Australian, Ron Kelly who had played excellent pool all weekend.
Because Ban came from the losers side, that meant he had to defeat Ronny twice (over 21 frames).
For those in attendance, they were treated to some of the best pool played by anybody, anywhere. Benny Nunan dismantled Ronny in the first final, hardly missing a shot and giving Ronny very little, if any opportunity… but the best was yet to come.
The final match of the tournament was going te be the best, Ronny gathered his thoughts and regained his composure and came back at Benny in the second best of 21. Both players were fighting very hard to capture the $10,000 first prize. After almost 40 hours of pool and hundreds and hundreds of frames over the weekend, it came down to the final frame of the tournament to determine the champion. At 10-10, Benny walked to the table, smashed open the balls, and that was it… good night nurse… Benny cleared the table and was declared the champion.
Well done to Ron Kelly, who played some of the best pool of his career this weekend, and he believes he still is not quite back to his best, so look out for next time.
This grand final has been rated one of the best of all time. We are privileged that the whole grand final has been captured by William from and can’t wait till the DVD is ready so we can watch it all again.


Big Guns:
1st: Ben Nunan ($10,000)
2nd: Ron Kelly ($4,000)
3rd: Joel Younger ($1,500)
4th: Adam List ($1,000)


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Main Comp

1st:   $10,000.00
2nd:   $ 4,000.00
3rd:   $ 1,500.00
4th:    $ 1,000.00

* The player who finishes as the winner (on the winners side)

must be defeated twice by the player that advances to the grand final via the repercharge.

Best Amateur:

1st: $1,000.00

* The best amateur is decided by the amateur that advances the furthest in the draw.
* Only players classified as amateurs are eligible for this prize.
* A play-off will be required if the best amateur is tied between 2 or more players.
* Depending on how many are in the play-off will depend on the format.
* The decision of the format is at the discretion of the tournament director.


The Big Guns
that are
’Out Of Bullets’
(Sunday Comp)

‘Out of Bullets’ Winner:            ‘Out of Bullets’ – Best Amateur:

1st: $ 500.00                           1st: $ 100.00
2nd: $250.00

* The ‘Out of Bullets’ comp will commence on Sunday morning at approx 11am.
* The ‘Out of Bullets’ comp is only open to players that have run out of bullets.
* This ‘Out of Bullets’ comp is only open to players that competed in the ‘Big Guns’.
* For those of you who do not know what ‘Out of Bullets’ means……….
(This one is aimed at you Paul)… it means you’re out of the main comp!!!
* The ‘Best Amateur’ winner in the ‘Big Guns’ comp is ineligible from winning the
‘Best Amateur’ prize in the ‘Out of Bullets’ comp.

Important Tournament Notes:

Important Tournament Notes: 

1. 0 The tournament director reserves the right to change what the matches will be played
‘Best of’ if it is believed the tournament will not finish in the allotted time frame.

2.0  If a match enters a third hour (over two hours); a timer may be appointed to the table.

3.0  If players are taking too long to play shots, his opponent should request a timer.

4.0  All players are expected to dress in smart casual clothing. Come on guys… dress smart!

5. 0 Due to matches on the Sunday being filmed, it is a request that players involved in finals 
dress appropriately. “You’re going to be on TV… remember to look nice!!!”

6.0    Players that are deemed not to be playing in the ‘Spirit of the game’ may be exposed to;

6.1 – First offence is a ‘Yellow Card’ – This offence will result in the loss of frame.

6.2 – Second offence is a ‘Red Card’ – This offence will result in the loss of match.

7.0    The tournament director can eject any player from the tournament if it is deemed that he is/has jeopardized the tournament in any way. This may be an act against a patron of the venue, a sponsor, another player etc… This sort of behavior will not be tolerated by the “Big Guns’ tournament or the management of the playing venue. That player will be removed from the competition and may be asked to leave the premises.

8.0    It is the responsibility of the players to call an adjudicator in to view a close or important shot. Remember, an adjudicator cannot rule on an alleged foul that has not been witnessed.

9.0    We will not be using string or fishing line to determine total snookers… we have got ‘Rusty’, he has got an eye like a barramundi.

10.0     A players meeting will be held prior to the commencement of play to go through the tournament rules and regulations.

11.0     The draw is scheduled to be done at 6pm on Friday evening.

12.0     All players are required to attend as matches start at 7pm.

13.0     All ‘pro’s will play an ‘amateur’ in round 1.

14.0     Friday Night Proposed Schedule – 7pm start to finish of round 1.

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Big Guns on the Gold Coast

Date:            19th, 20th, 21st of March 2010
Time:             Matches start at 7pm on Friday 19th March 2010
Location:      Snooker World
Street:          2506 Gold Coast Highway
City/Town:   Mermaid Beach (Gold Coast)

Entry Cost:    $1000.00 (Professionals)
Entry Cost:    $  500.00 (Intermediates)
Entry Cost:    $  250.00 (Amateurs)
Entries:           Maximum of 32 entries only. (Entries Closed)
Tournament Director:      Travis Crawley
Head of Adjudication:      Travis Crawley
Mobile:                              0410 494 863
‘Big Guns’ Update: 10th March 2010
Entries are closed!!!
We filled the final spots in the ‘Big Guns’ today. Well done guys… 32 players is great!
For those players who missed out, thankyou for your interest…
but as they say… “he who hesitates, is lost!”
More info will become available as the date gets closer, so stay tuned.
It would be appreciated if all players can have themselves available at Snookerworld between 5pm and 6pm on the Friday afternoon. The draw will be done ‘Live’ at 6pm and every player will be required to draw their position in the draw, so there is no excuses, you will all be the masters of your own destiny.
Travis Crawley
Tournament Director
‘Big Guns’ Update:

At this stage, we have 27 players in total (Pro’s, Intermediates and amateurs)
Unfortunately, Steve Woods has pulled out to unavoidable work committments.
The advertised minimum prize money has not been affected by this withdrawal.
It is looking very likely that the 32 spots will be filled.
If you are thinking about playing, don’t delay, nominate now!!!
Once I have 32 players… Entries will be closed!!!

Travis Crawley
Tournament Director


Due to this being the first ‘Big Guns’ tournament that I have organised, and there is big money involved, there have been decisions made ‘on the run’ to try and ensure a successful tournament.
I trust everyone can understand that I have tried to accomodate everybody the best I can.

I would like everybody to be aware of the following;

* WA Players Rebate:
The four WA pro’s that are coming over from Perth will receive an airfare rebate.
The ‘Big Guns’ tournament will pay a rebate for evey dollar over $300 that has been spent on airfares up to $200.
This means if the airfare costs $450, then the rebate will be $150.
However if the airfare costs $600, then the rebate has been capped at $200 only.
This rebate will not in any way have any impact on the advertised prize money.
(Note) This rebate only gets paid if a player does not receive any prize money.

* Best Amateur
If the remainder of the spots get filled with amateurs, we will be offering a ‘Best Amateur’ cash prize.
The amount will be decided just prior to the tournament starting.
This amateur prize will not in any way have any impact on the advertised prize money.

* Intermediate Players
Some players that heve been deemed ‘not quite’ pro or ‘too good’ for amateur have been offered ‘Intermediate’ spots at $500.
Thus far, those player offered ‘Intermediate’ spots have not made a decision.
Intermediate players will not be eligable for the ‘Best Amateur’ prize money. (If any)

* Prize Money
At this stage we have 16 pro players. So the minimum prize money stated at the start still applies.
1st: $10,000
2nd: $4,000
3rd: $1,000
4th: $1,000

Note: Once rebates, expenses and admin have been deducted, all remaining monies will be included into the prize money. This figure will not be known until the Sunday of the tournament.
No money will be left in the bank once this event has concluded.
As you have all trusted me with your nomination money, I would think that you all trust that I will distribute the monies honestly and truly.

Travis Crawley
Tournament Director.

A tournament is being arranged to sort out who really is Australia’s best pool player.
Organisers are looking for 16 players to participate in this exclusive event.
This event will be hosted on the Gold Coast with the local association expressing keen interest in hosting. Local sponsorship is being sought to help boost prize money.
Entry fee will be $1000 per player. This will be a double elimination tournament with all matches best of 21 frames.
Tournament date is being confirmed, but early to mid next year is the target.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.
For any player that is interested, please flag your interest by sending me an email on