Australian Goldfields Open To Run From 18 – 24 July 2011

Australian Goldfields Open To Run From 18 – 24 July 2011

Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty

Green Carpet Welcome For World Snooker Champs

Victor P Taffa

All eyes of the snooker world will be fixed on Bendigo this week with Australia’s first-ever world snooker event, the Australian Goldfields Open, set to start tomorrow at Bendigo Stadium.

To help kick start the event, Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today joined Bendigo Mayor Rod Fyffe at Bendigo Town Hall at a civic reception to officially welcome the world’s top players set to battle it out for Open honours.

“The recent success of Australia’s Neil Robertson at the 2010 World Snooker Championship and the World Open has seen the sport take off around Australia.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“I am particularly pleased to recognise the two Australian players, brothers Steve and James Mifsud, who will enter Bendigo Stadium tomorrow as the wildcard entries to fight for their place against this outstanding international field.”

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for two of Victoria’s top snooker players to play alongside the world’s best snooker players.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“This fantastic event not only provides an opportunity for snooker fans to see the world’s best in Australia but puts the Bendigo region on the global stage.”

“Each day spectators will be treated to a Bendigo Stadium transformed into Bendigo’s own version of ‘Pot Black’ with all the action set to be beamed to 66 countries throughout Asia and Europe. Most importantly the Open will help raise the profile of the sport at home.”

Hopefully we’ll see even more Victorians inspired to be involved in this fantastic sport.” Mr. Delahunty said.

Mr. Delahunty said the inaugural Australian Goldfields Open was on the prestigious World Snooker Tour and is the first of three world-ranking events to be staged in Australia over the next three years at Bendigo Stadium.

“The Victorian Government is proud to be supporting these fantastic new major snooker events as they not only showcase the diversity of Victoria’s sporting events calendar, but they help boost the local economy and participation as well.” Mr. Delahunty said.

Mr. Delahunty congratulated event organisers IMG Australia and the City of Greater Bendigo and the local Bendigo snooker community for supplying volunteers and getting right behind the event.

The Australian Goldfields Open at the Bendigo Stadium will run from 18 – 24 July 2011.