Whalley extends purple patch

Dunedin's Neil Whalley won the Southland Open Snooker Classic, beating Southland favourite Shannon Swain four frames to one at the Gore RSA. 

Southland Snooker Association president Ron Wilson said the tournament had some of the South Island's top players and praised Swain's game.

"This final had some of the best snooker played in Southland for some time, our local player Shannon Swain showed why he is the top player in Southland showing his class all throughout the tournament," Wilson said.

Wilson said Whalley, who is ranked 39th in New Zealand, had played exceptionally well in recent tournaments and had made a name for himself in South Island snooker.

"[Whalley] came to this tournament with a reputation after winning the South Island Snooker Tournament just recently. In the finals the class of these two players really came out which gave the large amount of spectators a fantastic finals of snooker to watch."

Swain said he was happy with the results despite his loss.

"It was a good final even though I was on the losing end of it. Neil is a really tough player and if I left him anything he took the chances and I was playing catch-up the whole time. It was a good weekend though and [I'm] very happy with the result," Swain said.

The Southland Times