Southland title boosts Swain's tourney tally

Shannon Swain (Gore) continued to dominate South Island Ranking Snooker Tournaments when he successfully defended his Southland Open Snooker title at the Gore RSA over the weekend.

When he beat Danny Ryan (Invercargill) by 4 frames to 2 in the final he notched up his third New Zealand ranking tournament win for 2012 and sixth all-time win.

He had claimed his second South Island Snooker Championship title in June to go with his win in the Whitestone Snooker Classic in Oamaru in May this year.

Swain's victory increased his winning streak over Ryan to three, having also beaten him in the recent South Island Snooker final. Up until 2011 he always struggled to get on terms with Ryan (a four-time Southland Snooker champion) but is now clearly the No 1 snooker player in the South Island.

The 22-year-old Swain won the opening frame in the final which included a fine 61 break. Ryan took the second, but Swain gained a winning 3-1 advantage before Ryan took the fifth frame with 22 clearance break to trail 2-3. However, Swain then won the sixth frame to close Ryan out and clinch the title.

Swain had struggled to beat Alan Gill (Dunedin) and only just got up in a tight deciding seventh frame in one semifinal while Ryan beat Ian Betts (Invercargill) in a match he always seemed to control.

The Southland Times