Fong aims for ninth title


REIGNING Papua New Guinea national snooker champion Djorne Fong arrives in Port Moresby from Kavieng today to defend his title.
The eight-time champion will aim for his ninth consecutive title when this year’s BSP Major National Snooker Championships cue off later today.
Fong is accompanied by last year’s BSP minor snooker title winner and younger sibling Monty, as well as brother Stallone and father Harry Fong.
PNGBSA vice-president John Chan said yesterday after nominations closed that Peter Fong and his sons Nathan and Krispin would also be travelling in from Alotau.
“It’s good to see the Fongs make a huge showing and support at the major national snooker titles,” Chan said.
Last year’s runner-up and current PNG player-of-the-year Marcus Ng will again be the main challenger to (Djorne) Fong after their close tussle in the final last year.
“Last year’s final was one of the best seen in recent times, with Djorne just getting over the line 5-4 in the best-of-nine frames. This year’s tournament will be just as exciting,” Chan said.
Alotau’s Toto Geru and Ule Koi,  Mt Hagen’s John Makando, Port Moresby players Arua Simoi, Noel Ramos, Ralph Kaina, Ong Ben Huat, Willie Vaieke, Joey Chan, Kiwi Danny Earles and Roger Ng are among the 40 players that have nominated to play.
A briefing will be held at today at the Q Club, where the draws will be done.
Some matches will start after the briefing at the venues — Q Club, Laguna Hotel and Aviat Club.
The finals will be held on Sunday at the Q Club.
Chan thanked Bank South Pacific for their support over the past 14 years, as well as support sponsors The National ( platinum), P acific MMI and NGCB, Niche (gold), Graffiti Signs, Strickland Real Estate, Huawei, Street Scene and Grant Agencies Ltd (silver), Nings Agencies and Kwila Insurance Corporation for their support.

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