Fong misses out on last 16 in NZ

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The National, Monday, May 2, 2011

PNG billiards and snooker champion Djorne Fong just missed out on a spot in the finals of the 6Red championship at the Oceania billiards and snooker championships in Auckland, New Zealand last month.
He also finished second in his pool behind New Zealand number one Chris Maltby after the round robin.
“He lifted another notch and picked up his game against the top players in the region,” team manager and PNGBSA public relations officer John Chan said.
“He was just pipped out in the final 16 of the 6Red event,” Chan said.
“It was just a matter of couple of frames and in the group matches of the men’s snooker championships, Djorne defeated the Oceania U21 champion Australian Kurt Brown in their last match to secure second spot in the top 32,” he added.
In the top 32, Djorne was defeated 3-0 by New Zealand’s Shannon Swain who had the highest break and finish in the semi final.
PNGs other player Nathan Fong did not fare as well as his cousin to finish a sixth in the seven-man pool.
Debutant female Raka Rocky defeated Melissa Belmont of New Zealand in her only win in the women’s Pool B round robin matches.
Djorne was seeded 10th out of 32 players. 
“This would be the best result any PNG player has had in these championships.”
The 2011 Oceania men’s snooker championship was won by Joe Minici who defeated fellow Australian Steve Mifsud 6-4.
Kiwi Ramona Belmont won the women’s title by defeating Australian Shirley Smith 4-0.
The Oceania billiards title went to Australian Steve Mifsud who defeated Wayne Carey (NZ), 1654 points to 427, and in the inaugural junior championship the Australian junior champion, Kurt Brown defeated Shaun Dalitz 5-3, while the 6Red was a Kiwi affair between Dean O’Kain and Gary Gillard with O’Kain winning 5-0.
PNGBSA president Peter Fong said he was impressed with Djorne’s performance and plans are currently underway to send the 21-year-old for more international tournaments in  Australia and the region.