THE 2010 BSP Moresby snooker open championships is all set to cue off today with 40 players, including four women, nominating to participate.
More are expected to register when nominations close at 6pm today.
Port Moresby Billiards and Snooker public relations officer John Chan said yesterday that they expected 48 participants and encouraged women to compete.
“We anticipate 48 to register and if we get more, that will be even better,” Chan said.
He said Geua John, Damita Bray, Helen Samuel and Madia Dunley were the four women to nominate so far.
“We would like to see more women take part and nominations are still open until six this evening,” he added.
Reigning champion Djorne Fong is in superb form after returning from the Oceania Titles in Sydney early this week.
However, last year’s runner-up Ken Leo, PNG title runner-up Peter Fong and fellow PNG representatives Nathan Fong, Arua Simoi, Vani Toka, Roger Ng, Yiannis Nicoloau, and Brian and Harry Fong, should provide the youngster with some tough competition.
Apart from Brian and Harry Fong from Kavieng, little known Allan Ilaraki from Lae, Toto Geru and Vincent Bwane with Peter and Nathan Fong from Alotau are the players from outside of Port Moresby.
He said nomination fee was K150 and as soon as it closed, draws would be done and some round-robin games would begin at 7pm.
Chan said the venues were the Car, Aviat and Port Moresby Country clubs with the finals to be held at POMCC on Monday afternoon followed by a presentation.
Chan thanked BSP and all supporting sponsors of this major event on the POMBSA calendar.
“This is the eighth year, BSP has sponsored this prestigious event and I extend my gratitude to them and all minor and support sponsors,” Chan said.