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Taking his cue...Gore snooker player Evan Fricker lines up a shot during the Hokonui Roofing Gore Invitational Snooker Classic held at the Gore and Districts Memorial RSA and the Gore Town and Country Club at the weekend. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

A virtual crowd and those who attended in person enjoyed watching some close games of snooker in Gore at the weekend.

Dunedin’s Neil Whalley beat Mark Canovan, of Christchurch, 4-3 in the final of the Hokonui Roofing Gore Invitational Snooker Classic at the Gore and Districts Memorial RSA and the Gore Town and Country Club.

Organiser Shannon Swain said there was a high standard of play.

“In the top-16 draw there were five national title winners,” Swain said.

The way the scoring system works in the game a player’s turn or break lasts as long as they keep sinking balls.

“There were a lot of 60, 70, 80 breaks being made so it was real good.”

The tournament featured 24 players with eight places reserved for local players.

Players travelled from as far away as Auckland for a chance at a prize pool more than $6000.

Feedback about the tournament had been very positive and there was enough interest to run the tournament annually.

“It’s good to know people want to come back down here.”

He was pleased with the support from the public.

“There was a heap of the public there I haven’t seen watching snooker before.

“The room was full for the final which was real good.”

About 2500 people watched the livestream of the event.

Tournament controller Dave Judd, of Havelock North, did a good job of running the tournament.

The event also raised $3000 for the Otago Rescue Helicopter