Focused . . . Former North Otago player Healey White in action at the Whitestone City Classic snooker tournament in Oamaru at the weekend. PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

Southland’s Shannon Swain toppled New Zealand No 1 Mark Canovan to claim the Whitestone City Classic snooker title at the Oamaru club at the weekend.

Swain, a Gore native with a national rank of 28 heading into the event, got the better of the Cantabrian in the decider to pot his way to a 3-1 win.

He prevented hot favourite Canovan from winning his ninth Whitestone City Classic, a tournament Canovan has competed in since 1989 and first won in 1992.

Runner-up . . . Canterbury’s Mark Canovan fell 3-1 to Shannon Swain in the final of the tournament. PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

Earlier, Canovan beat fellow Cantabrian and New Zealand No 54 Kelly Pritchard 3-0 in a dominant semifinal display, while Swain had a tougher assignment against Queenstown’s Simon Singleton. The latter showed plenty of fight, but the eventual champion won 3-2.

North Otago had several players in action, including New Zealand No 6 Jason Todd.

Todd qualified for the last 16 but was unable to progress, falling 3-0 to Pritchard.

Former North Otago player and national No 12 Healey White, now playing in Canterbury colours, made the quarterfinals before he was ousted 3-0 by Canovan.

While he was unable to win the final, Canovan did score three of the tournament’s four highest breaks – 97, 80 and 76.

Todd’s highest break was 50.

Top qualifiers . . . Semifinalists Simon Singleton (left) and Shannon Swain. PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS
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