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.
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.