Vinnie Calabrese Secures Victory in 2023 Bob Hawke AC Memorial Australian Open Snooker Championship

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In the 2023 Bob Hawke AC Memorial Australian Open Snooker Championship, Vinnie Calabrese emerged victorious by defeating the defending champion, Steve Mifsud, with a score of 6-3 in the final. This triumph marked Calabrese’s first career win in the prestigious Australian snooker event, after being a runner-up on two previous occasions. The event was the second ranking event on this season’s new Q Tour Asia Pacific circuit.

The Mounties Club in Sydney hosted the competition, attracting a total of 111 players. Calabrese, a former professional, kicked off his campaign with a dominant 4-0 victory against Paul Rameka, showcasing a remarkable break of 126—the highest of the tournament.

Throughout the tournament, the 36-year-old Calabrese demonstrated consistent performance, eliminating opponents like Michael Hough (4-0), Ben Judge (4-1), James Mifsud (4-2), and Paul Norris (5-1) in the semi-finals.

On the other side of the draw, the reigning champion and ten-time Australian national champion, Steve Mifsud, displayed his prowess by reaching the final, only surrendering three frames in five matches. He secured his place in the final by defeating Shaun Dalitz 5-2 in the semi-finals.

In the thrilling final, Calabrese started strongly, winning the opening frame with a break of 97. Mifsud fought back, clinching the second frame with a clearance of 42, leveling the tie. Calabrese then showcased a remarkable burst of skill, crafting breaks of 112, 92, and 113 in three consecutive frames, taking a commanding lead at 4-1 in the best-of-11 encounter. Despite a valiant effort from Mifsud, who won the next two frames to narrow the gap, Calabrese held his ground, securing frame eight on the final pink and ultimately triumphing in frame nine to clinch the championship and add a significant accolade to his career achievements.

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