Only four players remain from the initial entry of 111 as we head into the final day of the 2023 Bob Hawke AC Memorial Australian Open Snooker Championship – the second Q Tour Asia Pacific event of the season.
Reigning champion Steve Mifsud has been superb during his title defence so far, dropping just one frame in four match victories.
Mifsud – who is also the current record ten-time Australian national champion – defeated Connor Ye (4-0), Craig Turner (4-0), Jayden Dinga (4-1) and then Alex Ganji 4-0 in the quarter-finals where he made breaks 58, 83 and 81.
Shaun Dalitz (pictured above) will face Mifsud in the semi-finals on Sunday after he emerged from his quarter of the draw. The recently crowned Asia Pacific 6 Reds champion top scored with an 85 break as he saw off David Wright 4-0 in the last eight.
In the bottom half of the draw, Vinnie Calabrese will meet Paul Norris.
Former two-time Oceania Championship winner Calabrese (pictured below) started his campaign at the Mounties Club in style, rounding off a 4-0 win against Paul Rameka in the last 64 with an effort of 126 – the highest break of the tournament, so far.
A two-time runner-up in this event, Calabrese is on course to make it a trio of final appearances with subsequent successes against Michael Hough (4-0), Ben Judge (4-1) and James Mifsud (4-2). In his match with James Mifsud, Calabrese recovered from 2-0 down.
Norris – the only remaining cueist who had to play a preliminary round match – came from behind in both his last 16 and quarter-final challenges against Hassan Kerde (4-2) and Adrian Law (4-1), respectively.
The semi-finals (best of nine frames) and final (best of 11 frames) will both be played on Sunday.