Sink a good deal in shopper
IT’S the game that’s popular in pubs across the country as well as in home games rooms.
Whether one knows it as eight ball or pool, the click of small balls and the intense look of players balancing cues across green felt tables is familiar to many.
With cues, balls, and tables available in Weekend Shopper’s Billiards/ Pool section, Australian Eight Ball Federation Queensland coaching coordinator Greg Dingle said buying second hand items could be a good idea.
However, Mr Dingle said when buying items second hand, players should check for certain points.
“Tables needs to be straight and should not have worn or torn cloth or water damage,” he said.
“With cues, check for imperfections by rolling them on a flat surface first.
“Balls should not be blotchy or faded and should have no chips or scratches.”
Mr Dingle said there were many benefits in playing eight ball including the fact it encouraged hand/eye co-ordination, mathematical, and strategic skills.
“Eight ball also has no age barriers,” he said.
“People can play at any age from five to 85 years.”
Age has imposed no barrier on award-winning eight ball brothers Samuel, Nikolas, and Joshua Burnett of Mt Isa, aged 12, 9, and 8 respectively.
Joshua competed in the National Junior Eight Ball Championships in January as one of the youngest players in the history of the tournament while Samuel ( pictured on Shopper cover) came seventh in the same event after earning a runner up title in the Queensland Championships.
“Nikolas ( pictured right) was runner up at the National Championships this year and is the youngest person in Australia to make it into a grand final,” the boys’ mother Beata said.
“He is now ranked number two in the under 12 juniors section in Australia.”
Mrs Burnett said the boys had had no professional coaching but simply loved the sport.
“Nikolas started playing two years ago just for fun when we bought a pool table for home use,” she said.
“It didn’t take him long to learn the rules and it just went from there.
“The boys love the sport, they’re good at it, and the sportsmanship they learn is amazing.”