Cousins sink the win in Ve­gas

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

De­feat was not on the minds of Camel­lia Cook and Daniel Wilkin­son dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional pool tour­na­ment.

The 16-year-old cousins pur­sued the VNEA Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional 8 Ball Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas for the sec­ond time.

Af­ter com­ing fifth in 2010, the pair were older, bet­ter and ready to win.

Daniel smashed the com­pe­ti­tion out of the wa­ter and was placed first in the sin­gles, pairs and in the New Zealand team.

‘‘It felt good, I was con­fi­dent,’’ he said.

Camel­lia proudly took sec­ond place in the un­der- 17 event be­hind the ti­tle­holder.

It may not have been her ideal re­sult but she said her op­po­nent was some­one to as­pire to.

While Daniel is ea­ger to de­fend his ti­tle, Camel­lia will im­prove her game to take out first place next time.

‘‘I was beaten by the same player from last time, so I will prac­tise more,’’ she said.

The pair were selected based on their rank­ings which they gained by com­pet­ing in a team on a weekly ba­sis.

Daniel’s ul­ti­mate goal is to beat his un­cle Phyl Wilkin­son in a com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment.

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