Toko­roa pocket snooker mas­ter clean up

South Waikato News - - SPORTS / TE PAPA HAKINAKINA - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Tal­ented Toko­roa snooker play­ers made a clean sweep in the Toko­roa New World New Zealand Mas­ters event held at the Toko­roa Club.

Al­most 50 com­peti­tors trav­elled from as far as New Ply­mouth and Hast­ings to com­pete in the an­nual event but it was lit­tle old Toko­roa that won first, sec­ond and third place in the main draw.

John Reid took home top place while Keith Kelly came in a close sec­ond.

Kelly, who has been play­ing the un­der­stated sport for the past 35 years, said he was stoked with sec­ond place.

‘‘The way I was play­ing I didn’t even think I’d qual­ify so to make the fi­nal was great.’’

He said there is a healthy ri­valry be­tween him­self and the newly crowned champ but Kelly is on a lower hand­i­cap.

‘‘Gen­er­ally I beat him [Reid],’’ Kelly said.

‘‘But he re­ally de­served to win, he played well all week­end.’’

He said it was an ex­haust­ing week­end that fin­ished with a solid eight hours play­ing time on the Sun­day.

‘‘At the end of it I was pretty tired.’’

Paul Clarkin, also from Toko­roa, tied for third place with Hamil­ton’s Paul Phillips.

The host town was well rep­re­sented in the tour­na­ment with half of the top 16 play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Toko­roa Club.

Snooker champs: John Reid and Keith Kelly know their stuff when it comes to snooker.

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