Tokoroa pocket snooker master clean up
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.