Pool­ing their tal­ents a win­ning for­mula

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

It was their best re­sult yet at the South­ern Trust New Zealand Masters games as three Toko­roa pool play­ers brought home a com­bined 19 medals.

Pock­ets 8 Ball mem­bers Wiki Ta­mati, Jeff Bul­lus and Lu­cre­tia Good­win went into the tour­na­ment with doubt play­ing on their minds.

‘‘It was cer­tainly not fore­seen,’’ Bul­lus said.

Ta­mati and Bul­lus have al­ready had a suc­cess­ful run in pool with more than 60 years of ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them.

Both have won na­tional ti­tles be­fore but some­times lack con­fi­dence.

‘‘I swear to give it up ev­ery time be­cause I’ve lost form and can no longer pot,’’ Bul­lus said.

But suc­cess like this has reignited their drive to keep go­ing.

The event was played in pairs which meant Bul­lus was ran­domly teamed up with other play­ers. Good­win and Ta­mati played to­gether.

Ev­ery sec­ond year they are able to make the event in Whanganui thanks to spon­sor­ship from their club.

‘‘We owe a great debt of grati- tude to Pock­ets.’’

The masters com­pe­ti­tion is part of a 10-day se­ries of more than 55 sports which brought in about 5000 peo­ple.

It al­ter­nates be­tween Dunedin and Whanganui ev­ery year and the pool com­pe­ti­tion caters to those who are 40 and over.

For Good­win, the pool world is fairly new.

Af­ter mov­ing from Tu­rangi about four years ago she joined to make friends.

It didn’t take long to find her place, in fact Ta­mati said she is now ‘‘part of the fur­ni­ture’’.

It seems that Good­win went to the right place be­cause the sport is well known as a so­cial one.

Bul­lus de­scribed it as a fra­ter­nity and said events like the masters were also a chance to rem­i­nisce about old friends.

‘‘We take it as a mo­ment to share sto­ries.’’

POT­TING SUC­CESS: Toko­roa pool play­ers Jeff Bul­lus, left, Wiki Ta­mati and Lu­cre­tia Good­win are proud to come back from the New Zealand Masters pool com­pe­ti­tion with a com­bined 19 medals.

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