Na­tional pool tourney kicks off

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the an­nual Delta Bev­er­ages sponsored Car­ling Black La­bel Pool Tour­na­ment are tar­get­ing at least 2 000 play­ers to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s edi­tion that roars into life to­mor­row with provin­cial fi­nals.

Last year’s edi­tion had 1 300 play­ers com­pet­ing in the men’s and women’s cat­e­gories won by Chi­tung­wiza’s Tendai Mubaiwa and Shamiso Musi­iwa of Mutare at the fi­nals held in Bu­l­awayo.

In an at­tempt to get a record 2 000 par­tic­i­pants, or­gan­is­ers have in­creased ar­eas for re­gional com­pe­ti­tions from 10 to 24.

Win­ners from these qual­i­fiers that start to­mor­row and end on Oc­to­ber 30, book­ing places in the na­tional fi­nals set for Masvingo on Novem­ber 5.

Bu­l­awayo, Mata­bele­land North, Mashona­land Cen­tral and Mashona­land East prov­inces kick start the month long qual­i­fiers.

Rayl­ton will play host to Bu­l­awayo qual­i­fiers with Hwange and Vic­to­ria Falls be­ing Mata­bele­land North cen­tres, while Bin­dura and Maron­dera com­plete the open­ing week­end pro­gramme.

Delta Bev­er­ages mar­ket­ing man­ager Pa­tri­cia Mu­ram­binda said for one to qual­ify, they’d have to pur­chase five units of Car­ling Black La­bel from the 375ml, 750ml or 330ml packs and at­tach five crowns to an en­try form.

She said bankrolling the tour­na­ment shows the com­mit­ment her com­pany has de­voted in im­prov­ing the game of pool.

“Delta Bev­er­ages, through its Car­ling Black La­bel brand has con­trib­uted tremen­dously to the de­vel­op­ment of pool in Zim­babwe. We have play­ers that have ben­e­fited im­mensely from this mar­riage with pool through the CBL brand.

“Delta’s vi­sion to en­hance sport and cul­ture in the coun­try is well part­nered by the ob­jec­tives of the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion and the play­ers or sup­port­ers at large,” said Mu­ram­binda.

“The mar­riage between the two dates back more than 10 years ago and each year has seen the tour­na­ment get­ting more or­gan­ised and growing from strength to strength.

‘‘It is a win-win game for the Car­ling Black La­bel drinkers as they en­joy big value for their money and en­ter­tain­ment. It is a smart source of in­come for qual­ity play­ers.

‘‘We have no doubt that lo­cal tal­ent is be­ing af­forded the chance for dreams as masters of the game to come to fruition.”

Delta Bev­er­ages mar­ket­ing man­ager Pa­tri­cia Mu­ram­binda

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