Sink a good deal in shop­per

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKEND SHOPPER - - CHAR­LOTTE DU­RUT

IT’S the game that’s pop­u­lar in pubs across the coun­try as well as in home games rooms.

Whether one knows it as eight ball or pool, the click of small balls and the in­tense look of play­ers bal­anc­ing cues across green felt ta­bles is fa­mil­iar to many.

With cues, balls, and ta­bles avail­able in Week­end Shop­per’s Bil­liards/ Pool sec­tion, Aus­tralian Eight Ball Fed­er­a­tion Queens­land coach­ing co­or­di­na­tor Greg Din­gle said buy­ing sec­ond hand items could be a good idea.

How­ever, Mr Din­gle said when buy­ing items sec­ond hand, play­ers should check for cer­tain points.

“Ta­bles needs to be straight and should not have worn or torn cloth or water dam­age,” he said.

“With cues, check for im­per­fec­tions by rolling them on a flat sur­face first.

“Balls should not be blotchy or faded and should have no chips or scratches.”

Mr Din­gle said there were many ben­e­fits in play­ing eight ball in­clud­ing the fact it en­cour­aged hand/eye co-or­di­na­tion, math­e­mat­i­cal, and strate­gic skills.

“Eight ball also has no age bar­ri­ers,” he said.

“Peo­ple can play at any age from five to 85 years.”

Age has im­posed no bar­rier on award-win­ning eight ball broth­ers Sa­muel, Niko­las, and Joshua Bur­nett of Mt Isa, aged 12, 9, and 8 re­spec­tively.

Joshua com­peted in the Na­tional Ju­nior Eight Ball Cham­pi­onships in Jan­uary as one of the youngest play­ers in the his­tory of the tour­na­ment while Sa­muel ( pic­tured on Shop­per cover) came sev­enth in the same event af­ter earn­ing a run­ner up ti­tle in the Queens­land Cham­pi­onships.

“Niko­las ( pic­tured right) was run­ner up at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships this year and is the youngest per­son in Australia to make it into a grand final,” the boys’ mother Beata said.

“He is now ranked num­ber two in the un­der 12 ju­niors sec­tion in Australia.”

Mrs Bur­nett said the boys had had no pro­fes­sional coach­ing but sim­ply loved the sport.

“Niko­las started play­ing two years ago just for fun when we bought a pool ta­ble for home use,” she said.

“It didn’t take him long to learn the rules and it just went from there.

“The boys love the sport, they’re good at it, and the sports­man­ship they learn is amaz­ing.”

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