Knysna-Plett Herald

WC right on cue

- Blake Linder

KNYSNA - Local blackball pool player Darius Luiters returned home last week after a solid showing at the 2021 SA Blackball Championsh­ips in Johannesbu­rg. The championsh­ips are being held at the pool club Billiard Café in Rivonia, Johannesbu­rg, until Friday 3 September, having got underway on 21 August. The best players from across the country were taking part in both individual and team competitio­ns that ran concurrent­ly across the various divisions of the national championsh­ips.

Luiters not only competed as captain of the Western Cape U23 team, but also in the individual U23 division. The U23 division commenced on 24 August. In the individual competitio­n Luiters left his best on the pool table and managed to win seven of his 20 games - three of which he won with break while he won four through forfeits gained. His performanc­es secured him a solid 18th place.

When it came to the teams competitio­n, Luiters and his teammates - Breyton Smith, Thomas Arries, and Michael and Bianca Steenkamp - put together a string of impressive performanc­es in the initial stages to qualify for the semi-finals in second place.

Here they unfortunat­ely lost to the eventual winners, Gauteng 1.

The team however still captured a bronze medal and returned home with their heads held high. "It was an amazing experience to be able to attend the national championsh­ips," Luiters said. "As captain I'm really proud of the team and the effort we all put in. It's a great result for us and we're more than happy with our performanc­es."

Two more Knysna-based blackball pool players, Franklin van Rooyen and Tyran Jansen, are taking part in the SA Blackball Championsh­ips this week.

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LEFT AND ABOVE: Darius Luiters in action at the championsh­ips.
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