World Eightball Champ brings talent to Port Augusta

POOL: Taylor Meyer practising at home with the 2017 Ladies Eightball World Championship that she won in Blackpool England. Meyer said she practises for around one to two hours per day in the lead-up to a major tournament.
POOL: Taylor Meyer practising at home with the 2017 Ladies Eightball World Championship that she won in Blackpool England. Meyer said she practises for around one to two hours per day in the lead-up to a major tournament.

TAYLOR Meyer is a world champion Eight-ball player, and the 23-year-old has been selected as Australian Women’s Vice-Captain for the 2017 World Championship.

Meyer, who moved to Port Augusta at the start of 2017 to become a Year 5 and 6 Teacher at Caritas College, was part of the victorious six-member Australian Women’s eightball team that won the 2016 Ladies Eightball World Championship in Blackpool, England in mid-year 2016.

The six-member team fought through a round-robin format featuring eight teams (5W-2L), before beating South Africa in the semi-final (13-4) and hosts England in the grand final (13-5).

Having already been part of the South Australian team that won three national titles in a row (2013-2015), Meyer said the taste of winning stays strong.

“Definitely winning is what you aim to do at a tournament, and while you can’t win all the time, it’s the aim of the game,” she said. “I like that you play in a team, it is a very team-orientated sport, even though you’re playing for yourself, you’re playing for your team.

“I like the challenge of it because it constantly changes, not one game is ever the same and it’s a tactical game.”

That team ethos was on full display at the 2016 World Eightball Championship where teams of six play five groups of five games, forcing each team member to pull their weight.

Meyer said the other great benefits of playing eightball are travelling, where she’s been fortunate enough to travel to England, China and Taiwan.

And while teaching is her number one passion, Meyer said the move to Port Augusta has been nothing short of fantastic.

She first started playing pool at the age of 10 with her two brothers and father. She said practicing for 1-2 hours per day in lead up to tournaments has helped her keep her cool during games.

“I guess every player has their own routine as such, I don’t really think about it while I do it because you try to practice that before you get to a tournament but I always try to take my time.”

Taylor said one key to improving is playing with ‘better players’ than her because it keeps her grounded and realises her potential, but it appears finding someone better than Taylor is easier said than done.