WITH the Port Augusta Eightball Association’s seniors enjoying a week off, some of the best local junior eightball players faced off in the Open Junior Eightball Titles on Tuesday, June 13.
Twelve players – including three from Whyalla – aged from eight years old through to 17 participated in the competition.
Mesiah Warren was crowned the Prince of Port Augusta’s eightball ranks, defeating Joshua Grantham 2-1 in a tightly-contested final.
Eightball Association committee member Anthony Grantham was happy with the turnout.
“Members were there giving the kids coaching lessons and teaching them the rules, so it was a pretty relaxed environment,” he said.
“There are a lot of avenues for junior eightball, with state titles and lots of competitions in Adelaide, if they are willing to put in the time to get down to them.”
Mr Grantham said the stigma surrounding eightball can make it difficult to attract juniors.
“The majority of eightball is played in pubs so it is not supported by a lot of parents as they associate eightball with drinking,” he said.
“It is unfortunate because obviously the guys don’t drink when they play.
“I have been playing since I was 14 and it is very rewarding. I find it is a challenge that is different every time you play; no game is the same.”
Mr Grantham thanked the Port Augusta Bowling Club for their support during the past year.
Port Augusta Eightball Association’s senior action returns next week, with all teams set to do battle in the penultimate minor round.
After 28 rounds, PABC Shooters sit on top of the ladder in Division 1, despite suffering a recent loss to third-placed PABC Dynamite.
Flinders Sharks remain in second position, while Travellers Rest Gunners, RSL Woftam and South Bulldogs sit in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
For more information about eightball, contact association president Mick Freeman on 0427 851 731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org