Taylor Meyer has potted her way to glory, earning her first State Ladies Singles Eightball Championships crown.
After scoring two wins and two losses from her first four matches, Meyer charged on to win her next five round robin matches, before defeating world number three Lyndall Morphett in the semi final and then again in the Grand Final.
Having lost twice in the Grand Final in previous years – including the 2017 decider against Morphett – Meyer’s 2018 triumph marked her maiden state title.
Meyer said the win came as a shock, with eightball taking the back seat since she moved to Port Augusta in 2017 to become a teacher at Caritas College.
“Since I moved up to Port Augusta, my main focus has been on teaching,” she said.
“I just practice when I can, whereas in Adelaide I’d be down at the pool hall every night and there’d always be someone to play against.
“I went down to the tournament hoping to maybe make the semis.”
Meyer was part of Australia’s 2016 World Championship winning side in Blackpool, England, before being named vice-captain of the Australian Women’s team for the 2017 World Championships. The captain of that team was her friendly foe Morphett.
Despite both national and international eightball success, the individual state championships had continued to allude Meyer, but she was pleased that she got to win the hard way.
“I was really glad that I got to play Lyndall in the final because I really wanted to beat the best if I was ever going to win one,” she said. “I was just really stoked, shocked and a bit relieved.”
Meyer first began playing eightball when she was 10 years old, following in the footsteps of her father and brother.
Although her attention has shifted to teaching since arriving in Port Augusta, Meyer plays in the local eightball competition for the Gunners.
She described the Port Augusta Eightball Association as a strong competition.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit up here and copping a bit of flack here and there, but it’s good,” Meyer laughed.
“There are some teams that are quite good. I’ve always looked up to (local player) Anthony Grantham because he’s made multiple men’s state teams, so I knew coming up here that there were decent players.”