Stephen Moore was destined for greatness. At 11 years old he joined his mum Deidre’s 8-ball Pool team, and his ability was clear for everyone to see.
Pretty soon it was undeniable. As a junior he won six successive junior titles, and that record stands to this day.
“I taught him to start with, but then our next-door neighbour Bob Collins took him under his wing and his ability just sky-rocketed from there.”
Ms Moore paid tribute to the family friend and next-door neighbour who helped take her son’s game to the next level.
“Bob has been massive in Stephen’s life. He has been a real role model, not just to Stephen but to all my kids.”
When he moved to the senior competition, Stephen continued his winning ways.
During his time with three Broken Hill 8-Ball Associations, Stephen did ridiculously well. He was a regular at state and tri-city carnivals, captaining both representative teams on numerous occasions.
His roll call of honours is most impressive.
It includes three singles super league titles, two singles open championship titles, two Ken Cooke titles (given to the best player in grand finals), two Sky Weasley titles (for the most wins in singles championships) and two team super league titles.
“He continued playing here for many years,” Ms Moore told us.
When he got bored of mopping the floor with the local talent here in Broken Hill, Stephen moved to Queensland where, now aged 32, he has developed into one of Australia’s pre-eminent players.
During his time in the northerly state, he has won the 2021 Southeast Queensland singles and represented the Queensland state team twice.
It was only a matter of time before he was recognised as one of the best players in the country. In 2021, a top eight finish at the national championships confirmed this.
Stephen branched out into Black Ball, or English Pool during his time in Queensland and the transition was seamless.
This year Stephen’s team won the Brisbane Black Ball Championship. He was named MVP – Most Valued Player – of the competition, and shortly after was contacted to represent Australia in the
World Championships in France this month. The competition was held in Albi, a town on the Tarn River in southern France, famous for the Lycée Lapérouse school housed inside the centuries old monastery.
“I am just so proud,” Ms Moore said, and well she should be.
The World Championships recently wrapped up with host nation France defeating Malta in the final to be crowned world champs. Australia finished eighth in the final standings and young Aussie Xavier Daw won the world title in the under 18 competition.
Stephen finished thirty-second in the single competition, a terrific result for the boy from Broken Hill.