All eyes on the 8-Ball

The Broken Hill 8-Ball Association capped off an exciting week last week, securing pleasing results in both the South Australian Affiliates 2023 State Carnival, as well as the local divisional championships.

Two teams from Broken Hill travelled to Kangaroo Island over the King’s Birthday long weekend for the State Carnival. One of the teams finished eleventh overall in the team ratings, and the second team finished in twentieth place out of 32 teams.

Alex Graham, Secretary of the Broken Hill 8-Ball Association, told the Truth his team, which placed eleventh overall finished third in their group, one win shy of making the finals.

Notwithstanding, Jake Caruana impressed all the players and spectators, placing fourth overall out of 176 places, securing 17 wins and only four losses across the tournament.

“He also made the state playoffs, if he chooses to go,” said Mr Graham, who added, “Broken Hill’s next best players were Rhys Williams and Jarrod Dunn with 13 wins and eight losses each. Callab Everuss also debuted this year at the State Carnival, and had a great crack at it, only just being under 50%, with 10 wins and 11 losses.”

“Tammy Mitchell from Cooper’s Brewery sponsored us,” Mr Graham pointed out and added without that support there simply would have been no chance to take part.

A little closer to home, the annual divisional championships were played for all three divisions on Thursday, June 8, with the Division One Championship at the Workies Club, with Shaun Durbidge defeating Jessie Sumalinog 4-2.

Division Two was won by Harold Linley against Leon Hodge 4-0 at the Rising Sun Hotel, and Division Three was won by Rachel Mason against Colby Donohue 3-0 at the Musicians Club.

The local 8-Ball season continues until October, when the finals will be played.

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