Chalk up and get ready
Saturday, 10th August, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
The best eight-ball players from Sunraysia, the Riverland and Broken Hill will converge this weekend for the 25th Tri-City Carnival.
Teams from the three regions will compete in four men’s divisions and a women’s division across today and Sunday at the St Johns Ambulance hall. The event officially kicked off with a knockout tournament held last night.
It’s not the first time Broken Hill has hosted the event but it is the first time that the Broken Hill Eight-Ball Association (BHEBA) have taken charge and run it themselves.
“The last time Broken Hill hosted it (the Tri-City Carnival) was back before the Rising Sun Hotel closed down,” BHEBA secretary Alex Graham said.
“That was before we’d bought our own (pool) tables so this is the first time running it ourselves (as the BHEBA).
“Back when Ray Mason used to have the Rising Sun, he’d pretty much do it all for us and we’d just come down and help out...but we hosted another carnival last year and put a lot of work into that but this one is just a bit bigger.”
The venue opens at 8am with play commencing at 8:30am on both days. All divisions will play six rounds with four matches on Saturday and the remaining two on Sunday morning. Sunday’s play will be followed by presentations and a barbecue.
Each match will contain 15 frames (three sets of five frames each) and will be played under the official World Eight-ball Rules.
Broken Hill is well represented and their Super League team will go in as favourites with members Adrian Winter, Ryan Bennett and skipper Aaron Williams looming as the key players.
Glenn Williams and Gerry Lehman will lead the Broken Hill Division 1 and 2 teams respectively while Justin Irlam has been named captain for Division 3 and Krystal Morton will skipper the ladies team.
Spectators are welcome and the canteen will be running thanks to the St Johns volunteers.
Broken Hill Teams:
Super League - A. Williams (c), A. Winter, R. Williams, R. Bennett, S. Durbridge, A. Graham
Div 1 - G. Williams (c), M. Haring, K. Barlow, D. Clifton, T. Flowers, M. Gray
Div 2 - G. Lehman (c), C. Everuss, R. O’Donnell, D. Terry, T. Paul, J. Sumalinog
Div 3 - J. Irlam (c), R. Sheppard, A. Johnston, L. Benedetti, J. Lloyd, M. Durbridge
Ladies - K. Morton (c), R. Mason, B. Daley, S. Milne, K. Thurn, J. Argent
WHAT: Eightball Tri-City Carnival
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 8am
WHERE: St Johns Ambulance Hall