Hitmen to target Militia
Saturday, 3rd March, 2012
By Darrin Manuel
The city’s top eightball competition has been ruled by the Northern Militia for the best part of a decade, but one team has declared it’s time for a shift in power.
The Rising Sun Hitmen are gearing up to have a serious tilt at the Super League crown, and the Militia, who have won the title for the past eight years.
The Hitmen are the youngest team in the competition and after playing together for a number of years they have decided it’s time to “step up”.
“This year we decided to get together and really take it serious,” said Hitmen player Ben Franklyn.
“There’s a bit of fun and a bit of banter, but at the same time you do want to win.”
The team have been focusing on taking a more professional approach to games, practicing more often and now sport matching team shirts.
“It seems like basic stuff, and it’s true, but it makes a difference,” said Franklyn.
“And we’re really focusing on winning every week, last year we slacked off a bit during a few games.”
But while the Hitmen may be eyeing eightball’s top prize, the Northern Militia will provide formidable opposition.
The Militia is led by seasoned players such as Mark Hille, Leigh and Darren Scoble and Richard Hall, and the reigning champions will be keen to maintain their place as the city’s best team.
“They’ve been the best team, and there’s a couple of other teams who are around the mark so it’s going to be pretty tricky, and they’re all experienced blokes,” said Franklyn.
The Hitmen said they hoped to win the title for the Rising Sun and its patrons, and also to help raise the sport’s profile amongst young adults in the city.
“The Rising Sun has been supporting us for three years, so we really want to give them something and pay a bit of respect back to them by winning the big one,” said Franklyn.
“And we think it would be a bit of good promotion for the league as well to see the young blokes knock off the old dogs.
“Maybe a few other young guys out there might see it and get a team together and have a crack.”
The Hitmen said they wished to thank all sponsors and businesses who had contributed to their team over the years.
The 2012 eightball season is set to commence on March 15.