Top pots unite
Friday, 6th June, 2014
By Ethan James
The Silver City’s finest eight ball export has returned to spearhead his hometown at the South Australian Country Carnival.
Australian representative Dax Wasley is back in Broken Hill and will line up in the division one side when the competition begins tomorrow at the Gary Radford Pavilion.
“I’ve probably played in about eight or nine country carnivals in total but I still have the feeling that there is some unfinished business here,” he said.
“The best we’ve done has been the quarterfinals, the final eight, so we’d love to go a few better.
“With the travel involved we often don’t have our best players available but with the home advantage, we’ve been able to pick strong teams.
“By all accounts the guys are playing well and hopefully we’ll be able to make a run deep into the finals.”
The 30-year-old, who now calls Kalgoorlie home, played his first Country Championships at Port Augusta in 1996.
Wasley was also SA Under 21 champion and represented Australian at the World Eightball Pool Championships in England last year.
While the green and gold finished nine out of thirteen, Wasley finished with the second highest percentage on the Australian team.
“It was around the Under 18 level that I started to cotton on that I was pretty decent at the sport,” he said.
“The world champs were an amazing experience.”
Since then though, his passion for the sport has waned slightly.
“At the moment I’m working 12 hours a day on the mines, so it can be hard to get to a pool table for practise.
“But I’ve made sure I’ve put in a few hours to get ready.
“People from Broken Hill have always supported me, the least I can do is to try and get a few wins together.”
Division two player Gerard Lehman says the two local teams have a good balance of youth and experience.
“You can come and barrack for Broken Hill or just sit back and watch some quality eight ball,” he said.
“You’ll see players of Dax’s quality or even better.”
Sixteen tables have been transported from Adelaide and set up at the Racecourse.
The action begins at 8am on Saturday morning and carries over into Sunday.
Having played in all sorts of venues, Wasley is hoping for plenty of support.
“My mates back here have always been my number fans and eight ball is a traditional sport in Broken Hill, so I think we’ll see plenty out there,” he said.
“Some other guys get put off by it but I prefer the pub-type atmosphere.”
A total of 32 teams from SA, Sunraysia and Riverland areas are participating in the event.
Admission is free for the tournament.