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Friday, 20th June, 2014

Broken Hill’s Richie Hall in the 8-ball competition. Broken Hill’s Richie Hall in the 8-ball competition.

By Ethan James

Broken Hill is a realistic chance of hosting its third South Australian Country carnival sooner than anticipated, according to eight ball player Gerard Lehman. 

The event was held at the Gary Radford Pavilion across the June long weekend, with the Silver City division one side finishing in seventh spot.

“We had feedback that it was an absolutely superb venue in terms of space around the tables and the way everything was set out,” Lehman said. 

“You have to put in a bid every year but I think the organisers had a great wrap on how we put the event together.

“I’d like to thank the committee for all their hard work.”

A home table advantage helped the two Silver City sides to one of their strongest carnival results, with the division two side ending the tournament in ninth position. 

“We’ve had better results in the top grade in the past but to get both teams inside the top ten against a quality field is a great achievement,” Lehman said. 

Lehman was a member of the division two team and said one match stood out in particular.

“The game of the weekend was the one the div. one side had to win to make the top eight,” he explained.

“It was 7-all and Aaron Williams potted to black ball to win.

“There were people gathered around the table and others actually stopped so they could watch the finish.”

Australian representative Dax Wasley led the way for Broken Hill.

“Out of his 20, he won 16 and had eight clearances, which is when you clear the whole table without missing a shot,” Lehman said. 

He named Adrian Winter and Steven Moore as standouts in the top division, while Rhys Williams, Mark Hille and Derek Pascoe also had strong performances in second division. 

In the division one final, Gawler beat South Coast 8-4. 

The 2015 Country Carnival is held in Mildura, giving Broken Hill to again field strong sides for the tournament.

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