By Mark Etheridge
South Africa has cleared the tables at the 2016 World Blackball Championships in Killarney, Ireland.
A large team made the trip (with sponsorship assistance by Carling Black Label and United Pool Tables) and returned with a sensational six gold medals, making it the best-ever performance by a South African team at a World Championships.
The gold medals came in the U23 team category, women’s team, U23 men’s doubles, U23 women’s doubles, and U23 speed pool (men and women).
The team were accompanied by SA Confederation of Cue Sport (SACCS) president Saths Reddy.
The World Championships are held every two years with the last hosted by Perth, Scotland and the next being in Melbourne, Australia in 2018.
A total of 17 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia took part in the event and the South African squad consisted of 57 players and officials, spread over the following categories: Juniors (U18), Under-23, Men, Women, Seniors (Over 40), Masters (Over 50), Special Needs (Boys) and Special Needs (Girls).