At least three South Africans will be hoping to be right on the ball at next month’s World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
The three cue-sport experts will be part of a large South African squad competing at the Games, held ever four years.
Jason Theron lines up for the 9 Ball discipline(the post popular version of pool sport in the world), Apsra Panchoo is in the women’s version of the same code and Francois Ellis will play snooker.
Cue sport manager is Ishaunt Singh who fills us in on their recent progress.
“Last month Francois lost in the semi-finals of the African Snooker Championship. But he played very well throughout the six days of the┬á tournament, qualifying first in his group and making consistent breaks of 50 and more.
“Last week Apsra played in the Ladies World 10 Ball Championship in Manila, Philippines. She became the first South African female player to pass the group stages into the K/O stage.”
There was good reward for Panchoo as she pocketed $US1,000 for her efforts.
“She lost to former world champion Chinese Taipei’s Lin Mei 8- 3. Allison Fischer 15-times world champion, Apsra’s opponent in the first round of the World Games also lost to Lin Mei at this event.
At the end of this month, current African Champion, Jason Theron leaves for the Qatar 9Ball Open. The field here is the same playing at the World Games. He is unbeaten in SA for almost two years and according to Singh is SA’s best chance of a medal.
All cue disciplines at the games have 16 competitors each. Snooker will be played as a race to three frames, pool a race to nine frames (women) and race to 11 frames (men). A straight knock-out method is used.