STEADY HAND: Players involved in the Ipswich-hosted Best of the West tournament concentrate during matches at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
STEADY HAND: Players involved in the Ipswich-hosted Best of the West tournament concentrate during matches at the Ipswich Showgrounds. David Nielsen

Ipswich on cue for 8 ball victory

IPSWICH proved again it's the "best of the west" in many sports by winning the inaugural 8 ball challenge at the Showgrounds over the weekend.

Ipswich players joined forces to win the Division 1 and Division 2 competitions against challengers from Toowoomba, the Darling Downs and Gympie.

The home association beat Toowoomba 9-8 in both divisions during the two-day tournament which attracted 50 players.

Ipswich's top two Division 1 players were Scott Hogan and Joe Marino (both had 88.88 winning percentages).

Peter Smith finished fourth.

In Division 2, Shane Waltisbuhl and Ian Stocks were the top two finishers with winning percentages of 94.44 and 77.77 respectively.

Ipswich's top grade team won all six matches.

The home association's B-C grade players won five of their six matches.

Ipswich 8 Ball Association secretary Jay Jay Kingston was thrilled with the first major event at the sport's new headquarters at the Showgrounds.

"The tournament went fantastically well," Kingston said.

"All associations had a great time with some amazing games of pool.

"The event was quite successful and will be continuing in years to come."

Kingston said the Darling Downs 8 Ball Association planned to host next year's tournament.

While the latest tournament showcased regional talent, the Ipswich association also had players away contesting other events over the week.

An Ipswich team performed well at the Queensland Country Cup at Strathpine, making the semi-final before losing to Brisbane.

Other players contested the Queensland Cup at the Gold Coast.

Ipswich's open team just missed the finals.

The Ipswich 8 Ball Association hosts weekly fixtures on Tuesday nights at its Ipswich Showgrounds clubhouse. Fixtures start at 7pm.

Play is offered in three graded divisions with finals of the current season to begin in five weeks.

Kingston said anyone interested in joining the association is welcome.

For more information, contact Kingston on 0413 391779, or visit ipswich8ball@gmail.com

The association's clubhouse is in the Ken Roberts Pavilion at the Ipswich Showgrounds.



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