BALLARAT pool players Don Colbert, Kolbe Poole and Jake McCartney have pocketed their way to the 2014 world titles after putting in stunning performances at the Australian Eight Ball Championships.
More than 250 of Australia’s best players gathered at Perth’s Kings Hotel to contest the 11-day tournament running from October 14-25, with Colbert and Poole finishing runners-up in the masters singles and women’s singles categories.
Colbert was named as the player of the carnival in the masters category, while Poole, the Victorian women’s team vice-captain, was part of a squad that fell agonisingly close to achieving the unprecedented feat of claiming four-straight team titles.
McCartney won the prestigious player of the carnival trophy en-route to a third placing in the open singles category, and has subsequently been named as the second pick for the open team that will contest the world championships in England from June to July next year.
“I’ve won the player of the carnival trophy before (in 2011), but this one was more special,” McCartney said.
“I lost my mum last year and wanted to dedicate this trophy to her, but it’s a shame I couldn’t get over the line in the singles as well.”
The 23-year-old was also named as Australia’s most valuable player in the team that lost a tightly fought series against a visiting English squad.
Colbert, the president of Pool Victoria, says the combined results of the trio have never been seen at the tournament before.
“We’ve always come to the national championships and left with maybe one or two good performances, but this is the first time that three Ballarat players have all put in great results at the same tournament,” Colbert said.
“Ballarat has a lot of good players and pool in the area is really travelling well – we have a really high standard of competition here and I’m looking forward to the days when we can bring more women and children over to events like this.”