There have been plenty of close matches recently and even though numbers have been down on some nights, possibly due to the Antarctic conditions we have been experiencing, the level of competitiveness and accuracy of the handicapping system continues to provide great entertainment for all.
Monday August 5 Club Challenge saw President Darren Thompson get over the line against ultra-consistent Debbie Harbrow in a black ball match. Both Deb and Darren were in good form as they each won 2 matches to get to the final table.
Social Play on Wednesday, August 7 saw Darren Edwards, who usually only ventures out on Monday nights make an exception to his rule and come out a winner over Daryl McKernan.
No word yet on whether this will become a regular occurrence for Darren but well played to you both on this result.
Monday, August 12 saw low numbers but close matches in a Diggers Tribute round robin event. Deb Harbrow potted the last ball of the night to claim an aggregate points victory with Nev Page playing bridesmaid.
Nev was relegated to runner up again in Wednesday, August 14 social play when Michael Barclay played a super second half of the final frame to collect the chocolates.
The next big club event in the Spring pairs, which kicks off on Monday, December 19. Teams are already jostling for any advantage they can gain before the first break and an abundance of mind games are already in play.
Sportsbet is yet to frame its market but big showings are expected from the Deb Harbrow/Gus McMillan and Daryl McKernan/Jake Thompson combinations.
As people can see on the Club Mulwala website and in its members newsletter, the club welcome new members or anyone who may like to give snooker a try.
There are a variety of events held every Monday and Wednesday evening and there are plenty of opportunities for new players to join or come along to try the facilities out.
The club have 2 excellently maintained full size tables available for competition, practice and visitor use, and a regularly updated handicapping system to ensure players from beginners to advanced level can compete equally.
There are also plenty of experienced and skilled players who can help with advice and tips on how to improve your game or perhaps adapt it for those who have played pub or social pool in the past.
Please contact the club on either 0497 062443 or 0418 361779 or visit on a Monday or Wednesday evening by 7pm if you would like to give snooker a try.
This fortnight’s player profile is Nev Page, who only joined the club in late 2018.
Name: Nev Page
Age: Perilously close to 60
Occupation: Supporting public health services in Northeast Victoria.
How long have you been playing snooker and where have you played in the past?
We were very lucky to have a table at our family home so I played a lot of pool there and in various social scenarios when I was younger. This is my first ever competition-based club.
What is your best break?
I got lucky and made one of 29 earlier in the year.
What do you enjoy most about playing at Club Mulwala Snooker Club and what do you think are the best things about it?
I enjoy spending a couple of nights every week with other people in the club and learning about the game. In addition, the facilities are great and there are plenty of chances to try my luck against much better players through our handicapping system.
Best tip you have ever received and how it has helped your game?
How to play safety shots and the value of setting up snookers, particularly in close matches.
Any dirt on other members?
There are 2 long term members who are both over the age of 80 and take great delight in beating me regularly.
Advice to any prospective new players:
Snooker is a great way to spend some spare time and meet new people. We are very spoilt for facilities and support at Club Mulwala Snooker Club so come along and give it a try.